So, I follow different publishers and book related sites and I get their emails or updates about new releases and I’m SO excited about a few books. I wanted to share them and convince you to Go Buy a Book!
First up, When We Collided by Emery Lord
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We are seventeen and shattered and still dancing. We have messy, throbbing hearts, and we are stronger than anyone could ever know…
Jonah never thought a girl like Vivi would come along.
Vivi didn’t know Jonah would light up her world.
Neither of them expected a summer like this…a summer that would rewrite their futures.
In an unflinching story about new love, old wounds, and forces beyond our control, two teens find that when you collide with the right person at just the right time, it will change you forever.
**I have read Emery Lord before. Her book, The Start of Me and You was very good. I rated it 5 stars. I thought the character development was believable and actually quite good. The story had the perfect amount of tension and romance and I loved it. It also had all the feels for the way the love story turned out. Lets just say it was my kind of story.
That being said, I’m so excited to read another book from Emery Lord.
Next Up, While You Were Mine, By Ann Howard Creel
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The end of World War II should have brought joy to Gwen Mullen. But on V-J Day, her worst fear is realized. As celebrating crowds gather in Times Square, a soldier appears on her doorstep to claim Mary, the baby abandoned to Gwen one year earlier. Suddenly Gwen is on the verge of losing the child she has nurtured and loves dearly.
With no legal claim to Mary, Gwen begins to teach Lieutenant John McKee how to care for his child, knowing that he will ultimately take Mary away. What starts as a contentious relationship, however, turns into something more, and Gwen must open her heart to learn that love means taking chances.
While You Were Mine paints a vivid portrait of 1940s New York and tells an enchanting tale of the nature of love and trust.
** Another author I have read before. I rated The Magic of Ordinary Days with four stars. This is not a Young Adult book (surprise, I read more than YA), but it was a really good reminder about real life and changes that we don’t expect. I also LOVED the male lead in the book, Ray. His character growth is so tender that you fall in love with the book even if you didn’t want to.
Ann Howard Creel’s new book looks like it’s that the same magic that her other book carried. Reading the synopsis makes me want to read the book and expect to fall in love with new characters in unexpected ways.
What you Always Wanted by Kristin Rae
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If only…he was the boy she’s been dreaming of.
Theatre girl Maddie Brooks has always had high standards for guys. But she has yet to find one who can live up to the classic Hollywood heartthrobs, especially the dreamy song-and-dance man Gene Kelly. When Maddie begins to carpool with Jesse Morales, her new neighbor and star pitcher of the baseball team, she’s struck by his wit, good looks, and love for his family—but a guy so into sports is definitely not her style. Then Maddie discovers that Jesse was raised as a dancer and still practices in the community theatre’s dance studio to keep in shape. Perhaps her perfect dream guy exists after all! But when it becomes clear that baseball—not dance—is Jesse’s passion, can Maddie find a way to let her dream guy go and appreciate the charms of the amazing guy in front of her?
This fun, high school theatre romance in the If Only line is for anyone who has ever wished for that impossibly perfect guy.
** Another author I have read. And part of a line of ADORABLE books. The If Only… books by Bloomsbury are perfect, clean, reads about stories that we’ve all imagined or hoped would happen. And if you haven’t imagined them, you will after reading these. The books are written by different authors, so you get a fresh story each time.
Enter If Only… #8. A girl in love with Gene Kelly, witty baseball player, and high school girl trying to figure out life. Yes Please!
And Last, but certainly NOT least: Romancing the Nerd by Leah Rae Miller
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Dan Garrett has become exactly what he hates—popular. Until recently, he was just another live-action role-playing (LARP) geek on the lowest run of the social ladder. Cue a massive growth spurt and an uncanny skill at taking three-point shots in basketball and voila…Mr. Popular. It’s definitely weird.
And the biggest drawback? Going from high school zero to basketball hero cost Dan the secret girl-of-his-dorky dreams.
A tuba-playing nerd with an eclectic fashion sense, Zelda Potts’s “Coolness” stat is about minus forty-two. Dan turning his back on her and the rest of nerd-dom was brutal enough, but when he humiliates her at school, Zelda decides it’s time for a little revenge—dork style. Nevermind that she used to have a crush on him. Nevermind that her plan could backfire big time.
It’s time to roll the dice…and hope like freakin’ hell she doesn’t lose her heart in the process.
**I have not read this author but look at the cover of that book! I’m in love right there. Then add a basketball star who wants to go back to his nerdy roots to get the girl of his dreams? Not the typical story and I am DYING to read this! It has all the makings of the perfect high school love story. I am buying this today.
So, which are you going to try? I want to try all of them, how do I pick one? Which are you going to buy?