Apr 172015
 
New Release Review: All the Rage by Courtney Summers

All the Rage by Courtney Summers Genre: YA Contemporary Fiction Publication Date: April 14, 2015 Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin   Synopsis from Goodreads: The sheriff’s son, Kellan Turner, is not the golden boy everyone thinks he is, and Romy Grey knows that for a fact. Because no one wants to believe a girl from the wrong side of town, the truth about him has cost her everything—friends, family, and her community. Branded a liar and bullied relentlessly by a group of kids she used to hang out with, Romy’s only refuge is the diner where she works outside of town. No one [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on April 17, 2015 at 8:00 am
Apr 102015
 
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 in March and I’ll let you know whether they were good, (not so) bad, or just plain ugly!     Bone Gap by Laura Ruby Genre: Young Adult Contemporary with Fantasy elements Publication Date: March 3rd 2015 ARC Provided by Balzer [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on April 10, 2015 at 12:15 pm
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
Mar 252015
 
Review: Beautiful Music for Ugly Children by Kristin Cronn-Mills

Beautiful Music for Ugly Children by Kristin Cronn-Mills Genre: YA Contemporary LGBT Publication Date: October 1, 2012 Publisher: Flux   Synopsis from Goodreads: “This is Beautiful Music for Ugly Children, on community radio 90.3, KZUK. I’m Gabe. Welcome to my show.” My birth name is Elizabeth, but I’m a guy. Gabe. My parents think I’ve gone crazy and the rest of the world is happy to agree with them, but I know I’m right. I’ve been a boy my whole life. When you think about it, I’m like a record. Elizabeth is my A side, the song everybody knows, and Gabe [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on March 25, 2015 at 8:25 am
Mar 202015
 
Revew: The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead

The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead Book #6 in Bloodlines series Genre: Urban Fantasy YA Publication Date: February 10, 2015 Publisher: Razorbill Publishing   Synopsis from Goodreads: The epic conclusion to Richelle Mead’s New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series is finally here… Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets—and human lives. After their secret romance is exposed, Sydney and Adrian find themselves facing the wrath of both the Alchemists and the Moroi in this electrifying conclusion to Richelle Mead’s New [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on March 20, 2015 at 8:19 am
Mar 132015
 
Revew: There Will be Lies by Nick Lake

There Will Be Lies by Nick Lake Genre: Contemporary Young Adult Publication Date: January 6th, 2015 Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens   Synopsis from Goodreads: In four hours, Shelby Jane Cooper will be struck by a car. Shortly after, she and her mother will leave the hospital and set out on a winding journey toward the Grand Canyon. All Shelby knows is that they’re running from dangers only her mother understands. And the further they travel, the more Shelby questions everything about her past—and her current reality. Forced to take advantage of the kindness of unsuspecting travelers, Shelby grapples with what’s real, what [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on March 13, 2015 at 8:37 am
Mar 102015
 
Release Day Review: Little Peach by Peggy Kern

Little Peach by Peggy Kern Genres: Young Adult Contemporary Publication Date: March 10th 2015 ARC Provided by Balzer + Bray and Edelweiss Synopsis from Goodreads: What do you do if you’re in trouble? When Michelle runs away from her drug-addicted mother, she has just enough money to make it to New York City, where she hopes to move in with a friend. But once she arrives at the bustling Port Authority, she is confronted with the terrifying truth: she is alone and out of options. Then she meets Devon, a good-looking, well-dressed guy who emerges from the crowd armed with a [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on March 10, 2015 at 7:00 am
Feb 192015
 
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. 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!     Undressed by Shannon Richard Book #4.5 in Country Roads Genre: Romance Publication Date: February 3rd 2015 ARC Provided by [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on February 19, 2015 at 7:00 am
Feb 172015
 
New Release Review: The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand

The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand Genres: Young Adult Contemporary Publication Date: February 10th 2015 ARC Provided by HarperTeen and Edelweiss Synopsis from Goodreads: There’s death all around us. We just don’t pay attention. Until we do. The last time Lex was happy, it was before. When she had a family that was whole. A boyfriend she loved. Friends who didn’t look at her like she might break down at any moment. Now she’s just the girl whose brother killed himself. And it feels like that’s all she’ll ever be. As Lex starts to put her life back together, [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on February 17, 2015 at 12:21 pm
Jan 272015
 
January 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