Category: All-Time Favorites

May 22
A Start of Two Series: Bite-Sized Reviews of (the Start of) The Ruined Series and The Gold Seer Trilogy

A Start of Two Series: Bite-Sized Reviews of (the Start of) The Ruined Series and The Gold Seer Trilogy

All-Time Favorites, Reviews 18

Today I’ve got bite-sized reviews of two awesome fantasy series that I’ve started (they’re not done yet, so it’s actually not my fault this time that I haven’t finished them!). Hope these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction! On the surface, this book seems like it might be sort of derivative. It’s not. Well, okay, it sort of is. I mean, just based on the basic description, I feel like I’ve read this book before: Em’s parents were murdered because a power-hungry king is afraid of her people’s abilities, and she wants revenge. She decides to pass herself off as the prince’s bride-to-be (possible since they’ve never actually met), but she falls in love with the prince and starts to doubt her plan to betray him. It sounds vaguely familiar, right. But Tintera makes this series stand out because she doesn’t sugarcoat anything. Em’s no wronged angel, she’s a… Read more »


Apr 19
Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray: 5 Soaring Stars

Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray: 5 Soaring Stars

All-Time Favorites, Reviews 34 ★★★★★

Defy the Stars is sci-fi at its very best—it’s exhilarating!  What Fed My Addiction: Complex characters you’ll love! Noemi is the type of person you can’t help but root for. She’s a bit of an underdog—doomed from the start of the book to die, she’s accepted her fate. After all, she doesn’t feel like her life is worth much anyway. Her story is sad but compelling, and the first person to truly convince her of her intrinsic value is an android (with a soul, of course). Speaking of that android, Abel is fantastically complex. As the book progresses he realizes that he just might be “broken.” After all, he has thoughts and feelings outside of his programming. Ironically, Abel is one of the funniest characters in the book—his sarcasm and his sometimes misguided understanding of human emotions make him a fascinating character. I loved every minute of him! Action, pacing and worldbuilding. This… Read more »


Sep 20
Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake – 5 Star “That Was Awesome” Review & Giveaway

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake – 5 Star “That Was Awesome” Review & Giveaway

All-Time Favorites, Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 21 ★★★★★

This book had me hooked from the very start. I was pretty much fascinated by this story of triplets who are all raised as queens – destined to kill each other after they turn sixteen (well, one of them has to kill the other two – the future all balances on which of them succeeds).  The Queens: We first meet Katharine, who is supposed to be a poisoner (which, somewhat ironically, actually means that she’s immune to poison), but we find out right away that her gift has failed to show up. She’s been raised under horrible circumstances – basically, her caretakers have been poisoning her her entire life, trying to help her build up some sort of immunity to poison so that she won’t look weak and so that she can still kill her sisters and win the crown. Next we meet Arsinoe, who also has no gift and has been pretty much overlooked her… Read more »


Sep 12
The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron – An Unforgettable All-Time Favorite!

The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron – An Unforgettable All-Time Favorite!

All-Time Favorites, Reviews 22 ★★★★★

This book. I LOVED this book! I was in a serious reading funk when I started reading The Forgetting—not a slump because I had actually read a couple of really good books, but nothing that truly excited me. Nothing that gripped me from the very beginning and made me super eager to pick up my book anytime I was forced to put it down. The Forgetting was that book for me. I actually went into it with relatively low expectations because my mom read the book first and she was going to write a review for me, but she kept forgetting about it. (Literally. We laughed several times because she’d be like, “What book did I read that you wanted me to review?” and I’d laugh and say, “The Forgetting!”) But I honestly don’t know how she could forget it because I definitely couldn’t! (She later told me that she wasn’t… Read more »


Jun 27
This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab – 5 Star Review!

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab – 5 Star Review!

All-Time Favorites, Reviews 21 ★★★★★

Wow! Just … wow! I haven’t read Schwab before, and now I know what I’ve been missing. I absolutely loved this story of humanity’s worst ills come to life in the form of monsters. What Fed My Addiction: Monstrous! This book gives us a bleak (but oh so fascinating) look at the human condition. In Schwab’s fantasy world, the urban areas have been overtaken by monsters that are born out of violence. Whenever a violent act is committed, a monster is born, creatures that can tear a human apart or suck their blood. But in the case of a truly horrific violent event – something along the lines of a mass murder – the monsters born can kill with a song. (This is the type of monster that August is.) But the way humanity responds to these monsters is just as compelling – as is so often the case with pain… Read more »


Jun 06
The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout – 5 Star Review

The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout – 5 Star Review

All-Time Favorites, Reviews 15 ★★★★★

This book gave me every single one of the feels. All of them – it was both beautiful and horrifying at the same time. Armentrout takes us on a journey with her characters – these people who have been broken and beaten down and simply want to reach past their pain toward hope. But change doesn’t come easy and sometimes hope can be elusive, especially when you’ve spent a lifetime without it. This book drew me in and never let me go! What Fed My Addiction: Finding healing after the pain of abuse. Mallory and Rider’s story was filled with horror. They fell through the cracks of a system meant to help them – a system that too often ignored its cracks. Their foster mother was an addict and their foster father was abusive. Rider spent his childhood shielding Mallory from the physical repercussions, but he couldn’t protect her completely from the impact… Read more »


Apr 25
Bite-Sized Reviews – Ready Player One, Burning Glass and A Daring Sacrifice

Bite-Sized Reviews – Ready Player One, Burning Glass and A Daring Sacrifice

All-Time Favorites, Reviews 10 ★★★★★

A few quick reviews of some books I haven’t gotten around to reviewing yet. Kind of a mixed bag this week, but one clear winner! Hopefully these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction! Ready Player One by Ernest Cline Published by Random House in 8/2011 Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopian Pages: 374 Source: Purchased My content rating: YA (Some talk of sex and mention of prostitution) My rating: In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the  OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. When Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by… Read more »


Mar 11
The Others Series by Anne Bishop – Series (so far) Review

The Others Series by Anne Bishop – Series (so far) Review

All-Time Favorites, Reviews 17 ★★★★

Thoughts on the Series as a Whole I knew lots of my blogger friends were adoring this series, but I didn’t know exactly what to expect when I picked it up. The Others is urban fantasy, but it’s the most fantastical urban fantasy I’ve ever read. The world that Bishop has created is an alternate version of the world where shapeshifters and “Others” rule. It has a lot of characters that fall into the category of “werewolf” or “vampire” but they are wildly different than the types of characters we’ve come to associate with those names. In this world, the Others are incredibly brutal, and they have always ruled the world. They have adapted to take on aspects of other species on earth – the predators that they have conquered over time – and they see humans as just one more food source. A pesky, but sometimes useful food source, since the humans… Read more »


Sep 30
I FINALLY read Undivided by Neal Shusterman!!

I FINALLY read Undivided by Neal Shusterman!!

All-Time Favorites, Reviews 17 ★★★★★

Those of you who follow my blog regularly know I have a BIG problem with finishing series – especially series I love! Well, I’m proud to say that I finally did it! I finished Undivided by Neal Shusterman, the final book in the Unwind series (well, kind of – there’s a book of short stories coming out in December). I was very scared to see this amazing series end, so I was thrilled that the final book lived up to my (very high) expectations. I seriously think that Shusterman is a genius! What fed my addiction: Heart-stopping moments. There were some truly climactic scenes in this book that had me breathless. Shusterman puts our beloved characters through A LOT in this book, but everything that they go through brings them a deeper understanding of themselves and ultimately makes them stronger. The result is a beautiful conclusion to the series that leads us… Read more »


Sep 16
What We Saw by Aaron Hartzler – ARC Review – ANOTHER All-Time Favorite!!

What We Saw by Aaron Hartzler – ARC Review – ANOTHER All-Time Favorite!!

All-Time Favorites, Reviews 20 ★★★★★

Read the synopsis for this book and you can probably imagine why it was so powerful. The fact that it’s inspired by real events is simply chilling. A book like this (when done right) can make people think deeply and transform them. This book was done right. What fed my addiction: Kate’s POV. One aspect of the book that I was surprised about was the POV. We found out pretty early on that Kate didn’t actually see anything – she was very drunk pretty early on in the party and was escorted home by her longtime crush (and best friend) Ben. This accomplishes two things: First of all, Kate is trying to piece together what happened that night, so we get to piece it together with her. You don’t know quite how serious the crimes against Stacey were or who was truly involved (or, at the very least, stood by watching) until almost the end of the book. Secondly, Kate is… Read more »