Category: Reviews

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

Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray: 5 Soaring Stars

All-Time Favorites, Reviews 18 ★★★★★

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 »


Apr 12
Ignite by Danielle Rogland: Review of a Character-centric Dystopian

Ignite by Danielle Rogland: Review of a Character-centric Dystopian

Reviews 23 ★★★½

Ignite is a fast-paced dystopian that doesn’t skimp on character. The story follows The Flames, a group of rebels who fights against the oppression of their brutal dictator and then leaves behind a burning candle to show that it’s members were there. Throughout the book, secrets are unraveled and the bonds of friendship (the kind that feels like family) are threatened—and possibly even broken. What Fed My Addiction: Strong characters. Without a doubt, the characters are what drew me into this book. The story is told from four POV’s and I connected to each and every one of them. First we have Jacks, an orphaned girl who’s been surviving on her own as a pickpocket since her “gang” was captured (and presumably killed). She’s the type of person who’s used to standing on the sidelines and keeping herself safe whenever possible, so it’s difficult for her to come to terms with her role… Read more »


Apr 10
Dream Magic by Joshua Khan: Review & Khan’s Top Ten Addictions

Dream Magic by Joshua Khan: Review & Khan’s Top Ten Addictions

Author Top Ten Lists, Reviews 9 ★★★★

Dream Magic is great fun and highly imaginative. I wish I’d read the first book on the series, though—when the book was offered to me, I was told it was the second in a series, but that it was a standalone, and that was sort of true, in the sense that it had it’s own story arc, but it was definitely a continuation of the first book. On the positive side, it wasn’t confusing at all—Khan did a great job of “reminding” readers what had already happened, but I was missing a connection to those events (and the characters that went with them). Still, considering that, it’s actually amazing that I enjoyed the book so much—which is a testament to Khan’s storytelling skills. What Fed My Addiction: Complete story arc. I mentioned this above, but it’s worth repeating because I think this is a fantastic feature in a MG series. Though the… Read more »


Apr 05
Bite-Sized Reviews of The Pain Eater, Just Another Girl and Toward a Secret Sky

Bite-Sized Reviews of The Pain Eater, Just Another Girl and Toward a Secret Sky

Reviews 12

Today I’ve got bite-sized reviews of two YA contemps and a YA paranormal I’ve recently received for review. Hope these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction! This book is an incredibly painful read because of the traumatic events that Maddy has lived through (and continues to relive). Maddy has become a shell of herself ever since she was raped—she barely speaks, never makes eye contact, and causes herself physical pain in order to block out the emotional turmoil she’s constantly experiencing. She’s tried so hard to forget—but she can’t. The book follows Maddy’s emotional journey and healing, and her story is paired with a class project: a short story that the the class is writing together (each student writes a chapter) about a girl who is forced to “eat” (basically, endure) the pain of the people of her village. The parallels are obvious, and the story… Read more »


Apr 03
The Dead Inside by Cyndy Etler: Review & Giveaway

The Dead Inside by Cyndy Etler: Review & Giveaway

Current Giveaways, Reviews 15 ★★★

I’m doing a bite-sized review of this book because it’s a hard book to review without feeling like I’m judging someone’s life or personal experiences. I had a bit of a hard time with the writing style at first, and there were parts of the book that were a little bit confusing (the timeline, for one—I thought it took place earlier than it did). This held me back from connecting to Cyndy early on. Still, I will say that it was hard to put this book down once I did connect with her a bit more—I felt like I needed to see that Cyndi survived her horrific circumstances. Simply because of Cyndy’s terrible experiences, this book was difficult to read and very disturbing (unfortunately, true stories often are). I actually think that some of the things that happened to Cyndy before she ever got to Straight were harder for me… Read more »


Mar 29
The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Sáenz: Review

The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Sáenz: Review

Reviews 18 ★★★½

I really enjoyed this book, and it was beautifully written, but there were a few things that kept me from absolutely adoring it. I almost wrote a bite-sized review for this one, but then I decided I just couldn’t talk about it concisely enough for that because there were a lot of points that I wanted to talk about. My feelings about this book are complicated! What Fed My Addiction: Gorgeous writing. Sáenz has a way of putting emotion on paper (or, you know, digital screen) that that is utterly captivating and beautiful. If I were rating this book on writing alone, it would easily get five stars. I’m not great about highlighting quotes when I read, but for this book I just had to share a couple, so I headed over to Goodreads to find you a couple of examples of how Sáenz captures emotion so beautifully: “… one ordinary… Read more »


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

London Bound by C.J. Duggan: Review

Reviews, Uncategorized 4 ★★★★

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 19

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 10 ★★★★

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 6

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 »