Publisher: Macmillan


Feb 21
After the Woods by Kim Savage – Traveling ARC Review, Favorite Quotes and Giveaway!

After the Woods by Kim Savage – Traveling ARC Review, Favorite Quotes and Giveaway!

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 33 ★★★★★

This was the most fun I’ve ever had with a blog tour! The traveling ARC idea is phenomenal, especially with a book with a central mystery like this one. Take a look at the map above to see where this ARC went for the tour! (The big book shows the path that it took after it left me.) It was so much fun to read the comments that had been left by the bloggers before me! Plus, usually with a book like this, I don’t have any way of discussing all of my predictions about how everything’s going to unfold. But, for the traveling ARC, it was great fun to document those predictions and let someone else know how close I was! So, at the end of the book, I wrote bullet points showing what I thought was going to happen (and then I hid them and told the next blogger not… Read more »


Jan 14
Thief of Lies by Brenda Drake – Top Ten Reasons Arik is Swoonworthy & Giveaway

Thief of Lies by Brenda Drake – Top Ten Reasons Arik is Swoonworthy & Giveaway

Author Top Ten Lists, Giveaways (Ended) 9

I want to start this post by telling you all that I was planning on reviewing this book, but due to a snafu with the NetGalley widget I wasn’t able to access it. Still, the book seems so fun that I wanted to feature it on the blog and give you all a chance at the giveaway. I just wanted to clarify that this spotlight post isn’t an indication that I read the book and wasn’t a fan – on the contrary, I’m still looking forward to reading it at some point! Top Ten Reasons  Arik of Thief of Lies is Swoonworthy Arik Baine – Sentinel Age: 17 Battle Globe: Red (Fire) Description: Leader, strong silent type, and fiercely loyal. “Friends don’t think of each other the way I think of you. As it is, I can’t sleep at night worrying about you being here. The danger you face.” ~ Arik… Read more »


Jan 09
Firsts by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn – Review

Firsts by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn – Review

Reviews 24 ★★★★

This book is so incredibly hard to encapsulate in a review because it brings up so many topics of discussion. This is the type of book that just makes me want to go on and on and on about my feelings because they’re so complex. I’ll try not to do that, but I make no promises. Simply read the synopsis and you’ll probably be able to tell right away why I feel so conflicted about certain aspects of this book. After all, the premise centers around a girl who sleeps with virgins with girlfriends to supposedly prepare them for their first time so that the girls will get the magical first time that Mercedes never had. There are SO many things wrong with this that I can’t even begin to talk about them (yeah, I will, though – in a minute). But, Nicole, you say. You gave this book four stars. How can that… Read more »


Nov 30
Nexis by A.L. Davroe – Review

Nexis by A.L. Davroe – Review

Reviews 10 ★★★★

Nexis is an innovative new YA sci-fi dystopian set in the post-apocalyptic future. The Aristocrats have created their own perfect society, separate from the undesirables outside the walls. Still, everyone needs a little outlet, right? That’s why they’re all so excited about Ella’s father’s virtual reality video game – a game so engrossing that he had to set a time limit so that people wouldn’t just play indefinitely and live out the rest of their lives in the game! Ella has always been resistant to the idea of Nexis because it kept her father so incredibly busy that he didn’t have time for her. But after an accident takes his life (and her legs), Nexis is the only way she can get close to him. And she starts to realize that her father meant the game for her all along … What I enjoyed: Altered. In Ella’s society, everyone is altered –… Read more »


Nov 18
The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson – Review

The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson – Review

Reviews 31 ★★★★★

The Heart of Betrayal is the second book in the Remnant Chronicles, and it’s just as heart stopping as the first! I adored Kiss of Deception, but a lot of that was because I was so blown away by the character twist – I wondered if it was possible for the second book to measure up now that we’d gotten that twist out of the way. Well, it did. Have to say that I enjoyed pretty much every minute of reading this book! What fed my addiction: Betrayal. The book is aptly named. There’s a lot of betrayal going on – and Lia herself doles out her fair share. There is nothing she won’t do to get herself and Rafe out of Venda, and she’ll lie through her teeth if that’s what it takes to do it. A lot of that lying is aimed at Kaden. You can’t help but feel a… Read more »


Nov 13
Firewalker by Josephine Angelini – Review

Firewalker by Josephine Angelini – Review

Reviews 12 ★★★½

Firewalker is the second book in the Worldwalker trilogy, and unfortunately it suffered from just a bit of middle book syndrome. That’s not to say that it didn’t advance the series at all – I just felt like it took a little too much time to get there. Still, if you’re a fan of the series, you’ll definitely want to pick this one up. There are some major revelations about Lillian and a few new characters added who (I”m assuming) will play a role in the final book of the trilogy. What fed my addiction: Lillian’s motivations. A good portion of this book was Lily (slowly) learning what led Lillian to her decisions and how she became the “villain” in her world. Since Lily is Lillian, these revelations were pretty important for her – she needed to understand how she could possibly get to a place where she would start murdering people – so… Read more »


Nov 04
Forget Tomorrow by Pintip Dunn – Review & Dunn’s Top Ten Addictions

Forget Tomorrow by Pintip Dunn – Review & Dunn’s Top Ten Addictions

Author Top Ten Lists, Reviews 16 ★★★★

Forget Tomorrow is an exhilarating new sci-fi dystopian set in a world where everyone knows the future – at least a snippet of it. Callie’s spent her life waiting to turn seventeen so she can see with absolute certainty what she’ll make of herself. This is because, in her society, when a person turns seventeen they receive a memory from their future selves – the memory that Callie’s future self believes will best guide her toward her fate. But Callie’s memory is of something she will do anything to avoid. The question is, can she thwart fate or will all of her actions inevitably end in a tragic result no matter what she does? What fed my addiction: Fate vs. free will. As you can probably guess based on the synopsis, the question of fate versus free will plays a huge role in this book. People in Callie’s society put complete faith… Read more »


Nov 02
The Book of Ivy and The Revolution of Ivy by Amy Engel – Review and Engel’s Top Ten Addictions

The Book of Ivy and The Revolution of Ivy by Amy Engel – Review and Engel’s Top Ten Addictions

Author Top Ten Lists, Reviews 9 ★★★★½

When I heard that The Revolution of Ivy was being released, I knew it was time to pick up the first book – I’d bought it at the beginning of the year because I heard so many raving reviews of it, but I was holding off on actually reading it because I’d heard about that cliffhanger and I heard the series was a duology. I figured why not wait for the conclusion? And this was my chance! Well, The Book of Ivy definitely lived up to my high expectations! This book had me turning the pages at a furious rate and I stayed up way too late reading it! The book follows Ivy, who has been told her whole life that her family’s enemy is her own. She’s known for the past two years that she would be marrying the president’s son – and that she would need to kill… Read more »


Oct 28
Gabriel by Nikki Kelly – Review & Giveaway

Gabriel by Nikki Kelly – Review & Giveaway

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 8 ★★★★

***NOTE: This review is for the second book in a series and may contain spoilers for the first book. To read my review of Lailah, click on the link.*** Gabriel is the exciting second book in the Styclar Saga, the follow-up to Lailah. As the title of this one suggests, it expands on Gabriel’s character – the angel who is the other half of Lailah’s light – her soul mate, if you will. The book is still told through Lailah’s POV, as she discovers that the people (and angels and vampires) around her are willing to sacrifice everything for her – she just isn’t sure that her life is worth the sacrifice. What fed my addiction: Lailah’s acceptance of her darker side. While the synopsis claims that this book is about Gabriel, I would contend that it’s actually more about Lailah accepting all of who she is, despite her love for Gabriel and… 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 »