Source: NetGalley


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 »


Oct 26
Lulu the Broadway Mouse by Jenna Gavigan: Review & Giveaway

Lulu the Broadway Mouse by Jenna Gavigan: Review & Giveaway

Current Giveaways, Reviews 0 ★★★★

This book is just plain cute. Since I was a theatre major in college, I loved all the references to how Broadway and theatre in general work. I think any little kid with dreams of being on the stage would really enjoy this story (and learn a lot from it too). The style is sort of interesting because it’s really pretty much a contemporary MG set in a Broadway theatre—except the MC happens to be a mouse. I was expecting a bit more fantasy elements or something, but honestly, Lulu could have been a little girl and the story wouldn’t have been all that different. I’m not sure if that’s a positive or a negative about the book, it’s just a fact. I’m not sure how much the book will appeal to kids who aren’t already interested in the theatre since it’s not super plot-heavy, but if you know any kids who… Read more »


Oct 10
Star-Crossed by Pintip Dunn: Review & Giveaway

Star-Crossed by Pintip Dunn: Review & Giveaway

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 10 ★★★★

This book has such a unique concept. In a futuristic sci-fi world where food is scarce, scientists have come up with an interesting solution: a genetic modification that will allow a person to process food more efficiently, and then the nutrients that the person extracts can be used to create a nutrition pill that will feed the masses. My favorite aspect about this book is the moral quandaries that are created by the scarcity of food. Everyone in this society has to make sacrifices: Some people sacrifice years of their life, others must give up the pleasures of eating real food, and a few give up life while still in their prime in order to sustain the life of the king. The people and the government have to make tough choices—in some ways it reminded me of (a slightly less brutal) The 100 in that way. There are no easy answers,… Read more »


Sep 27
Bite-Sized Reviews of Shadow of the Fox, The Talon Series, Misfits, and Drama

Bite-Sized Reviews of Shadow of the Fox, The Talon Series, Misfits, and Drama

Reviews 20 ★★★★

I’ve got four reviews for you today: two YA fantasies, a MG fantasy, and a YA/MG graphic novel. I hope these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction! Steeped in Japanese folklore, Shadow of the Fox is sure to please anyone who’s a fan of anime or manga or any reader who loves fantastical stories based on traditional lore. The book is dual-narrated: First we have Yumeko, who is half kitsune and is constantly trying to balance her human and yokai sides. Her yokai brethren encourage her to shed her humanity, something she is loathe to do, but she also fears how humans will react if they know about her kitsune heritage. Then there’s the mysterious samurai, Tatsumi. His powerful sword that is infused with an angry and bloodthirsty demon killer who constantly threatens to overcome Tatsumi and turn him into a senseless killing machine. When these… Read more »


Aug 25
Bite-Sized Reviews of The Thing About Jellyfish, Unwritten, and The Girl with More than One Heart

Bite-Sized Reviews of The Thing About Jellyfish, Unwritten, and The Girl with More than One Heart

Middle Grade, Reviews 12 ★★★★½

I’ve got three middle grade reviews for you today: two contemporaries and a contemporary fantasy. I hope these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction! This book is really interesting because it’s written from the POV of a character who seems like she’s probably on the autism spectrum (but it’s never explicitly said, and she might not even be diagnosed as such). I actually sort of love this because I have a kid with a similar background—often in life you don’t get a definitive “this is the label that your kid has and it makes so much sense and everyone needs to know this label and act accordingly.” I’ve found raising kids to be a lot more complicated than that. Anyway, this book deals with the death of Suzy’s best friend, but it’s a lot more complicated than that. Early on, we learn that something happened between Suzy and Franny—you… Read more »


Aug 23
Dance of Thieves by Mary E. Pearson: A Spectacular Spin-Off!

Dance of Thieves by Mary E. Pearson: A Spectacular Spin-Off!

Reviews 16 ★★★★½

I can’t tell you how excited I was to see that Pearson was revisiting the Remnant Chronicles universe! This book takes place several years after the conclusion of the original series. You definitely don’t have to have read the original series to understand what’s going on in this one, but I LOVED it, so I highly recommend reading it for the background history. Some of the characters make appearances in this book. What Fed My Addiction: Thief turned warrior. Kazi is an accomplished thief who crosses the queen. I love that, instead of punishing her, the queen sees Kazi’s potential and puts her into her elite royal guard. Kazi has a tragic backstory that we learn as the story unfolds. Her sense of loyalty to the queen combined with her own search for vengeance against the man who sent her tragic story into motion—and anyone who would take advantage of the weak—make her… Read more »


Aug 06
Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart: Review & Giveaway

Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart: Review & Giveaway

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 38 ★★★★½

This book was surprisingly refreshing! For some reason, I wasn’t expecting to love it quite as much as I did. I went in with certain expectations—even just from the title—and found that most of them were surpassed or turned upside down. I ended up flipping the pages furiously because I just didn’t want to put the book down! What Fed My Addiction: Sisterly affections. The sisters’ relationship was complicated. In fact, I spent much of my reading time debating over which of them was “Grace” and which was “Fury.” I thought I knew at the beginning, but then things got turned upside down rather quickly. (In the end, I decided that Grace and Fury might both refer to both sisters after all.) I loved the fact that these were sisters who loved each other with a fierce, protective sort of love. But that didn’t mean that they didn’t have issues. You were… Read more »


Aug 03
Bite-Sized Reviews of Bring Me Their Hearts, The Mermaid, and A Thousand Beginnings and Endings

Bite-Sized Reviews of Bring Me Their Hearts, The Mermaid, and A Thousand Beginnings and Endings

Reviews 22 ★★★★½

I’ve got three reviews for you today, one YA fantasy, one historical fantasy (or paranormal, I guess?), and one collection of short stories. I hope these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction! I wasn’t sure what to expect with this book, but I knew I liked it right from the start. Zera is full of snark—just the way I like my YA MCs. I loved the fact that she was a sort of reluctant hero. She’s badass, but we also saw her truly genuine goodness underneath the mask that she holds up to hide her pain. Some of the elements of the story were predictable, I have to admit (hmmm… Zera’s supposed to make the prince fall for her and then steal his heart, I wonder how that’s going to turn out for her?), but I still enjoyed pretty much every minute of the journey. And… Read more »


Jul 16
Nyxia Unleashed by Scott Reintgen: Review & Giveaway

Nyxia Unleashed by Scott Reintgen: Review & Giveaway

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 14 ★★★★½

This sequel was actually a whole lot different than the first book, and I was happy about that (even though I really loved Nyxia). It felt less like a continuation and more like a whole new story—which made sense since the Genesis kids were now on a whole new planet. Read on to find out why I loved it… What Fed My Addiction: A family. The competition aspect of the first book was completely gone in book two, and I was very happy about that since it was my least favorite part of book one. Not only was there no more direct competition (with points and such), but the whole group came together as one. Emmett talks about Genesis as his family, and that’s truly how they feel. With one minor exception, the group comes together and bonds in an extraordinary way. I found myself loving each and every character. Emmett…. Read more »