Source: NetGalley


Feb 06
A Tragic Kind of Wonderful by Eric Lindstrom: Review

A Tragic Kind of Wonderful by Eric Lindstrom: Review

Reviews 20 ★★★★

This story delved into mental illness in a way that felt true-to-life (complete with a bit of teen drama), and I was instantly drawn into Mel’s story. What Fed My Addiction: Relatable to a younger YA audience. This book shines a light on mental illness in a way that seems a bit more approachable to a younger YA audience than some others that tackle the subject, which I think is incredibly valuable. It shows how fragile mental stability can be against a backdrop of typical teen angst—issues with friends and a new romance. Since most teens can imagine themselves in situations like the ones that Mel finds herself in, it might make the book a bit more relatable than some similar books might seem (again, especially for that younger YA set—who are sometimes overlooked a bit when it comes to books about mental illness). Many teens will be able to… Read more »


Jan 31
Bite-Sized Reviews of RoseBlood, Frost and The Glittering Court

Bite-Sized Reviews of RoseBlood, Frost and The Glittering Court

Reviews 12

I have quite a few reviews I need to catch up on, so I thought I’d do another installment of bite-sized reviews and knock a few of them out. Hopefully these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction! I don’t know why, but I BARELY made it through this book. I just wasn’t engaged and nothing happened. Until the end of the book, literally almost nothing interesting (in my opinion) happened. It was all Thorn creepily watching Rune and Rune worrying about a boy she hurt with her magical opera voice. I nearly DNF’d at 50% but I was curious how it ended up, so I skim-read the second half, only reading carefully when something exciting happened. I did a lot of skim-reading. Lots of my friends enjoyed this book, so maybe it was just me? I simply couldn’t connect to it, though I will say that… Read more »


Jan 23
Long Way Home by Katie McGarry – 5 Star Review, Excerpt & Giveaway

Long Way Home by Katie McGarry – 5 Star Review, Excerpt & Giveaway

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 18 ★★★★★

I’m telling you right now, Katie McGarry’s writing is downright addictive. This third book in the Thunder Road Series had me completely captivated from start to finish and there was no way I could put it down. Seriously, this is the type of book that gives my blog its name because I found myself falling deeper and deeper into the story and completely ignoring all those real world things that were calling for my attention. They just had to wait.  What Fed My Addiction: Violet and Chevy. It helped a lot that I was invested in the romance between Violet and Chevy from page one—they were featured heavily enough in the first two books in the series that I was already rooting for them before I even picked up the book. And I wasn’t let down. The strong bond between these two characters is palpable, and their love and desire for each… Read more »


Jan 19
Pushing the Boundaries by Stacey Trombley – Review, Giveaway & Trombley’s Top Ten Addictions

Pushing the Boundaries by Stacey Trombley – Review, Giveaway & Trombley’s Top Ten Addictions

Author Top Ten Lists, Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 8 ★★★½

This unique contemporary romance shines the spotlight on cultural differences and the ways that we sometimes judge based on expectation rather than reality. Set in Haiti, the book focuses on the country’s beauty rather than its drawbacks.  What Fed My Addiction: Haiti! I’ve been to Haiti three times—twice in the process of adopting my son and once when I escorted a baby girl with spina bifida who we had hosted back home to her momma. So, I have a special connection with the country and I could truly relate to Myra’s thoughts and feelings when she arrives in Port au Prince. It can be disconcerting to arrive in a place that’s so different—so bustling and active and a little overwhelming when you first step off the plane (heck, the plane ride itself was a little strange when I flew into Cap Haitien). Myra wants to see the “real” Haiti, not just… Read more »


Nov 04
Red Winter by Annette Marie – Review & Giveaway

Red Winter by Annette Marie – Review & Giveaway

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 11 ★★★★½

Lately I’ve been fascinated with Japanese culture and mythology (my son actually got me into it), so when I saw this series, I knew I had to pick it up. First off, can we all drool over that cover for a moment? All of that gorgeousness deserves to be admired. Can’t. Look. Away. Emi has dedicated her entire life to making herself the perfect vessel for the goddess Amaterasu. She has never questioned that dedication, never wavered in her devotion. But then she learns something that puts her whole life into a completely new—and frightening—perspective.  What Fed My Addiction: The mythology. This book is set in modern day Japan, but this isn’t one of those books with just hints of mythology. The story centers on the spirit world and Japanese deities. It’s obvious that Marie has done her research because of the detailed worldbuilding. But I never felt overwhelmed or confused—she wove… Read more »


Oct 12
Bite-Sized Reviews: Gemina and Our Chemical Hearts

Bite-Sized Reviews: Gemina and Our Chemical Hearts

Reviews 12 ★★★★★

Once again, there are so many releases this time of year that I’m resorting to bite-sized reviews for some of them. Hopefully these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction! Gemina by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman Series: The Illuminae Files #2 Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers on 10/18/16 Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction Pages: 608 Source: BEA My content rating: YA (Violence, Drug use, Swears are “censored”) My rating: The highly anticipated sequel to the instant New York Timesbestseller that critics are calling “out-of-this-world awesome.”   Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed. The sci-fi saga that began with the breakout bestseller Illuminae continues on board the Jump Station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of the BeiTech assault. Hanna is the station captain’s pampered… Read more »


Oct 07
Remember Yesterday by Pintip Dunn – Review & Giveaway

Remember Yesterday by Pintip Dunn – Review & Giveaway

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 6 ★★★★½

***NOTE: Remember Yesterday is the sequel to the NYT Bestselling and RITA™ Award-winning book, Forget Tomorrow. This review may contain spoilers for the first book in the series. If you haven’t read book one, click the link to read my review of Forget Tomorrow to read about why I loved the first book and then scroll down to the bottom of this post to enter for a chance to win an annotated copy!!!*** Remember Yesterday picks up ten years after Forget Tomorrow left off and is told from Jessa’s POV. Jessa is now about the age that Callie had been when she sacrificed herself for her sister, and she’s trying to live up to that and make her life worth the sacrifice. Logan hasn’t been able to move on with his life since Callie died, either, and it seems that many of the characters in the book are living in the past… Read more »


Aug 22
Been Here All Along by Sandy Hall – Review & Giveaway

Been Here All Along by Sandy Hall – Review & Giveaway

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 12 ★★★★

This book is sweet and fun and all sorts of adorable. It was a typical, simple high school romance, but it was kind of nice to see one of those with LGBT characters – without a lot of angsty complications.  What Fed My Addiction: Gideon and Kyle. It would be hard not to love this duo. They’ve been best friends for almost their whole lives – they bond over their love of Lord of the Rings (they even speak Elvish) and other geeky things. Kyle is a bit “cooler” than Gideon because of his athletic ability, but I love that they never let that get between them. When Gideon suddenly realizes that he has feelings for his best friend, he tries to talk himself out of it – after all, Kyle has a girlfriend and Gideon certainly doesn’t want to ruin their friendship. But it’s apparent that once he sees Kyle… Read more »


Aug 18
Bite-Sized Reviews – Treason, Just a Girl, and Me Before You

Bite-Sized Reviews – Treason, Just a Girl, and Me Before You

Reviews 9 ★★★★★

A few quick reviews of some of the books I’ve read (or listened to this summer). Hopefully these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction! Treason by S. M. Boyce Self-Published in October 2012 Genres: Fantasy Pages: 430  Audio Length: 13 hrs and 19 mins Source: Won It! My content rating: YA or NA (Nothing more than kissing, Some violence) My rating: Kara Magari ignited a war when she stumbled into Ourea and found the Grimoire: a powerful artifact filled with secrets. To protect the one person she has left, she strikes a deal that compromises everything she believes in… and things don’t go as planned. Braeden Drakonin can no longer run from who–and what–he is. He has to face the facts. He’s a prince. He’s a murderer. He’s a wanted man. And after a betrayal that leaves him heartbroken, he’s out for blood. To survive, both Kara and Braeden must become the evil… Read more »


Jul 27
How to Keep Rolling After a Fall by Karole Cozzo – Review & Giveaway

How to Keep Rolling After a Fall by Karole Cozzo – Review & Giveaway

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 18 ★★★★½

This book was so much more than I expected it to be. At its heart, this is a story of redemption and forgiveness and finding your way past your worst choices. And, let’s face it, we all have choices we regret – it’s how we deal with them that matters. The synopsis does a great job of describing the plot, so I’ll jump right into my review. What Fed My Addiction: All the feels. This book put me through an emotional wringer and never let up. Not only did it make me cry (always a big bonus in my book), but I also found myself laughing at times, getting angry at others, and completely swooning over the plethora of sweet moments between Nikki and Pax. This is the single biggest factor that made this book shine for me – I felt so incredibly emotionally invested in these characters that I felt… Read more »