Little Monsters ★★★★☆

I don't know if this is obvious, I love thrillers. Kacey is the new girl in Broken Falls. When she moved in with her father, she stepped into a brand-new life. A life with a stepbrother, a stepmother, and strangest of all, an adoring younger half sister. Kacey’s new life is eerily charming compared with … Continue reading Little Monsters ★★★★☆

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Jessica’s August TBR

Jessica’ July TBR

The Librarian Blog Tour & Giveaway

Hey there night owls! It's midnight on the East Coast which means we can post this awesome blog tour and giveaway for Christy Sloat's The Librarian, which recently published on June 17th. Read the excerpt for this historical YA romance and then enter the giveaway to win one of five e-copies of the book! About the … Continue reading The Librarian Blog Tour & Giveaway

Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora ★★★★☆

Definitely one of my favorite pieces featuring a second language since Zoraida Cordova's Labyrinth Lost. Save the restaurant. Save the town. Get the girl. Make Abuela proud. Can thirteen-year-old Arturo Zamora do it all or is he in for a BIG, EPIC FAIL? For Arturo, summetime in Miami means playing basketball until dark, sipping mango smoothies, … Continue reading Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora ★★★★☆

BookCon 2017

Maggie and I went to BookCon this weekend. It was a lot of fun and, as always, a lot of strife. ARCs were really hard to come by this year. I didn't see any that weren't attached to a LONG autograph line-and on the note of autograph lines-can we talk about how PRH seemed grossly … Continue reading BookCon 2017

Follow Me Back ★★★☆☆½

I love the cover. I love the format. And I love the alternating viewpoints. But I don't love the third viewpoint or where it gets added. Tessa Hart’s world feels very small. Confined to her bedroom with agoraphobia, her one escape is the online fandom for pop sensation Eric Thorn. When he tweets to his … Continue reading Follow Me Back ★★★☆☆½

Bring Your Own Book #3

Bring Your Own Book

Happy Weekend Booknerds! It’s time to play Bring Your Own Book! Here are the rules! I post a target: Famous Last Words, Currency in a Dystopia, Wedding Toasts, etc You post an answer that you find in the pages of your nearest or dearest book in the comment You cite your answer so that everyone can […]

Jessica’s June TBR

I have taken soooo long to get through A Court of Wings and Ruin that I barely made any progress on this list. I'm willing to bet it's just my usual Summer slump, when I read slower because nothing is due and everything is done on my time. Buy Them Here (Affiliate Links) Dividing Eden The … Continue reading Jessica’s June TBR

Waiting on Wednesday #4

Dividing Eden Publication Date: June 6th 2017 Buy it here! Twins Carys and Andreus were never destined to rule Eden. With their older brother next in line to inherit the throne, the future of the kingdom was secure. But appearances—and rivals—can be deceiving. When Eden’s king and crown prince are killed by assassins, Eden desperately … Continue reading Waiting on Wednesday #4

Dividing Eden ★★★★☆

Twins Carys and Andreus were never destined to rule Eden. With their older brother next in line to inherit the throne, the future of the kingdom was secure. But appearances—and rivals—can be deceiving. When Eden’s king and crown prince are killed by assassins, Eden desperately needs a monarch, but the line of succession is no … Continue reading Dividing Eden ★★★★☆

Breaking ★★☆☆☆

Breaking is a companion novel to Burning. So it was a little daunting to read having not read the other but was still an enjoyable read. Prep school gets a twist of supernatural suspense in this commercial YA thriller. Charlotte has always been content in the shadow of her two best friends at the prestigious Underhill … Continue reading Breaking ★★☆☆☆

B.Y.O.B. #2

Bring Your Own Book

Happy Weekend Booknerds! It's time to play Bring Your Own Book! Here are the rules! I post a target: Famous Last Words, Currency in a Dystopia, Wedding Toasts, etc You post an answer that you find in the pages of your nearest or dearest book in the comment You cite your answer so that everyone can … Continue reading B.Y.O.B. #2

WoW: House of Furies

Publication Date: May 30th 2017 Get it here! After escaping a harsh school where punishment was the lesson of the day, seventeen-year-old Louisa Ditton is thrilled to find employment as a maid at a boarding house. But soon after her arrival at Coldthistle House, Louisa begins to realize that the house’s mysterious owner, Mr. Morningside, … Continue reading WoW: House of Furies

House of Furies ★★★★★

After escaping a harsh school where punishment was the lesson of the day, seventeen-year-old Louisa Ditton is thrilled to find employment as a maid at a boarding house. But soon after her arrival at Coldthistle House, Louisa begins to realize that the house’s mysterious owner, Mr. Morningside, is providing much more than lodging for his … Continue reading House of Furies ★★★★★

House of Furies ★★★★★

Madeleine Roux uses language like Austen and plots like Brontë. House of Furies is simply amazing and if you think it isn't up your alley-you're wrong. Do not smile. Do not frown. Do not, under any circumstances, put this book down. After escaping a harsh school where punishment was the lesson of the day, seventeen-year-old Louisa Ditton is thrilled … Continue reading House of Furies ★★★★★

Bring Your Own Book #1

Bring Your Own Book

Happy Weekend Booknerds! It's time to play Bring Your Own Book! Here are the rules! I post a target: Famous Last Words, Currency in a Dystopia, Wedding Toasts, etc You post an answer that you find in the pages of your nearest or dearest book in the comment You cite your answer so that everyone can … Continue reading Bring Your Own Book #1

Social Badges for BookCon

Not every bookworm is a social butterfly. As of yet, BookCon does not have social badges for their event. So I made some. Feel free to download these badges, print them, fold them in half, laminate them, and hang them from your lanyard to help make your con a little easier. Green: I like making … Continue reading Social Badges for BookCon

COVER REVEAL

About the Author: Christina Benjamin is an Award-Winning Author residing in Florida. She’s a proud book nerd, 100% Gryffindor, has entirely too many book boyfriends and loves coffee and tacos! She loves to read and write across genres. Her best selling books are The Geneva Project series and The Practice Boyfriend. Check them out if … Continue reading COVER REVEAL

EXCERPT : Girl Out of Water

I float in the Pacific Ocean. As I straddle my longboard, cool water lapping around me, I watch surfers up and down the coast take on baby waves, four-­footers that will carry them a short distance before breaking into froth and foam. I’m waiting for something better. The sun beats down on the slip of … Continue reading EXCERPT : Girl Out of Water

Q&A with Laurie Boyle Crompton

Was there anything you had to edit out of the story that you wish you could have kept? Not in this book, but in my last book ADRENALINE CRUSH there was a lot of character defining backstory that got cut for the sake of pacing and it still stings a bit. I even considered posting … Continue reading Q&A with Laurie Boyle Crompton

BookCon Newbie Guide

Hi there Booknerds! BookCon season is upon us! Badges are in the mail! Badges are in hands! And the official I-Really-Can't Waiting Game has begun! If you're on the BookCon App (and I highly recommend that you are) then you've probably seen all sort of questions about how things work at BookCon and questions about … Continue reading BookCon Newbie Guide

WoW: Cold Summer

So admittedly, I was drawn to this one 100% by its cover. Just from the description, I was like-meh-time travel. But I want to see how the PTSD is approached and I’m even more curious about Kale stopping his own death in the future…past… Plus I love the cover. Today, he’s a high school dropout … Continue reading WoW: Cold Summer

Jessica’s May TBR

Affiliate Links A Court of Wings and Ruin The Hate U Give Hunted Spindle Fire Dividing Eden A Thousand Pieces of You Ten Thousand Skies Above You

Stealing Candy Spotlight & Giveaway

CLICK HERE TO ENTER Candy hates boarding school. As a junior, graduation is still eons away, and making films is the only way to survive the boredom. Until she is kidnapped. Candy panics. Along Came a Spider, Ransom, Taken, Cellular... Candy knows how these movies end. The only reason anyone would abduct her is to … Continue reading Stealing Candy Spotlight & Giveaway

Love and Vandalism Spotlight & Blog Tour

CLICK HERE TO ENTER He calls it fate. She calls it blackmail. Rory has a secret: she's the vandal who paints graffiti lions all over her small town. If her policeman dad knew, he'd probably disown her. So when Hayes, a former screw-up on the path to recovery, catches her in the act, Rory's sure … Continue reading Love and Vandalism Spotlight & Blog Tour

Q&A with V. E. Schwab

(This interview was originally posted on RoundRobinWrites.com and conducted by Elizabeth DiPietro on behalf of RRW) She's the bestselling author of the Shades of Magic Series, This Savage Song, and Vicious. We're looking at a Shades of Magic TV adaption on the horizon so there's no slowing down V.E. Schwab. Despite traveling all over the … Continue reading Q&A with V. E. Schwab

Q&A with Emily Skrutskie

If you aren't sure who Emily Skrutskie is, we would like to point you toward our reviews of The Edge of the Abyss and The Abyss Surrounds Us. If you are looking for more information you can always visit her website and glimpse her bio. If you are looking for even more information, we have great news! … Continue reading Q&A with Emily Skrutskie

Stranger Things Have Happened Spotlight & Giveaway

You can’t always believe what you see in this hilarious coming of age novel from the author of The Greatest Zombie Movie Ever and I Have a Bad Feeling about This. Harry Houdini. Penn and Teller. David Copperfield. Marcus Millian the Third. Okay, so Marcus isn’t a famous magician. He may not even be a … Continue reading Stranger Things Have Happened Spotlight & Giveaway

King's Cage ★★★★★

So not that long ago, I posted Full Series Stop, in which I was talking about how the preview for this book was making me less excited for it. I would now like to apologize for letting my enthusiasm wane. We waited for King's Cage and Aveyard delivered. In this breathless third installment to Victoria Aveyard’s … Continue reading King's Cage ★★★★★

Pretty Fierce Spotlight & Giveaway

An action-packed, edge-of-your-seat novel about a teen who, when backed into a corner, fights back, from the author of What Waits in the Woods Kaia has been on the run her whole life. The daughter of professional assassins, she knows danger—and she’ll do anything to survive. After her parents vanished during a job gone bad, … Continue reading Pretty Fierce Spotlight & Giveaway

Lifeblood ★★★☆☆½

I was not a fan of Firstlife. I only finished it so that I could review Lifeblood. And I have some thoughts on that too. With her last living breath, Tenley "Ten" Lockwood made her choice and picked her realm in the Everlife. Now, as the war between Troika and Myriad rages, she must face the consequences. … Continue reading Lifeblood ★★★☆☆½

Firstlife ★★★☆☆

What do we do with Firstlife? The cover is gorgeous, the premise is intriguing... the book is... meh? ONE CHOICE. TWO REALMS. NO SECOND CHANCE. Tenley “Ten” Lockwood is an average seventeen-year-old girl…who has spent the past thirteen months locked inside the Prynne Asylum. The reason? Not her obsession with numbers, but her refusal to … Continue reading Firstlife ★★★☆☆

Fly by Night ★☆☆☆☆

Definitely one of many books I have requested based on a good description and an awesome cover, but definitely not one that I would recommend. Everybody knew that books were dangerous. Read the wrong book, it was said, and the words crawled around your brain on black legs and drove you mad, wicked mad. Mosca … Continue reading Fly by Night ★☆☆☆☆

Tricked ★★★★★

Tricked is everything you want in a middle grade title--EVERYTHING! Things are changing at Fairy Tale Reform School. At least, that's what Gilly's heard through the Enchantasia rumor mill. Word is, notorious trickster Rumpelstiltskin has taken over management from Headmistress Flora, and he's locked down the school tighter than the Pied Piper's pants. Not that this … Continue reading Tricked ★★★★★

Ultimatum Spotlight & Giveaway

From the author of Cracked and Empty comes a gripping, emotional story of two brothers who must make the ultimate decision about what’s more important: family or their differences. It’s not Oscar’s fault he’s misunderstood. Ever since his mother died, he’s been disrespected by his father and bullied by his self-absorbed older brother, so he … Continue reading Ultimatum Spotlight & Giveaway

King's Cage ★★★★★

So not that long ago, I posted Full Series Stop, in which I was talking about how the preview for this book was making me less excited for it. I would now like to apologize for letting my enthusiasm wane. We waited for King's Cage and Aveyard delivered. In this breathless third installment to Victoria Aveyard’s … Continue reading King's Cage ★★★★★

Authors at Books of Wonder

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eTdrWDWbNHg 0:15 Introductions 1:08 Pitches 6:00 What are some of your writing rituals? 9:28 What is the weirdest thing you've had to research in the name of writing? 14:45 Were there any scenes from your draft that you wish you could have kept? 20:16 What was the first scene you thought of for your novel?

Heartless ★★★★☆

Aside from the fact that this book looks gorgeous, the writing was amazing. I expect nothing less from Marissa Meyer. Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland and a favorite of the unmarried King, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, she wants to open a shop and create delectable pastries. … Continue reading Heartless ★★★★☆

Stalking Jack the Ripper ★★★★☆

A thrilling mystery with a terribly wrapped up ending. But most of the book was amazing and a great approach to popular period of history. Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord's daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she … Continue reading Stalking Jack the Ripper ★★★★☆

Carve the Mark ★☆☆☆☆

I was so excited to get Carve the Mark, especially since I loved Divergent and I am an enormous Star Wars fan. But Carve the Mark left so much to be desired that I put it on my #DNF list when I was a quarter of the way through the book. On a planet where violence and vengeance rule, in … Continue reading Carve the Mark ★☆☆☆☆

Q&A with Amanda Hocking

How did writing FREEKS differ from your writing your previous novels? FREEKS was the first thing I had written in awhile that was started out just for me. For most of the past ten years, I have been writing my books with the intention of publishing them, with the audience and readers and trends in … Continue reading Q&A with Amanda Hocking

The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett ★★★★☆

Bitter, bored, and sarcastic-Lizzie Lovett is a girl after my own heart. Want to go back to high school and talk to You: Senior Year Edition? Great. Because she's in this book. A teenage misfit named Hawthorn Creely inserts herself in the investigation of missing person Lizzie Lovett, who disappeared mysteriously while camping with her … Continue reading The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett ★★★★☆

Unnatural Deeds Spotlight & Giveaway

Secrets. Obsession. Murder. Victoria is about to discover just how dangerous it can be to lose yourself. Victoria Zell doesn’t fit in, but she’s okay with that. All she needs is the company of her equally oddball boyfriend, Andrew, who is a musical prodigy, homeschooled, and agoraphobic. They’ve been neighbors and inseparable all their lives, … Continue reading Unnatural Deeds Spotlight & Giveaway

The Thousandth Floor ★☆☆☆☆

Maybe it's because the performance was terrible--maybe it's because the book itself couldn't be salvaged by a good reading--maybe I want to give it the benefit of doubt because I love the cover. Who knows? But I did NOT enjoy nor did I finish Katherine McGee's The Thousandth Floor. A thousand-story tower stretching into the … Continue reading The Thousandth Floor ★☆☆☆☆

Mice of the Round Table ★★★★★

I have been waiting to get my hands on a copy of this book ever since I heard about it from the author herself. I'm so happy that it's finally out and that I can review it. Young mouse Calib Christopher dreams of the day when he will become a Knight of Camelot like his … Continue reading Mice of the Round Table ★★★★★

Last Seen Leaving ★★★★☆

After reading the initial back copy, I was a little hesitant to request Last Seen Leaving, but I'm so glad that I did. Flynn's girlfriend has disappeared. How can he uncover her secrets without revealing his own? Flynn's girlfriend, January, is missing. The cops are asking questions he can't answer, and her friends are telling … Continue reading Last Seen Leaving ★★★★☆

Puddle’s Wonderous Worry Dolls ★☆☆☆☆

I’ve been meaning to read more easy readers and middle grade, but I was thoroughly unimpressed with this one. Puddle’s Wonderous Worry Dolls reads like an easy reader but it tried desperately to enter into the heftier realm of middle grade. Jemima- Puddle to her friends- helps out in her Mum’s shop and discovers Worry … Continue reading Puddle’s Wonderous Worry Dolls ★☆☆☆☆

The Killer in Me ★☆☆☆☆

This is unfortunately just one of those books where we're trying to please everyone so everything is happening all at once and all up front. Seventeen-year-old Nina Barrows knows all about the Thief. She’s intimately familiar with his hunting methods: how he stalks and kills at random, how he disposes of his victims’ bodies in … Continue reading The Killer in Me ★☆☆☆☆

The Assassin Game ★★★☆☆

It's always scary when the games we play get too real, and I think McKay did a really good job keeping me on the edge with The Assassin Game. Who will be left after lights out? At Cate's isolated boarding school, Killer is more than a game- it's an elite secret society. Members must avoid … Continue reading The Assassin Game ★★★☆☆

Labyrinth Lost Spotlight & Giveaway

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3_DBTALS6bI Nothing says Happy Birthday like summoning the spirits of your dead relatives.  Alex is a bruja, the most powerful witch in a generation…and she hates magic. At her Deathday celebration, Alex performs a spell to rid herself of her power. But it backfires. Her whole family vanishes into thin air, leaving her alone with … Continue reading Labyrinth Lost Spotlight & Giveaway

Labyrinth Lost ★★★★★

Córdova immerses us in fantasy, language, and LGBQT in a way I haven't seen done successfully in today's YA literature. Nothing says Happy Birthday like summoning the spirits of your dead relatives. I fall to my knees. Shattered glass, melted candles and the outline of scorched feathers are all that surround me. Every single person … Continue reading Labyrinth Lost ★★★★★

For This Life Only ★★★★★

I have a theory that Stacey Kade wants to watch me die from dehydration. A scene that's absolutely plausible given how much I cried while reading For This Life Only. Three minutes. Jacob Palmer died for three life-changing minutes. And when he woke up, nothing was the same. Elijah, his twin brother, is dead, and his family is … Continue reading For This Life Only ★★★★★

Unhooked ★★★☆☆

I loved the story and the re-imagined world of Neverland. I loved the descriptions and the pictures that were painted in my mind. I didn't love the romance or accents. For as long as she can remember, Gwendolyn Allister has never had a place to call home—all because her mother believes that monsters are hunting … Continue reading Unhooked ★★★☆☆

The Darkest Corners ★★★★☆

Looking for a nice, well-paced, slow build? You need to pick up a copy of The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas. There are ghosts around every corner in Fayette, Pennsylvania. Tessa left when she was nine and has been trying ever since not to think about it after what happened there that last summer. Memories of … Continue reading The Darkest Corners ★★★★☆

The Cresswell Plot ★★★☆☆

It's dark, it's creepy, it's coming out today... and I just don't know how I feel about The Cresswell Plot. The woods were insane in the dark, terrifying and magical at the same time. But best of all were the stars, which trumpeted their light into the misty dark. Castella Cresswell and her five siblings—Hannan, … Continue reading The Cresswell Plot ★★★☆☆

The Outliers ★★★☆☆

Getting panic attacks makes you special? Count me in! It all starts with a text: Please, Wylie, I need your help. Wylie hasn’t heard from Cassie in over a week, not since their last fight. But that doesn’t matter. Cassie’s in trouble, so Wylie decides to do what she has done so many times before: … Continue reading The Outliers ★★★☆☆

Lions in the Garden ★★☆☆☆

I was severely disappointed by the stereotypical romance and on and off strong female character in Luna's Lions in the Garden. Ludmila Novakova--Mila--has barely set foot outside Prague Castle in her seventeen years. But with the choice between braving the bandits and wolves of Bohemia's uneasy roads or being married off to a disgusting old baron, … Continue reading Lions in the Garden ★★☆☆☆

Hunter ★☆☆☆☆

Lackey gives us just another anti-social "no I don't want to" heroine. Doesn't anyone ever actually want to save the day? They came after the Diseray. Some were terrors ripped from our collective imaginations, remnants of every mythology across the world. And some were like nothing anyone had ever dreamed up, even in their worst nightmares. … Continue reading Hunter ★☆☆☆☆

The One and Only Ivan ★★★★★

I was so pleasantly surprised by The One and Only Ivan, I just had to give it all five stars. This is what a middle grade novel should be. Ivan is an easygoing gorilla. Living at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade, he has grown accustomed to humans watching him through the glass … Continue reading The One and Only Ivan ★★★★★

Mean Margaret ★★☆☆☆

Question: What do a pair of newlywed woodchucks, a squirrel, a testy snake, a skunk, and a couple of bats have in common with a family of pudgy human beings named Hubble?Answer: Their lives are all turned topsy-turvey by a tyrannical toddler named Margaret. Question: Will Margaret ever realize that there's more to life than … Continue reading Mean Margaret ★★☆☆☆

Undertow ★★☆☆☆

My official verdict on Undertow is: Meh. Seventeen-year-old Eila Walker's new home has defied the brutal Atlantic for over 160 years. Abandoned since her 4th great grandmother Elizabeth vanished, the town legend declared that she drowned. Unbeknownst to the town and Eila however, is that someone does know what really happened to Elizabeth and he has … Continue reading Undertow ★★☆☆☆

Shadowhunters Episode 12 ★☆☆☆☆

I think this is the last episode of Shadowhunters that I'm forcing myself through. Once again, we fly through story arcs and subplots. We are introduced to Magnus Bane's old friend Ragnar Fell on the off-chance he might know how to awaken Clary's mom from the weird potion induced coma that she is currently floating in. I … Continue reading Shadowhunters Episode 12 ★☆☆☆☆

Shadowhunters Episode 11 ★☆☆☆☆

Another week, another episode of Shadowhunters. Let's try to get through this as best we can.Picking up where we left off last we week we find Jace's father in a locker in Valentine's old hideout. Right off the bat--super fishy. Why didn't I believe for a second that this wasn't Valentine? Because he was just so handy … Continue reading Shadowhunters Episode 11 ★☆☆☆☆

Every Day ★★★★★

I, admittedly, judged Every Day by its cover-which I'm not overly thrilled about-sorry. I was also turned off by "Every day in love with the same girl." Do I want to pick up another teen romance? I asked myself. Do I want to sit through another love at first site? Every day a different body. Every day … Continue reading Every Day ★★★★★

Shadowhunters Episode 10 ★★★☆☆

Here we are. Episode 10 of FreeForm's Shadowhunters, a show I can't believe got a renewal for season 2. Not only because of its general terribleness but also because of the copyright suit against Cassandra Clare. But let's dive right in here because we've got three stories to follow: Clary goes to an alternate dimension … Continue reading Shadowhunters Episode 10 ★★★☆☆

Shadowhunters Ep 9 ★★☆☆☆

Let's use all the words like we've been using them all along and this isn't still a new experience. I feel nothing for Clary, she's just one of the unfortunate stereotypes of today's literature attempting to make a strong female character. Overly confident and incapable of thinking ahead she gets on my nerves something fierce. … Continue reading Shadowhunters Ep 9 ★★☆☆☆

Who Do You Think I Am? ★★★★☆

In a world where we're constantly looking for diverse books, look for Who Do You Think I Am? by Dawn McClaughlin, Illustrated by Hannah Rowe. A child of a different color is drawn on every page. Not just white little girls and boys. There is a constant repetition of I AM, telling even the oldest of … Continue reading Who Do You Think I Am? ★★★★☆

Lydia’s Enchanted Toffee ★☆☆☆☆

Planet Plenti is a most extraordinary place, a world of incredible edible delights; of confectionery minerals, fizzy pop springs, forests and jungles full of delectable plantlife … And yet, for children in the land of Likrishka, life is less than ordinary, and mostly very grim - as the Likrish population lives under the watchful rule … Continue reading Lydia’s Enchanted Toffee ★☆☆☆☆

Shadowhunters Ep 8 ★★☆☆☆

This week on Shadowhunters, Clary Fray doesn't check her phone messages. Evident with in the first few minutes of the episode. "Oh Simon, I've got so much to tell you, so sorry I don't seem to have the ability to listen to voicemail." I may have embellished the quote a little. Oh but she does eventually … Continue reading Shadowhunters Ep 8 ★★☆☆☆

Shadowhunters Ep 6 ★☆☆☆☆

Ugh. I suppose I can't just leave my review of Shadowhunters Episode 6 as Ugh. The acting--as usual--was terrible. And because I don't care to relive it all just to review it. Let's just leave it at: I used to think it was the writing and now I know it's the acting. Once again we fly through … Continue reading Shadowhunters Ep 6 ★☆☆☆☆

Awake by Natasha Preston ★☆☆☆☆

Scarlett Garner doesn’t remember anything before the age of four—but a car accident changes everything. She starts to remember pieces of a past that frighten her. A past her parents hid from her…and a secret that could get her killed. Awake has a lot of problems. Let's start here: "How old are you?" I asked. … Continue reading Awake by Natasha Preston ★☆☆☆☆

REVIEW: Shadowhunters Ep 5 ★★☆☆☆

This... was the worst episode of Shadowhunters that I've seen yet. Where do I begin here? I guess I'll start with the setting. The Institute. The mysterious institute of--what exactly? Because that hasn't really been explained or revealed in the TV show. Oh, we've seen some random "girl" training with Hodge (but seriously the actress looked … Continue reading REVIEW: Shadowhunters Ep 5 ★★☆☆☆

REVIEW: Shadowhunters Eps 2-4 ★★★☆☆

Let's just save ourselves the time and do a bulk review to catch ourselves up, shall we? Yes, I gave Shadowhunters three stars. But it's for episode two through four, so I'm really judging close to three hours of content. So what's happened so far? Clary found out her Dad is Valentine (oh no!), her mom lied … Continue reading REVIEW: Shadowhunters Eps 2-4 ★★★☆☆

Shadowhunters Ep 1 ★★★☆☆

Okay, so FreeForm's Shadowhunters started a few weeks ago, and I wasn't sure how I felt about it. It feels like a well-budgeted b-film and--not surprisingly--I kind of like that charm about it. But that's not why you're reading this review. So I didn't read the books, that's an important lead out here. I have only … Continue reading Shadowhunters Ep 1 ★★★☆☆

This is Where it Ends ☆☆☆☆☆

10:00 a.m. The principal of Opportunity, Alabama's high school finishes her speech, welcoming the entire student body to a new semester and encouraging them to excel and achieve. 10:02 a.m. The students get up to leave the auditorium for their next class. 10:03 The auditorium doors won't open. 10:05 Someone starts shooting. Told over the … Continue reading This is Where it Ends ☆☆☆☆☆

The Lost Girl ★★✰☆☆

I'm not really sure how to feel about R.L. Stine's The Lost Girl. I grew up on Goosebumps books, my favorites being the choose your own adventure stories (like Return to Terror Tower). I liked the plot: Lizzy Palmer, the new girl, is the hot topic at Shadyside High. Michael and his girlfriend Pepper make … Continue reading The Lost Girl ★★✰☆☆

The Gracekeepers ★★★★☆

I just finished reading Kirsty Logan's The Gracekeepers, and I thoroughly enjoyed myself. A beautiful fantasy setting surrounding a system of once joined islands and archipelagos. The world presented to us is one divided by those inhabiting the mainland, landlockers, and those who float on the sea, damplings.  The vast loneliness of the sea creeps into everyone's lives … Continue reading The Gracekeepers ★★★★☆

A Whole New World ★☆☆☆☆

I was admittedly intrigued by a dark Disney tale. A Whole New World is the reimagined story of Aladdin from Liz Braswell, as part of Disney's new Twisted Tales. Each book answers a big question: What is one key moment from the story was changed? In this edition of Aladdin, Jafar gets the lamp as … Continue reading A Whole New World ★☆☆☆☆

Serafina and the Black Cloak ★★★★☆

Serafina's father always told her to never go into the deep parts of the forest, "for there are many dangers there, and they will ensnare your soul." She never had a reason to disobey her father's wishes for her to remain on the grounds of the Biltmore estate, exploring its many rooms, taking care to … Continue reading Serafina and the Black Cloak ★★★★☆

Crystal Kingdom ★★★☆☆

A bit difficult to review since I didn't read the first two in the series but I think I've read enough summaries and book reviews to get me up to speed. Crystal Kingdom is the third book in the Kanin Chronicles, following Frostfire and Ice Kissed. Bryn Aven, having been charged with murder and treason, … Continue reading Crystal Kingdom ★★★☆☆

Secret of the Sevens ★★☆☆☆

The Society of Seven isn't a big secret at Singer, a boarding school for underprivileged children. Everyone knows, decades ago, the members of the secret society murdered the school's founder and then perished in the sire they lit to cover the evidence. Enter Talan Michaels, who doesn't care about Singer's past, or much else for … Continue reading Secret of the Sevens ★★☆☆☆

If I Stay ★★★☆☆

If I Stay by Gale Forman: kind of Young Adult, kind of New Adult, kind of lost my interest half way through. Let's talk about how awful that makes me feel by the way. Brief synopsis: Mia and her family get into a car accident, her parents are killed instantly her brother might have a … Continue reading If I Stay ★★★☆☆

Batgirl Vol 1: Batgirl of Burnside ★★★★★

Barbara Gordon (daughter of police commissioner Gordon) is a typical modern girl. She's moving into an apartment with friends, working on her college thesis, and fighting crime. Ok, maybe she's not entirely typical. First let's get a little confession out of the way: I'm not a comic book nerd. That being said--I TOTALLY LOVED THIS! … Continue reading Batgirl Vol 1: Batgirl of Burnside ★★★★★

The Mothman’s Curse ★☆☆☆☆

Josie, Fox, and Mason live in the most haunted town in America, but the only strange things Josie ever saw were the few weird customers that came to her family's auction house. When they get their hands on a haunted camera that prints pictures of a ghost of the recently deceased local hermit, they are drawn … Continue reading The Mothman’s Curse ★☆☆☆☆

The Elite ★★★★★

I finished The Elite by Kiera Cass--like--yesterday. And I had meant to do a BookTube video about it but I was just so enthralled that I couldn't be bothered to make myself stop every ten chapters to do the reactions. Where do I even begin with this? We're further along in the selection and America is … Continue reading The Elite ★★★★★

Return to Augie Hobble ★★☆☆☆

Augie Hobble lives in a fairy tale world... well... more like the run down amusement park, Fairy Tale Place, that his father manages. His life is horrible: he failed creative arts and has to take summer school, the girl he likes doesn't bother with him, and the school bullies won't leave him alone. To top … Continue reading Return to Augie Hobble ★★☆☆☆

Unicorn on a Roll ★★★★★

I had the absolute pleasure of reading this adorable middle grade graphic novel by Dana Simpson. Unicorn on a Roll is the modern Calvin and Hobbes, with girls and unicorns. Aside from being hilarious and featuring amazing comic style art, this book draws on some great adult nostalgia (and I'm not just referring to Calvin and … Continue reading Unicorn on a Roll ★★★★★

Haunted ★★✰☆☆

The Arnaud Manor is creepy, unwelcoming, and perfect for Phoebe, who did something so horrible her family was forced to leave the country and move into her step-father's old family home. Problem is, she doesn't remember what she did. She'd ask her parents if they didn't ignore her. A big house might have made her … Continue reading Haunted ★★✰☆☆

Hinges Book One: Clockwork City ★★★★☆

Hinges is a beautifully illustrated graphic novel by Meredith McClaren, featuring work from her webcomic. Hinges is the story of Orio, a new doll who just came to Cobble. Every doll is partnered with an Odd, a type of pet and companion. When Orio is sent to the basement to pick out her Odd, she is … Continue reading Hinges Book One: Clockwork City ★★★★☆

Silverwood ★★★★☆

Betsy Streeter's Silverwood comes out tomorrow (March 11th, 2015) and believe me, you're going to want it on your shelf! At age 14, Helen Silverwood, and her 9 year old brother Henry, are tired of the constant and inexplicable moving. Helen doesn't understand her recurring dreams about the Tromindox, which, as Henry will explain, are "time traveling predators … Continue reading Silverwood ★★★★☆

Phobic ★★★★☆

Fifteen-year-old Piper Crenshaw knows her house is strange. It’s never needed repairs since it was built in the 1800s, and the lights flicker in response to things she says. As if those things aren’t creepy enough, it’s also the place where her mother committed murder. To prove she’s not afraid of where she lives, Piper … Continue reading Phobic ★★★★☆

The Execution of Noa P. Singleton ★★★★☆

I recently finished Elizabeth L Silver's The Execution of Noa P. Singleton, and I have to admit that I hate every single character--but--in a good way. Before I get to that let me provide you with a brief synopsis: Noa P. Singleton is on death row. She barely stood up for herself at her trial and didn't … Continue reading The Execution of Noa P. Singleton ★★★★☆

Divergent Movie ★★★☆☆

If you haven't read the Divergent series by Veronica Roth yet, do so promptly. It is a very well written dystopian young adult piece set in futuristic Chicago. As is usually the case, the book is much better than the movie. It is definitely so in this case since the audience gets much more information in the book than it could … Continue reading Divergent Movie ★★★☆☆