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We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler- Review

Posted May 10, 2014 in Books, Reviews / 0 Comments
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler- Review

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler My rating: 2.5/5 Stars Publisher: Plume (A division of Penguin) (2013) Length: 320 pgs Format: Paperback, gifted to me Goodreads Synopsis: Meet the Cooke family. Our narrator is Rosemary Cooke. As a child, she never stopped talking; as a young woman, she has wrapped herself in silence: the silence of intentional forgetting, of protective cover. Something happened, something so awful she has buried it in the recesses of her mind. Now her adored older brother is a fugitive, wanted by the FBI for domestic terrorism. And her once lively mother […]


The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith- Review

Posted May 3, 2014 in Books, Reviews / 6 Comments
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith- Review

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith My rating: 4/5 Stars Publisher: Poppy/Little Brown (2012) Length: 236 pgs Format: Hardcover, checked out from my local library Goodreads Synopsis: Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything? Today should be one of the worst days of seventeen-year-old Hadley Sullivan’s life. Having missed her flight, she’s stuck at JFK airport and late to her father’s second wedding, which is taking place in London and involves a soon-to-be stepmother Hadley’s never even met. Then she meets the perfect boy in the airport’s cramped waiting area. His […]


Cress by Marissa Meyer- Review

Posted April 26, 2014 in Books, Reviews / 2 Comments
Cress by Marissa Meyer- Review

Cress by Marissa Meyer My rating: 4.5/5 Stars Publisher: Feiwel and Friends (2014) Length: 550 pgs Series: The Lunar Chronicles #3 Format: Hardcover, purchased from Target Goodreads Synopsis: In this third book in the Lunar Chronicles, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, now with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army. Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl imprisoned on a satellite since childhood who’s only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker. Unfortunately, she’s just received orders from […]


Scarlet by Marissa Meyer, Review

Posted April 5, 2014 in Books, Reviews / 4 Comments
Scarlet by Marissa Meyer, Review

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer My rating: 3/5 Stars Publisher: Feiwel & Friends (February 2013) Length: 454 pgs Series: The Lunar Chronicles, #2 Format: Paperback, purchased from my local independent bookstore Goodreads Synopsis: Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison–even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive. Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet […]


Cinder by Marissa Meyer, Review

Posted March 28, 2014 in Books, Reviews / 5 Comments
Cinder by Marissa Meyer, Review

Cinder by Marissa Meyer My rating: 4/5 Stars Publisher: Feiwel & Friends (January 2012) Length: 387 pgs Series: The Lunar Chronicles, #1 Format: Hardcover, checked out from local library Goodreads Synopsis: Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined […]


Divergent: Text to Film Thoughts

Posted March 24, 2014 in Film Reviews / 2 Comments
Divergent: Text to Film Thoughts

Like many avid YA readers, I always approach the making of a film based on a book series with a weary sort of sigh, because there are so many ways that it can go horribly, horribly wrong (i.e. Twilight, Beautiful Creatures, and I haven’t even bothered seeing The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones). I’m also usually highly skeptical of the casting, and Divergent was no exception. Yet I wanted to see the movie to get my Tris-and-Four fill as I’ve yet to read the last book in the series because it’s received such mixed reviews (though I have read a […]


World After by Susan Ee- Review

Posted March 15, 2014 in Books, Reviews / 0 Comments
World After by Susan Ee- Review

World After by Susan Ee My rating: 4/5 Stars Publisher: Skyescape (November 2013) Length: 438 pgs Series: Penryn and the End of Days #2 Format: Paperback, purchased from Amazon Goodreads Synopsis: In this sequel to the bestselling fantasy thriller, Angelfall, the survivors of the angel apocalypse begin to scrape back together what’s left of the modern world. When a group of people capture Penryn’s sister Paige, thinking she’s a monster, the situation ends in a massacre. Paige disappears. Humans are terrified. Mom is heartbroken. Penryn drives through the streets of San Francisco looking for Paige. Why are the streets so […]


The Constant Princess by Philippa Gregory Review

Posted February 15, 2014 in Books, Reviews / 0 Comments
The Constant Princess by Philippa Gregory Review

The Constant Princess by Philippa Gregory My rating: 3 of 5 stars Publisher: Touchstone, 2006 Length: 390 pgs Series: The Tudor Court #1 Format: Paperback, borrowed from my Grandmother.  Find it on Amazon here Goodreads Synopsis: “I am Catalina, Princess of Spain, daughter of the two greatest monarchs the world has ever known…and I will be Queen of England.” Thus, bestselling author Philippa Gregory introduces one of her most unforgettable heroines: Katherine of Aragon. Known to history as the Queen who was pushed off her throne by Anne Boleyn, here is a Katherine the world has forgotten: the enchanting princess […]


Summer Reading Series 2013: Onyx

Posted August 5, 2013 in Books, Reviews / 2 Comments
Summer Reading Series 2013: Onyx

Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout My rating: 5 of 5 stars This book was the book of the summer that had me reading in every inappropriate place and circumstance: parked in parking lots instead of going into stores, in the bathroom, while waiting for other people to use the bathroom, when I had guests, and basically every other moment when I should have been doing something else. I was addicted. I was shocked. I’ve noticed a trend in YA novels that the second book in the series tends to disappoint the most (for example, the introduction of the inevitable love […]


Summer Reading Series 2013: A Beautiful Dark

Posted May 22, 2013 in Books, Reviews / 0 Comments
Summer Reading Series 2013: A Beautiful Dark

A Beautiful Dark by Jocelyn Davies My rating: 3 of 5 stars I’m a sucker for paranormal angel books. It may be the religion major, or the Catholic, in me but I find this concept so much more intriguing then the vampire/werewolf/etc realm, probably because it is based in a concept that so many people believe in and it’s interesting to see what an author will do with an already established belief in a fantasy genre. Yet so often the YA angel/fallen angel stories fall flat. The only series I have found that catches my interest is the Hush Hush […]