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Review: There’s Magic Between Us by Jillian Maria (2021)

Heat Factor: Very, very mild, which in this case is absolutely age appropriate.

Character Chemistry: The absolute best kind of YA—not at all angsty, sweet, surprising, and all about that plot.

Plot: Lydia goes to visit her Grandma for a week, and is immediately drawn to the forest—the very forest her mother has described as dark and scary. While exploring, she meets a beautiful and fascinating girl named Eden, who is searching for “treasure”. Soon, she discovers that her whole past and the forest are not at all what they seem…dun, dun, DUN!!

Overall: This book is like a magical snow globe of amazing. I loved it.

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Review: Counting Down with You by Tashie Bhuiyan (2021)

Heat Factor: It’s a lovely warm–first bloom of love and all that. 

Character Chemistry: At first glance they’re opposites attracting but then it turns out they’re actually quite similar. 

Plot: Karina (Myra) is a second generation Bangladeshi teenager dealing with a lot of pressure to succeed within a very narrow set of parameters. When she’s asked to tutor Ace, the school “bad boy”, she’s initially horrified–but she soon discovers that they have way more in common than she thinks…

Overall: This book is actually achingly sweet. It’s a Young Adult, so you’re in for some major teen angst, but in this case that angst is pretty understandable.

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Review: I Think I Love You by Auriane Desombre (2021)

Heat Factor: It’s wholesomely sparky, but in a youthful way

Character Chemistry: Emma and Sophia are combative and then cuddly, and it’s extremely cute

Plot: Omg, guys, it’s Much Ado About Nothing but YA and Bi. Hearts just SHOOTING out of my eyes and also I completely forgot how ridiculous teenagers are?

Overall: This is a really sweet and surprisingly complicated book set to the tune of Much Ado About Nothing, and it was lovely.

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Review: My So-Called Bollywood Life by Nisha Sharma (2018)

Heat Factor: Kisses only

Character Chemistry: It is obviously destiny because they like the same kind of ice cream.

Plot: Winnie thought her ex was her destiny, but now she doesn’t. Shenanigans ensue. 

Overall: I was having a blast until supposedly responsible adults told this high schooler to put her college plans in jeopardy for a boy.

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Review: Geekerella by Ashley Poston (2017)

Once Upon a Con, Book #1

Heat Factor: Extremely chaste

Character Chemistry: They’re so texty texty cute. In person…¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Plot: Cinderella + You’ve Got Mail + fandoms

Overall: I’m not sure the “Aww” outweighs my rage at nearly every single character’s behavior

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