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Have A Little Faith In Me by Sonia Hartl

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When CeCe’s born-again ex-boyfriend dumps her after they have sex, she follows him to Jesus camp in order to win him back. Problem: She knows nothing about Jesus. But her best friend Paul does. He accompanies CeCe to camp, and the plan—God’s or CeCe’s—goes immediately awry when her ex shows up with a new girlfriend, a True Believer at that.

Scrambling to save face, CeCe ropes Paul into faking a relationship. But as deceptions stack up, she questions whether her ex is really the nice guy he seemed. And what about her strange new feelings for Paul—is this love, lust, or an illusion born of heartbreak? To figure it out, she’ll have to confront the reasons she chased her ex to camp in the first place, including the truth about the night she lost her virginity.
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Have A Little Faith In Me by Sonia Hartl is a hilarious, heartbreaking, and heartwarming (yes, both) story about faith—or lack thereof—and friendship. CeCe is reckless, but so damn relatable and real. She's funny and you root for her even when you know you should be telling her to stop what she's doing. Paul, her best friend, is so damn swoony and funny. The girls of Cabin 8 each deserve their own stories with how well they're fleshed out. This book is so important and so sensitive to all the topics it covers, like religion and consent, and I'm so excited for more books by Hartl. She is one to keep on your Reading Radars.

Have A Little Faith In Me by Sonia Hartl will be published September 3, 2019. Preorder here.

Foul is Fair by Hannah Capin

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Elle and her friends Mads, Jenny, and Summer rule their glittering LA circle. Untouchable, they have the kind of power other girls only dream of. Every party is theirs and the world is at their feet. Until the night of Elle’s sweet sixteen, when they crash a St. Andrew’s Prep party. The night the golden boys choose Elle as their next target.

They picked the wrong girl.

Sworn to vengeance, Elle transfers to St. Andrew’s. She plots to destroy each boy, one by one. She’ll take their power, their lives, and their control of the prep school’s hierarchy. And she and her coven have the perfect way in: a boy named Mack, whose ambition could turn deadly.

Foul is Fair is a bloody, thrilling revenge fantasy for the girls who have had enough. Golden boys beware: something wicked this way comes.
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If you're into dark, beautifully-written, unapologetic fiction that never dumbs itself down for you, preorder Foul is Fair by Hannah Capin right. now.

It's stunning, empowering, and cinematic. Sharp, fast-paced, and gripping. It's like reading the murderer's side of a murder mystery, except you're cheering her on. Jade (Elle) is fierce and unforgettable. Her story will sit with readers for a long time; in fact, I think about this story more often than most others.

For a list of content warnings, please visit: https://www.hannahcapin.com/foulisfair

Foul is Fair by Hannah Capin, which I give a screaming! 5! out! of! 5! stars, is available for preorder now and will be published February 4, 2020.

House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin Craig

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In a manor by the sea, twelve sisters are cursed.

Annaleigh lives a sheltered life at Highmoor, a manor by the sea, with her sisters, their father, and stepmother. Once they were twelve, but loneliness fills the grand halls now that four of the girls' lives have been cut short. Each death was more tragic than the last—the plague, a plummeting fall, a drowning, a slippery plunge—and there are whispers throughout the surrounding villages that the family is cursed by the gods.

Disturbed by a series of ghostly visions, Annaleigh becomes increasingly suspicious that the deaths were no accidents. Her sisters have been sneaking out every night to attend glittering balls, dancing until dawn in silk gowns and shimmering slippers, and Annaleigh isn't sure whether to try to stop them or to join their forbidden trysts. Because who—or what—are they really dancing with?

When Annaleigh's involvement with a mysterious stranger who has secrets of his own intensifies, it's a race to unravel the darkness that has fallen over her family—before it claims her next.
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House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin Craig was a lush, spooky, fresh story. The atmospheric storytelling was strong enough to give me chills and descriptive enough that sometimes I’d forget I was reading instead of watching everything unfold. I loved the characters dearly, but I trusted no one. It’s rare that I find a fantasy that’s engaging and unique, but House managed to be both in this world of over-saturated, familiar fantasies. Equal parts beautiful, tragic, gothic story and murder mystery fantasy, it’s hard to explain what it was that made me love this book so much, so I’ll just say it was everything.

House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin Craig, which I give 5 out of 5 stars, will be published August 6, 2019. Preorder here.

Virtually Yours by Sarvenaz Tash

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How bad can one little virtual lie be?

NYU freshman Mariam Vakilian hasn’t dated anyone in five months, not since her high school sweetheart Caleb broke up with her. So, when she decides to take advantage of an expiring coupon and try out a new virtual reality dating service, it’s sort of a big deal.

It’s an even bigger deal when it chooses as one of her three matches none other than Caleb himself. That has to be a sign, right?

Except that her other match, Jeremy, just happens to be her new best friend IRL.

Mariam’s heart is telling her one thing, but the app is telling her another. So, which should she trust? Is all fair in modern love? (Goodreads)

Virtually Yours by Sarvenaz Tash was more than I was expecting. From the summary, I expected a cute rom-com with recognizable tropes, but what I got was a deep exploration of coming of age. I loved the characters; they all felt real and whole and likable. I appreciated that there's no real antagonist because Mariam, the protagonist, is the one holding herself back, which meant there was no mean girl or mean love interest. The setting was one I wish to see in more YA: college. It didn't focus much on the classes, but instead on the free time Mariam had; it was still enjoyable because that's the majority of college time anyway, and where young adults turn into the people they'll most likely be for years to come. I almost always enjoy a good morally gray character whose thrust into awkward situations by her own making, so I loved that Mariam made the decision to go out with her ex to prove a point, even if it meant lying to him and things potentially crashing and burning. For the most part, Virtually Yours had the ending I expected, but it felt earned and right.

I give Virtually Yours by Sarvenaz Tash, out June 4, 2019, 5 out of 5 stars. (Preorder)