I spy Teen books

Which one appeals to you?

Two girls. One wild and reckless day. Years of tumultuous history unspooling like a thin, fraying string in the hours after they set a fire.

They were best friends. Until they became more. Their affections grew. Until the blurry lines became dangerous.

Over the course of a single day, the depth of their past, the confusion of their present, and the unpredictability of their future is revealed. And the girls will learn that hearts, like flames, aren’t so easily tamed.

It starts with a fire.

How will it end?

Seventeen-year-old Bliss Walker has been stuck in a home that doesn’t feel like hers for six years. Ever since Mama dropped her off and never came back.

Then, the summer before her senior year of high school, two things happen: Mama returns out of the blue, and Bliss meets Blake, a boy who listens like everything she has to say is worth hearing.

It should be a dream come true. But as the summer spins on, Bliss finds herself facing a painful choice: between the life she’s always longed for, and the world she’s starting to make for herself.

You can’t rewrite the past, but you can always choose to start again.

It’s been twenty-seven days since Cleo and Layla’s friendship imploded.

Nearly a month since Cleo realized they’ll never be besties again.

Now Cleo wants to erase every memory, good or bad, that tethers her to her ex-best friend. But pretending Layla doesn’t exist isn’t as easy as Cleo hoped, especially after she’s assigned to be Layla’s tutor. Despite budding friendships with other classmates–and a raging crush on a gorgeous boy named Dom–Cleo’s turbulent past with Layla comes back to haunt them both.

Pranking mastermind Doe and her motley band of Weston girls are determined to win the century-long war against Winfield Academy before the clock ticks down on their senior year. But when their headmistress announces that The Weston School will merge with its rival the following year, their longtime feud spirals into chaos.

To protect the school that has been her safe haven since her parents’ divorce, Doe puts together a plan to prove once and for all that Winfield boys and Weston girls just don’t mix, starting with a direct hit at Three, Winfield’s boy king and her nemesis. In a desperate move to win, Doe strikes a bargain with Three’s cousin, Wells: If he fake dates her to get under Three’s skin, she’ll help him get back his rightful family heirloom from Three.

As the pranks escalate, so do her feelings for her fake boyfriend, and Doe spins lie after lie to keep up her end of the deal. But when a teacher long suspected of inappropriate behavior messes with a younger Weston girl, Doe has to decide what’s more important: winning a rivalry, or joining forces to protect something far more critical than a prank war legacy.

Fatima lives in the city of Noor, a thriving stop along the Silk Road. There the music of myriad languages fills the air, and people of all faiths weave their lives together. However, the city bears scars of its recent past, when the chaotic tribe of Shayateen djinn slaughtered its entire population – except for Fatima and two other humans. Now ruled by a new maharajah, Noor is protected from the Shayateen by the Ifrit, djinn of order and reason, and by their commander, Zulfikar.

But when one of the most potent of the Ifrit dies, Fatima is changed in ways she cannot fathom, ways that scare even those who love her. Oud in hand, Fatima is drawn into the intrigues of the maharajah and his sister, the affairs of Zulfikar and the djinn, and the dangers of a magical battlefield.

The Friend Zone Review

Friend

  • Author: Abby Jimenez
  • Print Length: 385 pages
  • Publisher: Forever
  • Publication Date: June 11, 2019
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group

What the book is about:

Kristen Peterson doesn’t do drama, will fight to the death for her friends, and has no room in her life for guys who just don’t get her. She’s also keeping a big secret: facing a medically necessary procedure that will make it impossible for her to have children.
Planning her best friend’s wedding is bittersweet for Kristen — especially when she meets the best man, Josh Copeland. He’s funny, sexy, never offended by her mile-wide streak of sarcasm, and always one chicken enchilada ahead of her hangry. Even her dog, Stuntman Mike, adores him. The only catch: Josh wants a big family someday. Kristen knows he’d be better off with someone else, but as their attraction grows, it’s harder and harder to keep him at arm’s length.

My Review:

I picked this book up from my local library one night.  (Not from the one I work at.)  I decided to give it a shot to see if I would like story.    The two main characters are Kristen and Josh.  The way the book is written is from Kristen and Josh’s view points.  It took me a little while to get used to reading it that way but I enjoyed it.

Kristen has sass!  Tons of sass who doesn’t really care what others think except when she’s around her mother, she’s a tad different.  She tries to figure out things in life when it comes to dating and having kids.  She has conflict with dealing with fertility problems. That is the main concept through out the book which is a big issue for some women out there.  It might be touchy subject for those who are dealing with that kind of thing.  So if you are sensitive reading about a fiction book that mentions fertility problems, then maybe this book isn’t for you.   I can see how Kristen struggles with dealing emotionally and physically.    Just a friendly reminder: everyone in the real world is dealing with something.

Anyways I love how Kristen says what she means, cracks jokes, shocks her best friend Sloan with some things which made me laugh in the book and how she uses pop  culture references!    When Josh enters her life things change.  She tries to deny there is attraction there but it somehow trickles into her life.  The playful banter, sass and emotions between Josh and Kristen felt real to me.

Can I say I like Josh because he understands how a woman can be?  That would be due to having so many sisters! He isn’t afraid to get tampons or pads.  I think a guy like that is cool.  He also gets along with Kristen’s dog – Stuntman Mike, which is awesome.  I love that part in the book.

My emotions in this book ranged from sad to shock to sadness to surprised and to happiness!   Holy cow.  I was not expecting my emotions to go in that many directions.  There were some surprises in the book such as Kristen’s mother,  a really sad moment, and an ‘oh my god’ moment.   I really liked this book quite a bit and I’m glad I took the chance to read it.   I may read more from this author when I get a chance.