Jan 272015
Mini Reviews: The Good, The (Not So) Bad, and The Ugly

Because of the amount of books I read most months, I don’t get to review everything for the blog. The Mini Review Catch Up is my place to give you a little information about some of my other reads and whether or not I would recommend them without going into tons of detail. This time I have a few very different reads to spotlight and I’ll let you know whether they were good, (not so) bad, or just plain ugly!   All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Publication Date: January 6th 2015 ARC Provided by [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on January 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
Nov 272014
Should You  Read This Series: The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancy

 The Monstrumologist series is indescribable.  It’s historical, it’s Gothic, it’s horror… it’s even an odd type of ‘coming of age’.  It makes me squeamish and it makes me feel uneasy.  It’s violent, bloody and cruel.  It’s also on the slower side, definitely not what one would call action packed. It sinks it’s nails into you and makes you feel like you just have to keep reading. I took my time reading this series, completing it over 2 years time, and I thought I would share my thoughts with you guys. Book #1: The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancy    Synopsis from Goodreads: These are [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on November 27, 2014 at 8:03 am
Nov 202014
Jumble Your Genres Reading Challenge: Science Fiction - A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

The Jumble Your Genres Reading Challenge was Science Fiction for October (yes, we’re late!) and we decided to try a new-to-us author, Claudia Gray, and her newest novel, A Thousand Pieces of You. A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray Book #1 in Firebird Genres: Young Adult Science Fiction Publication Date: November 4th 2014 ARC Provided by Edelweiss and Harper Teen Synopsis from Goodreads: Every Day meets Cloud Atlas in this heart-racing, space- and time-bending, epic new trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray. Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their radical scientific achievements. Their most [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on November 20, 2014 at 2:21 pm
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
Nov 102014
New Release Review: UnDivided by Neal Shusterman

UnDivided by Neal Shusterman  Book #4 in the Unwind Dystology Genre: Science Fiction Dystopian Publication Date: October 14, 2014 Publisher: Simon & Schuster   Synopsis from Goodreads: Teens control the fate of America in the fourth and final book in the New York Times bestselling Unwind dystology by Neal Shusterman. Proactive Citizenry, the company that created Cam from the parts of unwound teens, has a plan: to mass produce rewound teens like Cam for military purposes. And below the surface of that horror lies another shocking level of intrigue: Proactive Citizenry has been suppressing technology that could make unwinding completely unnecessary. As Conner, [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on November 10, 2014 at 8:22 am
Nov 052014
Review: Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey

Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey  Genre: Realistic Fiction/Mystery Publication Date: March 31, 2009 Publisher: Allen & Unwin   Synopsis from Goodreads: Late on a hot summer night in 1965, Charlie Bucktin, a precocious and bookish boy of thirteen, is startled by an urgent knock on the window of his sleep-out. His visitor is Jasper Jones, an outcast in the regional mining town of Corrigan. Rebellious, mixed-race and solitary, Jasper is a distant figure of danger and intrigue for Charlie. So when Jasper begs for his help, Charlie eagerly steals into the night by his side, terribly afraid but desperate to impress. Jasper takes him [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on November 5, 2014 at 11:22 am
Oct 272014
New Release Review: Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater

Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater  Book #3 in The Raven Cycle Genre: YA YA Paranormal Fantasy Publication Date: October 21, 2014 Publisher: Scholastic Press   Synopsis from Goodreads: There is danger in dreaming. But there is even more danger in waking up. Blue Sargent has found things. For the first time in her life, she has friends she can trust, a group to which she can belong. The Raven Boys have taken her in as one of their own. Their problems have become hers, and her problems have become theirs. The trick with found things though, is how easily they can [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on October 27, 2014 at 7:13 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
Oct 212014
Review: All I Ever Wanted by Vikki Wakefield

All I Ever Wanted by Vikki Wakefield Genre: YA Realistic Fiction Publication Date: June 27th, 2011 Publisher: Text Publishing   Synopsis from Goodreads: Mim knows what she wants, and where she wants to go — anywhere but home, stuck in the suburbs with her mother who won’t get off the couch, and two brothers in prison. She’s set herself rules to live by, but she’s starting to break them. Now Mim has to retrieve a lost package for her mother. Does this make her a drug runner? Why is a monster dog called Gargoyle hidden in the back shed? And Jordan, [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on October 21, 2014 at 8:00 am
Oct 202014
Review & Trailer: Night Sky by Suzanne Brockmann & Melanie Brockmann

Night Sky by Suzanne Brockmann & Melanie Brockmann Book #1 in Night Sky Genre: Young Adult Urban Fantasy Publication Date: October 7th, 2014 ARC Provided by Netgalley and Sourcebooks Fire Synopsis from Goodreads: Skylar Reid is shaken when Sasha, the little girl she babysits, is kidnapped. Scared that the weird dreams she’s been having about Sasha are real—and even more afraid that Sasha is already dead. When a mysterious girl with extreme butt-kicking abilities roars into town on a motorcycle and, well, stalks Skylar things get even weirder. Supergirl Dana tells Sky that she also has abilities – that a hormone in [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on October 20, 2014 at 7:00 am
Oct 162014
World of Weir Blog Tour, by Cinda Williams Chima + Giveaway

THE SORCERER HEIR: The can’t-miss finale to the beloved and bestselling Heir Chronicles series. The delicate peace between Wizards and the underguilds (Warriors, Seers, Enchanters, and Sorcerers) still holds by the thinnest of threads, but powerful forces inside and outside the guilds threaten to sever it completely. Old friends and foes return as new threats arise in this stunning and revelatory conclusion to the beloved and bestselling Heir Chronicles series. The Sorcerer Heir is a self-contained story, accessible to readers just discovering the Heir series, but loyal fans will be rewarded by visits from characters they love (and love to [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on October 16, 2014 at 8:00 am
Oct 032014
Review: Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Wonder by R.J. Palacio Genre: YA/Middle Grade Realistic Fiction Publication Date: February 14, 2012 Publisher: Knopf   Synopsis from Goodreads: I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse. August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school—until now. He’s about to start 5th grade at Beecher Prep, and if you’ve ever been the new kid then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie’s just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on October 3, 2014 at 8:39 am
Sep 292014
Review: Carrier by Anne Tibbets

Carrier by Anne Tibbets Book #1 in The Line Genre: New Adult Dystopian Publication Date: June 16th 2014 Synopsis from Goodreads: Twenty-two -year-old Naya has spent nearly half her life as a sex slave in a government institution called The Line. When she’s kicked out after getting pregnant with twins, she’s got no way to earn a living and a horrifying choice to make: find someone to replace her, or have her babies taken in her stead.A doctor with a history of aiding ex-Line girls, Ric Bennett, wants to help. He runs a team of rebels that can delete Naya’s records [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on September 29, 2014 at 7:00 am
Sep 262014
Group Review: Salt & Storm by Kendall Kulper

New Release Group Review: Salt & Storm by Kendall Kulper Release date: September 23, 2014 Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Historical Fiction Book provided by NetGalley and Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Synopsis from Goodreads: A sweeping historical romance about a witch who foresees her own murder–and the one boy who can help change her future. Sixteen-year-old Avery Roe wants only to take her rightful place as the witch of Prince Island, making the charms that keep the island’s whalers safe at sea, but her mother has forced her into a magic-free world of proper manners and respectability. When Avery [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on September 26, 2014 at 7:00 am
Sep 242014
From Page to Screen: The Maze Runner

It’s true that, in the end of this series, I was very unhappy.  My review of Maze Runner on Goodreads has gotten the most attention, more than any of my other reviews.  I think it’s because there are so many others who felt as let down as I did.  I can’t post it here for you because it was nothing but a giant angry rant and at least half of it is spoiler.  Suffice to say when I heard that this movie was being made I was as cynical as you can possibly get. I tried to stay obstinate about [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on September 24, 2014 at 8:00 am
Sep 192014
Should You Read This Series? Jasper Dent by Barry Lyga

If you are a fan of Dexter, Criminal Minds, CSI and other forensic shows, this series is something to take a look at. The Jasper Dent series has three books: I Hunt Killers, Game, and Blood of My Blood. Some warnings: 1. This is a pretty gruesome reading. If you are the least bit squeamish, this is not the series for you. If you can handle an episode of CSI, then you’ll probably enjoy this series. 2. Make sure that you have all the books on hand and readily available because Game ends on quite the cliffhanger. Book One – [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on September 19, 2014 at 7:34 am
Sep 102014
Review: The Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima

The Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima Genre: YA Fantasy Publication Date: June 10, 2008 Publisher: Disney-Hyperion     Synopsis from Goodreads: Sixteen-year-old Seph McCauley has spent the past three years getting kicked out of one exclusive private school after another. And it’s not his attitude that’s the problem: it’s the trail of magical accidents – lately, disasters – that follow in his wake. Seph is a wizard, orphaned and untrained, and his powers are escalating out of control. After causing a tragic fire at an after-hours party, Seph is sent to the Havens, a secluded boys’ school on the coast of Maine. [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on September 10, 2014 at 8:33 am
Sep 092014
Release Day Review: Forest of Whispers by Jennifer Murgia

Forest of Whispers by Jennifer Murgia Genres: Young Adult Fantasy Publication Date: September 9th 2014 ARC Provided by Spencer Hill Press and Netgalley Synopsis from Goodreads: Raised by an old fortune-teller within the dark veil of the Bavarian Black Forest, Rune has learned two valuable lessons: only take from the forest that which you can use, and never, never look anyone in the eye in the village. For something terrible happened in the forest long ago… and now, the whispers of a long-dead mother with a vengeful secret have come haunting. Forced to flee all she has ever known, Rune soon [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on September 9, 2014 at 4:10 pm
Sep 052014
New Release Review: Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins Genre: YA Contemporary Romance Publication Date: August 14, 2014 Publisher: Dutton (Hardcover Purchased through Amazon.com)     Synopsis from Goodreads: Hopeless romantic Isla has had a crush on brooding artist Josh since their first year at the School of America in Paris. And, after a chance encounter in Manhattan over the summer break, romance might be closer than Isla imagined. But as they begin their senior year back in France, Isla and Josh are forced to face uncertainty about their futures, and the very real possibility of being apart. Set against the stunning backdrops of [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on September 5, 2014 at 8:00 am