Publisher: Macmillan


Sep 08
5 Star Review – Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini

5 Star Review – Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini

Reviews 24 ★★★★★

I was so excited to read Trial by Fire that I somehow managed to snag a copy from both BEA and NetGalley. Um, oops. I guess you can tell that I really wanted to read it. And, let me tell you, it did not disappoint! Honestly, I think this is the best book I’ve read in a long while – I finished it and almost wanted to pick it right back up again and start over! The book follows Lily, who is allergic to just about everything and suffers from debilitating allergic reactions. After a horrifically embarrassing night involving her best friend (and crush), Lily wants nothing more than to escape – but when escape is offered to her, she finds herself in a strange alternate universe where magic reigns and she (or an alternate version of her) is a witch and the ultimate villain. Lily wants nothing more than to get back… Read more »


Aug 22
5 Star Review – The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson

5 Star Review – The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson

Reviews 6 ★★★★★

Title:  The Way of Kings Series: The Stormlight Archive #1 Author: Brandon Sanderson Release Date: 2010 Pages: 1007 Goodreads Rating: 4.6/5 Stars My Rating: 5/5 Stars My Content Rating: PG-13 (Some violence and small references to sex) Summary from Goodreads: Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soiless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter. It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor that transform ordinary men into near-invincible warriors. Men trade kingdoms for Shardblades. Wars were fought for them, and won by them. One such war rages on a ruined landscape called the Shattered Plains. There, Kaladin, who traded his medical… Read more »


Jun 10
Why I Love/Hate Robert Jordan (an Audiobook Review of Knife of Dreams)

Why I Love/Hate Robert Jordan (an Audiobook Review of Knife of Dreams)

Reviews 2 ★★★★

Instead of doing a normal review for Knife of Dreams, I’m going to talk about the series as a whole (with just a few comments about this particular book thrown in).  Please allow me to explain my love/hate relationship with Robert Jordan. Title: Knife of Dreams Series: Wheel of Time #11 Author: Robert Jordan Published: January, 2013 Pages: 860 (32 hours, 24 minutes audio) Goodreads Rating: 4.06 Stars My Rating: 4/5 Stars My Content Rating: Mature YA or Adult (Some sex, though not described; Fantasy violence) Summary from Goodreads: The Wheel of Time turns, and Robert Jordan gives us the eleventh volume of his extraordinary masterwork of fantasy.    The dead are walking, men die impossible deaths, and it seems as though reality itself has become unstable: All are signs of the imminence of Tarmon Gai’don, the Last Battle, when Rand al’Thor, the Dragon Reborn, must confront the Dark One as humanity’s only hope. But Rand dares not fight… 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 »


May 13
Review – Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Review – Cinder by Marissa Meyer

All-Time Favorites, Reviews 5 ★★★★½

  Cinder is an incredibly unique re-telling of Cinderella.  Set in a futuristic world that has been ravaged by a plague, Cinder is just trying to survive. When she meets Prince Kai, she knows that nothing can come of her attraction to him – after all, she’s a cyborg, barely tolerated by the world. But, she finds herself entangled in Prince Kai’s ongoing struggle for power with the cold and calculating Queen Levania, and Cinder discovers that she can’t hide from him anymore. The negatives: Villain isn’t well-defined.  Queen Levania (the evil Lunar queen) isn’t all that well-defined in this book.  We get glimpses of her, but we don’t know anything about what motivates her (besides power), and she’s relatively two-dimensional.  However, since this is a series, I’m hoping that we will get to see lots more of Queen Levania in future books and learn more about her.  Because of… Read more »


May 10
5 Star ARC Review – Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

5 Star ARC Review – Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

All-Time Favorites, Reviews 1 ★★★★★

I absolutely LOVED this book!!  Not only was it an intriguing fantasy novel, but it had a huge twist that completely threw me!The synopsis explains the book well, so I’m just going to get straight to my review. The negatives: Light on magic.  For a fantasy novel, this one was actually pretty light on magic and fantastical elements.  First daughters in this world were supposed to have “the gift,: which is basically an ability to see the future.  Lia has hints of this gift, but nothing extreme, so we don’t see much of it.  There are other fantasy elements, but people who like their fantasy to be full of magical happenings might be disappointed. What I loved: Lia.  I loved Lia as a main character.  She was strong and determined, but not without flaws. In some ways she was selfish – after all, she put her own happiness above the… Read more »


Apr 08
Review Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Review Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Reviews 0 ★★★★½

Title: Origin Series: Lux #4 Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout Release Date: August, 2013 Pages: 364 Goodreads Rating: 4.52 Stars My Rating: 4.5/5 Stars My Content Rating: Mature YA (Sex shown) Summary from Goodreads:  Daemon will do anything to get Katy back. After the successful but disastrous raid on Mount Weather, he’s facing the impossible. Katy is gone. Taken. Everything becomes about finding her. Taking out anyone who stands in his way? Done. Burning down the whole world to save her? Gladly. Exposing his alien race to the world? With pleasure. All Katy can do is survive. Surrounded by enemies, the only way she can come out of this is to adapt. After all, there are sides of Daedalus that don’t seem entirely crazy, but the group’s goals are frightening and the truths they speak even more disturbing. Who are the real bad guys? Daedalus? Mankind? Or the Luxen? Together, they can face anything.  But the most dangerous foe… 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 »


Nov 02
Review – Replica by Jenna Black

Review – Replica by Jenna Black

Reviews 0 ★★★★

Title: Replica Series: Replica #1 Author: Jenna Black Release Date: July 16, 2013 Pages: 368, Paperback Goodreads Rating: 3.53 stars My Rating: 4/5 stars My Content Rating: PG-16? (References to sex-though it’s not shown, some violence) Summary from Goodreads: Sixteen-year-old Nadia Lake comes from a high-class Executive family in the Corporate States. Her marriage has been arranged with the most powerful family in her state, which means she lives a life of privilege but also of public scrutiny, followed everywhere by photographers, every detail of her private life tabloid fodder. But her future is assured, as long as she can maintain her flawless public image — no easy feat when your betrothed is a notorious playboy. Nathan Hayes is the heir of Paxco — controller of the former state of New York, and creator of human replication technology, science that every state and every country in the world would kill to have. Though Nadia and Nate aren’t in love,… Read more »


Jul 17
Review & Waiting on Wednesday – Opal by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Review & Waiting on Wednesday – Opal by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Reviews, Waiting on Wednesday 5 ★★★★★

My Waiting on Wednesday post has been combined with my review of Opal because they are so related… I think you can probably figure out what I’m waiting for, but scroll down to the bottom to see for sure… Title: Opal Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout Release Date: December 11, 2012 Pages: 382, Paperback Goodreads Rating: 4.49 stars My Rating: 5/5 stars Content Rating: PG-16? (My made-up rating to mean something between PG-13 and R, Some near-sex scenes and one sex scene which is definitely described, but not in physical detail.) Summary from Goodreads: No one is like Daemon Black. When he set out to prove his feelings for me, he wasn’t fooling around. Doubting him isn’t something I’ll do again, and now that we’ve made it through the rough patches, well… There’s a lot of spontaneous combustion going on. But even he can’t protect his family from the danger of trying to free those they love. After everything,… Read more »