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18594538Fool Me Twice (If Only . . . #1) by Mandy Hubbard
Release Date: May 16, 2014
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Source: Library
Rating: starstarstarblank_starblank_star
Buy It: Amazon | IndieBound

Mackenzie and Landon were the perfect couple . . . until he dumped her and broke her heart. Fast-forward a year and they’re back where they first met—Serenity Ranch and Spa, where they are once again working together for the summer. Talk about awkward.

Then, Landon takes a nasty fall and gets amnesia. Suddenly, he’s stuck in the past—literally. His most recent memory is of last summer, when he and Mack were still together, so now he’s calling her pet names and hanging all over her. It’s the perfect chance for revenge. The plan is simple: keep Landon at arm’s length, manipulate him so he’s the one falling love, and then BAM, dump him. There’s just one problem: Mack can’t fall for Landon all over again.

The If Only romance line is all about wanting what you can’t have, and Mandy Hubbard’s hilarious break-up/love story is sure to captivate anyone who has ever wished for a second shot at love– Goodreads


My friend, Erica, recommend this book to me, years ago when we were at the baby stage of our friendship (legit three years ago) and I finally listened. Fool Me Twice is the story of Mackenzie who had her heart broken by Landon and refuses to let it happen again. It’s obvious that as much as Mack has tried to move on, she’s still annoyed that he moved on and then came back to her. One of the things I really enjoy about the If Only series, is the fact there is a focus on amazing female friendships. There has always been a need for this type of story and Fool Me Twice doesn’t disappoint in that regard.

Mack and Bailey are my type of girlfriends. They’re snarky, they push each other, but they also have each other’s back when it’s needed. Bailey is also the evil to Mack’s good side and makes Mack second guess when Landon gets hit in the head and has amnesia. Bailey puts Mack up to acting like her and Landon are still dating and this time she can break his heart. This is of course not a good idea. It has never ever been a good idea. Slowly Mack begins to fall in love with Landon again and it’s painful, because she knows she’s being evil, but she remembers why she fell in love with Landon the first time.

This time however they are more open and honest with each other and have a realer relationship than last time. Of course Landon still thinks it is a year previous and Mack is still pranking him.

Out of all the If Only books I’ve read so far, this is by far one of the stars and I only wish I read it sooner.

23848186Everything But the Truth (If Only . . . #6) by Mandy Hubbard
Release Date: November 17, 2015  
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Source: ALA 2015
Rating: starstarstarblank_starblank_star
Buy It: Amazon | IndieBound

If Only . . . she wasn’t pretending to be someone else! The If Only romance line continues in this fun rags-to-riches romance.

Holly Mathews’ mom is the new manager of a ritzy retirement home, and they just moved in. But having super-rich retirees as her only neighbors isn’t a total bust, because the gorgeous, notorious Malik Buchannan is the grandson of a resident. Just one problem: when they meet, Malik assumes Holly is there to visit her own rich relative. She doesn’t correct him, and it probably doesn’t matter, because their flirtation could never turn into more than a superficial fling . . . right? But the longer she lives in his privileged world, the deeper Holly falls for Malik, and the harder it is to tell the truth . . . because coming clean might mean losing him.

For anyone who has dreamed of their own Cinderella story, this romance shows that when it comes to true love, the best person to be is yourself! – Goodreads


As my second book in the If Only…series, this book was adorable. And the better of the two that I’ve read so far. Everything But the Truth is the story of college bound Holiday (please call me Holly) who is just trying to survive the summer until college. Holly lives in a resident home with her mother, who is currently the temporary manager. Holly’s mom loves this job and is trying to become the permanent manager and Holly loves helping her mother out. The relationship between Holly and her mother was super cute and super relatable. While Holly and her mom have always had a happy lifestyle, it has never been one of money or wealth. Having a lot of money is the exact opposite of what they know. However it is something their residents know extremely well.

Malik’s grandfather is an extremely rich man. Everything But the Truth makes jokes about the grandfather and Bill Gates that’s how rich he is. Malik has never had life without money and since Malik meets Holly at the resident home, he assumes Holly is rich, too. And here is where the problem in the book falls, Holly doesn’t correct him and by the time she wants to correct him they have both fallen in love. The love story was realistic and believable even if it is one of the most used tropes in young adult literature. While there was nothing amazing about this book it was so cute and I will happily recommend it because it was exactly what I wanted to read in that moment.

Side note: while I was drawn to the cover because of the interracial couple, race is never once brought up throughout the story which I found fascinating. I also understand that the author has nothing to say about the cover.

22875507Watch the Sky by Kirsten Hubbard
Release Date: April 7, 2015
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Source: ALAMW2015
Rating: starstarstarblank_starblank_star
Buy It: Amazon | IndieBound

The signs are everywhere, Jory’s stepfather, Caleb, says.Red leaves in the springtime. Pages torn from a library book. All the fish in the aquarium facing the same way. A cracked egg with twin yolks. Everywhere and anywhere. And because of them Jory’s life is far from ordinary. He must follow a very specific set of rules: don’t trust anyone outside the family, have your works at the ready just in case, and always, always watch out for the signs. The end is coming, and they must be prepared.

School is Jory’s only escape from Caleb’s tight grasp, and with the help of new friends Jory begins to explore a world beyond his family’s farm. As Jory’s friendships grow, Caleb notifies Jory’s mother and siblings that the time has come for final preparations.

They begin an exhausting schedule digging a mysterious tunnel in anticipation of the disaster. But as the hold gets deeper, so does the family’s doubt about whether Caleb’s prophecy is true. When the stark reality of his stepfather’s plans becomes clear, Jory must choose between living his own life or following Caleb, shutting his eyes to the bright world he’s just begun to see. – Goodreads


Watch the Sky is the type of middle grade novel that I’ve been waiting for. It is a quieter novel, it’s about family, friendship, and finding yourself. Jory’s stepfather, Caleb, is not a kind person, at least not to Jory. Because Jory isn’t his real son he often looks down upon him and that understandably effects Jory, even if Jory isn’t able to relay that to his mom. Caleb is convinced that the world is going to end and that the whole family needs to build this bunker to survive.

Jory is already looked at differently at school because of Caleb’s strict rules. From not being allowed to trust anyone outside the family to always looking for signs, Jory just wants to go to school and learn. Jory loves to learn and not from signs, but in general and the more he learns and the more he wonders if his step-father isn’t crazy.

Hint: he’s crazy.

Jordy slowly realizes that his step-father isn’t everything. Yes, he kept his family together, and yes his mother seems to be happy. But is she? Is everyone in his little family happy and okay? Jordy also starts talking to his teachers, and makes friends and realizes that his life isn’t normal and how does he deal with that?

When he tries to bring it up to his mother, she right away puts any thoughts away because Caleb essentially saved them and she doesn’t want to ruin that relationship by questioning him. Watch the Sky was a brilliant novel in the fact Jory started to question things, but still didn’t know if what he was questioning was okay. Or even acceptable. I thoroughly enjoyed it and cannot wait to read more from Hubbard.

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Today,  we are happy to bejoining Bloomsbury in the First Loves blog tour, celebrating five authors and their new summer books. We hope you enjoy the question I (Ashley) decided to ask!

Side note: tonight, I am lucky enough to go to my local indie and hang with three of the lovely authors: Jillian Cantor, Lindsey Leavitt, and Emery Lord. One of whom is a local author and friend (hi Jillian!), one who’s books I have always loved (hi Lindsey!), and a brand new author who has recently become my friend and I joke with her “came for the book, stayed for the feminism and snark! (Hi Emery!) When Bloomsbury asked us to host this blog tour, I say “yes” so fast, I may have scared the lovely person I was emailing!

Thanks ladies for answering my question!

Authors Included, if not clickable, review coming soon!


The Question: What do you wish you could tell yourself about your first love?



Lindsey Leavitt, The Chapel Wars

He isn’t and never is going to be perfect. Throw out perfect. Find the good in him and in yourself and celebrate that. Also, yeah, you’re going to make babies with your first love someday. SOMEDAY. 🙂






Jillian Cantor, Searching for Sky

My first love was my high school boyfriend, who is now my husband. He’s two years older than me, and I spent a good portion of the summer before he left for college (and I was still stuck in high school) worrying about how and when we were going to break up. But, we actually never did. We continued dating, even long distance while he was at college and I was in high school. Eventually I went to the same college as him, we both graduated, he moved with me across the country for grad school and we got married. So I guess what I wish I could tell myself was not to worry so much and that everything was going to work out.



Emery Lord, Open Road Summer

That it will all be okay. That it’ll turn out exactly the way it’s meant to. It can be so hard to see, when you’re in the thick of any relationship, what direction you’re even headed in—let alone where you’ll end up. In my case, I’d say: you are lucky he came into your life. That will always be true.


Kristen Rae, Wish You Were Italian

You picked a good one. (I married him, hee hee)






Mandy Hubbard, Fool Me Twice

Oyyyy. That’s a messy one. I guess I’d warn myself that most of what he’s said about himself is a lie. He’s not homeschooled—he dropped out. He’s not waiting to get his license because he was traumatized by a family member’s car accident—he just hasn’t gotten around to it. He’s not always the victim—in fact he’s got a hell of a temper problem.  That’s probably a bit dark/serious in contrast with my novel, but my first love was one heck of a roller coaster!