Source: Purchased


Jan 20
Bite Sized Reviews: The Map to Everywhere and City of Thirst by Carrie Ryan

Bite Sized Reviews: The Map to Everywhere and City of Thirst by Carrie Ryan

Middle Grade, Reviews 3 ★★★★½

Here are some quick reviews for books I haven’t gotten around to reviewing or that I just don’t have a ton to say about. Once again, I figure a few bite sized reviews together will be enough to feed your fiction addiction!  🙂 The Map to Everywhere by Carrie Ryan and John Parke Davis Series: Map to Everywhere #1 Published by Little Brown Books for Young Readers on 11/4/14 Genres: Middle Grade, Fantasy Pages: 448 Source: BEA My content rating: MG (Nothing inappropriate, a little bit of MG level violence) My rating: Wherever you need to go–the Map to Everywhere can take you there. To Master Thief Fin, an orphan from the murky pirate world of the Khaznot Quay, the Map is the key to finding his mother. To suburban schoolgirl Marrill, it’s her only way home after getting stranded on the Pirate Stream, the magical waterway that connects every world in creation. With the help of a… Read more »


Jan 06
The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch – Readalong Review

The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch – Readalong Review

Reviews 26 ★★★★

Kaja over at Of Dragons and Hearts is doing a readalong of The Gentlemen Bastards series, and I decided to jump in. I already owned the book because I meant to participate in the readalong back when Kritika at Snowflakes and Spider Silk had one last July. Obviously that never happened, but this was the perfect opportunity to redeem myself! So, a few things about me and my reading tastes before I start out with this review (they’re relevant to the review, I swear). I used to love epic fantasy and sci-fi when I was younger. Robin Hobb was my ultimate favorite, but I also loved The Wheel of Time series in all its huge, epic glory. But somewhere along the line my attention span apparently lessened – I swear, having children has sucked brain cells right out of my head because I just no longer have the ability to… Read more »


Nov 18
The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson – Review

The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson – Review

Reviews 31 ★★★★★

The Heart of Betrayal is the second book in the Remnant Chronicles, and it’s just as heart stopping as the first! I adored Kiss of Deception, but a lot of that was because I was so blown away by the character twist – I wondered if it was possible for the second book to measure up now that we’d gotten that twist out of the way. Well, it did. Have to say that I enjoyed pretty much every minute of reading this book! What fed my addiction: Betrayal. The book is aptly named. There’s a lot of betrayal going on – and Lia herself doles out her fair share. There is nothing she won’t do to get herself and Rafe out of Venda, and she’ll lie through her teeth if that’s what it takes to do it. A lot of that lying is aimed at Kaden. You can’t help but feel a… Read more »


Nov 13
Firewalker by Josephine Angelini – Review

Firewalker by Josephine Angelini – Review

Reviews 12 ★★★½

Firewalker is the second book in the Worldwalker trilogy, and unfortunately it suffered from just a bit of middle book syndrome. That’s not to say that it didn’t advance the series at all – I just felt like it took a little too much time to get there. Still, if you’re a fan of the series, you’ll definitely want to pick this one up. There are some major revelations about Lillian and a few new characters added who (I”m assuming) will play a role in the final book of the trilogy. What fed my addiction: Lillian’s motivations. A good portion of this book was Lily (slowly) learning what led Lillian to her decisions and how she became the “villain” in her world. Since Lily is Lillian, these revelations were pretty important for her – she needed to understand how she could possibly get to a place where she would start murdering people – so… Read more »


Nov 02
The Book of Ivy and The Revolution of Ivy by Amy Engel – Review and Engel’s Top Ten Addictions

The Book of Ivy and The Revolution of Ivy by Amy Engel – Review and Engel’s Top Ten Addictions

Author Top Ten Lists, Reviews 9 ★★★★½

When I heard that The Revolution of Ivy was being released, I knew it was time to pick up the first book – I’d bought it at the beginning of the year because I heard so many raving reviews of it, but I was holding off on actually reading it because I’d heard about that cliffhanger and I heard the series was a duology. I figured why not wait for the conclusion? And this was my chance! Well, The Book of Ivy definitely lived up to my high expectations! This book had me turning the pages at a furious rate and I stayed up way too late reading it! The book follows Ivy, who has been told her whole life that her family’s enemy is her own. She’s known for the past two years that she would be marrying the president’s son – and that she would need to kill… Read more »


Sep 30
I FINALLY read Undivided by Neal Shusterman!!

I FINALLY read Undivided by Neal Shusterman!!

All-Time Favorites, Reviews 17 ★★★★★

Those of you who follow my blog regularly know I have a BIG problem with finishing series – especially series I love! Well, I’m proud to say that I finally did it! I finished Undivided by Neal Shusterman, the final book in the Unwind series (well, kind of – there’s a book of short stories coming out in December). I was very scared to see this amazing series end, so I was thrilled that the final book lived up to my (very high) expectations. I seriously think that Shusterman is a genius! What fed my addiction: Heart-stopping moments. There were some truly climactic scenes in this book that had me breathless. Shusterman puts our beloved characters through A LOT in this book, but everything that they go through brings them a deeper understanding of themselves and ultimately makes them stronger. The result is a beautiful conclusion to the series that leads us… Read more »


Sep 12
Bite-Sized Reviews – The Iron Trial, The Last Time We Say Goodbye, & I’ll Meet You There

Bite-Sized Reviews – The Iron Trial, The Last Time We Say Goodbye, & I’ll Meet You There

Middle Grade, Reviews 12 ★★★★

I’ve decided to write some quick reviews for books I’ve never gotten around to reviewing or that I just don’t have a ton to say about. I figure a few bite-sized reviews together will be enough to feed your fiction addiction!  🙂 The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare Published by Scholastic Press on 9/9/14 Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Middle Grade Pages: 299 Source: BEA My rating: Most kids would do anything to pass the Iron Trial. Not Callum Hunt. He wants to fail. All his life, Call has been warned by his father to stay away from magic. If he succeeds at the Iron Trial and is admitted into the Magisterium, he is sure it can only mean bad things for him. So he tries his best to do his worst – and fails at failing. Now the Magisterium awaits him. It’s a place that’s both sensational and sinister, with dark ties… Read more »


Apr 27
Cress by Marissa Meyer – Review

Cress by Marissa Meyer – Review

Reviews 18 ★★★★★

***NOTE: This review is for the third book in a series and may contain spoilers for Cinder or Scarlet, the first book. Click here to read my review of Cinder or here to read my review of Scarlet.*** After reading Scarlet, I had to jump right into Cress because I was so excited about the story. Well, I was not disappointed at all!! What I LOVED: Cress. Cress’s story is probably my favorite of the series so far. I just loved her mixture of intelligence and vulnerability. Cress has been hidden away her whole life, doing Levana’s bidding, just hoping that one day she will do enough to earn her life back. Of course, it doesn’t work that way, and Cress eventually realizes that she has the power to help Cinder and the ability to make a real difference against Levana. So she takes a huge chance and contacts Cinder. Unfortunately, things go very wrong and… Read more »


Apr 07
Scarlet by Marissa Meyer – Review

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer – Review

Reviews 45 ★★★★★

***NOTE: This review is for the second book in a series and may contain spoilers for Cinder, the first book. Click here to read my review of Cinder.*** I really enjoyed Cinder, but for some reason I wasn’t all that desperate to read the second book in this series. I don’t exactly know why except that I think I wasn’t crazy about the idea that Scarlet would focus on different characters (and a different fairy tale). Well, it turns out that I loved Scarlet even more than I did Cinder. I don’t know why I waited to read it! What I LOVED: Integration of characters. I loved the way that Meyer interwove Scarlet’s story with Cinder’s and tied everything together. I actually didn’t see the connection coming, and I loved being taken by surprise! The story switched back and forth between Cinder’s story and Scarlet’s. While Cinder was working on escaping from prison… Read more »


Feb 17
Review – Removed by S.J. Pajonas

Review – Removed by S.J. Pajonas

Reviews 24 ★★★★

Removed is an incredibly unique dystopian novel that is steeped in Japanese culture. I read a blog post where the reviewer was just raving about this series, and I just knew I needed to pick it up. I’m so glad I did!! The book takes place in a futuristic version of Earth where global warming has ravaged the world and killed off much of the population. People have been living in domes, but they have been working toward relocating to another planet to start again. The book follows Sanaa who learns that she has a unique role to play in this new colonization. What I loved: The unique setting. This book was set in a dystopian world where the environment has been compromised so greatly that the remaining world population is living in a series of connected domes to protect them from the elements. Because the Japanese had the advanced technologies… Read more »