AGAIN, BUT BETTER BY CHRISTINE RICCIO

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Title: Again, but Better
Author: Christine Riccio
Series or Standalone: Standalone
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, YA
Publication Date: May 7th 2019
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Format: eArc
Source: Netgalley
Star Rating: ★★☆☆☆
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Shane has been doing college all wrong. Pre-med, stellar grades, and happy parents…sounds ideal—but Shane’s made zero friends, goes home every weekend, and romance…what’s that?

Her life has been dorm, dining hall, class, repeat. Time’s a ticking, and she needs a change—there’s nothing like moving to a new country to really mix things up. Shane signs up for a semester abroad in London. She’s going to right all her college mistakes: make friends, pursue boys, and find adventure!

Easier said than done. She is soon faced with the complicated realities of living outside her bubble, and when self-doubt sneaks in, her new life starts to fall apart.

Shane comes to find that, with the right amount of courage and determination one can conquer anything. Throw in some fate and a touch of magic—the possibilities are endless. 

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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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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: ★★★☆☆
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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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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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