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Kissing Ezra Holtz (And Other Things I Did For Science) by Brianna R. Shrum

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Seventeen-year-old Amalia Yaabez and Ezra Holtz couldn’t be more different. They’ve known (and avoided) each other their whole lives; she unable to stand his buttoned-up, arrogant, perfect disposition, and he unwilling to deal with her slacker, rule-breaking way of moving through the world. When they are unhappily paired on an AP Psychology project, they come across an old psychological study that posits that anyone can fall in love with anyone, if you put them through the right scientific, psychological steps. They decide to put that theory to the test for their project, matching couples from different walks of high school life to see if science really can create love. As they go through the whirlwind of the experiment, Ezra and Amalia realize that maybe it’s not just the couples they matched who are falling for each other . . .

I adored The Art Of French Kissing, which I talk about all the time haha. I was so happy when the author announced she had another book coming out that was going to have the enemies-to-lovers trope and deal with figuring out what you want to do in life. It sounded so cute and really, really good.

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School Review: Brave New World

Welcome to another installment of my mini series! I have to read some classics for my English class this year and I thought it would be fun to review them here. I review them like I do normally and remove the lens I use for class. Reading this book was a very long experience haha. Trigger warnings: racism, addiction, fatphobia, suicide, sexism

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Don’t Date Rosa Santos by Nina Moreno

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Rosa Santos is cursed by the sea-at least, that’s what they say. Dating her is bad news, especially if you’re a boy with a boat. But Rosa feels more caught than cursed. Caught between cultures and choices. Between her abuela, a beloved healer and pillar of their community, and her mother, an artist who crashes in and out of her life like a hurricane. Between Port Coral, the quirky South Florida town they call home, and Cuba, the island her abuela refuses to talk about. As her college decision looms, Rosa collides-literally-with Alex Aquino, the mysterious boy with tattoos of the ocean whose family owns the marina. With her heart, her family, and her future on the line, can Rosa break a curse and find her place beyond the horizon?

 

I sort of read this one on a whim. I had heard a lot good things about it. It sounded like something I wouldn’t usually pick up, but I still might enjoy if I gave it a shot. And I’ve been trying to read more books like that!

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The Merciful Crow by Margaret Owen

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A future chieftain. Fie abides by one rule: look after your own. Her Crow caste of undertakers and mercy-killers takes more abuse than coin, but when they’re called to collect royal dead, she’s hoping they’ll find the payout of a lifetime. A fugitive prince. When Crown Prince Jasimir turns out to have faked his death, Fie’s ready to cut her losses—and perhaps his throat. But he offers a wager that she can’t refuse: protect him from a ruthless queen, and he’ll protect the Crows when he reigns. A too-cunning bodyguard. Hawk warrior Tavin has always put Jas’s life before his, magically assuming the prince’s appearance and shadowing his every step. But what happens when Tavin begins to want something to call his own?

Another crow book! They are popping up all over the place these days, but I can’t complain since they are such interesting creatures. I haven’t heard too much about this one, but the cover really drew me in. Plus, the synopsis sounded really fierce and blood thirsty, so I wanted to give it a try!

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The Storm Crow by Kalyn Josephson

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In the tropical kingdom of Rhodaire, magical, elemental Crows are part of every aspect of life…until the Illucian empire invades, destroying everything. That terrible night has thrown Princess Anthia into a deep depression. Her sister Caliza is busy running the kingdom after their mother’s death, but all Thia can do is think of all she has lost. But when Caliza is forced to agree to a marriage between Thia and the crown prince of Illucia, Thia is finally spurred into action. And after stumbling upon a hidden Crow egg in the rubble of a rookery, she and her sister devise a dangerous plan to hatch the egg in secret and get back what was taken from them.

 

 

Crows seem to be everywhere in books these days! I’m not sure what it is, but I don’t really mind. Crows are cool and I find them even cooler after reading this book. (Oh, yeah nice segway Chloe.) This is stunning and I heard that the main character in this book struggles with depression. I knew I wanted to give it a shot, even though it made it me a little nervous.

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Fake It Till You Break It by Jenn P. Nguyen

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Thank you again SwoonReads for sending me an ARC!

Mia and Jake have known each other their whole lives. They’ve endured summer vacations, Sunday brunches, even dentist visits together. Their mothers, who are best friends, are convinced that Mia and Jake would be the perfect couple, even though they can’t stand to be in the same room together. After Mia’s mom turns away yet another cute boy, Mia and Jake decide they’ve have had enough. Together, they hatch a plan to get their moms off their backs. Permanently. All they have to do is pretend to date and then stage the worst breakup of all time—and then they’ll be free. The only problem is, maybe Jake and Mia don’t hate each other as much as they once thought…

I had seen this one floating around here and there and I’d heard pretty good things about it! I found out it was an enemies-to-lovers PLUS a fake dating book in one! I love those two tropes and I was really curious to see how they would play out in one book! I decided to send a request to the publisher for an ARC and THEY SENT ME ONE. I’m still blown away haha. Thank you so much SwoonReads!

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