The Heartbreak Cure by Amanda Ashby

Hello everyone! Hope you all had a fabulous Thanksgiving and are looking forward to the Holiday season! This has got to be of my favorite times of the year where I can snuggle up in a blanket, grab a cup of cocoa and bury my head in a book! 🙂 

And for today’s post, I am so excited to announce that I am collaborating with an awesome author, Amanda Ashby, writer of The Heartbreak Cure to bring you all exclusive content about her new book! First, let’s look into a brief summary of this sweet contemporary read! 

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Author: Amanda Ashby
Publication Date: December 4th 2017
Publisher: Entangled: Crush
Summary: 

How to get over a heartbreak: 

Step one: Eat your body weight in brownies. 

Step two: Throw yourself into your dreams of becoming a famous writer. 

Step three: Beg your (hottie) ex-neighbor to act as your fake boyfriend. 

Step four: Skip step three unless you’re ready for some serious fallout. 

After being dumped and humiliated over the summer, Cat Turner does what any sane girl would do. She asks bad boy Alex Locke to be her fake boyfriend and show the world (and her editor at the school newspaper) that she’s fine. Problem is, the more time she spends with Alex, the more she risks getting her heart broken. For real this time. 

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains a swoony bad boy who will melt your heart, brownies, and witty banter. One, two, or all three might prove addictive…

Author Info

Amanda Ashby was born in Australia but now lives in New Zealand where she writes romance, young adult and middle grade books. She also works in a library, owns far too many vintage tablecloths and likes to delight her family by constantly rearranging the furniture. Her debut book was nominated for a Romantic Times Reviewers Choice award, and her first young adult book was listed by the New York Public Libraryʼs Stuff for the Teen Age.  Because she’s mysterious she also writes middle grade books under the name, Catherine Holt and hopes that all this writing won’t interfere with her Netflix schedule.

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Words from the Author 🙂

Hi Ash, thank you so much for hosting me, and helping me to celebrate the release of The Heartbreak Cure! The thing I get asked the most often is where do I get my ideas from. And most of the time I have no clear answer because the creative process is so weird that sometimes ideas merge and meld in the mind and it’s hard to pinpoint the actual beginning. But in the case of this book I remember exactly how it started. I was sitting in the sun while a builder was inside my house ripping down the kitchen wall. Oh and I was meant to be working on another project that was due in a few months. Instead I got this vision of a girl sitting under a tree writing a slash and burn story on the guy who broke her heart. I was so intrigued as to what he’d done to her that I kept writing to find out more. Then when her hottie ex-neighbor climbed over the fence I was hooked. Now I must add that not all of my books come about so easily. Normally there is kicking, screaming and tears—and not from the characters. But I can honestly say that this book was a real delight to write. And I absolutely refuse to mention just how many brownies were eaten in the process…

Excerpt: 

“Please don’t tell my mom that one. She doesn’t need any more bad puns to put on her cards,” Cat said as Alex’s cell phone buzzed. He read the text message before looking up.

“You could tell her yourself—or not tell her, as the case might be. She wants you to call her.”


“What?” Cat said in surprise before dragging out her own phone and staring at the dead screen. She’d obviously played one too many games on it during math. “How did she even get your number?”

He shrugged. “I guess Joe gave it to her.”

“Oh.” It seemed Cat wasn’t the only forgetting Alex wasn’t her real boyfriend.

The darkening afternoon sky was a spectrum of blues as he held up his cell. “You can use mine.”

“Thanks.” She took the handset. The screen was cracked, and there was a fine coat of grease on the keys. She grinned at his screen saver, which was of Snoopy dressed up as the Red Baron. “Frozen and now Snoopy? I always knew you had a marshmallow heart.”

“Yeah. I’m a total softie,” his voice was light, but his knuckles whitened. Cat winced. Franklin had tarred and feathered him with the same brush they’d used for his parents. The worst thing was he seemed to believe it, too. Frustration gnawed at her chest.

How I am the only one who can see how amazing he really is?

Her mom answered on the second ring and explained she’d been held up in a sales meeting and it was going to run for another two hours, which meant she couldn’t pick Cat from school.

“It’s fine. I’ll hitch a ride with Nikki,” Cat said, promising to charge up her cell phone, eat some vegetables with her dinner, and on no account throw a house party.

“You’ll never guess what just happened.” Nikki came running outside, her eyes glowing and her cheeks bright.

“Mackenzie fell into a vat of glitter?” Cat suggested. “Or glue?” Alex added.

“Wrong. Parker just asked me if I wanted to grab a burger with him. Well, he said you guys could come, but I told him you were busy. Right. Right?” Nikki narrowed her gaze so there could be no misunderstandings.

“Right,” she agreed with a smile before recalling her transport predicament. “Go, have fun, and don’t tell him about the time you beat your brothers up. It will only scare him.”

“Duh.” Nikki grinned and went racing over to Parker, who was nervously chewing his lip.

“I can give you a lift,” Alex said once they were alone.

“Are you sure? I feel like every day I impose on you more,” she said, achingly aware of how close they were standing.

“What kind of fake boyfriend would leave his girl stranded?” He shrugged.

His girl.

His. Girl.

She tested out the words like a new flavor. Her body trembled in response and she nodded. “Okay, great.”

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He grabbed a shower and was just toweling off his hair when there was a knock at the door.  He frowned as he hastily dragged his T-shirt on and stepped into his jeans.

It would be Pete, the other mechanic, probably kicked out again by his girlfriend and wanting to bunk on Alex’s couch. He yanked the door open, and his mouth dropped.

Cat.

She was wearing her favorite band T-shirt tied in at her waist to show off just a hint of stomach. She looked cute as all hell. His skin prickled, and his eyes drifted to her full lips, slick with some kind of pale gloss. Edible.

Oh, crap.

“What are you doing here?” The words came out harsher than he intended, and he watched the color rise in her cheeks. Smooth.

“Hey,” she said as she clutched at her backpack. Her hair was hanging down around her shoulders, and her dark eyes were shining. “Your hair’s wet.”

“Shower,” he said before wincing. He was really mastering the inane today.

“Oh.” She looked down to her boots and then peered up from between her lashes. “Is it weird I’m here?”

Weird? Dangerous? Brain melting?
Tough one to call.
“Um, no I guess it’s fine. Is everything okay? It’s not Bennet?”

“What?” Her face wrinkled before understanding seemed to dawn. “No, nothing like that. It’s good news, and I wanted to tell you, but then it seemed dumb to call when I had to run an errand and was walking straight past here. But then when I knocked, I suddenly wondered if it—”

“Might be weird,” he finished. She was still on the top stair while he clutched the door in some kind of stand-off. “Do you want to come in?”

“Sure. I mean, yeah,” she said, though her mouth was set in an uncertain line as he stepped back. He caught her scent—it was sunshine and oak trees and safety.

And it could lead directly to trouble.

“Cool.” He took another step back as she swept past and scanned the room, no doubt taking in the wallpaper, which was an explosion of brown swirls. It might’ve worked in some hipster café, but in a beat-up old apartment it was headache inducing.

“I’m not sure what I imagined your place would be like, but this wasn’t it.” She looked around.

“Yeah, well, I’m in the middle of changing decorators. You know how tough it can be.”

“The pain is real, my friend.” She grinned as she walked over to the old couch.

 

YAYYY!!!! I am so happy to share this new novel with all of you! It sounds like such a fun read and I can’t wait to start it. Thank you to Amanda and Entangled Crush for reaching out to me to collaborate for this great contemporary. Looks like another cute novel is officially added to my TBR!

Thank you so much Amanda! And Best of Luck with the release! 

Until next time, keep reading and I will see you all again with another bookish post! 

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Haven Release Week Blitz

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Hello everyone! Chapter by Chapter has organized another amazing Release Week Blitz and this time it is for the new release called Haven By Mary Lindsey, presented by Entangled Teen. I am so happy to be a part of this great event! From the premise, I can tell that this is going to be an amazing novel! Definitely will be adding this to my TBR! 

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Author: Mary Lindsey
Publication Date:  November 7, 2017
Publisher:  Entangled Teen
Pages: 371

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Summary from GoodReads:

“We all hold a beast inside. The only difference is what form it takes when freed.”

Rain Ryland has never belonged anywhere, He’s use to people judging him for his rough background, his intimidating size, and now, his orphan status. He’s always been on the outside, looking in, and he’s fine with that. Until he moves to New Wurzburg and meets Friederike Burkhart.

Freddie isn’t like normal teen girls, though. And someone wants her dead for it. Freddie warns he’d better stay far away if he wants to stay alive, but Rain’s never been good at running rom trouble. For the first time, Rain has something worth fighting for, worth living for. Worth dying for.

Ancient magic and modern society collide in a sexy, spellbinding romance perfect for fans of C. C. Hunter and Maggie Stiefvater that proves sometimes beauty is the beast…

 

AUTHOR INFO:

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Mary Lindsey is a multi award-winning, RITA® nominated author of romance for adults and teens. She lives on an island in the middle of a river. Seriously, she does. When not writing, she wrangles her rowdy pack of three teens, two Cairn Terriers, and one husband. Inexplicably, her favorite animal is the giant anteater and at one point, she had over 200 “pet” Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches. The roaches are a long story involving three science-crazed kids and a soft spot for rescue animals. The good news is, the “pet” roaches found a home… somewhere else.

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I am so happy to share this new novel with all of you! Thank you to Mary for giving us bookworms a thrilling new novel to add to our TBR! And Best of Luck with the release! 

Until next time, keep reading and I will see you all again with another bookish post! 

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The Book of Ivy Review (Spoiler Free)

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“”. . we can’t choose who we love. Love chooses us. Love doesn’t care about what’s convenient or easy or planned. Love has its own agenda and all we can do is get out of its way.”  

Author: Amy Engel

Publication: November 4th 2014 by Entangled Teen

Pages: 282

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Rating – 5/5

Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian

After experiencing the dreaded phenomenon we readers fear known as the reading slump, I am happy to say that I am officially out it! And this is all thanks to the latest book I finished: The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel. In general, I was pleasantly surprised by this dystopian novel. I have read plenty of books from this genre before but I think this one was just so fast paced and intriguing that I could not stop reading. If you are looking for quick and simple read with a rapid plot and great characters, then this book is best for you!

Summary:

The Book of Ivy follows a girl named Ivy Westfall after a brutal nuclear war which left the country divided between two families who yearned to rule the nation. This resulted in a division between those who supported the Westfalls, who eventually lost the feud and Lattimers, the family which gained power over the country. In order to keep the peace between the two sides, daughters of the losing side were to wed the sons of the winning group in a yearly ritual. Ivy Westfall is forced to marry the President’s son, Bishop Lattimer but she plans to bring her family back into power with a mission of her own – Killing Bishop Lattimer. The only problem is that the boy who she initially thought to be cruel and merciless, actually turns out to be the only person who understands her.

Characters:

  1. Ivy Westfall – Resilient, A bit reckless; I honestly liked Ivy as a character. I loved how she was strong enough to enter into this marriage alone with a heavy expectation placed on her and that she is not afraid to speak her mind.
  2. Bishop Lattimer  – Patient, Kind, Truthful; Bishop is probably the one guy who most girls want to end up with since he literally portrayed to as being Perfect but I guess that is also a flaw in his character. Sometimes being too naive is not always a good thing and I believe he does grow as a character in this book and maybe even more in the second book of the duology.

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Overall Thoughts: 

Despite taking on the trope of arranged marriages, I was surprised to see that there was more of a deeper societal/political aspect which was tackled within this novel. The romance does take a back seat and is not the major portion of the story which I appreciated. Amy also explores the different sides to marriages as well which I was not expecting. It definitely kept me intrigued and made me wonder about our current societal issues which many people may be facing.

This novel would definitely make you think what you would do if you were in Ivy’s position? And what really IS the right thing to do? This is another reason why I loved this book since the author did take her time to offer two sides to the story and make sure all the characters had layers to the personality. She makes it clear that while it is good to hold your ground in a conflict, it’s best to understand both sides properly before you act impulsively.

Overall, I thought that this was an awesome read and I just hope that I pick up the next book soon because THAT ENDING THOUGH!!!!!

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Hope you all enjoyed this review and let me know your thoughts if you have read it already!

Until next time, keep reading and I will be back with another bookish post!

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Why I Loathe Sterling Lane Book Review (Spoiler Free)

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Genre: Contemporary

Author: Ingrid Paulson

Publication: Published June 6th 2017 by Entangled: Teen

Pages: 287

Rating: 4/5

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Hello everyone! I hope you all are having a wonderful week! For today’s post I will be reviewing the new release from Entangled Teen entitled “Why I Loathe Sterling Lane” by Ingrid Paulson. Thank you to Entangled Teen this amazing opportunity! I was able to receive an e-ARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Summary from GoodReads

“Per her 537 rules, Harper Campbell keeps her life tidy—academically and socially. But the moment Sterling Lane transfers into her tiny boarding school, her twin brother gets swept up in Sterling’s pranks and schemes and nearly gets expelled. Harper knows it’s Sterling’s fault, and to protect her brother, she vows to take him down. As she exposes his endless school violations, he keeps striking back, framing her for his own infractions. Worst of all, he’s charmed the administration into thinking he’s harmless, and only Harper sees him for the troublemaker he absolutely is.

As she breaks rule after precious rule in her battle of wits against Sterling and tension between them hits a boiling point, she’s horrified to discover that perhaps the two of them aren’t so different. And maybe she doesn’t entirely hate him after all. Teaming up with Sterling to save her brother might be the only way to keep from breaking the most important rule—protecting Cole.”

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My Thoughts

I absolutely love these types of books since they are quite refreshing and a breath of fresh air from the hardcore, dark and epic fantasies novels which I am usually swept up by. I really enjoyed reading about Harper as a character; she is very meticulous in everything she does and is pretty much a studious girl with very high grades. Sterling on the other hand is the complete opposite and is a trouble maker and I loved seeing the relationship between these two unfold. While the story is predictable in its plot that this is a hate to love type scenario, it was quite enjoyable to read. If you are looking for a read that will pick you up from your low spirits, this is the one! There were times were I was pretty much laughing at the quirky scenes between the two main characters. They truly did put a smile on my face! I also love how everything flowed together towards the ending, where Harper does grow through some character development where she learns not to live life by rules but with freedom and true happiness.

That’s all for now!

Until next time, keep reading and I will see you all soon with another post!

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Violet Grenade Book Tour w/ Author Interview

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Genre: Dark

Author: Victoria Scott

Publication: May 16th 2017 by Entangled Teen

Pages: 300

Rating: 4/5

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Hello everyone! I am so happy to announce that I am hosting a stop for the Violet Grenade Book Tour by Victoria Scott! Hoorayyy!!! Thank you to Entangled Teen and Chapter by Chapter for this amazing opportunity! I was able to receive an e-ARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Stay tuned for the Author Interview at the end of the post for an in depth look into the book, Victoria’s writing habits and what we can look forward from her in the future!

Summary

Domino is a homeless girl who lives with her best friend, Dizzy, who unfortunately ends up captured and thrown into jail through a series of events. With no money to bail him out, Domino is forced to turn to the aid of Madam Karina who offers her a place to stay and a position in her Home for Girls. It isn’t long before Domino learns the dark secrets which lay within this Home as well as the ones Madam Karina holds herself. Within time, Domino tries to escape her clutches but she holds a special and dangerous secret as well: A voice in her head named Wilson.

Characters

Domino – Strong and Independent; I truly enjoyed reading about Domino. I loved that she was portrayed as a strong woman who knew how to take care of herself but still had a few insecurities as well: one of them being Wilson since she believes herself to be a monster for having him invade her mind. Her insecurities helped with making her character more relatable.

Cain – Quiet and Mysterious; Cain was also a character who was well thought out since he does come from a past which haunts him but despite everything, he is still gentle and protective over Domino which was sweet to see progress throughout the story.

Madam Karina – Mysterious yet vicious antagonist who manages to charismatically gain control over the minds of the girls in her Home. I also enjoyed that the author gave her character a backstory along with the other characters. It helped make the story more realistic.

Wilson – “The voice within Domino.” When we first introduced to Wilson, I had to admit I was quite shocked since I never read a story in which we were introduced to a character within the mind of a protagonist. I loved reading about him and the relationship he had with Domino. Despite being the dark and violent voice within Domino, he only had one sole purpose which was trying to protect her.

My Final Thoughts: 

This was a fabulous read and I was very impressed of how fresh the concept of the story was to include a character within the mind of another main character. We usually do not see much psychological thrillers within YA literature so it was quite refreshing to read something different from typical YA genres. This book was a mix of a lot of themes: Psychological, Unusual, Horrifying, and Heartbreaking that you cannot help but be glued to the pages since the plot moves rapidly. There was not one moment where I felt the story slowed down or lagged. The high stakes and the secrets within these characters was what kept me reading. This is definitely not a light read since there are dark themes present within this novel as well as some intense and emotional scenes. Overall, the characters were so well developed and the plot was so fast paced that this was just an awesome book to read! I would definitely recommend this if you enjoy reading psychological thrillers and darker YA genres.

 

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About the Author (From GoodReads): 

Victoria Scott is the acclaimed author of eight novels for young adults including FIRE & FLOOD, THE COLLECTOR, HEAR THE WOLVES, and VIOLET GRENADE. She is published by Scholastic and Entangled Teen, and is represented by Sara Crowe. Victoria’s novels are sold in fourteen countries, and she loves receiving reader emails from at home, and across the world.

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Author Interview: 

1. The concept of having a character with a second personality is quite unique. How did you come with the idea?

I just kept picturing this small teenage girl who looks in every way like the perfect victim, but you don’t realize she’s packing ammunition in her head. The character, Domino, never left my mind. So I had to write her.

2. In terms of writing and world building, what advice do you have for future writers who wish to craft and develop a fantasy yet believable new world? How do you approach this when you are writing your books?

I think the realness comes from the details. It comes from watching people around you and noticing what quirks make them human, and relatable. I think comes from the characters even more than the world itself.

3. Have you ever faced writers block? How do you typically try to overcome it?

I treat writer’s block like others treat having an unmotivated day. I put on my Big Girl pants and write anyway. Because this is my job, and I can’t stay in bed just because I feel like it no more than anyone else at any other job (though sometimes I wish I could).

4. Do you have a favorite place to write? Any special playlists you like to listen to?

I have a favourite coffee shop, and a favourite drink there (Pink Drink for the win!). I usually listen to Spotify while writing, but the scene dictates the playlist.

5. Do you have any book or series that you would never get tired of reading multiple times?

Harry Potter for days! Always and forever.

6. What can we expect from you in the future? Are there any other genres you would like to explore?

I’m drafting a new young adult book right now that’s a stand-alone. Someday I may try an adult novel. I love reading adult thrillers!

 

Thank you all for stopping by!

Until next time, keep reading and I will see you soon! 🙂

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172 Hours on the Moon Book Review (Spoiler Free)

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“In space, no one can hear you scream.”

Genre: Science Fiction, Young Adult, Supernatural, Horror

Author: Johan Harsbad

Published April 5th 2012 by Atom

Pages: 368

Rating: 4/5

Originally written and published in Norway, 172 Hours on the Moon is a Scandanavian thriller which is downright terrifying. Despite the extremely slow start to the novel, it quickly picks up pace by the second half of the book to the point where is it difficult to put down. The timing of when I read this book is something I have to point out since its quite hilarious . . . and embarrassing for me lol I actually started to read this before my first solo trip to Italy and the events in the book completely paralleled closely with what happened in my life which made it even more creepy. Because here, we have characters who are leaving their homes to a place where they are all alone and have no one else close to them which did resemble my situation so I ended up putting this book aside to give my heart a break. Not to mention I was reading this at night because I’m a crazy like that 🙂

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Summary:

172 Hours on the Moon is a science fiction thriller where three teenagers win a week long trip to the moon with NASA. This is the organization’s attempt to increase the public’s interest in space travel and also create some sponsors for the program. In terms of my criticism, I found the whole premise of the story line to be a bit far-fetched since the idea of placing kids in outer space seemed unbelievable. Even astronauts require years of training before they can fly to outer space but the kids had to undergo a couple of months. I find that a bit strange. And why did it have to be teenagers? I think it would have done well even if the characters were adults. I assume the age range for the three main characters was probably small since this was targeted to be a young adult book. I also did not find myself having any interest for any of the main characters since I did not find them to be relatable at all. There was also a small romance aspect within the book which I thought was completely unnecessary since it did not progress so there was no need.

Despite these flaws. the only reason as to why I kept reading was because I knew from other book reviewers that the plot does not become interesting until they land on the moon. With that being said, if I did not know anything with regards to the book when I picked it up, I probably would not have finished reading it. But once they do land on the moon, things start to escalate pretty fast and so much to the point where I thought I was reading a completely different book!

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Coming to the actual core plot of the novel – this was absolutely fantastic. I am not sure why the author prolonged everything just to come to the moon since I found the prologue to be quite dull. I have noticed that the author had done a bit of research for this novel and it was even more evident through his interview in the last few pages of the book. For example, I loved how he incorporated a bit of the Japanese folklore into the story since it ties in very well within book, especially towards the end. Oh my gawd . . . THAT ENDING THOUGH!!! Still get chills thinking about it!

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All in all, I think the entire thriller/suspense aspect of the story made up for the lackluster character development. I did manage to finish this book after my trip from Italy of course. Overall, in terms of ratings, I gave this book 4/5 stars!

Have any of you read 172 Hours on the Moon? What were your thoughts on it? Let me know below!

Until next time, keep reading and I will see you all soon!

 

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Incriminating Dating Book Review (Spoiler Free)

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Author: Rebekah L. Purdy

Published April 10th 2017 by Entangled Crush

Pages – 189

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Rating – 4/5

I am so excited to be part of the Blog Tour for Incriminating Dating! Thank you to Entangled Teen for providing me a copy on NetGalley for an honest review and including me within this tour! 

GoodReads Summary:

Ayla Hawkins is ready to stand up for change in her high school. But winning the election for class president against popular Jenna Lee will be impossible without a miracle. When she stumbles upon Mr. Perfect Luke Pressler defacing public property and catches it on camera: cue miracle. Ayla’s got the dirt she needs to get Luke on Team Ayla—in the form of her new fake boyfriend.

One mistake. All Luke wanted was a night to goof off, to blow off steam. The pressure of maintaining the perfect facade when his reality was crumbling around him had become too much, and next thing he knew, he was pretending to date Ayla Hawkins. But his little blackmailer turns out to be kind. Honorable. Opinionated. And just the breath of fresh air he didn’t even realize he was suffocating for. But Luke and Ayla come from different worlds, and once the election is over, their fauxmance will be, too.

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book features adult language, sexual situations, and plenty of girl power. Reading may result in swooning, laughing, and looking for a Luke of your own.

 

Characters:

Ayla – Editor-in-chief of the school newspaper; Passionate for Drama Club –  I personally enjoyed reading from Ayla’s POV since I immediately loved her from the start. She is so fun, bright and very passionate about key issues within the school and society and is strong enough to bring them into the light. The fact that she had such nerdy interests (Doctor Who, Zelda, and Minecraft) and an obsession with Pizza made her even more adorable!

Luke – Star Basketball Player; Despite the image that he builds for himself in school, Luke is a teenager who is going through some tough situations at home and it is discovered through his relationship with Ayla that there is a lot more to him than what is initially known. He is a very complex character but that is what makes him so interesting. Side Note: I adored his little brother Landon – he was such a cutie! 🙂

 

My Thoughts

I personally enjoyed reading this novel and the characters truly helped make this such a fun read. While it is true that this novel is within the contemporary  genre and therefore, is a cute fluffy romance, it was still an enjoyable read since you see the character relationships grow in a decent pace which added to a realistic flow to the story. I also felt that the connection between Luke and Ayla was so genuine and real and you couldn’t help but root for them throughout the book.  Luke would give Ayla the confidence she needs to face her fears at school and Ayla is Luke’s pillar of support who always keeps him grounded and pushes him to make the right decisions.

Purdy also did an amazing job with her writing since it was so engaging and the alternate POVs had a clear distinct voice for each main character and it was not confusing when switching between the parts. Overall, the story did flow naturally from chapter to chapter and it did highlight some significant themes within our society. I would definitely recommend this if you would like a sweet, spring read! 🙂

 

About the author:
Rebekah was born and raised in Michigan where she spent many late nights armed with a good book and a flashlight. Shes lived in Michigan most of her life other than the few years she spent in the U.S. Army. At which time she got a chance to experience Missouri, Kansas, South Carolina, and California. Rebekah has a business degree from University of Phoenix and currently works full time for the court system. In her free time she writes YA stories, anything from YA Fantasy to YA Contemporary Romance. Rebekah also has a big family (6 kids), she likes to consider her family as the modern day Brady Bunch complete with crazy road trips and game nights. When not hiding at her computer, Rebekah enjoys reading, singing, soccer, swimming, football, camping, playing video games, traveling, and hanging out with her family and gazillion pets.

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Excerpt:

Before the football game got started, the announcer came over the loudspeakers to tell the fans about the booth. Hoots and hollers went up through the crowd, and soon we had a long line of students waiting for their turns.

I stood near the booth, making sure to thank everyone for coming out and to actually talk to them. Surprisingly, they seemed receptive to me and my ideas.

“I’m so glad you’re running,” a girl named Brooklyn said. “It’d be nice to have someone normal as president, you know. Someone who cares about the art programs.”

I smiled. “Thanks. I promise, I’ll be fighting hard for those things.”

When halftime rolled around, we still had students lined up. Partially because Stacy promised to post pics on our school newspaper’s social media pages, and partially because I think people liked the idea of taking crazy photos with the popular kids.

The volleyball team left to take their places on the field, and I trudged to one of the chairs behind the booth. I so wasn’t ready for this. Chloe sat next to me. Thank God I didn’t have to do this alone.

“Here, put on some red lipstick. You want to stand out, you know.” She laughed, dabbing my lips. “Now smack them together.”

Trying to ignore the small group standing around us, I did as she said. A few guys hopped into Chloe’s line for a pic, but mine didn’t have anyone yet. And of course the girls were lined for Brady and Jack. I glanced around nervously. This was kind of embarrassing—no one wanted to be seen with me. Did I have something stuck on my face? Maybe I wasn’t pretty enough. Then someone came to stand in front of me. My gaze slid up to find Luke. He held up a twenty-dollar bill, then put it into the can. What was he doing? I knew he didn’t have that kind of money. But my thoughts quickly turned from his money to the fact he was paying to take a picture with me.

“So, what do we want to wear in our photo?” Luke said, reaching for a pair of dark shades and a ridiculously large cowboy hat.

“Um, I’ll take this…” I grabbed a large purple boa and wrapped it around my neck, pulling on a pair of long, lacy white gloves.

We stepped inside the booth…and lined up in front of a computer screen that Chloe’s dad let us borrow, which showed both our faces on it.

“I think we ought to make this a really memorable picture, don’t you?” Luke’s voice sounded deeper.

He moved toward me, his breath warm against my cheek. He wasn’t even looking at the camera. Then it dawned on me what was about to happen. Holy shit. My first kiss. And it’d be with Luke. Freaking. Pressler.