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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Jan 262016
 
Release Day Group Review: Shallow Graves by Kali Wallace

Shallow Graves by Kali Wallace Genre: YA Paranormal Publication Date: January 26th 2016 ARC Provided by Edelweiss and Katherine Tegen Books Synopsis from Goodreads: For fans of Holly Black and Nova Ren Suma, a gripping, hauntingly atmospheric novel about murder, revenge, and a world where monsters—human and otherwise—lurk at the fringes. When seventeen-year-old Breezy Lin wakes up in a shallow grave one year after her death, she doesn’t remember who killed her or why. All she knows is that she’s somehow conscious—and not only that, she’s able to sense who around her is hiding a murderous past. In life, Breezy was [ Read More of this Review ]

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Jan 212016
 
New Release Review: Sword and Verse by Kathy MacMillan

Sword and Verse by Kathy MacMillan Book #1 in Sword and Verse Genre: YA Fantasy Publication Date: January 19th 2016 ARC Provided by Edelweiss and Harper Teen Synopsis from Goodreads: Raisa was just a child when she was sold to work as a slave in the kingdom of Qilara. Despite her young age, her father was teaching her to read and write, grooming her to take his place as a Learned One. In Qilara, the Arnathim, like Raisa, are the lowest class, and literacy is a capital offense. What’s more, only the king, prince, tutor, and tutor-in-training are allowed to [ Read More of this Review ]

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Jan 142016
 
New Release Review: The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine

The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine Genre: YA Fantasy Publication Date: January 5th 2016 ARC Provided by Edelweiss and  Margaret K. McElderry Books Synopsis from Goodreads: Sixteen-year-old Elli was a small child when the Elders of Kupari chose her to succeed the Valtia, the queen who wields infinitely powerful ice and fire magic. Since then, Elli has lived in the temple, surrounded by luxury and tutored by magical priests, as she prepares for the day when the Valtia perishes and the magic finds a new home in her. Elli is destined to be the most powerful Valtia to ever rule. But [ Read More of this Review ]

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Jan 132016
 
Early Review: The Year We Fell Apart by Emily Martin

The Year We Fell Apart by Emily Martin Genre: Young Adult Publication Date: January 26th, 2015 ARC provided by Edelweiss and Simon Pulse Synopsis from Goodreads: Few things come as naturally to Harper as epic mistakes. In the past year she was kicked off the swim team, earned a reputation as Carson High’s easiest hook-up, and officially became the black sheep of her family. But her worst mistake was destroying her relationship with her best friend, Declan. Now, after two semesters of silence, Declan is home from boarding school for the summer. Everything about him is different—he’s taller, stronger…more handsome. Harper [ Read More of this Review ]

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Jan 122016
 
Blog Tour: Review, Excerpt & Giveaway for Strange Girl by Christopher Pike

Strange Girl by Christopher Pike Genre: Paranormal Mystery Publication Date: November 17th, 2015 Physical copy provided by Simon Pulse Synopsis from Goodreads: From #1 New York Times bestselling author Christopher Pike comes a brand-new fascinating and seductive new novel about a girl with a mysterious ability—but one that carries an unimaginable cost. From the moment Fred meets Aja, he knows she’s different. She’s pretty, soft-spoken, shy—yet seems to radiate an unusual peace. Fred quickly finds himself falling in love with her. Then strange things begin to happen around Aja. A riot breaks out that Aja is able to stop by merely speaking a few words. [ Read More of this Review ]

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Jan 072016
 
New Release Review: Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken Book #1 in Passenger Genre: YA Science Fiction/Fantasy, Time Travel Publication Date: January 5th 2016 ARC Provided by Netgalley and Disney-Hyperion Synopsis from Goodreads: passage, n. i. A brief section of music composed of a series of notes and flourishes. ii. A journey by water; a voyage. iii. The transition from one place to another, across space and time. In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles [ Read More of this Review ]

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Jan 052016
 
Genre Book Showdown: This is Where it Ends vs Violent Ends

I’ve been sitting on This Is Where It Ends for a long time.  I requested it months ago, but wanted to put my review out closer to it’s release date.  While I waited Violent Ends came out, and I thought it was interesting that the two were very similar.  Not only were both books about school shootings, both of them were also told from multiple perspectives, none of which are the shooter.  I wondered if these books would make for a perfect comparison review, and I was eager to put these two books in the ring and see who came out the winner. If you’ve [ Read More of this Review ]

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Dec 212015
 
Early Review: Thicker Than Water by Brigid Kemmerer

Thicker Than Water by Brigid Kemmerer Genre: YA Paranormal Mystery Publication Date: December 29th, 2015 Publisher: Kensington Books   Synopsis from Goodreads: On his own Thomas Bellweather hasn’t been in town long. Just long enough for his newlywed mother to be murdered, and for his new stepdad’s cop colleagues to decide Thomas is the primary suspect. Not that there’s any evidence. But before Thomas got to Garretts Mill there had just been one other murder in twenty years. The only person who believes him is Charlotte Rooker, little sister to three cops and, with her soft hands and sweet curves, straight-up dangerous [ Read More of this Review ]

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Oct 302015
 
New Release Review & Giveaway: Wild Sky by Suzanne Brockmann and Melanie Brockmann

Wild Sky by Suzanne Brockmann and Melanie Brockmann Book #2 in Night Sky Genre: Young Adult/Paranormal Publication Date: October 6th, 2015 ARC provided by Netgalley and Sourcebooks Synopsis from Goodreads: Skylar Reid is slowly adjusting to the powers that make her a Greater-Than; it’s the rest of her ”normal” life that’s too hard to handle. Her boyfriend is distant, and her mentor is obsessed with rescuing her sister from the producers of the Destiny drug. Then a secret Destiny lab pops up in Skylar’s town, and her best friend Calvin is accidentally injected. After spending years in a wheelchair, the drug gives [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on October 30, 2015 at 7:00 am
Oct 212015
 
New Release Review: The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness Genre: YA Magical Realism Publication Date: October 6th, 2015 Publisher: HarperTeen   Synopsis from Goodreads: What if you aren’t the Chosen One? The one who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever the heck this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death? What if you’re like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again. Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on October 21, 2015 at 7:00 am
Oct 162015
 
Review: The Carnival at Bray by Jessie Ann Foley

The Carnival at Bray by Jessie Ann Foley Genre: YA Contemporary Publication Date: January 1st, 2014 Publisher: Elephant Rock Productions, Inc   Synopsis from Goodreads: It’s 1993, and Generation X pulses to the beat of Kurt Cobain and the grunge movement. Sixteen-year-old Maggie Lynch is uprooted from big-city Chicago to a windswept town on the Irish Sea. Surviving on care packages of Spin magazine and Twizzlers from her rocker uncle Kevin, she wonders if she’ll ever find her place in this new world. When first love and sudden death simultaneously strike, a naive but determined Maggie embarks on a forbidden pilgrimage that will take [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on October 16, 2015 at 7:00 am
Oct 142015
 
New Release Review: Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell Genre: YA Fantasy M/M Publication Date: October 6th, 2015 Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin   Synopsis from Goodreads: Rainbow Rowell continues to break boundaries with Carry On, an epic fantasy following the triumphs and heartaches of Simon and Baz from her beloved bestseller Fangirl. Simon Snow just wants to relax and savor his last year at the Watford School of Magicks, but no one will let him. His girlfriend broke up with him, his best friend is a pest, and his mentor keeps trying to hide him away in the mountains where maybe he’ll be safe. Simon can’t even [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on October 14, 2015 at 7:00 am
Oct 082015
 
Early Review: Illuminae by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman

Illuminae by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman The Illuminae Files #1 Genre: YA Sci-Fi Dystopia Publication Date: October 20th, 2015 Publisher: Knopf Books   Synopsis from Goodreads: This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded. The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on October 8, 2015 at 7:00 am
Sep 242015
 
Review: None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio

None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio Genre: YA Contemporary LGBT Publication Date: April 07th, 2015 Publisher: Balzer & Bray   Synopsis from Goodreads: A groundbreaking story about a teenage girl who discovers she was born intersex… and what happens when her secret is revealed to the entire school. Incredibly compelling and sensitively told, None of the Above is a thought-provoking novel that explores what it means to be a boy, a girl, or something in between. What if everything you knew about yourself changed in an instant? When Kristin Lattimer is voted homecoming queen, it seems like another piece of her ideal [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on September 24, 2015 at 7:00 am
Sep 162015
 
Review: The Betrayal of Renegade X by Chelsea M. Campbell

The Betrayal of Renegade X by Chelsea M. Campbell #3 in Renegade X Genre: YA Superhero Fantasy Publication Date: June 20th, 2015 Publisher: Golden City Publishing   Synopsis from Goodreads: Damien thinks he has the whole hero thing figured out—he’s getting good grades at Heroesworth and acing all his missions—at least until he zaps an unarmed bad guy he believes tortured and murdered children. It turns out the “bad guy” was actually a superhero working with the school. The mission was staged, and Damien blew it. Now his best friend refuses to work with him, his dad is considering getting him professional help, [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on September 16, 2015 at 7:00 am
Sep 152015
 
Review Hodgepodge - Trying to get caught up!

Sometimes I get so caught up in the joy of reading, I forget I’m also supposed to (hopefully) be helpful and informative to other people when they’re choosing books or if they just want to compare notes. Today, I have some books I’ve read, but been so gung-ho to start my next read that I’ve blown straight past reviewing. May these reviews be helpful and maybe spark some note comparing! One More Shot by Victoria Denault Book #1 in Hometown Players Genre: Contemporary/Sports Romance Publication Date: June 2nd, 2015 ARC provided by Netgalley and Grand Central Publishing Synopsis from Goodreads: They [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on September 15, 2015 at 7:00 am
Sep 092015
 
New Release Review: Living With the Fall by Hannah Thompson

Living with the Fall by Hannah Thompson Genre: M/M YA Post-Apocalyptic Dystopian Publication Date: August 6th, 2015 Publisher: Harmony Ink Press   Synopsis from Goodreads: In a dystopian future ravaged by a zombie virus, teenaged Flo dreams of becoming a hunter. Instead, he becomes infected, and while plagued by hunger, he is able to control his urges. Hoping his life can still hold some meaning, Flo agrees to travel with hunters Hulme and Dihr, and he discovers a world unlike anything he imagined. On the continent, people are struggling to hold back the apocalypse by finding a cure for the disease, and Flo [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on September 9, 2015 at 7:00 am
Sep 032015
 
New Release Review: Mad About the Hatter by Dakota Chase

Mad About the Hatter by Dakota Chase Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy Publication Date: August 20th, 2015 Publisher: Harmony Ink Press Synopsis from Goodreads: This isn’t his sister’s Wonderland…. Henry never believed his older sister, Alice’s, fantastic tales about the world down the rabbit hole. When he’s whisked away to the bizarre land, his best chance for escape is to ally himself with the person called the Mad Hatter. Hatter—an odd but strangely attractive fellow—just wants to avoid execution. If that means delivering “Boy Alice” to the Queen of Hearts at her Red Castle, Hatter will do what he has to do [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on September 3, 2015 at 7:00 am