I bought several of them waaaaaay back in June, during the Summer Book Crush promotion. I also received both Forged by Greed and Forged by Magic: Origins for free from Angela Orlowski Peart, in exchange for my honest review. And then I ended up buying Forged by Legacy: Beginnings because I love Angela's series so much.
Today's book reviews are a desperate attempt to play catch up. Thus they will be short and to the point without a ton of analysis. Links are to amazon, where, for the first time ever, if you are tempted to buy a book based off my reviews, I receive a tiny tiny percentage of the profits.
FUN FLIRTY FICTION
First Date by Krista McGee
Intro: The last thing Addy Davidson wants is to be on a reality TV show where the prize is a prom date with the President’s son.
Thoughts: Any book that's highly unrealistic but adorable anyway (think Meg Cabot) is a winner to me. That said, from the online description, I had no idea this book would be so religious. Addy spends a lot of time praying and reading her late mother's journal. It didn't detract from the story or come off as self-righteous, but if you're not into spiritual fiction, then you probably won't enjoy this.
The Trouble with Flirting by Claire LaZebnick
Intro: Franny's supposed to be working this summer, not flirting. But you can't blame her when guys like Alex and Harry are around...
Thoughts: This is one of those classic teenage, Cinderella-esque, people aren't what you expect, summer romance novels. And it's so much fun. Franny is helping her aunt sew the costumes for a prestigious summer theater program that she wishes she could attend. She ends up reuniting with old friends and making some new ones, IF you know what I mean, winkwink, nudgenudge. It's supposed to be a modern version of Jane Austen's Mansfield Park, but I haven't read that, so...
Starkissed by Brynna Gabrielson
Intro: Kissing movie star Grant West may be every teenage girl’s dream, but when it happens to Sydney Kane, it’s nothing but a nightmare.
Thoughts: Again, with the whole Meg Cabot like theme, this book is adorable. Except, unfortunately, my digital copy had so many typos and misspelled words that it detracted from my reading pleasure. You're /=/ your. Also, and I know I'm a broken record, but kissing someone without that person's consent is sexual assault, not the start of a blossoming romance. Ignoring those two bits, though, it was a really fun read.
Fairest Beauty by Melanie Dickerson
Intro: Sophie has long wished to get away from her stepmother's jealous anger, and believes escape is her only chance to be happy.
Thoughts: I love fairy tale retellings, and this book is no exception. Again, it surprised me by being a spiritual book, but I thought Sophie's faith was beautiful and central to the plot. I enjoyed so much of this book, like the reinterpretation of the dwarfs and the back story to Gabe. I highly recommend this one to anyone who loves different versions of Snow White.
The Avery Shaw Experiment by Kelly Oram
Intro: When Avery Shaw’s heart is shattered by her life-long best friend, she chooses to deal with it the only way she knows how—scientifically.
Thoughts: Remember my glowing review of V is for Virgin? This is by the same author, and it's just as good. Avery creates a science fair project based on the idea that having her heart broken can only be resolved by going through all the stages of grief. I think it's pretty obvious which Kennedy brother she ends up with, and let's just say, I think he's adorable. I mean, they both are, but one is definitely more adorable than the other.
Just a quibble, again. The book alternates between Avery's POV and Grayson's POV (her partner for the experiment). A few times he talks about not being able to stop himself in regards to kissing. YOU GUYS THIS IS NOT TRUE. Seriously, men and even teenage boys are capable of engaging in consensual sexual activity. Boys are not natural rapists. And I'm so tired of seeing this attitude in books aimed at teenagers. If a teenage girl is forcibly kissed--or worse--by a teenage boy, and he tells her he just couldn't help himself, based on all these books who think that's okay, she's going to think that's normal.
As usual, I'm linking up for Book Club Friday!