Genre: Europe


Jun 07
Wanderlost by Jen Malone – Review

Wanderlost by Jen Malone – Review

Reviews 9 ★★★★

Loved this coming of age story about a girl who discovers she’s much more adventurous than she imagined herself to be! With a super adorable love interest and a main character who shows incredible character growth throughout the book, I highly recommend this one!! This is the sort of book that’s all sorts of adorable and just has you constantly either swooning or laughing out loud. Remember when I asked if an author’s bio ever made you want to read a book? Well, this is one case where a good review swayed me and a look at the Jen Malone’s bio sold me the rest of the way (scroll down and read it!). And, yep, the book was just as much fun as the bio! What Fed My Addiction: Humor! My husband and kids had to keep asking me what was so funny while I was reading this one. There were so… Read more »


Apr 18
Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke by Anne Blankman – Review & Giveaway

Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke by Anne Blankman – Review & Giveaway

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 4 ★★★½

Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke is the second installment in the Prisoner of Night and Fog series (a duology, I believe?). This book found Gretchen and David back in Germany, attempting to clear David’s name when he is accused of a murder. It soon becomes apparent that the murder is just part of a larger cover-up, and Gretchen and David hope to uncover the truth and ruin Hitler’s chance at leading Germany down a horrific path. What I loved: WWII background.  Just like in the first book, it was interesting to learn about the Nazi regime and what was happening in Germany just before the war (as well as in England where people like Winston Churchill were just starting to speak out about Hitler). Gretchen and David were right in the middle of the action, while they were trying to clear David’s name, and they were discovering more and more… 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 »


Feb 20
Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers – 5 Star Review!

Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers – 5 Star Review!

Reviews 17 ★★★★★

It’s official. I love this series. I don’t know what took me so long to catch up with the rest of the world (actually yes, I do – TIME – there just isn’t time to read ALL the books!), but I am so glad that I did! This second book follows Sybella. Her story is woven together with Ismae’s, so we get to learn some of the things that were going on with Sybella while the later events in book one were happening, and then we see where the story goes from there. I personally loved Sybella’s story – it may have been my favorite of the three. It’s a little darker than the first book in the series, but it still has all of the things I loved from book one – fantastic worldbuilding, a rich history, twists and turns, romance, and characters with depth! What I loved: Sybella’s… Read more »


Dec 04
5 Star Review – Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

5 Star Review – Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

All-Time Favorites, Reviews 26 ★★★★★

When I got this book from NetGalley, I didn’t know too much about it except for a vague idea that it was fantasy and the absolute knowledge that everyone seems to love it. I was fairly certain I would enjoy it too, since I tend to enjoy fantasy and the synopsis intrigued me. I had no idea that it was really historical fiction (I loved the author’s note at the end that told about what was and wasn’t true) or that it took place in the 1400’s or even that it was a romance. And I had no idea how much I would love it. When I went to go write this review and saw that the book was 549 pages, I thought, Really? That seems impossible to believe. It felt like half that because it didn’t drag. Ever. What I LOVED: Political intrigue. I put this first because this is actually something that I… Read more »


Apr 18
5 Star Review & Giveaway – Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman

5 Star Review & Giveaway – Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 0 ★★★★½

“Debut novelist Blankman’s account of life in Munich prior to Hitler’s 1933 elevation to the chancellorship is completely engrossing….Blankman creates riveting tension for her heroine and pulls readers through with an irresistible subplot featuring forbidden love.” — Publishers Weekly (starred review) “I’m in awed envy of the daring with which Anne Blankman plunges into her difficult and sensitive subject matter. To read Prisoner of Night and Fog is to be immersed in a breathtaking evocation of Munich in the 1930s, where life is ordinary and skin-crawling by turns, and in the painful, hopeful story of one young girl’s awakening conscience. It’s terrifying and incredible to think how much of this story is true.” — Elizabeth Wein, award-winning author of Code Name Verity “Prisoner of Night and Fog seamlessly blends the fascinating, terrifying facts of Hitler’s rise to power with a gripping murder mystery. Gretchen is a brave and believable protagonist,… Read more »


Jun 07
Review: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Review: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Reviews 24 ★★★★

Title: Anna and the French Kiss Author: Stephanie Perkins Publisher:  Dutton Release Date: December 2, 2010 Pages: 372, Hardcover Goodreads Rating: 4.19 stars My Rating: 4/5 stars Summary from Goodreads: Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris–until she meets Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Étienne has it all…including a serious girlfriend.  But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss? MY TAKE Okay, so I’ve been reading so many dystopian/paranormal novels lately that I felt like I needed to take a little break and read something lighter.  And everywhere I turn lately I’ve been hearing about Anna and the French Kiss.  I… Read more »