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Book Of The Month |YA

Be yourself; Everyone else is already taken.

— Oscar Wilde.

Where are my Young adult lovers at?

I LOVE my BOTM subscription! Did you know that there is now a YA subscription as well?

Book Of the Month YA, works exactly like the regular BOTM box! They pick 5 books and you chose one, it’s $15/ month and you can add up to two more books for only $9.99 each!

Not sure this is for you, but want to give it a try? Go here: https://book-of-the-month.ixmz.net/thatbook_chickshannon and get your first box for only $9.99!

Let’s talk about my personal experience, I am signed up for both the regular box and the YA box. I generally always get my two add ons. I also have yet to not like one of the books I’ve read. I love that they are hardcovers, and the picks are always great. However, if there comes a month that none of the books sound good, you can always skip. There is a BFF program that you are automatically enrolled in after you get your 12th box. I have yet to be enrolled in the BFF program, so I’ll update you when that happens!

Overall, I think this is a great deal, $15 for a hardcover book?! Great! Not only that but a lot of the picks are debut novels, or early releases! It’s at least worth giving a try!

For more about BOTM|YA and to see what I’m up to say by day follow my Bookstagram @thatbook_chick

Bringing Down The Duke Review



“Perhaps this is not a question of staying out of trouble, Your Grace. Perhaps this is about deciding on which side of history you want to be.”

– Evie Dunmore

Synopsis

England, 1879. Annabelle Archer, the brilliant but destitute daughter of a country vicar, has earned herself a place among the first cohort of female students at the renowned University of Oxford. In return for her scholarship, she must support the rising women’s suffrage movement. Her charge: recruit men of influence to champion their cause. Her target: Sebastian Devereux, the cold and calculating Duke of Montgomery who steers Britain’s politics at the Queen’s command. Her challenge: not to give in to the powerful attraction she can’t deny for the man who opposes everything she stands for. 

Sebastian is appalled to find a suffragist squad has infiltrated his ducal home, but the real threat is his impossible feelings for green-eyed beauty Annabelle. He is looking for a wife of equal standing to secure the legacy he has worked so hard to rebuild, not an outspoken commoner who could never be his duchess. But he wouldn’t be the greatest strategist of the Kingdom if he couldn’t claim this alluring bluestocking without the promise of a ring…or could he? 

Locked in a battle with rising passion and a will matching her own, Annabelle will learn just what it takes to topple a duke….


My Review

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I will admit, this book starts off a bit slow and irritating. The Duke is put off as a heartless arse who only cares about his work and is stripped of any emotion. However, this changes tremendously throughout the book- specifically when Annabelle comes in.

This book goes between the Dukes perspective and Annabelle’s- I felt this really added to the book. It also shows how much the Duke goes from an emotionless arse to swoon worthy.

Again, this is another enemy to lover book and we all know how much I love those! This book had me laughing out loud, frustrated, swooning, crying, everything.

The character development is AMAZING! They leapt off the pages and made you feel what they are feeling, the attraction, chemistry, tension- sexual and other.

Amazingly written with great characters and an amazing plot!

Well down Evie Dunmore! I look forward to the next books!

Get A Life, Chloe Brown Review



“Don’t dismiss your emotions and your self-protection as just a fucked up decision don’t reduce something so complex and real and important to nothing.”

– Talia Hibbert

Synopsis

Chloe Brown is a chronically ill computer geek with a goal, a plan, and a list. After almost—but not quite—dying, she’s come up with seven directives to help her “Get a Life”, and she’s already completed the first: finally moving out of her glamorous family’s mansion. The next items?

• Enjoy a drunken night out.

• Ride a motorcycle.

• Go camping.

• Have meaningless but thoroughly enjoyable sex.

• Travel the world with nothing but hand luggage.

• And… do something bad.

But it’s not easy being bad, even when you’ve written step-by-step guidelines on how to do it correctly. What Chloe needs is a teacher, and she knows just the man for the job.

Redford ‘Red’ Morgan is a handyman with tattoos, a motorcycle, and more sex appeal than ten-thousand Hollywood heartthrobs. He’s also an artist who paints at night and hides his work in the light of day, which Chloe knows because she spies on him occasionally. Just the teeniest, tiniest bit.

But when she enlists Red in her mission to rebel, she learns things about him that no spy session could teach her. Like why he clearly resents Chloe’s wealthy background. And why he never shows his art to anyone. And what really lies beneath his rough exterior…


My Review

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

First- Enemy to lover romance!!!! That should just be the end of my review! I love enemy to lover romances!

However, this book is so much more than that. Chloe is fighting a serious battle with her health and I love that this book is up front, real and raw about that. This book also tackles other topics like emotional abuse.

The characters are easy relatable and likable, as well as the relationships they have with each other. Let’s get back to the romance- swoony, funny, sexy, sweetness, and depth! I love watching characters go from not liking each other to seeing the real and raw person behind the facade and falling in love.

Not only was the romantic relationship amazing to read and watch play out. Chloe’s relationship with her sisters is amazing and the kind of relationship I would want if I had any sisters.

Overall this is a great book with love, illness, and so much humor!

Comfort Reads



Hello readers! I hope you are all staying safe and healthy during this time.

Life is so uncertain right now, and I if you are anything like me, anxieties are on high. I am usually the type of person who is willing to read any genre of books, from romance, to thrillers, historical fiction, Rom-Com, YA, and many more.

However, I have been consumed with enough sadness, anxiety, and all these other unpleasant feelings that I would rather not read about. Considering reading is the only thing keeping me sane and is my only escape from the four walls of my house.

What to read when some books I’m just not in the mood for? Comfort reads!!

I put together a list of some of my favorite comfort reads that make me laugh, swoon, smile, and overall have happy endings that I crave and need during this upsetting time we have all found ourselves in.


Perfect Distraction by Allison Ashley

Lauren Taylor isn’t thinking about love, especially not with the impossibly attractive man she accidentally spilled coffee all over. He’s out of her league and she’s focused on finishing her oncology pharmacy residency. She’s sworn off men who are too handsome for their own good, anyway.

Andrew Bishop can’t stop thinking about the gorgeous redhead who crashed into him and then disappeared, even though he should have way more on his mind – like dealing with his Hodgkin Lymphoma diagnosis and finishing out his last year in law school. When Andrew and Lauren run into each other at the cancer center where she’s working and he’s being treated, they try to keep it professional. They can be friends, and nothing more.

But sometimes life has other plans…


The Friend Zone and The Happy Ever After Playlist by Abby Jimenez

The Friend Zone-

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.

The Happy Ever After Playlist-

Two years after losing her fiancé, Sloan Monroe still can’t seem to get her life back on track. But one trouble-making pup with a “take me home” look in his eyes is about to change everything. With her new pet by her side, Sloan finally starts to feel more like herself. Then, after weeks of unanswered texts, Tucker’s owner reaches out. He’s a musician on tour in Australia. And bottom line: He wants Tucker back.
Well, Sloan’s not about to give up her dog without a fight. But what if this Jason guy really loves Tucker? As their flirty texts turn into long calls, Sloan can’t deny a connection. Jason is hot and nice and funny. There’s no telling what could happen when they meet in person. The question is: With his music career on the rise, how long will Jason really stick around? And is it possible for Sloan to survive another heartbreak?


Josh and Hazel’s Guide To Not Dating by Christina Lauren

Hazel Camille Bradford knows she’s a lot to take—and frankly, most men aren’t up to the challenge. If her army of pets and thrill for the absurd don’t send them running, her lack of filter means she’ll say exactly the wrong thing in a delicate moment. Their loss. She’s a good soul in search of honest fun. 

Josh Im has known Hazel since college, where her zany playfulness proved completely incompatible with his mellow restraint. From the first night they met—when she gracelessly threw up on his shoes—to when she sent him an unintelligible email while in a post-surgical haze, Josh has always thought of Hazel more as a spectacle than a peer. But now, ten years later, after a cheating girlfriend has turned his life upside down, going out with Hazel is a breath of fresh air. 

Not that Josh and Hazel date. At least, not each other. Because setting each other up on progressively terrible double blind dates means there’s nothing between them…right?


Throw Like A Girl by Sarah Henning

When softball star Liv Rodinsky throws one ill-advised punch during the most important game of the year, she loses her scholarship to her fancy private school, her boyfriend, and her teammates all in one fell swoop. With no other options, Liv is forced to transfer to the nearest public school, Northland, where she’ll have to convince its coach she deserves a spot on the softball team, all while facing both her ex and the teammates of the girl she punched… EverySingleDay

Enter Grey, the injured star quarterback with amazing hair and a foolproof plan: if Liv joins the football team as his temporary replacement, he’ll make sure she gets a spot on the softball team in the spring. But it will take more than just a flawless spiral for Liv to find acceptance in Northland’s halls, and behind that charismatic smile, Grey may not be so perfect after all.

With lovable characters and a charming quarterback love interest, Throw Like a Girl will have readers swooning from the very first page.


Beach Read by Emily Henry

Augustus Everett is an acclaimed author of literary fiction. January Andrews writes bestselling romance. When she pens a happily ever after, he kills off his entire cast. 

They’re polar opposites. 

In fact, the only thing they have in common is that for the next three months, they’re living in neighboring beach houses, broke, and bogged down with writer’s block. 

Until, one hazy evening, one thing leads to another and they strike a deal designed to force them out of their creative ruts: Augustus will spend the summer writing something happy, and January will pen the next Great American Novel. She’ll take him on field trips worthy of any rom-com montage, and he’ll take her to interview surviving members of a backwoods death cult (obviously). Everyone will finish a book and no one will fall in love. Really.


All of these books have been 4/5 star reads for me and have helped me keep a happy and positive attitude rather than dwelling on the chaos that is happing right now.

I hope you find some of these to be some comfort reads as well!

Stay safe and healthy!

With love, from your fellow book lover,

– Shannon ❤️

Josh and Hazel’s Guide To Not Dating Review



“I learned a very important thing that day: my mom would never try to change for a man, and I wouldn’t either.”

– Christina Lauren

Synopsis

Hazel Camille Bradford knows she’s a lot to take—and frankly, most men aren’t up to the challenge. If her army of pets and thrill for the absurd don’t send them running, her lack of filter means she’ll say exactly the wrong thing in a delicate moment. Their loss. She’s a good soul in search of honest fun. 

Josh Im has known Hazel since college, where her zany playfulness proved completely incompatible with his mellow restraint. From the first night they met—when she gracelessly threw up on his shoes—to when she sent him an unintelligible email while in a post-surgical haze, Josh has always thought of Hazel more as a spectacle than a peer. But now, ten years later, after a cheating girlfriend has turned his life upside down, going out with Hazel is a breath of fresh air. 

Not that Josh and Hazel date. At least, not each other. Because setting each other up on progressively terrible double blind dates means there’s nothing between them…right?


My Review

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

This book is funny, flirty, sweet and absolutely adorable! I so want to be BFF’s with Hazel! So is hilarious, and absolutely no filter- my kind of person! Not only is she super amusing, but she has such a strong and confident sense of self, she is compassionate and so supportive. I absolutely admire her for that!

Josh well he’s not too shabby himself. Very swoon worthy.

The other thing I absolutely loved from this book is the strong family connections! Both Hazel and Josh have a strong sense of family that are so accepting.

This is an amazing friends to lovers love story that I COULD NOT put down! Overall, it’s beautifully written, had it all- friends, romance, animals, humor, all of it!

Could not recommend this book enough!

The Eye Of Zeus Review



Synopsis

Meet Phoebe Katz, a twelve-year-old foster kid from New York City who’s been bounced around the system her entire life. Things happen around Phoebe, but it’s not like they’re her fault! But when a statue of Athena comes to life, Phoebe gets the stunning news she’s the daughter of Zeus, has a twin brother named Perseus―and was sent away from ancient Greece as a baby to stop a terrible prophecy that predicted she would one day destroy Olympus.

Athena warns Phoebe to stay in hiding, but when the vengeful god Ares kidnaps her beloved social worker, Phoebe has no choice―she has to travel back to ancient Greece and rescue him! There, Phoebe and her friends Angie and Damian discover a new prophecy, one that may fix everything. The catch: Phoebe has to collect talismans from six Greek monsters, including the fang from a nine-headed hydra, a talon from the Nemean lion, and a feather from the sphinx. No problem for a girl with the power to call up lightning bolts and change the weather! But can Phoebe collect them all and stop the prophecy before she destroys Olympus?


My Review

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I’d like to start off thanking Book Sparks and the author for this free ARC. This book was published April 7th and is a middle grade book.

I really like reading about Greek Mythology, and was very impressed with the age range this book has- it is a great read weather adult or not.

This book was very fast paced and there was always some kind of fighting scene going. Now for me, I wasn’t a huge fan of this, but looking at it as a book for my 8 year old daughter to read soon- I think she would love it. All the action and face pace keeps you interested and I will have to say there were some plot twists I was not expecting.

This was written very well. The author has a way of keeping the writing clean and geared toward kids but yet having it advanced enough for adults as well.

The author did a great job with all he characters and made them very likable. Even the ones that you hate, seem to find a way of redeeming themselves and making you love them. I found the main character and her two friends relationship to be absolutely adorable and it is a friendship I hope my children have.

Over all this is a great book for any age that keeps the pace going and will have you hooked from chapter 1.

You Were There Too Review



“Maybe all that matters is that love is a circle. Infinite. External. Present, even when the person you want to be there most is absent.”

– Colleen Oakley

Synopsis

Mia Graydon’s life looks picket-fence perfect; she has the house, her loving husband, and dreams of starting a family. But she has other dreams too—unexplained, recurring ones starring the same man. Still, she doesn’t think much of it, until a relocation to small-town Pennsylvania brings her face to face with the stranger she has been dreaming about for years. And this man harbors a jaw-dropping secret of his own—he’s been dreaming of her too.  

Determined to understand, Mia and this not-so-stranger search for answers. But when diving into their pasts begins to unravel her life in the present, Mia emerges with a single question—what if?


My Review

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Wow. This book sure kept me guessing. As soon as I thought I had things figured out. PLOT TWIST! It’s not even a thriller!

I loved the character development that happens as well as the epiphanies that occur as well. Mia goes from sad, lonely, confused, and wondering who she is- to being confident and assured in her choices. Mia’s husband Harrison also starts the book off depressed and beating himself up over something that happened on the operating room. Toward the end of the book he learns to live and accept that as well as become himself again.

Not only does the plot keep you guessing, but it also keeps you entranced and pulled in. The story has you trying to predict and figure out why Mia and Oliver are dreaming of each other and what exactly is happening in these dreams and what it means.

The only complaint I have is that it was a bit of a slow build and then BAM something happens and then a slow ending.

Speaking of the ending- not what I was expecting or hoping for. But it was perfect.

Salty, Bitter, Sweet Review



Synopsis

Aspiring chef Isa’s family life has fallen apart after the death of her Cuban abuela and the divorce of her parents. She moves in with her dad and her new stepmom, Margo, in Lyon, France, where Isa feels like an outsider in her father’s new life.

Isa balances her time between avoiding the awkward, “why-did-you-cheat-on-Mom” conversation with figuring out how a perpetually single woman can at least be a perpetually single chef. The upside of Isa’s world being turned upside-down? Her father’s house is located only 30 minutes away from the restaurant of world-famous Chef Pascal Grattard, who runs a prestigiously competitive international kitchen apprenticeship. The prize job at Chef Grattard’s renowned restaurant also represents a transformative opportunity for Isa who is desperate to get her life back in order—and desperate to prove she has what it takes to work in an haute kitchen. But Isa’s stress and repressed grief begin to unravel when the attractive, enigmatic Diego shows up unannounced with his albino dog.

How can Isa expect to hold it together when she’s at the bottom of her class at the apprenticeship, her new stepmom is pregnant, she misses her abuela dearly, and things with the mysterious Diego reach a boiling point?


My Review

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

This YA novel revolves around food and family, with y’all about grief, forgiveness, and a bit of romance. The reader can tell how important cooking and family are to Isa, it poor’s from the pages. The connection that Isa has with her Abuela (Lala) is amazing and I feel a lot of relation with that as I am very close with my grandma. Not only was there strong connections and beliefs, this book also had a strong female character who for only being 17 deals with everything quite well.

Now the romance. Enemy to lovers type of romance, and I loved it! It was so sweet seeing Isa go from utterly annoyed by Diego’s presence to growing feelings for him. I love seeing the vulnerability in characters and watching them fall for each other.

Thank you to NetGalley, the author, and publisher for the eARC.

Throw Like A Girl Review



“I try but fail to wash the loss out of my hair- Garnier Fructis can only do so much.”

– Sarah Henning

Synopsis

When softball star Liv Rodinsky throws one ill-advised punch during the most important game of the year, she loses her scholarship to her fancy private school, her boyfriend, and her teammates all in one fell swoop. With no other options, Liv is forced to transfer to the nearest public school, Northland, where she’ll have to convince its coach she deserves a spot on the softball team, all while facing both her ex and the teammates of the girl she punched… Every. Single. Day.

Enter Grey, the injured star quarterback with amazing hair and a foolproof plan: if Liv joins the football team as his temporary replacement, he’ll make sure she gets a spot on the softball team in the spring. But it will take more than just a flawless spiral for Liv to find acceptance in Northland’s halls, and behind that charismatic smile, Grey may not be so perfect after all.

With lovable characters and a charming quarterback love interest, Throw Like a Girl will have readers swooning from the very first page.


My Review

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

A YA contemporary romance that revolves around sports. Wow. This did not disappoint. I had my reservations about it at first. Especially in the beginning.

Once Liv joined the football team I couldn’t help but root for her. I couldn’t help but admire the way she handled all the animosity directed at her from the other football players.

The girl power in this book is amazing and had me rooting for all the female characters. I could not help but appreciate the strong bond between all the softball girls. Man these girls are LOYAL.

However, it melted my heart to finally see one of Liv’s enemies warm up to her and vise versa.

The author had a way of making all the characters not only likable but relatable as well. In the end I was rooting for and loving all the characters. I don’t think I have read a book where 95% of the characters are genuine and likable. By the end of the book I was even rooting for the rude a**hole ex.

Overall, this is such a sweet, empowering read that I fully support!

Make or Break At the Lighthouse B&B Review



“A wise man once said that, when you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start straight away.”

– Portia MacIntosh

Synopsis:

Thirty-one-year-old matchmaker Lola James had it all – until she broke her leg at a wedding and discovered that her so-called ‘best friend’ was suddenly too busy to call, her flat had far too many steps, and her boyfriend replaced her quicker than you can say ‘crutches’.

And so she’s back at her parents’ B&B, sleeping in the living room (she can’t get upstairs) and having her hair washed by her mum (she can’t get in the shower).

Freshly single and with a lot of time on her hands, Lola is only too pleased to run into gorgeous Dr Will, an old friend who has definitely improved with age… And then there’s Dean, a divorcé who’s convinced he’s better off alone – no matter how lonely he is.

Can Will help mend Lola’s broken heart as well as her leg? Can she help Dean find love? As a wise man once said, sometimes the one for you is right under your nose, all along…


My Review:

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

This was such a cute, light hearted book that had me laughing out loud. The characters were are very likable, despite their flaws.

Not to mention the character growth and development that is presented in Lola. I absolutely love character development and how her attitude went from pitty party, hating that she had to come live with her parents. To absolutely loving it and finding out not only who her real friends are but also who she is and wants to be.

The way the author describes the setting makes you feel like you are really sitting there with the characters.

However, Lola has a few love interests. First her boyfriend Patrick- who is a complete tool- who *spoiler alert* doesn’t last. Then there is her old high school nerdy friend, turned to sexy local Dr. Will. Then there is Dean, the divorced and damaged police officer.

Overall, it is a very light hearted read that will have you laughing one minute and swooning the next.

You’d Be Mine Review


“Just because your family is gone doesn’t mean that you are. Your identity is tied to who they made you into, not who they were. The way I see it, you can honor them by becoming the best possible version of who you are meant to be, or you can wither away to nothing with no one to remember you.”

– Erin Hahn

Synopsis

Annie Mathers is America’s sweetheart and heir to a country music legacy. Clay’s label wants to land Annie, and Clay has to make it happen. Swayed by Clay’s undeniable charm and good looks, Annie and her band agree to join the tour. From the start fans want them to be more than just tour mates, and Annie and Clay can’t help but wonder if the fans are right. But if there’s one part of fame Annie wants nothing to do with, it’s a high-profile relationship. If only she could convince her heart that Clay, with his painful past and head over heels inducing tenor, isn’t worth the risk.


Review

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

This book filled my country loving heart and left me swooning.

This was a very sweet romance that is budded in the face of a tragedy.

To me this was a very deep book for being a YA book. But oh my goodness was it absolutely beautiful and I enjoyed every word of it. It’s very heartwarming and will definitely put a smile on your face!

There is a lot of Johnny and June going on and it really puts into perspective how exaggerated everything is, especially at such a young age, from raw emotions, to communication and how it is not exactly the best. The secrets that we like to keep when we are young and how strong and grown up we want people to think we are.

Just like any great YA romance, there is also plenty of drama and emotion tied in as well. From the tragedy of Annie’s parents, to Clays own family tragedies and trying to cope with the feelings attached to that.

Overall the author did an amazing job handling all the drama and angst as well as providing absolutely beautiful writing and tying it all up with a perfect ending.