Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday #206: Da Vinci's Tiger

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases.

Da Vinci's Tiger
By: Laura Malone Elliott
Release Date: November 10, 2015

Young, beautiful, and witty, Ginevra de’ Benci longs to take part in the artistic ferment of Renaissance Florence. But as the daughter of a wealthy family in a society dictated by men, she is trapped in an arranged marriage, expected to limit her creativity to domestic duties. Her poetry reveals her deepest feelings, and she aches to share her work, to meet painters and sculptors mentored by the famed Lorenzo de Medici, and to find love. When the charismatic Venetian ambassador, Bernardo Bembo, arrives in Florence, he introduces Ginevra to a dazzling circle of patrons, artists, and philosophers—a world of thought and conversation she has yearned for. She is instantly attracted to the handsome newcomer, who admires her mind as well as her beauty. Yet Ginevra remains conflicted about his attentions. Choosing her as his Platonic muse, Bembo commissions a portrait by a young Leonardo da Vinci. Posing for the brilliant painter inspires an intimate connection between them—one Ginevra can only begin to understand. In a rich and enthralling world of exquisite art, elaborate feasts, and exhilarating jousts, she faces many temptations to discover her voice, artistic companionship, and a love that defies categorization. In the end, she and Leonardo are caught up in a dangerous and deadly battle between powerful families. (Goodreads)

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday #205: The Lies About Truth

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases.

The Lies About Truth 
By: Courtney C. Stevens
Release Date: November 3, 2015

Sadie Kingston, is a girl living in the aftermath. A year after surviving a car accident that killed her friend Trent and left her body and face scarred, she can’t move forward. The only person who seems to understand her is Trent’s brother, Max. As Sadie begins to fall for Max, she's unsure if she is truly healed enough to be with him — even if Max is able to look at her scars and not shy away. But when the truth about the accident and subsequent events comes to light, Sadie has to decide if she can embrace the future or if she'll always be trapped in the past. (Goodreads)

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West

The Fill-In Boyfriend
By: Kasie West
Released: May 5, 2015
Source: Purchased
Purchase the Book: Amazon

When Gia Montgomery's boyfriend, Bradley, dumps her in the parking lot of her high school prom, she has to think fast. After all, she'd been telling her friends about him for months now. This was supposed to be the night she proved he existed. So when she sees a cute guy waiting to pick up his sister, she enlists his help. The task is simple: be her fill-in boyfriend— two hours, zero commitment, a few white lies. After that, she can win back the real Bradley. The problem is that days after prom, it's not the real Bradley she's thinking about, but the stand-in. The one whose name she doesn't even know. But tracking him down doesn't mean they're done faking a relationship. Gia owes him a favor and his sister intends to see that he collects: his ex-girlfriend's graduation party — three hours, zero commitment, a few white lies. Just when Gia begins to wonder if she could turn her fake boyfriend into a real one, Bradley comes waltzing back into her life, exposing her lie, and threatening to destroy her friendships and her new-found relationship. (Goodreads)

The Fill-In Boyfriend has taken the number one spot as my favorite contemporary story of the year. I loved Kasie West's previous contemporary books so I have been counting down the days until The Fill-In Boyfriend was released. 

The Fill-In Boyfriend is the story of Gia who is dumped by her boyfriend in the parking lot at prom. She enlists the help of a guy who is waiting for his sister to pretend to be her boyfriend. In return, Gia will owe her fake boyfriend a favor. 

Gia was a really well developed character. She learns a lot about herself through the course of this book. She isn't perfect, but she acknowledges her mistakes. West did a great job with portraying that phase of trying to figure out the type of person you want to be. Gia is growing up and her perspective on the world is shifting. She realizes that maybe the person she has been needs to change and that her family isn't as perfect as she always thought. West realistically depicted how people can grow apart too. I also loved the side characters just as much as I loved Gia. They were each very well developed.    

The plot was fun, cute, and dramatic. I read this book in one day because I couldn't put it down. I just became so quickly invested in the lives of these characters. I love West's writing because I really think she does a great job at capturing the teen voice and the types of things that they deal with on a daily basis. I found myself writing down so many quotes.

Overall I loved The Fill-In Boyfriend! I especially loved that the theme of this story was growing up. This has definitely become my favorite Kasie West book. I can't recommend picking up this book enough!

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