Category: Reviews

Mar 25
London Bound by C.J. Duggan: Review

London Bound by C.J. Duggan: Review

Reviews, Uncategorized 1 ★★★★

This is the third book in the Heart of the City Series, but each book can be read as complete standalones. All of the books follow a young Aussie woman as she heads off to a major city in another country … and finds love there. What Fed My Addiction: London! These books will give you a sense of wanderlust as you head off to a foreign locale. I’ve never been to London, but this book introduced me to many local spots that I’d love to see someday. I got a good sense of the city because Kate was so excited to be there—even though she did spend a lot of time sequestered at her grandmother’s house at first. Kate finding her voice. Even though Kate’s in the city of her dreams and has the perfect opportunity to flourish as a travel and fashion blogger, just like she’s always wanted, something… Read more »


Mar 22
Bite-Sized Reviews of Waking in Time, Redux, Confessions of a High School Disaster, Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, and Mutant Mantis Lunch Ladies

Bite-Sized Reviews of Waking in Time, Redux, Confessions of a High School Disaster, Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, and Mutant Mantis Lunch Ladies

Reviews 16

I’ve gotten a lot of new books for review lately, and I’ve decided to do bite-sized reviews of some of them, so I don’t have to post every single day of the week for forever. Hope these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction! I’m a huge fan of time-travel stories, so when the author offered this one up for review (at an event I attended) I had to snatch it up! I’m glad I did because it turned out to be a great read! The story follows Abbi, who wakes up one morning and it’s suddenly 1983. Everyone seems to know her, but she doesn’t know anyone … or know how or why she’s traveled. This would be bad enough, but she keeps heading backward further and further—she’s never sure how long she’ll be in one place or why she’s ended up in the times she does…. Read more »


Mar 15
Seven Days of You by Cecilia Vinesse: Review & Vinesse’s Top Ten Addictions

Seven Days of You by Cecilia Vinesse: Review & Vinesse’s Top Ten Addictions

Author Top Ten Lists, Reviews 8 ★★★★

Apparently, I’m on a Japan reviewing kick right now since just yesterday I featured the Miso Cozy Mysteries, which have a Japanese MC and take place in Japan. This book takes place there too (but it’s just a fun coincidence I’m reviewing them back-to-back). Still it’s not a coincidence that I’m reading a lot of books that involve this country lately—I’ve become sort of fascinated with all things Japanese lately! This book is a super cute read that tugs at your heartstrings and digs into some deeper issues without getting too heavy. It features friendships and family relationships and romance all set against the backdrop of Tokyo. What Fed My Addiction: Japan! Like I said, I’m fascinated, so I kind of loved this little peek into an ex-pat’s life in Japan. We got seven days and nights of karaoke, train rides, Japanese food, and more—it was a fun glimpse at life… Read more »


Mar 14
Bite Sized Reviews of the Miso Cozy Series by S.J. Pajonas (& Pajonas’s Top Ten Addictions)

Bite Sized Reviews of the Miso Cozy Series by S.J. Pajonas (& Pajonas’s Top Ten Addictions)

Author Top Ten Lists, Reviews 4

The Miso Cozy Series is a mystery series set in Japan. We were introduced to our intrepid daydreamer detective Mei in the first book in the series, which I’ve already reviewed (click the link to see it), so I was eager to read the next few books to see how poor Mei fared after all the tragedy that struck at the end of book 1. I read books 2, 2.5, and 3 and wanted to give my readers a chance to discover this series if they haven’t already. I hope these bite-sized reviews will give you enough of a taste to feed your fiction addiction! Make sure you also check out Pajonas’s Top Ten Addictions list at the bottom of this post! This book starts out with Mei and her mother suffering the consequences of everything that happened at the end of book one (which I won’t spoil here—I’ll just say that… Read more »


Mar 11
Two #ownvoices Reads: The Hate U Give and The Education of Margot Sanchez

Two #ownvoices Reads: The Hate U Give and The Education of Margot Sanchez

Reviews 8

These two books were very similar in theme and both #ownvoices** reads, so I decided to go ahead and review them together! Both books feature POC** main characters—Margot is Puerto Rican and Starr is black. Ironically, both Margot and Starr’s dads own grocery stores in an inner city area and the girls both attend private schools outside of the city. Both of them struggle with identity issues because of this—that balance between fitting in and holding onto your culture and your identity. Both of them also have to deal with their old friends (in their neighborhoods) feeling like they’re “selling out.” That’s where the similarities pretty much end. The Hate U Give has a little more serious take on the subject—it features serious gang violence and a police shooting. The Education of Margot Sanchez is more of a romance at heart and focuses more strongly on Margot’s struggle between her two… Read more »


Mar 08
Sad Perfect by Stephanie Elliott: An Enlightening Book with Some Problematic Elements

Sad Perfect by Stephanie Elliott: An Enlightening Book with Some Problematic Elements

Reviews 18 ★★

Sad Perfect sheds light on a very little-known condition: ARFID, which is Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder. I actually have a friend whose son has this disorder, and reading this book gave me a much deeper understanding of why her little boy is not just a “picky eater.” For that, I am very thankful. Unfortunately, there were some elements of this book that I found very problematic, and they keep me from being able to recommend it. Read on for further explanation. What Fed My Addiction: Second person narration. This book is told in a very unusual style—via second person narration. This means it’s told as though you are the main character. The first sentence of the book is “You float.” (Don’t worry, it makes sense once you get a bit of context). I wasn’t sure at first how I would feel about this narrative style, but I was intrigued, and I enjoyed it… Read more »


Mar 06
Etched in Bone by Anne Bishop: Review

Etched in Bone by Anne Bishop: Review

Reviews 8 ★★★★

It’s hard to believe that this is the final installment of The Others (at least as we know it—there will be future books, but this ends the Lakeside Courtyard-focused books). Meg has got to be one of my favorite fictional characters of all time, and I’m sad to see her story (and Simon’s) end. Still, Bishop gave us a fantastic send-off, so that’s cause for celebration! What Fed My Addiction: Meg’s journey. Meg has come so far since the first book in this series. She never completely lost her innocence and good-heartedness, but she is a far cry from the naive, almost childlike girl who stumbled into Lakeside Courtyard in book one. I love that in this book, Meg is looking toward a future, something she’s never been able to do before. She still fights against some of her demons (the addiction of cutting for prophesy), but she has moved to a… Read more »


Mar 02
The Burning World by Isaac Marion: Review

The Burning World by Isaac Marion: Review

Reviews 12 ★★★★

It’s taken years for us to get a sequel to Warm Bodies, but it was worth the wait. This book feels very different than the first book—more adult somehow (Julie turns 20 during the book, but it’s more the tone of the book that I’m referring to than the ages of the characters). In this sequel, R is learning how to be human again, and struggling against remembering his past life. He doesn’t want to dwell on the past. He just wants to move forward with Julie and help the other zombies crawl back to the world of the living. But the past won’t completely let him go, and his avoidance is making it harder for him to re-humanize. Plus, Julie and R learn that there are sinister forces at work in their world—forces that will derail the progress they’ve made if they let it. What Fed My Addiction: Becoming… Read more »


Feb 27
I Finished Two Series! Bite-Sized Reviews of Silver Shadows & The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead and MILA 2.0: Redemption by Debra Driza

I Finished Two Series! Bite-Sized Reviews of Silver Shadows & The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead and MILA 2.0: Redemption by Debra Driza

Reviews 10

Look at me!! I managed to finish not one but two series that I was behind on! This has to be some sort of record for me!! I know the rest of the world read these long ago, but I figure all three of these books deserve at least a bite-sized review. I hope these bite-sized reviews will give you enough of a taste to feed your fiction addiction! I know I truly love this series because it’s been three years since I read The Fiery Heart, and it didn’t take me any time at all to remember what was going on or to reconnect with my favorite characters. That’s honestly saying a lot because lately my brain is a sieve and I’m lucky if I can remember what went on in a previous book in a series for a few months, much less three years! This book picks up with… Read more »


Feb 23
#famous by Jilly Gagnon: A Disappointed (Slightly Ranty) Review

#famous by Jilly Gagnon: A Disappointed (Slightly Ranty) Review

Reviews 18 ★★

I had high hopes for this book because it sounds like such a cute read, but for some reason it just rubbed me the wrong way. The characters frustrated the heck out of me—especially Kyle. Other people really enjoyed this one, so maybe it’s just me, but there are a few things that bothered me a lot (and continue to bother me the more I think about them). Apparently, this is based on a real-life occurrence where a kid (Alex from Target) had his picture taken randomly while working at Target and then someone posted it with a (rather nonsensical) comment and it went viral. Apparently, everyone and their grandma decided to comment on Alex’s picture, some complimentary, some mean and some downright weird. (He got death threats … Um … What is wrong with this world?) He ended up on the Ellen show and became mildly famous … Kyle… Read more »