The Score by Elle Kennedy is the third book in the Off-Campus series. The third book in this series revolves around the college lives of Dean Heyward-Di Laurentis and Allie Hayes. Dean is someone who only does sex. He doesn’t disrespect anyone or make fake promises, but he explicitly clarifies his intentions when hooking up and clears everything out before making a move. He isn’t ashamed about talking about sex or how much he loves it in front of anyone. On the other hand, Allie is the opposite of Dean and doesn’t do casual sex. She loves every aspect of relationships. She loves cuddling, spending time, and all the cute and lovely things of being in a relationship. Allie and Dean cross paths due to their best friends (Hannah and Garret dating). When Allie comes over to Garret’s place (which all the boys share and live in) to avoid her ex-boyfriend Sean, the last thing she imagines doing is drinking tequila and having sex with Dean. Once this happens, they decide to keep it a secret as their friends would go crazy since Hannah specifically told Dean not to hook up with Allie. But after this one-night stand, Dean can no longer think sexually of any girl besides Allie and only wants her. This book shows how one goes from not being in love to being in love so unexpectedly. This book also shows how hard times can change a person and how it is
If I had to choose a favourite book from this entire series (which would be so hard for me to do as I enjoyed every one of these books, including the novella), it would be this one. I loved every small thing about Dean and Allie and how they got together and worked on their relationship. Out of all the hockey boys, Dean was the one that intrigued me the most, and I was so excited to find out how someone who doesn’t do relationships would fall in love. Another thing that I loved about this book was how it shows how hard times can change a person and how important it is to have a strong support group. Like the other two novels, this book also covers serious topics such as the grief of losing someone and excessive drinking. I loved this book!
The Mistake by Elle Kennedy is the second book in the Off-Campus series, which follows the life of Logan, short for John Logan and Grace Ivers. Logan is a junior in college who plays hockey. His life is full of hockey games, practices, parties, and girls lined up to hook up and even date him. But apart from this luxurious world, Logan is dreaded to graduate as his life after graduation is something he is not ready for. He’s also done having a thing for his best friend’s girl and tries to avoid being around them at all costs. On the other hand, Grace is a freshman in college and the literal meaning of the girl next door. She gets good grades, is the typical good girl, works hard, and avoids anything rebellious. One day while leaving his house to dodge a party, John accidentally ends up knocking on the wrong dorm door and meets Grace. They end up watching a movie together and essentially hooking up. They hook up regularly from here, although Logan wants nothing serious, and Grace is catching feelings. When Grace tells Logan, she’s a virgin, he ends up blowing her off and messing up big time. From here onwards, Logan realizes his mistake and spends the rest of the book winning Grace back and making it up to her.
This book was an exciting book that I read because how the author included Garret and Hannah from The Deal. This book also had characters from the rest of the books in the series, and it made me happy how there’s a book on each of the boys from the friend group, just like in the first book, serious topics such as alcohol addiction and forgiveness were included in this book. This book also alternated between the point of view of Logan and Grace. All in all, this book had the perfect amount of romance and comedy. I also loved how this book is similar but different from the first book. The hockey aspect of this book and series also kept me hooked.
The Deal by Elle Kennedy is the first of four books (not including an additional novella) of the Off-Campus Series. This book revolves around the life of Garret Graham, also known as Briar’s hockey team captain, and Hannah Wells, a talented singer who strives to get A’s in her classes. Hannah soon finds herself swooning over a newly transferred football player, Justin, who doesn’t seem to notice how she wants to be seen. Garret also appears to be in a problem as he is not getting the grades he needs to be an athlete, and Hannah is not willing to help him even though he has tried his best to convince her. At a party, Garret notices how Hannah acts around Justin, puts two and two together, and proposes an idea that would benefit them. He promises to help Justin notice her as long as Hannah agrees to help him with his classes. Soon after, they realize they might have more in common besides this agreement, and maybe deep down, they have feelings for each other they are too scared to show.
This was a book I enjoyed reading this summer as it had everything I look for in a good young adult book. It had the perfect amount of romance, laugh-out-loud moments, friendship, and fantastic chemistry between the two main characters. I loved the hockey aspect of this book, and the companionship between Garret and his group of friends is portrayed in such a cute and loving way. This book also touches on the sensitive topic of abuse. It shows how Hannah and Garret have endured hard times but survived. Another good thing about this book was the dual point of view and how they alternate between Garret and Hannah. Overall this was a great and easy read.
As Global Warming continues, ice from thousands of years before melts. The parasites inside them are released. These parasites, later named The Tox, spreads to an island called Raxter where there’s a private school for girls.
Hetty, Hyatt, and Reese, three close friends, are among many of the students who are infected with The Tox. The infected start developing second spines or hearts, claws, and gills, but those who can’t take it are perished.
Everyone has only one choice, to stay inside in quarantine and wait for food and supplies to be delivered. But when Byatt is sick enough to be taken to the isolation room, Hetty knows some things have to change.
However, by the time Hetty sneaks in to see Byatt, she’s already disappeared.
This is a great book and I would definitely recommend it to people who like the dystopian genre.
Psychics have always told Blue Sargent that her true love would die if she kissed him. All her teenage years, she spent swearing off on boys, especially the Aglionby boys or alias Raven boys. Standing next to her psychic half-aunt watching the soon-to-be-dead pass by, she sees a spirit for the first time, a Raven Boy. “There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve her half-aunt said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him”.
In Maggie Stiefvater‘s book The Raven Boys we follow Blue Sargent’s life as it tangles with those she dreads the most the Raven Boys. Being the only non-psychic in her matriarchal house she struggles with identity issues and her new-formed friendship with the rich, members of high-class society, the Raven Boys certainly is not helping. But she can’t help but be drawn to the four Aglionby Boys, Gansey who is on a quest that has encompassed the other three, Ronan, the strong hot-headed boy; Adam, the poor scholarship student who can’t fit in with the others; and Noah, the tacit member of the group.
A lockdown surprises 5 grade 12 students, and they all end up in the same washroom. Alice, is an introvert who is really good at writing, she also has the responsibility to take care of her autistic brother Noah. Isabelle is the popular girl that everyone wants to be friends with, who has a big ego and sometimes only cares about herself. Then there’s Hogan, who used to be a football player, but is now someone feared by many because of the rumors going around that he killed his brother, he may seem scary but in the inside, he just needs someone to understand. There’s also the last guy named Xander, he’s socially awkward and sometimes says things that shouldn’t be said out loud. He’s always snapping pictures of random moments with his camera he calls “The Tank”. After a while, Isabelle gets a text from her best friend Brianna that this lockdown is not a drill, and there’s an actual shooter roaming around in the school, and it also turns out that one of the people know more about this shooter than they realized, and together they try to figure out what the shooter is trying to do, and how to stop them.
I am currently reading this book called the Following by Jeffrey W. Johnston. This book is about a boy named Alden who likes to follow people and find out their secrets. He’s training himself to become a private investigator some day. But one day, Alden decides to start following and spy on a popular boy at school, named Greg Matthes. As Alden follows Greg into an old deserted park after school, he first sees them verbally fighting from a distance. A few minutes later, Alden seemingly witnesses Greg Matthes murder his own girlfriend, Amy. Alden saw her lying on the floor but couldn’t get a clear sight of her at the distance. He also thinks he saw blood on Greg’s backpack. Alden started to worry in fear. He ran from the area as fast as he could. Was Amy actually murdered by Greg, or was what he saw not really the situation? Now Alden has to figure out what he could have seen there and the secrets Greg is hiding.
This book is a fast paced read and an interesting novel that keeps you reading until the end. My rating of the book: 9/10
Galaxy “Alex” stern isn’t your average twenty-year-old at Yale and she worries she’ll ever be “average”. She can see ghosts. And her ability brings misery to her when she gets involved in a low-level drug deal. In Leigh Bardugo’s new dark twisty thriller, Ninth House, we follow the life of Alex stern, the only survivor of a multiple homicide that she shouldn’t have survived. When laying in the hospital bed she is allowed to turn her life around and begin fresh at the prestigious Yale University, she knows it’s bound to come with a catch. And what’s the catch? She is to be the newest member of the “ninth house” a secret society flourishing in yale looking over the arcane proceeding of the “ancient eight”.
Her life becomes intertwined with the dark secrets that run through New Haven’s secret societies when there’s a dead girl on campus, and only Alex seems to think there’s more to the story than meets the eye. She often wonders why doesn’t she just let it go; the societies have come up with a neat answer to the girl’s death. It would be convenient for her to just let it be, focusing on the new opportunities Yale brings her. But she feels for the girl, she knows what it feels like to be not cared for, to be pushed under the bus with a “nevermind’. She knows what it feels like to fight the world for the injustice it brings to you, “I want to survive this world that keeps trying to destroy me”. Following the girl’s death, she discovers drug deals, corruption, and cover-ups. She finds the truth beneath the facade run by the secret societies, dark ambition, and sinister motives to get power.
Leigh bardugo has created the best-written morally grey character that I just couldn’t help but sympathize with. Leigh’s world-building is amazing and mesmerizing and something I got lost in. Although the book proved to be more dark and troubling than I had expected, the brutal past of the characters just added to the full effect of the book and I loved every single second of reading it. If you liked The Atlas Six or Dance of Thieves,this fantastical world created by Bardugo is a perfect addition.
Regretting You by Colleen Hoover is a contemporary romance or domestic fiction novel that revolves around the lives of mother-daughter Morgan and Clara. They have never gotten along too well, but things start to fall off once Clara and Morgan leave two people in their lives, Morgan’s sister Jenny and Morgan’s husband, Chris. Morgan’s grief and betrayal are extreme, but she decides to keep the truth from her daughter, which is that Chris and Jenny are having an affair. It’s even harder to handle when Jonah, Jenny’s fiancé, realizes that his infant son Elijah is not his son but is Chris’s. Jonah and Morgan cope with their grief together and finally grow onto each other, although they had a weird connection growing up as teens. They slowly realize their attraction toward each other, making Clara think that Morgan and Jonah have been having an affair and starts to develop a hatred for them. The ending ties everything up and gives everyone the ending they deserve.
Regretting You is written in a way that makes you connect deeply to Clara and Morgan as it is written from the perspective of both of them. It makes you feel what both of them feel and how they react to the situation at hand.
Overall, I enjoyed reading this book and loved how the characters were developed. I sometimes wish I could have got the point of view from Jenny or Chris so they could explain the affair or whatever was going on between them.
Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover is a book which I got tempted to buy after reading It Ends With Us. This book did not disappoint me, and I enjoyed every bit of it. This book is for mature readers as it discusses sensitive subjects such as the loss of a child and other topics that might trigger certain readers. This book is not only realistic but also sad and happy and makes you feel various emotions.
This book revolves around Miles and Tate. They’re two people on and off without any label and pretty much limited themselves to using each other in bed and bed only. Tate catches feelings, and she knows Miles has to, but he’s not ready to commit and like her. This book revolves around ups and downs and plot twists on why Miles is so reluctant to be in a relationship with Tate. This book has other characters on the side, which flow nicely into the book’s storyline. In the end, everything ties back together and gives this book the plot twist and ending it needed. Not only does this book show the pretty side of love, but it also shows its ugly sides.
Overall I would rate this book an 11/10. After all, it’s a realistic book because it engages you and is a quick summer read. I would recommend anyone who loves romance to read this book because it does not disappoint. My favourite part of this book would be how Tate and Miles met and how they slowly ended up getting closer and closer. 10/10 for character development and keeps you hooked!