Source: Purchased


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 »


Jan 22
Review & Giveaway – Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

Review & Giveaway – Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 41 ★★★★

Isla and the Happily Ever After is a fun, romantic read that’s pretty much right on par with its predecessors. While this story is a bit different than the first two (since it explores Isla and Josh’s relationship after they become a couple instead of focusing solely on them getting together), I felt like this book was a fitting end to the series. What I enjoyed: Isla and Josh. Just like we’ve come to expect from Perkins, Isla and Josh are both believable characters who shine. I especially loved Josh and how he expressed himself through his art (see my next bullet point). Isla is a little more vanilla, but that’s actually kind of the point – she doesn’t know who she is really, so it’s hard for us to get to know her completely either. I thought some of her best moments, some of the times that we really got to see… Read more »


Dec 27
Review – Unhinged by A.G. Howard

Review – Unhinged by A.G. Howard

Reviews 25 ★★★★

This second book in the Splintered Trilogy once again proved how incredibly imaginative Howard is. I just love her twisted take on Wonderland and the creatures in it! What I enjoyed: Wonderland creatures. As in Splintered, the best things about this book are all the nods to Wonderland. While Alyssa never actually makes it to Wonderland in this book (see my negatives below), Wonderland does come to her. Of course, you can tell from the cover that Morpheus makes an appearance. He needs Alyssa, and he’s not going to leave her alone until she agrees to help him. At first, Alyssa assumes that Morpheus is the only Wonderland creature haunting her, but she soon finds that there are LOTS more surprises in store for her. Crazy, demonic clowns, dangerous trees, nightmare creatures who leave slime on the walls – there are plenty of Wonderland characters to torment her! I don’t want to say… Read more »


Aug 31
Random Reads Review – Scorched by Mari Mancusi

Random Reads Review – Scorched by Mari Mancusi

Random Reads, Reviews 11 ★★★★½

I bought this book when I went to the Barbara Vey Reader’s Luncheon back in April. I have to confess that it was the cover that really drew me in. Mari was super sweet and she was so excited over the cover – the actual hardcover (under the sleeve) is texturized and feels like dragon scales!  Plus it’s awesomely beautiful. I also bought Mancusi’s The Blood Coven Vampires, so watch for a review of that one coming up at some point (has anyone read this series?). Anyway, back to Scorched. I was excited when this one popped up as my Random Read because I’ve been wanting to read it – I’m a big fan of dragon books! The book is told from three perspectives – Trinity, who is Fire Kissed and destined to unleash dragons on the world; and twin brothers Connor and Caleb, who have traveled back in time to… Read more »


Jun 06
Random Reads Review – The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker

Random Reads Review – The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker

Random Reads, Reviews 2 ★★★★½

The Golem and the Jinni is a beautifully written tale that combines fantasy with history. It’s a story of life and longing and of the desire to truly break free.  When the book was chosen as my May Random Read, I was excited because I’d had a chance to meet the author and hear her speak about the exhaustive research that she put into this book.  It truly showed.  I was not disappointed! The negatives: Slightly slow in the beginning.  This book is a bit closer to literary fiction than I typically read, which is wonderful – I’m trying to expand my horizons a bit and this book fit the bill perfectly.  But it’s definitely a slow-building story.  I was expecting this to be a story about Chava and Ahmad together, but it was a long time before they even met. The story also seemed to go off on tangents… Read more »


May 13
Review – Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Review – Cinder by Marissa Meyer

All-Time Favorites, Reviews 5 ★★★★½

  Cinder is an incredibly unique re-telling of Cinderella.  Set in a futuristic world that has been ravaged by a plague, Cinder is just trying to survive. When she meets Prince Kai, she knows that nothing can come of her attraction to him – after all, she’s a cyborg, barely tolerated by the world. But, she finds herself entangled in Prince Kai’s ongoing struggle for power with the cold and calculating Queen Levania, and Cinder discovers that she can’t hide from him anymore. The negatives: Villain isn’t well-defined.  Queen Levania (the evil Lunar queen) isn’t all that well-defined in this book.  We get glimpses of her, but we don’t know anything about what motivates her (besides power), and she’s relatively two-dimensional.  However, since this is a series, I’m hoping that we will get to see lots more of Queen Levania in future books and learn more about her.  Because of… Read more »


Jan 25
Review – UnSouled by Neal Shusterman

Review – UnSouled by Neal Shusterman

All-Time Favorites, Reviews 0 ★★★★

 ***This review may contain spoilers for the first two books in the series.  You can find my review of Unwind HERE and my review of UnWholly HERE.*** This is one of my absolute favorite series!!  If you haven’t read Unwind and UnWholly, you should.  It is one of the most unique, thought-provoking dystopians out there. UnSouled picks up where UnWholly left off – Lev has just rescued Connor from the Graveyard and Risa has just escaped from Proactive Citizenry (after appearing on national TV and declaring that she is against unwinding and rewinding).  Cam is desperate to find Risa and to somehow win her love – he figures that bringing Proactive Citizenry is the best way to do that. The negatives: A bit of middle book syndrome.  While I loved this book, it did seem a bit like it was mainly just setting us up for book #4. Somehow Shusterman… Read more »


Aug 02
Review: Storm (Elemental #1) by Brigid Kemmerer (Plus Mini-Reviews of Books #0.5 & #1.5)

Review: Storm (Elemental #1) by Brigid Kemmerer (Plus Mini-Reviews of Books #0.5 & #1.5)

All-Time Favorites, Reviews 9 ★★★★★

Storm by Brigid Kemmerer Series: Elemental #1 Published by Kensington Books in 2012 Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal Pages: 432 Source: Library My content rating: YA (The book contains a few sexual situations, including an attempted rape, but nothing is described in any detail) My rating: Becca Chandler is suddenly getting all the guys all the ones she doesn’t want. Ever since her ex-boyfriend spread those lies about her. Then she saves Chris Merrick from a beating in the school parking lot. Chris is different. Way different: he can control water just like his brothers can control fire, wind, and earth. They’re powerful. Dangerous. Marked for death. And now that she knows the truth, so is Becca. Secrets are hard to keep when your life’s at stake. When Hunter, the mysterious new kid around school, turns up with a talent for being in the wrong place at the right time, Becca thinks she can trust him. But… Read more »


Jul 01
Review: The New Hunger by Isaac Marion

Review: The New Hunger by Isaac Marion

Random Reads, Reviews 2 ★★★★

The New Hunger as my June Random Read (I just barely got this read in June, but I did it!).  This is a novella prequel to Warm Bodies and I honestly wasn’t that excited about reading it, but I’m very glad that I did!  I think I liked the prequel better than I liked Warm Bodies because it really delved into what it felt like to live in Marion’s zombie world.  This novella gave us backstory on Julie, Nora and R! The “cloud of hands.”  Yes, I know it sounds weird, but I can’t really explain it any better than that, which is why I have it listed as one of my negatives.  R keeps referring to a “cloud of hands” that is propelling him forward?  Or something?  I don’t really know and I just never got it.  This is a small detail, but one that bugged me every time… Read more »