Jun 092015
 
Review: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews Genre: YA Contemporary Realistic/Humor Publication Date: March 1st, 2012 Publisher: Amulet Books   Synopsis from Goodreads: Greg Gaines is the last master of high school espionage, able to disappear at will into any social environment. He has only one friend, Earl, and together they spend their time making movies, their own incomprehensible versions of Coppola and Herzog cult classics. Until Greg’s mother forces him to rekindle his childhood friendship with Rachel. Rachel has been diagnosed with leukemia—-cue extreme adolescent awkwardness—-but a parental mandate has been issued and must be obeyed. When Rachel stops [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on June 9, 2015 at 8:00 am
May 192015
 
Early Review: Vicious Cycle by Katie Ashley

Vicious Cycle by Katie Ashley Book #1 in Vicious Cycle Genre: Contemporary Romance Publication Date: June 2nd, 2015 ARC Provided by Netgalley and Berkley Trade Synopsis from Goodreads: Deacon Malloy’s life is dedicated to the Hell’s Raiders motorcycle club. Tough, hard, and fast with his fists, he serves the group as sergeant at arms. But his devil-may-care approach to life is thrown for a loop when the five-year-old daughter he never knew existed lands on the club steps. Alexandra Evans is devoted to all her students—but there’s always been something about Willow Malloy that tugs at her heart. There’s an aura [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on May 19, 2015 at 7:00 am
May 132015
 
Review: First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen

First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen Series: Waverly Family #2 Genre: Magical Realism Release Date: January 20, 2015 It’s October in Bascom, North Carolina, and autumn will not go quietly. As temperatures drop and leaves begin to turn, the Waverley women are made restless by the whims of their mischievous apple tree… and all the magic that swirls around it. But this year, first frost has much more in store. Claire Waverley has started a successful new venture, Waverley’s Candies. Though her handcrafted confections—rose to recall lost love, lavender to promote happiness and lemon verbena to soothe throats and minds—are [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on May 13, 2015 at 6:57 am
May 042015
 
New Release Review: Any Way You Slice It by Kristine Carlson Asselin

Any Way You Slice It by Kristine Carlson Asselin Genre: YA Contemporary Fiction Publication Date: April 21st, 2015 Publisher: Bloomsbury Spark   Synopsis from Goodreads: Penelope Spaulding just can’t catch a break. Between long hours at the family restaurant, homework, and her parents’ plans for her future, it’s hard to find a spare moment to breathe. But when she laces up her skates and steps on the ice, everything slips away… Racing around the rink allows her to blow off steam after yet another fight with her dad about going to culinary school. So when Jake Gomes, the bad boy who lives [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on May 4, 2015 at 8:00 am
Mar 272015
 
Group Review: Wind Catcher by Jeff & Erynn Altabef

Wind Catcher by Jeff & Erynn Altabef Book #1 in The Chosen Genre: YA Fantasy/Mythology Publication Date: March 2015 Publisher: Evolved Publishing, LLC Synopsis from Goodreads: Juliet Wildfire Stone hears voices and sees visions, but she can’t make out what they mean. Her eccentric grandfather tells her stories about the Great Wind Spirit and Coyote, but he might as well be speaking another language. None of it makes any sense. When she stumbles upon a series of murders she can’t help but worry her grandfather might be involved. To discover the truth, Juliet must choose between her new life at an elite private school [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on March 27, 2015 at 7:00 am
Jan 082015
 
Early Review: Polaris by Mindee Arnett

Polaris by Mindee Arnett Book #2 in Avalon Genres: Young Adult Science Fiction Publication Date: January 20th 2015 ARC Provided by Balzer + Bray and Edelweiss Synopsis from Goodreads: Jeth Seagrave and his crew of mercenaries are pulled into one last high-stakes mission in this breathtaking sequel to Mindee Arnett’s fascinating and fast-paced sci-fi thriller Avalon. Jeth Seagrave and his crew are on the run. The ITA, still holding Jeth’s mother in a remote research lab, is now intent on acquiring the metatech secrets Jeth’s sister Cora carries inside her DNA, and Jeth is desperate to find the resources he needs [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on January 8, 2015 at 7:00 am

Review: Hate is Such a Strong Word by Sarah Ayoub

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Nov 182014
 
Review: Hate is Such a Strong Word by Sarah Ayoub

Hate is Such a Strong Word by Sarah Ayoub  Genre: Realistic Cultural Fiction Publication Date: September 1st, 2013 Publisher: HarperCollins Australia   Synopsis from Goodreads: I hate being invisible. I hate that I still can′t fight my own battles. I hate that I can′t keep up with the demands of high school. Sophie Kazzi is in Year 12 at an all-Lebanese, all-Catholic school where she is invisible, uncool and bored out of her brain. While she′s grown up surrounded by Lebanese friends, Lebanese neighbours and Lebanese shops, she knows there′s more to life than Samboosik and Baklawa, and she desperately wants to find [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on November 18, 2014 at 8:02 am

New Release Review: Otherworld Nights by Kelley Armstrong

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Nov 132014
 
New Release Review: Otherworld Nights by Kelley Armstrong

Otherworld Nights by Kelley Armstrong Book #3 in Otherworld Stories Genres: Urban Fantasy Anthology Publication Date: October 28th 2014 ARC Provided by Plume and Netgalley Synopsis from Goodreads: Rare and never-before published short stories featuring fan favorites from the New York Times bestselling series It’s been more than ten years since Kelley Armstrong began the Otherworld series and drew legions of fans to a realm roamed by witches, werewolves, necromancers, vampires, and half-demons. Many of the novels have become bestselling favorites, but not all of the Otherworld adventures have been easy to find. At last, Otherworld Nights shares short stories that have previously [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on November 13, 2014 at 7:00 am
Oct 282014
 
Release Day Group Review: Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews

Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews Book #1 in Hidden Legacy Genre: Urban Fantasy Publication Date: October 28, 2014 ARC Provided by Edelweiss and Avon Synopsis from Goodreads: #1 New York Times bestselling author Ilona Andrews launches a brand new Hidden Legacy series, in which one woman must place her trust in a seductive, dangerous man who sets off an even more dangerous desire… Nevada Baylor is faced with the most challenging case of her detective career—a suicide mission to bring in a suspect in a volatile case. Nevada isn’t sure she has the chops. Her quarry is a Prime, the [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on October 28, 2014 at 7:00 am
Oct 222014
 
Mini Reviews: A YA Potpourri

I haven’t had a lot of time for reviews lately, but I did manage to squeeze in a few reads.  Nothing was absolutely terrible, but I did find a new favorite or two.  If you’ve read any of these books, let me know what you thought about them in the comments!   A Song for Ella Grey by David Almond Genre: Young Adult Magical Realism Publication Date: October 2nd 2014 ARC Provided by Netgalley and  Hodder Children’s Books Synopsis from Goodreads: “I’m the one who’s left behind. I’m the one to tell the tale. I knew them both…knew how they lived and [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on October 22, 2014 at 7:00 am
Sep 222014
 
Jumble Your Genres Reading Challenge: Romance - I Want It That Way by Ann Aguirre

The Jumble Your Genres Reading Challenge was Romance for September and one of our beloved authors, Ann Aguirre, just happened to be trying her hand at New Adult Romance.  It was kismet! I Want It That Way by Ann Aguirre Book #1 in 2B Trilogy Genres: New Adult Romance Publication Date: August 26th 2014 ARC Provided by Netgalley and Harlequin HQN Synopsis from Goodreads: Nadia Conrad has big dreams, and she’s determined to make them come true—for her parents’ sake as well as her own. But between maintaining her college scholarship and working at the local day care to support herself, [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on September 22, 2014 at 7:00 am
Aug 192014
 
Release Day Review: Visions by Kelley Armstrong

Visions by Kelley Armstrong Book #2 in Cainsville Genres: Paranormal Mystery/Thriller Publication Date: August 19th 2014 ARC Provided by Dutton Synopsis from Goodreads: As #1 New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong’s new Cainsville series continues, Olivia’s power to read omens leads to the discovery of a gruesome crime with troubling connections to her new hometown. Omens, the first installment in Kelley Armstrong’s exciting new series, introduced Olivia Taylor-Jones, daughter of notorious serial killers, and Gabriel Walsh, the self-serving, morally ambiguous lawyer who became her unlikely ally. Together, they chased down a devious killer and partially cleared her parents of their horrifying [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on August 19, 2014 at 7:00 am
Jul 292014
 
Release Day Review: Magic Breaks by Ilona Andrews

Magic Breaks by Ilona Andrews Book #7 in the Kate Daniels series Release date: July 29, 2014 Genre: Urban Fantasy ARC provided by Ace Hardcovers and Netgalley Synopsis from Goodreads: No matter how much the paranormal politics of Atlanta change, one thing always remains the same: if there’s trouble, Kate Daniels will be in the middle of it… As the mate of the Beast Lord, Curran, former mercenary Kate Daniels has more responsibilities than it seems possible to juggle. Not only is she still struggling to keep her investigative business afloat, she must now deal with the affairs of the pack, [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on July 29, 2014 at 7:11 am
Jul 112014
 
New Release Review: The Vanishing Season by Jodi Lynn Anderson

The Vanishing Season by Jodi Lynn Anderson Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Paranormal, Romance Publication Date: July 1st 2014 ARC Provided by Edelweiss and HarperTeen Synopsis from Goodreads: Girls started vanishing in the fall, and now winter’s come to lay a white sheet over the horror. Door County, it seems, is swallowing the young, right into its very dirt. From beneath the house on Water Street, I’ve watched the danger swell. The residents know me as the noises in the house at night, the creaking on the stairs. I’m the reflection behind them in the glass, the feeling of fear in the cellar. [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on July 11, 2014 at 4:00 pm
Jun 252014
 
Should You Read This Series? Midnight Breed by Lara Adrian

There are so many published series out there and I know you wonder…which ones are worth the read? In this feature, we tell you which series you should start and which ones you shouldn’t. As a ground rule, series in this feature must have at least 3 books published and the reviewer must have read more than half the series. If you want us to feature a series in the future, please ask in the comments. SERIES: Midnight Breed by Lara Adrian GENRE: Paranormal Romance BOOKS PUBLISHED TO DATE: 11 + several novellas SERIES STATUS: Ongoing (latest book will be [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on June 25, 2014 at 7:17 am
Jun 192014
 
Jumble Your Genres Reading Challenge: High Fantasy - Half a King by Joe Abercrombie

The Jumble Your Genres Reading Challenge takes on high fantasy in June! Christal and AH took a chance on a new YA high fantasy series and looooved the debut. Read on to see why they think you should run out and buy this book now. Half A King by Joe Abercrombie Book #1 in Shattered Sea Genres: Young Adult, High/Epic Fantasy Publication Date: July 15th 2014 ARC Provided by Edelweiss and Del Rey Synopsis from Goodreads: “I swore an oath to avenge the death of my father. I may be half a man, but I swore a whole oath.” Prince Yarvi [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on June 19, 2014 at 10:26 am

Early Review: The House on Blackberry Hill by Donna Alward

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Apr 282014
 
Early Review: The House on Blackberry Hill by Donna Alward

The House on Blackberry Hill by Donna Alward Book #1 in Jewell Cove Genre: Contemporary Romance Publication Date: April 29th 2014 ARC Provided by Netgalley and St. Martin’s Press Synopsis from Goodreads: When a young woman inherits a rundown mansion, the last thing she expects to find is the key to her heart… Abby Foster is a fish out of water in the Maine coastal town of Jewell Cove. The crumbling Foster estate, left to her by a relative she never even knew, has everyone’s eyes on her—an eerie reminder of the long-buried family secrets that have haunted her…forever. Single, stunning, [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on April 28, 2014 at 10:41 am

Re-Release Review: Circle of Desire by Keri Arthur

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Apr 072014
 
Re-Release Review: Circle of Desire by Keri Arthur

Re-Release Review: Circle of Desire by Keri Arthur Book 3 in The Damask Circle series Release date: April 1, 2014 (previously published in 2001 & 2009) Book provided by NetGalley and Dell Genre: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy Synopsis from Goodreads: A TEMPTING FATE Two children have been found dead, their souls torn from their bodies. Two more are missing, and Ethan Morgan’s niece is one of them. A dedicated cop, Ethan has every intention not only of bringing her back alive but of catching the monster behind these kidnappings. And he will use anyone and everyone to achieve those aims—even [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on April 7, 2014 at 7:09 am
Feb 072014
 
New Release Review: Circle of Death by Keri Arthur

New Release Review: Circle of Death by Keri Arthur Book 2 in Damask Circle series Release date: February 25, 2014 Originally published: June, 2002 Genre: Paranormal Romance Book provided by NetGalley and Random House Bantam Dell Synopsis from NetGalley: In one vicious night, Kirby Brown’s world is torn apart. Her best friend is dead, killed by a madman who is now after Kirby, and she has no idea why. When the police prove incapable of protecting Kirby, she has no choice but to trust a mysterious stranger. And while she finds herself inexplicably drawn to him, she fears the strange [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on February 7, 2014 at 7:00 am
Feb 062014
 
New Release Review: Pecan Pies and Homicides by Ellery Adams

Pecan Pies and Homicides by Ellery Adams Book #3 in the Charmed Pie Shoppe Mysteries Genre: Cozy Mystery Publication Date: January 7th 2014 E-Book Purchased from Amazon.com Synopsis from Goodreads: Her Charmed Pie Shoppe is open for business, but baker Ella Mae LeFaye is about to discover solving a murder is not as easy as pie… Owning the Charmed Pie Shoppe and serving enchanted treats in the magical town of Havenwood, Georgia, seemed like a little slice of heaven for Ella Mae LeFaye. But now her hopes for both a lasting romance with Hugh Dylan and business success are starting to seem like pie [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on February 6, 2014 at 10:41 am