Lucky In Love

Lucky in Love

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:

Standalone

Synopsis:

Can’t buy me love…

Maddie’s not impulsive. She’s all about hard work and planning ahead. But one night, on a whim, she buys a lottery ticket. And then, to her astonishment—

She wins!

In a flash, Maddie’s life is unrecognizable. No more stressing about college scholarships. Suddenly, she’s talking about renting a yacht. And being in the spotlight at school is fun…until rumors start flying, and random people ask her for loans. Now Maddie isn’t sure who she can trust.

Except for Seth Nguyen, her funny, charming coworker at the local zoo. Seth doesn’t seem aware of Maddie’s big news. And, for some reason, she doesn’t want to tell him. But what will happen if he learns her secret?

Thoughts:

I’ve mentioned before how Kasie West’s books are perfectly light and easy to read. I needed a light read so I decided to pick up Lucky In Love, the only Kasie West book I was yet to read. Whilst it isn’t my favourite Kasie West book, it was still a quick, easy to read, cute story.

Lucky In Love centres around Maddie who has been working hard to get into college. Money is tight at home and her family aren’t getting on well. Maddie buys a lottery ticket, not expecting to win but ends up winning the jackpot. Her life immediately changes. Maddie gives her brother, Mum and Dad a million dollars each. She hopes that it will solve their problems. Maddie finds out that money only fixes things temporarily. Some problems are much deeper.

Maddie is a bit of a pushover. She easily spends the money, influenced by others and keeping them happy. She buys a sports car, instead of a practical car because she’s influenced by others. She pays for a band that she’s never heard to play at her party because she felt guilty that she didn’t invest in them. She does become a little frustrating to read about as you just want to shake her and tell her to be more responsible with her money. I wanted her to wise up and realise that people were using her!

I did think the romance between Maddie and Seth was very sweet and a slow burner. I would’ve liked to learn more about his story though. Considering that the title of this book is Lucky In Love, it wasn’t really heavy on the romance which I was a little disappointed by.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!

Not the best Kasie West, but a decent, quick holiday read!

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This Week In Books #120

I am joining in with the lovely Lipsy from Lipsy’s Lost and Found’s feature which highlights our week in books. I shall be sharing what I’m reading now, then and next! I won’t be showcasing my new books as I do that on a Saturday. I’m really excited by this feature as I loved sharing my recent reads. My book reviews published on my blog are often WAY behind what I’m actually reading, so this is a good feature to keep you up to date!

Book images go to Goodreads!

Lucky in Love I Let Him Go: From the mother of James Bulger 18763344

NOWLucky In LoveKasie West- I’m currently reading this very light, contemporary YA read about a girl who wins the lottery. It’s easy to read but not ground-breaking. I needed something like this after my previous read!

THENI Let Him GoDenise Fergus– This was the book that I needed some light relief from. This book is about the murder of James Bulger. It focuses on the aftermath on the terrible crime. It is utterly heart-breaking but I found it to be a compulsive read.

NEXTI Am JazzJessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings– This is the book that Beth and I are reading for our Banned Books feature this month. Our discussion will be out on Monday!

What are you reading this week? Let me know!

Top Ten Authors Who Can Get Me Out Of A Reading Slump

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It’s all about love of lists, love of literature and bringing bookish people together. 

I’ve decided to slightly adapt the prompt this week and instead of books that’ll get me out of a slump… authors I can rely on to get me out of a reading slump!

  1. Roald Dahl– His books are just so fun to read!
  2. J.K. Rowling– If it’s a serious slump, I sometimes need to re-read a Harry Potter book!
  3. Kasie West– I can always guarantee that her books will be fun!
  4. Heather Demetrios– Her books are quite deep but they always engross me.
  5. Ceceila Ahern– I love how magical her books are.
  6. Jojo Moyes– She’s a terrific writer.
  7. Paula Daly– She’s one of my favourite thriller writers. Her books always grip me.
  8. Emma Carroll– I can never go wrong with a Emma Carroll book. Her books are enchanting.
  9. David Walliams– David is the closest recent writer to Roald Dahl. His books are fabulous.
  10. Patrick Ness– I do enjoy Patrick’s writing, so the thought of reading one of his books can encourage me to climb out of the slump!

What brings you out of a slump? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

Listen To Your Heart

Listen to Your Heart

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:

Standalone

Synopsis:

Talking to other people isn’t Kate Bailey’s favorite activity. She’d much rather be out on the lake, soaking up the solitude and sunshine. So when her best friend, Alana, convinces Kate to join their high school’s podcast, Kate is not expecting to be chosen as the host. Now she’ll have to answer calls and give advice on the air? Impossible.

But to Kate’s surprise, she turns out to be pretty good at the hosting gig. Then the podcast gets in a call from an anonymous guy, asking for advice about his unnamed crush. Kate is pretty sure that the caller is gorgeous Diego Martinez, and even surer that the girl in question is Alana. Kate is excited for her friend … until Kate herself starts to develop feelings for Diego. Suddenly, Kate finds that while doling out wisdom to others may be easy, asking for help is tougher than it looks, and following your own advice is even harder.

Thoughts:

I’ve spent some of my summer catching up with my Kasie West contemporary books! My goodness, does she release books quickly! It’s quite easy to get a bit behind. I like Kasie West’s books because they are sweet, easy to read and perfect escapism if you love contemporary YA. I did enjoy Listen To Your Heart even though I could tell where it was going to go from quite early on.

Listen To Your Heart centres around Kate and her friend Alana. Alana convinces Kate to sign up for a podcast class. Kate puts forward the idea of featuring advice in the podcast. She never expects her teacher to go for the idea but she does and she wants Kate to host it. Kate ends up throwing herself into the job and finds that she is actually quite good at it. The podcast gets an anonymous call from a guy who has a crush. Kate is sure that it is her Alana’s crush, Diego trying to get closer to Alana. However, Kate starts to develop feelings for Diego…

I’m pretty sure that most people will be able to guess where this story went. It’s not a story that stands out, especially in the genre. However, there was something about it that kept me reading. I really do enjoy Kasie’s writing style. The romance was adorable and the characters were sweet and easy to like. I also adored how close Kate was to her huge family.

Listen To Your Heart definitely screams Summer to me. It’s perfect for the beach or for a lighter read between books. It might not be the most memorable read, but I enjoyed it!

Would I recommend it?:
Yes! 3.5 stars.

This book may be predictable- but it’s super cute, easy to read and fun for the beach!

Love, Life and The List

Love, Life, and the List

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:

Synopsis:

Seventeen-year-old Abby Turner’s summer isn’t going the way she’d planned. She has a not-so-secret but definitely unrequited crush on her best friend, Cooper. She hasn’t been able to manage her mother’s growing issues with anxiety. And now she’s been rejected from an art show because her work “has no heart.” So when she gets another opportunity to show her paintings Abby isn’t going to take any chances.

Which is where the list comes in.

Abby gives herself one month to do ten things, ranging from face a fear (#3) to learn a stranger’s story (#5) to fall in love (#8). She knows that if she can complete the list she’ll become the kind of artist she’s always dreamed of being. But as the deadline approaches, Abby realizes that getting through the list isn’t as straightforward as it seems… and that maybe—just maybe—she can’t change her art if she isn’t first willing to change herself.

Thoughts:

I adore Kasie West’s books because they’re books I can just slip into without much thought. I know that they’re going to be enjoyable and quick to read. I know they’ll be a good summer read. That’s exactly what Love, Life and The List was for me.

The story centres around Abby who adores painting. Everyone around Abby tells her that she’s talented and she believes them. She is shocked to be rejected into an art show because her work doesn’t have enough ‘heart’. Abby comes up with a list of things she needs to do in order to grow as a person and an artist.

Having heart is something that Kasie West’s books definitely have. I thought this book was particularly strong at portraying Abby’s relationships. It wasn’t just her love interest, the relationship between her grandfather, mother and father were also developed brilliantly. Abby’s mother suffers with anxiety and I thought this was an interesting inclusion into the story. I loved that Abby had relationships with others aside from the love interest. Abby wanted to improve for herself and her art. Yes!

The love interest was cute, if a little predictable. Cooper was a cute character, but I think it would’ve made the story more interesting and less predictable if Abby had made different choices. However, there’s nothing wrong with a happily ever after in some stories, right?

Would I recommend it?:
Yes! 3.5 stars

A sweet story with some very interesting characters!

Stacking The Shelves #195

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared!

Book images go to Goodreads!

Bought:

Notes on a Nervous Planet

I really enjoyed Reasons To Stay Alive even though I thought it was quite raw! It was still awesome. Looking forward to this one!

Love, Life, and the List

I’m a massive fan of Kasie West and her books just scream Summer to me! 🙂

Listen to Your Heart

See? Doesn’t that cover make you think of Summer?

What have you added to your shelves this week? Let me know!

 

Books To Read By The Pool/At The Beach (Summer 2018 TBR)

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It’s all about love of lists, love of literature and bringing bookish people together.

This week’s list is all about books that we want to read by the pool or at the beach. It also serves as our Summer TBR. I don’t think I’m going on a beach-y holiday this year, but I’m hoping for some sunshine all the same. I’m not fussy if I’m reading in my back garden! Here are some books that I would like to tackle this summer time. Most are contemporary because although I like them all year around I find them perfect for summer!

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Lucky in Love

Love, Life, and the List

Listen to Your Heart

Yes, I need to catch up with Kasie West’s books. I really enjoy her writing. It’s easy to read. She releases books so quickly though!

Love Songs & Other Lies

This book has been on my radar for a while. It’s all about a summer romance! All for that in summer time!

Sam & Ilsa's Last Hurrah

I love David Levithan’s writing. Looking forward to this one!

The Dangerous Art of Blending In

This doesn’t have a light, summery feel to it, but I’ve been eagerly anticipating it for a while now so it needed to be added to the TBR!

This Is Not A Love Letter

Another darker book, but I feel like it can’t be all light reads this summer!

More Than We Can Tell (Letters to the Lost, #2)

I’m looking forward to getting to this book after really enjoying the first!

The Upside of Falling Down

I think this could be a particularly engaging read! Love the cover. Definitely gives me summer vibes.

Magic Under Stone (Magic Under, #2)

I am determined to get around to this book this summer. It has been on my TBR forever!

What are you hoping to read this summer? Let me know! Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by.