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review 2017-07-16 10:50
{ARC} Book Review: Coming Up For Air by Miranda Kenneally
Coming Up for Air (Hundred Oaks) - Miranda Kenneally

This review first appeared on Wayward Kitsune. 


I’m never the sporty type but if someone asks me what’s my favorite sport, it’s more likely that my answer would be ‘swimming.’  There’s just something fulfilling about being in the water and feeling it splash against your skin as you swim.  And that is why I immediately picked up and read this book. And wow, Kenneally delivered.  Keneally’s world of swimming was intricate, competitive and realistic.


Just like Kenneally’s characters in the previous books,  Coming Up For Air has a bunch of lovable and goal-oriented characters.  Though there’s something that bothered me about Maggie, I still liked her because she never got sidetracked by her longing to experience the ordinary teenage life from achieving her goals. And I could say the same for Maggie’s longtime male bestfriend, the straightforward Levi, who’s always there for her.

Basically, Coming Up for Air is more of a self-discovery story than romance. But for whatever its worth, the romance between Maggie and Levi was worth following even if it’s the usual bestfriends-turned-to-lovers kind of thing.


All in all, Coming Up for Air was certainly a winner and definitely one of my best reads this 2017.  It’s very relatable even for adults like me.  So you better stop what you’re doing right now and read this.

Source: waywardkitsune.com/2017/07/arc-book-review-coming-up-for-air-by-miranda-kenneally
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review 2016-12-27 15:14
Things I Can't Forget Book Review
Things I Can't Forget - Miranda Kenneally

This series seems to be a hit or miss for me. It all depends on whether or not I like the characters. Things I Can't Forget was definitely a miss on my end. Its a quick read but I'm not a fan of how Kenneally handled religion.


Kate is the perfect Christian daughter that doesn't get into trouble. That is until she buys a pregnancy test for her best friend. Everything changes from that point. Camp is different this summer since Emily isn't there with her.  Then there's the boy from her childhood and Kate has to wonder how far she'll go against her religion...


Kate was obnoxious to me, and I really disliked the negative views on Christianity, it'd be nice to have a YA that sheds a positive light on religion and that its okay to have these values.


Other than that the plot as a whole was bland and very forgettable. Probably my least favorite of this series so far.

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text 2016-11-15 18:14
RECOMMENDED: Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally $2.99
Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally (2012) Paperback - Miranda Kenneally

What girl doesn't want to be surrounded by gorgeous jocks day in and day out? Jordan Woods isn't just surrounded by hot guys, though–she leads them as the captain and quarterback of her high school football team. They all see her as one of the guys and that's just fine. As long as she gets her athletic scholarship to a powerhouse university.


But everything she's ever worked for is threatened when Ty Green moves to her school. Not only is he an amazing QB, but he's also amazingly hot. And for the first time, Jordan's feeling vulnerable. Can she keep her head in the game while her heart's on the line?

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review 2016-10-29 21:49
Defending Taylor Book Review
Defending Taylor (Hundred Oaks) - Miranda Kenneally

I've only read a few others in this series, but this is definitely my favorite of them. I just loved the story line and especially the characters. Kennelly did a great job with the relationships in this one, from the boyfriend to the siblings to the parents.


Taylor had everything going for her, an excellent private school, set for Yale, a 4.2 GPA and captain of the soccer team. Until she gets kicked out and is sent to Hundred Acres,  a drug scandal that might ruin her father's re-election. Being stressed about school and wanting her parent's approval, Taylor has to wonder if she was even happy in the first place?


Defending Taylor did a great job with showing teens that it is important to have fun, relax a bit and enjoy being a teen. Yes school is important but its not everything. Be who you want to be.


Taylor is a great character, I'd say my one dislike is that I found it a bit disbelieving that she would really go THAT far to hide the secret she did...I know I wouldn't.


Fun characters and a quick read. Definitely interested in the rest of the series now.

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review 2016-04-06 21:03
Stealing Parker Book Review
Stealing Parker - Miranda Kenneally

Overall opinion: I liked the first one a LOT more. This was a super quick read, I read it in a few hours this morning. I just did NOT like Parker at all. I found her obnoxious and naive. Yea, she's young, but ugh. 


Parker has been known for "hanging out with the guys." And recently after what happened with her mom and then with the softball team she's been set to help coach the boy's baseball team. And that's when Coach Brian comes along, and he's dead sexy and she can't help but drool over him and hope for more. 


I don't mind the "teacher/student" relationship in this. I just wish Parker was a bit smarter than Kennelly made her out to be. The constant remarks about being a slut were tiring. The only character I really enjoyed was Drew, the best friend. 


Not my normal genre, but enjoy the girls playing sports. But this one was more about the girl being all over the boy than the sports. Could have been better. 

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