Ghosts

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 Bahía de la Luna, but Maya has cystic fibrosis and will benefit from the cool, salty air that blows in from the sea. As the girls explore theirContinue reading “Ghosts”

Freeks

Welcome to Gideon Davorin’s Traveling Sideshow, where necromancy, magical visions, and pyrokinesis are more than just part of the act…

The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett

A teenage misfit named Hawthorn Creely inserts herself in the investigation of missing person Lizzie Lovett, who disappeared mysteriously while camping with her boyfriend.

Glass Sword ★★★★★

If I could sum up my entire experience of Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard in a single gif, it would be this one: If you’ve spent any amount of time on this site, or listening to our Podcasts, you know how much of a fan Jess and I are of Victoria Aveyard. We fell in love withContinue reading “Glass Sword ★★★★★”

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 performContinue reading “The Dragon Waking ★★★★☆”

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 ★★★★☆”

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 ★★★★☆”

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 ★★★★☆”

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’sContinue 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 aContinue 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, inContinue 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 actionContinue 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 herContinue 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 aContinue 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 upContinue 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 performContinue 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 fateContinue 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 ReckonerContinue 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 technologyContinue 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 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 ★★★★★”

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 forContinue 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 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 ★★★★★

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.

The Wolf in the Attic ★☆☆☆☆

The Wolf in the Attic by Paul Kearney is the long winded tale of Anna, a Greek refugee living in London with her father in the early 20th century. There was exactly one exciting, plot driven scene in the first quarter of the book and everything else is countless pages of details, descriptions and characterContinue reading “The Wolf in the Attic ★☆☆☆☆”

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.

Akarnae ★★☆☆☆

I always thought I loved portal fantasy stories; after all, I did spend ten years writing one, but Akarnae proved that I did not love portal fantasies as much as I thought I did.

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.

The Lie Tree – ★★★★☆

I’m always enamored by girls in stories that seem innocent and invisible but use that to their advantage to carve their own path — which is exactly what Faith Sunderly does in The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge. It’s impossible to put down this historical mystery, set just after the advent of Darwin’s On TheContinue reading “The Lie Tree – ★★★★☆”

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 ★★☆☆☆”

Asteroid Made of Dragons ★★★☆☆

If you gave me the option to read a book with dragons, versus one without, I will pick the dragons over everything else. I love dragons that much. So, of course, being promised an asteroid made of dragons, I was pretty excited. And Asteroid Made of Dragons by G. Derek Adams was pretty exciting–at first.

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 ★☆☆☆☆”

Beyond the Red ★★★★★

When it comes to the broad sibling genre of Sci-Fi and Fantasy, I’ve always been more in the favor of Fantasy. But Beyond The Red by Ava Jae showed me a whole new world within the Sci-Fi realm, and I have fallen in love. Alien queen Kora has a problem as vast as the endless crimsonContinue reading “Beyond the Red ★★★★★”

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 ★★★☆☆”

Glass Sword ★★★★★

If I could sum up my entire experience of Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard in a single gif, it would be this one: If you’ve spent any amount of time on this site, or listening to our Podcasts, you know how much of a fan Jess and I are of Victoria Aveyard. We fell in love withContinue reading “Glass Sword ★★★★★”

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 ★★☆☆☆”

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.

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 ★★★☆☆”