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!

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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!

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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.

Top Ten Book Boyfriends

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list is all about the book boyfriends. This list was incredibly hard for me to put together. I’m not a book boyfriend kinda gal. However, here are some male characters that I really loved reading about!

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Dean- Hopeless

There’s something about Dean that made me absolutely adore him. He was a complex character and I always enjoy that. His relationship with Sky melted my heart.

Four- Divergent

I loved Four. Such a strong character.

Jase- My Life Next Door

I liked that Jase was a good guy.

Billy- Billy and Me

Giovanna writes amazing male characters. There was something very appealing about Billy!

Etienne St Clair- Anna and The French Kiss

I think this guy might be on a few lists this week! I can imagine my younger self swooning over him!

Noah- Pushing The Limits

Noah touched my heart!

Cricket- Lola and The Boy Next Door

Cricket may have a silly name, but he stole my heart. I loved Cricket and Lola!

Matt- Flat Out series

I loved Matt’s geekiness!

Landon- A Walk To Remember

Such a beautiful book with wonderful characters!

Xander- The Distance Between Us

This book is just… adorable! I couldn’t get enough of reading about the character’s relationship!

Who are your book boyfriends/girlfriends? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

By Your Side

By Your Side

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:

Synopsis:

When Autumn Collins finds herself accidentally locked in the library for an entire weekend, she doesn’t think things could get any worse. But that’s before she realizes that Dax Miller is locked in with her. Autumn doesn’t know much about Dax except that he’s trouble. Between the rumors about the fight he was in (and that brief stint in juvie that followed it) and his reputation as a loner, he’s not exactly the ideal person to be stuck with. Still, she just keeps reminding herself that it is only a matter of time before Jeff, her almost-boyfriend, realizes he left her in the library and comes to rescue her.

Only he doesn’t come. No one does.

Instead it becomes clear that Autumn is going to have to spend the next couple of days living off vending-machine food and making conversation with a boy who clearly wants nothing to do with her. Except there is more to Dax than meets the eye. As he and Autumn first grudgingly, and then not so grudgingly, open up to each other, Autumn is struck by their surprising connection. But can their feelings for each other survive once the weekend is over and Autumn’s old life, and old love interest, threaten to pull her from Dax’s side?

Thoughts:

Kasie West is one of those authors I go to, when I know I want to read something that’ll leave me happy and it won’t be too taxing to read. I hope that doesn’t sound like an insult, as it’s not intended that way! Kasie West’s books are just easy to devour and I have always enjoyed them. By Your Side wasn’t my favourite Kasie West book, but it was still a decent contemporary read.

By Your Side centres around Autumn. One day, Autumn finds herself trapped inside a library for a long weekend. Autumn isn’t alone. She’s trapped with Dax. Autumn doesn’t know a lot about Dax, but she’s heard rumours that he’s trouble. Autumn has no way of getting out, her bag is in the car with her friend, Dax’s phone is dead… so they just have to stay in the library and live off vending-machine food. Dax doesn’t want anything to do with her, but after a while they begin to warm to one another. After Autumn finds out information about her friend, she experiences a panic attack. Dax manages to get her help. The story follows Autumn after she gets out of the library. Will her connection with Dax last?

I have mixed feelings about anxiety in this book. First of all, I must say I love it when a character with anxiety is represented. I suffer from anxiety myself and appreciate its representation, especially in YA. I loved how supportive Autumn’s family were of her anxiety. I loved that her mum encouraged her to take mental health days and was constantly checking on Autumn’s feelings and emotions. Yes for supportive parents in YA!

On a more negative note, I felt like Autumn’s anxiety wasn’t portrayed in the best way that it could be. I totally understand that anxiety can take many shapes and forms, but I didn’t buy into Autumn’s anxiety. I also couldn’t believe that Autumn’s friends wouldn’t notice she had anxiety? Sure, she was medicated, but in my experience, even with medication it’s still there…just a dialled down version. My friends can still tell that I’m anxious in situations.

Another reason why I didn’t rate this any higher was because not all of the characters felt real enough to me. I felt like I didn’t know nearly enough about Dax to invest in their relationship.

I think this is a book where you have to suspend your disbelief (who gets locked in a library without phones in there…?) and just enjoy for what it is! A cute romance that doesn’t take long to read.

Would I recommend it?
Yes!

Whilst this isn’t my favourite Kasie West book, it doesn’t take long to read, just suspend your disbelief! 

Books I Want To Get To This Summer

As a teacher, I get six weeks off in the summer. I say off, but I’ve already been into school for half a day and expect to do the same for the rest of the week. However, I do get more reading time! I’ve decided to give myself a list of books that I desperately want to get to. Here they are…

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Dark Places- Gillian Flynn

Dark Places

Furthermore- Tahereh Mafi

Furthermore

The Girls- Emma Cline

The Girls

Gone Without A Trace- Mary Torjussen

Gone Without a Trace

Her Husband’s Lover- Julia Crouch

Her Husband's Lover

He Said, She Said- Erin Kelly

He Said/She Said

By Your Side- Kasie West

By Your Side

The Scarecrow’s Queen- Melinda Salisbury

The Scarecrow Queen (The Sin Eater’s Daughter, #3)

Empire Of Storms- Sarah J. Maas

Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5)

Close To Me- Amanda Reynolds

Close To Me

The Trophy Wife- Paula Daly

The Trophy Child

As you can see, there’s loads of thrillers here. I’m looking forward to these! Have you read any of them? Do you recommend I ‘bump’ any up my TBR to read sooner? Let me know!