So here is a list of more than 10 Clean Reads; Good books you can turn to without worry for yourself or your children.
Publication Date: April 12, 2016
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Raymie Clarke has come to realize that everything, absolutely everything, depends on her. And she has a plan. If Raymie can win the Little Miss Central Florida Tire competition, then her father, who left town two days ago with a dental hygienist, will see Raymie’s picture in the paper and (maybe) come home. To win, not only does Raymie have to do good deeds and learn how to twirl a baton; she also has to contend with the wispy, frequently fainting Louisiana Elefante, who has a show-business background, and the fiery, stubborn Beverly Tapinski, who’s determined to sabotage the contest. But as the competition approaches, loneliness, loss, and unanswerable questions draw the three girls into an unlikely friendship — and challenge each of them to come to the rescue in unexpected ways.
Another wonderfully bittersweet book by Kate DiCamillo!
Interestingly this is the second middle grade fiction I’ve read recently that was set in the 70’s. We’ll have to see if the trend keeps up. DiCamillo does a fabulous job of finding the humor and hope in tragic situations. She adds enough quirky characters and then puts those characters in painfully awkward scenes that helps to keep their tragedies in perspective. If you’ve read any of Kate DiCamillo’s other books, I’d put this on par with her *Newbery honor book “Because of Winn-Dixie”.
But I don’t think Raymie Nightingale is quite as good as “The Tale of Despereaux,” which is both a Newbery Award winner, and one of my all-time favorite books. I’ve you’ve never read Kate DiCamillo, then I’d say that Raymie Nightingale is a good place to start.
*Newbery medals are awarded by the American Library Association for the most distinguished children’s book of the year.
Publication Date: April 18, 2017
Goodreads Rating: 4/5 Stars
Cover Thoughts: It’s cute, it’s whimsical. It’s something that shouts “CHICK-FLICK” I like it!
Sparks fly between a misunderstood New York socialite and a cynical divorce lawyer in this lively standalone rom-com from the USA Today bestselling author of Blurred Lines and Love Story.
Pampered heiress Georgianna Watkins has a party-girl image to maintain, but all the shopping and clubbing is starting to feel a little bit hollow—and a whole lot lonely. Though Georgie would never admit it, the highlights of her week are the mornings when she comes home at the same time as her uptight, workaholic neighbor is leaving to hit the gym and put in a long day at the office. Teasing him is the most fun Georgie’s had in years—and the fuel for all her naughtiest daydreams.
Celebrity divorce attorney Andrew Mulroney doesn’t have much time for women, especially spoiled tabloid princesses who spend more time on Page Six than at an actual job. Although Georgie’s drop-dead gorgeous, she’s also everything Andrew resents: the type of girl who inherited her penthouse instead of earning it. But after Andrew caps one of their predawn sparring sessions with a surprise kiss—a kiss that’s caught on camera—all of Manhattan is gossiping about whether they’re a real couple. And nobody’s more surprised than Andrew to find that the answer just might be yes.
I found this book through Instagram. Of course I follow a TON of book lovers because they post pictures of books and talk about them and it’s how I found this one!
I really enjoyed this book and you want to know why? It was just so freaking cute! It’s an enemies-to-lovers romantic comedy. And of course, those are my favorite types of stories!
This story is about socialite Georgianna Watkins whom her friends call Georgie. At first glance, Georgie seems shallow, flighty, party-girl with no brains. She sleeps all day and parties all night and to fill her days when she isn’t sleeping with hair appointments, and which party to next go to and which outfit to where to picked party. BUT Georgie has, in fact, an economics degree from Browns. THAT is ONE thing I wish I saw more of. I didn’t hear or see that she did anything with that. My dad is an economics professor and so those who go into that field are incredibly smart. So I didn’t get to see how that tied in with her or the story and wished I could see more of that, it felt like the author threw that in there to make her look less shallow and “blonde.” But everyone loves her. She’s vivacious and people are drawn to her except one…
Andrew Mulroney is the complete opposite of Georgie. He is all seriousness. Everything has purpose, professional and nothing ridiculous. He is a well known highly sought-after divorce attorney. His clientele cover both rich and famous, he is beyond smart graduating high school years early and the youngest man to reach partner at his firm. He is collected, assured and pure no-nonsense often distant and abrasive. However, what I loved about his character is the sense of insecurity which he is well aware of and tries to keep hidden and under control but there are moments when his insecurities come through and it’s endearing.
Georgie goes out of her way to annoy Andrew and Andrew goes out of his way to let Georgie know that she is “ridiculous” something she counts on daily. She arrives home every morning at 5AM after partying doughnuts in hand of the people who work the morning front dest shifts AND most importantly a chance to annoy Andrew. Andrew is up that early to get a start on the day by working out because everything needs to be fit and neat, everything must have order and Andrew is everything to that. So when these two cross paths it’s nothing but fun and hilarious times.
The author did a fantastic job with this chick-flick story. I literally thought I was watching a movie in my head while reading it. It was super fun.
Overall I look forward to more stories like this from the author and I’m interested to see what else she has already out.
Sexual Content: this is adult romance so heavy (detail sex scenes)
July is here and so are some awesome books! Here are books I’m looking forward to that come out July 18th.
Stop the Magician.
Steal the book.
Save the future.
In modern day New York, magic is all but extinct. The remaining few who have an affinity for magic—the Mageus—live in the shadows, hiding who they are. Any Mageus who enters Manhattan becomes trapped by the Brink, a dark energy barrier that confines them to the island. Crossing it means losing their power—and often their lives.
Esta is a talented thief, and she’s been raised to steal magical artifacts from the sinister Order that created the Brink. With her innate ability to manipulate time, Esta can pilfer from the past, collecting these artifacts before the Order even realizes she’s there. And all of Esta’s training has been for one final job: traveling back to 1902 to steal an ancient book containing the secrets of the Order—and the Brink—before the Magician can destroy it and doom the Mageus to a hopeless future.
But Old New York is a dangerous world ruled by ruthless gangs and secret societies, a world where the very air crackles with magic. Nothing is as it seems, including the Magician himself. And for Esta to save her future, she may have to betray everyone in the past.
A romantic coming-of-age fantasy tale steeped in Indian folklore, perfect for fans of The Star-Touched Queen and The Wrath and the Dawn
No one is entirely certain what brings the Emperor Sikander to Shalingar. Until now, the idyllic kingdom has been immune to his many violent conquests. To keep the visit friendly, Princess Amrita has offered herself as his bride, sacrificing everything—family, her childhood love, and her freedom—to save her people. But her offer isn’t enough.
The unthinkable happens, and Amrita finds herself a fugitive, utterly alone but for an oracle named Thala, who was kept by Sikander as a slave and managed to escape amid the chaos of a palace under siege. With nothing and no one else to turn to, Amrita and Thala are forced to rely on each other. But while Amrita feels responsible for her kingdom and sets out to warn her people, the newly free Thala has no such ties. She encourages Amrita to go on a quest to find the fabled Library of All Things, where it is possible for each of them to reverse their fates. To go back to before Sikander took everything from them.
Stripped of all that she loves, caught between her rosy past and an unknown future, will Amrita be able to restore what was lost, or does another life—and another love—await?
The Circle is hers.
But Avery West has lost everything else: her mother, the family she’d just found, and the one boy she trusted. In their place are unfathomable power, a staged relationship that makes her question every real feeling she’s ever had, and a mission to find the cure to the virus that’s made her own blood a weapon.
Then disaster strikes, turning Avery, Stellan, Jack, and Elodie into the most wanted people in the world. To clear their names and the growing rift between the families of the Circle before the world dissolves into World War Three, they’ll have to make a desperate, dangerous final race for Alexander the Great’s tomb. What they will find inside will mean the world’s salvation—or destruction.
Avery will have to decide how much she’s willing to sacrifice—for the world, for family, and for love—in this thrilling conclusion to the Conspiracy of Us series.
Action-packed and wildly funny, this near-future sci-fi features three teens on an inter-dimensional mission to save the world.
Rosa and Eddie are among hundreds of teens applying to NASA’s mysterious Multi-World Agency. After rounds of crazy-competitive testing they are appointed to Team 3, along with an alternate, just in case Eddie screws up (as everyone expects he will). What they don’t expect is that aliens will arrive from another dimension, and look just like us. And no one could even imagine that Team 3 would be the only hope of saving our world from their Earth-destroying plans. The teens steal the spacecraft (it would be great if they knew how to fly it) and head to Earth2, where the aliens’ world and people are just like ours. With a few notable exceptions.
There, the teens will find more than their alternate selves: they’ll face existential questions and high-stakes adventure, with comedy that’s out of this world.
Bernice Aurora Wescott has one thing she doesn’t want anyone to know: her name. That is, until Bee meets Levi, the local golden boy who runs a charity organization called The Color Project.
Levi is not at all shy about attempting to guess Bee’s real name; his persistence is one of the many reasons why Bee falls for him. But while Levi is everything she never knew she needed, giving up her name would feel like a stamp on forever. And that terrifies her.
When unexpected news of an illness in the family drains Bee’s summer of everything bright, she is pushed to the breaking point. Losing herself in The Color Project—a world of weddings, funerals, cancer patients, and hopeful families that the charity funds—is no longer enough. Bee must hold up the weight of her family, but to do that, she needs Levi. She’ll have to give up her name and let him in completely or lose the best thing that’s ever happened to her.
For fans of Stephanie Perkins and Morgan Matson, THE COLOR PROJECT is a story about the three great loves of life—family, friendship, and romance—and the bonds that withstand tragedy.
Delaney’s entire world is thrown into chaos after she is mistaken for Lissa Olena, an alien princess hiding out on Earth in order to escape an arranged marriage.
Kidnapped by the princess’s head bodyguard, Ruckus, and imprisoned in an alien palace, Delaney is forced to impersonate the princess until Olena can be found. If she fails, it will lead to an alien war and the eventual enslavement of the entire human race.
No pressure or anything.
Factor in Trystan, the princess’s terrifying betrothed who is intent on unraveling all her secrets, and her own growing feelings for Ruckus, and Delaney is in way over her head.
Get lost Amid Stars and Darkness, in this YA sci-fi romance from debut author Chani Lynn Feener.