Genre: Social Issues


Jun 06
The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout – 5 Star Review

The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout – 5 Star Review

All-Time Favorites, Reviews 15 ★★★★★

This book gave me every single one of the feels. All of them – it was both beautiful and horrifying at the same time. Armentrout takes us on a journey with her characters – these people who have been broken and beaten down and simply want to reach past their pain toward hope. But change doesn’t come easy and sometimes hope can be elusive, especially when you’ve spent a lifetime without it. This book drew me in and never let me go! What Fed My Addiction: Finding healing after the pain of abuse. Mallory and Rider’s story was filled with horror. They fell through the cracks of a system meant to help them – a system that too often ignored its cracks. Their foster mother was an addict and their foster father was abusive. Rider spent his childhood shielding Mallory from the physical repercussions, but he couldn’t protect her completely from the impact… Read more »


Sep 16
What We Saw by Aaron Hartzler – ARC Review – ANOTHER All-Time Favorite!!

What We Saw by Aaron Hartzler – ARC Review – ANOTHER All-Time Favorite!!

All-Time Favorites, Reviews 20 ★★★★★

Read the synopsis for this book and you can probably imagine why it was so powerful. The fact that it’s inspired by real events is simply chilling. A book like this (when done right) can make people think deeply and transform them. This book was done right. What fed my addiction: Kate’s POV. One aspect of the book that I was surprised about was the POV. We found out pretty early on that Kate didn’t actually see anything – she was very drunk pretty early on in the party and was escorted home by her longtime crush (and best friend) Ben. This accomplishes two things: First of all, Kate is trying to piece together what happened that night, so we get to piece it together with her. You don’t know quite how serious the crimes against Stacey were or who was truly involved (or, at the very least, stood by watching) until almost the end of the book. Secondly, Kate is… Read more »


Aug 05
What You Left Behind by Jessica Verdi – Review & Giveaway

What You Left Behind by Jessica Verdi – Review & Giveaway

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 38 ★★★★

What You Left Behind gives us the unique perspective of a teenage single dad who is both adjusting to his new status as a father and mourning the loss of his girlfriend, who died so that their daughter Hope could be born. The book shows the difficulties and the sacrifices that have to be made in this type of situation – and it doesn’t sugar-coat the painful emotional consequences. What I LOVED: Ryden’s struggles. Ryden was NOT an amazingly heroic character. In fact, much of this book was about the mistakes that Ryden made and about his inadequacy as a parent. Ryden sometimes made selfish decisions when it came to his daughter (and his other relationships), but I thought that this was pretty realistic. After all, he was a teenage boy who had dreams and aspirations, and he wasn’t sure if he could give all of that up for his daughter, even… Read more »


Aug 03
A Million Miles Away by Lara Avery – Review

A Million Miles Away by Lara Avery – Review

Reviews 17 ★★★★

A Million Miles Away is a story about how loss affects us and how we sometimes try to hold on to the past and refuse to let go. This was the case for Kelsey, who couldn’t figure out how to move on from her twin sister’s death. Her parents chose a grief support group, but Kelsey didn’t want anything to do with that. But when Michelle’s boyfriend reaches out to her from Afghanistan, Kelsey can’t bring herself to tell him that Michelle is dead – at first she just doesn’t know how to say the words, but then she feels like this is the one way she can keep her sister close. Keep her alive. Plus, Michelle’s boyfriend, Peter, sees Michelle as a lifeline when everything else in his life is turned upside down by war. Kelsey tells herself that telling him the truth would only harm him – so she… Read more »


Jun 30
Faking Perfect by Rebecca Phillips – Review & Giveaway

Faking Perfect by Rebecca Phillips – Review & Giveaway

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 14 ★★★★½

This book was so incredibly thought-provoking, I couldn’t sleep after finishing it because I just couldn’t stop thinking about it! I have to confess that I was nervous when the book started out – I wasn’t necessarily thrilled with all of Lexi’s choices, and I wondered if the theme of the book was going to be that Lexi should be “who she was” – bad choices and all – without worrying so much about the consequences. I discovered, though, that this was not the theme of the book at all. Yes, Lexi accepting herself was a huge part of the story, but so was Lexi realizing that she wasn’t truly who she thought she was – and that maybe others weren’t either. The synopsis sums up the story pretty well, so I’m going to jump right into my review. What I LOVED: Everything is not as it seems. Like I said,… Read more »


Jun 29
Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway – 5 Star Review

Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway – 5 Star Review

Reviews 11 ★★★★★

This book was so much more than I expected it to be! Okay, for some reason I didn’t go back and reread the synopsis before I picked this one up. I just noticed that a lot of people I trust (I’m talking to you, Shannon at It Starts at Midnight) had loved it and realized that it had just been released, so I decided to go for it. All I remembered was that it was a romance between two people named Emmy and Oliver (you see how perceptive I can be!). Well, it was a romance, but it was so much MORE! This book had me feeling everything and I am definitely in love! So, in case you’re like me and you didn’t read the synopsis very well. Oliver was kidnapped by his father when he was seven. His kidnapping has a profound effect on not only his mother, but also on… Read more »


Jun 08
Damsel Distressed by Kelsey Macke – Review

Damsel Distressed by Kelsey Macke – Review

Reviews 39 ★★★★★

I recently read a review for Damsel Distressed by Mishma over at Chasing Faerytales and it convinced me that I needed to read this book SOON! Well, thank you, Mishma, for introducing me to this book!! I don’t know how it didn’t get more buzz when it came out. (Maybe I missed it? Did I miss it? Because it totally deserves buzz!) But I am incredibly glad that I found it! The synopsis describes the book well, but it makes the book sound much lighter than it really is. This is not an easy read. At all. But I loved it! The book follows Imogen, who has suffered from depression since her mother died when she was a child. She finds some solace in being a techie for her school’s theatre productions and in her best friend (and crush), Grant, who has stood beside her through all of her darkest moments.  What I loved: A… Read more »


May 07
A Matter of Heart by Amy Fellner Dominy – Review & Giveaway

A Matter of Heart by Amy Fellner Dominy – Review & Giveaway

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 9 ★★★½

When I signed up for this tour, I was told to write about something sporty. I thought for a moment that this might be impossible, because I am one of the least sporty people in the universe. Unless you count marathon reading as a sport, I’m pretty much lost. But, then I realized I DO have something to write about. I may not be athletically inclined, but my daughter and husband both are – at least in certain things. My daughter is a gymnast. She trains nine hours per week (soon to go up to twelve), and she works hard. I am always amazed at this girl’s intensity and focus. And, here’s the thing – athleticism doesn’t come naturally to her. She didn’t miraculously get genes for grace and strength out of nowhere. She isn’t one of those athletes who seemed to be born with natural ability coming out of her ears. But what she did… Read more »


Apr 21
Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman – Review

Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman – Review

Reviews 21 ★★★★½

Challenger Deep is the type of book that you won’t forget long after you’ve finished reading it. This book sheds light on mental illness in a way I have never seen done before (at least not so thoroughly and realistically) – putting you directly into the mind of the mentally ill character and taking you on an enlightening, but also somewhat perplexing journey through his illness. Normally, I start my reviews with what I loved, but I’m switching things up a little because I feel like I have to get the negative out of the way first, before I can get to what I really loved. So, stick with me here! The negatives: Prepare to be confounded. I had a hard time rating this book, to be honest. I kept hovering between four and four-and-a-half stars, even though I think it’s brilliant in a lot of ways. Why? This book was very strange…. Read more »


Apr 20
Things We Know by Heart by Jessi Kirby – 5 Star Review

Things We Know by Heart by Jessi Kirby – 5 Star Review

Reviews 18 ★★★★★

I’ve waited a long time to write this review because, I didn’t know how to describe my love for this book. Honestly, when you read the premise, it sounds like a standard story with no real surprises – and it was. I mean, I knew basically how this book was going to go. Girl loses boyfriend, meets boy who got boyfriend’s heart, doesn’t tell him, falls in love with him, he finds out and is upset … yep, there aren’t any amazing twists or huge bombshells that I wasn’t expecting. Still, I ADORED this book and I still haven’t stopped thinking about it, four months after I read it. (Yes, I read this book at the end of December and I’m just reviewing it NOW – the fact that I can do that should prove, right there, that this is the type of book that sticks with you. I mentioned… Read more »