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 ★★★☆☆”

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 ★★☆☆☆”

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 ★★☆☆☆”

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 andContinue 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 herContinue 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 isContinue 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 predatorsContinue 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, PiperContinue 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’tContinue 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 couldContinue reading “Divergent Movie ★★★☆☆”