Just Friends by Tiffany Pitcock — 3.5 stars
The Color Project by Sierra Abrams — 4 stars
The Ends of the World by Maggie Hall — 4 stars
The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas — 5 stars
Breakaway by Cate Cameron — 4 stars
The Big F by Maggie Ann Martin — 4 stars
Just Friends, Tiffany Pitcock’s debut novel through Swoon Reads, takes a new spin on the classic friends-to-lovers and good girl meets bad boy tropes. Unfortunately I didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would, but it was still a pretty cute summer read. If you’re a fan of the friends-to-lovers trope, you will enjoy Chance and Jenny’s story. Full review here.
As soon as Sierra Abrams announced she was self-publishing her book, I added it to my TBR right away. I was so excited for The Color Project, and it did not disappoint! The Color Project is actually a pretty long book for a YA contemporary, so I took my time reading it. However, just because I read it slowly, doesn’t mean I didn’t like it. In fact, I loved it! It was an adorable and heartfelt read full of family, friendship, and love, and I look forward to reading Sierra’s future novels. Full review here.
The Ends of the World is the high-stakes conclusion to The Conspiracy of Us trilogy. This is one series that keeps getting better and better with each book. I love how much character growth the main character Avery experiences over the course of three novels. While there isn’t as much riddle clue-solving as the other books, The Ends of the World is still packed with adventure-filled scenery. Fans of this series will love reading this conclusion and finally getting the answers to the questions they’ve been asking since the first novel.
After flying through Kara Thomas’s Little Monsters last month (review here), I needed to read another psychological thriller. The Darkest Corners, Kara Thomas’s first thriller, is another character driven mystery. Ten years ago, Tessa and Callie gave a testimony that locked up a serial killer in their town. After that, Tessa left town to live with her grandmother in Florida. However, Tessa is back in town for a few days and she isn’t so sure now that they locked up the right man. While looking for her mother and older sister, Tessa and Callie begin to uncover clues about what they really witnessed that fateful night when they were seven and who the real killer is. Even though this has slower plot, I was hooked and flipped through the pages quickly trying to figure out what would happen next. Kara Thomas is a master at suspense, and I look forward to reading her next novel.
Breakaway by Cate Cameron is the fourth book in the Corrigan Falls Raiders series. I had not read any of the other novels in the series, but that did not hinder my enjoyment of the book. Fans of the series will love the appearance of the main characters from the other books, but the author explains who they are well enough that you do not need to read the previous books. Anyway, Breakaway stars Dawn, who is tired of being in the shadow and wants nothing to do with hockey, and Logan, who injured himself in his first NFL game and has been forced to give up the sport he loves. This is a pretty short book, so the romance heated up very quickly. It was definitely a case of insta-love, but the characters did exhibit growth and acted maturely in their relationship instead of blaming the other person and causing unnecessary drama. I recommend this series for fans of Miranda Keneally’s sport romances!
The Big F ended up really surprising me. I wasn’t expecting this book to turn into a love triangle, but it did and I ended up being pleasantly surprised by how it resolved. I really enjoyed being inside Danielle’s head. I thought she was a well-developed character and I loved watching her learn to own her mistakes and take on the responsibility to fix them herself. Full review here.
The Hating Game by Sally Thorne — 4 stars
I’m not including The Hating Game in the section above because it is an adult book, and I consider my blog’s focus to be on YA. However, many bloggers I follow and are friends with have raved about The Hating Game so I knew I needed to check it out. The Hating Game was a fantastic read. I really enjoyed the banter between Lucy and Josh and the premise as a whole. If you’re a fan of the hate-to-love trope, it is a must read!