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Trusting You and Other Lies Book Review

32441709Title: Trusting You and Other Lies

Author: Nicole Williams

Genre: Young Adult

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Publication Date: June 20, 2017




 

Phoenix can’t imagine anything worse than being shipped off to family summer camp. Her parents have been fighting for the past two years–do they seriously think being crammed in a cabin with Phoenix and her little brother, Harry, will make things better?
On top of that, Phoenix is stuck training with Callum–the head counselor who is seriously cute but a complete know-it-all. His hot-cold attitude means he’s impossible to figure out–and even harder to rely on. But despite her better judgment, Phoenix is attracted to Callum. And he’s promising Phoenix a summer she’ll never forget. Can she trust him? Or is this just another lie?




 

I received this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

This was the cutest book! I loved the characters so much, and didn’t encounter anything that I hated about the book. So why didn’t I give it a perfect rating? I felt like it left me wanting more and a lot more. This book could have been way longer, I really wanted to see Phoenix and Callum’s relationship bloom a bit more and see how Phoenix interacted with other counselors.

This book was too short, I just wanted it to continue! Which, I guess is a good thing but I needed more Callum!

I thought the ‘family camp’ situation would be weird but it actually worked for this book.

By the end, the moral of the story is tied up with a nice bow, pulling the title and the plot together which I thought was fantastic. Also thought it was genius to name the character Phoenix and talk about her rising from the ashes.

Trusting You and Other Lies, is a fantastic read for your summer vacation! And because I’m a sucker for a beautiful cover, look at that one! It’s gorgeous!

 

 

Coming Up For Air Book Review

Title: Coming Up For Air32470593

Author: Miranda Kenneally

Genre: Young Adult

Rating: 2/5

Release Date: July 1, 2017




Swim. Eat. Shower. School. Snack. Swim. Swim. Swim. Dinner. Homework. Bed. Repeat.

All of Maggie’s focus and free time is spent swimming. She’s not only striving to earn scholarships—she’s training to qualify for the Olympics. It helps that her best friend, Levi, is also on the team and cheers her on. But Levi’s already earned an Olympic try out, so she feels even more pressure to succeed. And it’s not until Maggie’s away on a college visit that she realizes how much of the “typical” high school experience she’s missed by being in the pool.

Not one to shy away from a challenge, Maggie decides to squeeze the most out of her senior year. First up? Making out with a guy. And Levi could be the perfect candidate. After all, they already spend a lot of time together. But as Maggie slowly starts to uncover new feelings for Levi, how much is she willing to lose to win?




I received this ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

While browsing through ARC’s on NetGalley, I stumbled upon this one and thought the cover was gorgeous and I knew I wanted to read it so I sent in a request and it was on my kindle within a week! Sadly, I didn’t really get into the book until about 40% of the way in. I felt like the characters were not mature at all, especially Maggie, who thought ‘hooking up’ was the mature/adult thing to do. I was honestly ready to put this book down after a few chapters, but I felt like I needed to finish it and give it the chance to redeem itself.

It was nice to at least see my character struggling with having a romantic life because swimming was taking up all her time. That gave this story a bit more substance. I would have liked to see more reasons why she was attracted to Levi and see a bit earlier his interaction with other girls at swim meets. Toward the end, mostly at the swim meets, I felt like a lot of it was the author making a list of activities that Maggie was going. ‘Coach took us to the hotel, then we got ready, then we got in the van to go swim…’

I feel like this book could have been a 4/5 stars for me, but the maturity level of Maggie was very low even though she kept saying how mature she was. She didn’t seem like a 17 year old girl, she seemed to be a few years younger to me.

The first three chapters and the epilogue were my least favorite parts. I was so lost during the epilogue but soon realized it was another set of characters from a previous book, but after a few paragraphs I just skipped that part.

I’d recommend this book to high school students, if you’re like me and you’re in your 20’s still reading YA, you might want to pass on this one.