Mini Review Round Up: Lies We Tell Ourselves, The Start of Me and You, & The Serpent King

Posted August 22, 2016 by Cristina (Girl in the Pages) in Reviews / 4 Comments
Mini Review Round Up: Lies We Tell Ourselves, The Start of Me and You, & The Serpent King

Lies We Tell Ourselves is one of the hardest-to-read books I’ve encountered in a while, and rightfully so. It chronicles school segregation in the south in the 1950s, a time when racism was at its ugliest and most obvious, and cruelty was currency to be used in establishing one’s place in the racial social hierarchy. Watching Sarah and her peers have to deal with such blatant and intense harassment, and for them to have to just take the bullying for the sake of the greater good of segregation, made my blood boil, especially to think that this wasn’t THAT long […]


Maybe in Another Life |My First Taylor Jenkins Reid Experience

Posted August 15, 2016 by Cristina (Girl in the Pages) in Reviews / 4 Comments
Maybe in Another Life |My First Taylor Jenkins Reid Experience

“I don’t believe that being in love absolves you of anything. I no longer believe that all’s fair in love and war. I’d go so far as to say your actions in love are not an exception to who you are. They are, in fact, the very definition of who you are.” I’d been wanting to pick up Taylor Jenkins Reid book for a really, really long time when I saw that Maybe in Another Life was available through my library’s Overdrive account. It wasn’t the novel of hers that was highest on my TBR list or the one that […]


It Ends With Us.

Posted August 8, 2016 by Cristina (Girl in the Pages) in Reviews / 4 Comments
It Ends With Us.

“It stops here. With me and you. It ends with us.” Please note that this review will contain spoilers. Major plot spoilers. This book is too important to talk about without them. I’ve had my fair share of book hangovers. Books that have been sad, books that I’ve swooned over, books that I’ve been obsessed with and can’t stop rereading. However, I think It Ends With Us is the first book that I’ve read that gave me a hangover because I so completely crawled inside of it, lived it, cried and feared with it. I’m not hungover, I’m haunted. I […]


Pre-Order Priorities [2]

Pre-Order Priorities [2]

Pre-Order Priorities is a feature that highlights all of the books that I’ve recently pre-ordered and am anxiously awaiting to arrive at my door! Release Date: August 2nd, 2016 I haven’t read a Colleen Hoover book yet, but there’s something about the buzz surrounding this one and the cover is really visually pleasing to me, so I decided to take a risk and pre-order it! Release Date: September 6th, 2016 I don’t think anything really needs to be said about this one. ROWAN+AELINE 4 LYFE. Release Date: October 4th, 2016 I missed this one at YALLWest, but I’ve heard great […]


Viva Las Vegas

Viva Las Vegas

I’ve always thought of July as marking the midpoint of the summer season. Once the 4th hits, the summer is firmly in swing and warm days and hot evenings give me the travel bug. Every year I try to do a mid-summer vacation somewhere I’ve never been to or haven’t been to in a while. This year Max and I chose to head to Las Vegas for a quick mid-summer vacation. Day 1 We arrived in Vegas Tuesday afternoon and checked into the Bellagio, my favorite hotel to stay at on the Strip (it’s beautiful, classy, has great pools and […]


Summer of Sailor Moon | Swag

Posted July 21, 2016 by Cristina (Girl in the Pages) in Features / 4 Comments
Summer of Sailor Moon | Swag

Earlier this year, Alexa of Alexa Loves Books, Cee of The Novel Hermit, Kristin of Super Space Chick, Sierra of SDavReads & I all discovered that we shared a mutual love and appreciation for Sailor Moon! After exchanging plenty of flailing tweets and constantly bringing up our love for this magical and empowering story, we felt it was only right to celebrate it – and that’s what happening this July. Every week will feature a brand new blog post per day from each of us, and we’re so excited to be sharing the Sailor Moon love with all our readers! […]


With Malice by Eileen Cook | Review

Posted July 18, 2016 by Cristina (Girl in the Pages) in Reviews / 4 Comments
With Malice by Eileen Cook | Review

Thrillers are perhaps the hardest genre to read and write, because readers are going in with a very specific set of expectations: plot twists, unreliable narrators, dangerous secrets, edge of your seat pacing, and a satisfying conclusion. I’m not sure if this complicated recipe for a good thriller is why they don’t seem to be super common in the YA market, but I’ve noticed a lack of them, which is why With Malice caught my eye. The stunning cover made it impossible for it to escape my notice, and the premise had me clicking “buy” without a second thought, curbing […]


Summer of Sailor Scouts: Favorites

Posted July 14, 2016 by Cristina (Girl in the Pages) in Features / 9 Comments
Summer of Sailor Scouts: Favorites

Earlier this year, Alexa of Alexa Loves Books, Cee of The Novel Hermit, Kristin of Super Space Chick, Sierra of SDavReads & I all discovered that we shared a mutual love and appreciation for Sailor Moon! After exchanging plenty of flailing tweets and constantly bringing up our love for this magical and empowering story, we felt it was only right to celebrate it – and that’s what happening this July. Every week will feature a brand new blog post per day from each of us, and we’re so excited to be sharing the Sailor Moon love with all our readers! […]


The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes | Review

Posted July 11, 2016 by Cristina (Girl in the Pages) in Reviews / 10 Comments
The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes | Review

The Fixer was one of those books that I glossed over SO many times in the course of the past year because the cover does nothing to grab me. I definitely fell victim to judging a book by a cover for this novel, because when my aunt was kind enough to purchase it for me at this summer’s scholastic warehouse sale, I dove in mildly curious and ended up finishing it in less than three days, during a very jam packed vacation. The Fixer brought me back to my earlier reading days when I used to devour political and historical […]


Third Time’s the Charm

Third Time’s the Charm

“Phones are distracting. The internet is distracting.The way he looked at you? He wasn’t distracted. He was consumed.” By the time I read Anna and the French Kiss, I was pretty much the last book blogger I knew to start Stephanie Perkin’s adorable companion series, and at that time everyone was anxiously awaiting the arrival of Isla. Over the past two years I’ve slowly made my way through the series, savoring each book yet being disappointed that I hadn’t quite found that magic that everyone else seems to see in them. I love the lush settings, the captivating characters, but […]