TAKE THE LEAD BY ALEXIS DARIA

“You light me up. You helped me remember who I was before, and see clearly who I am now and who I want to be.”

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Title: Take the Lead
Author: Alexis Daria
Series or Standalone: Dance Off #1
Genre: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Publication Date: October 3rd 2017
Publisher: Swerve
Format: eBook
Source: Library
Star Rating: ★★★★☆
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Take the Lead is sizzling romance between a Puerto Rican professional dancer and Mountain man reality star who find love on a reality show centred around a dance competition. As all budding romances go between a bubbly female lead and a brooding love interest, this book hits all the beats you expect a good romance novel to hit. It’s flirty, fun, with just the right amount of smut. But Alexis Daria takes this book to the next level and does more than what’s expected of the average new adult novel. With important conversations about Latina women in the entertainment industry being type casted and over-sexualised, this book features many elements that make it an exceptional and fresh addition to the genre.

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

Hey reader friends, I’m covering all the latest book news that happened end of May/beginning of June!

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CROWN OF FEATHERS BY NIKKI PAU PRETO

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“I am a daughter of death….From the ashes I rose, like a phoenix from the pyre.”

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Title: Crown of Feathers
Author: Nikki Pau Preto
Series or Standalone: Crown of Feathers #1
Genre: Young Adult & Fantasy
Publication Date: February 12th 2019
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Format: eArc
Source: Netgalley
Star Rating: ★★★☆☆
GOODREADS

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BOOKS ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH

In honour of May being Mental Health Awareness Month, I’ve written a list of books that I’d like to read with mental health rep for this Top 5 Wednesday.

Trigger warning: mentions of depression, anxiety, rape and trauma. 

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DO YOU DREAM OF TERRA-TWO? BY TEMI OH

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Title: Do You Dream of Terra-Two?
Author: Temi Oh
Series or Standalone: Standalone
Genre: Science Fiction
Publication Date: March 7th 2019
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Format: Paperback
Source: Library
Star Rating: ★★★☆☆
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A century ago, scientists theorised that a habitable planet existed in a nearby solar system. Today, ten astronauts will leave a dying Earth to find it. Four are decorated veterans of the 20th century’s space-race. And six are teenagers, graduates of the exclusive Dalton Academy, who’ve been in training for this mission for most of their lives.

It will take the team 23 years to reach Terra-Two. Twenty-three years spent in close quarters. Twenty-three years with no one to rely on but each other. Twenty-three years with no rescue possible, should something go wrong. And something always goes wrong.

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THE VERSATILE BLOGGER AWARD

A few months ago one of my favourite bloggers Alexandra at readingbystarlight kindly nominated me for The Versatile Blogger Award. Thank you for tagging me Alexandra! Side note, be sure to check out Alex’s blog if you get the chance, she’s one of the loveliest bloggers in this community!

The Versatile Blogger Award has a few simple rules….

  • Thank the person who nominated you (✓)
  • Leave a link to their blog (✓)
  • Tell us 7 things about yourself
  • Nominate 15 bloggers/bloggers you’ve discovered recently or follow regularly

Here are seven things about me:

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MY FAVOURITE RAINY DAY READS

I love how the discussion of Rainy Day Reads comes around seasonally. Of course, this topic can be interpreted differently by every reader, but that’s what makes it so much fun!

For me, my ideal rainy day read is simply something I find comfort in. Hearty books that aren’t too dense and don’t require using a lot of brain power to read. They might have fluffy romances & colourful characters that come off the page. This is what Rainy Day Reads are made for, at least in my world.

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I ADORED EMERGENCY CONTACT’S SWEET DIGITAL ROMANCE

“Romance was volatile, and if they came out of it with less than they had going in, she would be devastated.”

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Title: Emergency Contact
Author: Mary H.K. Choi
Series or Standalone: Standalone
Genre: YA/NA, Contemporary, Romance
Publication Date: March 27th 2018
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Format: eARC
Source: Netgally
Star Rating: ★★★☆☆
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Emergency Contact was one of those books that bought an interesting array of mixed reviews upon its release. Despite the fact that I’m not a huge contemporary reader, picking up a YA contemporary every now and again for a lighter read feels very homey.

I can happily say, Emergency Contact does just the trick. But it’s accompanied with important elements that heighten this story from your average fluffy YA contemporary to an honest young adult story about flawed characters.

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FALLING IN LOVE WITH ROMANCE AGAIN THANKS TO ELLE KENNEDY

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Title: The Chase
Author: Elle Kennedy
Series or Standalone: Briar U #1
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary, Sports Romance
Publication Date: March 19th 2019
Publisher: Elle Kennedy Inc.
Format: eBook
Source: Library
Star Rating: ★★★★★

The Chase is the first book in Elle Kennedy’s new steamy hockey romance series. We follow Summer Di Laurentis, who was recently expelled from Brown University after an unfortunate incident. So she’s starting anew at Briar U. But upon her arrival to Campus, her housing situation fell through and she’s without a place to live.

Summer’s older brother Dean pulls some strings and soon after, Summer finds herself moved into a house with three of her brothers hockey teammates, and she has the butterflies for one: Colin Fitzgerald, the tattoo-covered, video-gaming and hockey-playing, nerd-jock. But Colin has troubles of his own, and he passes Summer off as someone who is flighty and superficial. That’s strike one against him.

But if her sexy brooding roomie wises up and realises what he’s missing, he knows where to find her.

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