Genre: Retellings


Jul 21
No Good Deed by Kara Connolly: A Fun Time-Travel Take on Robin Hood!

No Good Deed by Kara Connolly: A Fun Time-Travel Take on Robin Hood!

Coyer, Reviews 14 ★★★★

This book takes us on a lighthearted romp through time and lands us straight in Nottingham—where we get to spend time with a certain band of merry men. I hate to overuse the word “fun,” but that’s exactly how I’d describe the book. It twists the tale of Robin Hood quite nicely and never takes itself too seriously. There are lots of elements of the book that I don’t want to give away, so I’m going to have to be really general in my review. You’ll just have to experience the book yourself to get more! What Fed My Addiction: Ellie. Ellie is fascinating because she’s goal oriented enough that she knows what she wants (an Olympic gold medal) and she’s willing to work hard for it, but she’s also somewhat reckless—especially once she finds herself in Nottingham. She makes it through most of the peril in the book by simply winging… Read more »


May 13
It Started With Goodbye by Christina June: Review, Giveaway, and June’s Top Ten Addictions

It Started With Goodbye by Christina June: Review, Giveaway, and June’s Top Ten Addictions

Author Top Ten Lists, Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 8 ★★★★

This book was exactly what I was hoping for—a fun contemporary twist on Cinderella that reminds us that sometimes family is complicated. And that’s okay. What Fed My Addiction: Focus on family. Sure this book has a cute romance element, but the story focuses a whole lot more on family issues than it does on the “prince.” (Actually, now that I think about it, I guess the original Cinderella kind of did too.) Tatum learns that sometimes we don’t really know even the people who are closest to us. Tatum has spent most of her life feeling like she can’t live up to her stepmother’s expectations and she’s never been close to her all-too-perfect stepsister. So when her summer goes very awry and she’s basically put on house arrest except for mandatory community service (and her best friend won’t speak to her), Tatum can’t imagine how her life could get any… Read more »


Jan 31
Bite-Sized Reviews of RoseBlood, Frost and The Glittering Court

Bite-Sized Reviews of RoseBlood, Frost and The Glittering Court

Reviews 12

I have quite a few reviews I need to catch up on, so I thought I’d do another installment of bite-sized reviews and knock a few of them out. Hopefully these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction! I don’t know why, but I BARELY made it through this book. I just wasn’t engaged and nothing happened. Until the end of the book, literally almost nothing interesting (in my opinion) happened. It was all Thorn creepily watching Rune and Rune worrying about a boy she hurt with her magical opera voice. I nearly DNF’d at 50% but I was curious how it ended up, so I skim-read the second half, only reading carefully when something exciting happened. I did a lot of skim-reading. Lots of my friends enjoyed this book, so maybe it was just me? I simply couldn’t connect to it, though I will say that… 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 15
The Lost Codex by Heather Lyons: A Review of the Epic Finale

The Lost Codex by Heather Lyons: A Review of the Epic Finale

Reviews 5 ★★★★

I’ve been so excited to read this final installment of The Collectors’ Society Series, hoping that Lyons would wrap it all up in a way that did justice to these amazing characters she’s created—and I definitely got my wish! This book takes us back to Wonderland, where it all started and where Alice and company finally face off with the Piper and the other big bads in the story. The results were explosive (quite literally)! What Fed My Addiction: Sacrifice. The main characters have withstood quite a bit of pain and suffering throughout these books, but nothing compares to what they go through in these final epic battles against the Piper. There are some pretty brutal results and plenty of guilty feelings to go around when our characters who have tried so hard to protect the people they love sometimes fail. This book is brutal to our heroes—Lyons definitely doesn’t let… Read more »


Nov 12
Heartless by Marissa Meyer: Audiobook Review

Heartless by Marissa Meyer: Audiobook Review

Reviews 11 ★★★★★

This was one of my most anticipated books of the year, and it lived up to every single one of my expectations! I loved every delightful Wonderland reference, and I was incredibly intrigued to find out how Meyer imagined sweet Catherine would turn into the despicable Queen of Hearts! What Fed My Addiction: Catherine’s transformation. When the book starts out, Catherine is an incredibly sympathetic character. It’s hard to imagine how this sweet girl who dreams of being a simple baker turns into the infamous queen who screams, “Off with their heads!” at regular intervals in the Lewis Carroll classic. From the very start, we are given a strong connection to Catherine—we see her drive to escape a life she hasn’t chosen for herself. Though Catherine has been brought up a lady, the daughter of a marquess, she would give up her land and her titles for the chance to do what… Read more »


Oct 12
Bite-Sized Reviews: Gemina, Our Chemical Hearts, The Lovely Reckless, Spindle

Bite-Sized Reviews: Gemina, Our Chemical Hearts, The Lovely Reckless, Spindle

Reviews 12 ★★★★★

Once again, there are so many releases this time of year that I’m resorting to bite-sized reviews for some of them. Hopefully these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction! Gemina by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman Series: The Illuminae Files #2 Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers on 10/18/16 Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction Pages: 608 Source: BEA My content rating: YA (Violence, Drug use, Swears are “censored”) My rating: The highly anticipated sequel to the instant New York Timesbestseller that critics are calling “out-of-this-world awesome.”   Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed. The sci-fi saga that began with the breakout bestseller Illuminae continues on board the Jump Station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of the BeiTech assault. Hanna is the station captain’s pampered… Read more »


Sep 29
Wendy Darling: Seas by Colleen Oakes – Fall Favorite Things Blog Tour Spotlight & Giveaway

Wendy Darling: Seas by Colleen Oakes – Fall Favorite Things Blog Tour Spotlight & Giveaway

Giveaways (Ended) 5

I was hoping to be able to post a review for this book, but I just couldn’t get to it in time with all of the craziness of September. Still, this series sounds like so much fun that I just had to feature it anyway and spotlight Colleen’s Fall Favorite Thing! As an added bonus, I’m running a giveaway for my ARC copy of the book. I plan to review this series at some point in October, so keep your eye out for the review! About the Author: Colleen Oakes is the author of books for both teens and adults, including the Elly in Bloom Series, the Queen of Hearts Saga (Harper Collins 2016), and the Wendy Darling Saga. She lives in North Denver with her husband and son and surrounds herself with the most lovely family and friends imaginable. When not writing or plotting new books, Oakes can be found… Read more »


May 28
Spelled by Betsy Schow – Review & Giveaway

Spelled by Betsy Schow – Review & Giveaway

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 16 ★★★½

This book is a really cute, fun, whimsical fairy tale retelling with a lot of appeal! The story follows Dorthea, who’s lived a sequestered life, just in case she is the Emerald Princess who has been foretold to burn the world down. Dorthea wants to escape her boring life, so she makes a wish – one that backfires and turns the entire fairy tale realm upside down. In order to put things right, she has to escape the clutches of the gray witch and embrace the power she never knew she had (and has been raised to fear) without allowing the power to take her over completely. She goes off on her quest with a couple of begrudging sidekicks and a true fairy tale adventure ensues. What I loved: Fun take on fairy tales. Just the pure number of fairy tales that Schow managed to incorporate into this book is astounding… Read more »


Apr 27
Cress by Marissa Meyer – Review

Cress by Marissa Meyer – Review

Reviews 16 ★★★★★

***NOTE: This review is for the third book in a series and may contain spoilers for Cinder or Scarlet, the first book. Click here to read my review of Cinder or here to read my review of Scarlet.*** After reading Scarlet, I had to jump right into Cress because I was so excited about the story. Well, I was not disappointed at all!! What I LOVED: Cress. Cress’s story is probably my favorite of the series so far. I just loved her mixture of intelligence and vulnerability. Cress has been hidden away her whole life, doing Levana’s bidding, just hoping that one day she will do enough to earn her life back. Of course, it doesn’t work that way, and Cress eventually realizes that she has the power to help Cinder and the ability to make a real difference against Levana. So she takes a huge chance and contacts Cinder. Unfortunately, things go very wrong and… Read more »