Publisher: HarperTeen


Apr 28
Down with the Shine by Kate Karyus Quinn – Review

Down with the Shine by Kate Karyus Quinn – Review

Reviews 12 ★★★★

This book was just all sorts of fun, but I have to warn you not to take it too seriously. It’s full of irreverent humor, to be sure. (You don’t often see books that poke fun of characters who have been victims of a grisly murder, but this one does). If you’re okay with that, then this book will suit you just fine! What Fed My Addiction: Wishes gone wild! My favorite part of this book was seeing all of the crazy ways that Lennie’s classmates’ wishes came true. Since no one was taking their wishes very seriously and Lennie had no idea that she was actually granting them, most of the kids made ridiculous wishes that teenagers would think were funny and sometimes Lennie paraphrased them in ways that made them even crazier. The results were spectacularly goofy and often utterly ridiculous. (Like I said, this book does NOT take itself… Read more »


Feb 15
Assassin’s Heart by Sarah Ahiers – Review

Assassin’s Heart by Sarah Ahiers – Review

Reviews 17 ★★★★

This is one of those times when I’m actually glad I went into the book relatively cold – I had just barely perused some reviews of the book well before I read it and didn’t read the blurb right before I started reading. So, I had NO idea what was going to happen, and I appreciated that. Having said that, in order to review the book, I have to at least mention details that were in the blurb, so if you’re planning on reading this one soon and like to be surprised, you might want to just skim my bullet points and skip right to my final thoughts! What Fed My Addiction: Love or not? I loved that this was one of those books where you truly weren’t sure whether the love interest was guilty or not. When Lea’s family is killed, all signs point to her boyfriend having betrayed her, but… Read more »


Feb 03
Sword and Verse by Kathy MacMillan – Review

Sword and Verse by Kathy MacMillan – Review

Reviews 13 ★★★★½

This book didn’t quite fit the mold that I’ve gotten used to with a lot of YA fantasies lately, but that made me appreciate it even more. I loved the mythology that was woven in throughout the book and the fact that the written word was so important to the story was a huge bonus! This book has a great synopsis, so I won’t spend time telling you what it’s about. Instead I’ll jump straight into my review.  What Fed My Addiction: Fantastical religious history. One of the first things that really drew me into this book were the “mythological” stories of the gods and goddesses of Raisa’s world. Each chapter begins with a snippet of the gods’ stories, but those stories are also interwoven into the main plot of the book because they are so central to the beliefs of the people. In Raisa’s society, the written word is sacred. Only… Read more »


Dec 03
Between the Notes by Sharon Huss Roat – Guest Post & $20 Giveaway

Between the Notes by Sharon Huss Roat – Guest Post & $20 Giveaway

Author Top Ten Lists, Giveaways (Ended) 10

I remember seeing this book back when it came out and thinking it looked really good, so I thought this would be a great opportunity to introduce you to it and give you a chance to win a $20 gift card as well. PLUS, you get this very fun guest post about Roat’s disastrous attempts at titling the book.   Book Title Brain Dump: A Top Ten List of Rejected Titles for BETWEEN THE NOTES by Sharon Huss Roat I learned recently that R.L. Stine, author of the Goosebumps books, starts writing ONLY after he is inspired by a great title. As someone who always struggles to find the perfect title, I’m more than a little jealous. Here’s a look at some of the titles I threw out there in the process of naming BETWEEN THE NOTES. Thankfully, none of them stuck. 1) IVY’S TOWER – This was original title, which I… Read more »


Oct 30
Bite Sized Reviews: Don’t Touch and What I Thought Was True

Bite Sized Reviews: Don’t Touch and What I Thought Was True

Reviews 14

Here are some quick reviews for books I haven’t gotten around to reviewing or that I just don’t have a ton to say about. Once again, I figure a few bite sized reviews together will be enough to feed your fiction addiction!  🙂 Don’t Touch by Rachel M. Wilson Published by HarperTeen on 9/2/14 Genres: Young Adult, Depression & Mental Illness, Contemporary Pages: 432 Source: Library My rating: A powerful story of a girl who is afraid to touch another person’s skin, until the boy auditioning for Hamlet opposite her Ophelia gives her a reason to overcome her fears. Step on a crack, break your mother’s back. Touch another person’s skin, and Dad’s gone for good. Caddie can’t stop thinking that if she keeps from touching another person’s skin, her parents might get back together… which is why she wears full-length gloves to school and covers every inch of her skin. It seems harmless at… Read more »


Oct 13
The White Rose by Amy Ewing – Review

The White Rose by Amy Ewing – Review

Reviews 21 ★★★★

The White Rose was the second book in The Lone City series, and it sets Violet on a path toward revolution. It picks up right where the last book left off –  Violet and Ash have just been caught together and Ash has been hauled off to await his execution while Violet has to deal with the Duchess (since she didn’t follow through with Lucien’s plan to fake her death). Well, of course, Lucien does his magic and gets Violet away (with Garnet’s help), but the danger doesn’t end there. Ash is now a wanted fugitive, and Violet begins to learn the mysteries of the Auguries and believe that she really can help bring down the Jewel. The question is can they do it all in time to save the people they love? What fed my addiction: Gender bending. I loved the role reversal in this book. Normally, you see stories where there’s… 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 »


Sep 12
Bite-Sized Reviews – The Iron Trial, The Last Time We Say Goodbye, & I’ll Meet You There

Bite-Sized Reviews – The Iron Trial, The Last Time We Say Goodbye, & I’ll Meet You There

Middle Grade, Reviews 12 ★★★★

I’ve decided to write some quick reviews for books I’ve never gotten around to reviewing or that I just don’t have a ton to say about. I figure a few bite-sized reviews together will be enough to feed your fiction addiction!  🙂 The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare Published by Scholastic Press on 9/9/14 Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Middle Grade Pages: 299 Source: BEA My rating: Most kids would do anything to pass the Iron Trial. Not Callum Hunt. He wants to fail. All his life, Call has been warned by his father to stay away from magic. If he succeeds at the Iron Trial and is admitted into the Magisterium, he is sure it can only mean bad things for him. So he tries his best to do his worst – and fails at failing. Now the Magisterium awaits him. It’s a place that’s both sensational and sinister, with dark ties… Read more »


Jul 31
Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid –  Review & Giveaway

Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid – Review & Giveaway

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 17 ★★★½

Never Always Sometimes is a YA contemporary romance with a bit of a twist. It’s the type of romance where you’re not exactly sure how things will end. Will Dave and Julia end up together or are they truly better as friends? It’s not a simple answer, and this isn’t a simple romance. What I loved: Dave and Julia. I really loved the relationship between Dave and Julia. They fit with each other and had a sort of easy friendship, even though Dave was hoping for more. Dave and Julia understood each other on a level that no one else seemed to. They spent all of their time together, and they liked it that way – until they decided to try to complete their Never list. Never always sometimes. The concept of the list of things that Dave and Julia were never supposed to do was really fun – even if it did… Read more »


Jul 27
The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows – Review

The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows – Review

All-Time Favorites, Reviews 30 ★★★★½

The Orphan Queen is a compelling YA fantasy novel that will be sure to hook anyone who’s a fan of the genre! I loved this one – and that ending! Now I can’t wait for 2016! The synopsis tells you pretty much everything you need to know, so I’ll jump right into my review. What I LOVED: The characters. There were so many characters in this book that I just truly  enjoyed. First off, there was Wil herself, who I found to be extremely likable and intelligent. She didn’t jump into stupid decisions and she always had others’ needs at the forefront of her mind – but she didn’t come off as being perfect either. She was just the type of person who seemed like she would make a good ruler! Then there was Black Knife, who Wil had always seen as an enemy but who proved to be an ally… Read more »