Publisher: HarperTeen


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 27
The Night We Said Yes by Lauren Gibaldi – Review

The Night We Said Yes by Lauren Gibaldi – Review

Reviews 14 ★★★★

The Night We Said Yes is a sweet, fun romance with a unique spin – it’s told over the span of just two nights. The book switches back and forth between the night that Ella and Matt met and a night, a year later, when he returns after disappearing for six months. You learn about their relationship in between through Ella’s thoughts and memories on the latter night.  What I loved: The alternating story. I really enjoyed learning about Ella and Matt’s beginnings as it was interspersed with their current story. I thought that Gibaldi did a great job of weaving the two stories together. Most of the connection between Emmy and Oliver was built in the past, on the first day they met, but it never felt like insta-love because you knew you weren’t seeing their full relationship in that one night. You got to see how Ella and Matt got… Read more »


Feb 05
Review – Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Review – Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Reviews 37 ★★★★★

Red Queen is an exhilarating ride. This book has all of the elements that fantasy lovers adore – magic, power struggles, deception, political intrigue, uprisings … and plenty of twists and turns to keep you on your toes! What I enjoyed: The characters. I felt a real connection to pretty much all of the characters in this book, which is probably the main reason that I loved it so much. Mare has spent her life feeling sort of worthless – she doesn’t have a skill like her sister, so she can’t help support her family (except by stealing – which she does quite well). She’s basically just waiting to be sent off to war to die. But when she gets sent to the palace as a servant, things suddenly change for her and she finds herself thrown into a world she isn’t prepared for. To make things more complicated, she… Read more »


Jan 19
Review – Split Second by Kasie West

Review – Split Second by Kasie West

Reviews 28 ★★★★½

I was surprised (and actually a little worried) when I read the back of this book (which wasn’t as detailed as the actual blurb) – it sounded like it would focus on Laila instead of on Addie. But my fears were unfounded. The book actually switched back and forth between Laila’s and Addie’s POVs, so we got to learn a lot more about Laila while, at the same time, her story was entwined with Addie’s. This turned out to be perfect! What I LOVED: Laila and Connor. In this book we got to see a lot more about what makes Laila tick – why she holds herself aloof and uses boys to get what she wants without connecting with them. I thought that the relationship between Laila and Connor was well-developed. You could see a connection between them right away, even though they both shielded themselves with snarkiness and an… Read more »


Aug 28
ARC Review & Giveaway – The Jewel by Amy Ewing

ARC Review & Giveaway – The Jewel by Amy Ewing

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 21 ★★★★

The Jewel is an incredibly intriguing new dystopian/fantasy read (I’m actually not sure what the genre for this one technically is – it felt like a bit of a blend of the two). It follows Violet, who has been forced into the strange life of a surrogate – trained to live among the royalty, but owned like a slave. When she starts her new life, she finds that it is much more dangerous than she imagined. Can she survive the machinations of the royalty she serves? What I loved: Life as a surrogate.  Violet’s life was absolutely fascinating and I was instantly drawn in to her plight. From the age of 12, Violet had been trained as a surrogate. She learned how to live life among the royalty and how to control the auguries – strange powers that, when used, caused immense pain and bleeding. At the age of 16, Violet… Read more »


Jun 24
Review – The One by Kiera Cass

Review – The One by Kiera Cass

Reviews 0 ★★★★½

Title:  The One Series: The Selection #3 Author: Kiera Cass Release Date: May 6, 2014 Pages: 323 Goodreads Rating: 4.27/5 Stars My Rating: 4.5/5 Stars My Content Rating: YA (Nothing more than kissing) Summary from Goodreads:  The highly anticipated third book in Kiera Cass’s #1 New York Times bestselling Selection series, The One will captivate readers who love dystopian YA fiction and fairy tales. The One is perfect for the fans who have followed America’s whirlwind romance since it began—and a swoon-worthy read for teens who have devoured Veronica Roth’s Divergent, Ally Condie’s Matched, or Lauren Oliver’s Delirium. The Selection changed America Singer’s life in ways she never could have imagined. Since she entered the competition to become the next princess of Illéa, America has struggled with her feelings for her first love, Aspen—and her growing attraction to Prince Maxon. Now she’s made her choice . . . and she’s prepared to fight for the future she wants. Find… 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 »