Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire


Dec 06
Bite-Sized Reviews of After the Fire, Watersnakes, Into the Bright Unknown and House Arrest

Bite-Sized Reviews of After the Fire, Watersnakes, Into the Bright Unknown and House Arrest

Reviews 14 ★★★★

I’ve got four reviews for you today: a YA contemp, a YA historical fantasy, a graphic novel, and a MG contemp in verse. I hope these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction! If, like me, you’re fascinated by stories about cults, this book will be just what you’ve been searching for. It explores what happens to people after they leave a cult environment—in this case, unwillingly. I love that the book looks at all sides of the life that Moonbeam (the MC) led while she was a member. There were horrors, but she has fond memories of some aspects of her early life too. And I loved seeing the world from her perspective and understanding why she thought some of the things that happened to her were normal or acceptable (when they definitely weren’t). As the story progresses, she has to come to terms with how her belief systems… Read more »


Nov 10
Bite-Sized Reviews of Umbertouched, Meet the Sky, Furyborn, and Reclaiming Shilo Snow

Bite-Sized Reviews of Umbertouched, Meet the Sky, Furyborn, and Reclaiming Shilo Snow

Reviews 10 ★★★★

I’ve got four YA reviews for you today, two fantasy, one sci-fi and a contemporary. I hope these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction! This book is the high-stakes conclusion to the Rosemarked non-magical fantasy duology. This second book in the duology felt very different from the first, mostly because it focuses on the aftermath of the choices that Zivah and Dineas made in book one and on the battles that ensue. My favorite part of this book was seeing Dineas deal with the repercussions of his dual life—he’s now an outsider to both his own people and the Amparans. He sees the Amparans as the enemy, but he also knows some of them as friends and he understands them in ways he hadn’t before. His own people look at him with distrust and sometimes outright hostility. His struggle to come to terms with these things… Read more »


May 24
Bite-Sized Reviews of Now a Major Motion Picture, Captain Superlative, Smile and Sisters

Bite-Sized Reviews of Now a Major Motion Picture, Captain Superlative, Smile and Sisters

Reviews 18 ★★★½

I’ve got three more bite-sized reviews for you today. One YA, one MG contemp and one for two MG graphic novels. I hope these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction! This book will bring out the fandom geek in just about anybody. I loved the fact that Iris couldn’t care less about her grandmother’s famous series, even while the world was busy adoring it. She’d spent her life avoiding her grandmother’s fans, especially after an incident with an overeager and disturbed one nearly ended in tragedy. I will say that Iris’s negativity was a little hard to handle at first—it took me a while to warm up to her, even though I understood why she had a bit of a chip on her shoulder. As Iris was won over by the movie (and, especially, by the people involved), though, she started to win me over as well. I… Read more »


Jul 03
Coming Up for Air by Miranda Kenneally: Review of the Final Hundred Oaks Hurrah!

Coming Up for Air by Miranda Kenneally: Review of the Final Hundred Oaks Hurrah!

Coyer, Reviews 15 ★★★★

I actually didn’t realize when I started reading that this was the final Hundred Oaks book. In fact, it wasn’t until I got to the epilogue and read an update on many of our favorite past characters that I realized that Kenneally was wrapping the series up with this one. I’m sad to see the series go, but I’m glad that I had the opportunity to read these books! (By the way, they can all be read as standalones, so if you haven’t dived into the series yet, feel free to jump in anywhere.) What Fed My Addiction: Feel-good reading. This is one of those romances that just makes me happy, you know? Kenneally always manages to tug at my heartstrings and make me swoon, and the book feels like perfect summer reading when you just need a little pick-me-up! There are all sorts of little details that Kenneally handles… Read more »


Jul 07
The Siege by Mark Alpert – Review & Giveaway

The Siege by Mark Alpert – Review & Giveaway

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 5 ★★★★

***NOTE: This review is for the second book in a series, but doesn’t really contain spoilers for the first book The Six. Click on the link to see my review of that book.*** If you’re looking for true YA sci-fi (not sci-fi light), then this series is for you! What Fed My Addiction: The sci fi. Fans of technology and sci-fi will love the different robots and gadgets in this series. I loved all of the descriptions of the different robots and how each person chose their “main” robot body and face. The physical manifestations of each of the characters were not only entertaining, they gave us insight into the characters’ personalities. It was obvious that Alpert put a lot of thought into what each character’s robot should look like and how it would represent them. All of the outrageous machines and technologies seemed a little crazy, but just like in the last… Read more »


Jul 06
Defending Taylor by Miranda Kenneally – Review & Giveaway

Defending Taylor by Miranda Kenneally – Review & Giveaway

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 10 ★★★★

Kenneally has tackled another tough and timely issue (actually, more than one) in her latest Hundred Oaks book and, as usual, she does so with honesty and  realism. Her characters don’t always act the way we’d like them to, but they’re so relatable that we can understand the choices they make and empathize with them. The synopsis does a good job describing the book, so I’ll just jump straight into my review! What Fed My Addiction: The big issue. Taylor has spent her life trying to live up to her parents’ expectations. She’s not unhappy about it, per se – she actually feels like she thrives in a work-all-the-time lifestyle – it’s just that she’s never put a lot of thought into why she makes the choices she does. She is so focused on academic success and long-term goals (that have been more or less given to her by others) that she sometimes resorts to… Read more »


Dec 09
This is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp – Review & Giveaway

This is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp – Review & Giveaway

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 19 ★★★★

This is Where It Ends is an intense reading experience. And, unfortunately, the situation portrayed in the book is all too real in today’s society. (I read an article on NBC News the other day that said there have been more mass shootings in the US than days this year – how scary is that?) The book looks at a school shooting from the perspective of four students who have a connection to the shooter in one way or another – two are trapped in the auditorium and the other two are on the outside, trying to help their friends. The book takes place over a mere 54 minutes, but these students’ lives are completely transformed in that hour. I actually don’t want to say much about the specifics of what happened in the book or even about the characters because I think that it will be better if you learn… Read more »


Aug 05
What You Left Behind by Jessica Verdi – Review & Giveaway

What You Left Behind by Jessica Verdi – Review & Giveaway

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 38 ★★★★

What You Left Behind gives us the unique perspective of a teenage single dad who is both adjusting to his new status as a father and mourning the loss of his girlfriend, who died so that their daughter Hope could be born. The book shows the difficulties and the sacrifices that have to be made in this type of situation – and it doesn’t sugar-coat the painful emotional consequences. What I LOVED: Ryden’s struggles. Ryden was NOT an amazingly heroic character. In fact, much of this book was about the mistakes that Ryden made and about his inadequacy as a parent. Ryden sometimes made selfish decisions when it came to his daughter (and his other relationships), but I thought that this was pretty realistic. After all, he was a teenage boy who had dreams and aspirations, and he wasn’t sure if he could give all of that up for his daughter, even… Read more »


Jul 09
Jesse’s Girl by Miranda Kenneally – Review & $50 Giveaway

Jesse’s Girl by Miranda Kenneally – Review & $50 Giveaway

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 17 ★★★★

Jesse’s Girl is the sixth standalone book in the Hundred Oaks series (and I have to say that, even by my standards, these books truly can be read as standalones). It’s a really fun romantic read with a dash of bad boy superstar behavior to keep us entertained (but not too much – Jesse’s not a jerk). Overall, a really entertaining read, just like all of Kenneally’s books! This book focuses on Maya (who is Sam’s younger sister, for those of you who read the first Hundred Oaks book) and her dreams of making it big in the music business! When Maya is assigned to shadow Jesse Scott, a huge country superstar, she’s eager to learn everything she can about the business, but she gets more than she bargained for! What I LOVED: Realistic main character. I loved that Maya wasn’t a perfect person, or even a perfect musician. While she… Read more »


Jul 08
The Six by Mark Alpert – Review

The Six by Mark Alpert – Review

Reviews 13 ★★★★

The Six is an interesting and exciting twist on the typical “teenagers save the world” theme – in this case, the teenagers are no longer teenagers, they’re machines. The book takes a look at real life artificial intelligence and where it could lead. What would happen if an AI decided to destroy us? What would we need to do to fight back? In this book, Adam and five other terminally ill teenagers agree to give up their dying human bodies and have their brain activity moved into a machine so that they can relate to (and possibly fight) a rogue AI and stop him from destroying the human race. Of course, defeating the AI is not so simple – and neither is getting used to being a robot. What I loved: The machines. First off, there’s Sigma, the AI that has escaped the confines of the government facility it was created in… Read more »