#RockyRecommends

#RockyRecommends: Always Never Yours by Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka

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Wow, sorry for that two week gap between recommendations. I completely forgot the first week and then I was at BookCon and I couldn’t throw together a post I was happy with. Nevertheless, I am back on schedule with a brand new recommendation from Rocky! This week he had decided to recommend Always Never Yours by the engaged couple Emily Wibberley, Austin Siegemund-Broka!

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Royals by Rachel Hawkins

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Meet Daisy Winters. She’s an offbeat sixteen-year-old Floridian with mermaid-red hair; a part time job at a bootleg Walmart, and a perfect older sister who’s nearly engaged to the Crown Prince of Scotland. Daisy has no desire to live in the spotlight, but relentless tabloid attention forces her join Ellie at the relative seclusion of the castle across the pond. While the dashing young Miles has been appointed to teach Daisy the ropes of being regal, the prince’s roguish younger brother kicks up scandal wherever he goes, and tries his best to take Daisy along for the ride. The crown–and the intriguing Miles–might be trying to make Daisy into a lady . . . but Daisy may just rewrite the royal rulebook to suit herself.

For some reason this one wasn’t on my radar until the very last second. I loved Rachel Hawkins’s Hex Hall books, but the Rebel Belle ones came out during an awkward part of my life, so I never really got into those. Nevertheless, I was surprised I wasn’t looking forward to this one. When I finally came to my senses, it was close to the release date so I could jump right in!

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The Art of French Kissing by Brianna Shrum

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Seventeen-year-old Carter Lane has wanted to be a chef since she was old enough to ignore her mom’s warnings to stay away from the hot stove. And now she has the chance of a lifetime: a prestigious scholarship competition in Savannah, where students compete all summer in Chopped style challenges for a full-ride to one of the best culinary schools in the country. The only impossible challenge ingredient in her basket: Reid Yamada. After Reid, her cute but unbearably cocky opponent, goes out of his way to screw her over on day one, Carter vows revenge, and soon they’re involved in a full-fledged culinary war. Just as the tension between them reaches its boiling point, Carter and Reid are forced to work together if they want to win, and Carter begins to wonder if Reid’s constant presence in her brain is about more than rivalry. And if maybe her desire to smack his mouth doesn’t necessarily cancel out her desire to kiss it.

Thank you Edelweiss for the e-ARC!

I love watching cooking shows, but I find a lot of food gross. It’s a happy medium for me, being able to look at pretty food and not have to smell it or be pressured to eat it. So. I was thrilled when I heard about a book about cooking! I’ve actually never read or really seen one about cooking before, so I was looking forward to reading it.

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Not Even Bones by Rebecca Schaeffer

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Nita doesn’t murder supernatural beings and sell their body parts on the internet—her mother does that. Nita just dissects the bodies after they’ve been “acquired.” Until her mom brings home a live specimen and Nita decides she wants out; dissecting a scared teenage boy is a step too far. But when she decides to save her mother’s victim, she ends up sold in his place—because Nita herself isn’t exactly “human.” She has the ability to alter her biology, a talent that is priceless on the black market. Now on the other side of the bars, if she wants to escape, Nita must ask herself if she’s willing to become the worst kind of monster.

Not Even Bones sounded dark. And I was instantly intrigued. It sounded like it would be a good, solid, and fleshed out story with enough horror elements thrown in there to make it interesting. I knew I wanted to give this one a shot and see what I thought of it. Morally gray stories are usually hit or miss with me.

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Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

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Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders, but her father’s inability to collect his debts has left his family on the edge of poverty—until Miryem takes matters into her own hands. Hardening her heart, the young woman sets out to claim what is owed and soon gains a reputation for being able to turn silver into gold. When an ill-advised boast draws the attention of the king of the Staryk—grim fey creatures who seem more ice than flesh—Miryem’s fate, and that of two kingdoms, will be forever altered. Set an impossible challenge by the nameless king, Miryem unwittingly spins a web that draws in a peasant girl, Wanda, and the unhappy daughter of a local lord who plots to wed his child to the dashing young tsar. But Tsar Mirnatius is not what he seems. And the secret he hides threatens to consume the lands of humans and Staryk alike. Torn between deadly choices, Miryem and her two unlikely allies embark on a desperate quest that will take them to the limits of sacrifice, power, and love.

I adored Uprooted and I was so happy that I wouldn’t have to wait too long for the Naomi’s next book! Luckily, I was able to get my hands on an ARC and I could not wait to see what this world had in store for me.

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Ignite The Stars by Maura Milan

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DSC00595Everyone in the universe knows his name. Everyone in the universe fears him. But no one realizes that notorious outlaw Ia Cocha is a seventeen-year-old girl. A criminal mastermind and unrivaled pilot, Ia has spent her life terrorizing the Olympus Commonwealth, the imperialist nation that destroyed her home. When the Commonwealth captures her and her true identity is exposed, they see Ia’s age and talent as an opportunity: by forcing her to serve them, they will prove that no one is beyond their control. Soon, Ia is trapped at the Commonwealth’s military academy, desperately plotting her escape. But new acquaintances—including Brinn, a seemingly average student with a closely-held secret, and their charming Flight Master, Knives—cause Ia to question her own alliances. Can she find a way to escape the Commonwealth’s clutches before these bonds deepen?

I was mildly looking forward to this one. It sounded interesting enough, but it wasn’t really registering on my radar. But, I had the opportunity to make a trade for a manuscript and I took it.

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