Category: Reviews

Feb 20
Batgirl at Super Hero High by Lisa Yee: Review

Batgirl at Super Hero High by Lisa Yee: Review

Middle Grade, Reviews 3 ★★★★

These books are so incredibly adorable and fun. My daughter loves the high school take on superheroes, and I have to admit that I kind of love them too. What Fed My Addiction: Girl genius. Unlike most of the other super heroes, Batgirl is just an ordinary girl—with extraordinary smarts. Her tech savvy makes her special and it gives her an edge that the other supers don’t have. A sense of belonging. Batgirl has doubts about her ability to fit in at Super Hero High even though she has friends there. She doesn’t know if she can be a “real” super hero since she doesn’t have any innate abilities. She can’t keep up with the other students in a lot of areas (especially gym, where there are some pretty high expectations of super heroes!). She has to learn to rely on and trust her strengths and not worry so much about her… Read more »


Feb 16
Review of the eStories Platform & Books 1&2 of the Kingfountain Series by Jeff Wheeler

Review of the eStories Platform & Books 1&2 of the Kingfountain Series by Jeff Wheeler

Reviews 9

I was recently contacted by eStories to try out their service and get an audiobook for free. eStories is similar to Audible (but a bit cheaper). I hadn’t heard of the service before, but I checked out their site and they have a fantastic collection of books available, so I decided to give it a try. I ended up picking up the second book in Jeff Wheeler’s Kingfountain Series since I’d already listened to the first but hadn’t been able to get my hands on the second yet (I’d been hoping the library would carry it, but no such luck). Before I review the books, here are a few thoughts on my experience with eStories: Big selection – I was very happy with the selection of audiobooks at eStories. They have all of the books in the Kingfountain Series, plus many other books that I’m interested in listening to (when I clicked on… Read more »


Feb 15
Jonah by Nikki Kelly – Review

Jonah by Nikki Kelly – Review

Reviews 8 ★★★½

It’s been a long wait for the final installment in the Styclar Saga, so Kelly made sure that we had an epic ending to the series. We got answers to all of the questions that remained about the three dimensions and then some. What Fed My Addiction: Boy troubles resolved. In this book, Lailah didn’t do any waffling between Jonah and Gabriel. She knew exactly who she wanted and why. That didn’t mean that the road to romance between her and Jonah was smooth, though—Lailah had determined that she wasn’t going to survive the fight with the Purebloods, so she didn’t feel that she could give herself to Jonah completely. And then there was the fact that Gabriel didn’t remember that Lailah had already let him down gently (since she had turned back time in the last book). The romance between Jonah and Lailah was probably my favorite part of this final… Read more »


Feb 10
By Your Side & The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West

By Your Side & The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West

Reviews 20 ★★★★

This book is cute and fun with a bit of a serious topic thrown in. It’s pretty much everything I expect from a Kasie West romance. What Fed My Addiction: Stuck in a library! Come on, this is like a dream come true, right? Who hasn’t dreamed of being locked in a library? Well, okay, maybe this isn’t that normal of a fantasy … but it sounds like a dream to me! I thought it was fun to see how Dax and Autumn made it through an extended weekend in less than ideal conditions. I mean, sure, they had books, but not much else. Almost no food … very little heat … no comfy beds. But at least they had good company! Though it took them a while to figure that out … Forced bonding. Autumn wasn’t immediately a fan of Dax (actually, I wasn’t either), but when you spend that much time… Read more »


Feb 06
A Tragic Kind of Wonderful by Eric Lindstrom: Review

A Tragic Kind of Wonderful by Eric Lindstrom: Review

Reviews 18 ★★★★

This story delved into mental illness in a way that felt true-to-life (complete with a bit of teen drama), and I was instantly drawn into Mel’s story. What Fed My Addiction: Relatable to a younger YA audience. This book shines a light on mental illness in a way that seems a bit more approachable to a younger YA audience than some others that tackle the subject, which I think is incredibly valuable. It shows how fragile mental stability can be against a backdrop of typical teen angst—issues with friends and a new romance. Since most teens can imagine themselves in situations like the ones that Mel finds herself in, it might make the book a bit more relatable than some similar books might seem (again, especially for that younger YA set—who are sometimes overlooked a bit when it comes to books about mental illness). Many teens will be able to… Read more »


Feb 02
Caraval by Stephanie Garber: Audiobook Review

Caraval by Stephanie Garber: Audiobook Review

Reviews 24 ★★★★★

Let Garber sweep you up in the fantastical game of Caraval, where the lines between fantasy and reality are undisputably blurred and you’ll never know what to expect next! What Fed My Addiction: Welcome to the game! The game of Caraval is completely fantastical and more than a little dangerous. While, on the surface, it’s just a sort of scavenger hunt where Scarlett has to follow the clues, there are a plethora of magical elements that not only make the game vastly more intriguing but also throw plenty of roadblocks in Scarlett’s way. Plus, Scarlett is never quite sure what’s real and what’s all part of the game—and as the stakes get higher and higher, that distinction becomes very important indeed. By the end, Scarlett is fighting desperately just to make it out with both her and her sister alive! Caraval is full of fascinating and whimsical surprises that kept me guessing through the entire story. Sensory… Read more »


Jan 31
Bite-Sized Reviews of RoseBlood, Frost and The Glittering Court

Bite-Sized Reviews of RoseBlood, Frost and The Glittering Court

Reviews 12

I have quite a few reviews I need to catch up on, so I thought I’d do another installment of bite-sized reviews and knock a few of them out. Hopefully these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction! I don’t know why, but I BARELY made it through this book. I just wasn’t engaged and nothing happened. Until the end of the book, literally almost nothing interesting (in my opinion) happened. It was all Thorn creepily watching Rune and Rune worrying about a boy she hurt with her magical opera voice. I nearly DNF’d at 50% but I was curious how it ended up, so I skim-read the second half, only reading carefully when something exciting happened. I did a lot of skim-reading. Lots of my friends enjoyed this book, so maybe it was just me? I simply couldn’t connect to it, though I will say that… Read more »


Jan 29
New York Nights by C.J. Duggan – Review

New York Nights by C.J. Duggan – Review

Reviews 6 ★★★

Purchase Links AMAZON US / UK / CA / AU B&N / KOBO / iBOOKS This was my first foray into Duggan’s Heart of the City Series, which features Australian protagonists heading out into the big, wide world. I’ve always loved the way that Duggan can capture an atmosphere, and she does that so well with New York, just as she does with her Australian settings. The synopsis sums this book up really well, so I’m going to jump straight into my review.  What Fed My Addiction: Sarah’s fascination with New York City. I really loved discovering New York City through Sarah’s eyes. She had a wonderful outsider’s perspective, and Duggan captured both the hustle and bustle and the beauty of the city well. Sarah visited several iconic spots, and it was fun to see her explore the city—and then document it via her art. Baby Grace. I enjoyed all of the… Read more »


Jan 25
Accidentally on Purpose by Jill Shalvis – Review, Excerpt & Giveaway

Accidentally on Purpose by Jill Shalvis – Review, Excerpt & Giveaway

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 14 ★★★★

Once again, Jill Shalvis gives us memorable friendships, a steamy romance, witty banter and slightly broken protagonists who are just doing their best to keep it all together—sometimes successfully. The result is a romance that’s easy to connect to and a lot of fun.  What Fed My Addiction: A past connection. Just like in the last two books in the series (or, at least, the book and novella—I still need to get my hands on the first book and read it), the two main characters have a connection that stems from the distant past. In this case, we learn right away that Archer saved Elle in some way when she was sixteen, but the details of what happened unfold throughout the book (so I won’t spoil them!)—all we know for sure is that Elle and Archer have a complicated past and their feelings about that past hold them back from jumping into… Read more »


Jan 23
Long Way Home by Katie McGarry – 5 Star Review, Excerpt & Giveaway

Long Way Home by Katie McGarry – 5 Star Review, Excerpt & Giveaway

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 18 ★★★★★

I’m telling you right now, Katie McGarry’s writing is downright addictive. This third book in the Thunder Road Series had me completely captivated from start to finish and there was no way I could put it down. Seriously, this is the type of book that gives my blog its name because I found myself falling deeper and deeper into the story and completely ignoring all those real world things that were calling for my attention. They just had to wait.  What Fed My Addiction: Violet and Chevy. It helped a lot that I was invested in the romance between Violet and Chevy from page one—they were featured heavily enough in the first two books in the series that I was already rooting for them before I even picked up the book. And I wasn’t let down. The strong bond between these two characters is palpable, and their love and desire for each… Read more »