Source: Library


Apr 30
Hex Hall Series by Rachel Hawkins – Audiobook Series Review

Hex Hall Series by Rachel Hawkins – Audiobook Series Review

Reviews 11 ★★★★½

I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect with this series. Honestly, I saw that the library had the audiobook series, and I thought, “Hey, why not?” Turns out, I ended up enjoying this series much more than I expected to! What Fed My Addiction: A very snarky MC. I’ve always been a fan of snarky teenage MCs. As a mom, I should probably be irritated with Sophie’s constant sarcastic remarks, but nope – I enjoyed it the whole way through the series. Sophie handles difficult situations with snarky humor, so instead of getting overly emotional or angsty when things go wrong (which they do throughout the series!) she just cracks sarcastic jokes – I can relate!! I never got tired of Sophie’s voice, and while she definitely grew throughout the series, she never lost her “Sophieness” – which I appreciated. The secondary characters! There were lots of secondary characters in this series… Read more »


Oct 30
Bite Sized Reviews: Don’t Touch and What I Thought Was True

Bite Sized Reviews: Don’t Touch and What I Thought Was True

Reviews 14

Here are some quick reviews for books I haven’t gotten around to reviewing or that I just don’t have a ton to say about. Once again, I figure a few bite sized reviews together will be enough to feed your fiction addiction!  🙂 Don’t Touch by Rachel M. Wilson Published by HarperTeen on 9/2/14 Genres: Young Adult, Depression & Mental Illness, Contemporary Pages: 432 Source: Library My rating: A powerful story of a girl who is afraid to touch another person’s skin, until the boy auditioning for Hamlet opposite her Ophelia gives her a reason to overcome her fears. Step on a crack, break your mother’s back. Touch another person’s skin, and Dad’s gone for good. Caddie can’t stop thinking that if she keeps from touching another person’s skin, her parents might get back together… which is why she wears full-length gloves to school and covers every inch of her skin. It seems harmless at… Read more »


Sep 12
Bite-Sized Reviews – The Iron Trial, The Last Time We Say Goodbye, & I’ll Meet You There

Bite-Sized Reviews – The Iron Trial, The Last Time We Say Goodbye, & I’ll Meet You There

Middle Grade, Reviews 12 ★★★★

I’ve decided to write some quick reviews for books I’ve never gotten around to reviewing or that I just don’t have a ton to say about. I figure a few bite-sized reviews together will be enough to feed your fiction addiction!  🙂 The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare Published by Scholastic Press on 9/9/14 Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Middle Grade Pages: 299 Source: BEA My rating: Most kids would do anything to pass the Iron Trial. Not Callum Hunt. He wants to fail. All his life, Call has been warned by his father to stay away from magic. If he succeeds at the Iron Trial and is admitted into the Magisterium, he is sure it can only mean bad things for him. So he tries his best to do his worst – and fails at failing. Now the Magisterium awaits him. It’s a place that’s both sensational and sinister, with dark ties… Read more »


Jun 08
Damsel Distressed by Kelsey Macke – Review

Damsel Distressed by Kelsey Macke – Review

Reviews 39 ★★★★★

I recently read a review for Damsel Distressed by Mishma over at Chasing Faerytales and it convinced me that I needed to read this book SOON! Well, thank you, Mishma, for introducing me to this book!! I don’t know how it didn’t get more buzz when it came out. (Maybe I missed it? Did I miss it? Because it totally deserves buzz!) But I am incredibly glad that I found it! The synopsis describes the book well, but it makes the book sound much lighter than it really is. This is not an easy read. At all. But I loved it! The book follows Imogen, who has suffered from depression since her mother died when she was a child. She finds some solace in being a techie for her school’s theatre productions and in her best friend (and crush), Grant, who has stood beside her through all of her darkest moments.  What I loved: A… Read more »


Mar 18
I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson – Review

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson – Review

Reviews 23 ★★★★½

This book is incredibly hard to review because it’s so hard to even describe. The story is told in alternating POV’s. We get Noah’s POV, describing what happens when the twins are 13 years old and starts out when they are still very close. Jude’s POV jumps to when the twins are 16, and we see that a huge rift has formed between them. As the story unfolds, we slowly start to see how this happened – how both small moments and huge events chipped away at their relationship until the gulf between them feels impossible to traverse and they can’t find each other at all anymore. I don’t want to go into the specific plot much because it’s best if you discover it on your own. Instead, I’ll just jump straight into my review. What I LOVED: Artistic, beautiful writing. I absolutely ADORED Noah’s voice – the way he saw his… Read more »


Mar 06
All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven – Review

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven – Review

All-Time Favorites, Reviews 15 ★★★★★

All the Bright Places is a difficult but intensely powerful read. This is not the type of book that will leave you feeling satisfied or refreshed. It will leave you feeling gutted and a bit broken, but also uplifted in an odd sort of way. I chose to read this on my birthday because I wanted to read something amazing that day – I got what I wanted, but I also spent that night sobbing. You have been warned. The book starts out with Finch and Violet meeting – on a ledge. It was obvious right from the start that these characters were going to have issues. It was even a little bit obvious where things were heading. But the journey was incredibly bittersweet. This book hit me in a lot of incredibly personal ways, which is probably why I adored it so much. I can’t even begin to go… Read more »


Feb 20
Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers – 5 Star Review!

Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers – 5 Star Review!

Reviews 17 ★★★★★

It’s official. I love this series. I don’t know what took me so long to catch up with the rest of the world (actually yes, I do – TIME – there just isn’t time to read ALL the books!), but I am so glad that I did! This second book follows Sybella. Her story is woven together with Ismae’s, so we get to learn some of the things that were going on with Sybella while the later events in book one were happening, and then we see where the story goes from there. I personally loved Sybella’s story – it may have been my favorite of the three. It’s a little darker than the first book in the series, but it still has all of the things I loved from book one – fantastic worldbuilding, a rich history, twists and turns, romance, and characters with depth! What I loved: Sybella’s… Read more »


Feb 09
Review – The 100 by Kass Morgan

Review – The 100 by Kass Morgan

Reviews 26 ★★★★

I was a little late to the CW TV show. I just basically marathoned the entire first season and half of the second season over Christmas break. And, of course, after watching the show, I was curious to read the book that had started it all. I had heard that the book and the show were quite different, so I was prepared for that going in. There’s no Finn or Raven in the books, Wells doesn’t die, and we see life on the ship through the eyes of a character named Glass, not through any of the adults’ eyes. Still, I enjoyed seeing this new perspective on The 100 and I will definitely be reading the other books in the series. What I enjoyed: Glass and Luke. I actually felt the most connected to the two characters who aren’t in the TV series at all. I really enjoyed Glass and Luke’s… Read more »


Jan 19
Review – Split Second by Kasie West

Review – Split Second by Kasie West

Reviews 28 ★★★★½

I was surprised (and actually a little worried) when I read the back of this book (which wasn’t as detailed as the actual blurb) – it sounded like it would focus on Laila instead of on Addie. But my fears were unfounded. The book actually switched back and forth between Laila’s and Addie’s POVs, so we got to learn a lot more about Laila while, at the same time, her story was entwined with Addie’s. This turned out to be perfect! What I LOVED: Laila and Connor. In this book we got to see a lot more about what makes Laila tick – why she holds herself aloof and uses boys to get what she wants without connecting with them. I thought that the relationship between Laila and Connor was well-developed. You could see a connection between them right away, even though they both shielded themselves with snarkiness and an… Read more »


Dec 08
Review – Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Review – Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Reviews 32 ★★★★

I had really high expectations for this book because of the way people raved about it. And, for the most part, it lived up to those expectations. The only area where I felt like the book lagged a little was in the fan fiction parts, but that was really just because of the structure of the book. This book is really more New Adult than Young Adult – BUT it doesn’t fit the NA stereotype of being really steamy. It’s what NA could (and maybe should?) be – it’s all about learning how to navigate the world of adulthood and being on your own for the first time. Learning who you are when you go off into the world on your own. It’s truly about that transition from childhood into … well, not quite adulthood, but something on the way there. What I LOVED: Cath’s struggles with being on her own. I think the… Read more »