Genre: Social Issues


Aug 12
Review – Breathe, Annie, Breathe by Miranda Kenneally

Review – Breathe, Annie, Breathe by Miranda Kenneally

Reviews 0

Title:  Breathe, Annie, Breathe Series: Hundred Oaks #5 Author: Miranda Kenneally Release Date: July 15, 2014 Pages: 306 Goodreads Rating: 4.10/5 Stars My Rating: 4.5/5 Stars My Content Rating: Mature YA (Sexual activity, not explicit, but described; Some language) Summary from Goodreads: Annie hates running. No matter how far she jogs, she can’t escape the guilt that if she hadn’t broken up with Kyle, he might still be alive. So to honor his memory, she starts preparing for the marathon he intended to race. But the training is even more grueling than Annie could have imagined. Despite her coaching, she’s at war with her body, her mind—and her heart. With every mile that athletic Jeremiah cheers her on, she grows more conflicted. She wants to run into his arms…and sprint in the opposite direction. For Annie, opening up to love again may be even more of a challenge than crossing the finish line. I won Breathe, Annie, Breathe from Goodreads First Reads (after I’d… Read more »


Jul 28
Review – Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

Review – Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

Reviews 3 ★★★★½

Title:  Pushing the Limits Series: Pushing the Limits #1 Author: Katie McGarry Release Date: 2012 Pages: 392 Goodreads Rating: 4.12/5 Stars My Rating: 4.5/5 Stars My Content Rating: Mature YA (Sex is discussed, but not shown; Some language) Summary from Goodreads: So wrong for each other …and yet so right. No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with “freaky” scars on her arms. Even Echo can’t remember the whole truth of that horrible night. All she knows is that she wants everything to go back to normal.  But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his tough attitude and surprising understanding, Echo’s world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common. And with the secrets they both keep, being together is pretty much impossible.  Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go… Read more »


Jul 25
ARC Review, Guest Post & Giveaway – Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid

ARC Review, Guest Post & Giveaway – Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 1 ★★★★

Title:  Let’s Get Lost Author: Adi Alsaid Release Date: July 29, 2014 Pages: 352 Goodreads Rating: 4.00/5 Stars My Rating: 4/5 Stars My Content Rating: YA (Nothing more than kissing; Some language and illegal behavior) Summary from Goodreads: Five strangers. Countless adventures. One epic way to get lost.  Four teens across the country have only one thing in common: a girl named LEILA. She crashes into their lives in her absurdly red car at the moment they need someone the most.  There’s HUDSON, a small-town mechanic who is willing to throw away his dreams for true love. And BREE, a runaway who seizes every Tuesday—and a few stolen goods along the way. ELLIOT believes in happy endings…until his own life goes off-script. And SONIA worries that when she lost her boyfriend, she also lost the ability to love.  Hudson, Bree, Elliot and Sonia find a friend in Leila. And when Leila leaves them, their lives are forever changed. But… Read more »


Jun 07
Review – I Am the Weapon by Allen Zadoff

Review – I Am the Weapon by Allen Zadoff

Reviews 2 ★★★★½

Title: I Am the Weapon (Previous Title: Boy Nobody) Series: The Unknown Assassin #1 Author: Allen Zadoff Release Date: May 13, 2014 Pages: 368 Goodreads Rating: 3.93/0.5 Stars My Rating: 4.5/5 Stars My Content Rating: Mature YA (Characters have sex, but it’s not described; Violence) Summary from Goodreads:  They needed the perfect assassin. Boy Nobody is the perennial new kid in school, the one few notice and nobody thinks much about. He shows up in a new high school in a new town under a new name, makes a few friends, and doesn’t stay long. Just long enough for someone in his new friend’s family to die-of “natural causes.” Mission accomplished, Boy Nobody disappears, moving on to the next target.  But when he’s assigned to the mayor of New York City, things change. The daughter is unlike anyone he has encountered before; the mayor reminds him of his father. And when memories and questions surface, his handlers at The Program… Read more »


May 28
ARC Review & Giveaway – My Last Kiss by Bethany Neal

ARC Review & Giveaway – My Last Kiss by Bethany Neal

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 0 ★★★★

  Title: My Last Kiss Author: Bethany Neal Release Date: June 10, 2014 Pages: 368 Goodreads Rating: 3.87/5 Stars My Rating: 4/5 Stars My Content Rating: YA (Nothing more than kissing, Some violence) Genre: YA Paranormal Summary from Goodreads:  What if your last kiss was with the wrong boy?  Cassidy Haines remembers her first kiss vividly. It was on the old covered bridge the summer before her freshman year with her boyfriend of three years, Ethan Keys. But her last kiss–the one she shared with someone at her seventeenth birthday party the night she died–is a blur. Cassidy is trapped in the living world, not only mourning the loss of her human body, but left with the grim suspicion that her untimely death wasn’t a suicide as everyone assumes. She can’t remember anything from the weeks leading up to her birthday and she’s worried that she may have betrayed her boyfriend.  If Cassidy is to uncover the truth about that… 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 »


Mar 04
Review – This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales

Review – This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales

Reviews 0 ★★★★½

Title: This Song Will Save Your Life Author: Leila Sales Release Date: September, 2013 Pages: 279 Goodreads Rating: 4.06 stars My Rating: 4.5/5 stars My Content Rating: Mature YA (Themes of suicide and bullying; sex, though not explicit) Summary from Goodreads: Making friends has never been Elise Dembowski’s strong suit. All throughout her life, she’s been the butt of every joke and the outsider in every conversation. When a final attempt at popularity fails, Elise nearly gives up. Then she stumbles upon a warehouse party where she meets Vicky, a girl in a band who accepts her; Char, a cute, yet mysterious disc jockey; Pippa, a carefree spirit from England; and most importantly, a love for DJing. Told in a refreshingly genuine and laugh-out-loud funny voice, THIS SONG WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE is an exuberant novel about identity, friendship, and the power of music to bring people together.   This is the type of book that will stick with… Read more »


Jan 28
Review – You Look Different in Real Life by Jennifer Castle

Review – You Look Different in Real Life by Jennifer Castle

Reviews 0 ★★★★

Title: You Look Different in Real Life Author: Jennifer Castle Release Date: June 4, 2013 Pages: 355 Goodreads Rating: 3.63 Stars My Rating: 4/5 stars My Content Rating: PG-13 (Somewhat mature situations) Summary from Goodreads: For the rest of the world, the movies are entertainment. For Justine, they’re real life. The premise was simple: five kids, just living their lives. There’d be a new movie about them every five years, starting in kindergarten. But no one could have predicted what the cameras would capture. And no one could have predicted that Justine would be the star. Now sixteen, Justine doesn’t feel like a star anymore. In fact, when she hears the crew has gotten the green light to film Five at Sixteen, all she feels is dread. The kids who shared the same table in kindergarten have become teenagers who hardly know one another. And Justine, who was so funny and edgy in the first two movies,… Read more »


Dec 01
Review – My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

Review – My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

Reviews 0 ★★★★★

Title: My Life Next Door Author: Huntley Fitzpatrick Release Date: 2012 Pages: 394, Hardcover Goodreads Rating: 4.07 stars My Rating: 5/5 stars My Content Rating: PG-16 (Sexual content, but it’s handled tastefully and is not at all graphic) Summary from Goodreads: “One thing my mother never knew, and would disapprove of most of all, was that I watched the Garretts. All the time.” The Garretts are everything the Reeds are not. Loud, messy, affectionate. And every day from her rooftop perch, Samantha Reed wishes she was one of them . . . until one summer evening, Jase Garrett climbs up next to her and changes everything. As the two fall fiercely for each other, stumbling through the awkwardness and awesomeness of first love, Jase’s family embraces Samantha – even as she keeps him a secret from her own. Then something unthinkable happens, and the bottom drops out of Samantha’s world. She’s suddenly faced with an impossible decision. Which… Read more »


Oct 28
Review – Allegiant (Divergent #3) by Veronica Roth

Review – Allegiant (Divergent #3) by Veronica Roth

Reviews 4 ★★★★½

Title: Allegiant Series: Divergent #3 Author: Veronica Roth Release Date: October 22, 2013 Pages: 526, Hardcover Goodreads Rating: 4.07 stars My Rating: 4.5/5 stars My Content Rating: PG-16 (Sex is not directly described, but some intense violence) Summary from Goodreads: One choice will define you. What if your whole world was a lie? What if a single revelation—like a single choice—changed everything? What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected? The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered—fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories. But Tris’s new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless. Explosive new truths change… Read more »