Mini Review: NO LOVE ALLOWED by Kate Evangelista

Publisher: Swoon Reads
Release Date: April 19th, 2016
Series: Untitled, #1
Pages: 256
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Synopsis from Goodreads:

It’s all fun and parties until someone falls in love in this modern fairy tale from author Kate Evangelista.

Caleb desperately needs a fake girlfriend. Either he attends a series of parties for his father’s law firm with a pretty girl on his arm, or he gets shipped off to Yale to start a future he’s not ready for and isn’t sure he wants. And sadly, the last unattached girl in his social circle has just made the grievous mistake of falling in love with him. Fortunately, Didi, recently fired waitress and aspiring painter, is open to new experiences. As the summer ticks by in a whirl of lavish parties, there’s only one rule: They must not fall in love!

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Special thanks to Swoon Reads and NetGalley for providing me with an advance copy of the book for review!

Uh, fake relationship that turns into more? Count me in!

I’ve had pretty good luck with Swoon Reads’ titles, and No Love Allowed was no exception. It’s the perfect book to get you in the spirit of summer. Light, fun, and adorable! The whole story starts after a crazy proposition and a spontaneous decision are made: Caleb asks Didi to be his fake girlfriend, and she accepts. While the general storyline was a little predictable and cliche, I liked this book for its characters, particularly Didi. She was a little spunky, and a lot likable! One of my favorite things about her was that she was relatable to me in that she’s an artist, a painter to be exact. I enjoyed that her love of painting actually played a role in the story and in shaping her character, instead of just being a hobby of hers.

I don’t think I’m spoiling you by saying that Didi and Caleb totally fall for each other (*cough* predictability). As I mentioned before, I found their relationship to be the predictable part of the story. They were really cute together, though. Didi and Caleb were masters at flirting and banter! There were aspects of the book that caught me by surprise, such as Didi’s mental illnesses. I enjoyed the incorporation of the more serious storyline into an overall lighthearted book.

Yes, it was cliche (the whole fake relationship, Caleb being mega-rich and Didi being pretty poor), but it’s a fun and super cute story! Perfect for a quick summer read, No Love Allowed is a romance that will make you smile.

7

xo

7 SITES THAT PROVE YA PUBLISHERS KNOW WHERE IT’S AT

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If you’re at all active in the YA book community, you’ve probably interacted with a publisher or two. Publishers are some of the coolest and most fun bookish people you’ll ever meet, and for that reason, the sites they create to market their YA books are just as awesome as they are. SO, here are 7 sites created and run by YA publishers that will fill your life with more happiness than before.

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1. Epic Reads (HarperCollins)

Possibly the most well-known of the YA publishers, Epic Reads and HarperCollins were one of the first publishers (that I know of) to form a relationship with their readers in a digital platform. You may recognize them from their ringleader Margot Wood, the greatness that was Tea Time, the *book shimmy*, or their Book Nerd Problems videos on YouTube.

So, why should I join?  Their blog is fabulous! There are tons of posts regarding the YA books they publish, but they often include titles from other houses too. They host cool giveaways for ARC copies of their books, and they create fun bookish quizzes. Plus, their videos are top notch.

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2. Riveted (Simon & Schuster)

Formerly PulseIt, Riveted just launched on February 1st. It’s taking all the great things from the previous site, and making it better. Plus, they said that they want this new site to be more interactive, and that readers will be able to pitch them post ideas for their blog and become contributors!

So, why should I join? Although it’s new, I can see the amazing potential that’s in Riveted. One of the features transferring from the old site to the new is the ability to read FREE books for a limited time. Actual popular, published books (by S&S only, though) are available free to read during certain time periods. For example right now, Since You’ve Been Gone, The Summer I Turned Pretty and Maid of Secrets are all available.  Sidenote: I highly recommend SYBG [review], and you all know how I endlessly rave about Jenny Han [exhibit A], so definitely take advantage of those while you can! Maid of Secrets is on my TBR, so who knows, maybe I’ll get to it before it expires! The one drawback is the book can only be read online from your computer or other mobile devices, not just a simple eReader.
3440_d108424299aeff5f6150d0a768c401753. Novl (Little, Brown)

Created as/by Little, Brown’s YA imprint, Novl’s site is tons of fun. They feature only their titles, but I mean, they’ve got lots of good ones! They have a reader’s manifesto that is amazing, and I’m a huge fan of their blog, myself!

So, why should I join? Well, you don’t really join their site, unless you sign up for the newsletter (which you definitely should), but they have promotions that you don’t want to miss! Mainly: the NovlBox. Each month you can enter to win a box of books and other goodies curated by either Little, Brown’s authors or publishers! I have never won, but from what I’ve seen, those boxes are so epic. They also of course have just regular giveaways too!

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4. Swoon Reads (Imprint of Macmillan)

All about the YA romance, Swoon Reads is the epitome of interactive. As a member, you can read and submit manuscripts of YA stories with a romance element. Their site also has amazing writing tips, author interviews, insight on the world of publishing, and more!

So, why should I join? Similarly to Riveted, Swoon Reads gives you access to free content, but the kicker is they’re not yet published, so you don’t know what you could get quality wise. But what’s REALLY awesome is, you can submit your manuscript to their site, and after consideration, it could be chosen to be PUBLISHED! I’ve read some of the chosen titles, and I’ve really enjoyed them [ex: A Little Something Different, Love Fortunes and Other Disasters, and These Vicious Masks]. I thought this was an awesome concept!

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5. Penguin Teen Tumblr (Penguin Random House)

Yes, this is their Tumblr, but it isn’t just all reblogging. Their Tumblr is the site they use to promote a lot of their upcoming YA titles, so you’ll see lots of exclusive content, author interviews, and chances for giveaways!

So, why should I join? Again, not a site where you can sign up, but visit for the original blog posts! For example, I was just scrolling through, and on Valentine’s Day they created OK Cupid Profiles for some of their swoony heartthrobs! Where else could you find that? They’re lists are on point!

BONUS FOR PENGUIN: You may already know about the First to Read site. You sign up, and each month or so they offer a bunch of upcoming titles for grabs (digitally). Often times there’s YA ones thrown in the mix. You earn credits for each visit to the site, and each social media you connect. When they open up the “requesting period” you can cash in credits, or simply try for a chance to win an early e-galley!

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6. First In Line (Random House)

Random House’s newest YA site since the closing and merge of Random Buzzers into FigmentI was so sad to see Random Buzzers go, because honestly, Figment is nothing like what RB was at all, but that’s a discussion rant for another day… Once joined, you are able to access exclusive member content about the book of the month. You’ll get an email letting you know what next month’s title will be, and are offered a chance to snag an ARC on a first come first serve basis.

So, why should I join? The member exclusives! January was all about Brandon Sanderson, and while I’ve yet to read any of his books, I know he has a huge following. There was a Q&A, exclusive annotations of a chapter of one of his books, behind the scenes extra content, and the ability to start reading the book before its release date! That’s just an example of what is often featured on the site each month. There’s also author events listed, and suggestions for readalikes.

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7. Fierce Reads (Macmillan)

Macmillan’s main YA site, Fierce Reads is the hub for all the news surrounding their upcoming titles. Discover their new books, find great deals on Books, read early excerpts of books you’re eagerly anticipating *cough* The Winner’s Kiss *cough*, and enter all the giveaways!

So, why should I join? No joining needed, but definitely visit often to keep up to date with what’s going to be hitting shelves soon! They’ve even posted some short synopses for Fall 2016 titles that look AMAZING. Fierce Reads is the home to some of our fav authors like Marissa Meyer, Marie Rutkoski, and Mary E. Pearson so of course you HAVE to visit!


Do you frequent any of these sites? Which is your favorite to visit?

xo

Review: A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall

Publisher: Swoon Reads
Release Date: August 26, 2014
Pages: 272
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
Series: N/A
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Synopsis from Goodreads:

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 ment to be together….

Special thanks to Swoon Reads for providing me with an advance copy of the book for review!

A Little Something Different was just that, unique and different. Told from fourteen perspectives, you may be wary about the amount of characters, but I promise you that doesn’t hurt the story – in fact it enhances it.

There was something about reading from pretty much every possible person, except for the two who are so clearly in love. It displayed what, if told from the lovebirds themselves, would be a complex relationship, in a way that makes you look at love in a new light. It had a simplicity to it. Particularly the squirrel, which may seem weird, but I’m telling you, when you read it for yourself you’ll fall in love with the cuteness. It’s lack of real understanding and just relaying what it sees, a boy and girl stealing glances at each other by a bench, shows just how obviously our two love interests really do belong together.

You along with the onlookers will be rooting for Gabe and Lea to make a move and turn their small interactions and stolen glances into something more. You can’t help but “fall in love with falling in love” with A Little Something Different as the Swoon Reads motto says.

Filled with adorable exchanges, interesting perspectives, and a story you won’t be able to help but love, A Little Something Different is the perfect light-hearted romance for readers looking to fill the void that books like Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl left behind. It left a smile on my face, and my heart warm.

P.S. – Make sure to check out Swoon Reads‘ site to read and rate manuscripts and help authors on their way to getting published!