How to Date a Superhero (And Not Die Trying)

About the Book:

Title: How to Date a Superhero (And Not Die Trying)
Author: Cristina Fernandez
Publisher: Katherine Tegan Books
Release Date: August 2nd, 2022
Genre: YA

A romantic coming-of-age story about growing up, falling in love, and surviving life—all set in the world of superheroes—from debut author Cristina Fernandez, proving that you don’t need a superpower to be the hero of your own origin story, perfect for fans of The Rest of Us Just Live Here and Renegades.

Falling for a superhero is dangerous. You have to trust that they’ll catch you.

Astrid isn’t a superhero, not like the ones she sees on the news, but she has something she thinks of as a small superpower: She has a perfect sense of time. And she’s not going to waste a single second.

Her plan for college is clear—friends, classes, and extra-curriculars all carefully selected to get her into medical school.

Until Max Martin, a nerdy boy from high school, crashes back into her life. Things with Max were never simple, and he doesn’t keep to her schedule. He disappears in the middle of dates and cancels last-minute with stupid excuses.

When a supervillain breaks into her bedroom one night, Astrid has to face the facts: Her boyfriend, Max Martin, is a superhero. Double-majoring as a pre-med was hard, but now Astrid will have to balance a double-life. This wasn’t part of her plan.

Book Review:

This was a fun and different book! I really like superheroes so when I saw the title for this book, I was immediately drawn in. It sounded like an interesting book and I am glad that I got the chance to read it! How to Date a Superhero (And Not Die Trying) is written by Cristina Fernandez and it is a YA book.

The characters were unique and fun to read about. Astrid was a fascinating character, she was organized to a fault and had planned her howl life out. What she hadn’t planned for was having a superhero as a boyfriend and that threw everything a little off kilter. I liked Astrid’s quirks, how she had to have everything planned down to the minute. She was smart and worked hard but she also did not know how to quite enjoy life. It was sweet to read about her finding herself and learning how to let go. 

Max, Astrid’s superhero boyfriend, was a cute guy. I liked how he balanced Astrid and helped her to live for the moment. They were perfect for each other. I enjoyed reading their interactions. Astrid had to learn what was worth fighting for, her perfectly aligned life or getting to be with Max.

The side characters also added to the book. Astrid’s roommate, David, was really funny. I liked his relationship with Astrid. They were quite a pair. I also liked a couple of the other side characters that showed up later in the book. The plot was very interesting. It was a mix between Astrid learning what it meant to date a supero, including the dangers, and Astrid finding herself. 

Although I really enjoyed this book there were a couple of things that I did not enjoy as much. I got confused at first with how the chapters were set up, there were a bit of time skips but I was able to figure it out. There was also a bit of cursing, it was more than I would have liked but not as much as it could have been. And there were some innuendos. I know that this is a YA book so I expected some of it but not all of it. However I still did enjoy How to Date a Superhero (And Not Die Trying).

How to Date a Superhero (And Not Die Trying) is a YA novel set in a world full of superheroes. The characters were engaging and the story was interinesg. I would recommend it to those who are at least 16 years and older. There is some language, with some of the big curse words, and some innudoes. There are also LGTBQ characters too. 

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher through Netgalley. All views expressed are only my honest opinion, a positive review was not required.

Not Dead Yet

About the Book:

Not Dead Yet (Guardian, #6) by [Traci Hunter Abramson]

Title: Not Dead Yet
Series: Guardian #6
Author: Traci Hunter Abramson
Publisher: Covenant Communications
Release Date: June 13th, 2022
Genre: Suspense

Cassidy Edgemont has been dead for four years. At least, that is what the world has been led to believe. After becoming unwittingly entangled in a group called the Coalition, known for using fake news to generate political unrest in the United States, Cas was offered a devastating choice: stage her own death and join her rescuers, the guardians, or risk the wrath of the organization she betrayed. She chose death.

As an invisible government operative, Cas has been living in Paris with no complications—until her family pays an unexpected visit to the European city, changing everything. They think Cas is dead, and she has to keep it that way. But when a bomb is detonated nearby and fake news incites riots in the city, Cas recognizes the mark of the Coalition.

Donovan, a fellow guardian, is summoned to join her in Paris to attempt to untangle the intricate web linking Cas’s past with the recent bombings. But as the threat level escalates, Cas must again make an impossible decision: face possible exposure to her family in her race to uncover the truth or risk the loss of innocent lives.


Book Review:

Another winner by Traci Hunter Abramson! Not Dead Yet is the sixth book in Traci Hunter Abramson’s Guardian series. I have to admit that I haven’t read the first five yet but it did not take away from the amazing book except that there were some characters who I did not really know, but otherwise it was great! 

Cassidy Edgemont was a great character, she really drew me in from the beginning. I loved reading about Cas and reading about her trying to save her family. She had suffered a lot and lost a lot, but she was still trying to do the right thing through it all. It was definitely sweet to read about her interacting with Donovan and learning to trust him though. Cas was so strong and I just loved her character throughout the book

Donovan was also lovely. I loved him from the beginning. It was fun to read from his perspective and see him learning to trust Cas, and then falling in love. He was also a guardian and he wanted to find his own family. Donovan worked hard to protect Cas and help their mission. 

Donovan and Cas were cute together and I definitely loved reading about their interactions. However romance was not the only thing that kept this book going. There was suspense and mystery. Oh my goodness, I was on the edge of my seat reading this book. I didn’t know what was going to happen or how Cas was going to protect her family. It was so exciting and I was engaged the whole time

Not Dead Yet was wonderful! I loved everything about it! It was fun to see the other characters, I need to go read their books. I would definitely recommend Not Dead Yet. Not Dead Yet is a clean romantic suspense book. 

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher through Netgalley. All views expressed are only my honest opinion, a positive review was not required.

Edward and Amelia

About the Book:

Edward and Amelia by [Karen Thornell]

Title: Edward and Amelia
Author: Karen Thornell
Publisher: Covenant Communications
Release Date: June 6th, 2022
Genre: Regency Romance

The last thing Amelia Kennington wants is to participate in the London Season. But the daughter of a duke is not afforded such opinions. She must put forth a subdued facade, but beneath it is a well-hidden fire that surfaces only when provoked—such as when an overly familiar gentleman startles her and she falls into the Serpentine.

Edward Drayton, the Earl of Norwich, has gained a reputation as Society’s most decorated rake. And while there are benefits to such a reputation, it no longer gives him the satisfaction it once did. This Season, he plans to find a wife—except she seems to find him instead. And she is nothing like he expected.

Scandal is inevitable following Edward and Amelia’s ill-conceived meeting, forcing them to marry. Amelia’s disdain for this man she hardly knows is more than clear, and Edward’s pride is wounded before their marriage has even truly begun. Yet, against all odds, the two slowly let their guard down, discovering the truth of who they married. But when Society gossip, a sister’s jealousy, and long-held secrets threaten their budding relationship, the unlikely couple must determine if their unconventional love is strong enough to withstand the opposition they face.

Book Review:

This book was just too cute! I loved everything about it. Edward and Amelia is Karen Thornell’s second regency book, and it was even better than her first! Edward and Amelia is such a fun book. Marriages of convenience are one of my favorite troupes and this was just amazing!

Okay so first I loved the characters; they felt so real and relatable. I was able to connect with them right from the start. They were fascinating to read about, and I loved seeing behind their walls. The plot was absolutely fantastic and I loved reading about Edward and Amelia connecting. There were just a lot of amazing moments, and the side characters were also lovely. 

Amelia was super sweet but she was also fiery and full of life. I felt for her as she had to endure her family. It was fun to read about her interacting with Edward, there were times when she was able to be herself. I loved Amelia from the beginning and I really enjoyed her growth throughout the book. She learned to be herself and to trust Edward. But Amelia will have to decide if she is willing to risk her heart for love. 

Ah, Edward, poor Edward. He had a lot going and honestly he was a mess at times but I adored him. Edward had been putting up a front for society for so long and now he was trying to figure out who he truly was. Edward didn’t believe in marriage and yet he found himself married to Amelia. There were times when he started to believe it could work, but Edward had to learn to fight for Amelia and figure out how to love her.

All in all, this book was simply amazing! I would totally recommend it! I loved everything about it, the characters were engaging and the story was interesting. I read it in one day. Edward and Amelia is a clean regency romance. 

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher through Netgalley. All views expressed are only my honest opinion, a positive review was not required.

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Engaging Emma

About the Book:

Engaging Emma by [Elle M. Adams]

Title: Engaging Emma
Author: Elle M. Adams
Publisher: Covenant Communications
Release Date: May 2nd, 2022
Genre: Contemporary Romance

As a successful doctor in Los Angeles, Tucker Madsen left his small-town roots behind long ago, trading his flannel shirts for a glossy lifestyle and a beautiful fiancée. But when his mother requests his help to sell the family farm, Tucker reluctantly returns to a place that holds more memories than he cares to admit. Normal, Missouri, was the site of the golden days of childhood—and the blush of first love. 

Tucker fell in love with Emma McAllister at seventeen, but when youthful promises of forever ended in heartbreak, he and Emma both moved on. Or so they thought. When they are unexpectedly reunited at the Madsen family farm, both are unprepared for the rush of feelings that brings into question everything they thought they knew. They could never have imagined that now, years after they were torn apart, fate would offer them a second chance in the place where it all began. But when faced with the realities of the separate lives they’ve built, history seems doomed to repeat itself.

Book Review:

This was a fun debut novel. I have to admit that it took me a little while to get into the story, but once I really started it I ended up enjoying it. Engaging Emma is written by Elle M Adams and it is a clean contemporary romance. 

Emma was an interesting character. I did not really connect with her but I was able to get to know her. She had been hurt before and she was just trying to protect herself and build a life for herself. I did feel for her as she worked to run her company well. I loved how she cared for the people around her, especially Miss Lily. Emma had to learn to forgive and also how to let people past her walls. The past did not have to define her. 

Okay so Tucker, I did like. I felt bad for him. He tried hard to care for his family but he was also dealing with guilt. Tucker had left his grandmother’s town and in a sense never looked back. He wanted to leave those memories behind but he never recovered from his summer romance with Emma. Tucker had to figure out what he wanted in life and make sacrifices for the things that are most important to him. 

Tucker and Emma were second chance lovers so they had a lot of hurt to work through. There were things that were out of their control and they had to learn to work together again. It was interesting to read about them interacting and getting to know each other for a second time. They had a lot of ground to cover, but in the end it was sweet. 

The side characters were a lot of fun! I thought that Miss Lily, Tucker’s grandmother, had quite the personality. Nina, Emma’s best friend, was also a nice addition to the series. 

Overall, I enjoyed Engaging Emma and I am excited to see what else Adams writes. Engaging Emma is a wholesome, clean contemporary romance.

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher through Netgalley. All views expressed are only my honest opinion, a positive review was not required.

In the Beautiful Country

About the Book:

Title: In the Beautiful Country
Author: Jane Kuo
Publisher: Quill Tree Books
Release Date: June 14th, 2022
Genre: Children’s Fiction

For fans of Jasmine Warga and Thanhhà Lại, this is a stunning novel in verse about a young Taiwanese immigrant to America who is confronted by the stark difference between dreams and reality.

Anna can’t wait to move to the beautiful country—the Chinese name for America. Although she’s only ever known life in Taiwan, she can’t help but brag about the move to her family and friends.

But the beautiful country isn’t anything like Anna pictured. Her family can only afford a cramped apartment, she’s bullied at school, and she struggles to understand a new language. On top of that, the restaurant that her parents poured their savings into is barely staying afloat. The version of America that Anna is experiencing is nothing like her dreams. How will she be able to make the beautiful country her home?

This lyrical and heartfelt story, inspired by the author’s own experiences, is about resilience, courage, and the struggle to make a place for yourself in the world.

Book Review:

As the granddaughter of immigrants, this book made my heart ache. I have grown up in a very diverse community, but I have heard stories about the struggles of not knowing English and the confusion that comes with learning America is not what you thought. This book is based on the author’s real life experiences, so it feels extremely authentic and real. I adored this book!

  The book is told in first person narrative, and it is also a novel in verse. It tells the author’s story about leaving Taiwan for America. She shares how she thought it would be bigger, better, but instead she is teased everyday for being different. Her family struggles too, facing the hardships of running a business and the loneliness of not speaking the language and having no friends or family nearby.

I often struggle with novels in verse because it’s harder for me to understand the story. However, this one was so wonderfully written where I could understand and stay into the story but still appreciate the poetry. Kuo is vulnerable in sharing her story, and she is so relatable! I loved how she did not shy away from telling the hard details. It is so hard, and people can be incredibly cruel.

But she also shared the good things. The friends they made who stayed by them even through difficulties. The closeness of their family who chose to work together and hold true to their values. I appreciated the fact that she was honest to her parents, and I loved the fact that she and her parents had meaningful dialogue. I think too many middle grade novels focus on the mistakes of parents too much and ignore the wisdom they have. 

Overall, I loved this book, and it took me less than a week to finish it! She painted  a beautiful story about humanity’s resilience, cruelty, and kindness. And she shared the lasting message of choosing to be kind even when others are cruel. 

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher through Netgalley. All views expressed are only my honest opinion, a positive review was not required.

In Honor’s Defense

About the Book:

In Honor's Defense (Hanger's Horsemen Book #3) by [Karen Witemeyer]

Title: In Honor’s Defense
Series: Hanger’s Horseman #3
Author: Karen Witemeyer
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Release Date: June 7th, 2022
Genre: Historical Christian Romance

He’s Faced Countless Perils on the Battlefield, but Nothing so Dangerous as Falling in Love.

Luke Davenport has been fighting all his life–for respect, for country, and for those unable to fight for themselves. But now that his Horsemen brothers are domesticated, he’s left alone to battle the wildness within. When an opportunity arises to take a job on his own, tracking down a group of rustlers, he jumps at the chance.

Damaris Baxter has mastered the art of invisibility. Plain and quiet, she hides in books and needlework, content to be overlooked. Until her brother dies suddenly, leaving her custody of her nephew. She moves to Texas to care for Nathaniel, determined to create the family for herself that she never thought she’d have and to give him the family he desperately needs.

When Nate finds himself knee-deep in trouble, Luke’s attempt to protect him leaves Damaris feeling indebted to the Horseman. But suspicions grow regarding the mysterious death of Damaris’s brother. And the more questions they ask, the more danger appears, threatening the family Luke may be unable to live without.

Book Review:

This was just a wonderful end to this lovely series. I have greatly enjoyed Karen Witemeyer’s Hanger’s Horsemen series and I was excited to read the conclusion to this series. In Honor’s Defense is the final book and much awaited! It did not disappoint and I loved everything about this book!

Luke Davenport, Preach was one of the characters I did not know as well. But it was a lot of fun to read about him and learn more about him. Preach had a rough childhood and he was also on guard in going back to his old ways. Luke was a sweet guy, he looked rough on the edges but he was just looking for a place to call his own. It was cute to read about him interacting with Daramis and her nephew, Nathaniel. Luke was fighting his demons, but he was also learning to let people in. 

Daramis Baxter was the perfect match for Luke. I really liked Daramis, she was so strong. She left her home to care for her nephew and she gave him unconditional love although he was difficult. Daramis was used to being invisible, forgettable, but being with Luke allowed her to feel seen.

Daramis and Luke were cute together! I liked how they balanced each other and helped make each other better people. It was interesting to read about them falling in love and read about Luke trying to protect Daramis and Nate. Daramis and Nate had worked their way into Luke’s heart and he wasn’t about to let them go. 

This book was very exciting and I was on the edge of my seat reading it! I did not want to put it down. It was interesting to read as Luke tried to protect Daramis and Nate and figure out what was trying to hurt them. The storyline was interesting and engaging. The characters were of course a lot of fun and it was cool to read about old characters!

In Honor’s Defense was a great book and I would definitely recommend it! In Honor’s Defense is a clean christoian historical romance. I also enjoy the faith aspects that are woven into Witemeyer’s books and this one was not different. If you enjoy historical Christian romance, then you will like this one. 

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher through Netgalley. All views expressed are only my honest opinion, a positive review was not required.

My Mechanical Romance

About the Book:

Title: My Mechanical Romance
Author: Alexene Farol Follmuth
Publisher: Holiday House
Release Date: May 31st 2022
Genre: YA

Opposites attract in this battle-robot-building YA romance from the NYT best-selling author of The Atlas Six.

Bel would rather die than think about the future. College apps? You’re funny. Extracurriculars? Not a chance. But when she accidentally reveals a talent for engineering at school, she’s basically forced into joining the robotics club. Even worse? All the boys ignore Bel—and Neelam, the only other girl on the team, doesn’t seem to like her either.
 
Enter Mateo Luna, captain of the club, who recognizes Bel as a potential asset—until they start butting heads. Bel doesn’t care about Nationals, while Teo cares too much. But as the nights of after-school work grow longer and longer, Bel and Teo realize they’ve made more than just a combat-ready robot for the championship: they’ve made each other and the team better. Because girls do belong in STEM.
 

Book Review:

This was a fun read! I was drawn to this book by the cover and the title. It sounded like a fascinating book and I was really excited to read it and see how it would turn out. My Mechanical Romance is written by Alexene Farol Follmuth. 

Bel was a relatable character. She was a senior in high school and yet she didn’t know what she wanted to do or what school she wanted to attend. She was just trying her best to get through high school, but then she gets put on the robotics team and she starts to see things differently. However things in the robotic team are more difficult than it seems. The only other girl hates her and the boys don’t listen to her. To make matters worse she has to deal with Teo, a guy who has ambition, drive, and single-minded focus. Will Bel be able to survive the robotics team?

It was fun to read about Bel as she started to find her place. I thought that she was a pretty cool character, she was just so talented with building and creating things. However Bel also had no drive and she needed to learn that things in life don’t come easy. Bel had to figure out what it meant to reach for her dreams and strive for it. 

Teo was also interesting. He was so focused on school and doing well, but at times he got a bit sexist. I have to admit, I did not like Teo at first but he grew on me. He didn’t see Bel or listen to her and that was so frustrating. But I did like his growth in the book as he learned to step back and listen to his teammates. 

Teo and Bel were a cute couple, they were very different and so they balanced each other out. It was interesting to read about the robotics part, I know nothing about robotics so if what Follmuth wrote was true, it is very cool. I also liked how Bel was half Filipino, I am half Filipino and I am always looking for books that represent Asians. I was very happy to see Bel and Neelam, the other girls standing up for girls in STEM. I was disappointed in some of the boys and even male teachers who did not think that Bel and Neelam were good enough. But unfortunately that is how things are. However I did like how by the end of the book people began to see past gender. 

Overall My Mechanical Romance was a fun book. The characters were engaging and the storyline was cool. There were a couple of innuendos and a few curse words but otherwise it was clean. I would recommend it to those 15 and up. My Mechanical Romance is a sweet YA novel. 

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher through Netgalley. All views expressed are only my honest opinion, a positive review was not required.

Florence Nightangle

About the Book:

Title: Florence Nightingale
Series: Little People,Big Dreams
Author: Marie Isabel Sanchez Vegara
Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books
Release Date: April 12th, 2022
Genre: Children’s Book

Growing up in an upper-class family, it was expected that Florence would find a husband and live a life of luxury—but that kind of life wasn’t for her. Her calling was caring for the sick and the poor, so she followed her passion with her whole heart and trained to be a nurse. When war broke out, Florence traveled to nurse wounded soldiers but found that the hospitals were so dirty that they were making people ill! This experience inspired her to lead a healthcare revolution, and she became the mother of modern nursing, introducing care practices still followed today. This inspiring book features stylish and quirky illustrations and extra facts at the back, including a biographical timeline with historical photos and a detailed profile of the social reformer’s life.

Book Review:

This was an adorable little book! The illustrations are so cute, and it is written in a way that is simple and easy to understand. I didn’t know a lot about Florence Nightingale, so I Ioved learning a little bit more about this amazing lady.

This book was structured very nicely. First, it talked a bit about Nightingale’s early life. I actually didn’t know that she was from a wealthy family, so she chose a life of hardship and struggle. Then, her training to be a nurse, actually becoming a nurse, and her bravery in going to the war. She saved so many people’s lives by preventing needless death. The book ends with explaining that we celebrate International Nurses’ Day on Nightingale’s birthday, and it has a lovely illustration of a group of nurses. 

While the picture showed some hopes for diversity, nursing is still not a very diverse industry. So I hope that this book inspires the next generation of nurses! More nurses that look like the world around us 🙂

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher through Netgalley. All views expressed are only my honest opinion, a positive review was not required. 

An Unfamiliar Duke

About the Book:

An Unfamiliar Duke (Georgian Gentleman, #4) (Georgian Gentlemen) by [Sian Ann Bessey]

Title: An Unfamiliar Duke
Series: Georgian Gentlemen #4
Author: Sian Ann Bessey
Publisher: Covenant Communications
Release Date: May 16th, 2022
Genre: Historical Romance

At eleven years of age, Rosalind Ainsworth was convinced that Sebastian Lumley, the future Duke of Kelbrook, was the most odious young man she’d ever met. And ten years later, after having had no contact with the nobleman in the intervening time, her opinion of him has not changed. Unfortunately, neither has the marriage contract their fathers signed soon after her birth.

As Rosalind’s twenty-first birthday and the appointed wedding day approaches, Sebastian makes a rare appearance in London. His first meeting with Rosalind since childhood goes less than perfectly, but Sebastian has a compelling reason for honoring their marriage contract—a reason outlined in a document kept behind his workshop’s locked door. 

After a quick wedding, the new couple relocates to Finley Park, where their acquaintanceship slowly blossoms into affection. But when Sebastian’s secretive work threatens their fledgling relationship and Rosalind’s life is placed in jeopardy, Sebastian finds himself forced to choose between the man he has pledged to help and the woman he has come to love. 

Book Review:

One of my most anticipated reads of 2022 and it did not disappoint! An Unfamiliar Duke is the fourth book in Sian Ann Bessey’s Georgian Gentlemen series. This book was simply amazing! It is actually set before the first three books but it was so fun to read!

 Rosalind Ainsworth was such a fun character. I loved her little quirks but also her kindness. Rosalind was an easy character to read about. I felt for her as she tried to navigate her new life. She tried her best to be positive and look for the good. It was definitely interesting to read about Rosalind and fun to get to know her. She was in A Noble Smuggler for a bit but not a whole lot. I adored Rosalind and loved reading her story

Sebastian Lumley, was the future Duke of Kelbrook, and he didn’t know what to do with a wife. Sebastian was also a wonderful character. He was trying his best to be a good husband, but he honestly didn’t know what he was doing. I really liked Sebatian. It was sweet to read about him caring for Rosalind. He didn’t quite like being in large groups of people, but he cared for his staff and for Rosalind. 

I really enjoyed the romance between Sebastian and Rosalind. I liked how they both worked through their marriage. The story was easy to read and engaging. The plot was interesting and I wanted to see what would happen next. 

I loved An Unfamiliar Duke, it was a lovely addition to the series. I would totally recommend it! An Unfamiliar Duke is a clean historical romance, it can be read standalone but it is part of a series. 

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher through Netgalley. All views expressed are only my honest opinion, a positive review was not required.

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Once Upon a K-Prom

About the Book:

Title: Once Upon a K-Prom
Author: Kat Cho
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Release Date: May 17th, 2022
Genre: YA Rom-Com

What would you do if the world’s biggest K-pop star asked you to prom? Perfect for fans of Jenny Han and Sandhya Menon, this hilarious and heartfelt novel brings the glamour and drama of the K-pop world straight to high school.

Elena Soo has always felt overshadowed. Whether by her more successful older sisters, her more popular twin brother, or her more outgoing best friend, everyone except Elena seems to know exactly who they are and what they want. But she is certain about one thing – she has no interest in going to prom. While the rest of the school is giddy over corsages and dresses, Elena would rather spend her time working to save the local community center, the one place that’s always made her feel like she belonged.

So when international K-pop superstar Robbie Choi shows up at her house to ask her to prom, Elena is more confused than ever. Because the one person who always accepted Elena as she is? Her childhood best friend, Robbie Choi. And the one thing she maybe, possibly, secretly wants more than anything? For the two of them to keep the promise they made each other as kids: to go to prom together. But that was seven years ago, and with this new K-pop persona, pink hair, and stylish clothes, Robbie is nothing like the sweet, goofy boy she remembers. The boy she shared all her secrets with. The boy she used to love.

Besides, prom with a guy who comes with hordes of screaming fans, online haters, and relentless paparazzi is the last thing Elena wants – even if she can’t stop thinking about Robbie’s smile…right?

Book Review:

Ohhh! This was just as amazing as I had hoped! I am Asian American and I am always so excited to read books written by Asian Americans about Asian Americans. Once Upon a K-Prom was such a fun, cute teen read! This was such a great book!

Elena was such a relatable character. She was the youngest and there were times when she felt invisible. She was also a very focused character, she was trying her best to plan for everything. I really felt for Elena as she tried to find her place in this world. She was trying to do so much to prove her worth, she wanted to make her family see her. I loved reading about Elena as she learned about herself. Elena had to learn to let go of control and enjoy life. She had to learn that maybe things weren’t the way that she thought them to be.

Robbie was also fun, I liked how he felt real. He was an idol, a star and yet he was also just trying to find his way through life. He was kind but he was also young, and he just wanted to be himself. Robbie was trying to balance being an idol, listening to the rules and branching out. Elena was a bright spot in his life, but he had to understand that she had grown up. Robbie had to learn that people are worth more than the accomplishments of life. 

Robbie and Elena were sweet together. I liked how although they were cute, this book was also about them finding themselves. Robbie and Elena had to work through their own issues and learn to find out how to truly live life. They were young and still growing. The side characters were fun, Robbie’s band members and Elena’s friends plus the kids she worked with. I read this in one day, it was such a great book! 

I liked how the book didn’t feel rushed. I was a little worried that it would be really awkward because some teen books are, but this one was just perfect. It felt real without being really crazy. I also loved the protatial of Elena’s family, that was just lovely to me. I liked how it showed how Asian families could be, Elena’s family just wanted to give their children a better life. 

Once Upon a K-Prom was such a wonderful book! I would totally recommend it! The characters were awesome and I loved the story. Once Upon a K-Prom is a clean, ya rom-com book! I would recommend it to those who enjoy fun, feel good, high school romances. It was clean with a couple of curse words so probably at least 13 and up. 

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher through Netgalley. All views expressed are only my honest opinion, a positive review was not required.