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 with … Continue reading Glass Sword ★★★★★

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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 The … Continue reading The Lie Tree ★★★★☆

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 crimson … Continue reading Beyond the Red ★★★★★

For This Life Only ★★★★★

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

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

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. Dreading her first day at a new school, Alex is stunned when she walks through a doorway and finds herself stranded in … Continue reading Akarnae ★★☆☆☆

Hunter ★☆☆☆☆

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

The One and Only Ivan ★★★★★

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

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 The … Continue 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 than … Continue 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. When a … Continue reading Asteroid Made of Dragons ★★★☆☆

Shadowhunters Episode 12 ★☆☆☆☆

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

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 crimson … Continue reading Beyond the Red ★★★★★

Shadowhunters Episode 11 ★☆☆☆☆

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

Every Day ★★★★★

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

Shadowhunters Episode 10 ★★★☆☆

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

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 with … Continue 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 ★★☆☆☆

Who Do You Think I Am? ★★★★☆

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

Shadowhunters Ep 8 ★★☆☆☆

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

Shadowhunters Ep 6 ★☆☆☆☆

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

REVIEW: Shadowhunters Ep 5 ★★☆☆☆

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

REVIEW: Shadowhunters Eps 2-4 ★★★☆☆

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

Shadowhunters Ep 1 ★★★☆☆

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