Category: Reviews

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer- Review

Posted July 18, 2014 in Books, Five Star Reads, Reviews / 26 Comments
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer- Review

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin My rating: 5/5 Stars! Publisher: Simon & Schuster (2011) Length: 466 pgs Series: Mara Dyer Trilogy, #1 Format: Paperback, purchased from Amazon Goodreads Synopsis: Mara Dyer doesn’t think life can get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there. It can. She believes there must be more to the accident she can’t remember that killed her friends and left her mysteriously unharmed. There is. She doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been through, she can fall in love. She’s wrong. My Review: Warning: This […]


The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater- Review in Which I Rave About Everything in this Book

Posted July 12, 2014 in Books, Five Star Reads, Reviews / 15 Comments
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater- Review in Which I Rave About Everything in this Book

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater My rating: 5/5 Stars! Publisher: Scholastic (2012) Length: 409 pgs Series: The Raven Cycle, #1 Format: Paperback, purchased from Amazon Goodreads Synopsis: “There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.” Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers […]


Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira- Review

Posted July 9, 2014 in Books, Reviews / 8 Comments
Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira- Review

Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira My rating: 3.8(ish)/5 Stars Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Macmillan)(April 2014) Length: 327 pgs Format: Hardcover, checked out from my local library Goodreads Synopsis: It begins as an assignment for English class: Write a letter to a dead person. Laurel chooses Kurt Cobain because her sister, May, loved him. And he died young, just like May did. Soon, Laurel has a notebook full of letters to people like Janis Joplin, Amy Winehouse, Amelia Earhart, Heath Ledger, and more; though she never gives a single one of them to her teacher. She writes about […]


Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor- Review

Posted July 2, 2014 in Books, Reviews / 1 Comment
Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor- Review

Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor My rating: 4.5/5 Stars Publisher: Little, Brown & Co (April 2014) Length: 613 pgs Series: Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #3 Format: Hardcover, purchased Barnes & Noble (online) Goodreads Synopsis: By way of a staggering deception, Karou has taken control of the chimaera rebellion and is intent on steering its course away from dead-end vengeance. The future rests on her, if there can even be a future for the chimaera in war-ravaged Eretz. Common enemy, common cause. When Jael’s brutal seraph army trespasses into the human world, the unthinkable becomes essential, and Karou […]


The Chapel Wars by Lindsey Leavitt- Review

Posted June 25, 2014 in Books, Reviews / 6 Comments
The Chapel Wars by Lindsey Leavitt- Review

The Chapel Wars by Lindsey Leavitt My rating: 2/5 Stars Publisher: Bloomsbury USA (2014) Length: 304 pgs Format: Hardcover, checked out from my local library Goodreads Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old Holly wants to remember her Grandpa forever, but she’d rather forget what he left her in his will: his wedding chapel on the Las Vegas strip. Whatever happened to gold watches, savings bonds, or some normal inheritance? And then there’s Grandpa’s letter. Not only is Holly running the business with her recently divorced parents, but she needs to make some serious money—fast. Grandpa also insists Holly reach out to Dax, the grandson […]


The Fault in Our Stars by John Green- Review

Posted June 15, 2014 in Books, Reviews / 8 Comments
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green- Review

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green My rating: 3.5/5 Stars Publisher: Penguin (2012) Length: 313 pgs Format: Paperback, purchased from Target Goodreads Synopsis: Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. My Review: Ok, full disclosure: I didn’t cry. Not a drop. This book didn’t have me swimming in feels. But this does not mean that I […]


City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare-Review

Posted June 11, 2014 in Books, Five Star Reads, Reviews / 6 Comments
City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare-Review

City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare My rating: 5/5 Stars Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry (2014) Length: 725 pgs Series: The Mortal Instruments #6 Format: Hardcover, purchased Barnes & Noble (online) Goodreads Synopsis: In this dazzling and long-awaited conclusion to the acclaimed Mortal Instruments series, Clary and her friends fight the greatest evil they have ever faced: Clary’s own brother. Sebastian Morgenstern is on the move, systematically turning Shadowhunter against Shadowhunter. Bearing the Infernal Cup, he transforms Shadowhunters into creatures out of nightmare, tearing apart families and lovers as the ranks of his Endarkened army swell. The embattled Shadowhunters withdraw to […]


Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz- Review

Posted June 9, 2014 in Books, Reviews / 9 Comments
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz- Review

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz My rating: 3.5/5 Stars Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (February 2012) Length: 359 pgs Format: Paperback, purchased from Amazon Goodreads Synopsis: Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And […]


The Shadowhunter’s Codex by Cassandra Clare and Joshua Lewis- Mini Review

Posted June 4, 2014 in Books, Five Star Reads, Reviews / 1 Comment
The Shadowhunter’s Codex by Cassandra Clare and Joshua Lewis- Mini Review

The Shadowhunter’s Codex by Cassandra Clare and Joshua Lewis My Rating: 5/5 Stars Publisher: Simon & Schuster  (October 2013) Length: 274 pgs Format: Hardcover, purchased from Target Synopsis: The Shadownhunter’s Codex is a companion text to The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices series written by Cassandra Clare and set in the fantasy universe of the Shadowhunters’. The Codex itself is referenced in these series as the guide by which all Shadowhunters must abide by, containing the rules and regulations as written by the Clave. Throughout the book, notations made by primary characters Clary Fairchild, Jace Herondale/Wayland/Lightwood, and Simon Lewis. My […]


The Art of Arranging Flowers by Lynne Branard- ARC Review

Posted May 29, 2014 in Books, Reviews / 2 Comments
The Art of Arranging Flowers by Lynne Branard- ARC Review

The Art of Arranging Flowers by Lynne Branard My rating: 1/5 Stars Publisher: Berkley Trade (June 2014) Length: 320 pgs Format: E-book, courtesy of NetGalley Goodreads Synopsis: Ruby Jewell knows flowers. In her twenty years as a florist she has stood behind the counter at the Flower Shoppe with her faithful dog, Clementine, resting at her feet. A customer can walk in, and with just a glance or a few words, Ruby can throw together the perfect arrangement for any occasion. Whether intended to rekindle a romance, mark a celebration, offer sympathy, or heal a broken heart, her expressive floral […]