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May 16
The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye – ARC Review (AKA You Should Read This Book)

The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye – ARC Review (AKA You Should Read This Book)

Reviews 26 ★★★★½

I’ve already featured this book once on the blog (check out my Bookish Backdrop filled with Russian opulence if you missed it) and told you how much I adored the book, but now that the release date is getting closer I thought it was only fair to give you a full review and expound on the reasons I loved it! After all, you can’t just trust my babbling, nonsensical words of affirmation – you need cold, hard facts! (Or, well, opinions … since that’s what they are, no matter how much I think I’m right.) To start off, I have to tell you that I had very high expectations for this book. I fell in love with Evelyn’s writing two years ago when I read her short story in an anthology – I haven’t been able to get it out of my mind since. I’ve been anxiously awaiting something more from her ever since…. Read more »


Apr 28
Down with the Shine by Kate Karyus Quinn – Review

Down with the Shine by Kate Karyus Quinn – Review

Reviews 12 ★★★★

This book was just all sorts of fun, but I have to warn you not to take it too seriously. It’s full of irreverent humor, to be sure. (You don’t often see books that poke fun of characters who have been victims of a grisly murder, but this one does). If you’re okay with that, then this book will suit you just fine! What Fed My Addiction: Wishes gone wild! My favorite part of this book was seeing all of the crazy ways that Lennie’s classmates’ wishes came true. Since no one was taking their wishes very seriously and Lennie had no idea that she was actually granting them, most of the kids made ridiculous wishes that teenagers would think were funny and sometimes Lennie paraphrased them in ways that made them even crazier. The results were spectacularly goofy and often utterly ridiculous. (Like I said, this book does NOT take itself… Read more »


Apr 21
Revenge and the Wild by Michelle Modesto – Review

Revenge and the Wild by Michelle Modesto – Review

Reviews 9 ★★★★

Revenge and the Wild is one of the most unique books I’ve read – a steampunk, Western, fantasy (or urban fantasy?) mash-up that packs a definite punch! Yes, there’s a lot going on, but I kind of loved all of it, so I didn’t mind that. The synopsis of this book explains it pretty perfectly, so I’m not going to bother repeating it here. Instead, I’ll just jump right into my review … What Fed My Addiction: Cannibals! Seriously, when was the last time you read a really good cannibal book? Can’t think of of one? Guess you’ll have to read RatW! This book was kind of dark and gritty (and occasionally a little gross), but still a really fun read. That seems like a pretty impressive accomplishment to me. The creatures. Cannibals were only one dangerous type of presence in this world. There were also vampires, elves, werewolves, trolls and other… Read more »


Apr 07
The Mirror King by Jodi Meadows – Review

The Mirror King by Jodi Meadows – Review

Reviews 4 ★★★★★

***NOTE: This review is for the second book in a series but doesn’t contain anything but the mildest of spoilers for the first book. To read my review of The Orphan Queen, click on the link.*** Oh my goodness, this book!!! I seriously have no words for how utterly fantastic this book was. In fact, this review is going to be somewhat short because I don’t feel like I can talk about anything specific without giving things away. Suffice it to say, the book was everything I was hoping for in a sequel and it finished off the duology beautifully! What Fed My Addiction: So. Many. Things. I’m honestly going to have a really hard time talking about this book because there were so many amazing things that took me by surprise, but to talk about any of them, even vaguely, would feel spoilery. Wil and Tobias go through some EXTREME… Read more »


Mar 02
Titans by Victoria Scott – Review

Titans by Victoria Scott – Review

Reviews 16 ★★★★★

I didn’t know what to expect with this book, and I think that was actually a fantastic thing because I ended up constantly wondering where Scott was going to head with the story … and I was never disappointed. Titans is less fantasy and more urban fantasy. It takes place in a near future version of Detroit when the economy there has pretty much collapsed. Her family is struggling to keep afloat after her father loses his factory job (and after their savings has been eaten away by gambling debts). Astrid wants desperately to help, and a chance comes her way to do so – but it’s dangerous, and her father certainly wouldn’t approve. Not when she’s planning to race an eerily lifelike mechanical horse in the very races that have helped strip their family of their financial reserves. Still, Astrid can’t sit by and do nothing. This is her… Read more »


Feb 15
Assassin’s Heart by Sarah Ahiers – Review

Assassin’s Heart by Sarah Ahiers – Review

Reviews 17 ★★★★

This is one of those times when I’m actually glad I went into the book relatively cold – I had just barely perused some reviews of the book well before I read it and didn’t read the blurb right before I started reading. So, I had NO idea what was going to happen, and I appreciated that. Having said that, in order to review the book, I have to at least mention details that were in the blurb, so if you’re planning on reading this one soon and like to be surprised, you might want to just skim my bullet points and skip right to my final thoughts! What Fed My Addiction: Love or not? I loved that this was one of those books where you truly weren’t sure whether the love interest was guilty or not. When Lea’s family is killed, all signs point to her boyfriend having betrayed her, but… Read more »


Feb 03
Sword and Verse by Kathy MacMillan – Review

Sword and Verse by Kathy MacMillan – Review

Reviews 13 ★★★★½

This book didn’t quite fit the mold that I’ve gotten used to with a lot of YA fantasies lately, but that made me appreciate it even more. I loved the mythology that was woven in throughout the book and the fact that the written word was so important to the story was a huge bonus! This book has a great synopsis, so I won’t spend time telling you what it’s about. Instead I’ll jump straight into my review.  What Fed My Addiction: Fantastical religious history. One of the first things that really drew me into this book were the “mythological” stories of the gods and goddesses of Raisa’s world. Each chapter begins with a snippet of the gods’ stories, but those stories are also interwoven into the main plot of the book because they are so central to the beliefs of the people. In Raisa’s society, the written word is sacred. Only… Read more »


Jan 21
The Year We Fell Apart by Emily Martin – Review & Giveaway

The Year We Fell Apart by Emily Martin – Review & Giveaway

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 11 ★★★★

The Year We Fell Apart was an incredibly poignant look at the ways we try to escape the painful moments in our lives and the many mistakes that we often make along the way. This book doesn’t paint a pretty picture of the teen years, but it does paint a realistic one. What Fed My Addiction: Dealing with serious illness and death. I appreciated the way that this book dealt with terminal (or at least possibly terminal) illness and death. It showed the pain and confusion that goes along with losing a parent (in Declan’s case) or having a parent with a serious illness (in Harper’s case). Harper had so much fear and pain when it came to her mother’s cancer and she felt like her family was “pretending” everything was okay – this just made her more anxious and more frustrated. But the book showed how people deal with illness… Read more »


Jan 13
Identity Crisis by Melissa Schorr – Review & Giveaway

Identity Crisis by Melissa Schorr – Review & Giveaway

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 4 ★★★★

I really enjoyed Identity Crisis because I felt like it was a somewhat lighter take (though not too light) on what can be a very serious issue – and sometimes we need that. There are lots of “issue” books out there, and they’re all important, but they might not always feel accessible, especially to a younger YA crowd. This one does. The synopsis describes the book pretty accurately, so I’m just going to jump straight into my review  What I enjoyed: The issue of catfishing explored. Unfortunately, in today’s age of technology, catfishing is a very real issue – it’s far too easy for a person to pretend to be someone they’re not. And bullying in this way is certainly not unheard of – some kids may see catfishing as a fun “joke” and others might be using it to be intentionally cruel – but either way it’s not a laughing matter…. Read more »


Jan 04
The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine – Review

The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine – Review

Reviews 12 ★★★★½

After reading a few reviews of this book, I just knew it was a ME book and that I needed to read it. I was right. This is my favorite type of fantasy – character-driven with a strong magical presence and a good dollop of action. The book follows Elli, who’s spent her life preparing to be the Valtia. She knows that this will be a great sacrifice – after all, Valtias don’t typically live past thirty because the fire and ice magic within them eventually becomes too powerful to control – but she also knows that her kingdom needs her magic in order to thrive. She believes the sacrifice is worth it. But when the current Valtia dies and the magic refuses to inhabit Elli, her life takes a turn she never expected. She’s willing to do almost anything to bring her magic to the surface, but nothing works,… Read more »