Source: NetGalley


Jun 30
Faking Perfect by Rebecca Phillips – Review & Giveaway

Faking Perfect by Rebecca Phillips – Review & Giveaway

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 14 ★★★★½

This book was so incredibly thought-provoking, I couldn’t sleep after finishing it because I just couldn’t stop thinking about it! I have to confess that I was nervous when the book started out – I wasn’t necessarily thrilled with all of Lexi’s choices, and I wondered if the theme of the book was going to be that Lexi should be “who she was” – bad choices and all – without worrying so much about the consequences. I discovered, though, that this was not the theme of the book at all. Yes, Lexi accepting herself was a huge part of the story, but so was Lexi realizing that she wasn’t truly who she thought she was – and that maybe others weren’t either. The synopsis sums up the story pretty well, so I’m going to jump right into my review. What I LOVED: Everything is not as it seems. Like I said,… Read more »


Jun 17
I Am the Traitor by Allen Zadoff – Review

I Am the Traitor by Allen Zadoff – Review

Reviews 3 ★★★★

***NOTE: This review is for the third book in a series and may contain spoilers for the first two books. Click on the links to read my reviews of I Am the Weapon and I Am the Mission.*** I Am the Traitor is the exciting conclusion to the Unknown Assassin Trilogy. It’s full of just what I’ve come to expect from this series – action, intrigue, double crossing, twists and a dash of romance. In this book, Zach is on the run, trying to discover what really happened to his father all those years ago. In order to do that, he has to rescue Howard, who has been captured and who Zach is sure is being questioned – and possibly worse – so that the Program can find out what Zach knows. Of course, Zach can’t manage this rescue mission completely alone, but he doesn’t know who he should trust. There’s Mike,… Read more »


Jun 10
Hello, I Love You by Katie M. Stout – Review

Hello, I Love You by Katie M. Stout – Review

Reviews 21 ★★★½

Hello, I Love You is a YA romance set in Korea that gives us a little peek into KPOP and the world of a Korean superstar. It was cute and fun, but the story also delved a little deeper than a simple fluffy romance because of Grace’s and Jason’s family issues. Ultimately, Hello, I Love You is a story about letting go of past pain and being brave enough to embrace the future.  What I loved: Diversity! Grace is the only major character in this book that isn’t Korean and the book is set in Korea. Already, it gets much love from me! I love to see diversity in books – especially YA, where it’s lacking. I also love that the love interest is Korean, but that, in itself, isn’t presented as a major barrier to the relationship (there are a few times that Grace wonders if Jason doesn’t want to be seen… Read more »


May 28
Spelled by Betsy Schow – Review & Giveaway

Spelled by Betsy Schow – Review & Giveaway

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 16 ★★★½

This book is a really cute, fun, whimsical fairy tale retelling with a lot of appeal! The story follows Dorthea, who’s lived a sequestered life, just in case she is the Emerald Princess who has been foretold to burn the world down. Dorthea wants to escape her boring life, so she makes a wish – one that backfires and turns the entire fairy tale realm upside down. In order to put things right, she has to escape the clutches of the gray witch and embrace the power she never knew she had (and has been raised to fear) without allowing the power to take her over completely. She goes off on her quest with a couple of begrudging sidekicks and a true fairy tale adventure ensues. What I loved: Fun take on fairy tales. Just the pure number of fairy tales that Schow managed to incorporate into this book is astounding… Read more »


May 25
Siren’s Fury by Mary Weber – Review & Giveaway

Siren’s Fury by Mary Weber – Review & Giveaway

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 20 ★★★★

***NOTE: This review is for the second book in The Storm Siren Trilogy and may contain spoilers for the first book. You can find my review of book #1 HERE.*** It’s been quite a while since I read, Storm Siren – so long, in fact, that I had to skim it before I read this second book in the trilogy. I remembered that I loved it and that there was a huge cliffhanger, but I didn’t remember what it was! Well, I was definitely glad that I refreshed my memory because SO much happens in these books, and those little details matter. I was just as impressed with this second book in the series as I was with the first, though I wasn’t quite as wrapped up in the story. Still, I feel like Weber pulled out all the stops, especially at the end of the book, and she has me begging… Read more »


May 07
A Matter of Heart by Amy Fellner Dominy – Review & Giveaway

A Matter of Heart by Amy Fellner Dominy – Review & Giveaway

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 9 ★★★½

When I signed up for this tour, I was told to write about something sporty. I thought for a moment that this might be impossible, because I am one of the least sporty people in the universe. Unless you count marathon reading as a sport, I’m pretty much lost. But, then I realized I DO have something to write about. I may not be athletically inclined, but my daughter and husband both are – at least in certain things. My daughter is a gymnast. She trains nine hours per week (soon to go up to twelve), and she works hard. I am always amazed at this girl’s intensity and focus. And, here’s the thing – athleticism doesn’t come naturally to her. She didn’t miraculously get genes for grace and strength out of nowhere. She isn’t one of those athletes who seemed to be born with natural ability coming out of her ears. But what she did… Read more »


Apr 01
Watch the Sky by Kirsten Hubbard – Review

Watch the Sky by Kirsten Hubbard – Review

Reviews 13 ★★★★

This book is really tough to review because I loved it, right up until the very end, when I thought, “Wait? That’s it?” Still, I’ve given myself a little time to ponder it, and I think I’m okay with the abrupt ending – mostly. The book follows Jory, whose family is preparing for – something. He’s never really quite sure what – he just knows that his stepfather is sure that something bad is coming, and that they need to be prepared. So, they begin to dig a shelter in the canyon out behind their house. Every night, for hours, Jory and his family dig. Meanwhile, Jory’s family’s new schedule allows him a little more freedom – one day a week, Jory has off so that he can catch up with school. He finds himself spending the time that his family is sleeping with a few kids from school, and he is… Read more »


Mar 05
Seed by Lisa Heathfield – Review

Seed by Lisa Heathfield – Review

Reviews 18 ★★★★

Seed is a compelling story of strength in horrible circumstances. I’ve always been fascinated with the idea of cults, I have to admit. It amazes me the things that people are willing to believe when a charismatic leader tells them it’s so. And it’s also incredibly interesting what types of things we will accept simply because we are raised in a society where those things are accepted. In this book, the main character, Pearl, has been raised in a cult. She has been raised to believe that Nature speaks to Papa S (their cult leader) and tells him the right way for them to live. Nature dictates their rules, and decides when someone is to be punished for breaking them (or for thinking about breaking them!). Of course, the situation is very mentally (and sometimes physically abusive). Pearl also looks forward to the day that she will be a companion… Read more »


Jan 15
ARC Review – Inked by Eric Smith

ARC Review – Inked by Eric Smith

Reviews 18 ★★★½

Inked is a fun fantasy story that starts out really strong, but loses a little bit of it’s flair as it moves along (at least for me). Overall, I still did really enjoy the book, though. I loved the concept, and I enjoyed the characters, but I found my interest waning a bit in certain parts. Here’s more of an explanation why: What I enjoyed: The tattoos. I loved the concept of this book – that people are tattooed with an image that basically defines who they will be for the rest of their lives. And the tattoos themselves were incredibly interesting – I loved the descriptions of Dreya’s tattoos and how they move and wind around her body and change with her emotions (and the seasons). It was also intriguing how the changes in the tattoos affected Dreya emotionally. The explanation for how the tattoos were created was imaginative and surprising, so… Read more »


Jan 09
ARC Review – When by Victoria Laurie

ARC Review – When by Victoria Laurie

Reviews 27 ★★★★½

I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect from When, but I loved the concept, so I thought I’d give it a try. This book was an emotionally impactful, exciting YA mystery with a paranormal twist (and just a hint of romance), and the blend ended up being just about perfect! Maddie can see when a person is going to die – she sees their deathdate floating on their forehead. Maddie’s mother has her using her ability to earn a little side money. When a woman comes to Maddie to ask about her daughter’s deathdate, she is thrilled to hear that her extremely sick daughter is going to live a good, long while. But Maddie sees a picture of the woman’s completely healthy son and notices that he’s going to die in just a week, and she can’t help but warn the woman. Unfortunately, the client suddenly thinks that Maddie is… Read more »