Genre: Action & Adventure


Jun 04
Bite-Sized Reviews of I Love You So Mochi, Girl Against the Universe, Midsummer’s Mayhem, and Nikki Tesla and the Ferret-Proof Death Ray

Bite-Sized Reviews of I Love You So Mochi, Girl Against the Universe, Midsummer’s Mayhem, and Nikki Tesla and the Ferret-Proof Death Ray

Reviews 31 ★★★★

I’ve got four reviews for you today: two YA contemporaries, a MG contemporary fantasy, and a MG adventure. I hope these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction! I picked this book up on a whim when I saw two glowing reviews from fellow bloggers (Dani @ Perspective of a Writer and Sam @ We Live and Breathe Books), and I’m so glad I did! This is the type of book that puts a smile on your face and makes you feel like all is right with the universe. The book is set (mostly) in Kyoto, Japan, and Kuhn does a fabulous job of making us feel like we’re right there with Kimi. There are so many cultural details that ground us in a sense of setting, and it’s easy to understand Kimi’s mixed feelings of blending in and standing out in a country that provided her heritage… Read more »


May 15
Shipwreckers by Scott D. Peterson & Josh Pruett: Review & Giveaway

Shipwreckers by Scott D. Peterson & Josh Pruett: Review & Giveaway

Current Giveaways, Reviews 6 ★★★★½

This book is a hilarious and perilous adventure, filled with action, goofy puns, and a nice helping of heart. When I read the author’s bios and saw that they write for kids’ TV, it all made so much sense–the book reads like an animated movie. It’s full of larger-than-life characters who make you laugh out loud (Captain Kevin Adventureson is incredibly clueless and yet full of himself, but he still manages to be lovable at the same time) and the kind of hold-your-breath swashbuckling adventures that keep you turning the pages. I promise you will never get bored when you read this book. But it doesn’t feature all that action at the expense of character development–I especially loved Mike’s journey toward understanding that it’s okay to take risks sometimes. He’s always been cautious and overprotective of his little sister Dani, especially since she got hurt when he was supposed to be… Read more »


Nov 26
Explorer Academy: The Nebula Secret by Trudy Trueit – Review & Giveaway

Explorer Academy: The Nebula Secret by Trudy Trueit – Review & Giveaway

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 10 ★★★★

This is a fun and adventurous first book in a younger middle grade series. Filled with high-tech gadgets and virtual reality(ish) simulations of distant lands, it’s sure to capture readers’ imaginations. At the end of the book, there’s even some real-world discussion of innovations that could lead to the many different types of tech in the book—I loved that real-world tie-in. Cruz’s virtual “journeys” to different lands were interesting—I especially loved the trip to the butterfly conservation area in Mexico—and they always had a bit of excitement thrown in as well. Kids will appreciate the diverse cast (especially the Scottish character, whose distinct phrases are really fun), and the fact that they can learn some interesting facts throughout the book without feeling like they’re learning. I’m guessing this book would have been a big hit with my kids a few years ago. Be forewarned that this is very much a setup to… Read more »


Sep 09
Assassins: Discord by Erica Cameron – Review, Author Playlist & Giveaway

Assassins: Discord by Erica Cameron – Review, Author Playlist & Giveaway

Author Interview, Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 9 ★★★½

Click here to Purchase the book at Riptide Assassins: Discord follows Kindra, a teenage girl who’s been raised as an assassin. Yeah, I know this sounds a tad bit far-fetched, but I was able to suspend disbelief for the most part—I mean, it’s not that much stranger than crime families who raise their kids to be in the “business,” right? If mom and dad are both assassins, it seems logical that they’d train up the kids to be a part of the action. Kindra has learned never to question the job, but when things go wrong with her family’s latest hit, she can’t help but wonder why all the details don’t seem to add up. And one question leads to another until Kindra is finding cracks everywhere in the foundation of her life. Once she starts looking too closely, she may not be able to go back to blissful ignorance. What Fed My… Read more »


Jul 08
The Six by Mark Alpert – Review

The Six by Mark Alpert – Review

Reviews 12 ★★★★

The Six is an interesting and exciting twist on the typical “teenagers save the world” theme – in this case, the teenagers are no longer teenagers, they’re machines. The book takes a look at real life artificial intelligence and where it could lead. What would happen if an AI decided to destroy us? What would we need to do to fight back? In this book, Adam and five other terminally ill teenagers agree to give up their dying human bodies and have their brain activity moved into a machine so that they can relate to (and possibly fight) a rogue AI and stop him from destroying the human race. Of course, defeating the AI is not so simple – and neither is getting used to being a robot. What I loved: The machines. First off, there’s Sigma, the AI that has escaped the confines of the government facility it was created in… Read more »


Jul 06
The Scorch Trials by James Dashner – Review

The Scorch Trials by James Dashner – Review

Reviews 5 ★★★★

***NOTE: This review is for the second book in a series and may contain spoilers for the first book. Click the link to see my review of The Maze Runner.*** Awhile back, I reviewed The Maze Runner, but I hadn’t gotten to reading The Scorch Trials half of the collector’s edition because my son hid the book away from me so I couldn’t steal it from him (literally – he adored both books – if you’re interested in his thoughts about both books, check out his review over on Best Kids’ Reads). Well, I finally managed to read The Scorch Trials and I’m now excited to move on to the final book in the trilogy (and the prequel – I bought both books shortly after I got the collectors’ edition for review). So, this book picked up right where the first one left off, with Thomas and the others finally feeling… Read more »


Jun 17
I Am the Traitor by Allen Zadoff – Review

I Am the Traitor by Allen Zadoff – Review

Reviews 3 ★★★★

***NOTE: This review is for the third book in a series and may contain spoilers for the first two books. Click on the links to read my reviews of I Am the Weapon and I Am the Mission.*** I Am the Traitor is the exciting conclusion to the Unknown Assassin Trilogy. It’s full of just what I’ve come to expect from this series – action, intrigue, double crossing, twists and a dash of romance. In this book, Zach is on the run, trying to discover what really happened to his father all those years ago. In order to do that, he has to rescue Howard, who has been captured and who Zach is sure is being questioned – and possibly worse – so that the Program can find out what Zach knows. Of course, Zach can’t manage this rescue mission completely alone, but he doesn’t know who he should trust. There’s Mike,… Read more »


Jun 06
Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan – Review & Giveaway

Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan – Review & Giveaway

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 46 ★★★★½

I honestly didn’t know what to expect with this book. The cover made it almost look like a fantasy to me, but the blurb made it relatively obvious that it wasn’t. I’m not much for suspense, and I didn’t know if this book would venture too far into that territory for me to love it. Still, I was definitely intrigued and I ended up requesting this one through Shelf Awareness and was excited when I got it! Well, it turns out, I loved this book!! The book starts out with Frances being rescued after being adrift at sea for over a week. She and her friend Libby escaped their cruise shop when all of its inhabitants were brutally murdered, but unfortunately, Libby wasn’t able to last long enough to be rescued. When Libby’s father finds out what happened and that the murders are being covered up, he comes up with a plan… Read more »


Apr 14
The Maze Runner and The Scorch Trials Collector’s Edition Release! (Plus, a Review of The Maze Runner)

The Maze Runner and The Scorch Trials Collector’s Edition Release! (Plus, a Review of The Maze Runner)

Reviews 17 ★★★★

Today I’m reviewing The Maze Runner, which is included in the special collector’s edition that releases today. The collector’s edition also includes The Scorch Trials, but I haven’t finished that one yet, mostly because I had trouble prying the book out of my 12-year-old son’s hands (he literally hid it from me sometimes so that I couldn’t take it from him!). My review of The Scorch Trials half of the book will be coming in the next week or two. If you’re curious what my son thought about both books, check out his review over on my other blog – Best Kids’ Reads. I’d watched The Maze Runner movie with my kids not long ago, so I knew basically what to expect from the book. I enjoyed the movie and was looking forward to reading the original story in book form. It didn’t disappoint! The story follows Thomas, who finds… Read more »


Feb 28
Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers – Review

Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers – Review

Reviews 11 ★★★★½

I am a huge fan of this series! I’m so glad that I found it! The final book in the series focuses on Annith, who desperately wants to flee the “destiny” that the abbess has set before her – to become the new Seer. What I loved: Tangled webs. This book has the most twists and turns of any in the series. Annith discovers a lot about her own background in this book and we learn it right along with her. Now I do have to say that there were some twists (especially those about Annith’s background) that I saw coming – I do tend to figure out twists in books pretty consistently though. And there was one major twist that I didn’t see coming – it was a big surprise, and I LOVED it!! Balthazar and the Hellequin. My favorite parts of this book were the parts that involved Balthazar and the Hellequin. The… Read more »