Back To School Books To Ease Your Pain

In all of my experience, the first few days of school has never been fun…I always dread going to school.. ALWAYS! Especially High School.. College was a bit different but still.. it was always Awkward, especially when you are starting at a new school…You aren’t familiar with the area, no friends (Yet), and if you were anything like me you never quite fit in with the other kids. For me High School will always be awkward… But the one thing that I will forever be grateful for is the books I read…the ones about other people who felt just as awkward and boy crazy as I was. I remember thinking that I wasn’t alone in my thoughts because these people I was reading about were going through similar struggles and that truly helped me feel comfortable with myself and school. Everyone has friend drama.. everyone has crushes and thinks about sex… Everyone stresses about grades and such. I found comfort in the pages of books. So here are some recommendations (From myself & my Book Friends)  to read during the school year.

*These are in NO particular order.. completely random hahaha that would be too much work.*

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High School

If you haven’t heard of Harry Potter I’m seriously in shock..
Boy find out hes a wizard goes to Wizard Boarding School, Fights Evil wizard dude.
Its a whole series. READ IT!

American Girl gets sent to American boarding school in Paris…Boys, Friends, PARIS! I know.. weird but Its actually pretty cool.. & there is two other stories in the same world so read those too!

Book nerd blogging girl moves to new town.. Goes to new school… Next door neighbor is Gorgeous… and an Ass…& Is also an Alien. Its Hilarious as fuck and you will enjoy it. Sounds lame I know.. I KNOW but its hilarious and hot and Ugh Aliens!

Girl goes to High School.. writes letters to famous dead people, falls in love, mourns dead sister, makes friends.. super awkward but this story will give you all the feels!!!!

 

I cant even describe this story.. its just beautiful.. READ IT!

 

I laughed so much during this book Its ridiculous and beautiful and simple.

 

14 Year old Ryan Dean is a junior in High School, he plays rugby and is hilarious as fuck!
Andrew Smith writes beautiful raw stories about teenage boys but everyone will love it seriously.
Also Check out 100 Sideways Miles.

Designated Ugly Fat Friend. That’s all you need to know.

Awkward Mia Finds out she is actually a princess of Genovia.

Girl use to have everything.. now she has no friends or anyone to sit next to at lunch…and her family is dealing with her sister being anorexic…then she meet weirdly cute, lonely, music fascinated, boy Owen. & they drive through Car Washes… Its a thing I swear.

Boy starts High School.. Finds friends… Writes in his journal… Shit gets deep real fast. You will have feels.

College

Cath not only is a twin.. but shes starting college and her sister doesn’t want to be her dorm mate… Cath is shy AF can you see the problem?! Also.. she writes Fan fiction and its amazing! Also… Cute boy.

Girl meets boy on Tour through Europe.. runs away to Paris with him for one night.. wakes up and hes nowhere to be found…Returns home, starts college and cant stop thinking about him… Shit happens.. Its beautiful…AWESOME friendships and Shakespeare!

Girl follows boyfriend to college.. they break up.. shit happens.

Girl runs away from her past to college….Wants to start new.. runs into gorgeous guy… literally. This book is so perfect for College Freshmens! Plus.. its a whole series!!!!

Think Friday Night Lights College Years. YES! & ITS A SERIES!

Me: “Sara, how do you describe TYWFD?”
Sara: “Beautiful!…I mean… What???” hahahah
Basically… College, Romance & Hockey.

I know I am missing so many other books so please leave your recommendations down in the comments! I hope these books help you throughout the school year.. I know they’ve had an impact in my life.. just know that you are not alone. Have a great school year! & if there is one advice I would give to my teenage self it would be to Get involved!!! & Just Be YOU!.

~Sylvia

Book Review: ARC Missing Dixie (Neon Dreams #3) by Caisey Quinn

Title: Missing Dixie (Neon Dreams #3)

Author: Caisey Quinn

Genre: NA, Contemporary, Romance

Length: 304 pages

Series? Third & Last in the series

Viewpoint: First Person

Find the Author: GoodReads

Where to buy it? B&N|Amazon

Goodreads Summary: Fighting for redemption…
I’ve lived most of my life in darkness, beneath the shadows of secrets and addictions. The last thing I ever wanted to do was hurt the only girl I’d ever loved-the one who brought me into the light. In my entire life I’d made one promise-a promise I’d intended to keep. I’ve broken that promise and now I have to live with the fallout. Dixie Lark hates me, and I have to tell her that I love her. I also have to tell her a truth that might destroy us forever.
Can she love me even if she can’t forgive me?

Learning to move on…
Gavin Garrison broke his promise to my brother and he broke my heart in the process. I may never love anyone the way I’ve loved him, but at least I won’t spend my life wondering what if. We had our one night and he walked away. I’m finally beginning to move on when my brother’s wedding and a battle of the bands brings us back together.
Our band is getting a second chance, but I don’t know if I can give him one. How do you hand your heart back to the person who set it on fire once already

My Review: THIS FUCKING BOOK! What a beautiful ending to such a heartbreaking story. I love that we get to come back to Dixie and Gavin in just the short time that they’ve been separated they have both grown so so  much. There is a lot of flashbacks which helps us understand why Gavin acts the way he does and why he holds so much back. There is a lot of flashbacks of him and Dixie and its truly gorgeous and heart melting….All of the confessions and there are some really dark moments in this book..they broke my heart but also helped me understand so much about the mystery that is Gavin Garrison.

One thing I really love about Caiseys writing is how lyrical it is.. as if the music is popping off the page… you can FEEL the music and that is what makes this story truly special. We catch up with Dallas and Robyn and THAT relationship is seriously #Goals. I love the brotherly love and the sense of family between everyone. THAT ENDING DOE! Seriously like.. how did that even .. I dont even know but its BEAUTIFUL! & I Applaud because wow.. everything falls into place perfectly. Stepping back and seeing the story as a while… everything happens for a reason.

This isn’t a spoiler but WAFFLEHOUSE is mentioned in the book and at a pretty heavy topic and I cried.. I cried for the things happening at this Wafflehouse but I also cried because I seriously miss Wafflehouse… THE WITHDRAWS!!! #WhyDontILiveInTexas

I truly felt all the feels while reading this book. I was frustrated and happy, astounded, shocked AF, sad, I laughed and cried… oh man did I cry.. but mostly I felt Love.. love for family love for friends and love for each other.

 

Rating: 5/5

*****

My Review in Gif Form:

Favorite Quote/s:

“She Doesn’t Make Music, or create it. She is music.”

“I want you to be careful around me. But one day, one day I will get my shit together, I will have something real to offer you, and hand to God, I will be someone you can trust again.”

“I’ve never considered myself better than anyone. We’re all made of the same stuff-just some of us were dealt different cards.”

“How do you give yourself to someone-flaws and all- and expect them to just love you for the rest of your natural-born lives?”

“Music does save lives. It saved mine.”

~Sylvia

Missing Dixie (Neon Dreams #3) Cover Reveal + NA talk with Cora Carmack and Sophie Jordan

ITS HERE!

Gaaah Isn’t it gorgeous?

Synopsis

Fighting for redemption…
I’ve lived most of my life in darkness, beneath the shadows of secrets and addictions. The
last thing I ever wanted to do was hurt the only girl I’d ever loved—the one who brought
me into the light. In my entire life I’d made one promise—a promise I’d intended to keep.
I’ve broken that promise and now I have to live with the fallout. Dixie Lark hates me, and I
have to tell her that I love her. I also have to tell her a truth that might destroy us forever.
Can she love me even if she can’t forgive me?

Learning to move on…
Gavin Garrison broke his promise to my brother and he broke my heart in the process. I
may never love anyone the way I’ve loved him, but at least I won’t spend my life wondering
what if. We had our one night and he walked away. I’m finally beginning to move on when
my brother’s wedding and a battle of the bands brings us back together.
Our band is getting a second chance, but I don’t know if I can give him one. How do you
hand your heart back to the person who set it on fire once already?

Pre Order Missing Dixie Today!

AMAZON|B&N|HarperCollins Publishers

Find Caisey Quinn on the Internet

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

Talking NA with Cora Carmack and Sophie Jordan

*Originally posted on USA Today*

CQ: I love writing New Adult and have heard mixed opinions on its ability to hold its own as an independent genre. What do you think makes New Adult stand out from other genres?

Cora: I think what sets apart NA from other genres is how underserved the market was for so long, and how needed these books are. Moving into adulthood is straight-up terrifying. And we go into it with hopes and dreams and fears and so much conflicting advice. And most of that advice is useless because there are no easy tricks and tips that are going to get you on your feet and make you feel confident and enable you to find a successful future. All you can do is get through it, and do the best you can. And because of that, I think it’s incredibly important that there are books where young adults can see themselves on the page, and see someone else slogging through all the mess of adulthood.

Sophie: What I think makes New Adult stand out from other genres is that it answers and fulfills a need in readers that no one even realized was a “thing” before 2010. It’s still relatively new and unique and fresh and anything goes within the NA spectrum. Whatever flavor you’re looking for … whatever mood you’re in, you can find it within NA.

CQ: This is so true! I love that this is the time when it’s OK to make lots of mistakes. My characters make plenty! And I agree about the broad spectrum! I think I’ve read everything from sweet and innocent to full-on erotica within the NA genre! It’s an interesting age for characters, that’s for sure! That being said, what is your favorite thing about New Adult? The sweetness? The steam?

Cora: Can I just say ditto to my above answer? Haha. I love how many readers make an emotional connection with NA books. I think that a lot of readers find comfort and hope in them. They ease some of the panic that’s ever present in those transition years.

Sophie: That the voice is so familiar and accessible … at least to me. Everyone remembers the angst of their early 20s! On a personal level, it’s when I first fell in love. Actually it’s when a lot of “firsts” happened for me. I think it’s the same for a lot of women and why we are so drawn to NA.

CQ: It’s definitely true for me as well! Speaking of firsts, what was the first New Adult book you read and loved?

Cora: I believe it was Easy by Tammara Webber. Or possibly Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire. I read them both around the same time.

Sophie: Tammara Webber’s Easy! It made me fall in love with NA!

CQ: Easy is a great one! I think mine was Monica Murphy’s One Week Girlfriend and then I was hooked on all the NA books! So now that we know who took your NA virginity, what was the most recent New Adult book you read and loved?

Cora: I’m going to say the Capital Confessions series by Chanel Cleeton. I think the publisher is classifying them as contemporary romance. But in book one, the heroine is an intern. And in book two, the heroine is in law school. And I think both books really capture the confusion and frustration of starting out in the real world, which IS New Adult to me.

Sophie: Um … Chaos by Jamie Shaw and before that The Deal by Elle Kennedy. Loved them both. Hard!!

CQ: The Deal was the last one I read, too! And I am pumped about Chanel’s new series as well! Jamie’s books have some sexy musicians similar to mine so I know I’ll love them! Speaking of musicians, if you have to pick one New Adult hero to marry, which one would it be? Athlete, billionaire, cop, military man or musician?

Cora: Musician. So he can sing me to sleep. In fact, I’ll take Gavin please. :)

Sophie: Ohh … I think it’s a tie between athlete and military man.

CQ: Cora, I’ll trade you Gavin for Silas … maybe. For a weekend here and there. Sophie, no cheating. Maybe he can be a former college athlete turned military man? Surely he’s out there somewhere! You know my pick, musicians all the way.

Thank you so much for chatting with me about New Adult, ladies!

 

Review of Missing Dixie coming soon. *Squeals*

~Sylvia

Book Review: Loving Dallas (Neon Dreams #2) by Caisey Quinn

Title: Loving Dallas (Neon Dreams #2)

Author: Caisey Quinn

Genre: NA, Contemporary, Romance

Length: 320 pages

Series? Second in the series

Viewpoint: First Person duel POV

Find the Author: GoodReads

Where to buy it? B&N|Amazon

Goodreads Summary: Dallas Lark is so close to achieving his dream of making it big in country music that he can taste it. Arriving in Nashville after signing with sexy, successful manager Mandy Lantram, his life goes from tragedy and turmoil to one lucky break after another—except it isn’t really luck because Dallas has sacrificed everything for his career, leaving behind his band, sister, best friend, and high school sweetheart, Robyn, in the pursuit of fame.
Robyn Breeland is a successful marketing coordinator and promotions specialist for a thriving liquor distributor out of Texas. She loves every aspect of her job: coming up with new ideas, traveling, hosting promotional parties and exclusive events—until it brings her face-to-face with the man who broke her heart, prompting her to erect a steel cage around it.
When their paths collide and they’re forced to work together, Dallas and Robyn realize that the old spark they thought they’d extinguished might still be a burning flame.

My Review: The only reason I started this series was because I saw the cover of this book in a B&N with my friends…Loving Dallas… he sounded quite beautiful… and with a name like Dallas… I was already in.. but then I read the summary and I was sold… but then I noticed it was the second book in a series hahaha so I had to read the first book. And while I loved Leaving Amarillo.. when I grew closer to the end of the book I started thinking about the next book.. I knew right away that I was going to love Dallas.. sure he was kind of annoying in the first book and even more annoying in this book.. but I LOVE HIM! He just wants to make his dreams com true and protect those he loves… so I understand him in his annoying moments.

Robyn is AMAZING! I FUCKING LOVE HER!! Like this girl is hilarious and beautiful and smart. Of course Dallas loves her. This book is all kinds of frustrating. I just want them to love each other but they both want the best for the other and it was kind of over done…like a really small bit over done but still enough for me to notice. It’s a bit silly really, seeing them both sacrifice their feelings and wants so the other can live out their dream.. both thinking that they’re only in the way. When in reality they just need to be together to make each others dreams come true. I love Robyn and Dallas relationship… they have a very strong friendship and you can tell right away that they know each other so well… still after time has passed. THOSE PANCAKES DOE!

The supporting character are quite solid and I love Jase Wade. *Swoons* Hes like the old wise man but a hell of a lot sexier and musically talented. We also kind of get a glimpse of whats going on with Gavin and Dixie… Kind of. and I seriously CANNOT wait for the last book because I love them and I need to know!

Caisey Quinn does a fabulous job with her song writing. *Applause* I laughed so hard I felt all the FEELS and I want MORE BOOKS! I love the second chance love story filled with pancakes and country music.

Rating: 5/5

*****

My Review in Gif Form:

Favorite Quote/s:

“I have no idea what’s gotten into me. Except the overwhelming desire t be alone with her, to feed her pancakes and then…I really can’t go there right now. And yet, here I am.”

“Yeah, I want to love and be loved and I want to smile and laugh and be grateful for all that I have every single day.”

“I don’t want to just ‘get through’ my life. I want to really live it and enjoy it. I want to experience everything that I can while I can”

“A woman’s like a guitar son. It’s all in how you hold her.” After he added, “Get comfortable with her but never take her for granted, appreciate every single inch and curve. The imperfections are what make her unique, what make her yours.”

“I am crazy head over ass in fucking obsessive love with her.”

“If I lost you. I’d have lost my best friend, my heart and soul, my muse, my everything.”

~Sylvia

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