Genre: Adult


Oct 15
Bite-Sized Reviews of Listen to Your Heart, Warcross & Wildcard, Girls Like Us

Bite-Sized Reviews of Listen to Your Heart, Warcross & Wildcard, Girls Like Us

Reviews 20 ★★★★

I’ve got four audiobook reviews for you today: a YA contemp, a YA science fiction duology and a non-fiction(!). I hope these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction! This book is quintessential Kasie West. A sweet YA romance that sweeps you up and carries you away. The book prominently features a strong family unit (a whole extended family of people who actually care about each other—hard to believe, right?), a well-earned and slow-burning romance, and a friendship that is strong enough to outlast any boy troubles. When everything (inevitably) blows up in Kate’s face at the climax of the book, people in her life are understandably hurt, but none of her relationships are destroyed by it—but it doesn’t feel like the consequences get glossed over; instead, we see how the strength of those relationships has been built up over time and how they can weather a few… Read more »


Jul 14
Bite-Sized Reviews of Kiss of the Royal, Fukusha Model Eight, and Neanderthal Opens the Door to the Universe

Bite-Sized Reviews of Kiss of the Royal, Fukusha Model Eight, and Neanderthal Opens the Door to the Universe

Reviews 14 ★★★★

I’ve got three reviews for you today, one YA fantasy, one adult sci-fi, and one YA contemporary. I hope these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction! I really enjoyed this fresh take on fairy tales. The book takes place in a world where a Kiss holds power to fight evil. It’s used as a weapon in war, completely devoid of the outdated concept of love. But there is a faction of people (the Romantics) who have rebelled—they believe that the kiss is being misused, that the meaning of True Love’s Kiss is much more important (and more powerful) than a kiss being used in war. I loved seeing Ivy’s views on the possibility of love change and grow—and her understanding of her way of life evolve as she learns that many of her basic beliefs are not only wrong, they’re dangerous. The romance is sweet, if… Read more »


Apr 26
Bite-Sized Reviews of Children of Blood and Bone & Dread Nation

Bite-Sized Reviews of Children of Blood and Bone & Dread Nation

Reviews 33 ★★★★½

I’ve got two bite-sized reviews for you today. I hope these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction! First off, I just have to start by saying that the audiobook version of this book is amazing! Bahni Turpin is a fantastic narrator, and I absolutely love the accents she uses for the book I have no idea if they are accurate African accents—or if they’re even meant to be, since the book takes place in a fantasy world, not the real world—but they definitely have an African flair to them. I appreciated the differences between Zélie’s more rural sounding accent and the smoother sound of Amari and Inan’s voices (those ultra-rolling r’s are so beautiful to listen to). I almost never had trouble determining whose narration I was listening to, which is hard for a single narrator to manage. Now on to the story. The fact that we… Read more »


Jan 18
Bite-Sized Reviews of Love, Hate & Other Filters, Chaos in Kadoma Ward, and Harry Potter & the Cursed Child

Bite-Sized Reviews of Love, Hate & Other Filters, Chaos in Kadoma Ward, and Harry Potter & the Cursed Child

Reviews 30

I’ve got four bite-sized reviews for you today, and these are pretty varied in theme, genre and format. I hope these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction! I was so excited about it when I got this book at ALA last year that I immediately sat down and started reading it in line. This was the only book that inspired me to do that (even though I was surrounded by books and had plenty of long lines to sit in). And I absolutely loved it. I finished the book upon returning home from ALA and felt like I’d just read something important—a book that opened my eyes to another culture and the struggle that many Muslim Americans face in America. The book is told mostly from Maya’s POV, but we also get short sections interspersed from the perspective of the person who eventually turns Maya’s life upside down…. Read more »


Jan 04
Bollywood Books 1, 2 & 3 by Sonali Dev: Bite-Sized Reviews

Bollywood Books 1, 2 & 3 by Sonali Dev: Bite-Sized Reviews

Reviews 16

Yesterday, I reviewed A Distant Heart by Sonali Dev. As I was about to start reading the book for the tour, though, I realized that this was a series (even though each book can stand alone), and I usually hate to read series out of order. I already owned the first book, and the second and third books were available through my library via Overdrive. I was sick and couldn’t do much besides read anyway, so I decided to just dive in and read all four! And it’s official: Sonali Dev now has a new fan!! This book introduces us to Mili, a small town girl who has yearned her whole life for the love of a husband she’s only met once as a child. She was married off at the age of four and has spent her life preparing to be a good wife, but her husband hasn’t come to… Read more »


Jan 03
A Distant Heart by Sonali Dev: Review & Giveaway

A Distant Heart by Sonali Dev: Review & Giveaway

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 16

Today I’m participating in the tour for A Distant Heart by Sonali Dev. I’ve been meaning to read her books for years, partly because she’s a local author and partly because I heard her speak on a diversity panel at RT a few years back, and she caught my attention there (I can’t remember anyone else on the panel, but I distinctly remember her). I picked up a copy of her latest at ALA and thought this would be a great way to jump into her books! I’m starting with my review of A Distant Heart, since that’s the book for the tour, but check the blog tomorrow for reviews of the other three books in the series! ***NOTE: This book is the fourth in the series, but I’ve tried to keep the review spoiler-free for all of the other books. The book can easily be read as a standalone,… Read more »


Aug 17
Wish You Were Here by Renee Carlino: An Emotional Journey

Wish You Were Here by Renee Carlino: An Emotional Journey

Coyer, Reviews 14 ★★★★

I don’t know how to talk about this book without spoiling things (you really need to go in as blind as possible), so I’m afraid my review might be brief. Suffice it to say Carlino put me through an emotional wringer that I won’t soon forget! What Fed My Addiction: Charlotte getting her life together. Charlotte feels like a screw-up who just can’t seem to get life right—whether it’s work or romance or family … she just can’t seem to make everything work. Eventually, she comes to realize that a lot of her issue is just confidence, and I loved seeing her find herself and learn to take chances. The romance in this book is almost less about romance than it is about Charlotte coming to realize that she can make her way in the world—and finding a partner to do that with. Focus on family and friends. Charlotte’s relationship with her… 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 »


Dec 30
Bite-Sized Reviews of the Rest of the Books I Read in 2016 (Including The Beauty of Darkness and Glass Sword)

Bite-Sized Reviews of the Rest of the Books I Read in 2016 (Including The Beauty of Darkness and Glass Sword)

Reviews 12

Okay, so I might be exaggerating a little bit with that title—I’m not actually reviewing all of the rest of the books I read in 2016, but I am reviewing most of them. The only holdouts are a couple of books that I plan to review along with future books in the series and a couple that are releasing next week (which I’ll review then). Oh, and I’m still reading and the month isn’t quite over, so … Anyway, hopefully these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction! This was everything I was hoping for in a series finale. Even though the romance was rocky (and I was very scared for Rafe and Lia), it seemed realistic. After all, these two both had a strong sense of responsibility for their kingdoms (and Lia for Venda as well because of the prophecy). This put them at odds sometimes because it was… Read more »


Nov 16
One Snowy Night by Jill Shalvis: Review & Giveaway

One Snowy Night by Jill Shalvis: Review & Giveaway

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 7 ★★★½

I recently picked up my first Jill Shalvis book and immediately knew it wouldn’t be my last. These are the types of quick-read romances that make me happy because they’re fun, but not entirely light and frothy. This little novella (which is shorter than it seems because it ends at about 60% on the Kindle) gives us a little extra taste of Rory and is a great addition to the Heartbreaker Bay series. What Fed My Addiction: A painful past. Max and Rory have history, and we learn what happened as the novella progresses. The overall theme is similar to the last book in this series: one of the characters did something to the other that greatly affected them without even really realizing it. I love how this highlights how our actions can have a much greater impact than we know—all the more reason to be kind to one another (a… Read more »