I found this fun post over on Stephanie’s Book Reviews and it was too fun not to play along. I decided to stick with young adult and new adult books for the most part, because it seems fitting for a Taylor Swift themed post. With a fourteen-year-old girl in the house, I’m far too familiar with TS and her music.
1. Love Story
Time Between Us Summary: Anna and Bennett were never supposed to meet: she lives in 1995 Chicago and he lives in 2012 San Francisco. But Bennett has the unique ability to travel through time and space, which brings him into Anna’s life, and with him a new world of adventure and possibility.
As their relationship deepens, the two face the reality that time may knock Bennett back to where he belongs, even as a devastating crisis throws everything they believe into question. Against a ticking clock, Anna and Bennett are forced to ask themselves how far they can push the bounds of fate, what consequences they can bear in order to stay together, and whether their love can stand the test of time.
Time After Time Summary: Calling Anna and Bennett’s romance long distance is an understatement: she’s from 1995 Chicago and he’s a time traveler from 2012 San Francisco. The two of them never should have met, but they did. They fell in love, even though they knew they shouldn’t. And they found a way to stay together, against all odds.
It’s not a perfect arrangement, though, with Bennett unable to stay in the past for more than brief visits, skipping out on big chunks of his present in order to be with Anna in hers. They each are confident that they’ll find a way to make things work…until Bennett witnesses a single event he never should have seen (and certainly never expected to). Will the decisions he makes from that point on cement a future he doesn’t want?
Pepped Up/All Pepped Up by Ali Dean. For this song, I wanted to pick a character who is mean, not someone inherently evil, because stories are filled with evil villains. Instead, I choose Madeline Brescoll from the Pepper Jones series because she’s just plain mean for no other reason than she can be.
Pepped Up Summary: Pepper Jones is ready for an epic cross country season. She wants to qualify for Nationals, and she’s willing to do anything it takes to make it happen. She can handle long miles and hill sprints, but boys? That’s an entirely different challenge.
Pepper’s never considered revealing her deeper feelings for her longtime friend, Jace Wilder. After all, he’s got the personal magnetism and good looks to hook just about any girl in town — and he has. Their friendship stands apart from high school social circles, and they’re both just fine with that (or at least they pretend to be).
That is, until running star Ryan Harding moves to town.
When it comes to running, Pepper’s goals are clear. But when it comes to Jace and Ryan, it’s nowhere near as simple.
All Pepped Up Summary: Pepper Jones knew that being Jace Wilder’s girlfriend wouldn’t be simple. But she didn’t predict just how many complications would arise from his past. Jealous girls? That she expected. Family secrets? Not so much. At least Pepper can always hit the trails to clear her head… except when it comes to racing. The high expectations from her phenomenal cross country season haunt her, and she can’t seem to get psyched up for track season. Pepper’s junior year at Brockton Public is full of challenges on and off the track, but she’s not afraid to face them.
3. I Knew You Were Trouble
Revelation Summary: Eve Collins starts her freshman year at college blissfully unaware that one revelation will challenge everything she’s believed to be true about her family, life, and future, and right in the midst of it all is Asher St. Michael.
Mysterious and aloof, Asher is appointed to protect Eve at all costs. Bound by his oath of loyalty to mankind, loving her is forbidden. Dark and enigmatic, Gage Gallagher may be even more dangerous to Eve than the demonic army that hunts her. Caught in the middle of a centuries old war, Eve must choose sides knowing that the wrong choice will cost more than just her life. Can Asher and Eve fulfill their destinies or will their love destroy everything? Revelation is a journey of self-discovery, love, and sacrifice.
Restraint Summary: One revelation changed everything, turning Eve Collin’s world upside down. Now, she’s left to struggle with her identity and allegiance. Haunted by grief and tempted by her increasing attraction to her protector, will she ever truly be safe from enemies that refuse to give up?
Redemption Summary: For Eve Collins, darkness has descended after her love vanished into the night sky. A new protector has been appointed, one who challenges everything she’s believed to be true. In this third installment of The Revelation Series, Eve will become aware of dangers and worlds that exist only in her nightmares, and bloodline secrets that will trigger a centuries old war. You can escape anything, except your destiny.
4. You Belong with Me
Always and Forever by Karla J. Nellenbach. This heartbreaking story is the ultimate tale of Mia and Kal, childhood best friends and next door neighbors, who finally realize that the perfect person was right there all along.
Always and Forever Summary: Mia’s first reaction is outright disbelief. Obviously, a mistake has been made. Sixteen-year-old girls don’t die. But, when the diagnosis is confirmed, she dives headlong into anger. If she has to die, why should it be of cancer? In fact, anything would be preferable to cancer. Better for her to say when, where, and especially how.
Determined to meet death on her own terms, Mia devises scheme after scheme to get the job done. A “fall” down the basement stairs, driving her car off a bridge, and even a dance with a train all end in her survival.
And through it all, Mia keeps her family and friends at arms’ length with her destructive and hurtful behavior. With each failed suicide attempt and burned relationship, she slowly realizes that it’s not the dying that she’s afraid of, but the life she’ll be leaving behind. Now, that life is in a shambles.
As time begins to slip through her fingers and death is upon her, Mia fights to rebuild the bridges she has destroyed, but can she do it before the clock runs out?
Fifteen by Beverly Cleary. This is a classic story of first love. Jane, a high-school sophomore, has never had a date before. What’s she to do when the most popular boy in school is suddenly looking in her direction? With warmth, perceptiveness, and humor, Beverly Cleary chronicles the joys and worries of a young girl’s first crush. Seems fitting.
Fifteen Summary: It seems too good to be true. The most popular boy in school has asked Jane out — and she’s never even dated before. Stan is tall and good-looking, friendly and hard-working — everything Jane ever dreamed of. But is she ready for this?
Suppose her parents won’t let her go? What if she’s nervous and makes a fool of herself? Maybe he’ll think she’s too young. If only she knew all the clever things to say.
If only she were prettier.
If only she were ready for this…
With her usual warmth, perceptiveness, and humor, Beverly Cleary creates the joys and worries of a young girl’s first crush.
6. We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together
Jake and The Other Girl by Emmy Laybourne. This novella from the Monument 14 series by Emmy Laybourne falls between books 1 and 2. We get to see events from Jake Simonsen’s point of view after he abandons the rest of the Monument 14, including his girlfriend, Astrid. Yeah, she’s never, ever getting back together with him.
Jake and the Other Girl Summary: The apocalypse has hit Monument, Colorado, and Jake Simonsen, captain of the football team, is caught in the middle of it.
A series of escalating disasters, beginning with a monster hailstorm and ending with a terrible chemical weapons spill that affects people differently depending on blood type, has torn the world as he knows it apart.
Now Jake has to decide how to pick up the pieces.
7. Shake It Off
Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout. After getting more or less dumped by Katie, Daemon shakes it off and sets his sights on proving to her that what he feels is real. Watching him become prime boyfriend material makes this follow up to Obsidian even better than its predecessor.
Onyx Summary: Being connected to Daemon Black sucks…Thanks to his alien mojo, Daemon’s determined to prove what he feels for me is more than a product of our bizarro connection. So I’ve sworn him off, even though he’s running more hot than cold these days. But we’ve got bigger problems.
Something worse than the Arum has come to town… The Department of Defense are here. If they ever find out what Daemon can do and that we’re linked, I’m a goner. So is he. And there’s this new boy in school who’s got a secret of his own. He knows what’s happened to me and he can help, but to do so, I have to lie to Daemon and stay away from him. Like that’s possible. Against all common sense, I’m falling for Daemon. Hard.
But then everything changes…I’ve seen someone who shouldn’t be alive. And I have to tell Daemon, even though I know he’s never going to stop searching until he gets the truth. What happened to his brother? Who betrayed him? And what does the DOD want from them—from me? No one is who they seem. And not everyone will survive the lies…
The Union by T.H. Hernandez. Sure, this is blatant self-promotion, but the cover is really, really red and it is my release week after all, so yup, I’m really doing this. And this cover by artist Mark Sgarbossa is really, really awesome.
The Union Summary: After global warming and a second civil war devastated the former United States, two different societies rose from the ashes – the Union, a towering high-tech utopia, hugging the perimeter of the continent, and the devastated, untamed midsection known as the Ruins.
Seventeen-year-old Evan Taylor has an easy, privileged life in the Union. What she doesn’t have is any idea what to do with the rest of her life. She only knows she wants to do something meaningful, to make a difference in the lives of others.
When she’s kidnapped and taken into the Ruins as a pawn in a dispute involving her boyfriend, Bryce, her ideal world is turned upside down. What she learns while in the Ruins shakes her faith in everything she’s ever known, from Bryce, to her family, and even the Union itself.
Now Evan must choose whether to stay with Cyrus, the sexy, resourceful survivor who believes she’s in the Ruins for a reason, or return to the only life she’s ever known. But when she stumbles upon a dangerous plot that threatens both worlds, her decision could tear her apart.
His Reverie by Monica Murphy. Nick is on is own since both of his parents are gone. He has no one. Not even a friend since his best friend is responsible for him going to prison for a crime he didn’t commit. So when he falls for Reverie, she’s the only one he really has and his feelings for her pretty much sums up the theme of the song, Mine.
His Reverie Summary: I knew from the moment I first saw her she was the one. The only girl I could ever want. The only girl I could ever love. She is light. I am darkness. She is innocent. I’ve done too much. She is good. I am bad. She is my every dream. I should be her every nightmare.
We come from different worlds. She’s…perfect. And I’m… Not.
Somehow she wants me anyway. So we’ll grasp at what we can. We’re going to make this summer count. She’s my secret. And I’m hers. The problem with secrets is they never last for long. And when others discover we’re together, they’ll do whatever it takes to keep us apart. All I know is: I won’t let them.
Because Reverie Hale? She’s mine.
How to Say I Love You Out Loud by K.A. Cozzo. This fabulous young adult novel doesn’t even come out until next summer, but Jordyn’s strenght to say what she needs to say, to stand up to her fears, is the perfect book for Fearless. You’ll just have to wait to find out how great this book is. But it’s really, really great. Just sayin’.
How to Say I Love You Out Loud Summary: For Jordyn Michaelson, having a severely Autistic brother means her wants or needs never come first. It means keeping people at a distance, and settling for friend status with Alex Colby, even though she still clings to the memory of one steamy kiss last summer. Now he’s with Leighton Lyons, field hockey star, someone Jordyn could never go up against.
When her brother’s private school closes and he joins Jordyn at image-conscious V.F. High, she’s desperate to keep her relation to Phillip hidden. But secrets come at a cost, and Jordyn soon realizes she could lose everything if she continues to shut people out. When Alex hints at lingering romantic feelings, will Jordyn take a risk and reveal all? Will she finally take a stand for something, or will one last chance with Alex slip away?