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A Review of Us At The Beach by Stephanie Street

Blythe’s childhood friend and Neighbor, Walker, moves back to town with his family. Their families are close and go on vacation together to the beach. Blythe figures that Walker is just paying attention to her because she’s there and he’s bored, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. 

They spend lots of time together at the beach, even kissing in the dark during a game of hide and seek with their little siblings. Sparks fly, but when they return home, things cool down. Walker has practice all the time and stops calling and talking to Blythe who assumes the worst: she was just another conquest for him. 

Walker has his work cut out for him to repair things, and repair them, he does. 

This cute story was swoon-worthy, especially the once scene where Walker has Blythe clinging to him in the ocean, jumping in the waves because she can’t swim. And the ending? So perfect. The gifts he gives her are so cute and memorable and sweet. 

I read this book several months ago, and it is still fresh in my mind. I loved the characters and how authentic they were. I also loved how the characters interacted with each other and how important family was to them. The whole cast of characters was great, and the setting was cute, in this old, small seaside tourist town. 

Overall, I would definitely recommend to lovers of sweet YA romances who love the tropes Best Friends and Boy Next Door. I will read this again soon. 

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A Review of Playing to Win: The Trouble with Tomboys #2 by Stephanie Street

Jordan is the coach’s daughter of the most decorated boy’s hockey team in the region. Having a dream of playing hockey professionally, she decides to try out for his team to play alongside her brother and the rest of the boys because that will give her the best chance to reach her goals. 

But there’s one problem. The new kid at school, an annoyingly handsome boy named Asher who stole her parking spot, is not only competing for her parking space, but also for her place on the hockey team. And he’s good. 

Asher has dreams of being a music star like his mother. Unfortunately, ever since his mother left to pursue her music dreams, Asher’s father has refused to let him pursue his dream, instead pushing him toward hockey. They have an agreement; work hard at hockey and he gets to spend time doing his music. He doesn’t want to take away Jordan’s dreams of being a starting hockey player on her Dad’s team, but he needs to try his best at hockey or give up his music. 

Complicating matters for Jordan’s hatred of Asher is that he is a great singer. How does she know? He’s her new neighbor and spends time in his backyard, accidentally serenading her without realizing he is. 

This enemies-to-lovers, boy-next-door trope was a romance to die for. I lived for the laughs and the swoons and the kisses. One thing Stephanie Street does well is writing swoon-worthy YA romance kisses. I loved her characters and how driven they were for their dreams and how those dreams clashed until the very end. It was a wonderful story that kept me reading all day and night (hey, I’m a slow reader. Don’t judge!) just to see what would happen next. 

I would definitely recommend this story for anyone who loves YA sweet romances. 

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Review of “The DUFF” by Kody Keplinger

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The Duff has a very sarcastic narrator. It makes the book very entertaining, despite the fact that the narrator is very secretive and treats her friends like crap throughout most of the book. It’s understandable why Bianca treats her two best friends like that, though. She deals with a lot of crap. It starts with her mother always being gone, her parents getting a divorce, her dad relapsing into drunken rages after eighteen years of being sober, and her ex boyfriend, who treated her like crap and was dating someone else at the time, is back in town, engaged.

She complains about everything, but it’s in a humorous and entertaining way. Bianca is an intelligent, smart-arse character whom I loved. She starts sleeping with the school’s notorious playboy, Wesley, who helps her quiet her brain and escape her life and problems. They start falling for each other and find that they have more than a no-strings-attached sexual relationship.

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Review of “Vicious Depths” by Madeline Stanford

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Vicious Depths by Madeline Stanford is a wonderful YA dystopian fantasy novel. The ideas of heaven, hell, and purgatory are uniquely turned on their heads in the world Stanford created.

Everyone is given a red test score when they die, doled out by the rulers of the Azure. These rulers are called the Senatus, and they have a mission for a girl named Alex Muir. With a red test score of 50, Alex is one point away from joining the Azure. In order to do so, she must be sent to the Depths and spy on the ruler of the underworld, Samuel, to find incriminating evidence for the Senatus.

The more she gets accustomed to the depths, the more she likes it. She finds friends among the vivacious Megan and the soft-spoken Seren, the trusting Isaac, moody Patrick, and loving Everett. She also has a mutual interest in the mysterious and notorious Flynn Cooper, the only person immune to the Inflamers and the only person with a red test score over 40 to join the elite Ember Circle that rule the depths.

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