Debut Review: Match Me If You Can – Tiana Smith

Debut Review: Match Me If You Can – Tiana SmithMatch Me If You Can by Tiana Smith
Published by Swoon Reads
Published: January 8, 2019
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four-stars

Mia's best friend Robyn is known for her matchmaking skills, which is perfect, because homecoming is just around the corner. But Robyn refuses to set Mia up with the guy of her dreams, which forces Mia to take matters into her own hands. She uses Robyn's matchmaking service to make sure popular Vince Demetrius falls for her.

Vince asks her out, but Mia doesn't count on Logan, the persistent school newspaper photographer who seems to like her out of the blue. Now she has to choose between Vince - the guy she knows is right for her - and Logan, who insists that she give him a chance. And she needs to make sure Robyn doesn't find out that Mia's been matchmaking behind her back.

Mia has two weeks before homecoming. Can she fix the mess she made or will she have to kiss her perfect match goodbye forever?

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

For years I have been a fan of a rom-com book. Books by Kasie West and Miranda Kenneally are always high on my list. There is something so fun about a story that has humor to it and both Kasie and Miranda do it amazingly. When Match Me If You Can was brought into my orbit I admit I didn’t think it would fit with these two favorite authors of mine, and man was I wrong. Tiana Smith took her debut and slide right in next to Kasie and Miranda and I’m so pleased to have read it.

Match Me If You Can is the story of Mia, a girl that has a plan and is desperate to stick by it. There is no room for error or change. It just isn’t acceptable for her. So when she gets the idea to have her best friend Robyn, a top notch matchmaker at their high school, set her up with the guy of her dreams nothing will stop her. Not even Robyn telling her no. When Mia goes behind Robyn’s back and set herself up she sets off a series of events she never could have planned for and a guy she never could have imagined falling for. In the end Mia has to decide is the perfect plan better than the perfect match?

I truly got very strong Kasie West vibes from this one. It has that same feeling I got when I read P.S. I Like You. As the reader I could see Mia and Logan were perfect for each other but I had so much fun watching Mia figure that out. She would do everything in her power not to feel that spark because she thought she was on a different path, but it was there and there was no denying it. She made a complete mess of everything by fighting this spark and it is so fun watching her do it. And can we talk about Logan? Man was he so cute. There was something about his “bad boy” attitude that reminded me of one of my favorite book boys, Corey Livingston from What Happens Next. They both had that same swagger and same heart of pure gold.

In the end, Match Me If You Can is a really fun debut book that will have you laughing and cringing and laughing some more. Tiana Smith does a fantastic job of adding some of the heavier parts of high school in with the fun stuff and I highly recommend adding her book to your TBR. This is a “you don’t want to miss” type of read. Also I want to know if anyone else thought the principle sounded as hot as I did. 😛 Pick this one up!

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Debut Author Take Over: Match Me If You Can by Tiana Smith

I am so super excited to kick off a series of posts that will happen over the next few months. Back in September I was contacted by a group called Class of 2k19 Books. They wanted to see if I was interested in working with any of the debut authors on their list. I was immediately taken with quite a few and wrote back, maybe scream shouted, that I would love to be a part of it and so began my journey.

I won’t lie, I was in a blogging slump and having this new blood reach out helped a lot. It added a spark to my blogging life that was missing and I can’t wait to share my thoughts and some guest posts from these fabulous ladies that I have been working with for the past few months.

First up, is Tiana Smith, who’s debut, Match Me If You can is out January 8, 2019. Welcome Tiana!

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Suffice to say, my book focuses on matchmaking a bit (I mean, the title is MATCH ME IF YOU CAN). One of the characters, Robyn, prides herself on her ability to match people up with their perfect pairs. So, we’re going to play a little game of: “Which celebrity couples are COUPLE GOALS?” I’m way more excited about this than I should be. Don’t judge.

First up, we have …

Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard

Okay, when I first saw this video, I knew they were simply the cutest.

I mean, how can you not love that? These two goofballs obviously have a lot of fun together, which is the basis for a great relationship, if I do say so myself.

Tom Holland and Zendaya

These two have been pretty hush-hush about whether they’re a real couple or not (they totally are, don’t burst my bubble). All things considered, it seems pretty likely, and my character Robyn would definitely approve.

Also, there’s Tom Holland’s lip sync battle, which honestly, is one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen.

John Krasinski and Emily Blunt

Awww, how cute are these two?

Also, I can’t forget to mention this interview John Krasinski did with Jimmy Fallon where he says he totally married up and that’s just the sweetest thing ever.

Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively

All I can say is, these two will make beautiful babies. (Yes, I know they already have children, but you KNOW when they grow up, those kiddos are going to be gorgeous. How can they not with those genes?)

Just look at them! They’re almost too beautiful to look at.

Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel

Another power couple right here, both of them taking over the world.

They know how to make the distance work when they’re apart (how cute is it that they didn’t kiss for the longest time because of distance, even though Jessica totally knew she was going to marry him one day?) and even a small breakup couldn’t keep them apart for long.

Sarah Michelle Gellar & Freddie Prinze Jr.

There is literally no couple that brings back such great 90’s nostalgia vibes. I had to post an older picture of them simply for that reason, but these two have been married for 16 years, which, in Hollywood is practically forever.

That’s the stuff dreams are made of right there.

Okay, as an added bonus, we’re going to do a JOINT matchmaking game. Here’s how it works. We’ll each say who we’d match a certain celebrity with and then ten years from now, we’ll see if either of us were right. Well, at least the first part of that was the truth.

Leonardo DiCaprio

Tiana says: A perpetual bachelor, that one. I know a lot of people would love to see him with Kate Winslet, but honestly, I liked him best with Claire Danes for sure. So that’s my vote.

Andi says: Can I say me for this one? I mean I have loved him since he was on Growing Pains so that has to count for something, right? But seriously, I would love to say Kate Winselt, but I admit there is something about seeing them as friends that I just love. And it pains me as a Tom Brady fan to say this, but I really did love him with Gisele.

Jennifer Aniston

Tiana says: Jennifer has definitely been through the wringer when it comes to her romantic life. I love the idea of her and Ben Affleck together, if he ever gets his addiction under control…

Andi says: So I’m gonna pull a Kelly Taylor from Beverly Hills, 90210 here and say I would be 100% okay is Jen went it alone and ended up with herself. She feels like the type of person that could be okay if she was on her own.

Selena Gomez

Tiana says: Poor Selena, and her history with Bieber. Personally, I’d love to see her with another musical heartthrob, namely Harry Styles. Because that would be ammmazzzing! Too bad there’s history with Styles and Selena’s BFF Taylor Swift, cuz it’d probably never happen.

Andi says: This is awkward but I kind of want her to actually get back with Justin Bieber. I know, I know, he is a hot mess usually, but there was something charming about them as a couple.

Channing Tatum

Tiana says: It broke my heart when Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan broke up. Especially because I love Channing Tatum in She’s The Man (true story, that movie inspired MATCH ME IF YOU CAN a bit!) and he deserves his own happily ever after. I’d put him with Anna Kendrick, I think. They’d at least have some laughs.

Andi says: Oh Channing, how you broke my heart when you and Jenna split. Actually I’m gonna go out on a limb and say that I think maybe in the future they could get back together

Orlando Bloom

Tiana says: I had the biggest crush on him in high school. Okay, it was more like an obsession. And I know she currently has a boyfriend right now, but I’m going to go with Emma Watson on this one. Wouldn’t they be the cutest?

Andi says: I’m sorry, I can’t unsee him naked on the surfboard with Katy Perry. I just can’t do it.

Sandra Bullock

Tiana says: I love Sandra Bullock so much. She seems like someone who’s genuinely friendly and lovable. I think she’d be great with someone who’s a bit of a cinnamon roll, like Gerard Butler.

Andi says: I’m going to start this by saying I love my pick with his current wife and do not wish them to break-up, like ever, but I really loved the easy chemistry between Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds.

That’s all for now folks! Thanks for indulging me, and if you like romantic mash ups and rom coms, I hope you’ll check out MATCH ME IF YOU CAN!

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Debut Author Take Over: Match Me If You Can by Tiana SmithMatch Me If You Can by Tiana Smith
Published by Swoon Reads
Published: January 8, 2019
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Mia's best friend Robyn is known for her matchmaking skills, which is perfect, because homecoming is just around the corner. But Robyn refuses to set Mia up with the guy of her dreams, which forces Mia to take matters into her own hands. She uses Robyn's matchmaking service to make sure popular Vince Demetrius falls for her.

Vince asks her out, but Mia doesn't count on Logan, the persistent school newspaper photographer who seems to like her out of the blue. Now she has to choose between Vince - the guy she knows is right for her - and Logan, who insists that she give him a chance. And she needs to make sure Robyn doesn't find out that Mia's been matchmaking behind her back.

Mia has two weeks before homecoming. Can she fix the mess she made or will she have to kiss her perfect match goodbye forever?

A huge thanks to Tiana for stopping by. Make sure you check my Twitter for a giveaway of Match Me If You Can.

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What I’ve Read – Debut Authors

I’ve mentioned recently that I am going to be working with some debut authors from the Class of 2k19 over the next few months. In preparation for them guest posting on my blog I have been trying to read their books. So far I have finished 3 and have started the 4th and 5th of a list of 6 books I currently have access to. Why am I telling you this? Because the 3 that I have read I have given 4-5 stars! These debuts are awesome guys and I want to make sure you know that and get them on your TBR!

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What I’ve Read – Debut AuthorsMatch Me If You Can by Tiana Smith
Published by Swoon Reads
Published: January 8, 2019
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four-stars

Mia's best friend Robyn is known for her matchmaking skills, which is perfect, because homecoming is just around the corner. But Robyn refuses to set Mia up with the guy of her dreams, which forces Mia to take matters into her own hands. She uses Robyn's matchmaking service to make sure popular Vince Demetrius falls for her.

Vince asks her out, but Mia doesn't count on Logan, the persistent school newspaper photographer who seems to like her out of the blue. Now she has to choose between Vince - the guy she knows is right for her - and Logan, who insists that she give him a chance. And she needs to make sure Robyn doesn't find out that Mia's been matchmaking behind her back.

Mia has two weeks before homecoming. Can she fix the mess she made or will she have to kiss her perfect match goodbye forever?

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What I’ve Read – Debut AuthorsJust For Clicks by Kara McDowell
Published by Amberjack
Published: January 29, 2019
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five-stars

Mommy blogs are great . . . unless the blog happens to belong to your mom.

Twin sisters Claire & Poppy are accidental social media stars thanks to Mom going viral when they were babies. Now, as teens, they're expected to contribute by building their own brand. Attending a NY fashion week and receiving fan mail is a blast. Fending off internet trolls and would-be kidnappers? Not so much. Poppy embraces it. Claire hates it. Will anybody accept her as "just Claire"? And what should Claire do about Mom's old journals? The handwritten entries definitely don't sound like Mom's perfect blog persona. Worse, one of them divulges a secret that leaves Claire wondering what else in her life might be nothing but a sham . . .

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What I’ve Read – Debut AuthorsIf You're Out There by Katy Loutzenhiser
Published by Balzer + Bray
Published: March 5, 2019
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four-stars

“Funny, engrossing, and one-of-a-kind. If You’re Out There completely swept me away.” —Becky Albertalli, New York Times bestselling author of Leah on the Offbeat

Part whip-smart suspense tale, part touching story of friendship, this is an extraordinary debut about a determined teen trying to solve a mystery no one else believes in.

After Zan’s best friend moves to California, she is baffled and crushed when Priya suddenly ghosts. Worse, Priya’s social media has turned into a stream of ungrammatical posts chronicling a sunny, vapid new life that doesn’t sound like her at all.

Everyone tells Zan not to be an idiot: Let Priya do her reinvention thing and move on. But until Zan hears Priya say it, she won’t be able to admit that their friendship is finished.

It’s only when she meets Logan, the compelling new guy in Spanish class, that Zan begins to open up about her sadness, her insecurity, her sense of total betrayal. And he’s just as willing as she is to throw himself into the investigation when everyone else thinks her suspicions are crazy.

Then a clue hidden in Priya’s latest selfie introduces a new, deeply disturbing possibility:

Maybe Priya isn’t just not answering Zan’s emails.

Maybe she can’t.

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What I’ve Read – Debut AuthorsThe Fever King by Victoria Lee
Published by Skyscape
Published: March 1, 2019
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In the former United States, sixteen-year-old Noam Álvaro wakes up in a hospital bed, the sole survivor of the viral magic that killed his family and made him a technopath. His ability to control technology attracts the attention of the minister of defense and thrusts him into the magical elite of the nation of Carolinia.

The son of undocumented immigrants, Noam has spent his life fighting for the rights of refugees fleeing magical outbreaks—refugees Carolinia routinely deports with vicious efficiency. Sensing a way to make change, Noam accepts the minister’s offer to teach him the science behind his magic, secretly planning to use it against the government. But then he meets the minister’s son—cruel, dangerous, and achingly beautiful—and the way forward becomes less clear.

Caught between his purpose and his heart, Noam must decide who he can trust and how far he’s willing to go in pursuit of the greater good.

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What I’ve Read – Debut AuthorsThe Quiet You Carry by Nikki Barthelmess
Published by Flux
Published: March 5, 2019
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Victoria Parker knew her dad's behavior toward her was a little unusual, but she convinced herself everything was fine—until she found herself locked out of the house at 3:00 a.m., surrounded by flashing police lights.

Now, dumped into a crowded, chaotic foster home, Victoria has to tiptoe around her domineering foster mother, get through senior year at a new school, and somehow salvage her college dreams . . . all while keeping her past hidden.

But some secrets won't stay buried—especially when unwanted memories make Victoria freeze up at random moments and nightmares disrupt her sleep. Even worse, she can't stop worrying about her stepsister Sarah, left behind with her father. All she wants is to move forward, but how do you focus on the future when the past won't leave you alone?

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I’ll be back with reviews of these closer to their publication dates and there is definitely more to come from these amazing authors so stay tuned to Andi’s ABCs over the next few months!

Are there any debuts you are excited for? 

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