May 242016
 
Re-Release Review: The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson

The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson Genre: YA LGBT Realistic Publication Date: May 31, 2016 Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux   Synopsis from Goodreads: David Piper has always been an outsider. His parents think he’s gay. The school bully thinks he’s a freak. Only his two best friends know the real truth: David wants to be a girl. On the first day at his new school Leo Denton has one goal: to be invisible. Attracting the attention of the most beautiful girl in his class is definitely not part of that plan. When Leo stands up for David in [ Read More of this Review ]

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May 202016
 
Review: The Sidekicks by Will Kostakis

The Sidekicks by Will Kostakis Genre: YA Realistic Publication Date: February 29th, 2016 Publisher: e-Penguin   Synopsis from Goodreads: The Swimmer. The Rebel. The Nerd. All Ryan, Harley and Miles had in common was Isaac. They lived different lives, had different interests and kept different secrets. But they shared the same best friend. They were sidekicks. And now that Isaac’s gone, what does that make them? Will Kostakis, award-winning author of The First Third, perfectly depicts the pain and pleasure of this teenage world, piecing together three points of view with intricate splendour. Wendy’s Review The Sidekicks wasn’t a book that was on my [ Read More of this Review ]

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May 182016
 
New Release Review: Girls on Fire by Robin Wasserman

Girls on Fire by Robin Wasserman Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Publication Date: May 17th 2016 ARC Provided by Harper and Edelweiss Synopsis from Goodreads: Girls on Fire tells the story of Hannah and Lacey and their obsessive teenage female friendship so passionately violent it bloodies the very sunset its protagonists insist on riding into, together, at any cost. Opening with a suicide whose aftermath brings good girl Hannah together with the town’s bad girl, Lacey, the two bring their combined wills to bear on the community in which they live; unconcerned by the mounting discomfort that their lust for chaos and [ Read More of this Review ]

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May 132016
 
New Release Review: Wild Swans by Jessica Spotswood

Wild Swans by Jessica Spotswood Genre: Young Adult Publication Date: May 3rd, 2016 ARC provided by Netgalley and Sourcebooks Fire Synopsis from Goodreads: The summer before Ivy’s senior year is going to be golden; all bonfires, barbeques, and spending time with her best friends. For once, she will just get to be. No summer classes, none of Granddad’s intense expectations to live up to the family name. For generations, the Milbourn women have lead extraordinary lives—and died young and tragically. Granddad calls it a legacy, but Ivy considers it a curse. Why else would her mother have run off and abandoned [ Read More of this Review ]

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May 122016
 
Early Review: Rise by Jennifer Anne Davis

Rise by Jennifer Anne Davis The Order of the Krigers #1 Genre: YA Fantasy Publication Date: May 17th, 2016 Publisher: Month9Books   Synopsis from Goodreads: The people of Nelebek live in fear of persecution from the evil Morlet, who reigns with a dark and destructive magic. The kingdom’s only hope lies with the Order of the Krigers—twelve warriors with mysterious powers linked to magical weapons. For over a century, Morlet has been annihilating the Order, picking them off one by one. Eleven Krigers have been hunted down, tortured, and imprisoned in his dungeon. Now, only one remains. Sixteen-year-old Kaia survives by keeping her [ Read More of this Review ]

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May 102016
 
New Release Review: The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater The Raven Cycle #4 Genre: YA Fantasy/Magical Realism Publication Date: April 26th, 2016 Publisher: Scholastic Press   Synopsis from Goodreads: The fourth and final installment in the spellbinding series from the irrepressible, #1 New York Times bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater. All her life, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love’s death. She doesn’t believe in true love and never thought this would be a problem, but as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore. In a starred review for Blue [ Read More of this Review ]

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May 092016
 
Giveaway! A Badass Read-Along: Winter by Marissa Meyer

Winter is the final book in our Lunar Chronicles Read-along.  It feels like it went by very fast. Please be advised, as this isn’t a review, that since we’re specifically discussing the aspects of the story it’s very likely there will be spoilers.  If you would like to sign up for the Giveaway without reading the spoilers in the discussion, please scroll down to the bottom of the blog post.  We completely understand.  🙂 Winter by Marissa Meyer #4 The Lunar Chronicles Genre: YA Fantasy Publication Date: November 10th, 2015 Publisher: Feiwel & Friends Synopsis from Goodreads: Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar [ Read More of this Review ]

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May 032016
 
April Mini Reviews: The Good, The (Not So) Bad, and The Ugly

So the month of April kicked my butt reviewing-wise, but I did manage to read a few books.  I’m a little late with this Mini Review installment, but here is  a good sampling of the books I read in the month of April!     Heartsick by Chelsea Cain Read by Carolyn McCormick Book #1 in Archie Sheridan & Gretchen Lowell Genre: Mystery/Thriller Publication Date: March 4th 2007 Audiobook Borrowed from Local Library Synopsis from Goodreads: Damaged Portland detective Archie Sheridan spent ten years tracking Gretchen Lowell, a beautiful serial killer, but in the end she was the one who caught him. Two years [ Read More of this Review ]

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Apr 272016
 
On the Hunt |Tracking an Epic Romance!

  Isn’t there no better feeling than finding a book that’s like magic in your hands.  A story that, from page one, sucks you in and holds you hostage.  One that when you get to the end and you can feel your heart squeezing, and your soul aching, and you just clutch the book to your chest because you know that physically putting it down would be like ripping off the toughest of band-aids. I’ve felt that way about only a handful of books and the sad fact is that, despite rereads, I’ll never get that initial feeling again.  There is literally [ Read More of this Review ]

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Apr 192016
 
Early Review: The Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter Hapgood

The Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter Hapgood Genre: Young Adult, Romance Publication Date: May 3rd, 2016 ARC provided by Netgalley and Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group Synopsis from Goodreads: This is what it means to love someone. This is what it means to grieve someone. It’s a little bit like a black hole. It’s a little bit like infinity.  Gottie H. Oppenheimer is losing time. Literally. When the fabric of the universe around her seaside town begins to fray, she’s hurtled through wormholes to her past: To last summer, when her grandfather Grey died. To the afternoon she fell in [ Read More of this Review ]

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Apr 182016
 
New Release Review: Fear My Mortality by Everly Frost

Fear My Mortality by Everly Frost Mortal Eternity #1 Genre: YA Sci-Fi Publication Date: April 5th, 2016 Publisher: Month9Books, LLC   Synopsis from Goodreads:  The future is bright for 16-year-old Ava Holland and the residents of Evereach. They don’t have to worry about old age or even getting sick. In their world, humans regenerate, heal, and live for hundreds of years. Mortality isn’t something to fear. Disease has been all but eradicated. Everything changes when Ava watches her brother die and he doesn’t regenerate. Ava’s genetics are called into question by the government, scientists, extremists, and Ava herself. Could her genes hold [ Read More of this Review ]

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Apr 082016
 
A Badass Read-Along: Cress by Marissa Meyer

It’s time for book 3 in The Lunar Chronicles, Cress! If you want, please join the discussion in the comment section. We’ve decided not to list the short stories as part of the read along, but please feel free to mention them in the discussion. This includes the prequel Fairest. Please be advised, as this isn’t a review, that since we’re specifically discussing the aspects of the story it’s very likely there will be spoilers. Cress by Marissa Meyer #3 The Lunar Chronicles Genre: YA Fantasy Publication Date: February 4th 2014 Publisher: Feiwel & Friends Synopsis from Goodreads: In this third book in the Lunar Chronicles, Cinder [ Read More of this Review ]

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Mar 312016
 
March 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. These are a good sampling of the books I read this month and I’ll let you know whether they were good, (not so) bad, or just plain ugly!     Borderline by Mishell Baker Book #1 in Arcadia Project Trilogy Genre: Urban Fantasy Publication Date: March 1st [ Read More of this Review ]

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Mar 112016
 
A Badass Read-Along: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Today we are discussing book 2 in The Lunar Chronicles, Scarlet! I hope you’ve read the book and can join the discussion in the comment section.  We’re looking forward to seeing what you liked and didn’t like about the the second book, Scarlet. We’ve decided not to list the short stories as part of the read along, but please feel free to mention them in the discussion. This includes the prequel Fairest. Please be advised, as this isn’t a review, that since we’re specifically discussing the aspects of the story it’s very likely there will be spoilers. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer #2 [ Read More of this Review ]

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Feb 262016
 
New Release Review: Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard Book #1 in The Witchlands Genre: Young Adult Fantasy Publication Date: January 5th 2016 Book Borrowed from Local Library Synopsis from Goodreads: In a continent on the edge of war, two witches hold its fate in their hands. Young witches Safiya and Iseult have a habit of finding trouble. After clashing with a powerful Guildmaster and his ruthless Bloodwitch bodyguard, the friends are forced to flee their home. Safi must avoid capture at all costs as she’s a rare Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lies. Many would kill for her magic, so Safi must keep it hidden [ Read More of this Review ]

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Feb 252016
 
February 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. These are a good sampling of the books I read this month and I’ll let you know whether they were good, (not so) bad, or just plain ugly!     Night Study by Maria V. Snyder Book #2 in Soulfinders Genre: Fantasy Publication Date: January 26th 2016 ARC [ Read More of this Review ]

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Feb 222016
 
Early Review: You Were Here by Cori McCarthy

You Were Here by Cori McCarthy Genre: YA Contemporary Publication Date: March 1st, 2016 Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire   Synopsis from Goodreads: Grief turned Jaycee into a daredevil, but can she dare to deal with her past? On the anniversary of her daredevil brother’s death, Jaycee attempts to break into Jake’s favorite hideout—the petrifying ruins of an insane asylum. Joined by four classmates, each with their own brand of dysfunction, Jaycee discovers a map detailing her brother’s exploration and the unfinished dares he left behind. As a tribute to Jake, Jaycee vows to complete the dares, no matter how terrifying or dangerous. What [ Read More of this Review ]

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Feb 172016
 
New Release Review: Riders by Veronica Rossi

Riders by Veronica Rossi Book #1 in Riders Genre: Young Adult Fantasy Publication Date: February 16th 2016 ARC Provided by Tor Teen Synopsis from Goodreads: For eighteen-year-old Gideon Blake, nothing but death can keep him from achieving his goal of becoming a U.S. Army Ranger. As it turns out, it does. Recovering from the accident that most definitely killed him, Gideon finds himself with strange new powers and a bizarre cuff he can’t remove. His death has brought to life his real destiny. He has become War, one of the legendary four horsemen of the apocalypse. Over the coming weeks, he and the [ Read More of this Review ]

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Feb 032016
 
A Badass Read-Along: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Welcome to our first Badass Read-Along discussion! If you’ve read the book, feel free to join the discussion in the comment section.  We’re looking forward to seeing what you liked and didn’t like about the first Lunar Chronicles book, Cinder. We’ve decided not to list the short stories as part of the read along, but please feel free to mention them in the discussion. This includes the prequel Fairest. Please be advised, as this isn’t a review, that since we’re specifically discussing the aspects of the story it’s very likely there will be spoilers. Cinder by Marissa Meyer #1 The Lunar [ Read More of this Review ]

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Feb 012016
 
Review: The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater Genre: YA Fantasy Publication Date: October 18th, 2011 Publisher: Scholastic   Synopsis from Goodreads: It happens at the start of every November: the Scorpio Races. Riders attempt to keep hold of their water horses long enough to make it to the finish line. Some riders live. Others die. At age nineteen, Sean Kendrick is the returning champion. He is a young man of few words, and if he has any fears, he keeps them buried deep, where no one else can see them. Puck Connolly is different. She never meant to ride in the Scorpio Races. [ Read More of this Review ]

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