Source: Edelweiss


Jan 31
Bite-Sized Reviews of RoseBlood, Frost and The Glittering Court

Bite-Sized Reviews of RoseBlood, Frost and The Glittering Court

Reviews 12

I have quite a few reviews I need to catch up on, so I thought I’d do another installment of bite-sized reviews and knock a few of them out. Hopefully these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction! I don’t know why, but I BARELY made it through this book. I just wasn’t engaged and nothing happened. Until the end of the book, literally almost nothing interesting (in my opinion) happened. It was all Thorn creepily watching Rune and Rune worrying about a boy she hurt with her magical opera voice. I nearly DNF’d at 50% but I was curious how it ended up, so I skim-read the second half, only reading carefully when something exciting happened. I did a lot of skim-reading. Lots of my friends enjoyed this book, so maybe it was just me? I simply couldn’t connect to it, though I will say that… Read more »


Jan 02
Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall

Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall

Reviews 23 ★★★★★

If you’re looking for a powerful #ownvoices book about mental health, then you need this one in your life. Gornall explains in her author’s notes that this is a deeply personal book that she wrote to get her experiences and emotions down on paper. While the plot might not follow her own life, Norah’s mental health issues mirror Gornall’s own and she shows us Norah’s mental state in painful, deeply moving detail. The synopsis describes the book well, so I’m going to jump straight to my review! What Fed My Addiction: Norah’s voice. This is one of those cases where the MC has an extremely unique voice. Norah’s pervasive illogical thoughts should get tiring, but they don’t. This is because Norah is not as defined by her mental illness as even she thinks she is (something that she learns as the story goes on). While her thoughts are often self-destructive and repetitive due to her OCD, she… Read more »


Dec 21
The Secret of a Heart Note by Stacey Lee – Review

The Secret of a Heart Note by Stacey Lee – Review

Reviews 16 ★★★★

This utterly unique book would best be described as magical realism: It’s a perfect blend of contemporary romance and a fantastical twist, which makes it appealing to fans of multiple genres (because it never really goes too far in either direction). The synopsis describes the book well, so I’m going to jump straight to my review! What Fed My Addiction: Everything described in smells. I thought I might get a bit tired of this, but I didn’t at all. Absolutely everything that happens in this book has an olfactory description because that’s how Mim experiences the world. She recognizes emotions through smells (which definitely helps in her line of work), and she recognizes a person’s scent (and, often, an object’s too). I loved imagining how Mim “sees” the world and the descriptions really helped me experience her perspective! An adorable romance. If you love a sweet romance with minimal angst (which I… Read more »


Nov 22
Scythe Review: AKA An Ode to Neal Shusterman

Scythe Review: AKA An Ode to Neal Shusterman

Reviews 26 ★★★★★

How has the entire world not recognized Neal Shusterman’s genius? Seriously, I am SO hoping that the Unwind movie comes out (I haven’t seen any news since May!!) and that it does the series justice because people need to talk about his books more. Scythe is one more example of Shusterman’s talent and imagination and his ability to shed light on humanity’s moral triumphs and shortcomings. Once again, he takes a look at a dystopian (utopian?) society—this time a society where humans have defeated death, pain, poverty, and every other earthly malady. The cloud has advanced into what the world terms the “Thunderhead.” It has amassed so much knowledge that it has been able to solve all of the world’s problems. All except one—with the defeat of death, overpopulation is a major issue. Even the Thunderhead can only figure out ways to support so many people. And up till this… Read more »


Sep 15
The Copper Gauntlet and The Bronze Key by Holly Black & Cassandra Clare – Bite-Sized Reviews

The Copper Gauntlet and The Bronze Key by Holly Black & Cassandra Clare – Bite-Sized Reviews

Middle Grade, Reviews 4 ★★★★

***NOTE: This review is for the second and third books in a series and may contain spoilers for the first book. To read my thoughts on The Iron Trial (the first book), click HERE.*** I had to catch up on this series when I saw that the latest was coming out (the third out of five listed on Goodreads). Both my son and I really enjoyed the first book. He said that it had all of the best qualities from his favorite series, which was high praise from him. I was a little nervous since it had been a long time since I’d read book one (we’d picked up book two at a Scholastic book fair, but we hadn’t gotten to it yet), but I picked the story back up really easily—there were plenty of reminders, which is especially nice for a middle grade book. Read on for my thoughts …… Read more »


Aug 29
The Sin Eater’s Daughter and The Sleeping Prince by Melinda Salisbury – Bite-Sized Reviews

The Sin Eater’s Daughter and The Sleeping Prince by Melinda Salisbury – Bite-Sized Reviews

Reviews 9 ★★★½

When I saw that The Sin Eater’s Daughter was available via the SYNC audiobook program this summer, I immediately jumped at the chance to listen. It’s been on my TBR for quite awhile. While it wasn’t perfect, I was definitely eager to move on to the second book – luckily, it was available via Edelweiss and I was able to jump right in! I actually really loved the second book, and I even felt like some things that happened in book two helped me appreciate the first book more. Now I’m just wishing I could get my hands on the next one!! The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury Series: The Sin Eater’s Daughter #1 Published by Scholastic Press in 2015 Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy Pages: 336  Audio Length: 9 hours 3 min Source: SYNC My content rating: YA (If I remember correctly, characters have sex, but it isn’t really shown – or perhaps they only almost have… Read more »


Aug 25
P.S. I Like You by Kasie West – 4.5 Adorable Stars!

P.S. I Like You by Kasie West – 4.5 Adorable Stars!

Reviews 6 ★★★★½

Kasie West’s books get bonus points for being just so utterly adorable that I can’t bear to put them down. This book was no exception. P.S. I Like You was, on the surface, a typical high school romance, but somehow West makes you fall so in love with her characters that it becomes something more. By the end of this book, I was swooning and grinning and doing a little happy dance. Mission accomplished. What Fed My Addiction:  The notes. I absolutely adored each and every note that Lily and her secret friend exchanged. I looked forward to each new note almost as much as Lily did. While Lily had trouble expressing herself in real life, she had no problem at all being witty and fun in her letters. This felt so realistic to me. (A lot of us bloggers probably relate – it’s so much easier to write our thoughts and… Read more »


Jun 27
This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab – 5 Star Review!

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab – 5 Star Review!

All-Time Favorites, Reviews 21 ★★★★★

Wow! Just … wow! I haven’t read Schwab before, and now I know what I’ve been missing. I absolutely loved this story of humanity’s worst ills come to life in the form of monsters. What Fed My Addiction: Monstrous! This book gives us a bleak (but oh so fascinating) look at the human condition. In Schwab’s fantasy world, the urban areas have been overtaken by monsters that are born out of violence. Whenever a violent act is committed, a monster is born, creatures that can tear a human apart or suck their blood. But in the case of a truly horrific violent event – something along the lines of a mass murder – the monsters born can kill with a song. (This is the type of monster that August is.) But the way humanity responds to these monsters is just as compelling – as is so often the case with pain… Read more »


Jun 07
Wanderlost by Jen Malone – Review

Wanderlost by Jen Malone – Review

Reviews 9 ★★★★

Loved this coming of age story about a girl who discovers she’s much more adventurous than she imagined herself to be! With a super adorable love interest and a main character who shows incredible character growth throughout the book, I highly recommend this one!! This is the sort of book that’s all sorts of adorable and just has you constantly either swooning or laughing out loud. Remember when I asked if an author’s bio ever made you want to read a book? Well, this is one case where a good review swayed me and a look at the Jen Malone’s bio sold me the rest of the way (scroll down and read it!). And, yep, the book was just as much fun as the bio! What Fed My Addiction: Humor! My husband and kids had to keep asking me what was so funny while I was reading this one. There were so… Read more »


May 24
The Cage and The Hunt by Megan Shepherd – Review

The Cage and The Hunt by Megan Shepherd – Review

Reviews 21 ★★★½

The Cage by Megan Shepherd Series: The Cage #1 Published by Balzer & Bray on 5/26/15 Genres: Young Adult, Sci Fi, Fantasy Pages: 405 Source: Edelweiss My content rating: YA (Nothing more than kissing) My rating: The Maze Runner meets Scott Westerfeld in this gripping new series about teens held captive in a human zoo by an otherworldly race. From Megan Shepherd, the acclaimed author of The Madman’s Daughter trilogy. When Cora Mason wakes in a desert, she doesn’t know where she is or who put her there. As she explores, she finds an impossible mix of environments—tundra next to desert, farm next to jungle, and a strangely empty town cobbled together from different cultures—all watched over by eerie black windows. And she isn’t alone. Four other teenagers have also been taken: a beautiful model, a tattooed smuggler, a secretive genius, and an army brat who seems to know too much about Cora’s past. None of… Read more »