Favorite YA Contemporary Romances

Happy Valentine’s Day! ❤️ I think I’ve mentioned before that I hate Valentine’s Day, but you know what I don’t hate? Romance. And Books. Specifically romance IN books. Recently I’ve really gotten into reading more and more YA and adult contemporary romances, and I think it’s because they’re such feel-good stories and provide a sense of hope for the reader. So for this year’s Valentine’s Day post, I decided to share all of my favorite YA contemporary romance novels! Enjoy! 💋


TO ALL THE BOYS I’VE LOVED BEFORE

15749186I mean, I couldn’t start this post without beginning with this book, which is basically the gold standard to which I hold all YA romances. First of all, fake dating is one of the best romance tropes out there. Please reference this post if you don’t believe me. Also, Peter Kavinsky is the best book boyfriend ever and I dare you to convince me otherwise.


THIS BEST LAID PLANS

49366204._SX318_SY475_Oh BOY are you guys in for real treat once this book is released. Prepare to be swept off your feet by Andrew Reed who is completely swoon-worthy and gave me a series case of the butterflies. I stayed up all night to read this after literally only getting 3 hours of sleep the day before because I worked a 16 hour double overnight. Basically, this book > sleep and it needs to be on your TBR!


THE DUFF

6931356When I first read this book I was not expecting how vastly different it would be from the movie, and it such a good way! I read the entire thing in one sitting with zero regrets. A secret enemies-with-benefits relationship in which one or more parties develops feelings for the other? Sign me the f**k up. And besides the romance, the book has a really important message about the power of words and the meanings we give them.


IF I’M BEING HONEST

IIBH_Reveal.inddThis story revolves around the main character, Cameron, enlisting the help of someone she once ridiculed to help “tame” herself for the boy she’s been crushing on. On top of the amazing character growth she experiences, I absolutely loved watching opposites attract as Cameron and Brendan reluctantly form a friendship, and then watching that friendship blossom into love.


ALEX, APPROXIMATELY

30312700This is apparently a twist on the movie You Got Mail, which I can neither confirm nor deny since I’ve never seen that. However, I can confirm that this book is a magical, heartwarming story about two characters that meet in real life, after unknowingly talking to each other online for months, and slowly falling in love. This book makes an absolute perfect summer read so if you’re looking for something fun for the warmer months, this is for you!


ALWAYS NEVER YOURS

AlwaysNever_BOM_4p.inddWherefore art thou, Romeo? Ignoring the fact that Romeo and Juliet is arguably the worst of Shakespeare’s plays, this book was amazing. I loved that Megan was unapologetically flirtatious and “boy-crazy”. Every relationship she’s been in ends with her boyfriend finding the love of his life while they’re dating, and instead of being bitter and feeling sorry for herself, Megan is carefree and just has fun with her dating life. Which makes it even more special to see the bond that develops between her and Owen.


1O BLIND DATES

43885673Reading this made me immensely glad that my big meddlesome Italian family is not as meddlesome as Sophie’s. This book gives readers warm and fuzzy feelings and is reminiscent of those wholesome, heartwarming Hallmark movies. It’s impossible not to cheer for Sophie and hope she finds the perfect New Year’s Eve date. Definitely recommend this for anyone who wants to read a cheerful story about family and friendships with happy endings.


TWEET CUTE

45045129I needed a trip to the dentist after finishing this book because it was so sweet and fluffy. Is there anything more fun to read about than two people engaging in Twitter warfare over the internet but falling in love in real life after learning how much they have in common with each other? The answer is no. And of course the fact that Pepper and Jack started out as unfriendly classmates and had a bit of animosity between them at the start of the story made it that much sweeter.


 

 

ARC REVIEW: The Best Laid Plans – Cameron Lund

49366204._SX318_SY475_Title: The Best Laid Plans
Author: Cameron Lund
Rating: ★★★★★

Ladies and gentleman, I don’t believe it’s too early to say that I have found one of my favorite reads of the year. The Best Laid Plans was everything I had hoped it would be and so much more.

What is this book about? After Keely meets a cool college guy at her new job, she becomes determined to lose her virginity before he finds out how inexperience she is and drops her. She decides to enlist the help of her best friend, Andrew, a charming womanizer who has clearly been with enough girls to be able to help her out. Basically, all you need to know: CHILDHOOD FRIENDS-TO-LOVERS and UNREQUITED LOVE and delicious DRAMA and ANGST.

What did I like about this? I mean, my tastes are pretty simple. Throw me a friends-to-lovers plot with plenty of angst and miscommunications and drama-filled pages and you have yourself a winner.

Keely was amazing. Her character felt so relatable and her experiences really resonated with me. It was impossible not to read her awkward encounters and not remember the first few times I was alone with a boy in college. I suffered some serious second hand embarrassment while reading this which only meant that I was totally engaged and connected with her character.

I don’t even know where to begin with Andrew freaking Reed. Readers may find themselves thinking they know all about him–how many playboys with soft hearts do we have in YA?–but he’s SO MUCH BETTER THAN ALL THE OTHERS. I promise. Also, Keely, girl, read the damn signs!!! Ya boy is giving you all kinds of signals. I don’t say this often (never, really) but I Andrew Reed is giving Peter Kavinsky a serious run for his money as my favorite book boyfriend.

What didn’t I like? Okay, I’m just gonna come right out and say that I wish we had been given more of that last ~scene~ with Andrew and Keely. With all of the build up and tension from earlier in the book, I honestly felt so disappointed. I can’t say too much because of spoilers but I think it would have been so much more meaningful and to have been able to witness their thoughts/conversations/feelings in the moment.

Overall thoughts: If I could only choose one book from this year to have made into a movie it would be The Best Laid Plans (@Netflix I’m looking at you). And I say that barely two months into the year. I had been looking forward to this book since the first time I came across its synopsis and it was everything I had hoped for and more. Highly, highly recommend for lovers of YA contemporary and the beloved friends-to-lovers trope!

WWW Wednesday #26

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words in which the three W’s stand for:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

49538360WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

Undercover Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams

 

 


39216077._SX318_WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

Ember Queen (Ash Princess #3) by Laura Sebastian

 

 


44646004._SY475_WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

The Will and the Wilds by Charlie N. Holmberg

BLOG TOUR + GIVEAWAY: All the Stars and Teeth – ARC Review

Welcome to my stop on the All the Stars and Teeth book tour! Thank you to Fantastic Flying Book Club for organizing the tour and allowing me to participate as a tour host! 


ABOUT THE BOOK

44280868Title: All the Stars and Teeth (All the Stars and Teeth #1)
Author: 
Adalyn Grace

Release: February 4, 2020
Publisher: Imprint
Genre: YA Fantasy

As princess of the island kingdom Visidia, Amora Montara has spent her entire life training to be High Animancer—the master of souls. The rest of the realm can choose their magic, but for Amora, it’s never been a choice. To secure her place as heir to the throne, she must prove her mastery of the monarchy’s dangerous soul magic.

When her demonstration goes awry, Amora is forced to flee. She strikes a deal with Bastian, a mysterious pirate: he’ll help her prove she’s fit to rule, if she’ll help him reclaim his stolen magic.

But sailing the kingdom holds more wonder—and more peril—than Amora anticipated. A destructive new magic is on the rise, and if Amora is to conquer it, she’ll need to face legendary monsters, cross paths with vengeful mermaids, and deal with a stow-away she never expected… or risk the fate of Visidia and lose the crown forever.

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Review

What is this book about? Amora has been training her whole life to become the leader of her kingdom, Visidia. The story follows her journey to regain her place as heir and prove herself after her demonstration goes horribly awry. Amora joins forces with a mysterious pirate, a vengeful mermaid, and unexpected passenger to stop the destruction of their kingdom.

What did I like? I loved all the adventuring! This book was not short on action, that’s for sure. And the pacing was executed perfectly. It never felt like the plot was stalling or that unnecessary pages were spent on passages of time: the author deftly moves the reader from Point A to Point B flawlessly. The world building was also written really well. There was enough information to figure out how the magic system and kingdom works, but without long info dumps or confusing terminology.

What didn’t I like? The cast of characters was so fun! I really loved being on this journey with Amora, Bastian, Ferrick, and Vataea, however, I didn’t feel as connected to Amora as I thought I should. I also felt like we only skimmed the surface of these characters, so I’m looking forward to hopefully some more depth for them in the sequel.

Overall thoughts: All the Stars and Teeth is a fun, adventurous story about the heir to a kingdom joining a cast of vastly different characters in order to prevent an evil force from destroying their world and regaining what they’ve all lost. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this and I look forward to checking out the next book!

★ ★ ★ ½


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

AUTHORAdalyn Grace graduated Summa Cum Laude when she was 19-years-old. She spent four years working in live theater, and acted as the managing editor of a nonprofit newspaper. During and after college, she studied storytelling as an intern on Nickelodeon Animation’s popular animated show, The Legend of Korra (sequel to Avatar: The Last Airbender). She was a participant in Pitch Wars 2016, and is a former literary agent intern for an established agency.

Adalyn splits time between San Diego and Arizona with her bossy cat and two dorky dogs, and spends her days writing full time while trying to find the city’s best burrito.

She has several projects in the works, and hopes to continually push the boundaries and explore the limits of upper young adult fiction.

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