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Oct 27
Bite-Sized Reviews of Dear Evan Hansen, When My Heart Joins the Thousand, A Touch of Gold, and In Your Shoes

Bite-Sized Reviews of Dear Evan Hansen, When My Heart Joins the Thousand, A Touch of Gold, and In Your Shoes

Reviews 16 ★★★★

I’ve got three YA reviews and a MG review for you today. I hope these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction! I actually discovered this musical when I saw the book listed on NetGalley. I know, that’s weird and backward, and I have to stop living in a cave (a cave filled with books?), but that’s how it happened. I saw a YA book based on the “hit Broadway musical” and thought, I need to check this out. So, I headed over to Amazon for a quick listen—and instantly fell in love with the music. So, I went into this book loving the musical and knowing the basic storyline (since I read a synopsis to fill in the gaps between songs). I wasn’t sure how the book would hold up, but I have to say it did pretty darn well. I love the addition of Carter’s perspective, especially…. 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 »


Sep 14
Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu: A Classroom Reading Review

Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu: A Classroom Reading Review

Reviews 10 ★★★★½

I read this book with my homeschool language arts class (last spring—for some reason it’s taken me this long to post this—I have no idea why), and the class really enjoyed it! We started out by reading “The Snow Queen,” which the book is based on. It was fun to see the parallels between the two stories and to see where Ursu strayed from the original. The book is split into two parts—the first part takes place almost entirely in the real world (with a few small fantastical elements thrown in), and the second part takes place in a fantasy world as Hazel goes off to try and rescue Jack from the white witch. The two parts of the book are completely different, and I was slightly surprised how long it took to get to the fantasy portion of the book. The book focuses on Hazel’s sense of not belonging, both because… 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 18
Bite-Sized Reviews of The Book Thief, Crank, The Chosen One and Writing Irresistible KidLit

Bite-Sized Reviews of The Book Thief, Crank, The Chosen One and Writing Irresistible KidLit

Reviews 16 ★★★★

I’ve got an eclectic collection of reviews for you today: one that’s probably considered a modern classic, one YA novel in verse, a YA contemporary about a Mormon fundamentalist group, and a nonfiction writing book. I hope these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction! I debated writing an “official” review of this book, since I mostly already said everything I had to say in a random Sunday Post, but I decided to go ahead and add it here. This book is magnificently and masterfully written. The unique POV (death) makes it stand out from the crowd, and it gives the whole story an otherworldly perspective. We see human triumphs and failures through neutral eyes, and that somehow brings them into clearer focus. The language is beautiful as well. The only thing that held me back from giving this book one of my highest ratings is the… Read more »


Jul 14
Bite-Sized Reviews of Kiss of the Royal, Fukusha Model Eight, and Neanderthal Opens the Door to the Universe

Bite-Sized Reviews of Kiss of the Royal, Fukusha Model Eight, and Neanderthal Opens the Door to the Universe

Reviews 14 ★★★★

I’ve got three reviews for you today, one YA fantasy, one adult sci-fi, and one YA contemporary. I hope these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction! I really enjoyed this fresh take on fairy tales. The book takes place in a world where a Kiss holds power to fight evil. It’s used as a weapon in war, completely devoid of the outdated concept of love. But there is a faction of people (the Romantics) who have rebelled—they believe that the kiss is being misused, that the meaning of True Love’s Kiss is much more important (and more powerful) than a kiss being used in war. I loved seeing Ivy’s views on the possibility of love change and grow—and her understanding of her way of life evolve as she learns that many of her basic beliefs are not only wrong, they’re dangerous. The romance is sweet, if… Read more »


Jul 05
A Thousand Perfect Notes by C.G. Drews: Review & Giveaway

A Thousand Perfect Notes by C.G. Drews: Review & Giveaway

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 33 ★★★★★

Oh, guys, I had such high hopes for this book, and I am thrilled that it lived up to every single one of them! What Fed My Addiction: Be prepared to be put through the wringer. This isn’t an easy book, by any means. At points it’s downright traumatizing. You should just prepare now to have your heart ripped out and stomped on. (I love it when a book does this!) Beautiful writing. The writing flows beautifully, and I loved the gorgeous and understated use of metaphor. Plus, you can tell that Cait is a pianist herself because the way she describes Beck’s playing is masterful. The characters. There aren’t any undeveloped characters in this book. Every one makes an impression. Even the characters we hate (i.e. Beck’s mom) have a developed backstory that helps us understand them. I fell in love with Beck almost instantly (and his marshmallow of a little sister). The dialogue. Cait… Read more »


Jun 21
Bite-Sized Reviews of Words in the Dust, If You’re Reading This and Never That Far

Bite-Sized Reviews of Words in the Dust, If You’re Reading This and Never That Far

Reviews 12 ★★★★★

I’ve got three WIFYR-inspired bite-sized reviews for you today! What I mean by that is that I was inspired to read all three of these books because of the WIFYR writing conference I just attended. The first two were written by Trent Reedy, who ran my workshop and the last one was written by Carol Lynch Williams, who ran the conference. I hope these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction! When I first mentioned that I was going to be attending a WIFYR workshop led by Trent Reedy, lots of my readers gushed about Words in the Dust. I was chagrined to admit that I hadn’t read it yet, though it had been on my TBR for quite some time. I’m so glad that this conference gave me that little extra nudge I needed to pick this book up—I had no idea what I was missing… Read more »


Jun 06
Bite-Sized Reviews of City of Bastards & Ice Wolves

Bite-Sized Reviews of City of Bastards & Ice Wolves

Reviews 22 ★★★★

I’ve got two bite-sized reviews for you today, both fantasies! I hope these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction! One thing that I LOVE about this series is that it isn’t told from the perspective of the “special snowflake” or the “Chosen One.” Really, when I think about it, this series would normally be told from the POV of Princess Lyriana—not only a princess, but also a powerful mage. Or even Zell, a Zitochi warrior who can fight and win pretty much any battle. But, no, the story is told through Tilla’s eyes—and there is literally nothing special about her except she happens to be the bastard daughter of the man who’s trying to overthrow the king. She gets caught up in the whirlwind of the revolution and can’t escape. Amazing things are happening all around her: powerful magic, revolutionary plotting and intrigue, massive battles, but she’s… Read more »


May 24
Bite-Sized Reviews of Now a Major Motion Picture, Captain Superlative, Smile and Sisters

Bite-Sized Reviews of Now a Major Motion Picture, Captain Superlative, Smile and Sisters

Reviews 18 ★★★½

I’ve got three more bite-sized reviews for you today. One YA, one MG contemp and one for two MG graphic novels. I hope these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction! This book will bring out the fandom geek in just about anybody. I loved the fact that Iris couldn’t care less about her grandmother’s famous series, even while the world was busy adoring it. She’d spent her life avoiding her grandmother’s fans, especially after an incident with an overeager and disturbed one nearly ended in tragedy. I will say that Iris’s negativity was a little hard to handle at first—it took me a while to warm up to her, even though I understood why she had a bit of a chip on her shoulder. As Iris was won over by the movie (and, especially, by the people involved), though, she started to win me over as well. I… Read more »