Category: Author Top Ten Lists

Mar 21
Operation Frog Effect by Sarah Scheerger: Review & Scheerger’s Top Ten Addictions

Operation Frog Effect by Sarah Scheerger: Review & Scheerger’s Top Ten Addictions

Author Top Ten Lists, Reviews 3 ★★★★★

Operation Frog Effect is a story told in journal form–with eight (diverse) kids who are writing their experiences as the school year progresses. The kids use multiple formats. For instance, one writes mostly in verse while another does his journaling in graphic novel format. These different formats are sure to appeal to a wide variety of readers. Right from the start, I could tell that the characters were going to be incredibly relatable: the story starts with Emily, who’s confused by the fact that her two best friends didn’t sit with her on the first day of school. She’s sure it’s a mistake. Well, pretty sure. That beginning set just the right tone and let me know that this book was going to tug at my heartstrings and address situations that middle school kids face every day. It also tackles some tougher topics as well, like learning disabilities, immigration and homelessness…. Read more »


Feb 09
Between Before and After by Maureen Doyle McQuerry: Review, Giveaway & McQuerry’s Top Ten Addictions

Between Before and After by Maureen Doyle McQuerry: Review, Giveaway & McQuerry’s Top Ten Addictions

Author Top Ten Lists, Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 23 ★★★½

Between Before and After is a touching story of believing in the miracles of everyday life and forgiving yourself for the mistakes of your past. The story alternates between 1955 and 1918 to the early 20’s. When Molly discovers that her mother has a secret in her past that might ruin their family’s happiness, she’s determined to find out what it is. In the meantime, her uncle is being investigated by the church because he performed a miracle, and the turmoil and disbelief that this sparks turns their life even more upside down. The book follows Molly in her quest to learn the truth and flashes back to Molly’s mother’s life as a struggling orphan after the Spanish flu of 1918. I’ll confess that I’d unraveled the mystery of her mother’s past pretty much right from the start, but I still enjoyed reading Molly’s discoveries and finding out how it… Read more »


Jun 27
Kiss of the Royal by Lindsey Duga – Giveaway & Duga’s Top Ten Addictions

Kiss of the Royal by Lindsey Duga – Giveaway & Duga’s Top Ten Addictions

Author Top Ten Lists, Giveaways (Ended) 16

I’m excited to share this amazing new fantasy with you! I’m reading it right now, and so far I’m loving its unique twist on fairy tales. Watch for a review on the blog, coming soon! For now, here’s a chance to win a copy of the book AND Lindsey Duga’s Top Ten Addictions. Enjoy! Lindsey’s Top Ten Addictions Iced Matcha Green Tea Lattes (with soy milk) I first discovered these at Starbucks while I was searching for a coffee substitute and have been addicted to them ever since. My most productive writing sessions always begin with one of these–seriously can’t write or live without them! Girl Superhero Shows The obsession started with Sailor Moon and didn’t end there. Sure, they’re kinda cheesy, but shows like Totally Spies, Cardcaptor Sakura, Wedding Peach etc, all had really great strong female characters and were great role models for young girls. My current favorite… Read more »


Feb 08
By a Charm and a Curse by Jaime Questell: Review, Giveaway & Questell’s Top Ten Addictions

By a Charm and a Curse by Jaime Questell: Review, Giveaway & Questell’s Top Ten Addictions

Author Top Ten Lists, Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 20 ★★★★

Buy Links: Who doesn’t love a book about a magical circus? A circus with both a charm and a curse? Sign me up! What Fed My Addiction: The circus atmosphere. I don’t know what it is about a traveling circus or carnival, but I just love this setting. There’s already such a sense of awe and wonder there that it works really well for a fantastical story. Plus, they’re a little creepy (I think I always think back to Something Wicked This Way Comes), which works well for this story. Emmaline’s curse. The curse itself is, again, creepy in all the best ways. Emmaline is turned into something along the lines of a living puppet. She’s solid, her senses are dulled, and she’s suddenly living a sort of shadow life. There was a lot to play with here, and Questell does it well. You couldn’t help but feel sorry for Emmaline as… Read more »


Jan 10
Timekeeper and Chainbreaker by Tara Sim: Review & Sim’s Top Ten Addictions

Timekeeper and Chainbreaker by Tara Sim: Review & Sim’s Top Ten Addictions

Author Top Ten Lists, Reviews 16

Today I’m featuring the first two books in Tara Sim’s Timekeeper Series, a romantic magical steampunk adventure series that blew me away with its imaginative concept and its heart.’ My first review will be spoiler-free for the series, but skim past the review of book two if you haven’t picked up Timekeeper yet! You know how sometimes you start reading a book and you just instantly LOVE it? That was me with this book. And it never stopped. Several times while I was reading, I literally just had to stop and say out loud, “I love this book!” What Fed My Addiction: Steampunk adventure with a magical twist. The worldbuilding here is just utterly fantastic. I adored the concept—time is actually controlled by physical clocks in each time zone (it’s actually not as simple as that, but I don’t want to spoil anything so I’ll leave it at that). It makes for a… Read more »


Oct 18
Scion of the Fox by S.M. Beiko: Review, Giveaway & Beiko’s Top Ten Addictions

Scion of the Fox by S.M. Beiko: Review, Giveaway & Beiko’s Top Ten Addictions

Author Top Ten Lists, Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 4 ★★★★

I called this book Urban Fantasy because that’s what it feels like to me, though I don’t generally associate the genre with YA (that’s why I also added Paranormal as a genre). It’s set in the modern-day world, but one steeped in ancient mythology and fantastical magical creatures. It’s an exciting combination! What Fed My Addiction: The worldbuilding. The basis of this world is that there are some people who have animal spirits and magic (at least, that’s the best way I can describe it). There are five of them: foxes, rabbits, deer, owls and seals. Each type of animal has its own qualities and magic, and the people who embody each animal seem to be racially distinct. I recognize the fox (with nine tails) from some Asian folklore, but I honestly don’t know if all of the animals have these origins or not. (I felt like many of the other… Read more »


Oct 17
Brooding YA Hero by Carrie DiRisio: Review & Broody’s Top Ten Addictions

Brooding YA Hero by Carrie DiRisio: Review & Broody’s Top Ten Addictions

Author Top Ten Lists, Reviews 24 ★★★★

If you’ve seen Brooding YA Hero’s Twitter feed, then you pretty much know exactly what to expect from this book. Many of the witty gems that Broody shares with us on a daily basis can be found here, only he gets to expand his wisdom far beyond 180 characters. I decided I was going to underline some of my favorite lines in my ARC as I read, and I was worried I just might run out of ink. The book is great fun, but even better than that, it rings so very true. I mean, let’s face it, there are about a million YA tropes out there that have been beaten to death—this book highlights them all, often breaking them down by genre (after all, the broody vampire has some of his own particular quirks which might be different than those of, say, the broody fantasy hero). But, don’t get me… Read more »


Sep 08
A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares by Krystal Sutherland: Review, Giveaway and Sutherland’s Top Ten Addictions

A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares by Krystal Sutherland: Review, Giveaway and Sutherland’s Top Ten Addictions

Author Top Ten Lists, Coyer, Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 30 ★★★★½

This book starts out super fun and quirky, and to be honest, that’s all I was expecting out of it, but it turned into something more. In fact, there were parts of this book that were downright heartbreaking. By about halfway through, I realized that there was more than meets the eye with this little gem. It’s not just a book about facing a list of fears (often in humorous and quirky ways). No, this book is about the fears that we shove down so deep that we hide them even from ourselves. It’s about facing the fact that sometimes fear rules us because we let it. And that some fears are well-deserved, but that doesn’t mean we should let them keep us from truly living. So, I loved pretty much everything about this book, from the family relationships, to the friendships, to the romance, to the way it handled… Read more »


Aug 18
Acceptance by Trish Beninato: Spotlight of a Book Edited by Me, Nook Reader Giveaway & Trish’s Top Ten Addictions

Acceptance by Trish Beninato: Spotlight of a Book Edited by Me, Nook Reader Giveaway & Trish’s Top Ten Addictions

Author Top Ten Lists, Edited by Me, Giveaways (Ended) 8

  It’s been awhile since I’ve featured a book I’ve edited on the blog, and I’m excited to introduce you to Acceptance by Trish Beninato! I don’t write reviews of books I edit (since it’s a conflict of interest), but I will say that Acceptance is a really fun and unique take on mythology that I’ve never seen before. I’m looking forward to editing the next book so I can keep reading! BLOGGERS, IF YOU’RE INTERESTED IN A REVIEW COPY OF THE BOOK, LET ME KNOW VIA EMAIL OR IN THE COMMENTS AND I’LL BE HAPPY TO GET YOU ONE! Check out Trish’s Top Ten Addictions. I have a feeling a lot of my readers will agree with her on some of these! She’s nerdy like the rest of us!  🙂 Trish’s Top Ten Addictions Marvel comics or anything Marvel: I grew up reading comics. I fell in love with… Read more »


Jul 20
Lucky in Love by Kasie West: Review, Giveaway & West’s Top Ten Addictions (with a Twist!)

Lucky in Love by Kasie West: Review, Giveaway & West’s Top Ten Addictions (with a Twist!)

Author Top Ten Lists, Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 25 ★★★★

I don’t even know what to say about this book except that it’s adorable and SO Kasie West (which is a very good thing, mind you). Believe it or not, the themes in this book have been a topic of conversation in our household many times. My husband insists that he would absolutely hate to win the lottery because it would completely change us. And if it somehow didn’t change us, it would, at the very least, change how everyone around us perceives us and acts toward us. He’s probably right (that was certainly the case with Maddie in this book). Actually, I knew someone personally who did win the lottery—when I was in high school, my biology teacher (and her sister) won 17.5 million dollars! And I can say from experience that things actually did change for her a lot—and people did treat her differently. In fact, I had people coming… Read more »