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Can Dreams Come True? Krysten Lindsay Hager #TheCecilyTaylorseries 5* #Review @KrystenLindsay @CleanReads_ @rararesources #RachelsRandomResources #YoungAdult #Teen #Dreams #ComingofAge #Romance #Secrets #Friendship #Relationships #Celebrity #BookReview #BlogTour #CanDreamsComeTrue

Cecily has always had a huge crush on singer Andrew Holiday and she wants to be an actress, so she tags along when her friend auditions for his new video. However, the director isn’t looking for an actress, but rather the girl next door—and so is Andrew. Cecily gets a part in the video and all of Andrew’s attention on the set. Her friend begins to see red and Cecily’s boyfriend is seeing green—as in major jealousy. A misunderstanding leaves Cecily and her boyfriend on the outs and Andrew hopes to pick up the pieces as he’s looking for someone more stable in his life than the models he’s dated. Soon Cecily begins to realize Andrew understands her more than her small-town boyfriend—but can her perfect love match really be her favorite rock star?

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I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.

My Thoughts…

Perfectly pitched, for teens and young adults, this book explores first love, teenage crushes, and friendship groups, with relatable characters and realistic situations. We experience life with teenage Cecily as she gets a chance to follow a dream and meet her teenage crush. Written in the first person it has an immediacy, important in this type of literature.

Set in North America, it may not reflect teenage life elsewhere. However, the challenges, friendships, romances and problems are something most young people have in common. It has an innocence and naivety you’d expect for this age group but doesn’t shy away from the issues faced by contemporary teens.

As a Gran, it’s a while since I’ve been a teen, but it is enjoyable reading and has valuable life lessons for the intended age group.

Krysten Lynsay Hager

Krysten Lindsay Hager writes about friendship, self-esteem, fitting in, frenemies, crushes, fame, first loves, and values. She is the author of True Colors, Best Friends…Forever?, Next Door to a Star,  Landry in Like, Competing with the Star, Dating the It Guy, Can Dreams Come True, and In Over Her Head: Lights, Camera, Anxiety . True Colors won the Readers Favorite award for best preteen book as well as the Dayton Book Expo Bestseller Award for children/teens. Best Friends…Forever won the Readers’ Favorite Silver Medal. Competing with the Star is a Readers’ Favorite Book Award Finalist. Landry in Like is a Literary Classics Gold Medal recipient.

​Krysten’s work has been featured in USA Today, The Flint Journal, the Grand Haven Tribune, the Beavercreek Current, the Bellbrook Times, Springfield News-Sun, Grand Blanc View, Dayton Daily News and on the talk show Living Dayton. 

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The Never Have I Ever Club Mary Jayne Baker #CoverReveal @MaryJayneBaker @Aria_Fiction @HoZ_Books #TheNeverHaveIEverClub #Uplit #motivational

Robyn Bloom thought Ash Barnes was the love of her life – until one day he announced he was leaving her to fly halfway across the world.

Months later, Robyn is struggling to move on – but then she has a brainwave: The Never Have I Ever Club. Her handsome next-door neighbour Will helps her bring their fellow Yorkshire villagers together for some carpe-diem-inspired fun.

From burlesque dancing to Swedish massages, everyone has plenty of bucket-list activities to try, but it doesn’t take long for Robyn to realise what – or who – her heart truly desires: Will.

There’s just one problem: he’s Ash’s twin brother.

Make that two problems: Ash is moving home… and he wants Robyn back.

Mary Jayne Baker is the recipient of the RNA Romantic Comedy Award for A Question of Us.

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Mary Jayne Baker

Mary Jayne Baker is a romance author from Yorkshire, UK. She is represented by Laura Longrigg at MBA Literary Agents. Mary Jayne Baker grew up in rural West Yorkshire, right in the heart of Brontë country… and she’s still there. After graduating from Durham University with a degree in English Literature, she dallied with living in cities including London, Nottingham and Cambridge, but eventually came back with her own romantic hero in tow to her beloved Dales, where she first started telling stories about heroines with flaws and the men who love them. Mary Jayne Baker is a pen name for an international woman of mystery…

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The Fallout Rebecca Thornton 4* #Review @RThorntonwriter @HarperFiction @fictionpubteam #RandomThingsTours @annecater #BlogTour #BookReview #family #drama #friendship #psychological #suspense #parenting #children #thefallout

When Liza’s little boy has an accident at the local health club, it’s all anyone can talk about.

Was nobody watching him?
Where was his mother?
Who’s to blame?

The rumours, the finger-pointing, the whispers – they’re everywhere. And Liza’s best friend, Sarah, desperately needs it to stop.

Because Sarah was there when it happened. It was all her fault. And if she’s caught out on the lie, everything will fall apart.

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I received a copy of this book from Harper Collins UK- Harper Fiction via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

My Thoughts…

This story has a claustrophobic, immersive quality that draws you into the world of parenting in West London. Once there, it’s not a pleasant place to be, with its backstabbing, vicious gossip and judgy attitudes. It’s against this privileged setting that a psychological suspense drama unfolds, featuring Sarah and Liza, who are best friends, and what happens between them and their families after a tragic accident.

Liza and Sarah have dark secrets. Sarah and Liza are unreliable protagonists. Other points of view are revealed via social media group conversations, making the novel contemporary and vibrant. There is a sinister undercurrent in this story. Is it a product of a disturbed psyche or reality?

Character-driven and reflecting twenty-first-century issues, this is an addictive story created out of ordinary and often poignant events and secrets. It’s essential reading for lovers of domestic, psychological suspense and family drama.

Rebecca Thornton

Rebecca Thornton is an alumna of the Faber Academy Writing A Novel course, where she was tutored by Esther Freud and Tim Lott. Her writing has been published in The Guardian, You Magazine, Daily Mail, Prospect Magazine and The Sunday People amongst others. She has reported from the Middle East, Kosovo and the UK. She now lives in
West London with her husband and two children. The Fallout is her third novel.