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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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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GOSSIP GIRL BY CECILY VON ZIEGER

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Author: Cecily von Zieger
Series or Standalone: Series
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Chick Lit
Publication Date: April 1st 2002
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Format: Audiobook
Source: Library
Star Rating: ★★☆☆☆

 

I concede. I read this solely because I was hugely obsessed with the early seasons of the CW adaptation of Gossip Girl. When I came across the audiobooks via my library, I thought why not? I have always wanted to try the books. However I can’t say I’m eager to jump back into this Cecily von Zeiger’s mind after what was a pretty unenjoyable, and at times, aggravating read.

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FILTHY GODS BY R. SCARLET

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Title: Filthy Gods
Author: R. Scarlet
Series or Standalone: Series
Genre: Adult Romance, New Adult, Contemporary
Publication Date: May 6th 2018
Publisher: Unsure, Maybe Self Published
Format: Kindle
Source: Amazon
Star Rating: ★★★☆☆

 

Filthy Gods is the novella prequel to R. Scarlet’s new American God series – a new adult series following Yale’s most attractive, wealthy and elite gentlemen. We follow Juliette Monroe, raised in the foster care system and on scholarship at Yale, she is not like her wealthy classmates. Yet, whilst working her ass off to afford living, she’s top of her pre-law classes.

Although she is constantly grappling for this title with her dangerously handsome rival Nathaniel Radcliffe, one of Yale’s elite. Between summers, Juliette finds herself working at the Hawthorn Country Club, a prestigious club that Nathaniel’s mother owns. It’s here that Nathaniel and Juliette face their rivalry – and their true desires for one another.

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