Source: Edelweiss


Dec 21
Bite Sized Reviews – Snow Like Ashes and Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch

Bite Sized Reviews – Snow Like Ashes and Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch

Reviews 10 ★★★★

I wanted to write quick reviews of these two because I just haven’t gotten to them, but they deserve some attention! Hopefully these bite sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction! Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch Series: Snow Like Ashes #1 Published by Balzer & Bray on 10/14/14 Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy Pages: 416 Source: RT My content rating: YA (Nothing more than kissing, Some violence) My rating: A heartbroken girl. A fierce warrior. A hero in the making. Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now, the Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since. Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee, raised by the… Read more »


Oct 24
The Taken by Inbali Iserles – Middle Grade Spotlight Review

The Taken by Inbali Iserles – Middle Grade Spotlight Review

Middle Grade, Reviews 2 ★★★★

My daughter is a huge fan of the Warriors series, but we never realized until recently that Erin Hunter is actually six people! Of course, we wanted to find out more about these authors, and we discovered that one of them, Inbali Iserles, was going to be releasing a new series about magical foxes. My daughter was instantly sold and we picked up the book for review. It took me awhile to get her to read it because she’s not a big fan of ebooks, but once she picked it up, I read it right along with her, which was fun! This was a cute story that sets up the series well – it did remind me a lot of Warriors with the way that the foxes think about the human world. The book follows Isla, who is trying to find her family after their den has been invaded by a… Read more »


Oct 13
The White Rose by Amy Ewing – Review

The White Rose by Amy Ewing – Review

Reviews 21 ★★★★

The White Rose was the second book in The Lone City series, and it sets Violet on a path toward revolution. It picks up right where the last book left off –  Violet and Ash have just been caught together and Ash has been hauled off to await his execution while Violet has to deal with the Duchess (since she didn’t follow through with Lucien’s plan to fake her death). Well, of course, Lucien does his magic and gets Violet away (with Garnet’s help), but the danger doesn’t end there. Ash is now a wanted fugitive, and Violet begins to learn the mysteries of the Auguries and believe that she really can help bring down the Jewel. The question is can they do it all in time to save the people they love? What fed my addiction: Gender bending. I loved the role reversal in this book. Normally, you see stories where there’s… Read more »


Sep 16
What We Saw by Aaron Hartzler – ARC Review – ANOTHER All-Time Favorite!!

What We Saw by Aaron Hartzler – ARC Review – ANOTHER All-Time Favorite!!

All-Time Favorites, Reviews 20 ★★★★★

Read the synopsis for this book and you can probably imagine why it was so powerful. The fact that it’s inspired by real events is simply chilling. A book like this (when done right) can make people think deeply and transform them. This book was done right. What fed my addiction: Kate’s POV. One aspect of the book that I was surprised about was the POV. We found out pretty early on that Kate didn’t actually see anything – she was very drunk pretty early on in the party and was escorted home by her longtime crush (and best friend) Ben. This accomplishes two things: First of all, Kate is trying to piece together what happened that night, so we get to piece it together with her. You don’t know quite how serious the crimes against Stacey were or who was truly involved (or, at the very least, stood by watching) until almost the end of the book. Secondly, Kate is… Read more »


Sep 09
Truest by Jackie Lea Sommers – An All-Time Favorite

Truest by Jackie Lea Sommers – An All-Time Favorite

All-Time Favorites, Reviews 18 ★★★★★

This book! Even though I just finished it last night, I couldn’t wait to come write my review. Usually I hold off on declaring books all-time favorites, but I think I’m going to break that rule too. There was just so much about Truest to love! On the surface, there’s not a lot going on – this is definitely a character-driven book rather than a plot-driven book. But, man, did I love these characters! When Silas comes to town, West isn’t looking for anything. She’s happy, for the most part. She’s been with her boyfriend, Elliott for the past two years – known him her whole life. Sure, he’s working on the farm this summer and her best friend is off being a counselor at a camp, so she’s a bit lonely, but not unhappy – right? But Silas is different than anyone West has ever met. He wants to truly know her, and it makes… Read more »


Jun 29
Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway – 5 Star Review

Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway – 5 Star Review

Reviews 11 ★★★★★

This book was so much more than I expected it to be! Okay, for some reason I didn’t go back and reread the synopsis before I picked this one up. I just noticed that a lot of people I trust (I’m talking to you, Shannon at It Starts at Midnight) had loved it and realized that it had just been released, so I decided to go for it. All I remembered was that it was a romance between two people named Emmy and Oliver (you see how perceptive I can be!). Well, it was a romance, but it was so much MORE! This book had me feeling everything and I am definitely in love! So, in case you’re like me and you didn’t read the synopsis very well. Oliver was kidnapped by his father when he was seven. His kidnapping has a profound effect on not only his mother, but also on… Read more »


Jun 27
The Night We Said Yes by Lauren Gibaldi – Review

The Night We Said Yes by Lauren Gibaldi – Review

Reviews 14 ★★★★

The Night We Said Yes is a sweet, fun romance with a unique spin – it’s told over the span of just two nights. The book switches back and forth between the night that Ella and Matt met and a night, a year later, when he returns after disappearing for six months. You learn about their relationship in between through Ella’s thoughts and memories on the latter night.  What I loved: The alternating story. I really enjoyed learning about Ella and Matt’s beginnings as it was interspersed with their current story. I thought that Gibaldi did a great job of weaving the two stories together. Most of the connection between Emmy and Oliver was built in the past, on the first day they met, but it never felt like insta-love because you knew you weren’t seeing their full relationship in that one night. You got to see how Ella and Matt got… Read more »


May 15
Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge – Review

Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge – Review

Reviews 18 ★★★★½

Crimson Bound is a dark, gritty fairy tale, set in a world where darkness just may overcome the light. Fans of Cruel Beauty will not be disappointed in Hodge’s new book, which has the same dark tone and complex folklore (though the worlds and characters are not the same). What I loved: Rich worldbuilding. Hodge certainly doesn’t skimp on the worldbuilding. She has a rich magical (and almost mythological) history for her world with very distinct elements such as the Devourer, who wants to spread darkness over the world. I loved the fantastical elements to this book – the literal knitting of spells, the progression from human to bloodbound to forestborn (and how that occurs), the creation of the weapons that were capable of defeating the Devourer – there were so many unique and elaborate elements to the folklore. And Hodge brought it all together beautifully. Beautiful writing. From the very beginning, I… Read more »


Apr 21
Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman – Review

Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman – Review

Reviews 21 ★★★★½

Challenger Deep is the type of book that you won’t forget long after you’ve finished reading it. This book sheds light on mental illness in a way I have never seen done before (at least not so thoroughly and realistically) – putting you directly into the mind of the mentally ill character and taking you on an enlightening, but also somewhat perplexing journey through his illness. Normally, I start my reviews with what I loved, but I’m switching things up a little because I feel like I have to get the negative out of the way first, before I can get to what I really loved. So, stick with me here! The negatives: Prepare to be confounded. I had a hard time rating this book, to be honest. I kept hovering between four and four-and-a-half stars, even though I think it’s brilliant in a lot of ways. Why? This book was very strange…. Read more »


Apr 20
Things We Know by Heart by Jessi Kirby – 5 Star Review

Things We Know by Heart by Jessi Kirby – 5 Star Review

Reviews 18 ★★★★★

I’ve waited a long time to write this review because, I didn’t know how to describe my love for this book. Honestly, when you read the premise, it sounds like a standard story with no real surprises – and it was. I mean, I knew basically how this book was going to go. Girl loses boyfriend, meets boy who got boyfriend’s heart, doesn’t tell him, falls in love with him, he finds out and is upset … yep, there aren’t any amazing twists or huge bombshells that I wasn’t expecting. Still, I ADORED this book and I still haven’t stopped thinking about it, four months after I read it. (Yes, I read this book at the end of December and I’m just reviewing it NOW – the fact that I can do that should prove, right there, that this is the type of book that sticks with you. I mentioned… Read more »