Mini Reviews: By Your Side by Kasie West, Romeo and What’s Her Name by Shani Petroff, and This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills

Posted February 16, 2017 by Lori in Books, Reviews / 2 Comments Tags: ,

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I received this book for free from the Publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Mini Reviews: By Your Side by Kasie West, Romeo and What’s Her Name by Shani Petroff, and This Adventure Ends by Emma MillsBy Your Side by Kasie West
Published by HarperCollins on January 31st, 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult, Romance
Pages: 352
Format: eARC
Source: the Publisher via Edelweiss
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four-stars

In this irresistible story, Kasie West explores the timeless question of what to do when you fall for the person you least expect. Witty and romantic, this paperback original from a fan favorite is perfect for fans of Stephanie Perkins and Morgan Matson.
When Autumn Collins finds herself accidentally locked in the library for an entire weekend, she doesn’t think things could get any worse. But that’s before she realizes that Dax Miller is locked in with her. Autumn doesn’t know much about Dax except that he’s trouble. Between the rumors about the fight he was in (and that brief stint in juvie that followed it) and his reputation as a loner, he’s not exactly the ideal person to be stuck with. Still, she just keeps reminding herself that it is only a matter of time before Jeff, her almost-boyfriend, realizes he left her in the library and comes to rescue her.
Only he doesn’t come. No one does.
Instead it becomes clear that Autumn is going to have to spend the next couple of days living off vending-machine food and making conversation with a boy who clearly wants nothing to do with her. Except there is more to Dax than meets the eye. As he and Autumn first grudgingly, and then not so grudgingly, open up to each other, Autumn is struck by their surprising connection. But can their feelings for each other survive once the weekend is over and Autumn’s old life, and old love interest, threaten to pull her from Dax’s side?

You guys know I’m a huge Kasie West fan, right? Well, I just about jumped for joy when her newest showed up on Edelweiss last fall. I downloaded it right away and couldn’t even wait to read it. I read this one way back in October! And like the terrible blogger that I am, I didn’t write my review right away. Which means its now past publication date and I’m finally just getting to my review. But that doesn’t mean I didn’t love it! Because of course I did! And I’m not just saying that. This book is about a girl who finds herself stuck in a library over the weekend with a cute but quiet and presumed bad-boy from school. Think Heath Ledger’s character from 10 Things I Hate About You. And Autumn is the girl that seems to have it all together. But over the course of the weekend, they get to know each other a little. Enough that they’ve formed a bond even after they get out and their lives continue on as “normal”. What I liked about this is that the characters have some issues to deal with and they really try to help each other through them. They stop thinking of each other as the people they appear through the rest of their classmates and just get to know each other. This one seemed a bit more intense than some of the other Kasie West contemporary romances but I liked the inclusion of Autumn’s anxiety and Dax’s family issues. It added a bit more depth to the story and the characters than just the usual unlikely-pair romance. Overall it was a really enjoyable romance. Not my favorite Kasie West book but still really good and definitely worth a read. Especially for the stuck in the library during a snowstorm holiday weekend setting!

 

I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Mini Reviews: By Your Side by Kasie West, Romeo and What’s Her Name by Shani Petroff, and This Adventure Ends by Emma MillsRomeo and What's Her Name by Shani Petroff
Published by Swoon Reads on February 7th 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 224
Format: ARC
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three-half-stars

Understudies never get to perform
. . . which is why being Juliet's understudy in the school's yearly "Evening with Shakespeare" is the perfect role for Emily. She can earn some much-needed extra credit while pursuing her main goal of spending time with Wes, aka Romeo, aka the hottest, nicest guy in school (in her completely unbiased opinion). And she meant to learn her lines, really, it's just:a) Shakespeare is HARD,b) Amanda, aka the "real" Juliet, makes her run errands instead of lines, andc) there's no point because Amanda would never miss the chance to be the star of the show.
Then, Amanda ends up in the hospital and Emily, as the (completely unprepared!) understudy, has to star opposite the guy of her dreams. Oops?

This book is perfect for when you want something very light and very silly. It’s definitely not a book for everyone. It reads like a teen rom-com and just like those movies, not everyone will enjoy them. This one follows a character who signs up to be an understudy for a scene from Romeo & Juliet. She never expects to have to go on stage but since this is a rom-com, of course she ends up having to do it. And she’s playing opposite her biggest crush. And here’s where some people might start to get lost. Because it’s hard to image that someone could be so nervous and unprepared that she would say some of the lines that she says and do what she does while on stage. I mean, who doesn’t know the Romeo & Juliet balcony scene? If it were a scene from a movie, it’d be a little bit like the dressing room scene from The DUFF. Absolutely ridiculous to adults but probably pretty funny for the tween crowd. And that’s kind of how this whole book reads. So if that sounds like something that’s too young and silly for you, I’d definitely skip it. But if you’re in the mood for a lighthearted rom-com that you can read in one sitting to take your mind off the world, this is perfect. I enjoyed it because it was quick and fun and was in theater in high school. But like I said earlier, don’t feel bad if doesn’t sound at all like something you would enjoy. Because it’s definitely one of those books that you would only enjoy if you’re in the right mood for something silly and are willing to look past a few especially ridiculous scenes.

 

Mini Reviews: By Your Side by Kasie West, Romeo and What’s Her Name by Shani Petroff, and This Adventure Ends by Emma MillsThis Adventure Ends by Emma Mills
Published by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) on October 4th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 320
Format: Hardcover
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five-stars

Sloane isn't expecting to fall in with a group of friends when she moves from New York to Florida—especially not a group of friends so intense, so in love, so all-consuming. Yet that's exactly what happens.
Sloane becomes closest to Vera, a social-media star who lights up any room, and Gabe, Vera's twin brother and the most serious person Sloane's ever met. When a beloved painting by the twins' late mother goes missing, Sloane takes on the responsibility of tracking it down, a journey that takes her across state lines—and ever deeper into the twins' lives.
Filled with intense and important friendships, a wonderful warts-and-all family, shiveringly good romantic developments, and sharp, witty dialogue, this story is about finding the people you never knew you needed.

I loved this! I loved Sloane, the main character. I just felt like I understood her. She’s sarcastic and witty but also a bit detached and uncomfortable with strong emotions. She keeps herself a little bit at a distance, even with those she feels close to, and is the one to make a snarky comment when things are getting emotional or intense and I can relate to that and the feelings that bring those behaviors around. So I really loved following her on her journey and being inside her head and seeing her learn more about herself along the way. And even during the times when I knew she had taken things a bit too far, I also knew it was all part of her journey and really appreciated the way it all came together in the end. I always appreciate it when authors let their characters grow and transform over the course of the book and I really liked Sloane’s journey.

Also, Vera and Gabe and Remy and Frank and all of their friendships were absolutely great. I love reading books about friends and seeing how they interact and their stories and this group was so much fun to be around. I think everyone should read this book just to meet these characters! I loved that they were such a great group before Sloane moved in and then they all welcomed her so easily without any resistance or anything. It was definitely a big part of Sloane’s development to accept these people into her life and I loved seeing how it all came together. Between the friendships, characters, and emotions I felt throughout this book (not to mention the gorgeous cover!!), it’s easily a new favorite.

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