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  • City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

  • Fall From India Place by Samantha Young

  • To All The Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han

  • Breathe, Annie, Breathe by Miranda Keneally

  • Take Me On by Katie McGarry

Mini Hiatus

July 22, 2014 Aman 5
Hey guys! Just wanted to drop a quick note to say that I won't be posting anything this week because I'll be busy being a tour guide to my relatives who are visiting here in the USA for the first time. I'll be back next week but until then I'll try and be active on social media. Can't promise anything though. A little update on my reading: I'm loving the Psy-Changeling series this month, currently reading the 5th one and with the way I'm going, I'll be up to date with this series by mid-August! Also, I started Magnolia by Kristi Cook last night and so far, I'm enjoying it a lot. I plan to read The King next, earlier it was Landline but after seeing so many 3 stars, I want to wait a little and lower my expectations. That's all for now. I hope you have a great week and thanks for sticking by :)

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Review: Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor

July 17, 2014 Aman 7
Title: Daughter of Smoke & Bone
Author: Laini Taylor
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers | Sept 2011
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
Source: Bought
Series: Daughter of Smoke & Bone #1
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Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grows dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real, she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious "errands", she speaks many languages - not all of them human - and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.

When beautiful, haunted Akiva fixes fiery eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?

Daughter of Smoke & Bone is divided in 3 parts and that's how I'm going to review it because  as you can guess, this wasn't an over the top great read for me like I hoped. Prepare for some hate as I'm already dreading writing this review. Either ways, here we go:

The First Part - 5 stars

Excellent beginning! If I could live a character's life, I would want to be Karou! The air was mystery around her at all times was what made her so special and intriguing. Karou seems like a pretty normal art student, living in Prague who loves to draw out-of-the-world creatures with intricate backstories and has an amazing best friend who's always there for her and doesn't ask any questions. Karou has a pretty spectacular life, as a reader, this was the perfect mix of fiction and reality. Until we find out that her life is so much different that we ever expected and by different I mean a 100 times awesome! Daughter of Smoke & Bone has one of the best beginning in a fantasy and it made me feel that this could possibly be a 5 star read.

The Second Part - 3.5 stars

This was where Akiva, the possible love interest was introduced (technically it was a few pages before that, but same thing) and initially I was very captivated by his presence. He's an angel! Slightly overrated but interesting nonetheless. The first meeting between Karou and Akiva gave me hope that theirs would be a spicy romance with a lot of tension and secrets, and while that bit did turn to be true, I wasn't very happy with the story. The main reason for that could be my excessive hatred towards Akiva. What a bland character! Someone who was so eye catching in the beginning turned out to be such a p**** whipped (Sorry for the language) character throughout the story. What the hell! I couldn't even take him seriously as a person, let alone a love interest. The only reason I cared for his part in this book was because he knew Karou's backstory and I, alongside Karou, wanted to know what that was. Karou is a badass character and it's sad to see her fall for someone like "Akiva".

The Third Part - 1 stars

Oh Flashback, kill me! This part was pure torture! It took me more than a week to read through 50 or so pages of this, I was even thinking for dropping this book, but I had already bought the second book and planned a readalong with Janhvi, so I knew I had to finish it. It was not fun. The last quarter of this book was just filled with boring flashbacks from Karou's life and I get the importance of them to the present story, but damn it was unbearable! Though one good thing from that was the amount of pagetime Brimstone got!!! I love this cold hearted, loyal character! I'm praying that we get to see more of him in the next book because he's my absolute favorite character in this book (after Karou ofcurse!).

Since the last, disappointing part was just flashbacks and it gives me the impression that we're done with that, I don't see any harm in reading the second book. I just wish Akiva would die though. One can hope. In conclusion, Daughter of Smoke & Bone is a mediocre read with not so impressive and might I add, confused world, but the main character is amazing and I want to read the entire series just for her. This was not a good start, but I've heard that it gets better in the second book, so here's me hoping that we get a slightly positive review the next time I write about this series.



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Waiting on Wednesday (57)

July 16, 2014 Aman 8
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Breaking The Spine.

 Today's WOW is by an author who can do no wrong! She is the creator of Cat & Bones and as you all know, they are my all time favorite! But this main character in the spin off is my second favorite and I'm little sad that it's the end of his series but at the same time, I'm so excited to see how it all comes together.

Title: Bound by Flames
Author: Jeaniene Frost
Published: Avon | January 27, 2015
Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy, Romance, Adult
Series: Night Prince (Spin off from the Night Huntress series)
Once Burned
Twice Tempted

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Play with fire, pay the price.

Leila’s years on the carnie circuit were certainly an education. What she didn’t learn: how to be a vampire, or how to be married to the most famous vampire of them all. Adjusting to both has Leila teetering on a knife edge between passion and peril, and now the real danger is about to begin…

Vlad must battle with a centuries-old enemy whose reach stretches across continents and whose strength equals his own. It isn’t like Vlad to feel fear, but he does…for Leila, because his enemy knows she is Vlad’s greatest weakness. As friend and foe alike align against him—and his overprotectiveness drives Leila away—Vlad’s love for his new bride could be the very thing that dooms them both…
 

Not a fan of the cover but it goes well with the series. What do you think?


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Blog Tour (Review): 8 Weeks by Bethany Lopez

July 15, 2014 Aman 6
Hi Everyone! Two blog tours in a week, we are on a roll! :) Today, I'm featuring Bethany Lopez's 8 weeks on my blog, even though I had some issues with the story, I enjoyed it enough to continue the series and I can't wait for the next book. As always, thanks AToMR Tours for letting me be a part of this book tour.

Title: 8 Weeks
Author: Bethany Lopez
Publication: CreateSpace | March 16, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Series: Time For Love #1
Source: Blog Tour
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Is eight weeks enough time to earn back the love of someone you've betrayed...the only one you've ever loved?

Shelly has been in love with Cal since they started dating in eleventh grade. Despite everyone saying that the odds were against them, they got married after graduation and built a life together. Now, six years later, she is faced with the ultimate betrayal. Devastated, her first instinct is to call it quits…

After a drunken binge at his best friends’ bachelor party, Cal betrays the one person who has always been there for him, his wife, Shelly. Terrified and realizing she might divorce him, Cal must come up with a way to prove to her that his love is true…

Cal asks Shelly for eight weeks. Eight weeks to convince her that their marriage is worth the fight. Will Shelly be able to trust him again, or will their marriage end the way many others do when faced with opposition… In divorce?

8 Weeks is book 1 in the Time for Love series, but can be read as a stand alone.
On the surface, 8 Weeks sounded like a tear jerker because honestly what’s the worst thing in a marriage besides losing your partner? Cheating, obviously! I was prepared for an emotional, gut wrenching and maybe a little romantic read, but what I got wasn’t up to par, atleast in the feels category. The story was good, but at the same time it was very flat and monotone. I was forcing myself to feel something for the main characters, but I was more interested in the secondary ones than I probably needed to. Also, 8 weeks was a very short book, which was a good thing and bad as well. Good because I love fast reads, 8 Weeks ended up being one of the most addicting reads I’ve read this year and it gave me a rush throughout the story which I loved! However, the lack of depth in the MC’s relation was one of the consequences of a tiny book, which looking at a bigger picture wasn’t that bad.

Shelly and Cal married right after high school and have been together for almost 6 years, until Cal unintentionally cheats on Shelly during a bachelor party in Vegas. When will people learn? Nothing good ever comes out of Vegas! Unless you’re a really good gambler ;) Moving on, Cal being a really good, honest husband tells her wife everything, but Shelly being a short tempered one, leaves him right that moment and decides for a divorce. First of all, I loved Cal when he made that confession right off the bat without any delay, there are very few men who will even admit it, so seeing him so vulnerable and apologetic made me heart melt. Yes, what he did was horrible and yes, if I were in Shelly’s place I would move out as well, but somehow Shelly’s reaction to the situation seemed very rash. Even after few weeks when she was relatively calm and had a straight head, she never let him explain the events or let alone have any conversation. The whole scenario seemed very bizarre, but I’m glad that things worked out for them. The dates were sweet and gave us a nice, subtle flashback to their dating period which was fun.

All in all, 8 Weeks was a very adorable read and as my first book by Bethany Lopez, I was very impressed by how effortless and light the story felt. I will definitely be continuing this series and looking forward to see what’s in store for TJ and Sasha in 21 Days. Sounds exciting!



About Bethany Lopez

Award-Winning Author Bethany Lopez began self-publishing in June 2011. Since then she has published various YA and NA books. She is a lover of romance, family, and friends, and enjoys incorporating those things in what she writes. When she isn't reading or writing, she loves spending time with her husband and children, traveling whenever possible.
 


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Blog Tour (Review + Giveaway): Breathe, Annie, Breathe by Miranda Kenneally

July 14, 2014 Aman 4
Hi Everyone! Breathe, Annie, Breathe is one of the best books I've read this year and I'm so glad to be a part of its tour. I highly recommend this book to fans of contemporary reads and hope you love it as much as I did! Thanks Xpresso Book Tours for letting me be a part of this tour.


Title: Breathe, Annie, Breathe
Author: Miranda Kenneally
Publication: Sourcebooks, Inc. | July 15, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Series: Hundred Oaks #5
Source: Blog Tour, Netgalley
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Annie hates running. No matter how far she jogs, she can’t escape the guilt that if she hadn’t broken up with Kyle, he might still be alive. So to honor his memory, she starts preparing for the marathon he intended to race.

But the training is even more grueling than Annie could have imagined. Despite her coaching, she’s at war with her body, her mind—and her heart. With every mile that athletic Jeremiah cheers her on, she grows more conflicted. She wants to run into his arms…and sprint in the opposite direction. For Annie, opening up to love again may be even more of a challenge than crossing the finish line.

"Breathe, Annie, Breathe is an emotional, heartfelt, and beautiful story about finding yourself after loss and learning to love. It gave me so many feels. Her best book yet." — Jennifer Armentrout, New York Times bestselling author of Wait for You

Breathe, Annie, Breathe is the most motivational and encouraging book I've read this year! Like Annie, I'm in a process of trying to learn to run long distance just to have a more healthy lifestyle, though hers was a more serious and emotionally connected goal. Either ways, from the get go, her journey felt so parallel to mine and it was awesome seeing some go through the same runners issues and having the same reactions, though I wish I'm half as strong as Annie because I can't imagine myself pushing this hard when emotionally I'm simply a wreck. Kudos to you, girl!

Annie wants to run the Country Music Marathon (26 miles) in honor of her late boyfriend who was a runner and died tragically during the time he was preparing for the marathon. Now a year later, Annie wants to run in his place, but there's a tiny issues between her goal: Annie is not a runner. Therefore she joins Matt's training classes to prepare for the big event and we follow this particular journey in this book. Annie is one of the strongest, most determined and relatable character I've read in a YA, her story is sad because not only did she lost her boyfriend, she lost her best friend as well and that's just heartbreaking. But I loved that she bounced back from the trauma and focused on running. Annie is such a fucking awesome character! I was so happy for her when she befriended Jeremiah and had someone constant in her life after Kyle. The romance was one of the cutest, in fact I couldn't even think of a couple more perfect and adorable that them. These two deserve each other and I'm sure you'll agree with me after reading their story which hint hint YOU MUST!

Breathe, Annie, Breathe is mostly a book about fulfilling someone's dream, appreciating a special relationship and trying to start over in the best way possible. For Annie, finishing the marathon wasn't only for Kyle, even though it started as that, but along the way, running became a part of her life, something she enjoyed, something that gave her peace and serenity, and something that made her feel again. And ofcourse, something that introduced her to Jeremiah and brought some love back in her life. Breathe, Annie, Breathe is undoubtedly Kenneally best work so far and I know I'm being biased because I've only read one other book by the author, but I know when something is a winner and this was much more than that!



About Miranda Kenneally

Growing up in Tennessee, Miranda Kenneally dreamed of becoming an Atlanta Brave, a country singer (cliché!), or a UN interpreter. Instead she writes, and works for the State Department in Washington, D.C., where George W. Bush once used her shoulder as an armrest. Miranda loves Twitter, Star Trek and her husband.





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Review: Visions of Heat by Nalini Singh

July 10, 2014 Aman 4
Title: Visions of Heat
Author: Nalini Singh
Publication: Berkley Sensation | March, 2007
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Adult
Source: Bought
Series: Psy-Changeling #2
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Hailed as a major new talent in paranormal romance, Nalini Singh takes us deeper into the world of the Psy and the changelings in her latest extraordinary novel, where a gifted woman sees passion in her future - a passion that is absolutely forbidden by her kind...

Used to cold silence, Faith NightStar is suddenly being tormented by dark visions of blood and murder. A bad sign for anyone, but worse for Faith, an F-Psy with the highly sought after ability to predict the future. Then the visions show her something even more dangerous - aching need...exquisite pleasure. But so powerful is her sight, so fragile the state of her mind, that the very emotions she yearns to embrace could be the end of her.

Changeling Vaughn D'Angelo can take the form of either man or jaguar, but it is his animal side that is overwhelmingly drawn to Faith. The jaguar's instinct is to claim this woman it finds so utterly fascinating and the man has no argument. But while Vaughn craves sensation and hungers to pleasure Faith in every way, desire is a danger that could snap the last threads of her sanity. And there are Psy who need Faith's sight for their own purposes. They must keep her silenced - and keep her from Vaughn.

Will it be weird if I reviewed this series for the rest of the month? Nalini Singh has made me so addicted to her work that I don't want to read any other book until I'm done with this series! The world is so captivating and draws you in from the first look, it's scary and downright terrifying if we think about the Psy's lifestyle, but it's also very beautiful and wholly for the changelings. I love the family dynamic these wolves and panthers and jaguars have and wish I could be a part of this close knit group, though I would much prefer to be "mated" with Hawke, the Alpha Wolf, because HOT DAMN! That man is a blush machine, I can't even process anything when he's around, which was only once in this book (NOT FAIR!) and that was only through a phone conversation (so mean!). On another note, I fled through this book and finished it in less than a day and what's even more exciting, I picked up the next book in the series, Caressed by Ice the same night. That says a lot! I might as well end my review here.

But I won't because I need to fangirl more! Visions of Heat opens up with a little information about a new type of Psy's, F-Psy aka Foreseers. Our heroine Faith is one of the top players in the business, so much so that the Council wants her in Enrique's place. F-Psy have a very vulnerable mind, they have the highest rated of mental instability and are usually housed in a secluded location away from all the other Psy. Faith lives in a building right next to the DarkRiver territory and that provides her a mean to meet with our very sexy and tease expert jaguar, Vaughn!!! I actually liked Vaughn's story a lot better than Lucas' and I think that has to do with the first book being more focused on the complex world compared to this one where I can just enjoy my characters and not worry about every little detail. From the beginning, I was so thrilled to be part of this world again and to meet all my favorite pack member and not forget those little cute twin that I want to cuddle with. Visions of Heat was an all rounder for a PNR book, impressive world building, great backstory, constant feel of fear and getting caught (in Faith's case which I loved!), tension filled romance and ofcourse some sexy initimate scenes (must have them!) and overall an exceptionally well written book! The only criticism I have is the lack of a glossary for every Psy/Changeling related words because there were some scenes in the end where I had no idea what something meant and it made me crazy because I love this book and want to give it 5 well deserving stars. Oh well, I'll just google it, I'm sure a fan must have made one.

Final Thoughts: I'm so grateful to Janhvi for introducing me to this series, it is definitely my favorite of this year and top 10 favorite of all time. Nalini Singh is a fantastic writer, storyteller and creator of these beautiful fictional worlds and I'm proud to be a fan of hers. Out of the 8 books I've read so far, I can clearly pinpoint what happened in each book because not only her books are addictive, they are also very memorable and forever stay with you. Visions of Heat was a hit in every possible manner and I don't doubt that in a week (or whenever I post my review) I would be repeating these same words for Caressed by Ice. Please read something from this author if you haven't already!


Sidenote: I love the old covers, the half-faced new ones are so overused, like this:



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Cover Reveal + Excerpt: The Only Answer by Magan Vernon

July 9, 2014 Aman 2
Last year, I read a fantastic opposite's attract story featuring a very sexy Republican and a strong opinionated Democrat. And today, I can't even tell you how excited I'm to share the cover of its sequel, which I didn't even know was in works!!! I'm sure it's a double surprise for some of you as well, so enjoy!

The Only Exception gave us a HEA and The Only Answer will tell us the story of "After the HEA" and the struggles every couple go through. Here's the cover!

The Only Answer
Releases on August 11, 2014 
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The sequel to the international hit, The Only Exception.

A boy burdened with a family legacy.
A girl haunted by a shattered past.
Both searching for answers to a future threatened by the unknown.

Three years ago, conservative Trey Chapman and liberal Monica Remy met their match in one another - and made the only exception that would change their lives forever.
Now, Trey's father is running for president, forcing Trey and Monica to put aside their personal beliefs to be the model of perfection.

But fate has other ideas, casting the family in scandal.

Some seek to use that disgrace to further their family legacy, while others refuse to let go of the past. Trey and Monica soon find themselves lost among questions that challenge their true feelings. Will they be able to rediscover that the only answer lies with one another, or will they lose each other forever?

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“Did anyone ever tell you that you’re very persistent?” she said, taking the brush and can.

“Every single day of my life and you love it.” I picked up the other can and brush.

She smiled, shaking her head. “Yeah, yeah. You’re lucky I put up with you.” She turned toward the wall. “You want me to just start painting?”

“Yes. Get a big enough square so we can see if we like that color for the wall. At least one foot by one foot.”

“That’s very precise measurements,” she said, looking at me out of the corner of my eye.

“Always best to be precise, Miss Remy.” I smiled, waiting for her to start painting to I could work on my own.

“Very true, Mr. Chapman.” She finally took her eyes off me and began stroking the brush against the wall.

I wasn’t sure how long it would take her to paint so I had to work fast. I didn’t even care if I spilled on my five-hundred dollar suit coat as long as I got the job done. By the time I was finished I turned fully toward Monica. My nerves were at an all time high and my heart was beating so fast I couldn’t even count the beats as I waited for her to look at me.

Usually she did everything she could to try and beat me. I loved her competitiveness and the way she challenged me. But not today. Now I just wanted her to finish her painting and finally turn toward me. But she wasn’t even looking in my direction. She was lost in thought, meticulously painting the tiny red square on the wall.

I wasn’t one to get flustered but I let out an audible groan. That was when she widened her eyes and finally turned toward me. “What the hell is your problem, Trey?” She dropped the paint brush in her can, red paint splattering on her hands.

I opened my mouth to answer but she cut me off before I could speak. “You rushed me through dinner so we could see your new apartment, an apartment that I’m not even going to really be living in because I can’t get a real job. Then as soon as we get here you’re rushing me to get in the bedroom so you can paint a freaking wall when we’re both dressed up for the convention. I’ve put up with a lot from you and I know you’re nervous about tonight, but you have to freaking relax or you’re going to drive me crazy!”

I cleared my throat. “Okay.” I nodded. “I understand I’ve been on edge tonight, but there’s a perfectly good reason and we can discuss it after I see which paint color is better for the wall.” I stepped back, smiling with my hands in my pocket.

She raised an eyebrow, turning away from the wall and putting her hands on her hips. “What kind of stunt are you trying to pull right now? Are you hiding something? Is this where you  break up with me?”

I usually loved her stubbornness but now Monica was getting to be a little bit too much. I was already on edge and had it all planned out, but nothing was going quite right. Love was never perfect that way, but once I found Monica I learned that things didn’t have to be perfect to work out.

Slowly I extended one hand and kept the other in my pocket. “Just come stand here with me and look at the wall and stop being so obstinate.”

She crossed her arms over her chest. “What if I said no?”

I took a few steps toward her until we were toe-to-toe. I didn’t say anything. Instead I just smiled and put my hands on her waist, lifting her in the air. She squealed as I walked backwards a few steps before setting her down a couple feet away.

“You’re very persistent, Mr. Chapman.”

I took her hands in mine. “I am when I know what I want and I’ve known that I’ve wanted you since the first time I saw you. The first time you opened your mouth and spoke to me. I knew there wasn’t going to be anyone else but you.” Slowly I turned her toward the wall and she gasped, removing her hands from mine and covering her mouth as soon as she read the words I painted on the wall: Will you marry me?

I pulled the velvet box out of my pocket and stood in front of her before I got down on one knee and opened the box, holding it open for her. The woman at Tiffany’s told me the diamond cut was called the Lucida after the brightest star in a constellation. She didn’t even need to tell me all of that before I was sold on the square diamond with it’s diamond side stones and  opened curved diamond band. There something incredibly unique about it. Something that caught my eye. Just like Monica did.

I swallowed hard, trying to focus on my words instead of the tears that welled up in her eyes. These weren’t tears of sorrow like the night she poured her soul to me after Alpha Mu’s barn dance. These were tears of joy. “Monica Remy, It’s been three years since you first walked into my life. Three of the best years I’ve ever had. We’ve laughed together. Cried together. Everything. Together. I can’t imagine my life without you. I picked out this apartment especially so I could share it with you and our future collectively. And I hope that you’ll do me the honor of marrying me.”

I held my breath waiting for her response, counting down each second to my heart beat. Finally she nodded slowly before removing her hands from her mouth. “Yes,” she whispered. “Yes. Yes. Yes. A million times yes!” she said louder.

I couldn’t hold the grin that was threatening to split my face. I put the ring on her finger, slowly standing up before wrapping her arms around her waist. “You’ve made me the happiest man in the world tonight, Monica.”




About Magan Vernon

Magan Vernon is a Young Adult and New Adult writer who lives with her family in the insurance capital of the world. When not writing she spends her time fighting over fake boyfriends via social media. 





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Waiting on Wednesday (56)

Aman 7
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Breaking The Spine.

 Today's WOW features a book that I discovered recently from my Instagram feed, someone had shared a tiny paragraph from a squirrel's perspective and it was so adorable that I wanted to read that book right that second! Sadly, netgalley and Edelweiss don't have them for review, but it comes out in August, so it's not a long wait. The book I'm talking about is A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall. Here's a bit more:

Title: A Little Something Different
Author: Sandy Hall
Publication: Swoon Reads | Aug 26, 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Young Adult
The creative writing teacher, the delivery guy, the local Starbucks baristas, his best friend, her roommate, and the squirrel in the park all have one thing in common—they believe that Gabe and Lea should get together. Lea and Gabe are in the same creative writing class. They get the same pop culture references, order the same Chinese food, and hang out in the same places. Unfortunately, Lea is reserved, Gabe has issues, and despite their initial mutual crush, it looks like they are never going to work things out.  But somehow even when nothing is going on, something is happening between them, and everyone can see it. Their creative writing teacher pushes them together. The baristas at Starbucks watch their relationship like a TV show. Their bus driver tells his wife about them. The waitress at the diner automatically seats them together. Even the squirrel who lives on the college green believes in their relationship.

Surely Gabe and Lea will figure out that they are meant to be together....

It has that Sophie Kinsella feel. What do you think? 


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