Wednesday, August 31, 2016

{Blog Tour} BOOK REVIEW: Keeping Her Secret by Sarah Nicolas + Giveaway

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Title: Keeping Her Secret
Series: None
Author: Sarah Nicolas
Pages: 220
Pub Date: August 22, 2016
Publisher: Entangled Crush
Book Source: Author for review
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars



**POSSIBLE SPOILERS**


Synopsis: Two girls. One Kiss.

The last person Riya Johnson expected to run into at her new summer camp is Courtney Chastain—her childhood best friend and the girl who broke her heart after a secret, mind-blowing, life-altering kiss. She definitely didn’t expect to be sharing a bunk bed with her for four long weeks.

Courtney has what every girl wants—she’s beautiful, rich, and the object of every boy’s desire at Camp Pine Ridge. Too bad none of them make her feel an iota of what Riya’s kiss did all those years ago. But Courtney needs to uphold appearances at all costs—even if it means instigating an all-out prank war with Riya as her main target.

Neither girl can stop thinking about the other…but that doesn’t mean they can give up past hurts and take a chance on a future together.

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Keeping Her Secret was one of the sweetest love stories I've read in pretty much forever.

The book begins with Riya heading to summer camp before her final year of high school. Little does she know she is about to run into her childhood best friend and crush/first kiss. ;) Courtney Chastain. But, she does see her and the two don't get along right off the bat. They both harbor some bitterness over how things were left between then when they parted ways as pre-teens. An all-out prank war ensues, with Riya and Courtney at the head of opposing "teams"—but it isn't long before the girls begin spending some time one-on-one and old feelings resurface.

The problem is that while Riya has come into herself—as in she knows she is and is open about being bisexual, Courtney is in denial and determined to remain so.

Until they kiss. It's all downhill (or uphill, really) from there.

The only complaint I have about this book is that something about it felt fake, or artificial. I can't even really place my finger on it. It was too "perfect" I guess. 

WHAT I LIKED:

• The characters. They were well written and very personable and relatable. Riya was a sweet, sporty gal who was going for a volleyball scholarship. Courtney was a rich, spoiled, but also sweet gal trying to make her way into Juillliard for ballet. They both had great backstories and were very much multi-dimensional, especially considering this was a short-ish book. Supporting characters were also done very well. 

• The LGBT theme. I think this author did a nice job highlighting what it may be like for a teen struggling with her sexuality, and also a teen who is comfortable with hers. She showed us both sides of the spectrum!

• The romance! It was sweet and melt-in-your-mouth. ^-^ I liked that the girls had their mushy moments, their sexy moments (PG-13, if you are wondering), their heated arguments, and their tear-jerker moments. Yes, this romance was so freaking sweet and touching it made me cry. The end of this book will probably have you in tears.

SPOILER ALERT!

This book has a HEA. I am glad for that. I would definitely consider this book a beach read. It's funny, light, but also just enough substance to make it a book you won't want to put down.

I definitely recommend this one if you enjoy a really sweet YA romance that'll make you laugh ad cry all in one shot.

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About the author

Sarah is a 31-year-old YA author who currently lives in Orlando, FL. She believes that some boys are worth trusting, all girls have power, and dragons are people too. She's a proud member of the Gator Nation and has a BS in Mechanical Engineering, but has switched careers entirely. She now works as an Event Coordinator for a County Library. She also blogs at YAtopia.

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