#Antisocial by Jillian Blake

antisocialAntisocial by Jillian Blake is a young adult novel about teens dealing with social issues after their phones and social media accounts get hacked. Every photo, internet search and message on their phones are made public creating a lot of gossip at first but then it all turns crazy.  Anna Soler is a senior at Alexandria Prep High School. She just lost her boyfriend, Palmer Meade, who is also the star basketball player and none of her friends wants anything to do with her mainly because she ditched them for Palmer. Blake does a great job creating characters and settings that are modern day and current with today’s teens. I felt like the plot line was very believable and extremely interesting. While there were moments that I felt where cringe worthy, I still felt like I had to know what was going to happen next. This book as an element of rawness and vulnerability that young people today possess. I really felt like this book was a really fun read that I could not put down.   ** I received an Advance Reader Copy of this book in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.** You can purchase your copy HERE. 

Synopsis: What if your greatest secrets became public? For the students at Alexandria Prep, a series of hacks leads to a scandalous firestorm—and the students are left wondering whose private photos and messages will be exposed next. It’s Pretty Little Liars meets WikiLeaks. Senior spring at Alexandria Prep was supposed to be for sleeping through class and partying with friends. But for Anna Soler, it’s going to be a lonely road. She’s just been dumped by her gorgeous basketball star boyfriend—with no explanation. Anna’s closest friends, the real ones she abandoned while dating him, are ignoring her. The endearing boy she’s always had a complicated friendship with is almost too sympathetic.  But suddenly Anna isn’t the only one whose life has been upended. Someone is determined to knock the kings and queens of the school off their thrones: one by one, their phones get hacked and their personal messages and photos are leaked. At first it’s funny—people love watching the dirty private lives of those they envy become all too public.  Then the hacks escalate. Dark secrets are exposed, and lives are shattered. Chaos erupts at school. As Anna tries to save those she cares about most and to protect her own secrets, she begins to understand the reality of our always-connected lives: Sometimes we share too much.

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The It Girl by Cecily Von Ziegesar

the it girlThe It Girl by Cecily Von Ziegesar is the first book in the It Girl series. I honestly did not know these were a series, but then again I binged watched Gossip Girl on Netflix. I usually am late to the party on watching television series. When I found this book I was surprised because I honestly did not know there was a series of books that are a spin off of Jenny. Jenny was not one of my favorite characters but the books makes it easier to fall in love with her character. These books are quick, fun reads that will make you laugh and smile a lot. I found reading the first book in this series makes me want to read more. I really miss Gossip Girl and these books are a great find for me. So loves if you are like me and miss Gossip Girl, then check out this series.

Synopsis: Popular Gossip Girl character Jenny Humphrey is leaving Constance Billard to attend Waverly Academy, an elite boarding school in New York horse country where glamorous rich kids don’t let the rules get in the way of an excellent time. Determined to leave her Manhattan past behind her, Jenny sets off to Waverly with big plans of reinventing herself. She’ll be a goddess–she’s a sophisticated city girl, after all!–and will find a boy who can properly worship her. But that’s going to be a little tricky since her self-absorbed new roommates, Callie Vernon and Brett Messerschmidt, aren’t exactly there to help–unless there’s something in it for them. Hot guys, new intrigue, and more delicious gossip all add up to more trouble than ever for Jenny. But if getting caught with boys and going up against the Disciplinary Committee is what it takes, Jenny’s ready. She’ll do all that and more to be The It Girl.

Incriminating Dating by Rebekah L. Purdy

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I recently got the opportunity to read Incriminating Dating by Rebekah L. Purdy. I fell in love with the characters and story line from the very beginning. Purdy does an outstanding job creating the characters, settings and plot line. The story has two points of views, one from Ayla Hawkins and another from Luke Pressier. Ayla is what some might say a geek. She is involved with the drama club, editor of the school paper and a huge comic/video game geek. She has an ongoing dislike for Jenna and decides to run against her for class president to try to save the school clubs she loves so much from losing their funding. Jenna is the typical high school popular girl who only cares about the in crowd. This feud makes for a great deal of drama and heated arguments. While Luke is one of the popular kids, a basketball star and loved by everyone, he has a dark secret that he has only told his best friend Brady. Ayla stumbles upon a way to blackmail Luke into being her pretend boyfriend hoping this would help her get enough votes to win the election. Luke has no choice but to go along with this plan or lose his full ride scholarship. Little do they both know they are more alike then they thought and fall for each other. I really felt like this story relates to a lot of teens and high school in general. I look forward to reading more of Rebekah L. Purdy’s books. **Thank you so much to Entangled Publishing for providing me an Advanced Readers Copy of this book on NetGalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review!**

About this book: 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.)

About the author: Rebekah was born and raised in Michigan where she spent many late nights armed with a good book and a flashlight. She’s 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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Happy Pretty Messy Cultivating Beauty and Bravery When Life Gets Tough by Natalie Wise

happy pretty messHappy Pretty Messy Cultivating Beauty and Bravery When Life Gets Tough by Natalie Wise was released in February 2017. I have heard many wonderful things about this book! So, when I got the chance to read it for myself I was beyond excited. I am a huge fan of self help books. I found that reading this book was a pure joy. Wise does a great job making this a very uplifting read. Her writing style is careful and thought. She makes this book the perfect resource to read again and again. I think this would be a great gift for the women in your life. **I received this book free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.** You can get you copy HERE.

(from amazon.com) Ever felt like you needed a refresher course on how to be happy in life? Happy Pretty Messy is a modern-day inspirational guidebook for women of all ages seeking to live with beauty and bravery. As a modern lifestyle philosopher, Natalie Wise brings her trademark poetic prose to finding and cultivating balance, joy, and depth of self in daily life. Filled with wit and fresh insights for the heart and home, you’ll learn how to: Thrive through tragedy, Turn off your inner monologue, and Get “back to brave”.
You’ll also learn Wise’s secrets to enjoying the “everyday arts”—such as keeping home, keeping in touch, and creating memories. Wise writes, “Sometimes we don’t even realize our hearts are broken. We are fragile creatures, really. A heart has to search to set itself aright just about every moment. That is, unless there is an equilibrium we choose. A balancing point, a weight transfer where things even out and we decide to call life in all of its gutsandglory: Enough. What I have is enough. Life is tenuous and precious. I say that with certainty. And I say with even more certainty: that is why I celebrate the every day.” From cultivating your inner self to creating community and the perfect homemade latte, Happy Pretty Messy inspires a life that flourishes with charm, color, caffeine and, most importantly, courage. Finding value in these things might be the most important thing you do, so grab this book and dig in today.

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Future Leaders of Nowhere by Emily O’Beirne

future leadersFuture Leaders of Nowhere by Emily O’Beirne was released March 2017 by Ylva Publishing. This is the first book that I have read from author Emily O’Beirne. I find her writing style to be different than most young adult authors because it as a real naturalness or freshness. This book is really relatable and has a warm, loving overall feel. I found myself laughing a lot as I read this book. O’Beirne does an outstanding job in creating the setting and story line for this novel. She has created a group of characters that you can relate to or they remind you of someone you know. I found this book to be a very good read and well written. This book does have diversity and shows how teens deal with such issues. I look forward to reading more of Emily O’Beirne’s works in the future. **I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.** If you would like to read this amazing book, you can get a copy HERE.

Synopsis: Finn’s solid. Not in body, but in being. She’s gravity and kindness and all those good things that anchor. Willa’s confusing. Sometimes she’s this sweet, sensitive soul. Other times she’s like a flaming arrow you hope isn’t coming for you. Finn and Willa have been picked as team leaders in the future leader camp game. The usually confident Finn doesn’t know what’s throwing her more, the fact she’s leading a team of highly unenthusiastic overachievers or coming up against fierce, competitive Willa. And Willa doesn’t know which is harder, leaving her responsibilities behind to pursue her goals or opening up to someone. Soon they both realize that the hardest thing of all is balancing their clashing ideals with their unexpected connection. And finding a way to win, of course.

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You Know You’re a Mom – A Book for Moms Who Spend Saturdays at the Soccer Field Instead of the Spa by Harry H. Harrison Jr.

 

_225_350_Book.2206.coverYou Know You’re A Mom – A Book For Moms Who Spend Saturdays at the Soccer Field Instead of the Spa by Harry H. Harrison Jr. is a book that all moms can relate to. I really like the size of this book and although it is small, it is a really great read. You could say that this book is a prefect coffee table book for all moms out there. If you have a day where you are a little stressed, you can read a few pages and laugh at how you know you are not alone. I think this would also be a great gift for a new mom or first time mom. I really enjoyed reading this and found a lot of the sayings to be very funny and relatable. **I received this book for free in exchange for a honest and unbiased review.** You can get your copy of this book HERE.

Synopsis: One day that little plus sign appears on the stick, and you realize your life is about to change forever—you’re going to be a mom! Whether you’re still in the days of 2am feedings and loads of dirty diapers, or you’ve made it to that bittersweet moment of their college graduation, this book will make you laugh out loud with its insightful and funny observations about motherhood.  From the days when you read every parenting book ever written—while your husband plays golf—to the hours you spent polishing up your adult child’s resume, parenting is a roller coaster. Harry H. Harrison Jr. makes it just a little easier with his trademark humor and truisms as you learn that your job as a mom is the most important one you’ll ever have.

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Unnoticed by Amanda Deed

unnoticedUnnoticed by Amanda Deed is a completely different take on the classic Cinderella story. This story is based in Australia and makes the story take on a different charm. I really like how Deed creates a unique plot line, settings, and character list that takes this Cinderella type story to the next level. We all have read that classic story and know how she always get her prince. However, this story is based in the Aussie outback with wildlife and interesting characters that help make this a really great love story. The prince does not have a castle and a royal court, instead he is the town dentist and barber.  Little does the town know that the family he left in America owns a major railroad empire. If you love a happy ending, this is the book for you. **I received this book free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. ** If you want to read this love story, you can get your copy HERE.

(from amazon.com) Plain Jane O’Reilly is good at being unnoticed. Detested by her stepmother and teased by her stepsisters, Jane has learned the art of avoiding attention. That is until Price Moreland, an American with big dreams, arrives in her small town.
Does she dare to hope someone might notice her? However, Price Moreland may not be the prince that the whole town thinks him to be. Was his desire to be a missionary a God-given call, or just a good excuse to run from his past? Complete with an evil stepmother, a missing shoe and a grand ball, Unnoticed takes the time-old Cinderella fairy tale and gives it an Australian twist.

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