Wicked Fox

Ripe with K-Drama level of feels and a rich fantasy woven through, Wicked Fox is a delight from start to finish. A fresh and addictive fantasy-romance set in modern-day Seoul.Eighteen-year-old Gu Miyoung has a secret--she's a gumiho, a nine-tailed fox who must devour the energy of men in order to survive. Because so few believe … Continue reading Wicked Fox

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Teen Titans: Raven

Raven's origin story gets a retelling and a revamping in Teen Titans: Raven. We start in tragedy, as all good backstories do.

Storm and Fury

Eighteen-year-old Trinity Marrow may be going blind, but she can see and communicate with ghosts and spirits. Her unique gift is part of a secret so dangerous that she’s been in hiding for years in an isolated compound fiercely guarded by Wardens—gargoyle shape-shifters who protect humankind from demons. If the demons discover the truth about … Continue reading Storm and Fury

The Beholder

As I started to get a little bored, one of Selah's advisors says, among other things, "And you are ill-equipped to become [the leader] without a husband to lead and advise you." Queue my rage induced reading to see if she grows up and murders this guy. Because I was really hoping she did.

Testimony From Your Perfect Girl

A dueling review for TESTIMONY FROM YOUR PERFECT GIRL! Posted side by side for your viewing pleasure.

Unicorn Bowling

A unicorn in bowling shoes is quite a STRIKE-ing sight. But for nine-year-old Phoebe Howell, it’s just another fun outing with her best friend, the illustrious unicorn Marigold Heavenly Nostrils.

The Waking Forest

A dark, mysterious forest. A witch that grants wishes, a girl with nightmarish visions. I was intrigued and hopeful for The Waking Forest. And while some of the prose was beautiful, it quickly grew out of hand. The waking forest has secrets. To Rhea, it appears like a mirage, dark and dense, at the very … Continue reading The Waking Forest

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 guests. Far from a place of rest, the house is a place of judgment, and Mr. Morningside and his unusual staff are meant to execute their own justice on those who are past being saved.

The Wicked Deep

The Wicked Deep was a creepy story with rich world building, beautiful language and amazing imagery. That, and the cover is amazing and so sparkly. I just need it on my shelves at all time, illuminated by a little spot light. But--there were plenty of issues too.Where, two centuries ago, three sisters were sentenced to … Continue reading The Wicked Deep

The Everlasting Rose ★★☆☆☆

The fact that I couldn't get past the first chapter is awfully telling... Which is a shame, since I loved The Belles and was beyond excited for the release of The Everlasting Rose--I even pre-ordered it before I was approved to review it! But, sometimes, the second one just isn't as good as the first. … Continue reading The Everlasting Rose ★★☆☆☆

The Afterwards

From the acclaimed team behind The Imaginary comes another powerful, poignant, and darkly fantastical story about friendship, perfect for fans of Neil Gaiman and Roald Dahl.Ember and Ness are best friends, completely inseparable. Ember can't imagine what life would be without Ness. Until Ness dies, in a most sudden and unexpected way. Ember feels completely empty. How … Continue reading The Afterwards

The Gilded Wolves – ★★★☆☆

A heist, a band of misfits, a stolen inheritance and Bond-levels of gadgets. What's not to love about The Gilded Wolves? Well... From New York Times bestselling author Roshani Chokshi comes The Gilded Wolves, a novel set in Paris during a time of extraordinary change—one that is full of mystery, decadence, and dangerous desires...No one believes in them. But soon … Continue reading The Gilded Wolves – ★★★☆☆

Bloodwitch ★★★★★

It is no secret how much I love Susan Dennard's Witchlands series. I fell head over heels in love with Truthwitch and even more so with Windwitch and Sightwitch. And then when I found out I won an ARC of Bloodwitch from BookishFirst a few weeks ago? Tears. Instant happy tears. And, y'all, I could NOT put … Continue reading Bloodwitch ★★★★★

The Brilliant Death ★★★★☆

A stunning, violent fantasy with beautiful writing and amazing queer characters that made me fall in love with them immediately. The Brilliant Death was one of my most anticipated 2018 reads, and it spot on the Favorites shelf is well-earned. For Teodora DiSangro, a mafia don’s daughter, family is fate.All her life, Teodora has hidden the fact that … Continue reading The Brilliant Death ★★★★☆

White Stag ★★★☆☆

White Stag, the first book in a brutally stunning series by Kara Barbieri, involves a young girl who finds herself becoming more monster than human and must uncover dangerous truths about who she is and the place that has become her home.

Shadow of the Fox ★☆☆☆☆

After a certain point I felt like I was reading well written crossover fanfiction for Kenshin and InuYasha.

Three Dark Crowns Series ★★★★☆

Ok, so, I binged through this whole series via audio books and my unnaturally long car rides lately. I absolutely loved the first two books, but I had significantly less love for book number three.

Toil & Trouble ★★★★☆

An incredibly beautiful and diverse anthology about witches, women, love and mischief. With stories that ranged from modern-day to historical to magical realism, there's a little something for everyone in Toil & Trouble. A young adult fiction anthology of 15 stories featuring contemporary, historical, and futuristic stories featuring witchy heroines who are diverse in race, class, … Continue reading Toil & Trouble ★★★★☆

Mirage ★★★★★

Once in a while, there comes a book where you go into it with almost no expectations, in a genre you only occasionally read, where you go into it with an open mind. And then it consumes your entire life. In a star system dominated by the brutal Vathek empire, eighteen-year-old Amani is a dreamer. … Continue reading Mirage ★★★★★

Ruin of Stars ★★★★☆

Y'all. I'm still a mess whenever I think about Mask of Shadows. And then along came Ruin of Stars? More like RUINED MY HEART! The thrilling conclusion to the Mask of Shadows duology that weaves a tale of magic, shadows, and most importantly, revenge. As one of the Queen’s elite assassins, Sal finally has the power, prestige, … Continue reading Ruin of Stars ★★★★☆

Reign of Mist ★★★★☆

Imagine Heart of Mist. Now turn it up to eleven. Reign of Mist, the high-stakes, daring sequel to Heart of Mist was even more action-packed and intense than its predecessor. While I had trouble holding on to the first one, this one dug its claws into me and wouldn't let go. The realm’s darkest secret is out. The cruelty … Continue reading Reign of Mist ★★★★☆

Furyborn ★★★★★

I was PUMPED when I was approved for a review copy of Furyborn late last year. It was one of my top anticipated YA Fantasies of 2018. I loved the concept, the cover was gorgeous (why am I such a shallow reader? I love shiny covers) and I'd been following Clare Legrand for some time on … Continue reading Furyborn ★★★★★

Contagion ★★★★☆

It got in us and most are dead. Decklan flew for help. Don’t trust the kid.

Heart of Mist ★★★★☆

I was immediately intrigued by Heart of Mist when I saw it online; not only was the cover beautiful but the entire concept grabbed my interest from the get-go. There was a lot to like about Heart of Mist, but a whole lot to get through first... In a realm where toxic mist sweeps the lands and magic … Continue reading Heart of Mist ★★★★☆

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 guests. Far from a place of rest, the house is a place of judgment, and Mr. Morningside and his unusual staff are meant to execute their own justice on those who are past being saved.

My Plain Jane ★★★★☆

Move over, Charlotte Brontë. The authors of My Lady Jane are back with a fantastic, romantic, hilarious reimagining of Jane Eyre.

Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows’s My Lady Jane was a New York Times bestseller, “an utter delight” (ALA Booklist, starred review), and “an uproarious historical fantasy that’s not to be missed” (Publishers Weekly, starred review). Now they’re back with another irreverent tale of mischief, mayhem, and romance—perfect for fans of The Princess Bride or A Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue.

Bruja Born ★★★★☆

Three sisters. One spell. Countless dead.

Lula Mortiz feels like an outsider. Her sister's newfound Encantrix powers have wounded her in ways that Lula's bruja healing powers can't fix, and she longs for the comfort her family once brought her. Thank the Deos for Maks, her sweet, steady boyfriend who sees the beauty within her and brings light to her life.

The Girl and The Grove ★★★☆☆

There was a lot I was expecting from The Girl and The Grove and everything that I wanted didn't really come out. There were parts I really enjoyed and parts where I just had to put the book down. This one was a DNF from me. Teenager Leila’s life is full of challenges. From bouncing around … Continue reading The Girl and The Grove ★★★☆☆

The Wicked Deep ★★★★☆

The Wicked Deep was a creepy story with rich world building, beautiful language and amazing imagery. That, and the cover is amazing and so sparkly. I just need it on my shelves at all time, illuminated by a little spot light. But--there were plenty of issues too. Where, two centuries ago, three sisters were sentenced … Continue reading The Wicked Deep ★★★★☆

Ash Princess ★★★☆☆½

A princess kept captive, ready to take back her kingdom, a smart girl lying in wait to snap at her abusers, a hidden power waiting to be unleashed. Theodosia was meant to be all of this, but Ash Princess just fell short. Theodosia was six when her country was invaded and her mother, the Fire Queen, was … Continue reading Ash Princess ★★★☆☆½

Dread Nation ★★★★★

I don't remember the last zombie book I'd read--it might have been a few years ago--but Dread Nation is not one I'll forget for a long time. It was thrilling, captivating and all around amazing. Jane McKeene was born two days before the dead began to walk the battlefields of Gettysburg and Chancellorsville—derailing the War Between … Continue reading Dread Nation ★★★★★

Ice Wolves ★★★★★

I've only ever read one other book by Amie Kaufman, and that was Illuminae. So when I saw she had a middle grade piece about kids who turned into wolves and dragons well... I needed to get my hands on it! And Elementals: Ice Wolves did not disappoint! Everyone in Vallen knows that ice wolves and scorch dragonsare sworn enemies who … Continue reading Ice Wolves ★★★★★

Inkmistress ★★★☆☆

I wanted to love Inkmistress. I wanted to so hard; I knew it was a prequel-companion type to Of Fire and Stars, which I hadn't read yet but c'mon, queer ladies! I got about halfway through the book before I just had to put it down... Asra is a demigod with a dangerous gift: the ability to … Continue reading Inkmistress ★★★☆☆

Children of Blood and Bone ★★★☆☆½

I'm a little torn over what to rate Children of Blood and Bone because I really enjoyed her world building but I had such issues with other elements of craft.

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 ★★★★★

Sightwitch ★★★★★

It's no secret that I love a good fantasy book, and Susan Dennard sure knows how to write one. Sightwitch has catapulted to the top of my fave books of 2018 list and I have a feeling it's going to stay there for a while. From New York Times bestselling author Susan Dennard, Sightwitch is an illustrated novella set in … Continue reading Sightwitch ★★★★★

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 ★★★★☆

Follow Me Back ★★★☆☆½

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 fans, it’s like his speaking directly to her… Eric Thorn is frightened by his obsessive fans. They take their devotion way too far. It doesn’t help … Continue reading Follow Me Back ★★★☆☆½

The Belles ★★★★☆

Let me just say, The Belles made me so damn hungry. Hungry for snacks and hungry for more story. It was SO. DAMN. GOOD. Camellia Beauregard is a Belle. In the opulent world of Orléans, Belles are revered, for they control Beauty, and Beauty is a commodity coveted above all else. In Orléans, the people are … Continue reading The Belles ★★★★☆

Reign of the Fallen ★★★☆☆

There are two things you, dear booknerds, should have gathered about me if you listen to our late-night podcast: one, I'm a lover of all things fantasy and two, queer books are my absolute faves. But Reign of the Fallen fell short of my expectations despite being an awesome queer necromancer fantasy. Odessa is one of … Continue reading Reign of the Fallen ★★★☆☆

Court of Wings and Ruin ★★★☆☆

I finally finished Court of Wings and Ruin. I feel like it took me forever to get through and that's where it lost a few stars for me. Fair warning, this review will contain spoilers. A nightmare, I’d told Tamlin. I was the nightmare. Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information … Continue reading Court of Wings and Ruin ★★★☆☆

The Gallery of Unfinished Girls ★★★☆☆

A little slow and a little weird, but definitely worth the read. Mercedes Moreno is an artist. At least, she thinks she could be, even though she hasn't been able to paint anything worthwhile since her award-winning piece Food Poisoning #1 last year. Her lack of inspiration might be because her abuela is lying comatose … Continue reading The Gallery of Unfinished Girls ★★★☆☆

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 ★★★★☆

Bad Girl Gone ★☆☆☆☆

Based on the premise, I thought I'd really enjoy Bad Girl Gone. Well--I knew I'd have an issue with the "she's blatantly dead why can't she tell" part of it, but the rest of it I fully expected to enjoy. Sixteen year-old Echo Stone awakens in a cold sweat in a dark room, having no idea … Continue reading Bad Girl Gone ★☆☆☆☆

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 Brindaigel … Continue reading Shimmer and Burn ★★★★☆

Truly Devious ★★★★★

Maureen Johnson has broken my heart in the past (I'm looking at you, Shades of London) and Truly Devious was no different. Ellingham Academy is a famous private school in Vermont for the brightest thinkers, inventors, and artists. It was founded by Albert Ellingham, an early twentieth century tycoon, who wanted to make a wonderful place full … Continue reading Truly Devious ★★★★★

Conspiracy of Stars ★★★★☆

I only recently came into Sci-fi and I'm glad I did, because it introduced me to Olivia A. Cole's A Conspiracy of Stars and my emotions are still in tatters. Octavia has only ever had one goal: to follow in the footsteps of her parents and become a prestigious whitecoat, one of the scientists who study … Continue reading Conspiracy of Stars ★★★★☆

Shadow Weaver ★★★★★

MarcyKate Connolly's Shadow Weaver is a-maz-ing. A beautifully written spooky middle grade experience.

Between the Blade and the Heart ★★☆☆☆

I was really excited for this one. I'd read Amanda Hocking's Freeks and enjoyed it, but Between the Blade and the Heart just sort of... didn't work for me. Valkyries have one great responsibility: to return immortals to the afterlife by slaying them. As a Valkyrie, Malin has always known that the balance of the world rests … Continue reading Between the Blade and the Heart ★★☆☆☆

Before She Ignites ★★☆☆☆½

It sounded like it would be a great read. Fantasy. Anxiety. Dragons. But Before She Ignites fell short for me and I ended up putting it down about 75% of the way through. Before Mira Minkoba is the Hopebearer. Since the day she was born, she’s been told she’s special. Important. Perfect. She’s known across the … Continue reading Before She Ignites ★★☆☆☆½

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 is … Continue 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 aristocracy … Continue reading Everless ★★★☆☆½

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 aristocracy … Continue reading Everless ★★★☆☆½

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 ★★★★★

Starfish ★★★★☆

It's always rare for me to pick up a contemporary book and love it. The last one that did that was They Both Die at the End earlier this month and that one made me sob. Starfish was emotional for different reasons. Kiko Himura has always had a hard time saying exactly what she’s thinking. With … Continue reading Starfish ★★★★☆

They Both Die at the End ★★★★★

Holy mother of feels, y’all. I was warned this one had a lot of heart-smashing, toe-curling feels to dish out, and even thought I knew what was going to happen (because, regardless of how hard you hope, the title tells you everything you need to know about the ending) I still cried like a baby. On … Continue reading They Both Die at the End ★★★★★

The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding ★★★★★

"Do not keep my lord and master waiting. It is a school night and he has a bedtime."

Girls Made of Snow and Glass ★★☆☆☆

I had hoped, more than anything, that I would love Girls Made of Snow and Glass. I was promised a feminist f/f fairy tale retelling, but all I got was a slow, dull book where the LGBT+ themes took a backseat to...whatever the hell was happening. I really really wanted to like this book. But I had … Continue reading Girls Made of Snow and Glass ★★☆☆☆

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 Brindaigel … Continue reading Shimmer and Burn ★★★★☆

Mask of Shadows – ★★★★☆

Pre-order it here! Mysterious and tense, Mask of Shadows delivered on almost every promise it had given. I was pulled in by the characters and Linsey Miller’s writing was thrilling and poetic. Plus the representation of genderfluid and other queer identities was everything that fantasy books have been missing. And yet… I Needed to Win. … Continue reading Mask of Shadows – ★★★★☆

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 ★★★★☆

Zero Repeat Forever – ★★★★☆

Pre-order Zero Repeat Forever here! When the apocalypse comes and the invading Nahx destroy civilization, Raven struggles to survive with her friends in a world that’s slowly burning. A dark and lonely sci-fi story, Zero Repeat Forever was enthralling—but also a little disappointing. He has no voice, or name, only a rank, Eighth. He doesn’t … Continue reading Zero Repeat Forever – ★★★★☆

Witchtown ★★★☆☆

A mother-daughter witch duo that pulls heists as they travel across the continent seems like it would have been exciting, magical and engrossing. Instead, Witchtown was slow, vague and a bit of a let down. When sixteen-year-old Macie O’Sullivan and her masterfully manipulative mother Aubra arrive at the gates of Witchtown—the most famous and mysterious witch-only … Continue reading Witchtown ★★★☆☆

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 ★★★★☆

The Best Kind of Magic ★★★½☆☆

A cute premise with great potential that was squandered by a forgettable character voice and boring writing. Amber Sand is not a witch. The Sand family Wicca gene somehow leapfrogged over her. But she did get one highly specific magical talent: she can see true love. As a matchmaker, Amber's pretty far down the sorcery … Continue reading The Best Kind of Magic ★★★½☆☆

Blood Rose Rebellion ★★☆☆☆

It's no lie that I'm a lover of all things fantasy; give me a book about magic and I'll instantly add it to my TBR pile. But sometimes, among the diamonds, I'll just find shiny bits of broken glass. And Blood Rose Rebellion certainly falls into the "glass" territory. The thrilling first book in a YA … Continue reading Blood Rose Rebellion ★★☆☆☆

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

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 ★★☆☆☆

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 ★★★★★

The Hate U Give ★★★★★

Angie Thomas's The Hate U Give blew up the book community when it released in February 2017, and for good reasons. The Hate U Give is an intense look into the lives of black kids living in a racist society that's trying to keep them down. It was not only an incredibly well written story that had … Continue reading The Hate U Give ★★★★★

Windwitch ★★★★☆

I've got so many emotions about this one guys, I was a wreck reading it from start to finish. I loved Windwitch, and it definitely lived up to the high bar Truthwitch set up. Sometimes our enemies are also our only allies… After an explosion destroys his ship, the world believes Prince Merik, Windwitch, is dead. Scarred … Continue reading Windwitch ★★★★☆

The Edge of the Abyss ★★★★★

If there's anything I love in my YA books, it's feels and queer pirates. And The Edge of the Abyss threw my feelings through the mouth of a vicious Reckoner, chopped it up and spit it back out to have Emily Skrutskie stomp on it. The point I'm trying to make is that The Edge of the Abyss … Continue reading The Edge of the Abyss ★★★★★

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 ★★★★★

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 ★★★★★

The Mesmerist ★★★★☆

Jessamine works with her mother pretending to be spiritualists—until the day where the pretending becomes real and she finds out she has mysterious powers. Ronald L. Smith has made a dark and memorable middle-grade story in The Mesmerist. Thirteen-year-old Jessamine Grace and her mother make a living as sham spiritualists—until they discover that Jess is a … Continue reading The Mesmerist ★★★★☆

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 ★★★★☆

The Magician’s Workshop ★★☆☆☆

The Magician's Workshop started with an interesting concept: magic that can make illusions from one's own imagination, a girl who wants to make beautiful things but can only make monsters, and a boy who wants to have fun but is an outcast in his own town. But it turned sour pretty quickly. I wanted to like The Magician's … Continue reading The Magician’s Workshop ★★☆☆☆

Scythe ★★☆☆☆

Neal Shusterman's Scythe is a tale of humans conquering death, and taking the matter of population control into the hands of the scythes, a group of men and women entrusted with the power of permanent death. I've always been a fan of Shusterman's work--I loved his Unwind series and Everlost--but Scythe was lacking something I desperately needed in a … Continue reading Scythe ★★☆☆☆

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 ★☆☆☆☆

Maresi ★★★☆☆

Maresi by Maria Turtschaninoff is a tale of girls looking out for each other in a world where they're abused, mistreated and often thought of as less than human. There are plenty of diverse characters, bright young women, and strong role models. Unfortunately, what this book had in great female characters, it lacked in action … Continue reading Maresi ★★★☆☆

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 ★★★★☆

Freeks ★★★★☆

Magic abilities, a traveling performance troupe and a monstrous secret that could kill everyone sounds like the perfect recipe for a great story. That's exactly what Amanda Hocking's Freeks delivers! Welcome to Gideon Davorin’s Traveling Sideshow, where necromancy, magical visions, and pyrokinesis are more than just part of the act… Mara has always longed for a … Continue reading Freeks ★★★★☆

Dragon Round ★★☆☆☆

A swashbuckling adventure! Dragons! Ships! High fantasy! Sounds like the perfect recipe for a perfect book. Dragon Round by Stephen S. Power seemed like it'd be entering my Top Books of 2016 list. It even has a gorgeous cover to boot! Look at how pretty it is. Unfortunately, the cover and the summary hyped me up … Continue reading Dragon Round ★★☆☆☆

The Dragon Waking ★★★★☆

An endearing tale of a girl who meets her best friend in the Nevada desert, who just so happens to be a dragon. The Dragon Waking by Grayson Towler is a heartwarming tale of friendship, adventure and a splash of magic. For thirteen-year-old Rose Gallagher, having a friend who is really a dragon and can perform … Continue reading The Dragon Waking ★★★★☆

Truthwitch ★★★★★

Can someone love a book more than I loved Truthwitch by Susan Dennard? Can anyone love anything more than I loved that book? Probably not. I loved Truthwitch (and Susan Dennard. I nearly cried when I saw her in the hallway at BookCon Chigaco) so much. In a continent on the edge of war, two witches hold its fate … Continue reading Truthwitch ★★★★★

The Abyss Surrounds Us ★★★★★

If there's anything that can be said for me, is that I love my fiction to have a hearty dosage of pirates. And queer girls. And queer pirate girls. The Abyss Surrounds Us is that, and more. So much more. For Cassandra Leung, bossing around sea monsters is just the family business. She’s been a Reckoner … Continue reading The Abyss Surrounds Us ★★★★★

The Shadow Hour ★★★★☆

Sequels are hard; sequels in trilogies are even harder. So many of them suffer through Sagging Middle Syndrome that some people aren't even able to finish them. I read and reviewed The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey last year, and I fell head over heels and finished it in one go. It's sequel, The Shadow Hour, … Continue reading The Shadow Hour ★★★★☆

A Tale of Highly Unusual Magic ★★★★★

Magic is my favorite thing in a story. I get to see how it works in the universe and how it affects the characters. Magic in a modern day world, like the one in A Tale of Highly Unusual Magic, where cell phones and blogs make a regular appearance, always intrigues me. How will magic and technology … Continue reading A Tale of Highly Unusual Magic ★★★★★

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 ★★★★★

Ghosts ★★★★★

Graphic novels have always had a special place in my heart, and Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier has taken my heart in its adorable fist and crushed it to smithereens. Catrina and her family are moving to the coast of Northern California because her little sister, Maya, is sick. Cat isn't happy about leaving her friends for … Continue reading Ghosts ★★★★★

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 ★★★☆☆