Publisher: Macmillan


Sep 01
The Foxglove Killings by Tara Kelly – Review & Giveaway

The Foxglove Killings by Tara Kelly – Review & Giveaway

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 11 ★★★★

The Foxglove Killings is a suspenseful YA mystery set in a small town filled with unforgettable characters. Nova lives in a small tourist town with a huge divide between the rich visitors and the townies. Tensions have always been high between the vacationing kids (the cakes) and the kids who live in the town full-time, but they get even higher when one of the cakes ends up dead. Suddenly, fingers are getting pointed in every direction and people seem ready to explode at the slightest provocation. Everyone wonders who the killer is – and who will be next to die. What I loved: Tourist town dynamics. One of the biggest draws of this book was the explosive rivalry between the cakes and the kids who lived in the town all year long. Unfortunately, the tension wasn’t just based on stereotypes – a lot of the townie families really didn’t have it together and they… Read more »


Sep 01
The Body Institute by Carol Riggs – Review & $25 Giveaway

The Body Institute by Carol Riggs – Review & $25 Giveaway

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 17 ★★★★

The Body Institute is a truly unique sci fi dystopian YA novel. I loved the concept behind it and thought it was executed really well. This is one of those books that really makes you think – and you know how I love that! I’m not going to bother summarizing this one (you can read the blurb for that). Instead I’ll move right on to my review. What I loved: The unique concept. As soon as I read the blurb for this book, I was hooked and I was really hoping that it would live up to my expectations. Well, I’m happy to say that the concept was every bit as intriguing and unique as it sounds. Imagine if the government got so serious about healthcare that they started dictating how much you could weigh and if you went over that weight you were taxed heavily. In this dystopian world that’s exactly what’s… Read more »


Aug 10
Blackmail Boyfriend by Chris Cannon – Review

Blackmail Boyfriend by Chris Cannon – Review

Reviews 7 ★★★½

This book just looked all sorts of adorable – I was in the mood for a light read, and that’s exactly what I got, so it was perfect! Haley wants a boyfriend, but her brothers are too overprotective and intimidating – no one wants to cross them, so they leave Haley alone. So, when Bryce mistakenly tells everyone that he and Haley hooked up (it was a different Haley – one who has a hulking boyfriend of her own), she sees it as an opportunity. She tells Bryce that if he pretends to actually be dating her so that the rumor mill will slow down that she won’t tell anyone about the mistaken identity and Bryce won’t have to face the other Haley’s boyfriend. She tells everyone that the rumor just got blown out of proportion and she didn’t hook up with Bryce, she’s dating him. She hopes that the combination… Read more »


Jul 10
Anya and the Shy Guy by Suze Winegardner – Review & Winegardner’s Top Ten Addictions

Anya and the Shy Guy by Suze Winegardner – Review & Winegardner’s Top Ten Addictions

Author Top Ten Lists, Reviews 6 ★★★½

Anya and the Shy Guy is the fourth installment in the Backstage Pass series, which chronicles the love lives of the members of Seconds to Juliet, a superstar boy band. I haven’t read the first three books in the series (those of you who know me well are gasping right now – I never read series out of order), but this book really did stand well on its own as a standalone – and now I want to read the others! The synopsis describes the book really well, so I’m going to jump straight to my review. What I loved: The twin story. I’m pretty much a sucker for a twin switch story, which is why I couldn’t resist this book even though I hadn’t read the first three. And Matt’s story definitely met all of my expectations – the pressure of the twin trying to pass himself off, the efforts to bend… Read more »


Jun 10
Hello, I Love You by Katie M. Stout – Review

Hello, I Love You by Katie M. Stout – Review

Reviews 21 ★★★½

Hello, I Love You is a YA romance set in Korea that gives us a little peek into KPOP and the world of a Korean superstar. It was cute and fun, but the story also delved a little deeper than a simple fluffy romance because of Grace’s and Jason’s family issues. Ultimately, Hello, I Love You is a story about letting go of past pain and being brave enough to embrace the future.  What I loved: Diversity! Grace is the only major character in this book that isn’t Korean and the book is set in Korea. Already, it gets much love from me! I love to see diversity in books – especially YA, where it’s lacking. I also love that the love interest is Korean, but that, in itself, isn’t presented as a major barrier to the relationship (there are a few times that Grace wonders if Jason doesn’t want to be seen… Read more »


Apr 27
Cress by Marissa Meyer – Review

Cress by Marissa Meyer – Review

Reviews 18 ★★★★★

***NOTE: This review is for the third book in a series and may contain spoilers for Cinder or Scarlet, the first book. Click here to read my review of Cinder or here to read my review of Scarlet.*** After reading Scarlet, I had to jump right into Cress because I was so excited about the story. Well, I was not disappointed at all!! What I LOVED: Cress. Cress’s story is probably my favorite of the series so far. I just loved her mixture of intelligence and vulnerability. Cress has been hidden away her whole life, doing Levana’s bidding, just hoping that one day she will do enough to earn her life back. Of course, it doesn’t work that way, and Cress eventually realizes that she has the power to help Cinder and the ability to make a real difference against Levana. So she takes a huge chance and contacts Cinder. Unfortunately, things go very wrong and… Read more »


Apr 07
Scarlet by Marissa Meyer – Review

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer – Review

Reviews 45 ★★★★★

***NOTE: This review is for the second book in a series and may contain spoilers for Cinder, the first book. Click here to read my review of Cinder.*** I really enjoyed Cinder, but for some reason I wasn’t all that desperate to read the second book in this series. I don’t exactly know why except that I think I wasn’t crazy about the idea that Scarlet would focus on different characters (and a different fairy tale). Well, it turns out that I loved Scarlet even more than I did Cinder. I don’t know why I waited to read it! What I LOVED: Integration of characters. I loved the way that Meyer interwove Scarlet’s story with Cinder’s and tied everything together. I actually didn’t see the connection coming, and I loved being taken by surprise! The story switched back and forth between Cinder’s story and Scarlet’s. While Cinder was working on escaping from prison… Read more »


Dec 08
Review – Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Review – Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Reviews 32 ★★★★

I had really high expectations for this book because of the way people raved about it. And, for the most part, it lived up to those expectations. The only area where I felt like the book lagged a little was in the fan fiction parts, but that was really just because of the structure of the book. This book is really more New Adult than Young Adult – BUT it doesn’t fit the NA stereotype of being really steamy. It’s what NA could (and maybe should?) be – it’s all about learning how to navigate the world of adulthood and being on your own for the first time. Learning who you are when you go off into the world on your own. It’s truly about that transition from childhood into … well, not quite adulthood, but something on the way there. What I LOVED: Cath’s struggles with being on her own. I think the… Read more »


Oct 06
Review & Giveaway – Lailah by Nikki Kelly

Review & Giveaway – Lailah by Nikki Kelly

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 35 ★★★★

I really loved this book! It did have some flaws, but I was completely sucked into the story and loved the characters. This was one of those books that I just didn’t want to put down – and now I can’t wait for the next installment. What I LOVED: Shades of Gray. Those of you who read my reviews often know how much I love stories that involve not just good and evil, but everything in between. Well, this book definitely does that! This book explores angels and vampires and Lailah, who is something else entirely. The vampires in the book definitely have baser instincts – even the vampires who are trying their best to gain back some of their humanity feed off of humans (and not in a nice, volunteer sort of way like happens in Vampire Academy). Let’s talk about the characters more specifically … Lailah. Lailah is a complex character… Read more »


Sep 11
Review – Sway by Kat Spears

Review – Sway by Kat Spears

Reviews 7 ★★★★

Sway wasn’t exactly what I thought it was going to be based on the synopsis. It’s not a sweet, light romance – instead the story is much more about how an unsavory main character grows into a different type of person – the type of person who cares. This book definitely won’t be for everyone (Jesse says and does things that would offend just about anyone), but if you stick around to see the person that Jesse turns into, I think you’ll find it worth the ride. What I LOVED: Jesse’s character development. Honestly, it is a mystery to me how Spears managed to make me like Jesse. He is not the best person – he deals drugs, sells people homework, gets people arrested for things they didn’t do, and generally messes with people’s lives. I should have hated him. But Spears made him so darn likable while he did all… Read more »