Source: NetGalley


Nov 15
Review – The Walled City by Ryan Graudin

Review – The Walled City by Ryan Graudin

Reviews 10 ★★★★½

I have to say that I really sort of fell in love with this book. I went into it thinking that it was going to be a dystopian, and it really sort of is, except at the end, if you read the author’s notes, you’ll find that the book is based on a real life place – a place that actually existed. Make sure that you head over to this site to see pictures of Kowloon Walled City, and to find out more about it. There were once 33,000 people living within a one block radius – you honestly have to see the pictures to believe it. At any rate, back to my review. I was actually forced to put this book down a few times because I had scheduled review books that I needed to read. Usually when that happens, I find myself having a difficult time getting sucked into… Read more »


Sep 08
5 Star Review – Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini

5 Star Review – Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini

Reviews 24 ★★★★★

I was so excited to read Trial by Fire that I somehow managed to snag a copy from both BEA and NetGalley. Um, oops. I guess you can tell that I really wanted to read it. And, let me tell you, it did not disappoint! Honestly, I think this is the best book I’ve read in a long while – I finished it and almost wanted to pick it right back up again and start over! The book follows Lily, who is allergic to just about everything and suffers from debilitating allergic reactions. After a horrifically embarrassing night involving her best friend (and crush), Lily wants nothing more than to escape – but when escape is offered to her, she finds herself in a strange alternate universe where magic reigns and she (or an alternate version of her) is a witch and the ultimate villain. Lily wants nothing more than to get back… Read more »


Aug 20
Review – Fool’s Assassin by Robin Hobb

Review – Fool’s Assassin by Robin Hobb

All-Time Favorites, Reviews 1 ★★★★

I cannot even begin to tell you how excited I was to see that Hobb was writing a new book about Fitz!  As much as I have loved all of her books, the Farseer Trilogy and the Tawny Man Trilogy have always held a special place in my heart.  I couldn’t wait to see what Hobb had in store for Fitz (and the Fool!) next! Let me start by saying that you really need to read both the Farseer Trilogy and the Tawny Man Trilogy before you tackle this book.  Even though it’s technically the start to a new series, it’s definitely a continuation of those other two. In fact, I needed to go back and found recaps of the first six books to refresh my memory because it’s been so many years since I read them.  I actually think that I should go back and re-read both series, but… Read more »


Jul 19
5 Star Review – My Life From Hell by Tellulah Darling

5 Star Review – My Life From Hell by Tellulah Darling

Reviews 0 ★★★★½

***This review may contain spoilers for books #1 & 2 in this series.  Check out my reviews of My Ex From Hell and My Date From Hell.*** My Life From Hell is the awesome final showdown in the Blooming Goddess Trilogy. In this book, Sophie tries to prepare for the apocalypse – rather unsuccessfully and ends up getting sent back to Persephone’s life in order to learn the lessons she needs to win.  But can she figure out what those lessons are? What I LOVED: The characters.  We got LOTS more of all the characters we love in this book! Kai and Sophie are still together, but they’re having some communication issues (they’ve spent quite a lot of time avoiding their Persephone issues by making out). Sophie’s relationship with Hannah also gets a bit sticky. We get lots of Theo and Festus in this book. And we get to see… Read more »


May 10
5 Star ARC Review – Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

5 Star ARC Review – Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

All-Time Favorites, Reviews 1 ★★★★★

I absolutely LOVED this book!!  Not only was it an intriguing fantasy novel, but it had a huge twist that completely threw me!The synopsis explains the book well, so I’m just going to get straight to my review. The negatives: Light on magic.  For a fantasy novel, this one was actually pretty light on magic and fantastical elements.  First daughters in this world were supposed to have “the gift,: which is basically an ability to see the future.  Lia has hints of this gift, but nothing extreme, so we don’t see much of it.  There are other fantasy elements, but people who like their fantasy to be full of magical happenings might be disappointed. What I loved: Lia.  I loved Lia as a main character.  She was strong and determined, but not without flaws. In some ways she was selfish – after all, she put her own happiness above the… Read more »