Book Review: "Kiss Cam" by Kiara London

Kiss CamKiss Cam by Kiara London
ebook, 272 pages
Expected Publication: October 18th 2016 by Swoon Reads
Review Copy: Provided via NetGalley
Pre-Order: Amazon

Description From Goodreads:
In Kiss Cam, teen author Kiara London asks, what's a little harmless kissing between friends?

Juniper, Jasper, and Lenny have been friends forever and co-own a vlog channel called WereVloggingHere. Their fans are huge "shippers" who believe that Juniper and Jasper are perfect for each other, and, despite warnings from friends and family, a simple Truth-or-Dare inspired kiss soon spirals out of control into a whole new world of making out and surprise kisses.

Juniper and Jasper's relationship begins to shift. But as fan requests for different "Kiss Cam" segments keep pouring in, Juniper puts her worries aside and convinces herself that it doesn't mean anything. After all, it's just kissing… right?

My Review:
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

To put it simply? This book is so, so cute - predictable, yes, but cute.

Here's the thing, I was initially put off by this book due to the cover. (Yeah, I know.) And the description didn't exactly sell me on the story either. But then I started reading reviews and decided to give it a go and I'm so glad that I did. KISS CAM reminds me of my high school years, perhaps a bit too much. The story itself focuses on Jasper and June, two best friends that decide to launch a new segment on their Vlog channel for their "shippers", leading into a rather dangerous territory. After all, by continuing to push things further, feelings are bound to surface.

If that sounds predictable, that's because the plot is a pretty simple one you've probably heard in some form or another over the years. Yet London does a great job of really making this feel like a new story. It's so easy to care for these characters because of how well London develops them over the course of the novel. You believe their friendship, and you can sense what the characters are feeling as you read on. Which, of course, leads to a few frustrating bits near the end of the book, but thankfully, the story wraps up rather nicely. Is it perfect? No. But it's the perfect ending for these characters.

Like I said, this reminds me of my high school days. It's a purely fun read with a cute romance at the center of it. If you haven't already, I'd suggest adding this one to your "to-read" list.

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Book Review: The CEO Daddy Next Door by Karen Booth

The CEO Daddy Next DoorThe CEO Daddy Next Door by Karen Booth
Paperback, 224 pages
Published: August 9th 2016 by Harlequin
Review Copy: Provided via NetGalley
Purchase: Amazon 

Description From Goodreads:
He wants a mother for his child. She won't settle down. And now they're living together… 

After one disastrous date, reality TV personality Ashley George and devastatingly handsome British billionaire Marcus Chambers are roommates! When a fire destroys her apartment, Ashley leans on her Manhattan neighbor for help—and soon finds herself falling for the father and his baby. But despite their off-the-charts attraction, Marcus only dates women who would be suitable mothers for his daughter. His free-spirited neighbor is completely unsuitable. So why can't he seem to keep her out of his bed…and out of his heart?

My Review:
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When I first started The CEO Daddy Next Door, I wasn't sure that I'd enjoy it. It took me a decent amount of time to get through the beginning of the story, as I found myself growing annoyed with both characters early on. Yet, as the story moved along? I couldn't stop reading. It's a wonderful romance story.

This isn't the type of book I'd usually go far. In fact, prior to seeing it on NetGalley, I don't believe I'd ever had taken the time to read this. But I'm so glad that I did. It was exactly the light, enjoyable story I'd been hoping for. The story itself centers on a matchmaker with her own reality television series and a British billionaire taking on the family business. Both characters are extremely flawed and stubborn as all hell when we're first introduced to them, but as their stories are revealed and we see the reasoning behind their actions, it becomes hard not to care about these characters.

Even more impressive is that Booth manages to craft a complete story with a true beginning, middle, and end all while truly fleshing out her two main leads. Not to mention the secondary characters that, although barely shown or spoken about, seem to have fleshed out story arcs.

Although I had my issues with the book at the beginning, I found myself loving this story in the end.

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New To My Shelves!

Books Purchased:
Project Liberatio by Allison Maruska
Patsy Walker a.k.a Hellcat!: Hooked on a Feline Vol. 1 by Kate Leth
Angela: Queen of Hel: Journey to the Funderworld by Marguerite Bennett

Books From NetGalley:
The Immortal's Hunger by Kelli Ireland
Turncoat by Ryan O'Sullivan

I'm trying to be good and now pick up a ton of books as my 'to-read' pile is already massive, but I'm excited to read the books I did grab this past week!

What about you? What books did you get this week?


Book Review: Kisses On A Paper Airplane by Sarah Vance-Tompkins

Kisses On A Paper AirplaneKisses On A Paper Airplane by Sarah Vance-Tompkins
Published: May 14th 2016 by Inkspell Publishing
Review Copy: Provided via NetGalley
Purchase: Amazon

Description From Goodreads:
Drama student Hannah Evans isn't kissing any frogs on her path to find Prince Charming. She's determined to share the perfect first kiss -- with the perfect boy -- in the perfect place -- or she's not kissing anyone at all. When Hannah meets a cute ginger-haired boy in first class lounge in the London airport, she knows he's 'The One.'

Pop star Theo Callahan is on the road to get as far away as possible from his back-stabbing best friend, and his supermodel girlfriend who broke his heart. Until one shy smile from Hannah has him rethinking all of his travel plans.

Theo is smitten, but he's worried she's just a groupie in search of the ultimate selfie. Can Theo learn to trust Hannah in time to share one perfect first kiss, or will Hannah be forced to kiss a frog?

My Review:
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I really, really, really don't know how I feel about this one. On one hand, yes, it was cute. But on the other hand, it felt too much like an Ed Sheeran fan-fic. (That isn't necessarily a bad thing.)

Here's the thing, I was ready to put this one down twenty-percent in. I thought it was cute, but I was having trouble connecting with it. And then as I neared the middle, the book (and the characters) seemed to find their footing. I actually found myself enjoying the story. Yes, there are some flaws with it, but for what it is, it's a cute read.

With that said, I'm not sure a story like this works best as a novella. Or at least a standalone novella. It moves far too quickly and leaves way too many loose ends to tell a cohesive story. I would be interested in seeing the author possibly expand the story with one or two more novellas down the line.

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Book Review: Daring the Bad Boy (Endless Summer) by Monica Murphy

Daring the Bad BoyDaring the Bad Boy by Monica Murphy
Expected publication: August 22nd 2016 by Entangled Crush
Review Copy: Provided via NetGalley
Pre-Order: Amazon

Description From Goodreads:
Truth or Dare was never this much fun...

Annie McFarland is sick of being a shy nobody. A session at summer camp seems like the perfect opportunity to reinvent herself—gain some confidence, kiss a boy, be whoever she wants to be. A few days in, she’s already set her sights on ├╝ber-hottie Kyle. Too bad her fear of water keeps her away from the lake, where Kyle is always hanging out. 

Jacob Fazio is at Camp Pine Ridge after one too many screw-ups. Junior counseling seems like punishment enough, but the rigid no-fraternizing-with-campers rules harsh his chill. When a night of Truth or Dare gets him roped into teaching Annie how to swim, she begs him to also teach her how to snag Kyle. 

Late-night swim sessions turn into late-night kissing sessions...but there’s more on the line than just their hearts. If they get caught, Jake’s headed straight to juvie, but Annie’s more than ready to dare him to reveal the truth.

My Review:
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is the perfect light read. It's cute, predictable, yet fun - although I admittedly found myself growing frustrated with the characters from time to time. Is it perfect? No. But that's okay because it's exactly what it sets out to be: a sweet YA book.

So, if I enjoyed it, why did I only give it three stars? Because as much as I enjoyed it, I just couldn't connect with it. When it came to Annie and Jake, there was some character development over the course of the book, but there wasn't enough of it. And some of the lines were just far too cheesy. Most notably? The final conversation between the two characters. I can handle some cheese, but in this case, it was just overly cheesy.

That isn't to say "Daring the Bad Boy" isn't a book worth reading. I'd still recommend it to anyone looking for a quick, light read because the story is still fairly entertaining.

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Book Review: The Fixer (New Wave Newsroom, #1) by Jenny Holiday

The Fixer (New Wave Newsroom, #1)The Fixer by Jenny Holiday
ebook, 110 pages
Expected Publication: September 13th 2016
Review Copy: Provided by NetGalley
Pre-Order: Amazon

Description From Goodreads:
Jenny Fields is a crusader. The editor of her college newspaper, she never met a cause she couldn’t get behind. So when the administration announces it’s tearing down the historic art building, she’s on the case All she needs to do is get Matthew Townsend, the art department’s boy wonder, on board. They say he his talent is unbounded. It turns out so is his ego. 

Matthew Townsend cares about art. And that’s pretty much it. If he has a reputation for being moody and aloof, that suits him just fine. He doesn’t have a family worth speaking of, and as a scholarship student, he can’t afford to goof off like the preppy rich kids at his school. He certainly doesn’t care about the art building. Or about the relentlessly perky Jenny, who looks like she was barfed up by Rainbow Brite. What will it take to the preternaturally cheerful girl with the massive savior complex to leave him alone?

My Review:
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book. It was such a fun read.

To be honest, when I requested this book on NetGalley, I did so mainly due to the cover. It was striking and bright, and a far cry from most book covers we see with most New Adult titles these days. And that's entirely fitting given that this book manages to stand out on its own in the ever-growing genre.

It's not easy to craft such a light-hearted read that also manages to pack such an emotional punch, and yet, Holiday does just that in less than 150 pages. Even more impressive? The sheer amount of character growth we see in both Jenny and Matthew by the end of the novella. My one complaint, and the only reason the story isn't getting a five-star rating from me? Instead of including the epilogue in the actual book, you have to register for a newsletter to read it.

If you haven't already, be sure to add Holiday's New Wave Newsroom series to your to-read list.

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New to My Shelves!

I forgot to do one of these last weekend, so some of these are actually a week overdue. But hey, better late than never, right? ;)

Books Purchased:
Torn by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Daredevil: The Man Without Fear by Paul Crilley
Archetype by M.D. Waters

Small confession? I actually haven't read Wicked yet. I did start it a couple of times, and made it about fifty pages in before I had to stop reading for various reason. One of which wasn't because I didn't like it. (It's JLA, I'm bound to love it.) So I figured grabbing Torn now would be the push I need to jump back in.

NetGalley Books:
A Fine Bromance by Christopher Hawthorne Moss
Kiss Cam by Kiara London
Nemesis by Anna Banks
Only Daughter by Anna Snoekstra

Because I had to take such a longgggg break from book reviewing due to poor health, I'm trying to get my score back to a decent place on NetGalley. That means picking out interesting books and reading & reviewing them as quickly as possible. (If you'll notice, most of the reviews I've posted since I got back into reviewing are Net Galley reads.) Now to try and squeeze some of the overflowing books from my own shelves in there somehow...

What books did you get this week?!