Adorable Reads - Melting Pot
It’s still cold outside (boooo!), so why not cozy up with some great books. My selections this month are…..ADORABLE…. there is just simply no other word for them. These books will give you all the feels of your favorite RomCon movie, but with a diverse and inclusive cast of characters.
Ok – don’t get mad at me if a certain Journey song gets stuck in your head while reading this book. (It’s stuck in my head AGAIN, even as I write this post dang it!)
The main character, Claudia, is smart and flawed and full of teenage-trying-to-figure-it-all-out loveliness. The hero, Gideon, has some unexpected twists and depth of character that I found absolutely refreshing. There is an interracial girl-girl relationship that is a key secondary story line that is also written beautifully without either character coming off as tragic.
Foolish Heats is a quick read that will warm your heart and leave you with the warm fuzzies all over.
Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills
When Claudia accidentally eavesdrops on the epic breakup of Paige and Iris, the it-couple at her school, she finds herself in hot water with prickly, difficult Iris. Thrown together against their will in the class production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, along with the goofiest, cutest boy Claudia has ever known, Iris and Claudia are in for an eye-opening senior year.
Smart, funny, and thoroughly, wonderfully flawed, Claudia navigates a world of intense friendships and tentative romance in Emma Mills's Follish Hearts, a young adult novel about expanding your horizons, allowing yourself to be vulnerable, and accepting?and loving?people for who they really are.
Drama isn’t always the best route to love, but Desi has a plan to win Luca’s heart….somehow even the best plans fall short of the goal.
OMG – I love the main character, Desi, and her gaggle of friends. You will fall in love with them, too. This story will make you laugh-out-loud, but what really makes this book special is Desi’s relationship with her ‘appa’ (‘dad’ in Korean).
I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo
Desi Lee believes anything is possible if you have a plan. That's how she became student body president. Varsity soccer star. And it's how she'll get into Stanford. But she's never had a boyfriend. In fact, she's a disaster at romance, a clumsy, stammering humiliation magnet whose botched attempts at flirting have become legendary with her friends. So when the hottest human specimen to have ever lived walks into her life one day, Desi finds guidance in the Korean dramas her father has been obsessively watching for years?where the hapless heroine always seems to end up in the arms of her true love by episode ten. It's a simple formula, and Desi is a quick study. Armed with her "K Drama Steps to True Love," Desi goes after the moody, elusive artist Luca Drakos?and boat rescues, love triangles, and staged car crashes ensue. But when the fun and games turn to true feels, Desi finds out that real love is about way more than just drama.
Columnist: C. Morgan Kennedy
I have a confession to make. I’m a time traveler. I love flinging myself into the future, then hurtling fast to an alternative past. In my usual time-space-dimension, I’m a mechanical engineer and business woman. So, I have a natural penchant for hover cars and steam or aether powered engines. Though I was born in the wrong era, I’m actually a child of the sixties – 1860, 1960, 2060.
My stories feature strong women, who know how to wield their minds like weapons. Their men are smart and often controlling….but, rest assured, my female leads give them a run for their money. They strive to follow their hearts and dreams for the betterment of themselves and their loved ones. Like my life, all of my stories feature a diverse cast of characters.
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