Genre: New Adult


Aug 06
Summer Haikus by Stephanie Pajonas – Release Day Giveaway!

Summer Haikus by Stephanie Pajonas – Release Day Giveaway!

Edited by Me, Giveaways (Ended) 19

As most of you know, I’m a freelance editor as well as a blogger, and every once in a while I like to feature the books that I edit. I don’t do reviews for these books (that feels like a conflict of interest), but I DO love to help spread the word! This book has actually been mentioned on my blog a few times already, mostly because I adore this story (who wouldn’t fall for a guy who writes you haikus?) – and especially love the strong friendship and the diversity! Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know that’s become a buzz word lately, but Pajonas is amazing at truly interweaving Japanese culture into her books instead of just making it a side note. So, that’s my introduction to Summer Haikus by S.J. Pajonas. Make sure you enter the giveaway to win a copy!! Other books by Pajonas: Click on the pic to be brought to… Read more »


Apr 13
Reunited by S.J. Pajonas – Review

Reunited by S.J. Pajonas – Review

Reviews 4 ★★★★½

***NOTE: This review is for the third book in a series and may contain spoilers for the first two books. Click here to read my review of Removed and here to read my review of Released.*** Reunited is the third book in Pajonas’s unique dystopian Nojiku series, and it is, without a doubt, the best installment so far! This book is a complete game changer for the series – Sanaa and the others have finally reached Yusei, but it’s nothing like they imagined it to be! Yusei is already inhabited, and the more Sanaa learns about the culture of the planet’s residents, the less she wants to simply integrate with them. Not only that, but Sanaa’s very life is in even more danger on Yusei because she is the rightful empress, and the ruler of the new planet would do anything to prevent her from coming to power. Sanaa starts to doubt that she will survive long enough… Read more »


Apr 02
Released by S.J. Pajonas – Review

Released by S.J. Pajonas – Review

Reviews 8 ★★★★

***NOTE: This review is for the second book in a series and may contain spoilers for Removed, the first book. Click here to read my review of Removed.*** Released is the second book in Pajonas’s unique dystopian Nojiku series. I’ve been loving this series, especially because it’s based on Japanese culture, which I’ve found incredibly interesting. I was happy to see that this second book lives up to the first! This book picks up right where Removed left off – Sanaa has been left alone out in a house in the desert while Sakai attempts to eliminate the threats to her safety. While this book didn’t have quite as much action as the first, I felt a much greater connection to Sanaa than I did in the first book, so the two books together kind of gave me the best of both worlds. Let me jump straight into my review to explain… Read more »


Feb 17
Review – Removed by S.J. Pajonas

Review – Removed by S.J. Pajonas

Reviews 24 ★★★★

Removed is an incredibly unique dystopian novel that is steeped in Japanese culture. I read a blog post where the reviewer was just raving about this series, and I just knew I needed to pick it up. I’m so glad I did!! The book takes place in a futuristic version of Earth where global warming has ravaged the world and killed off much of the population. People have been living in domes, but they have been working toward relocating to another planet to start again. The book follows Sanaa who learns that she has a unique role to play in this new colonization. What I loved: The unique setting. This book was set in a dystopian world where the environment has been compromised so greatly that the remaining world population is living in a series of connected domes to protect them from the elements. Because the Japanese had the advanced technologies… Read more »


Mar 29
Review – Obsession by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Review – Obsession by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Reviews 8 ★★★★½

Title: Obsession Series: NA spin-off of the Lux series Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout Release Date: May, 2013 Pages: 275 Goodreads Rating: 4.16 Stars My Rating: 4.5/5 Stars My Content Rating: 18+ (Explicit sex) Summary from Goodreads: This is a stand alone novel that is an adult spin-off of the Lux Series. You do not need to read a Lux book to read Obsession and vice versa. He’s arrogant, domineering, and… To. Die. For. Hunter is a ruthless killer. And the Department of Defense has him firmly in their grasp, which usually doesn’t chafe too badly because he gets to kill bad guys. Most of the time he enjoys his job. That is, until he’s saddled with something he’s never had to do before: protect a human from his mortal enemy. Serena Cross didn’t believe her best friend when she claimed to have seen the son of a powerful senator turn into something… unnatural. Who would? But then she witnesses her friend’s… Read more »


Mar 28
Review – The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay

Review – The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay

All-Time Favorites, Reviews 9 ★★★★★

Title: The Sea of Tranquility Author: Katja Millay Release Date: 2012 Pages: 448 Goodreads Rating: 4.48 Stars My Rating: 5/5 Stars My Content Rating: Mature YA (Sex shown, but not explicit; Violence described, but again, not explicitly) Summary from Goodreads: I live in a world without magic or miracles. A place where there are no clairvoyants or shapeshifters, no angels or superhuman boys to save you. A place where people die and music disintegrates and things suck. I am pressed so hard against the earth by the weight of reality that some days I wonder how I am still able to lift my feet to walk. Former piano prodigy Nastya Kashnikov wants two things: to get through high school without anyone learning about her past and to make the boy who took everything from her—her identity, her spirit, her will to live—pay. Josh Bennett’s story is no secret: every person he loves has been taken from his life… Read more »


Jan 15
5 Star Review – The Boys of Summer by C.J. Duggan

5 Star Review – The Boys of Summer by C.J. Duggan

All-Time Favorites, Reviews 5 ★★★★★

There was something completely wonderful and irresistible about The Boys of Summer.  It was the type of book that made me remember young love – sometimes fondly and sometimes with a slight cringe.  🙂 The synopsis explains to book pretty well, so I’ll get right to my review. The negatives: Lack of communication.  If you read my reviews often, you know that one of my pet peeves is when a couple has problems based solely on their failure to communicate and actually talk about what’s going on between them.  This does happen a bit in this book, but I found it much more forgivable than usual because I felt like the lack of communication was a bit more warranted here than in some other books – after all, Tess feels very young and a bit out of her league when it comes to The Onslow Boys.  I’ll talk a bit… Read more »


Sep 06
Review – Point of Retreat (Slammed #2) by Colleen Hoover

Review – Point of Retreat (Slammed #2) by Colleen Hoover

Reviews 0 ★★★★

Title: Point of Retreat Series: Slammed #2 Author: Colleen Hoover Release Date: February, 2012 Pages: 302, Paperback Goodreads Rating: 4.38 stars My Rating: 4/5 stars My Content Rating: PG-16? (Some sexual situations, but no sex shown) Summary from Goodreads: Hardships and heartache brought them together…now it will tear them apart.  Layken and Will have proved their love can get them through anything; until someone from Will’s past re-emerges, leaving Layken questioning the very foundation on which their relationship was built. Will is forced to face the ultimate challenge…how to prove his love for a girl who refuses to stop ‘carving pumpkins.’   *NOTE: This review may contain spoilers for Slammed (book #1 in this series).*    Point of Retreat didn’t hit me in the gut the way that Slammed did, but I still loved it.  I was a little nervous to read this book because I thought that Slammed ended so perfectly, I almost didn’t want to read another… Read more »


Jul 11
Review: Slammed by Colleen Hoover

Review: Slammed by Colleen Hoover

Reviews 8 ★★★★½

Title: Slammed Author: Colleen Hoover Release Date: January 5, 2012 Pages: 317, Paperback Goodreads Rating: 4.39 stars My Rating: 4.5/5 stars Content Rating: PG (Nothing more than kissing) Summary from Goodreads: Falling in love can feel like poetry. Or it can feel like a slam to the heart. Colleen Hoover’s romantic, emotion-packed debut novel unforgettably captures all the magic and confusion of first love, as two young people forge an unlikely bond before discovering that fate has other plans for them. Following the unexpected death of her father, eighteen-year-old Layken becomes the rock for both her mother and younger brother. She appears resilient and tenacious, but inside, she’s losing hope. Then she meets her new neighbor Will, a handsome twenty-one-year-old whose mere presence leaves her flustered and whose passion for poetry slams thrills her. Not long after a heart-stopping first date during which each recognizes something profound and familiar in the other, they are slammed to the core… Read more »