Sunday, June 22, 2014

Only Everything by Kiernan Scott - YA Review

Only Everything by Kiernan Scott

When Eros (aka Cupid) is expelled from Olympus for defying Zeus after falling in love with Orion, she is banished to what she believes to be hell. We call it New Jersey. If she ever wants to go back to the comforts of her old life, she will have to find love for three couples—without using her powers.

Eros, now calling herself True, immediately identifies her first project in Charlie and believes finding him love will be a piece of cake. Charlie is new at school and eager to break out of his old image of band geek, so it’s lucky for him when he falls in with the right crowd on his first day. But music is still his passion. That is, until he meets Katrina...

Katrina is floundering after the death of her father and takes refuge with a boy who, while not entirely supportive, will be there when she needs him, unlike her mother. Too bad True thinks any girl Charlie talks to is perfect for him. Can she get out of her own way and help Charlie and Katrina connect, or will she be stuck in New Jersey forever? (Goodreads)

My Thoughts:

I knew I would be reading this one the second I saw the author's name - Kiernan Scott - on the front cover. Ms. Scott is an author I have always enjoyed whether I'm reading a YA Contemporary Romance by her under her Scott writing persona, or a Contemporary YA-Mystery-Drama under her other name Kate Brian. This one was especially intriguing because well, read the blurb: YA Contemp setting - check, Mythology mix in - check, amazing author - check. Well, looks all good from my end!
               For those wondering if this book is one for you, I'd say if you are a fan of YA Contemporaries, Mythology ( especially in the modern world), Teen Romance, and/or Kiernan Scott/Kate Brian  - go ahead and grab this one asap.

+ Concept: I really enjoyed the whole premise of a Greek Goddess of love incognito as a normal teenager in high school. Personally, the blurb grabbed me right away- it sounded light, fun, humorous and like a perfect summer read.
+Characters: It doesn't happen often, but I can honestly say I enjoyed all three of the main characters (Eros/True, Katrina, Charlie). Usually with multiple main characters , I find I favor some over others or don't enjoy or appreciate some as much. In this case I really loved the changing perspective and really felt for/enjoyed each of them.
+True's Learning Curve: I found it amusing to see "our world" through a goddess' eyes. True's learning curve was definitely funny, and added a nice touch to the storyline. I enjoyed that she didn't just come to earth and blend in effortlessly and know what to do, say, and how to act.
+Narrators POV:  I really liked the distinction between each characters POV. It was easy to flow from one character to another because it was very clear who you were hearing from the whole time.

Hmm...well as always when I enjoy a book and it makes me laugh, cry, and/or happy/content - it's always really hard to think up wishes. However, even with the very best books, one can generally come up with at least a wish or two...
Audio Nitpick - I read this book in a combination of listening to the audio while commuting and reading my physical copy at home (which has a really great cover by the way!). One thing I found a bit confusing at times when listening was True's narration whenever she had flashbacks. The chapters all tell who is narrating at the beginning (True, Charlie, Katrina), however, when reading it you can see the change in font to indicate a flashback for True. When listening obviously there is no distinction, other than listening and realizing it is not a present day True narration. I always figured this out and I don't know how one might fix this in an audio book, but like I said, it's a tiny nitpick.
Charlie & Katrina - more of them please! I really loved the two characters and hope to see more of them in coming books :)

Overall, I really enjoyed this read and will definitely be continuing on with the series. (I was super disappointed to see I have to wait until September for the next installment!) As always, Kiernan Scott/Kate Brian, has left me wanting more and with a new series to follow. It's a light, fun read, perfect for a summer read - especially pool side if you ask me! So if you enjoy contemporary romance, true love, and a side of mythology - what are you waiting for? Go pick this one up and enjoy!
4 out of 5 Doxies - So great, I really enjoyed this one - go pick it up quick before book 2 comes out!!

Recommendations - 
Oh My Gods by Tera Lynn Childs
Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs
Abandon by Meg Cabot
Biggest Flirts by Jennifer Echols

Jenn @ Tale of Two Doxies

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Coin Heist by Elisa Ludwig - YA Review

Coin Heist by Elisa Ludwig -
* E-Arc provided by NetGalley *

The last place you’d expect to find a team of criminals is at a prestigious Philadelphia prep school. But on a class trip to the U.S. Mint – which prints a million new coins every 30 minutes – an overlooked security flaw becomes far too tempting for a small group of students to ignore.

United by dire circumstances, these unlikely allies – the slacker, the nerd, the athlete, and the "perfect" student – band together to attempt the impossible: rob the U.S. Mint. The diverse crew is forced to confront their true beliefs about each other and themselves as they do the wrong thing for the right reasons.

Elisa Ludwig's Coin Heist is a fun, suspenseful, and compelling thriller, told from the revolving perspectives of four teens, each with their own motive for committing a crime that could change all of their lives for the better—if they can pull it off. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts:

To begin I must confess: I love heist themes. Heist movies? Love them! Bring on the Ocean's, Italian Job, Inside Man type movies and keep 'em coming! Heist books? Love, love, love! (My absolute favorite being the YA Heist society series by Ally Carter). In my opinion, we need more YA/Teen Heist books because there are just not enough out there - so needless to say, I was a teeny-tiny bit excited for this and one I got the chance to read the E-Arc a happy dance may or may not have occurred!
               So, as you can probably gather from the picture and blurb, Coin Heist is about an unlikely group of teens who join forces to plan a heist on the US Mint in order to save their school. To me it was really Heist Society (or for movie reference Ocean's) meets Breakfast Club.
               So fans of awesome 80's films unlikely groups/teams working together - type stories, heist themes, and/or fun, adventure YA books - this book is probably looking for you!

* The heist! - I loved reading about the teens getting together, plotting, planning, strategizing and coordinating a heist.
*The  Plot - Can't say much more for fear of spoilers but: it was fun, it was amusing, and it was engaging!
*The characters - I really enjoyed getting to know each character, I liked learning about their personalities and motivations. I also liked that the book did this by changing POVs. This, of course, is always interesting for looking at and learning about other characters as well - I like getting an interpretation of the main characters not just from their own perspective but from others as well.

* Character POVs - Although I really did enjoy the fact that the story was told from multiple perspectives, one wish would have been for slightly more differentiation between the different character voices. At times I would lose track of who was narrating, although I could pick it up again easy enough as I went along and saw the conversations, etc.
* The ending didn't complete do it for me - I was a bit let down by the ending, I wished it happened a bit differently. I guess it was a more realistic (in some ways) idea of how it all plays out but I was hoping for a different resolution. I don't want to spoil the book so I can't really be specific here, but suffice it to say that I was left wanting for a bit more closure.

Overall, it was a fun, quick, and light read - perfect for what I'm generally looking for in my summer reads. I enjoyed the heist aspect and the overall idea of the story, I also found the characters to be interesting.

3.5 out of 5 Doxies - Light, fun and definitely worth a read!

Heist Society by Ally Carter
Also Known As by Robin Benway

Jenn @ Tale of Two Doxies

Sunday, June 15, 2014

#Scandal by Sarah Ockler - YA Review

 #scandal by Sarah Ockler

* E-Arc provided by Simon & Schuster via Edelweiss *

Lucy’s learned some important lessons from tabloid darling Jayla Heart’s all-too-public blunders: Avoid the spotlight, don’t feed the Internet trolls, and keep your secrets secret. The policy has served Lucy well all through high school, so when her best friend Ellie gets sick before prom and begs her to step in as Cole’s date, she accepts with a smile, silencing about ten different reservations. Like the one where she’d rather stay home shredding online zombies. And the one where she hates playing dress-up. And especially the one where she’s been secretly in love with Cole since the dawn of time.

When Cole surprises her at the after party with a kiss under the stars, it’s everything Lucy has ever dreamed of… and the biggest BFF deal-breaker ever. Despite Cole’s lingering sweetness, Lucy knows they’ll have to ’fess up to Ellie. But before they get the chance, Lucy’s own Facebook profile mysteriously explodes with compromising pics of her and Cole, along with tons of other students’ party indiscretions. Tagged. Liked. And furiously viral.

By Monday morning, Lucy’s been branded a slut, a backstabber, and a narc, mired in a tabloid-worthy scandal just weeks before graduation. 

Lucy’s been battling undead masses online long enough to know there’s only one way to survive a disaster of this magnitude: Stand up and fight. Game plan? Uncover and expose the Facebook hacker, win back her best friend’s trust, and graduate with a clean slate.
There’s just one snag—Cole. Turns out Lucy’s not the only one who’s been harboring unrequited love…(Goodreads)

 My Thoughts:
This was my first read by author Sarah Ockler, but I can assure you it will not be my last!  I was very pleased and honestly impressed with #scandal, it really lived up to my hopes and expectations for the story based on the blurb (and yes, the cover too). #scandal for me was reminiscent of Gossip Girl in one aspect:  the mysterious and unidentified online personality (and somewhat trouble-maker) Miss Demeanor. However, the similarities , in my opinion, really end there. The online mystery personality is really one simple piece of what I thought was a well-written, engaging book that delves into some pretty deep issues but manages to remain relatively light.
               Fans of the author, I'm sure will enjoy this read, as well as fans of both Sarah Dessen and Susane Colansanti. If you find that you enjoy Contemporary Teen books that tackle social issues (while still not seeming to heavy), and feature friendship exploration and elements of romance, then this is probably a great pick for you!

               I guess I'll begin by saying, I really loved this book for a number of reasons, so somehow it made this review even harder to write. I have so many things that I think or feel about this book, and I really want to do it justice in this review! Anyway, on a few things, of the many that contributed to my love of the book, that I feel should really be highlighted:
* Lucy - Lucy is the main character of the story, and one who I found very relatable, and believable (which is always a huge selling point in my opinion). Although I didn't share a lot in common with Lucy and wasn't really similar to her in a lot of ways, I still felt I could connect with her. I think that many will be able to find some level to relate to her on, even if you weren't exactly like her. I think most of know someone like Lucy and/or might be able to relate to some of the things she goes through and experiences throughout the story.
* Character Growth - I always love a good coming of age/growth/etc type novel, I think they make for the most relatable because every day we are all growing, changing, and learning. You never stop learning and changing over the course of your life, so really you're always evolving and "coming of age" in a way.
* Secondary Characters - I liked them all, the supporting characters I thought were all pretty entertaining and each added something to the story. I also enjoyed that each character had multiple sides to them (whether we saw that at first or not) and that the author strove to show us (through Lucy's eyes) that no one is bad/good, there are always shades.
* Social Issue Focus: Bullying/Cyber-bullying - This is such a big issue, one that has been going on forever but has recently hit the radar of many. It's also something that seems to have gotten worse over time, the nature of today's technology, the way people treat one another, and the anonymity of using the internet has in many ways made bullying that much easier. I was so happy to see a book that was tackling this murky issue, showing how this technology can have both good and bad consequences. I was also happy that it managed to do this in a light, engaging way still that I could see teens reading, paying attention to, and actually taking in.
*Romance was an element, not the entire plot - While I enjoy a good contemporary romance ( I really do, easily what I read the most of) it was nice to see a book that focused more on the social issues, the main characters growth, and explored the friendships more than romance. This was not exactly what I thought might happen after reading the blurb, and instead of being disappointed I found myself quite content with how it played out.

 * Lucy and Cole - Okay, okay... I know I said above that Romance not being the focus was refreshing - however I also said my fave reads are the Contemp Romances. So while I completely enjoyed the novel as it was, I would have loved to see a little more of Lucy and Cole together too. (Sidenote - I also very much wanted more Spike and Night of the Living Dog! Mostly Spike, because I love dachshunds!!)

Overall, I really just love this book. It had so many great things going for it: engaging plot, intriguing mystery, realistic characters, and it even tackles important social issues while retaining some lightness and humor. I can only hope that many of you will pick up this great read and give it a chance! In the meantime, I hope to ease it into the hands of some of the teen girls I know who are currently in high school. I think this read has a lot of valuable lessons embedded in a quick, relatable read - perfect for starting a conversation of some tough topics for sure!

4 out of 5 Doxies - Great read, definitely give this one a try!! 

Just Listen - Sarah Dessen
Waiting for You - Susane Colasanti
The Unwritten Rule - Elizabeth Scott
Lock and Key - Sarah Dessen

Jenn @ Tale of Two Doxies

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday - Top Reads This Year (June10)

Top Ten Tuesdays is a great weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, where you get to share fun book related topic top ten lists. It is also another great meme for finding great new books, authors and blogs! 

This week is 

Top Ten Books I've Read This Year

So, in no particular order…

I thought this would be easier than it was, but when I went to count I had sooooo many I wanted to include. I did narrow it down, but I've read so many great reads so far, and I can't believe we're already six months into 2014. Eeep! Hope you're all staying cool, reading lots, and enjoying summer :)

How about you: what books did you choose for your top 10 reads so far this year?
 Please feel free to comment and link up so I can visit your Top Ten!

 Tale of Two Doxies

Sunday, June 8, 2014

June R & R Plans - Goals for Reading and Reviews

Reviews to Post:

* Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins

* Only Everything by Kiernan Scott

Arcs to Read & Review:

* Coin Heist by Elisa Ludwig

* #Scandal by Sarah Ockler

* Before We Kiss by Susan Mallery

Books to Read & Review:

* Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend by Katie Finn

* Fool Me Twice by Mandy Hubbard

Audiobooks to Read & Review:

* Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins
* Going Rogue by Robin Benway

It may not seem like a huge amount of reading to some, but for me this is a pretty hopeful/challenging list - working full time and taking Masters classes tends to get in the way. So, we'll see how I manage but here are some goals. ;)

Jennie @ Tale of Two Doxies

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Stacking the Shelves
- Hosted by: Tynga’s Reviews
Description: Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

So I have been pretty terrible about remembering to do a Stacking the Shelves post regularly lately, lots of excuses: work, life, exams, homework…but the long and short of it is, I am going to try and be a lot better and in the mean time, I will have some pretty heavy book loads to post. (As I may, or may not, have accumulated many books in the past few months)

Giveaway Win!!

Thank you so much to the amazing Elizabeth over at RedHead Reader for the awesome giveaway from which I got an a beautiful hardcover copy of the book and some fantastic Deep Blue nail polish!!

Deep Blue by Jennifer Donnelly 

The first in a series of four epic tales set in the depths of the ocean, where six mermaids seek to protect and save their hidden world.

Deep in the ocean, in a world not so different from our own, live the merpeople. Their communities are spread throughout the oceans, seas, and freshwaters all over the globe.

When Serafina, a mermaid of the Mediterranean Sea, awakens on the morning of her betrothal, her biggest worry should be winning the love of handsome Prince Mahdi. And yet Sera finds herself haunted by strange dreams that foretell the return of an ancient evil. Her dark premonitions are confirmed when an assassin's arrow poisons Sera's mother. Now, Serafina must embark on a quest to find the assassin's master and prevent a war between the Mer nations. Led only by her shadowy dreams, Sera searches for five other mermaid heroines who are scattered across the six seas. Together, they will form an unbreakable bond of sisterhood and uncover a conspiracy that threatens their world's very existence.


#Scandal by Sarah Ockler

Lucy’s learned some important lessons from tabloid darling Jayla Heart’s all-too-public blunders: Avoid the spotlight, don’t feed the Internet trolls, and keep your secrets secret. The policy has served Lucy well all through high school, so when her best friend Ellie gets sick before prom and begs her to step in as Cole’s date, she accepts with a smile, silencing about ten different reservations. Like the one where she’d rather stay home shredding online zombies. And the one where she hates playing dress-up. And especially the one where she’s been secretly in love with Cole since the dawn of time.

When Cole surprises her at the after party with a kiss under the stars, it’s everything Lucy has ever dreamed of… and the biggest BFF deal-breaker ever. Despite Cole’s lingering sweetness, Lucy knows they’ll have to ’fess up to Ellie. But before they get the chance, Lucy’s own Facebook profile mysteriously explodes with compromising pics of her and Cole, along with tons of other students’ party indiscretions. Tagged. Liked. And furiously viral.

By Monday morning, Lucy’s been branded a slut, a backstabber, and a narc, mired in a tabloid-worthy scandal just weeks before graduation. 

Lucy’s been battling undead masses online long enough to know there’s only one way to survive a disaster of this magnitude: Stand up and fight. Game plan? Uncover and expose the Facebook hacker, win back her best friend’s trust, and graduate with a clean slate.

There’s just one snag—Cole. Turns out Lucy’s not the only one who’s been harboring unrequited love…(Goodreads)

Before We Kiss by Susan Mallery

New York Times bestselling sensation Susan Mallery returns to Fool's Gold, California, where it's true that sometimes you have to kiss a few frogs…

Former pro-football kicker Sam Ridge has notoriously bad luck with women—from cheaters to fame chasers. Still, the gorgeous brunette at the bar in Fool's Gold looks harmless—until she takes him home and he discovers a room devoted to securing a man, for life.

Dellina Hopkins never guessed that storing gowns from a friend's bridal boutique would chase away her first and only fling. After her parents died, she skipped her "wild youth" to raise her sisters. She doesn't want forever from Sam, but one night—all night—would've been nice.

His clean getaway gets messy when his firm hires Dellina to plan an event. As long hours lead to late nights, the two succumb to temptation again. Has Sam's luck finally changed? Or this time, will Dellina be the one to run? (Goodreads)

Bookstore Buys:


 Love and Other Foreign Words by Erin McCahan    

Can anyone be truly herself--or truly in love--in a language that's not her own?

Sixteen-year-old Josie lives her life in translation. She speaks High School, College, Friends, Boyfriends, Break-ups, and even the language of Beautiful Girls. But none of these is her native tongue--the only people who speak that are her best friend Stu and her sister Kate. So when Kate gets engaged to an epically insufferable guy, how can Josie see it as anything but the mistake of a lifetime? Kate is determined to bend Josie to her will for the wedding; Josie is determined to break Kate and her fiancé up. As battles are waged over secrets and semantics, Josie is forced to examine her feelings for the boyfriend who says he loves her, the sister she loves but doesn't always like, and the best friend who hasn't said a word--at least not in a language Josie understands.(Goodreads)


How To Meet Boys by Catherine Clark    

Find out what happens when you fall for your best friend's worst enemy in this timeless and hilarious story of a forbidden first love and forever friendship.

Lucy can't wait to spend the summer at the lake with her best friend, Mikayla. But when Jackson, the boy she's been avoiding ever since he rejected her, reappears in her life, Lucy wonders if this summer to remember is one she'd rather forget.

Mikayla's never had much luck talking to boys, but when she (literally) runs into the cutest guy she's ever seen, and sparks fly, she thinks things might be looking up...until she realizes the adorable stranger is the same boy who broke her best friend's heart.

As things begin to heat up between Mikayla and the one guy she should avoid, will Lucy be able to keep her cool or will the girls' perfect summer turn into one hot mess?

Catherine Clark, the author of beach-read favorites Maine Squeeze and Love and Other Things I'm Bad At, has once again crafted a hilarious and spot-on portrayal of what it's really like to be a teenager. Readers will love this irreverent coming-of-age story…and will be breathlessly turning the pages to find out what happens next. (Goodreads)

Fool Me Twice by Mandy Hubbard

Mackenzie and Landon were the perfect couple . . . until he dumped her and broke her heart. Fast-forward a year and they're back where they first met—Serenity Ranch and Spa, where they are once again working together for the summer. Talk about awkward.

Then, Landon takes a nasty fall and gets amnesia. Suddenly, he’s stuck in the past—literally. His most recent memory is of last summer, when he and Mack were still together, so now he’s calling her pet names and hanging all over her. It's the perfect chance for revenge. The plan is simple: keep Landon at arm’s length, manipulate him so he’s the one falling love, and then BAM, dump him. There’s just one problem: Mack can’t fall for Landon all over again.

The If Only romance line is all about wanting what you can't have, and Mandy Hubbard's hilarious break-up/love story is sure to captivate anyone who has ever wished for a second shot at love. (Goodreads)

Broken Hearts, Fences and Other Things to Mend by Katie Finn    

Summer, boys, and friendships gone sour. This new series has everything that perfect beach reads are made of!

Gemma just got dumped and is devastated. She finds herself back in the Hamptons for the summer—which puts her at risk of bumping into Hallie, her former best friend that she wronged five years earlier. Do people hold grudges that long? 

When a small case of mistaken identity causes everyone, including Hallie and her dreamy brother Josh, to think she’s someone else, Gemma decides to go along with it.

Gemma's plan is working (she's finding it hard to resist Josh), but she's finding herself in embarrassing situations (how could a bathing suit fall apart like that!?). Is it coincidence or is someone trying to expose her true identity? And how will Josh react if he finds out who she is? (Goodreads)


All Lined Up by Cora Carmack

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cora Carmack follows up her trio of hits—Losing It, Faking It, and Finding It—with this thrilling first novel in an explosive series bursting with the Texas flavor, edge, and steamy romance of Friday Night Lights.

In Texas, two things are cherished above all else—football and gossip. My life has always been ruled by both.

Dallas Cole loathes football. That's what happens when you spend your whole childhood coming in second to a sport. College is her time to step out of the bleachers, and put the playing field (and the players) in her past.

But life doesn't always go as planned. As if going to the same college as her football star ex wasn’t bad enough, her father, a Texas high school coaching phenom, has decided to make the jump to college ball… as the new head coach at Rusk University. Dallas finds herself in the shadows of her father and football all over again.

Carson McClain is determined to go from second-string quarterback to the starting line-up. He needs the scholarship and the future that football provides. But when a beautiful redhead literally falls into his life, his focus is more than tested. It's obliterated.

Dallas doesn't know Carson is on the team. Carson doesn't know that Dallas is his new coach's daughter.

And neither of them know how to walk away from the attraction they feel.

Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols

All Meg has ever wanted is to get away. Away from high school. Away from her backwater town. Away from her parents who seem determined to keep her imprisoned in their dead-end lives. But one crazy evening involving a dare and forbidden railroad tracks, she goes way too far...and almost doesn't make it back.
John made a choice to stay. To enforce the rules. To serve and protect. He has nothing but contempt for what he sees as childish rebellion, and he wants to teach Meg a lesson she won't soon forget. But Meg pushes him to the limit by questioning everything he learned at the police academy. And when he pushes back, demanding to know why she won't be tied down, they will drive each other to the edge -- and over….(Goodreads)

Now & Forever by Susane Colasanti

What if your boyfriend was the world's biggest rockstar?

Sterling is crazy in love with Ethan. Not only is he the sweetest boy she's ever met, but he's an incredibly talented guitarist, singer, and songwriter. And since forever, he's believed he has what it takes to be a star.

When Ethan becomes an overnight sensation, he's thrown head-first into the glam world of celebrity-and so is Sterling. Before she knows it, she's attending red-carpet premieres, getting free designer clothes, and flying around the country to attend Ethan's monumental sold-out concerts.

It's a dream come true...but whose dream is Sterling living? And what do you do when "forever" comes to an end? (Goodreads)

How about you? What were your finds this week? 
Please feel free to comment and share a link to your new reads below. 

 Tale of Two Doxies

Friday, June 6, 2014

Friday Favorites - Favorite Underrated Books (June 6)

So, I was pretty excited to learn about this meme, and I love the topic for this week - so obviously I had to participate! 

Five Friday Favourites is a weekly event hosted by the Book Badger, where once a week, a five favourites subject will be posted by me and everyone is welcome to join in. You can find out more about Five Friday Favourites and the future subjects here.

This Week's Topic:

Favorite Underrated Books

Now since I had both YA and Chick Lit titles I was excited to talk about, I've decided to list five YA titles and five Chick Lit titles that I believe are underrated. Hopefully, I can help others learn about some titles that I think are great but are not as well known or advertised!

Five Underrated YA Titles

Cinders & Sapphires by Leila Rasheed

One house, two worlds...

Rose Cliffe has never met a young lady like her new mistress. Clever, rich, and beautiful, Ada Averley treats Rose as an equal. And Rose could use a friend. Especially now that she, at barely sixteen, has risen to the position of ladies' maid. Rose knows she should be grateful to have a place at a house like Somerton. Still, she can't help but wonder what her life might have been had she been born a lady, like Ada.

For the first time in a decade, the Averleys have returned to Somerton, their majestic ancestral estate. But terrible scandal has followed Ada's beloved father all the way from India. Now Ada finds herself torn between her own happiness and her family's honor. Only she has the power to restore the Averley name-but it would mean giving up her one true love ... someone she could never persuade her father to accept.

Sumptuous and enticing, the first novel in the At Somerton series introduces two worlds, utterly different yet entangled, where ruthless ambition, forbidden attraction, and unspoken dreams are hidden behind dutiful smiles and glittering jewels. All those secrets are waiting ... at Somerton.

Secret Society Girl by Diana Peterfreund

In a fabulous blend of the bestselling traditions of Prep and The Devil Wears Prada, Secret Society Girl takes us into the heart of the Ivy League’s ultraexclusive secret societies when a young woman is invited to join as one of their first female members.

Elite Eli University junior Amy Haskel never expected to be tapped into Rose & Grave, the country’s most powerful—and notorious—secret society. She isn’t rich, politically connected, or…well, male.

So when Amy receives the distinctive black-lined invitation with the Rose & Grave seal, she’s blown away. Could they really mean her?

Whisked off into an initiation rite that’s a blend of Harry Potter and Alfred Hitchcock, Amy awakens the next day to a new reality and a whole new set of “friends”—from the gorgeous son of a conservative governor to an Afrocentric lesbian activist whose society name is Thorndike. And that’s when Amy starts to discover the truth about getting what you wish for. Because Rose & Grave is quickly taking her away from her familiar world of classes and keggers, fueling a feud, and undermining a very promising friendship with benefits. And that’s before Amy finds out that her first duty as a member of Rose & Grave is to take on a conspiracy of money and power that could, quite possibly, ruin her whole life.

A smart, sexy introduction to the life and times of a young woman in way over her head, Secret Society Girl is a charming and witty debut from a writer who knows her turf—and isn’t afraid to tell all….

What Would Emma Do? by Eileen Cook

Thou Shalt Not Kiss Thy Best Friend’s Boyfriend...again...
There is no greater sin than kissing your best friend’s boyfriend. So when Emma breaks that golden rule, she knows she’s messed up big-time...especially since she lives in the smallest town ever, where everyone knows everything about everyone else...and especially since she maybe kinda wants to do it again. Now her best friend isn’t speaking to her, her best guy friend is making things totally weird, and Emma is running full speed toward certain social disaster. This is so not the way senior year was supposed to go.
Time to pray for a minor miracle. Or maybe, just maybe, it’s time for Emma to stop trying to please everyone around her, and figure out what she wants for herself.

Someone Else's Life by Katie Dale

When 17-year-old Rosie's mother, Trudie, dies from Huntington's Disease, her pain is intensified by the knowledge that she has a fifty percent chance of inheriting the crippling disease herself. Only when Rosie tells her mother's best friend, "Aunt Sarah," that she is going to test for the disease does Sarah, a midwife, reveal that Trudie wasn't her real mother after all. Rosie was swapped at birth with a sickly baby who was destined to die.
Devastated, Rosie decides to trace her real mother, joining her ex-boyfriend on his gap year travels, to find her birth mother in California. But all does not go as planned. As Rosie discovers yet more of her family's deeply buried secrets and lies, she is left with an agonizing decision of her own, one which will be the most heart breaking and far-reaching of all.

Stork by Wendy Delsol

Family secrets. 
Lost memories.
 And the arrival of an ancient magical ability that will reveal everything. 

Sixteen-year-old Katla LeBlanc has just moved from Los Angeles to Minnesota. As if it weren’t enough that her trendy fashion sense draws stares, Katla soon finds out that she’s a Stork, a member of a mysterious order of women tasked with a very unique duty. But Katla’s biggest challenge may be finding her flock at a new school. Between being ignored by Wade, the arrogant jock she stupidly fooled around with, and constantly arguing with gorgeous farm boy and editor-in-chief Jack, Katla is relieved when her assignment as the school paper’s fashion columnist brings with it some much-needed friendship. But as Homecoming approaches, Katla uncovers a shocking secret about her past — a secret that binds her fate to Jack’s in a way neither could have ever anticipated. With a nod to Hans Christian Andersen and inspired by Norse lore, Wendy Delsol’s debut novel introduces a hip and witty heroine who finds herself tail-feathers deep in small-town life.

Five Underrated Chick Lit Titles

Holly's Inbox by Holly Denham

Ever wanted a peek at someone else's emails?

Meet Holly Denham. It's her first day as a receptionist at a City investment bank and, with no cooperate front-of-house experience, Holly is struggling to keep up. Add to this her mad friends, dysfunctional family and gossipy colleagues, and Holly's inbox is a daily source of drama, laughter, scandal and even romance. But Holly's keeping a secret from everyone - and the past is about to catch up with her...

Unpredictable by Eileen Cook 

Sophie isn't crazy, she just wants her guy back. And posing as a psychic to give his new girlfriend a fake reading designed to break them up isn't going overboard, is it? Don't answer that.

Faking psychic powers turns out to be fun, especially after a few lessons from Nick, the cute skeptic, who teaches her all the tricks of the trade. But her readings do a lot more than she could have predicted. Now she must decide whether to accept her rising stardom in a less-than-honest line of work-and whether the best option is trying to rekindle her old flame or finding romance with someone new. And, most importantly, she needs to figure out whether the answers lie in the stars-or in herself.

Adored by Tilly Bagshawe

Sienna McMahon was born into glamour. The granddaughter of film legend (and ogre) Duke McMahon, she grows up amid Hollywood scandal and opulence. Determined to forge her own identity, she becomes first a successful supermodel, then an actress; but unhappiness and tragedy keep breaking through. Then, in the time-honored tradition of Jackie Collins and Danielle Steel, the love of a good man brings her happiness and fulfillment.

The Runaway Princess by Hester Browne

If Amy Wilde’s new boyfriend, Leo, treats her like a queen, that’s because he’s secretly a prince himself: Leopold William Victor Wolfsburg of Nirona, the ninth most eligible royal bachelor in the world. Amy soon discovers that dating an heir to a throne has many charms—intimate dinners, glittering galas, and a dazzling new wardrobe with tiaras to match. But there are also drawbacks: imagine the anxiety of meeting your boyfriend’s parents multiplied by “riding in a private jet,” “staying in a castle,” and “discussing the line of succession over lunch.” Not to mention the sudden press interest in your very un-royal family. Amy would do anything for Leo, but is finding her Prince Charming worth the price of losing herself?

Sweet Love by Sarah Strohmeyer

An irresistibly delicious novel about the power of love and dessert. Like other well-meaning mothers, Julie Mueller believed she did the right thing when she secretly ended her teenage daughter's crush on Michael Slayton, a wild older neighborhood heartthrob with a penchant for Shakespeare and the pedigree of trailer trash.

Twenty years later, Betty Mueller has come to realize that was a big mistake. Her daughter Julie - divorced and raising a teenage daughter alone - is a workaholic obsessed with her career. And Michael, the one man who could make her happy, is the one man to whom she won't speak.

Now dying and determined to make amends, Betty stages her last great feat of motherhood by reuniting the couple in a dessert class where she hopes the sweetness of a chocolate almond Torta Caprese will erase the bitterness of a wretched misunderstanding.

Sweet love, renew thy force; be it not said thy edge should blunter be than appetite, Shakespeare once pleaded though it will require more than poetry and passion fruit for Julie and Michael to renew their love.

It will, in fact, require the sweetest sacrifice of all.

Well, that's it for my underrated titles. I tried to choose titles that on Goodreads had 3000 or fewer reviews, I believe the highest on these lists was Holly's Inbox (at 3778 reviews) and the lowest was Unpredictable (at 673 reviews). I hope you enjoyed my lists, and perhaps even found a new title to check out? 

Please feel free to comment and tell me about some of your favorite underrated books - I'd love to find some new ones! (And if you too have chosen to do a list please leave a link, so I can come visit!)

- Jennie @ Tale of Two Doxies