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Jul 05
Bite-Sized Reviews of The Upside of Unrequited, The Unlikelies, Dead Ed in My Head, and Bang

Bite-Sized Reviews of The Upside of Unrequited, The Unlikelies, Dead Ed in My Head, and Bang

Coyer, Reviews 24

I know I’ve been relying on bite-sized reviews a lot lately, but I feel like it’s the only way I can get them all in. I hope these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction! This book was all sorts of adorable and it reminded me of me as a teen. Though I didn’t struggle with weight issues, I was very afraid to let a boy know I liked him—much better to avoid being hurt or embarrassed, which is exactly how Molly feels in the book. My friends who have struggled with weight issues have said that they connected to this book even more deeply—Molly thinks about her weight a lot, and in some ways, she lets it define her. Her insecurities lead to a complete unwillingness to take chances. She leaves the risk-taking up to her twin sister, who is daring enough in the area of romance for both of… Read more »


Jun 02
Royal Bastards by Andrew Shvarts: A Deliciously Dastardly Read!

Royal Bastards by Andrew Shvarts: A Deliciously Dastardly Read!

Reviews 26 ★★★★½

This is SO my type of fantasy—filled with magic, friendship, peril and romance (with a good heap of backstabbing on the side)! Loyalties are tested, bonds are formed (and broken) and a whole bunch of people die. Yep—my kind of book! What Fed My Addiction: Tilla. To me, Tilla represents the perfect character balance. She’s tough, smart, fierce and loyal, but she’s not completely fearless and she’s not some sort of superhero. In fact, if it were up to her, she’d be living a life of nobility (and leisure). Secretly she’s been craving her father’s affection—affection she had as a child until his “real” daughters were born. Tilla has never been able to completely shake the desire to find herself in her father’s good graces, but she’s mostly given up hope that it will actually happen. I immediately related to Tilla and I was rooting for her throughout the entire book—no matter… Read more »


May 13
It Started With Goodbye by Christina June: Review, Giveaway, and June’s Top Ten Addictions

It Started With Goodbye by Christina June: Review, Giveaway, and June’s Top Ten Addictions

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

This book was exactly what I was hoping for—a fun contemporary twist on Cinderella that reminds us that sometimes family is complicated. And that’s okay. What Fed My Addiction: Focus on family. Sure this book has a cute romance element, but the story focuses a whole lot more on family issues than it does on the “prince.” (Actually, now that I think about it, I guess the original Cinderella kind of did too.) Tatum learns that sometimes we don’t really know even the people who are closest to us. Tatum has spent most of her life feeling like she can’t live up to her stepmother’s expectations and she’s never been close to her all-too-perfect stepsister. So when her summer goes very awry and she’s basically put on house arrest except for mandatory community service (and her best friend won’t speak to her), Tatum can’t imagine how her life could get any… Read more »


May 03
Kill All Happies by Rachel Cohn: Review & Giveaway

Kill All Happies by Rachel Cohn: Review & Giveaway

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 8 ★★★½

I have a confession to make: I didn’t think I was going to like this book. In fact, when I received it in the mail and re-read the blurb, I thought to myself, “Why did I accept this book for review? What was I thinking? This is not my kind of book at all!” You see, I’m not usually a fan of the type of book that glorifies teenage partying and general bad behavior, and when I re-read the blurb, I was pretty sure that was what I was in for. I was wrong … sort of. Okay, fine, in some ways I was kind of right, but somehow Rachel Cohn made me like this book anyway. What Fed My Addiction: Vic. The main reason Kill All Happies ended up appealing to me is that the MC, even under relatively crazy circumstances, is surprisingly smart and level-headed. Oh, don’t get me wrong, she’s… Read more »


Apr 12
Ignite by Danielle Rogland: Review of a Character-centric Dystopian

Ignite by Danielle Rogland: Review of a Character-centric Dystopian

Reviews 24 ★★★½

Ignite is a fast-paced dystopian that doesn’t skimp on character. The story follows The Flames, a group of rebels who fights against the oppression of their brutal dictator and then leaves behind a burning candle to show that it’s members were there. Throughout the book, secrets are unraveled and the bonds of friendship (the kind that feels like family) are threatened—and possibly even broken. What Fed My Addiction: Strong characters. Without a doubt, the characters are what drew me into this book. The story is told from four POV’s and I connected to each and every one of them. First we have Jacks, an orphaned girl who’s been surviving on her own as a pickpocket since her “gang” was captured (and presumably killed). She’s the type of person who’s used to standing on the sidelines and keeping herself safe whenever possible, so it’s difficult for her to come to terms with her role… Read more »


Apr 10
Dream Magic by Joshua Khan: Review & Khan’s Top Ten Addictions

Dream Magic by Joshua Khan: Review & Khan’s Top Ten Addictions

Author Top Ten Lists, Reviews 10 ★★★★

Dream Magic is great fun and highly imaginative. I wish I’d read the first book on the series, though—when the book was offered to me, I was told it was the second in a series, but that it was a standalone, and that was sort of true, in the sense that it had it’s own story arc, but it was definitely a continuation of the first book. On the positive side, it wasn’t confusing at all—Khan did a great job of “reminding” readers what had already happened, but I was missing a connection to those events (and the characters that went with them). Still, considering that, it’s actually amazing that I enjoyed the book so much—which is a testament to Khan’s storytelling skills. What Fed My Addiction: Complete story arc. I mentioned this above, but it’s worth repeating because I think this is a fantastic feature in a MG series. Though the… Read more »


Apr 05
Bite-Sized Reviews of The Pain Eater, Just Another Girl and Toward a Secret Sky

Bite-Sized Reviews of The Pain Eater, Just Another Girl and Toward a Secret Sky

Reviews 12

Today I’ve got bite-sized reviews of two YA contemps and a YA paranormal I’ve recently received for review. Hope these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction! This book is an incredibly painful read because of the traumatic events that Maddy has lived through (and continues to relive). Maddy has become a shell of herself ever since she was raped—she barely speaks, never makes eye contact, and causes herself physical pain in order to block out the emotional turmoil she’s constantly experiencing. She’s tried so hard to forget—but she can’t. The book follows Maddy’s emotional journey and healing, and her story is paired with a class project: a short story that the the class is writing together (each student writes a chapter) about a girl who is forced to “eat” (basically, endure) the pain of the people of her village. The parallels are obvious, and the story… Read more »


Mar 22
Bite-Sized Reviews of Waking in Time, Redux, Confessions of a High School Disaster, Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, and Mutant Mantis Lunch Ladies

Bite-Sized Reviews of Waking in Time, Redux, Confessions of a High School Disaster, Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, and Mutant Mantis Lunch Ladies

Reviews 19

I’ve gotten a lot of new books for review lately, and I’ve decided to do bite-sized reviews of some of them, so I don’t have to post every single day of the week for forever. Hope these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction! I’m a huge fan of time-travel stories, so when the author offered this one up for review (at an event I attended) I had to snatch it up! I’m glad I did because it turned out to be a great read! The story follows Abbi, who wakes up one morning and it’s suddenly 1983. Everyone seems to know her, but she doesn’t know anyone … or know how or why she’s traveled. This would be bad enough, but she keeps heading backward further and further—she’s never sure how long she’ll be in one place or why she’s ended up in the times she does…. Read more »


Mar 11
Two #ownvoices Reads: The Hate U Give and The Education of Margot Sanchez

Two #ownvoices Reads: The Hate U Give and The Education of Margot Sanchez

Reviews 8

These two books were very similar in theme and both #ownvoices** reads, so I decided to go ahead and review them together! Both books feature POC** main characters—Margot is Puerto Rican and Starr is black. Ironically, both Margot and Starr’s dads own grocery stores in an inner city area and the girls both attend private schools outside of the city. Both of them struggle with identity issues because of this—that balance between fitting in and holding onto your culture and your identity. Both of them also have to deal with their old friends (in their neighborhoods) feeling like they’re “selling out.” That’s where the similarities pretty much end. The Hate U Give has a little more serious take on the subject—it features serious gang violence and a police shooting. The Education of Margot Sanchez is more of a romance at heart and focuses more strongly on Margot’s struggle between her two… Read more »


Feb 20
Batgirl at Super Hero High by Lisa Yee: Review

Batgirl at Super Hero High by Lisa Yee: Review

Middle Grade, Reviews 6 ★★★★

These books are so incredibly adorable and fun. My daughter loves the high school take on superheroes, and I have to admit that I kind of love them too. What Fed My Addiction: Girl genius. Unlike most of the other super heroes, Batgirl is just an ordinary girl—with extraordinary smarts. Her tech savvy makes her special and it gives her an edge that the other supers don’t have. A sense of belonging. Batgirl has doubts about her ability to fit in at Super Hero High even though she has friends there. She doesn’t know if she can be a “real” super hero since she doesn’t have any innate abilities. She can’t keep up with the other students in a lot of areas (especially gym, where there are some pretty high expectations of super heroes!). She has to learn to rely on and trust her strengths and not worry so much about her… Read more »