Category: Reviews

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins- Review Proving I am Probably the Last Person on the Planet to Read This Book

Posted October 7, 2014 in Books, Reviews / 18 Comments
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins- Review Proving I am Probably the Last Person on the Planet to Read This Book

“How many times can our emotions be tied to someone else’s – be pulled and stretched and twisted – before they snap? Before they can never be mended again?” Anna and the French Kiss was a book that I’ve been hearing about in the YA contemporary genre for years. It sounded fluffy, and the cover was so cute yet so cheesy, that I never felt motivated enough to add it to my pile when book buying. Recently the series received a cover-redesign which is absolutely gorgeous, and this coupled with the rave reviews of Isla and the Happily Ever after […]


Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn Review- The Book That I Was Not Expecting

Posted September 30, 2014 in Books, Reviews / 7 Comments
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn Review- The Book That I Was Not Expecting

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn My rating: 3.5/5 Stars Publisher: Crown (2012) Length: 419 pgs Genre: Adult Fiction/Mystery/Thriller Format: Hardcover, checked out from my local library Goodreads Synopsis: On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have […]


This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith- Review

Posted September 8, 2014 in Books, Reviews / 6 Comments
This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith- Review

This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith My rating: 3.5/5 Stars Publisher: Poppy (2013) Length: 407 pgs Genre: YA Contemporary Fiction Format: Paperback, purchased from Scholastic Book Warehouse Sale Goodreads Synopsis: When teenage movie star Graham Larkin accidentally sends small town girl Ellie O’Neill an email about his pet pig, the two seventeen-year-olds strike up a witty and unforgettable correspondence, discussing everything under the sun, except for their names or backgrounds. Then Graham finds out that Ellie’s Maine hometown is the perfect location for his latest film, and he decides to take their relationship from online to in-person. […]


The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin-Review

Posted September 4, 2014 in Books, Five Star Reads, Reviews / 3 Comments
The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin-Review

The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin My rating: 5/5 Stars! Publisher: Simon & Schuster (2012) Length: 527 pgs Series: Mara Dyer Trilogy, #2 Format: Paperback, purchased from Amazon Goodreads Synopsis: Mara Dyer once believed she could run from her past. She can’t. She used to think her problems were all in her head. They aren’t. She couldn’t imagine that after everything she’s been through, the boy she loves would still be keeping secrets. She’s wrong. In this gripping sequel to The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, the truth evolves and choices prove deadly. What will become of Mara Dyer […]


Trouble by Non Pratt- Review

Posted August 28, 2014 in Books, Reviews / 9 Comments
Trouble by Non Pratt- Review

Trouble by Non Pratt My rating: 4/5 Stars Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (June 2014) Length: 384 pgs Genre: YA Contemporary Fiction Format: Hardcover, checked out from my local library Goodreads Synopsis: In this dazzling debut novel, a pregnant teen learns the meaning of friendship—from the boy who pretends to be her baby’s father. When the entire high school finds out that Hannah Shepard is pregnant via her ex-best friend, she has a full-on meltdown in her backyard. The one witness (besides the rest of the world): Aaron Tyler, a transfer student and the only boy who […]


#scandal by Sarah Ockler- Review

Posted August 25, 2014 in Books, Reviews, Uncategorized / 1 Comment
#scandal by Sarah Ockler- Review

#scandal by Sarah Ockler My rating: 3/5 Stars Publisher: Simon Pulse (June 2014) Length: 416 pgs Genre: YA Contemporary Fiction Format: Hardcover, checked out from my local library Godreads Synopsis: Lucy’s learned some important lessons from tabloid darling Jayla Heart’s all-too-public blunders: Avoid the spotlight, don’t feed the Internet trolls, and keep your secrets secret. The policy has served Lucy well all through high school, so when her best friend Ellie gets sick before prom and begs her to step in as Cole’s date, she accepts with a smile, silencing about ten different reservations. Like the one where she’d rather […]


Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge- Review

Posted August 22, 2014 in Books, Reviews / 22 Comments
Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge- Review

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge My rating: 4.5/5 Stars Publisher: Balzer+Bray (2014) Length: 342 pgs Genre: YA Fiction/Fantasy/Romance, Fairy-Tale Retelling Format: Hardcover, checked out from my local library Goodreads Synopsis: Based on the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, Cruel Beauty is a dazzling love story about our deepest desires and their power to change our destiny. Since birth, Nyx has been betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom-all because of a foolish bargain struck by her father. And since birth, she has been in training to kill him. With no choice but to fulfill her duty, Nyx resents […]


Attachments by Rainbow Rowell- Review

Posted August 20, 2014 in Books, Reviews / 11 Comments
Attachments by Rainbow Rowell- Review

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell My rating: 3/5 Stars Publisher: Dutton Adult (2011) Length: 323 pgs Genre: Adult Fiction Format: Hardcover, checked out from my local library Goodreads Synopsis: “Hi, I’m the guy who reads your e-mail, and also, I love you” Beth Fremont and Jennifer Scribner-Snyder know that somebody is monitoring their work e-mail. (Everybody in the newsroom knows. It’s company policy.) But they can’t quite bring themselves to take it seriously. They go on sending each other endless and endlessly hilarious e-mails, discussing every aspect of their personal lives. Meanwhile, Lincoln O’Neill can’t believe this is his job now- […]


Paper Valentine by Brenna Yovanoff- Review

Posted August 18, 2014 in Books, Reviews / 6 Comments
Paper Valentine by Brenna Yovanoff- Review

Paper Valentine by Brenna Yovanoff My rating: 3/5 Stars Publisher: Razorbill (January 2014) Length: 304 pgs Genre: YA Paranormal/Mystery Fiction Format: Hardcover, checked out from my local library Goodreads Synopsis: The city of Ludlow is gripped by the hottest July on record. The asphalt is melting, the birds are dying, petty crime is on the rise, and someone in Hannah Wagnor’s peaceful suburban community is killing girls. For Hannah, the summer is a complicated one. Her best friend Lillian died six months ago, and Hannah just wants her life to go back to normal. But how can things be normal […]


Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo- Review & Series Thoughts

Posted August 16, 2014 in Books, Reviews / 8 Comments
Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo- Review & Series Thoughts

Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo My rating: 4/5 Stars Publisher: Henry Holt and Co (2014) Length: 422 pgs Series: Grisha, #3 Format: Hardcover, checked out from my local library Goodreads Synopsis: The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne. Now the nation’s fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army. Deep in an ancient network of tunnels and caverns, a weakened Alina must submit to the dubious protection of the Apparat and the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Yet her plans lie elsewhere, with the hunt for […]