This Darkness Mine ★☆☆☆☆

I requested it because it was weird, and I like weird, but I don’t know… I just wasn’t feeling this. Sasha Stone knows her place—first-chair clarinet, top of her class, and at the side of her oxford-wearing boyfriend. She’s worked her entire life to ensure that her path to Oberlin Conservatory as a star musician isContinue reading “This Darkness Mine ★☆☆☆☆”

Everless ★★★☆☆½

Time is a prison. One girl holds the key. This is a thrilling, high-stakes new fantasy duology, perfect for fans of Red Queen, Three Dark Crowns, and Six of Crows. In the kingdom of Sempera, time is extracted from the blood, converted into coins, and used as currency or consumed to add to one’s lifespan. The rich aristocracyContinue reading “Everless ★★★☆☆½”

Jessica’s December TBR

Children of Blood and Bone Author: Tomi Adeyemi Series: Legacy of Orïsha Publication Date: March 6, 2018 Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zelie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls. But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, majiContinue reading “Jessica’s December TBR”

Everless ★★★☆☆½

Time is a prison. One girl holds the key. This is a thrilling, high-stakes new fantasy duology, perfect for fans of Red Queen, Three Dark Crowns, and Six of Crows. In the kingdom of Sempera, time is extracted from the blood, converted into coins, and used as currency or consumed to add to one’s lifespan. The rich aristocracyContinue reading “Everless ★★★☆☆½”

Happy Holidays!

Merry Christmas Season BookNerds! The best way to support us this holiday season doesn’t cost you any money. Simply follow us and our little project and make sure to share you favorite posts and podcasts! Follow Magdalyn Ann Blog . Twitter . Facebook . Instagram Follow Jessica M Tuckerman Blog . Twitter . Facebook .Continue reading “Happy Holidays!”

Q&A with Lily Anderson

About the book: Elliot Gabaroche is very clear on what she isn’t going to do this summer. She isn’t going to stay home in Sacramento, where she’d have to sit through her stepmother’s sixth community theater production of The Importance of Being Earnest. She isn’t going to mock trial camp at UCLA. And she certainlyContinue reading “Q&A with Lily Anderson”

Phoebe and Her Unicorn in the Magic Storm ★★★★★

LOVED THIS! Phoebe and Her Unicorn is one of my favorite middle grade comic series. Phoebe and Marigold decide to investigate a powerful storm that is wreaking havoc with the electricity in their town. The adults think it’s just winter weather, but Phoebe and Marigold soon discover that all is not what it seems to be,Continue reading “Phoebe and Her Unicorn in the Magic Storm ★★★★★”

Get Your Nominations In Now

It’s time to start voting in your favorite books of the year for the coveted Night Owl. We will be taking nominees in a variety of categories for the duration of October. Polls will close on Halloween while we tabulate the entries and voting will re-open in December for final voting. Tune into the BookedContinue reading “Get Your Nominations In Now”

Jessica’s September TBR

Going to be a slow September apparently. I’m super excited that I was approved for the second Mice of the Round Table by Julie Leung. I’ve had This Darkness Mine for a little bit now and I really need to get it off my review list since it comes out this October. The Stolen Child is an old one but my teacher recommended it to me. Here’s all the back copy:

Shimmer and Burn ★★★★☆

Don’t you just love when you pick a book for the cover and the writing is just as beautiful? To save her sister’s life, Faris must smuggle magic into a plague-ridden neighboring kingdom in this exciting and dangerous start to a brand-new fantasy duology. Faris grew up fighting to survive in the slums of BrindaigelContinue reading “Shimmer and Burn ★★★★☆”

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 withContinue reading “Little Monsters ★★★★☆”

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 theContinue 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 grosslyContinue 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 hisContinue reading “Follow Me Back ★★★☆☆½”

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 TheContinue 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 desperatelyContinue 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 noContinue 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 UnderhillContinue reading “Breaking ★★☆☆☆”

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 hisContinue 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 thrilledContinue reading “House of Furies ★★★★★”

Bring Your Own Book #1

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 canContinue 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 makingContinue 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 ifContinue 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 ofContinue 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 postingContinue 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 aboutContinue 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 dropoutContinue reading “WoW: Cold Summer”

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 toContinue 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 sureContinue 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 theContinue reading “Q&A with V. E. Schwab”

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 aContinue reading “Stranger Things Have Happened Spotlight & Giveaway”

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 toContinue 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. MoscaContinue 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 thisContinue 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 heContinue 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.

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, sheContinue 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, inContinue reading “Carve the Mark ★☆☆☆☆”

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 herContinue 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 theContinue 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 hisContinue 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 tellingContinue 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 WorryContinue 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 inContinue 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 avoidContinue reading “The Assassin Game ★★★☆☆”

Labyrinth Lost Spotlight & Giveaway

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 Nova,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 personContinue 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 isContinue 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 huntingContinue reading “Unhooked ★★★☆☆”

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.

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.

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.

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 thanContinue reading “Mean Margaret ★★☆☆☆”

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. IContinue reading “Shadowhunters Episode 12 ★☆☆☆☆”

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 dayContinue 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 dimensionContinue 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 ★★☆☆☆”

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 ruleContinue 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 eventuallyContinue 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.

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:

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 lookedContinue 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.

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 onlyContinue 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.

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 makeContinue 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 livesContinue 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 asContinue 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 toContinue 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 forContinue 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 aContinue 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 drawnContinue 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 isContinue 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 topContinue reading “Return to Augie Hobble ★★☆☆☆”