Review: Outspoken by Lora Richardson

outspokenPublisher: Createspace (paperback)
Release Date: August 16, 2015
Pages: 252 pages
Genre: Contemporary, Romance (Young Adult)
Source: e-book (review request)
Rating: ★★★

“Real! She tossed the word around in her mind. She was ready to be real, to feel real.”

YA Contemporary is one of my all-time favorite genres. When I was contacted by Lora Richardson to read Outspoken in exchange for a review, I knew that I wanted to see what a new writer in the genre could do with it. Although my rating is 3 stars (though it’s really more like 3.5), I enjoyed a lot about it and wish I could give it a higher rating.

Penny Beck says yes a lot, no matter how much she wants to say no. Meaning, she kind of just does what everyone else wants her to do and doesn’t speak up. To get away from saying yes all the time, Penny decides to take a cross country trip to visit her grandfather. I absolutely loved that idea. I liked that instead of just sending Penny somewhere completely alone, Richardson sent her somewhere where she could deal with her own personal struggles and also be near someone who she could trust. She’s also there to be there for him, but she doesn’t move into his house and she is completely self-sufficient, getting an apartment and a job. That has to be a big feat for someone used to letting other people run her life. Personally, I think that Penny deserves a round of applause for taking charge so quickly.Read More »

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Review: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

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Publisher: Oxford University Press
Release Date: 1990 (originally 1813)
Pages: 351 pages
Genre: Romance, Historical Fiction (Adult)
Source: paperback & audiobook
Rating: ★★★★★

“I cannot fix on the hour, or the spot, or the look or the words, which laid the foundation. It is too long ago. I was in the middle before I knew that I had begun.”

I knew while reading this book (or, rather, listening to it) that it would be difficult to review such a loved classic, but I also knew that I didn’t want to keep my thoughts about it to myself. To say that this book took me by surprise would be an understatement. It’s not that I didn’t think I would like it, but there is so much more to it than I was ever aware and that made it so much more enjoyable. I’ve never seen any of the adaptations and the one time I did read the book was in high school and, honestly, I must not have given much of my time then because there was so much in it that I didn’t know about!Read More »

Review: Arranged by Catherine McKenzie

arrangedPublisher: William Morrow/Harper Weekend
Release Date: December 28, 2010
Pages: 416 pages
Genre: Contemporary, Romance (Adult)
Source: e-book from library
Rating: ★★

“Everyone’s path to here is unique, Anne. It’s what you do from here that counts.”

In an age of multiple dating sites and apps, it’s not a stretch to consider a dating service. But what happens when that dating services turns out to be an arranged marriage service? Would you take the plunge or run?

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The Friday 56: My Life Next Door

The Friday 56 is a weekly meme hosted by Freda’s Voice. The rules are simple: Turn to page 56 or 56% on your e-reader and post a line! I’ve never taken part in this, but I’m actually around page 56 of the book I’m currently reading and thought it’d be fun to share a line and include some short thoughts.

mylifenextdoorTitle: My Life Next Door (My Life Next Door #1)
Author: Huntley Fitzpatrick
Status: 60/394 pages
Genre: Contemporary, Romance (YA)

“But I can swim now. I can swim really good. And she knows how to back dive. She could teach me to back dive.” While wearing the baby and holding George’s hand? I’d need to be Sailor Supergirl.

I haven’t made it very far into this book yet, but it’s great so far. It reminds me a lot of Sarah Dessen’s books  (which is always a wonderful thing), so I can’t wait to continue reading it.  The characters all have their own personalities and I’m loving that.