BEST YA TRILOGY THIS YEAR(SO FAR)

Summer Trilogy by Jenny Han

 

Holy cow! If you haven’t read this trilogy you have to do it very soon!! I read them all over the weekend and finished the last one today!!

THE SUMMER I TURNED PRETTY #1

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Belly measures her life in summers. Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August. Winters are simply a time to count the weeks until the next summer, a place away from the beach house, away from Susannah, and most importantly, away from Jeremiah and Conrad. They are the boys that Belly has known since her very first summer–they have been her brother figures, her crushes, and everything in between. But one summer, one terrible and wonderful summer, the more everything changes, the more it all ends up just the way it should have been all along.

 

IT’S NOT SUMMER WITHOUT YOU #2

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Can summer be truly summer without Cousins Beach?

It used to be that Belly counted the days until summer, until she was back at Cousins Beach with Conrad and Jeremiah. But not this year. Not after Susannah got sick again and Conrad stopped caring. Everything that was right and good has fallen apart, leaving Belly wishing summer would never come.

But when Jeremiah calls saying Conrad has disappeared, Belly knows what she must do to make things right again. And it can only happen back at the beach house, the three of them together, the way things used to be. If this summer really and truly is the last summer, it should end the way it started–at Cousins Beach.

 

WE’LL ALWAYS HAVE SUMMER #3

 

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It’s been two years since Conrad told Belly to go with Jeremiah. She and Jeremiah have been inseparable ever since, even attending the same college– only, their relationship hasn’t exactly been the happily ever after Belly had hoped it would be. And when Jeremiah makes the worst mistake a boy can make, Belly is forced to question what she thought was true love. Does she really have a future with Jeremiah? Has she ever gotten over Conrad? It’s time for Belly to decide, once and for all, who has her heart forever.

 

Have you read any of them? If not, are you planning to?  I’m on a mission to read all of her books now!!

STANDALONE SUNDAY

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Standalone Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by  Megan @ bookslayerreads.  Standalone Sunday was created to let others know about all the standalone books you have loved, but maybe don’t get the attention they need. Megan created the banner as well and anyone joining in can use it too. Why not check out her blog too?

 

Today I’m spotlighting FORWARD by J Saman. I loved this book and here is my review:

 

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Oh my goodness! What a perfect story FORWARD by J. Saman is. I was hooked on Lara and her life from the very first chapter. Lara is a nurse in a Boston hospital and she has the perfect life. She also has a perfect boyfriend of two years, a Brit named Tom who adores her. Her life is right where she wants it to be until one night when her past comes crashing back to her in the ER where she is working. She needs to stitch up the hand on Levi, a guy who broke her heart and destroyed her seven years ago.

Lara wants nothing to do with Levi Katz and she tries to get out of stitching him up but no one else will do it. All those emotions from seven years ago come rushing back to her and she is going to have a panic attack if she doesn’t calm down. FORWARD is definitely the way she wants to move, not backwards when Levi shredded her heart. Can life get any worse? Oh, on top of seeing the guy who destroyed her seven years ago Tom tells her that he needs to go to England for a year and wants Lara to go with him. She meets Levi a few days later and he explains what happened to make him leave.

Lara is torn. How can she go to England for a year when Levi has just found her after all this time? She always thought Levi was THE ONE and when he left, she cried for three days straight. It took her many years to get over him and to even think about trusting someone else with her heart. Eventually she did and that guy was Tom. Now here he is telling her he has to go and he wants her with him. What is Lara going to do? Doesn’t she love Tom now? Isn’t she over Levi? Why should it matter that he is back?

FORWARD had me reading like a mad woman, swiping the pages like crazy and holding my breath. I was instantly invested in Lara and really wanted her to just tell Levi to go to hell and for her to leave with Tom. But after hearing Levi’s explanation and what happened, I knew I was a goner……sorry Tom. J. Saman has once again left me in tears and crying for more. I now know I will devour everything this awesome author writes and do it all easily with a smile on my face and tears in my eyes.

 

FROM GOODREADS:

 

He promised to love me forever. But when I woke up to find Levi gone without a trace, he broke that promise.

Lara Gould finally has everything going for her. Amazing job, great apartment and a boyfriend who loves her.
That is, until one night when her past and present collide.
The man she thought she’d love forever vanished without a trace seven years ago, breaking her heart. Suddenly Levi has returned and is making some big waves in Lara’s life. But can she trust him? Why did he leave all those years ago?
Her new boyfriend Tom, is perfect. Smart, sexy and adoring with a British accent Lara can’t help but love. When Tom asks her for a future in another country, Lara finds she has a big decision to make.
Who does she move forward with?
The man of her past or the man of her present.

Warning: Strong language and moderate sexual content

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

 

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My name is J. Saman.
I am a nurse practitioner living in New England with my husband and three awesome girls. I love all types of novels, but find myself always going back to writing romances. I’m an admitted lover of picking at old wounds and adding some angst in there as well.
I have several stories in the works so hang tight. More to come!

STANDALONE SUNDAY

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Standalone Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by  Megan @ bookslayerreads.  Standalone Sunday was created to let others know about all the standalone books you have loved, but maybe don’t get the attention they need. Megan created the banner as well and anyone joining in can use it too. Why not check out her blog too?

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I read this book last year and it just blew me away!! Here is my review:

 

Omg! This is by far the best book I have read this year. I’ve always loved Nora’s books and this one hooked me from page one. Once I started reading I couldn’t put THE OBSESSION down. It took me almost until the end of the book to figure out who was obsessed with Naomi. I found myself cheering for her and hoping she could get past all the tragic things she saw in her life. Be prepared to do nothing once you start reading her heartbreaking tale.

 

Here is the blurb from Goodreads……..

 

The riveting new novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Liar.

“She stood in the deep, dark woods, breath shallow and cold prickling over her skin despite the hot, heavy air. She took a step back, then two, as the urge to run fell over her.”
Naomi Bowes lost her innocence the night she followed her father into the woods. In freeing the girl trapped in the root cellar, Naomi revealed the horrible extent of her father’s crimes and made him infamous. No matter how close she gets to happiness, she can’t outrun the sins of Thomas David Bowes.
Now a successful photographer living under the name Naomi Carson, she has found a place that calls to her, a rambling old house in need of repair, thousands of miles away from everything she’s ever known. Naomi wants to embrace the solitude, but the kindly residents of Sunrise Cove keep forcing her to open up—especially the determined Xander Keaton.
Naomi can feel her defenses failing, and knows that the connection her new life offers is something she’s always secretly craved. But the sins of her father can become an obsession, and, as she’s learned time and again, her past is never more than a nightmare away.

 

 

REVIEW:EVERY LITTLE THING BY MARIE FORCE

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Every Little Thing

 

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Oh how I love this family!! Every time I read about the Abbott family, I want them to adopt me!! I really want to be a part of this funny and huge family! They all have each other’s backs and everyone loves everyone! EVERY LITTLE THING is the perfect way to spend the day with this beautiful family and all the antics that go on within it. EVERY LITTLE THING is the first book in the Butler, Vermont series but it really is a continuation of the Green Mountain series.

 

Grayson has just moved back home to Butler, Vermont and is currently living with his Mom. One evening he meets up with Lucy’s sister, Emma and her daughter Simone. Emma and Grayson wind up talking for hours and they tell each other things they have never told anyone else. The spark is instantaneous and both are shocked by it. Emma is only going to be in Butler for about a week and she spends nearly every minute with Grayson. Things are moving very fast and Emma doubts she will see Grayson again once she leaves to go back home. He tries to tell her that it can all work out if she gives them a chance.

 

Their biggest problem is Emma lives in New York and she has quite the support network there and Grayson just left a big city to open his law practice in small town Butler. EVERY LITTLE THING is going to have your emotions all over the place as Emma and Grayson try to figure things out. Not to mention the drama the other couple are going through as well.

 

Marie Force is one of my favorite go to authors. I am all up to date with this series and I am working my way through her other ones and they are all wonderful reads. Marie has a way with words that pulls you right in and never lets you go. You are instantly emotionally invested in all the characters lives and you can’t help but feeling like they are your old friends by the time you have finished. Marie’s stories always leave me with a huge smile on my face, but screaming for more. That’s how wrapped up her writing gets me.

HAPPY SATURDAY

 

Do you have  Little Free Library near you? Do you ever use it?

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Does this ever happen to you?

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Someday I will be able to afford to get a book order this big from Amazon…….can you just imagine??

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Have a great weekend everyone and happy reading!!

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BLOGGER RECOGNITION AWARD

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Thank you so much to http://www.kookbookery.wordpress.com for nominating me for this award.  Please check out her very awesome blog.

HOW SUSANLOVESBOOKS BEGAN

 

I was doing book reviews on a friends blog for about five months. I was getting no help and no appreciation so I said screw it! I’m going to start my own book blog.  I have loved every minute of it since I began.

 

MEANING BEHIND THE NAME

 

Pretty self explanatory don’t you think?? Lol

 

ADVICE TO OTHER BLOGGERS

 

Get involved in the blogging  community.  I have learned so much from other bloggers.  If you are a member of Goodreads, join a few blogger groups.

 

MY NOMINATIONS FOR THE BLOGGER RECOGNITION AWARD

 

https://deesradreadsandreviews.wordpress.com

https://theblondelikesbooks.wordpress.com

https://whatemmasreading.wordpress.com

https://thebooknerddragon.wordpress.com

https://tjlovesbooks.blog

https://onebookishgirl.wordpress.com

 

To the people I’ve nominated above, I think you’re awesome. If you already received this award, you’re twice as much! 😀

Here are the award rules:
  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  2. Write a post to show your award.
  3. Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
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REVIEW: ANY BOY BUT YOU BY JULIE HAMMERLE

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Any Boy But You

Julie Hammerle

Received from Netgalley

ANY BOY BUT YOU by Julie Hammerle is the first book in the North Pole, Minnesota series.

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains swearing, snowball fights, and sexual tension that could melt the North Pole. Read at your own risk.

ANY BOY BUT YOU is the story of Elena and Oliver. Their families are rivals as both families own sporting goods stores, but lately both stores are really really slow. Oliver comes up with a Pokemon Go type of game to bring some traffic to the Prince store. Elena knows she has to come up with something to help her family as well, but right now she has accepted Mrs. Prince’s offer to tutor Oliver………her arch enemy. Elena agrees to do it because she wants to earn money for Spring Break and knows her parents won’t be able to help her.

I really felt bad for Elena and Oliver. They didn’t know why they were supposed to hate each other, just that they did. They had no idea what the history behind the feud was and when they find out, they are shocked. At the same time, they start texting each other on the game APP but don’t know who they are talking to as they have user names not real names. I really enjoyed the banter between Elena and Oliver and I totally got why she would think ANY BOY BUT YOU. What will happen when they find out the truth of who they are texting? Will their feelings of hate grow or will they pursue how they really feel?

ANY BOY BUT YOU is a very cute, sweet, Teen romance. I really enjoyed learning the history behind the feud of these two families. If you like You’ve Got Mail and Gilmore Girls you are going to love this story. I’ve never read anything by Julie Hammerle, but I really enjoyed ANY BOY BUT YOU and look forward to reading more by this refreshing author

REVIEW:ORBITING JUPITER BY GARY D SCHMIDT

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Orbiting Jupiter

Gary D. Schmidt

Twelve year old Jack finds his family fostering a fourteen year old boy named Joseph. Joseph doesn’t talk to any of them and they aren’t really sure what is going on inside his head. The only thing they know is that he is coming to them from a juvenile detention center and he is a FATHER…….Wow. ORBITING JUPITER is going to pull on your heart strings and have you cheering for a better life for Joseph.

My stomach was in knots reading about Joseph and what he went through. He not only lost the love of his very short life, he also lost his daughter, Jupiter. While reading ORBITING JUPITER you learn of Joseph’s past and all he has endured in his fourteen years and you can’t help but feel heart broken for this kid. Gary D. Schmidt had my emotions all over the place and I loved every minute of it. So much so, that I am now going to read his previous books to see if they have the same effect on me.

ORBITING JUPITER is nothing short of awesome. You have highs and lows, hope, pain, back to hope and darkness and light again. It’s amazing how much is packed into the under two hundred pages. So much so that you will find yourself devouring this very moving and emotional story in one sitting.

I quickly fell in love Jack and Joseph. Of course, I absolutely loved Mr. and Mrs. Hurd and a few of the teachers. Yes, you need tissues at the end:-) That is the only warning I am going to give you. I loved the positive, but realistic, portrayal of foster parents (and parents in general). Joseph came from a troubled home: he won’t talk about his mom, and his dad was abusive and possessive. His experiences with other authority figures, such as teachers, has been quite mixed. Which is why you too will fall in love with Jack and his parents.

100 Followers Giveaway

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Ahhh, oh my god guys, I can’t believe I’ve got over 100 followers! Thank you all so much!

As a little show of my appreciation I’m doing ANOTHER giveaway! Yes, you heard that right, ANOTHER GIVEAWAY!

This time I’m giving away a £20 ($25, €23) Book Depository order! All you have to do is be following my blog either via your WordPress account or email address (although register that you are at the link below otherwise it wont count it)! You can also earn extra entries by following my Twitter, Instagram and answering a question in the comments of this post (again, follow the link for the all the details).

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