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The Undoing of Thistle Tate by Katelyn Detweiler | ARC Review

Posted August 11, 2019 in Books, Reviews / 0 Comments
The Undoing of Thistle Tate by Katelyn Detweiler | ARC Review

*Thank you so much to Holiday House Publicity and the Publisher for providing a free copy in exchange for an honest review!* I’ve been a fan of Katelyn Detweiler’s since I read her debut novel, Immaculate, which explored themes of faith, religion, and miracles in modern society. I found it incredibly well written and thoughtful in its approach to question the inexpiable. So when I was offered the opportunity to read her newest novel that provided an inside look into the publishing world, I quickly accepted. The Undoing of Thistle Tate follows Thistle, a prolific teen author who has penned […]


Mini Review Round-Up: The Boy is Back, These Shallow Graves, & Afterward

Posted November 28, 2016 in Reviews / 2 Comments
Mini Review Round-Up: The Boy is Back, These Shallow Graves, & Afterward

The Boy is Back was one of my most highlight anticipated books of the year. I loved the other installments in Meg Cabot’s Boy companion series, back when email was still a novelty, and I was excited to see her return to the technology format for this book (the story is told entirely through texts/emails/online news sources/etc.) While this book was a quick, light read, it seemed to be missing some of the charm of Meg’s older books. The romance felt sort of flimsy and the premise of the whole book was sort of strange and wacky in a way […]


Why Bad Reviews Don’t Mean Regrets

Posted February 26, 2015 in Discussions / 24 Comments
Why Bad Reviews Don’t Mean Regrets

As a book blogger, negative reviews are ultimately something that are going to wind up on my blog. Not every book is going to click with me, and I’m very upfront how I feel about what I read. My reviewing guidelines for books is to always be honest while being respectful. I don’t trash talk authors, and if a book overwhelmingly didn’t work for me but there were still elements I liked, I am sure to mention the good and the bad aspects. Writing negative reviews is inevitable, and usually isn’t fun for the blogger to write or for the […]


The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson- Review

Posted March 13, 2014 in Books, Reviews / 0 Comments
The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson- Review

The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson My rating: 3.5/5 Stars Publisher: VIKING (A division of Penguin) Length: 391 pgs Format: Hardcover, checked out from local library Goodreads Synopsis: For the past five years, Hayley Kincain and her father, Andy, have been on the road, never staying long in one place as he struggles to escape the demons that have tortured him since his return from Iraq. Now they are back in the town where he grew up so Hayley can attend school. Perhaps, for the first time, Hayley can have a normal life, put aside her own […]


Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo Review

Posted March 9, 2014 in Books, Reviews / 5 Comments
Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo Review

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo My rating: 4 of 5 stars Publisher: Henry Holt and Co Length: 432 pgs Series: The Grisha #2 Format: Hardcover, checked out from local library Goodreads Synopsis: Darkness never dies. Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land. She finds starting new is not easy while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. She can’t outrun her past or her destiny for long. The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a […]


Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo Review

Posted March 7, 2014 in Books, Reviews / 2 Comments
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo Review

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo My rating: 3 of 5 stars Publisher: Henry Holt and Co Length: 358 pgs Series: The Grisha #1 Format: Hardcover, checked out from local library Goodreads Synopsis The Shadow Fold, a swathe of impenetrable darkness, crawling with monsters that feast on human flesh, is slowly destroying the once-great nation of Ravka. Alina, a pale, lonely orphan, discovers a unique power that thrusts her into the lavish world of the kingdom’s magical elite—the Grisha. Could she be the key to unravelling the dark fabric of the Shadow Fold and setting Ravka free? The Darkling, a […]