Title: The Summer I Found You by Jolene Perry
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Details: 240 pages, released March 1st 2014
Source: Netgalley

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All they have in common is that they're less than perfect. And all they're looking for is the perfect distraction.

Kate's dream boyfriend has just broken up with her and she's still reeling from her diagnosis of type 1 diabetes. Aidan planned on being a lifer in the army and went to Afghanistan straight out of high school. Now he's a disabled young veteran struggling to embrace his new life. When Kate and Aidan find each other neither one wants to get attached. But could they be right for each other after all?
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The Summer I Found You follows through the eyes of 17 year old Kate, who has just been dumped by her boyfriend of over a year Shelton. Kate is upset, and doesn’t know what to do. On top of going through the breakup she is still struggling with her Type 1 Diabetes, her family is worried about her since she is not taking it seriously, and she just wants it to go away.

The Summer I Found You also follows the eyes of 19 year old Aiden. Aiden has just come back from Afghanistan, after losing his right arm, and his friend Pilot. He’s having nightmares, sweating in his sleep, and has no idea what to do with his life now. These two will come together in a romance, but do they really have something, or are they both just using each other as a distraction from the chaos of their lives.

Jolene Perry is an author I have loved for along time, I have read 4 of her novels now and plan on reading many more. She is one of my favorite contemporary writers if it be YA novels or NA novels. Her novels are always so realistic, so heart breaking and warming, and she writes some great romance. Anyone that enjoys contemporary romance I highly suggest checking out her books, I have loved all 4 of her novels I have read! (Night Sky, Knee Deep, Falling, and The Summer I Found You)

This was such a splendid read! I completely devoured this book Monday morning, it’s a short book (240 pages) so it didn’t take me too long finish. Even though this book was shorter I could not believe how well I felt I knew the characters by the end of it. Kate and Aiden were both character that were so easy to love, and feel sorry for everything they were going through at such a young age. Even though both of them were going through so much I still felt they handled everything very well. Besides Kate and Aiden, Kate’s parents were both characters that were very likable, along with Kate’s best friend Jen who is the complete opposite of her.

Overall I just adored this book. There was romance, heart break, grief, struggle, friendship, family, everything that makes up an amazing heartwarming contemporary novel. For anyone not ready for the chilly weather that is going to hit Washington, and want a sweet contemporary novel, then I highly recommend The Summer I Found You.
   
Title: Hysteria by Megan Miranda
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery, Thriller
Details: 336 pages, released February 5th 2013
Source: Netgalley

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Mallory killed her boyfriend, Brian. She can't remember the details of that night but everyone knows it was self-defense, so she isn't charged. But Mallory still feels Brian's presence in her life. Is it all in her head? Or is it something more? In desperate need of a fresh start, Mallory is sent to Monroe, a fancy prep school where no one knows her . . . or anything about her past.But the feeling follows her, as do her secrets. Then, one of her new classmates turns up dead. As suspicion falls on Mallory, she must find a way to remember the details of both deadly nights so she can prove her innocence-to herself and others.
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Mallory doesn’t remember what happened the night she killed her boyfriend Brian. The evidence shows it was in self-defense, but still her once loved town now hates her. To get away from everything, and get away from everyone that knows of her crime her parents send her away to her father’s old prep school, Monroe. Mallory just wishes none of this had happened, but to escape the memories of Brian and the glares from people in her town she agrees to go.

Since Brian’s death Mallory has been losing her mind, she’s hearing things, things that she shouldn’t be. When a student at Monroe is murdered, everyone looks to Mallory. Now Mallory must find out what is going on at Monroe to clear her name, or possibly find out that the monster has been her all along.

Megan Miranda has done it again! Being a huge fan of Megan Miranda’s book Fracture I was immensely excited to pick up her novel Hysteria. While Hysteria didn’t quite live up to the expectations Fracture had set for it, it was still an enjoyable read that was well worth the hours I invested into it! The problems I had while reading Hysteria were how unlikable most of the characters were (including the main character Mallory) and how some moments throughout Hysteria felt very repetitive. Besides those two flaws, Hysteria was a great creepy, eerie, roller coaster of a read packed with plenty of mystery!

Now while most of the time I did not enjoy Mallory as a character, she was still so interesting to read from! I couldn’t imagine what she was going through, she couldn’t remember the night she killed Brian, most people in her town hate her now, her own mother is scared of her (mother hides the knife block), she’s being sent to private school, there was just so much going on in her life! There was some parts where I felt bad for Mallory, but I constantly felt conflicted whenever I felt bad for her. She killed someone, and even if the court says it was self-defense, the fact that Mallory herself worries she is guilty makes it hard as a reader to feel bad for her. I have never read a book that made me question how I feel about the main character so much, and that made this all the more of an enjoyable read. In this case the character that will steal the readers heart is most likely going to be Reid, Mallory’s love interest at Monroe, he is such a caring and helpful character that it was hard not to fall in love with him!

Overall if you’re looking for a YA rad that gives you chills, has a great mystery, and plenty of twists and turns, then I highly recommend picking up Hysteria by Megan Miranda.

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Title: The Way We Fall by Cassia Leo
Series: The Story of Us- Book One
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Release Date: February 20th 2015

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Maybe we shouldn’t have fallen so fast and so willingly.

Maybe we shouldn’t have moved in together before we went on our first date.

Maybe we should have given our wounds time to heal before we tore each other to shreds.

Maybe we should have never been together.

Houston has kept a devastating secret from Rory since the day he took her into his home. But the tragic circumstances that brought them together left wounds too deep to heal.

Five years after the breakup, Houston and Rory are thrust together by forces beyond their control. And all the resentments and passion return with more intensity than ever.

Once again, Houston is left with a choice between the truth and the only girl he’s ever loved.
Title: Hidden Wings by Cameo Renae
Series: Book 1 in the Hidden Wings series
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Fantasy
Details: 204 pages, released January 16 2013
Source: Given for review

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Seventeen is a life changing age for Emma Wise.
As her family's sole survivor in a car crash, she is left with a broken arm and a few scrapes and bruises. But these are only outward marks; inside, her heart is broken and the pieces scattered.

Whisked away to Alaska, to an aunt she’s never met, Emma starts over. Secrets unveil themselves and now…she doesn't even know who or what she is.

A centuries old prophecy places Emma in the heart of danger. Creatures of horrifying and evil proportions are after her, and it will take Emma, her aunt, and six, gorgeously captivating Guardians to keep her safe. But, if she can survive until her eighteenth birthday... things will change.
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Hidden Wings follows Emma Wise, who has just found out she is the sole survivor of a car crash that killed her parents. Emma is broken, and on top of the loss of her parents she now has to move away from everything she knows to Alaska to live with an aunt she has never met. Here is where Emma is going to discover family secrets, a centuries old prophecy centering around her, and find out that she is in danger, a lot of danger.

Hidden Wings by Cameo Renae is my favorite angel paranormal romance next to the very popular novel Unearthly by Cynthia Hand. Anyone that is a fan of Unearthly I believe will enjoy Hidden Wings. This book had it all when it comes to an amazing read, it had adventure, forbidden love, secrets, friendship, action and a bit of suspense and mystery sprinkled on top too. From the first page of Hidden Wings you are pulled into Cameo Renae’s writing, I found myself soaring through this book and before I knew it I had read it in one sitting! Renae’s writing flowed so nicely throughout the whole novel, readers will easily find themselves getting lost in the pages of her work.

While all around Hidden Wings was an immensely enjoyable read, my favorite part was the romance between Kade and Emma. There was such a mystery behind their connection in the beginning, and you couldn’t help, but feel for Emma once she found out that a romance between him and her is off limits. I’m not always a fan of the whole forbidden romance thing that a lot of YA novels like to have, but in the Hidden Wings series it was done very well. While it was a great part of the story, it was never something that took center stage, which I personally was grateful for.

Overall Hidden Wings was such a great start to a great series! Hidden Wings ends on a cliff hanger and left me dying to get my hands on book two and find out what happens to the characters I learned to love, and dare I say book two Broken Wings was even better than Hidden Wings! This is a series that I believe is going to continue to get better and surprise the readers more and more, anyone that is a fan of YA paranormal romances must pick this series up!

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