Category: Coyer

Jul 19
Bite-Sized Reviews: Crash Land on Kurai, The Star-Touched Queen and Death’s Queen

Bite-Sized Reviews: Crash Land on Kurai, The Star-Touched Queen and Death’s Queen

Coyer, Reviews 24

I’ve got three bite-sized reviews today—one for a book I loved and two for disappointing reads. I hope these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction! This book is a spin-off of Pajonas’s Nojiku Series, but you don’t have to read that first series to appreciate it. In fact, I have to confess that I’m horrible with remembering details of books I read long ago and I was struggling to remember all the connections between this book and the original series—but it didn’t matter one little bit because I still loved this one (actually a bit more than I loved the original series, I think). Right away, I connected with the main character. Yumi is smart, tough and more than a little flawed (especially when it comes to being somewhat hotheaded and impulsive). She’s used to digging for the truth, not necessarily getting down and dirty in… Read more »


Jul 13
What to Say Next by Julie Buxbaum: An All-Time Favorite!

What to Say Next by Julie Buxbaum: An All-Time Favorite!

Coyer, Reviews 12 ★★★★★

This book was everything I could want as far as the way it portrays a kid who isn’t neurotypical—I loved being inside David’s head and seeing the world from his point of view. We need books like these that shed light on people who think and act differently than the mainstream. This book tackles the topic with sensitivity and candor. What Fed My Addiction: David’s POV. Like I said, I was intrigued by the perspective of a kid with high-functioning autism. David just thinks differently than the rest of the world—he sees life through a different lens. And he knows this, but that doesn’t mean that he can change it. David approaches everything through logic, and he doesn’t recognize social cues most of the time, and he can’t always recognize other people’s emotions. As the mom of a kid who displays these traits (to a lesser degree than David), I can say that… Read more »


Jul 12
The Lake Effect by Erin McCahan: Review of a Perfect Summer Read!

The Lake Effect by Erin McCahan: Review of a Perfect Summer Read!

Coyer, Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 12 ★★★★

This is one of those perfect summer reads—the type of book you can read all in one sitting on a sunny morning (which is exactly what I did!). What Fed My Addiction: Good balance of light tone and heavy topics. This book covers some serious topics like death, chronic illness, class differences and family pressures, but Briggs’ voice is light and funny enough to make the read enjoyable rather than plodding. Plus, there are some really funny circumstances and secondary characters in this book. I found myself laughing out loud several times while reading this book, and chuckling for much of the rest of the time. Somehow this made the serious parts of the book that much more effective—I also found myself tearing up a few times. Briggs. Briggs isn’t a typical snarky teenage YA voice; he’s more sardonic and self-deprecating, which makes him very relatable. It was hard not to… Read more »


Jul 05
Bite-Sized Reviews of The Upside of Unrequited, The Unlikelies, Dead Ed in My Head, and Bang

Bite-Sized Reviews of The Upside of Unrequited, The Unlikelies, Dead Ed in My Head, and Bang

Coyer, Reviews 24

I know I’ve been relying on bite-sized reviews a lot lately, but I feel like it’s the only way I can get them all in. I hope these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction! This book was all sorts of adorable and it reminded me of me as a teen. Though I didn’t struggle with weight issues, I was very afraid to let a boy know I liked him—much better to avoid being hurt or embarrassed, which is exactly how Molly feels in the book. My friends who have struggled with weight issues have said that they connected to this book even more deeply—Molly thinks about her weight a lot, and in some ways, she lets it define her. Her insecurities lead to a complete unwillingness to take chances. She leaves the risk-taking up to her twin sister, who is daring enough in the area of romance for both of… Read more »


Jul 03
Coming Up for Air by Miranda Kenneally: Review of the Final Hundred Oaks Hurrah!

Coming Up for Air by Miranda Kenneally: Review of the Final Hundred Oaks Hurrah!

Coyer, Reviews 15 ★★★★

I actually didn’t realize when I started reading that this was the final Hundred Oaks book. In fact, it wasn’t until I got to the epilogue and read an update on many of our favorite past characters that I realized that Kenneally was wrapping the series up with this one. I’m sad to see the series go, but I’m glad that I had the opportunity to read these books! (By the way, they can all be read as standalones, so if you haven’t dived into the series yet, feel free to jump in anywhere.) What Fed My Addiction: Feel-good reading. This is one of those romances that just makes me happy, you know? Kenneally always manages to tug at my heartstrings and make me swoon, and the book feels like perfect summer reading when you just need a little pick-me-up! There are all sorts of little details that Kenneally handles… Read more »


Jun 30
Series Review: The Winner’s Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski

Series Review: The Winner’s Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski

Coyer, Reviews 16

Today I’m doing bite-sized reviews of The Winner’s Trilogy. I know I’m late to the game with this series, but it’s nice to catch up a little. I hope these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction! The first book in this series had me hooked from the very beginning! I was incredibly invested in Arin’s and Kestrel’s stories and I loved the themes of war and slavery. This is one of those stories that puts gray morality front and center because Kestrel’s people have enslaved Arin’s. Is it even possible for Arin to feel something for the woman who owns him? And, even if they both feel something romantic, is it just plain wrong? If Arin’s people to fight back, whose side will Kestrel eventually end up on? Can she turn her back on her own people for him? Should she? All of these questions and more were… Read more »