An Interview with Rebecca Donnelly

Join us this week for an interview with the author of The Friendship Lie, Rebecca Donnely. We talk about the hard-hitting stuff here: garbage games, Lulu VanRobot, book recs. Just how many sad questions can Maggie ask in a single episode? Get ready to sing some baby shark and laugh your little garbologist butts off.

S3E3 Testimony From Your Perfect Girl

Jess, Maggie, and now Dan, all talk about Kaui Hart Hemmings’ TESTIMONY FROM YOUR PERFECT GIRL. Listen and enjoy as we discuss blow jobs in the woods, body positivity, and how beating up your friends is the best way to make a point.

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 ★★★★☆”

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”

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”

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 ★★★★☆”

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.

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 ★★★★★”

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 ★☆☆☆☆”

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:

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 ★★★☆☆”

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 ★★★★☆”

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 ★★★★☆”