Kissing Games by Tara Eglington: ARC Review

 

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Goodreads Summary: The course of true love never did run smooth. For a girl who shares her name with a princess (a.k.a Aurora from Sleeping Beauty) Aurora Skye’s life seem fathoms away from a fairytale. Sure, she’s landed Hayden Paris, Potential Prince extraordinaire. And she got her wish — one first kiss with all the knee-trembling, butterfly-inducing gloriousness she’d hoped for. 
But Aurora’s learning that a kiss is just the beginning of a story.
Instead of being the truly transcendent, utterly epic follow up it should be, her second attempt at kissing has literally landed Hayden Paris in the emergency room. If that’s not mortifying enough, the whole school is now referring to her as ‘Lethal Lips’. Meanwhile it’s all systems go for her best friend Cassie – she and Potential Prince Scott are totally loved up and can’t stop kissing. Jelena (Jefferson High’s answer to Helen of Troy) has moved on from the heinous betrayal by Bad Boy Alex West and has unleashed her plan to rule the world by running for School Captain. Problem is Alex is running too and Jelena’s pulling out all the stops to prevent him from stealing her rightful place as ruler of Jefferson High – including offering Aurora’s Find a Prince/Princess Program as one of her campaign initiatives.

 

It’s hard enough playing matchmaker for your friends. But how about the pressure when your friend’s high school presidency campaign is relying on your abilities as Cupid?

Kissing Games picks up right where the previous book left off, with Aurora and her Prince, Hayden, seemingly in a wonderful relationship. That is, just until a mishap with their second kiss accidentally sends him to the emergency room! Managing her own relationship is proving to be difficult enough, when, on top of that, her friend Jelena announces her platform for running for president is banking on Aurora finding a Prince/Princess for three lucky winners.

Like the first book, the plot of this one felt a little contrived. The fact that the candidates would go to such extreme measures to be president, such as organizing field trips and proposing changes with the school board, seemed a little ridiculous. The entire notion of voting someone president because they could get you a boy/girlfriend felt kind of silly too–with everything going on in high school, are these people really so concerned with their love lives?

If Aurora and her friends felt like complete steryotypes in the last book, they felt much more fleshed out and well rounded as characters in this one, which contributed significantly to my enjoyment of the book! It was especially cool to see how some of the characters were given labels and seen by people as one way, but upon getting to know them better, they revealed to be so different.

This book was far less predictable than the last one as well. There were many things happening that I didn’t see coming, and I honestly had no idea how the book was going to end. Ultimately, I was deeply satisfied with the ending, and thought that it was the best part of the book.

This book was also more serious and emotional. It dealt with issues such a bullying in a really good way. It was also clear that many of the characters, especially Aurora, matured a lot. The issue of her mom coming back into her life, but still not really caring, as well as her dad dating her crazy teacher Ms. DeForest were key factors in Aurora’s life–they really shaped her–and I was impressed by how she dealt with the crazy things going on.

Finally, this book was equally funny as the first! There were some pretty ridiculous situations where I felt pretty bad for the characters, but couldn’t help but laughing as well. On the base level, this book was, for me, a lighthearted, fluffy, fun contemporary!

I received an ARC in a Goodreads giveaway.

4 out of 5 sparkly red stars

 

You can also read my review on Goodreads here.

Check out Kissing Games on Goodreads, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble.

US Release Date: June 5th, 2018

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