Publisher: Random House Children's Books


Dec 31
The Door to the Lost by Jaleigh Johnson: A Dual Review with Marilla

The Door to the Lost by Jaleigh Johnson: A Dual Review with Marilla

Dual Reviews, Reviews 2 ★★★★

(No actual dueling—or even arm-twisting—was involved. This is a dual review, not a duel review. Sorry if you’re disappointed.) Marilla was a recent winner of my Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up “Make Me Read It” giveaway, and she chose to make me read The Door to the Lost by Jaleigh Johnson. I got this book as a gift at an event I went to featuring Johnson’s agent, Sara Megibow (I learned LOTS about the business side of publishing from her). I’m so glad Marilla made me read this book! Read on to see what we thought of the book… An engrossing middle grade fantasy that explores themes of friendship and belonging. What Fed Our Addiction: MARILLA SAYS: I loved the strong friendship between Drift and Rook and later how they formed a relationship with Fox, and I love the found family aspect of both the three of them and then later on with… Read more »


Jul 30
Amelia Fang Series by Laura Ellen Anderson: An Adorably Creepy Middle Grade Fantasy

Amelia Fang Series by Laura Ellen Anderson: An Adorably Creepy Middle Grade Fantasy

Reviews 14 ★★★★½

These books are so incredibly adorable! I just wanted to stare and stare at the illustrations all day long, and the story matched them pretty much perfectly. The series is a truly delightful concoction of creepiness and cuteness! The Goodreads description says that these books are written for reluctant readers, and I can see how they’d be perfect for that group. They feature short chapters and plenty of wonderfully quirky illustrations so the books don’t feel overwhelming, but the storylines don’t seem too “little kiddish.” Plus, I think these storylines would be engaging for older readers as well as younger ones! This book introduces us to the spooky cast of characters—Amelia (the vampire) and her friends (a Yeti, a grim reaper, and her pet pumpkin). Like I said, it’s really impressive how well Anderson managed to merge creepy and cute. These books sort of remind me of Monster High for… Read more »


Jul 08
Storm Blown by Nick Courage: Review of an Epic Adventure!

Storm Blown by Nick Courage: Review of an Epic Adventure!

Reviews 16 ★★★★

A gripping, disaster-filled adventure of epic proportions, this MG book will certainly blow you away! What Fed My Addiction: Realistic storm experiences. In the author’s note, you find that Nick Courage grew up in New Orleans, so he grew up with tropical storms and hurricanes. That shows in the book. The storm itself is so vivid, it almost feels like a character. And the build from calm (where many characters assumed the storm wasn’t really even going to hit) to mega-hurricane was all laid out in such detail that it was easy to imagine being in the storm yourself. Speaking of that build… So. Much. Suspense. I flew through this book in practically one sitting (I did have to stop for dinner with the family). There is never a moment of dullness in this book: the tension builds and builds and builds until it hits a crazy crescendo at the… Read more »


May 07
Hope and Other Punchlines by Julie Buxbaum: Review & Giveaway

Hope and Other Punchlines by Julie Buxbaum: Review & Giveaway

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 48 ★★★★★

Buxbaum is a genius at contemporary storytelling, and this book is no exception. She manages to pack so much into 300 pages without ever making it feel overwrought or unrealistic. You would be hard-pressed to read this book and not come out of the experience thinking about 9/11 differently. What Fed My Addiction: Opposing goals. Abbi wants to move on with her life and get past the one thing that has always defined her. She wants to ignore the possible repercussions of that day (which I can’t talk about because it would be a spoiler). Noah wants to understand the day that took his father away–he needs to know what happened to him. I ended up loving both of these characters so much that I was rooting for both of them. But these two opposing goals are impossible to reconcile and they make for a great conflict. 9/11. I’ve only read… Read more »


Mar 06
Bite-Sized Reviews of Song for a Whale, A Friendly Town That’s Almost Always by the Ocean, The Color of Lies, and The Lunar Chronicles

Bite-Sized Reviews of Song for a Whale, A Friendly Town That’s Almost Always by the Ocean, The Color of Lies, and The Lunar Chronicles

Reviews 18

I’ve got four reviews for you today: two Middle Grades, a YA, and a YA series . I hope these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction! This is one of those books that takes you into the heart and mind of a character whose experiences you might not be able to completely relate to—and you come out all the richer for it in the end. The story focuses on Iris, a Deaf girl who struggles to communicate with many of the people around her and to find her place in a world that doesn’t seem to know how to define her. When she learns of a whale with a similar issue, Blue 55, who can’t communicate with other whales, she makes it her mission in life to let him know there’s someone out there who understands him. I connected to Iris right away, even when I… Read more »


Jul 16
Nyxia Unleashed by Scott Reintgen: Review & Giveaway

Nyxia Unleashed by Scott Reintgen: Review & Giveaway

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 14 ★★★★½

This sequel was actually a whole lot different than the first book, and I was happy about that (even though I really loved Nyxia). It felt less like a continuation and more like a whole new story—which made sense since the Genesis kids were now on a whole new planet. Read on to find out why I loved it… What Fed My Addiction: A family. The competition aspect of the first book was completely gone in book two, and I was very happy about that since it was my least favorite part of book one. Not only was there no more direct competition (with points and such), but the whole group came together as one. Emmett talks about Genesis as his family, and that’s truly how they feel. With one minor exception, the group comes together and bonds in an extraordinary way. I found myself loving each and every character. Emmett…. Read more »


May 28
LIFEL1K3 by Jay Kristoff: Review & Giveaway

LIFEL1K3 by Jay Kristoff: Review & Giveaway

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 24 ★★★★

Jay Kristoff once again does what he does best: totally messes with your head. And, yep, I love him for it. What Fed My Addiction: The mystery of Eve’s life (and death?). Right from the start of the book, we know that something violent happened to Eve’s family, but we soon learn that she doesn’t quite remember all the details. The story of Eve’s past unfolds as the book progresses—as she remembers more and more of what happens. I personally love books like this because the suspense is so high. I wanted to know everything that happened to Eve and how she ended up with lifelikes and more chasing her. Lots of twists. Every time I’d think I’d have the twists in the story figured out, Kristoff would throw in a new one that I didn’t see coming—and the ones I thought I knew didn’t work out quite the way I… Read more »


Mar 09
Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff: All-Time Favorite Review & Giveaway!

Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff: All-Time Favorite Review & Giveaway!

All-Time Favorites, Reviews 38 DNF

Reviewer: Official Captain of Reviews Nicole M. Hewitt Date: 03/09/2018 (four days pre-release) Timestamp: 06:30 CT All contents herein are top-secret, CLASSIFIED. Read this review at your own risk. Please disregard any sections with a strikethrough. Any inappropriate language will be blacked out. (In real life, I don’t generally swear, but let’s pretend. In my head, as I’m writing this, I’m probably just saying wimpy words like frickin’, but you can imagine they’re whatever you want.) I swear to you that this series has just gotten better and better, and this finale is ing FANTABULOUS!! If you’ve been a fan of the series up till this point, you will not be disappointed. If you’ve been holding off on starting it because you wanted to see how the series would hold up, it’s definitely time to jump in and start reading. The unique formatting of these books just ing fascinates me. I especially love… Read more »


Nov 08
Dear Martin by Nic Stone – 5-Star Review & Giveaway

Dear Martin by Nic Stone – 5-Star Review & Giveaway

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 20 ★★★★★

This little book packs a powerful punch.  What Fed My Addiction: Perspective. The book is told from Justyce’s POV. He’s a black teenager living in a mostly white world (he goes to a boarding school) near the home he grew up in, which is in a black neighborhood. So the lens that he sees the world through is unique. He is relatable to many people—he can often see both sides of the story, which helps us to do so too. The struggle of identity. Of course, because of Justyce’s position, he has a hard time feeling at home anywhere. He can’t go back to being the kid he was in the neighborhood he grew up in, but he also doesn’t always feel like he fits at school. After a traumatic event where he’s treated unfairly, he starts to see things at school that he’d been blind to before. He suddenly can’t turn… Read more »


Oct 09
Otherworld by Jason Segel & Kirsten Miller: Review & Giveaway

Otherworld by Jason Segel & Kirsten Miller: Review & Giveaway

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 16 ★★★★

If you’ve ever tried virtual reality, you can probably imagine how advanced it might be in the future—how we might be able to practically live in it someday. What if it got to the point where you could actually taste and smell and truly feel everything within the game? Would it still be a game, or would it be reality? What Fed My Addiction: Simon. Simon feels like a realistic teenager—he isn’t perfect (by any means). In fact, he’s a bit of a mess in a lot of ways. At first, I was worried he wasn’t going to be likable, but it soon becomes apparent that he’s doing his best in some pretty miserable circumstances and he has a good heart. Simon’s loyalty is what sets him apart. He’s also pretty intelligent and courageous when he’s forced to be! High stakes and danger! Simon starts out just wanting to rescue his best… Read more »