Recently Read | 2018 #6-10

June 5, 2018

Check out Recently Read | 2018 #1-5 if you missed the first post.

As I’m writing this I’m up to book #29 so I’m waaaaay behind on this… oops!

Apparently, the theme with this set of books is liking one main character but not the other.

Regarding the layout of the post, the italics are the synopsis (via Goodreads, edited by me for length), below that are some brief thoughts, a picture of the cover (I don’t own these images – they’re from the author, via Goodreads), a rating in comparison to others I’ve read in that genre, and another suggestion from the author (if applicable). 


Image Credit: Goodreads, West

Maddie’s not impulsive. She’s all about hard work and planning ahead. But one night, on a whim, she buys a lottery ticket. And then, to her astonishment— She wins!

In a flash, Maddie’s life is unrecognizable. Being in the spotlight at school is fun…until rumors start flying. Now Maddie isn’t sure who she can trust.

Except for Seth Nguyen, her funny, charming coworker at the local zoo. Seth doesn’t seem aware of Maddie’s big news. And, for some reason, she doesn’t want to tell him. 

I really didn’t like Maddie’s character, but I liked Seth a whole lot. I thought the plot was definitely interesting, but I kept finding myself saying, “don’t do that Maddie, that’s a dumb idea.”

If I’m being honest, this was one of the last books from West that I wanted to pick up. The plot sounded too unreal and cheesy, and sadly I was right. 

The book took place in a lot of interesting locations I haven’t read much (like on a boat and in a zoo), but overall I wouldn’t pick this book up again – especially since West has a lot more to offer. The book leads up to one big reveal, but it wasn’t that big of a climax.

Young Adult Scale: 3⭐

Find it here on Goodreads or here on Amazon.

As I’m sure you guess based on the first roundup, I’m a big fan of Kasie West. My West Pick: By Your Side – here on Goodreads or here on Amazon.

As there are quite a few authors, here is the list (all linked on Goodreads, respectively):


Image Credit: Goodreads, All Authors


Whether or not you believe in fate, or luck, or love at first sight, every romance has to start somewhere. MEET CUTE is an anthology of original short stories featuring tales of “how they first met” from some of today’s most popular YA authors. 

There were definitely some stories I liked more than others, but the overall idea was great! If I really resonated with a story, I could (and did) look the author up and see what else they had I could read. For the stories I didn’t enjoy as much, they were only 20 pages! 

It’s all about getting a taste of an author’s work! The characters/plots/locations were all over the place, but each centered around the classic (or not so) meet-cute where two characters meet for the first time.

These are a few of my favorites:

Jennifer L. Armentrout’s The Dictionary Of You And Me

The Unlikely Likelihood Of Falling In Love by Jocelyn Davies

Julie Murphy’s Something Real

Young Adult Scale: 4⭐ (overall)

Find it here on Goodreads or here on Amazon.


Image credit: Goodreads, Konen

A twenty-four-hour romance about two teens who meet—and perhaps change their minds about love—on a train ride to Upstate New York in the middle of a snowstorm.

Noah is a hopeless romantic. He’s heading back home for one last chance with his first love, whom he broke up with when he went off to college. Ammy doesn’t believe in true love. She’s escaping from a mom who can’t take care of her to a dad who may not even want her. 

After a train-wreck first encounter between the two of them, the Amtrak train suddenly breaks down due to a snowstorm. Desperate to make it to their destinations, Noah and Ammy have no other option but to travel together. 

I had originally picked up this book because I’m really interested in taking a cross-country train trip someday, but I found that with such a character-driven story I didn’t love the girl character. She was super judgmental and I couldn’t find myself rooting for her character. The two didn’t seem to go together!

Young Adult Scale: 2.5⭐

Find it here on Goodreads or here on Amazon.


Image Credit: Goodreads, Durango, Terrones

Zeus would rather be anywhere than here—the tiny town his family moved to at the end of the school year. Having left all his friends back in Chicago and with nothing to look forward to except helping out at his mother’s café and biking around town with his weird little brother, Zeus is pretty sure this is destined to be the worst summer of his life. But then he meets Rose—funny, beautiful, smart, and an incredible musician. 

Zeus can hardly believe that someone like her exists, let alone seems interested in being with him. However, while Zeus is counting down the minutes until he can see her next, Rose is counting down the days until she finds out whether she will be able to leave their small town to pursue her dreams. 

This was one of those stories that just fell a little flat for me. I think that the story really could have gone somewhere, but both the characters and plot felt lacking – it wasn’t bad it just wasn’t great.

I expected Rose to have more of a leading role, but she really is just a peripheral character.

The best character? His little brother.

Young Adult Scale: 3⭐

Find it here on Goodreads or here on Amazon.


Image Credit: Goodreads, Creedle

When Lily Michaels-Ryan ditches her ADHD meds and lands in detention with Abelard, who has Asperger’s, she’s intrigued—Abelard seems thirty seconds behind, while she feels thirty seconds ahead. It doesn’t hurt that he’s brilliant and beautiful.

When Abelard posts a quote from The Letters of Abelard and Heloise online, their mutual affinity for ancient love letters connects them. The two fall for each other. Hard. But is it enough to bridge their differences in person?

I found a connection with each of the characters when I read the book, but not necessarily together, if that makes sense?

I liked that this book related to other pieces of literature and how they both had a distinct voice, but their relationship felt forced – as if there were no other options.

Young Adult Scale: 3⭐

Find it here on Goodreads or here on Amazon.

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