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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Book Review of Don't Kiss the Messenger by Katie Ray





Don't Kiss the Messenger (Edgelake High School #1) by Katie Ray
Genre: Young Adult (Contemporary Romance/Retelling)
Date Published: April 10, 2017
Publisher: Entangled: Crush

For most of her teenage life, CeCe Edmonds has been dealing with the stares and the not-so-polite whispers that follow her around Edgelake High. So she has a large scar on her face—Harry Potter had one on his forehead and people still liked him.

CeCe never cared about her looks—until Emmett Brady, transfer student and football darling, becomes her literature critique partner. The only problem? Emmett isblindsided by Bryn DeNeuville, CeCe’s gorgeous and suddenly shy volleyball teammate. 

Bryn asks CeCe to help her compose messages that’ll charm Emmett.CeCe isn’t sure there’s anything in his head worth charming but agrees anyway—she’s a sucker for a good romance. Unfortunately, the more messages she sends and the more they run into each other, the more she realizes there’s plenty in his head, from food to literature. Too bad Emmett seems to be falling for the wrong girl… 

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book involves one fiercely scarred girl who wants the new guy in town, the new guy who thinks he wants the new girl, and the new girl who really isn’t sure what she wants, and the misunderstanding that brings them all together. This modern Cyrano de Bergerac retelling will make you laugh, swoon, and fall in love.

Don't Kiss the Messenger is the first book in the Edgelake High School series by Katie Ray. This is a modern day retelling of the play by Edmond Rostand called Cyrano de Bergerac. I absolutely loved CeCe's character. As much as she hates it, I think the scar is part of what makes her who she is. Her parents and real friends feel the same way. She's intelligent, witty, fun, tough.. I'd love to be her friend. Emmett is a one of a kind dude too. He doesn't follow the jock stereotype that CeCe expects of him. Brynn has all the looks and no brains, and her beauty reels people in. With everything we know about CeCe, I don't know why she would have 'helped' Brynn to begin with. She didn't even like her, especially in the beginning. If it was one of her closer friends like Tuba? Maybe. But when it all started Brynn was a stranger. So, that part of it all didn't really match her personality. However, I completely understand why she got carried away with it and allowed it to go on as long as it did. ... even if I yelled at her a time or two. Overall, this was a fun group of characters. The story was fun and entertaining, and I read the it super fast. The author's writing was clever and addictive. If you enjoyed the movies Roxanne and The Truth About Cats and Dogs, you'll love this book! I'm looking forward to more in this series.

The ARC of Don't Kiss the Messenger by Katie Ray was kindly provided to me by the pubisher through NetGalley for review. The opinions are my own.

author
Hi, my name's Katie and I write teen and new adult fiction novels. My latest book, Don't Kiss the Messenger, is published under my new pen name, Katie Ray. I also have six books published under my legal name, Katie Kacvinsky (First Comes Love, Second Chance, Finally Forever, Awaken, Middle Ground, and Still Point).

My books have been nominated for YALSA awards, and First Comes Love was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award. My screenplay, A HIGH NOTE, was a semifinalist in the Austin Screenplay Competition. I live in beautiful Ashland, Wisconsin, on the shores of Lake Superior, with my husband, son, daughter, and a very high-energy dog.

To learn more about Katie Ray and her books, visit her blog.You can also find her on Goodreads and Twitter.

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