Title: You’d Be Mine
Author: Erin Hahn
Publication Date: April 2, 2019
Review: It took me way too long to get to You’d Be Mine. I had originally received the book through Netgalley and unfortunately kept putting it off because I had other books I needed to read. I finally read it at the beginning of June and it definitely didn’t disappoint.
I really loved this story. It actually ended up being a much deeper story than I thought it would be going into it. It’s definitely a romance story that revolves around a tour and musicians, but it also touches on topics such as grief and addiction.
The characters are amazing! Clay and Annie have some amazing chemistry and I seriously wish I had a second book of their relationship to dive into. The side characters in You’d Be Mine are equally as amazing. I’ll take a Jason story at any time!
My only slight complaint about the story is that it’s obvious that the characters are on tour, but it would end a chapter in one city and then the next chapter would be days later and in another city. It felt a little choppy at times and I wish we could have gotten a little bit of the traveling and seen that side of the story as well.
Title: The Mighty Heart of Sunny St. James
Author: Ashley Herring Blake
Publication Date: March 26, 2019
Review: Need a book that’s going to break your heart and reduce you to a puddle of tears? Look no further than The Mighty Heart of Sunny St. James.
Like most of the books I read, I went into it not knowing much about it. I was initially shocked with the first few chapters being about Sunny going in for a heart transplant. I wasn’t expecting it and it was different than other middle grade books I have read in the past. The heart surgery is an overall theme of the book, but the actual bit about the surgery and Sunny being in the hospital is only for the first few chapters.
This story is a lot to take in. There’s the heart surgery, Sunny making new life goals, figuring out her sexuality and how she feels about boys and girls, reconnecting with her mom, and making a new friend.
I don’t know how Ashley Herring Blake does it, but she has yet to not break my heart while reading one of her books and reducing me to crying.
Title: With the Fire on High
Author: Elizabeth Acevedo
Publication Date: May 7, 2019
Review: I was initially very skeptical about With the Fire on High. I hadn’t seen many people talking about it until right before I finally picked it up and even that was only one person.
Going into it, I somewhat expected it to be formatted the same way The Poet X was. It’s definitely not and that was a shock at first. Instead of the story being told in poems, it’s told through short chapters. After reading this though, Elizabeth Acevedo is definitely an autobuy author for me! The way she can tell a story and make you able to imagine every detail is astonishing and I can’t wait for more from her!
With the Fire on High is a story of a teen mom who is trying to make it through high school while also figuring out what she wants in life. She’s an aspiring chef and ends up choosing to take an elective culinary program at her school.
I can’t talk highly enough about With the Fire on High. The dynamics and relationships throughout the story are amazing. The romance is subtle and such a slow burn that had be unable to quit reading. The food descriptions are off the chart. The detail that went into the recipes and the meals is outstanding and there were times where I could imagine the meal in front of me.
Have you read any of these books? If so, what are your thoughts?