My Thoughts: Let me start off by saying I just have a hard time getting into books related to witches. I have no idea why because I like paranormal! IMy Thoughts: Let me start off by saying I just have a hard time getting into books related to witches. I have no idea why because I like paranormal! I love books with vampires, warlocks, faeries, but witches, I just have yet to find that one I adore adore!
And while I liked Trial By Fire, I just didn’t love it. I hate that. I wanted it to be that one witch book I’d love to pieces. And I can see where tons of people will love it like that.
We are introduced to Lily who is in a world where she is constantly sick. She has a best friend named Tristan who is always there for her and her rock. She also has a sister. Well, things in her world go haywire and she gets the chance to walk into another way of life.
That is confusing, I know right? Well it’s pretty easy in the book. It explains it pretty well. Much better than I can. She’s thrown into this other place where there are the people she knows from her world. There’s Tristan and he’s pretty similar. A parallel universe I guess.
There’s also a boy named Rowan. I loved Rowan. He was probably my favorite character and the reason I wanted to keep reading. I never really connected to the world much but I did connect with his relationship with Lily and I had to see what would happen between them.
I did enjoy the plot and some of the characters but the world building was just a bit confusing for me.
Overall: It’s okay, I can’t give every single book 5 stars. If you like books related to witches you’ll probably love this one but me, I’m still going to hope I can someday find a witch book I love!!! I’m still going to read the second in the series to see what happens though to Lily and all the characters. I’d say this is probably more of a 3.5 cupcake rating!
Cover: I love the cover. It’s what made me want to read it!
My Thoughts: Oh, how I love Morgan Matson!! I’ve read all her books and will read anything she publishes!! One of my absolute favorites. So, when I heMy Thoughts: Oh, how I love Morgan Matson!! I’ve read all her books and will read anything she publishes!! One of my absolute favorites. So, when I heard about The Unexpected Everything, I just knew I’d have to read it!!! And soon!
We are introduced to Andie who is a politician's daughter. Andie knows all about staying out of trouble and keeping below the radar. And, even though her dad is on a bit of an absence she knows to still stay low key! Never know when the media might be watching or what they will say next!
Andie’s summer plans get pooped on so she ends up staying home with her dad for the summer. That means she gets to spend time with her friends but she also must find another job for the summer.
She ends up getting a dog walking job! How fun and cute! I thought this was such a neat idea and I’d love to do it! She doesn’t think she’s cut out for it but soon she starts to really love it.
She also meets a boy named Clark. Pretty amazing way she meets him and then sees him again! And, I loved everything about him! I loved his story. I loved his background and I loved who he “really” is. It was so freaking adorable and so was he!
I want to say so much more about this, but it was wonderful and I’d highly recommend it, especially if you like Matson’s previous books!
Overall: This one is a true winner! I just loved it too pieces! I hope you read it! Go out and get it today and curl up on a hot summer day and just devour it!!!! I just loved the romance, and the sweet sweet dogs!!!
Cover: Love it!! It truly does fit. It’s fun and creative, and cute!
My Thoughts: I really thought Suffer Love sounded awesome when I read the description! I knew I had to read it! It sounded like a fun contemp!
We areMy Thoughts: I really thought Suffer Love sounded awesome when I read the description! I knew I had to read it! It sounded like a fun contemp!
We are introduced to Sam and Hadley!!! They both have a very complicated past and they both came from a very interesting family.
Sam and Hadley are more connected than they think when they meet. Well, Sam puts together the pieces pretty quick but Hadley is left in the dark for a while.
Despite the circumstances Sam is really drawn to Hadley. And Hadley is drawn to Sam.
This one is hard for me to write about. I liked it. I liked following along with the story and putting two and two together. I liked Sam and Hadley as characters. Hadley let her guard down around Sam and I liked Sam overall. But, I just never really felt connected with the story or plot. It was a good contemporary, it just wasn’t the best one for me I think.
Overall: It wasn’t Sam or Hadley’s fault on what their parents did but I still had a hard time really getting into this one because I had figured out pretty quick what had happened. I did really like the dual point of views. I know I can’t love each book I read so there’s always a few that I never really feel that connection too. I think A LOT of people will read this one and love love love love love love it but it was just okay for me! I’m still glad I read it!!! I will continue to read the next one this author writes! I think this is more of a 3.5 cupcake rating, instead of a 3.
Cover: Love it! Love the colors and the way they are holding one another.
My Thoughts: OMG I loved this book!!!! I loved both Cassidy and Bryan so much! They were so perfect for one another, even though they each had their fMy Thoughts: OMG I loved this book!!!! I loved both Cassidy and Bryan so much! They were so perfect for one another, even though they each had their flaws.
Cassidy has had a rough few months after a breakup with a boyfriend so she goes and stays with her dad for the summer! Her dad has a wife and they have a son together, so Cassidy has a stepbrother. He was so stinkin cute! I also loved Bryan and his family. He had a funny brother.
Cassidy ends up working at a day camp and there she gets to know Bryan. Bryan has had a rough year. He’s in a wheelchair and paralyzed in his legs. But that doesn’t stop him. He’s such a cute and funny guy. I could say so much about this one but I just loved it too pieces! It was funny but also so loving and warm. I loved all the side characters and the moments on the beach and getting slush. It was the perfect summer read (even though it’s only spring).
I can’t rave enough. I just loved this one. I was really looking forward to it and I’m so glad I read it!
Overall: I finished it in a day! Loved it! Loved the characters, loved the story-line, loved the sun and sand! I just loved it! Duh!
Cover: This cover was perfect for this one! I adore it! Loved how they are just sitting on the beach! It’s so cute!
My Thoughts: I really thought this was really cute! We are introduced to Sloane who has dealt with quite the catastrophe at home so when she gets theMy Thoughts: I really thought this was really cute! We are introduced to Sloane who has dealt with quite the catastrophe at home so when she gets the chance to go to Hawaii, she jumps at the chance. Back home, her boyfriend got her best friend pregnant so Sloane is pretty upset.
Sloane gets to Hawaii with her twin brother Penn and she’s back with a group of friends. Some old, some new. She’s told herself she’s going to spend the summer relaxing and just being okay and not thinking about the drama back home.
Well, Sloane pretty much shuts herself off from home and meets a new guy. His name is Finn and he’s pretty dreamy. Finn is such a good guy. He has had his fair share of problems but he’s a good guy and he’s there for Sloane. Mostly.
I liked Finn, I really did but there were times I wasn’t so sure about him either. Even her best friend and ex were jerks but I kind of felt sorry for them at times too! Confusing!
I really loved the atmosphere of Hawaii! I just loved reading about it and all the details!
This is such a cute summer read.
Overall: I really liked this one a lot. I’d say it’s more of a 3.5 rating from me. I did enjoy it but at times I wanted to just know what was going to happen! It is kind of raw and gritty though!
Cover: Love it! I think its cute and one I’d pick up in the store!
My Thoughts: I really did like this one! But I just never really connected much to Lizzie or Connor.
We are introduced to Lizzie. She’s just a normal gMy Thoughts: I really did like this one! But I just never really connected much to Lizzie or Connor.
We are introduced to Lizzie. She’s just a normal girl with a normal family. She lives with her mom and dad and older sister. She’s pretty ordinary. One day at camp she starts to feel sick. It only gets worse and she’s admitted to the hospital. She gets put in the Colon Cancer ward basically. This scared me a little bit as I’m dealing with my own problems right now with having anemia and being tested for stomach related issues. I thought oh crap, is this book going to scare the crap out of me?
Lizzie ends up getting diagnosed with a colon disorder and her life changes completely. She has so much to face and so many new challenges. Than in comes a boy named Connor when Lizzie sure isn’t at her best.
I liked Connor but he had so many issues of his own. And that’s the point. We learn more about him as the story progresses. I liked him. I especially liked his cute dog.
Connor is just what Lizzie needed rather they both knew it or not. She needed someone she could lean on even if he wasn’t always around. He brightened her days while in the hospital.
I liked this one, I really did but it just wasn’t the happy go lucky book I needed right than. It was sad, it was raw, it was emotional. I also liked seeing that Lizzie and Connor weren’t perfect. Their lives weren’t perfect and they had so many obstacles to overcome.
Overall: I really did enjoy this one but it wasn’t one of my favorites of the year. I did race right through it and finished it pretty quickly. I’d still recommend this one though. I’d say it’s probably more of a 3.5 cupcake rating than a 3. I read a lot of contemps and it’s hard to please me on those!
Cover: Love it! I love the colors and the way they are holding hands. Cute!
My Thoughts: I’ve read another one of Castle’s books and enjoyed it! So I was really excited to go into What Happens Now.
We are introduced to Ari whosMy Thoughts: I’ve read another one of Castle’s books and enjoyed it! So I was really excited to go into What Happens Now.
We are introduced to Ari whose had a crush on a boy named Camden. She hasn’t really said much to him but has admired him from afar. Well, one summer after Ari has went through a lot of her own troubles, she ends up bumping into Camden in an unexpected way and is thrown right into his life! They end up meeting in such a weiiird way! But, I loved it.
Ari falls in love with Camden and his friends. His friends each were so unique and cool. They had their issues but they were all really neat.
Ari is also dealing with a lot of inner demons. She has overcome a lot but it still gnaws away at her. I really liked her personality. I liked seeing things from her perspective. And oh sweet Camden. He wasn’t perfect either but I really did enjoy him too.
Overall: I liked this one quite a bit but had trouble with it. But of course there were some parts that I did just want to get through. And others I wanted to last forever. I’d say this is a 3.5 cupcake rating, more than just a three.
Cover: Love it! Love seeing them at the beach, getting ready to dive!
My Thoughts: I was really excited for this one!! When I first read the summary I knew I had to read it and it would be one I was really excited for.
IMy Thoughts: I was really excited for this one!! When I first read the summary I knew I had to read it and it would be one I was really excited for.
I enjoyed it but I was hoping to maybe like it a bit more than I did.
We are introduced to Kyle and Cloudy. Two friends who also lost another person in their life. A very important person. She was Kyle’s girlfriend and Cloudy’s best friend. Ashyln. Sweet Ashyln. Cloudy loved her best friend but she also had quite the feelings for Kyle. But, she liked him before Ashlyn ever became his girlfriend but kept her feelings secret.
When Ashyln dies Cloudy and Kyle are both left alone. They each deal with it in their own ways. Well, one day Cloudy discovers the people’s names who Ashlyns organs were donated to so she gets a wild idea to go visit them and learn more about each of them.
She asks Kyle to go along and that sets out their road trip! I loved the road trip aspect of this one. I loved seeing Kyle and Cloudy together. They got along so great once they actually got along. Things were tense at first. I loved the scene where they slept in the car together. I also loved Arm. Sweet sweet Arm. What a cute little kitty. I loved reading about her so much! She was so adorable.
I really did enjoy this one and I liked all the little details. But I just didn’t connect to the story as I hoped. It may just be that I’m still so raw after losing my mom last year that these books that have death in them are just hard for me and it seems like a lot of YA now a days does, so its hard!
Overall: I’d say this probably rates closer to a 4 cupcake rating but I just had a hard time debating between 3.5 cupcakes or 4 so I’ll just settle on 4. It was hard to rate this one! I did really enjoy it but I also just had a hard time with it. Understandable! I also loved the back and forth point of views!
Cover: Love it! I’d pick it up to see what it’s about! I also love the sign!
My Thoughts: This one was so sweet!!! It’s a little country novel that just makes your heart melt!
We are introduced to Rose who lives on a farm with hMy Thoughts: This one was so sweet!!! It’s a little country novel that just makes your heart melt!
We are introduced to Rose who lives on a farm with her father. Her mother passed away shortly ago and Rose is doing her absolute best to keep the farm going on. She takes care of the day to day tasks, with the help of one of her neighbors!
Well, they decide to hire a little bit of help! Another boy comes into the picture named Bodhi! I just knew from the minute I met Bodhi I was going to like him! He had his inner demons but he was also such a sweetie. Bodhi and Rose are both dealing with a lot in life and you put them together, and WAM! A lot of chemistry but also a lot of confusion.
I loved the moments they spent together, rather it be just working on the farm or going out in town. I just loved this one. It was super cute and country!
I always felt like I was right there with them having to deal with the day to day stuff and than their own problems in their own lives. I also loved seeing how strong they both were. Things got confusing but they found a way to talk, even if it took a while.
I thought this one was cute and just what I needed, something light and fun.
Overall: I really liked this one a lot! Such a good contemporary! It did get slow in a few parts but it would speed right back up and I’d be into it again!
Cover: Adorable!! I love how they are standing there, love the colors, it’s cute!
My Thoughts: Honestly, I went into this one not knowing if I’d like it or not. I had heard some good things and some bad things about it.
I did find mMy Thoughts: Honestly, I went into this one not knowing if I’d like it or not. I had heard some good things and some bad things about it.
I did find myself enjoying it throughout the story.
We are introduced to Liz who has always tried to the good girl. She has a mom, dad, an older sister. She has friends. She starts seeing a new guy named Inis. Inis is popular and everybody likes him. They think he’s a great guy. I liked him at first but as the story unfolded I just knew he wasn’t as perfect as everyone thought.
We are also introduced to Jason. Oh, sweet Jason. Jason made a mistake and has paid the price. Honestly, there was a lot more to the story than what we knew. But of course, Jason used to be Liz’s friend and she’s been told to stay as far away from him as she can. But that is kind of hard when his family still owns the house next door.
I knew there was going to be a lot to this story. It had a lot of depth and you really had to pay attention to the details. I really liked Jason. I liked Liz but at times I wanted to ram some truth into her head.
I’m glad where the story ended up even though things weren’t peachy and perfect. It was raw and emotional.
Overall: I’d say this is probably more of a 3.5 cupcake rating. I liked it. I liked the plot but at times I felt like things went to slow but thats okay!
My Thoughts: I just adore the Hundred Oaks books! I always anticipate them, and then as soon as I can get my hands on them, I read them quickly! And DMy Thoughts: I just adore the Hundred Oaks books! I always anticipate them, and then as soon as I can get my hands on them, I read them quickly! And Defending Taylor was just as good.. At first I thought Taylor would be the boy’s name but it actually wasn’t! It’s a girl!
We are introduced to Taylor who is from the perfect family. There's her dad who's a Senator, her mom who plays the Senator's Wife pretty well, her sister and brother who both go to college and seem to have the perfect lives. They are the perfect family. Until Taylor gets expelled from her school. She has to move back home to Hundred Oaks and attend a public high school. She has no friends there at first and nothing to really count on. Except soccer. I really loved hearing about her play. I loved how into it she was and how she enjoyed it.
There's also two boys in this story. First off there is Ben who was her boyfriend at her school that she got expelled from. Honestly, didn’t really like him much from the get go. He just wasn’t right for her. And you will see why as the story progresses. And then there is Ezra. Oh Ezra, how I love thee. Ezra had my heart from the get go. It also helped that Taylor has a long past with him. Ezra is her older brother’s best friend. Talk about a little bit awkward. But Ezra and Taylor were just drawn together, and I loved their moments together. I loved how they saw one another and how they got along
And then once everything really comes out; the truth.. Wow…. I really liked the concept of this one. I liked where it all went and how things turned out. I did enjoy reading it and I’m still left a few days later with a cuddly sweet feeling.
Overall: Another winner from Kenneally. I just adore this series and I always know going into it there may be some drama but it’s all worth it. I loved the family and friends aspect with the romance dribbled in! I’ll read whatever Kenneally writes!
Cover: Love it!! Love how we can’t really see their heads but the soccer aspect is cute! And the colors just work.. CUTE!!!!
My Thoughts: I wasn’t sure what to think as I started this one. I read Rae’s other novel and I really enjoyed that one. I did like it a little bit morMy Thoughts: I wasn’t sure what to think as I started this one. I read Rae’s other novel and I really enjoyed that one. I did like it a little bit more than this one. I still enjoyed this one but the other one just felt more romantic to me I guess.
We are introduced to Maddie who always has had high standards for guys. She wants the perfect boyfriend who does the perfect romantic things. She loves old movies and Gene Kelly. Maddie meets a boy next store named Jesse. Jesse was popular and deep down he’s a real sweetheart but he doesn’t always come off as a good guy.
Maddie loves to dance and she loves to participate in school functions. Jesse, not so much anymore. He’s just into baseball.
I really liked this one but I just wasn’t as drawn to it as others this year. I liked Jesse and Maddie together but sometimes I just wanted to kick Jesse for acting all tough when I wanted him to be sweet. I also liked Maddie but at times she did expect a lot.
Overall: I’m happy how things went down in this one. I’m happy how things ended up. I liked the ending the most! I'd say this was probably more of a 3.5 cupcake rating for me!
Cover: Love it! I would pick this up in a bookstore for sure!