It’s been two weeks sine the start of Coyer so I wanted to do a post to show which books I’ve read and reviewed so far for this challenge. If you want to see which books I challenged myself to read for this challenge check out my Coyer Summer vacation sign-up post. So far I have read 6 books so far of which 4 are of my original goal books list. I am surprised at how well having a list works when I am deciding what to read next, now I take a look at my Coyer sign-up post first and decide whether I am in the mood for one of those books.
Third Daughter (The Dharian Affairs #1)
by Susan Kaye Quinn
Format: e-copy and paperback
Source: I bought the e-copy and then later on won the paperback
You can find Third Daughter on Goodreads
The Third Daughter of the Queen wants her birthday to arrive so she’ll be free to marry for love, but rumors of a new flying weapon may force her to accept a barbarian prince’s proposal for a peace-brokering marriage. Desperate to marry the charming courtesan she loves, Aniri agrees to the prince’s proposal as a subterfuge in order to spy on him, find the weapon, and hopefully avoid both war and an arranged marriage to a man she does not love.
Third Daughter is the first book in The Dharian Affairs Trilogy (Third Daughter, Second Daughter, First Daughter). This steampunk-goes-to-Bollywood (Bollypunk!) romance takes place in an east-indian-flavored alternate world filled with skyships, saber duels, and lots of royal intrigue. And, of course, kissing.
Read my review of Third Daughter here.
This one was one of the books that was in the list of books in my sign-up post and I loved it and am so glad I finally read this book.
by Paige Rion
Source: for review
You can find Claiming Callie on Goodreads
Her love of Michael Kors might be her downfall.
Callie Cartwright is a college senior on the verge of graduating and getting the job of her dreams. But her illustrious shopping habit and expensive tastes backfire when her future employer gives her an ultimatum. She has less than six months to lower her debt or she’ll lose the job she’s worked so hard for.
His secret crush may be his undoing.
Dean Michaels has everything going for him. He’s a manager at the local coffee shop, a sophomore in college, star of the university basketball team, and don’t forget, gorgeous. The only thing he needs is the girl of his dreams to make his world complete. And he’s finally ready to go after her. The only problem: it’s his sister’s best friend he’s crushing on. And all she sees in him is the love for a brother.
But desperate times call for desperate measures.
When Callie concocts a crazy plan as a way to make quick money and pay down her debt, Dean’s feelings go into overdrive. It’s time to show her how he feels.
And the plan he proposes, just might be the one to finally catch the girl.
*Claiming Callie is part one of a series of four serial novellas and is approximately 28,000 words in length (about half the length of a full novel).*
Read my review of Claiming Callie here. I hadn’t planned on reading Claiming Callie for this challenge, but I got a review request for it and it sounded like a fun book so i started it immediately. Unfortunately it wasn’t a book for me.
The Other Me
by Suzanne van Rooyen
Source: for review
You can find The Other Me on Goodreads
A Harmony Ink Press Young Adult Title
Fifteen-year-old Treasa Prescott thinks she’s an alien. She doesn’t fit in with the preppy South African private school crowd and feels claustrophobic in her own skin. Treasa is worried she might spend life as a social pariah when she meets Gabriel du Preez. Gabriel plays the piano better than Beethoven, has a black belt in karate, and would look good wearing a garbage bag. Treasa thinks he’s perfect. It might even be love, as long as Gabriel doesn’t find out she’s a freak.
As Treasa spends time with Gabriel, she realizes she might not love him as much as she wants to be him, and that the reason she feels uncomfortable in her skin might have less to do with extra-terrestrial origins and more to do with being born in the wrong body.
But Gabriel is not the perfect boy Treasa imagines. He harbors dark secrets and self-destructive tendencies. Still, Treasa might be able to accept Gabriel’s baggage if he can accept who she longs to be.
Read my review of The Other Me here. I had planned to read this book for this challenge and I am so glad I did! I really enjoyed this book and it was fresh and original while perfectly capturing those emotions and feels of teenagers.
A Lesson in Temptation (A Stanton Family Novella)
by Audra North
Source: for review
You can find A Lesson in Temptationon Goodreads
Adam Harkness pulled himself out of poverty to become one of the world’s most respected Finance professors, but at the cost of his personal life. When a well-meaning friend gifts him with a dance course, Adam decides to attend one class out of courtesy, but no more than that. He has work to do, after all – or at least, that’s what he tells himself.
After being bullied in high school, Julie Stanton took refuge in her studies. But now that her hard work has paid off and Julie has found success in her job, it’s time to focus on finding the same happiness in the rest of her life.
When Adam walks into the same tango class that Julie signed up for, she recognizes him immediately as the professor whom she had a crush on in college. Both Adam and Julie have proven themselves to be excellent scholars. But when the attraction between them turns into something more, will they be able to open their hearts and learn a new lesson – how to love.
Read my review of A Lesson in Temptation. I hadn’t planned to read this book for this challenge, but I had to start this as soon as I got my review copy and I am glad I did.
The Culling (The Slave Girl Chronicles #1)
by J.C. Andrijeski
Source: for review through Netgalley
You can find The Culling on Goodreads
Jet is a 19-year-old skag, one of the humans still living free on Earth following an invasion of creatures called the Nirreth. Squatting in the ruins of Vancouver, Canada, Jet and her family eke out an existence underground, hiding from the culler ships. No one knows where the ships take the people they take, but they never return. When a culler finds Jet, she may discover the truth the hard way.
Read my DNF review of The Culling on Goodreads. This one was on my list to read this summer, but it turned out to be a huge disapointment. I DNF’d this one at 9%.
Camp Payback (Camp Boyfriend #2)
by JK Rock
Source: bought it myself
You can find Camp Payback on Goodreads
Alex has big plans for camp this year, starting with making it the best summer ever. Having fun and breaking some rules will get her the payback she wants against her parents and her ex-boyfriend. Because of his disgusting texts, she’s headed to a super strict all-girls school in the fall.
Then she meets Javier and revenge doesn’t seem nearly as important as getting to know the troubled loner determined to keep a low profile at camp. But Alex’s trouble-magnet personality and Javier’s need to stay in the background don’t mix nearly as well as their irresistible chemistry.
With her home life eroding under her feet and her last year of summer camp speeding to a close, Alex wants to make her mark on the world and squeeze every bit of fun out of her time with Javier. Too bad her old plans for revenge turn back on her just in time to ruin everything. Will she lose Javier too?
My review of this book will be posted on the blog next week. I loved this book as much as the first book in this series and am so happy I finally got around to reading it!