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Mini-Review: Until Midnight by Melissa Landers

Posted 29 December, 2014 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Mini-Review: Until Midnight by Melissa Landers

Check out my review of Alienated (Alienated #1) Until Midnight was a short story that bridges the time between Alienated, the first book in the Alienated series, and Invaded, book two. Aelyx and Cara have twenty-four hours until he is sent back to Earth and Cara travels on to L’eihr. To make that special night special, Aelyx sets up a Christmas celebration for Cara. Until Midnight was deliciously adorable. I loved seeing Aelyx and Cara together. It was extremely sweet to see Aelyx trying to recreate the Earth-holiday to make Cara happy. It was also just the right dose of them to tide me over until book two! I though it set a good stage to get Invaded off to a great start. It made me a lot more excited to see more of them, especially with the four chapter preview of Invaded. Until Midnight was a cute Christmasy read that was just nice enough touch for Aelyx and Cara that has me pining for book two. And the best part? This short is free! So pick it up while you can and enjoy the Christmasy cuteness. About Melissa Landers Melissa Landers is a former teacher who left the classroom to pursue other worlds. A proud sci-fi geek, she isn’t afraid to wear her Princess Leia costume in public—just ask her husband and three kids. She lives outside Cincinnati in […]



Review: The Boys Next Door by Rosalie Lario

Posted 26 December, 2014 by Gabbie in Review / 2 Comments
Review: The Boys Next Door by Rosalie Lario

For some reason, I was drawn to this plot. I has the premise of two guys “sharing” a girl and usually that would immediately repel me, but I had been reading C.L. Stone’s Ghostbird and Scarab Beetle series, which also have that type of premise, so I figured that I would give it a try. Unfortunately, I did not like The Boys Next Door nearly as much as C.L. Stone’s novels. While C.L. Stone’s reverse polygamy premise feels actually somewhat natural an genuine, this felt forced. For the majority of the novel, it was the girl liking both neighbors and quasi-dating one and making out with the other. At the end, they decided to “share” her in a night of passion. I just did not enjoy it. It felt very on the surface and I felt like there was no genuine feelings other than lust between the characters, which made it just a threesome, which I did not enjoy reading at all. Moreover, the main character, Lexi, felt really flat over the course of the novel. She felt a bit airheaded for some reason in which I cannot discern. And the two boys Ben and Matt, best friends and neighbors, didn’t really react initially in a way that would later lead me to believe that they would propose sharing her. It just felt unrealistic overall. Unfortunately, this novel did not […]


Review: A Darker Past by Jus Accardo

Posted 17 December, 2014 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Review: A Darker Past by Jus Accardo

Check out my review of Darker Days (The Darker Agency #1) I really enjoyed the first novel in this series, Darker Days, so of course I had to read book two! A Darker Past follows Jessie and Lukas as they get themselves into yet another sticky situation of the paranormal kind. This time, Jessie has accidentally released a super-demon into the world and he is out for blood. A Darker Past was just as interesting as Darker Days. It was a really easy read with a good pace that kept me interested. It had me cracking up laughing at various points throughout the novel. There was a ton of drama in this novel, too—family drama, relationship drama, everything! It was definitely entertaining. Jessie was as much of a trouble-maker as usual. She was tough and sarcastic just as she was in book one. She is in servitude to a demon in this time around but that didn’t do anything to quell her spit-fire attitude. Jessie is always a fun character to read because of her internal and external dialogue. She never fails to give me a laugh! Lukas is a bit different in this novel—he’s been freed of Wrath but is now going through a different kind of change. He was a bit off in this novel because of it, but he was still a great character. Jessie and Lukas […]


Review: Rush by Eve Silver

Posted 8 December, 2014 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Review: Rush by Eve Silver

I’m usually not the type of person to read sci-fi dystopian novels, just because it is so hard for me to find one that I genuinely enjoy. However, I’ve seen great things about Eve Silver’s Rush so I thought I’d give it a try. Rush was a very interesting novel that definitely kept my interest. It was action packed and suspenseful. The premise was unlike anything that I’ve read so it was really something different for me. The pacing was fast but not hard to keep up with. There weren’t any boring points and I literally could not put the book down! Miki was the main protagonist. She was hit by a car saving a little girl and was pulled into the Game. I thought she was a very strong character, dealing with all of the things that they were forced to do in the game. She was also a great leader. She was determined and caring. She grew a lot in this novel, from shocked and curious girl to fearless leader, and I can’t wait to see how else she changes in the next novel. Jackson Tate has been in the Game since he was twelve years old. Jackson was definitely a mysterious book boy. He was kind of bipolar, sometimes nice, sometimes aloof. He was a nice character to try to get to know. His past is really […]


Review: Captured Love by Juliana Haygert

Posted 3 December, 2014 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Review: Captured Love by Juliana Haygert

I was approached by Juliana Haygert asking me to review this novel, which I had been eyeing anyways, so I just had to give it a try. I’m glad that I did. Captured Love was a really nice contemporary read. Jessica Hayes returns to town after four years to make amends with her dying father. She was expecting that challenge, but what she wasn’t expecting was Ryan Dawson—half the reason she left—to be there too. Ryan is intent on avoiding Jessica this time around, especially with what happened four years prior. But Jessica becomes curious: why is a cop following Ryan around? Why is he working for a charity building houses? And as you know, curiosity killed the cat. The two of them are drawn together once again, but there is major baggage that they need to sort through before they can be together. There was a lot of history-fueled drama that kept me hooked once I started reading. I liked Jessica’s character. Sure, I didn’t like the fact that she ran away from her problems, especially once I figured out why, but other than that, she was a nice, relatable character. She was driven and willing to face years of hurt in order to reconcile with her dying father, especially after initially being rejected and dismissed by him the first time she visits. I think that she exhibited some […]


Review: French Kissed by Chanel Cleeton

Posted 1 December, 2014 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Review: French Kissed by Chanel Cleeton

Check out my review of I See London (International School #1) Check out my review of London Falling (International School #2) I had been wondering about our favorite French girl Fleur–and I was so excited when I heard that she would get a book and a story! Fleur hides behind a mask of indifference while in reality, she is struggling with a lot of things. When she is paired with her enemy since freshman year, Max, on a project in class, both of them are less than excited. Sure, they’ve been crushing on each other for a while…but they don’t get along and that is that. But as they start opening up to each other, the less they can resist the attraction pulling them together. I definitely liked French Kissed as much as Samir and Maggie’s story, probably because they were so different. The circumstances, the characters, everything. This novel was really hard for me to put down once I started it–and that didn’t bode well for all the homework I needed to get done! French Kissed was filled with romance, tension, and drama–just what I was hoping for. There was definitely more to Fleur than what meets the eye and I liked seeing the vulnerability of her character that we only glimpsed in Maggie and Samir’s books. Fleur was an intriguing character to read because everything about her was […]


Review: Liar by C.L. Stone

Posted 29 November, 2014 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Review: Liar by C.L. Stone

Check out my review of Thief (The Scarab Beetle Series #1) I absolutely adored Book One, Thief, and I couldn’t wait to see what happened next for Kayli and the boys. Liar wasn’t quite as action packed as book one, but it definitely was as interesting and engaging. There was definitely a lot of action in this installment–this time, set in Florida on a supposedly easy mission gone complicated. This book also had a lot more emotional drama than book one–Kayli is getting deeper into the works of the Academy, but the return of our favorite billionaire playboy, Blake, brings some doubts to the surface, turning Kayli’s life into one big mystery. Kayli got a bit annoying at times in this novel. She let the doubt that Blake implanted into her mind manifest and it made her do some stupid things. But other than that, she was just as tough and fearless as always. She is becoming more and more of an Academy girl and I am interested to see what happens in the next installment with Kayli in regards to the Academy. Like in the previous novels, we have our six boys: Axel, Corey, Brandon, Blake, Raven, and Marc. Going into this book, I was firmly on the side of the Academy boys and anti-Blake, but the events in this novel definitely put Blake closer to my liking-side. And now, […]


Thanksgiving Book Deals and Steals

Posted 26 November, 2014 by Gabbie in Kindle Deals / 0 Comments
Thanksgiving Book Deals and Steals

Here’s some kindle deals for your Thanksgiving holiday! Happy reading! (: Free Thief by C.L. Stone (RECOMMENDED) Touch of Mischief by C.L. Stone Kiss Me by Jillian Dodd The Probability of Violet and Luke by Jessica Sorensen Flight by Alyssa Rose Ivy (RECOMMENDED) 99 cents The Deepest Night by Shana Abe The Collector by Victoria Scott (RECOMMENDED) $1.25 Be with Me by Jennifer Armentrout (RECOMMENDED) Rome by Jay Crownover $1.99 The Taking by Kimberly Derting Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi Grave Mercy by Robin Lafevers How to Love by Katie Cotugno Variant by Robison Wells Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge (RECOMMENDED) The Hit List by Nikki Urang (RECOMMENDED) Rule by Jay Crownover Carrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon Hold On Tight by Abbi Glines Breathe by Abbi Glines $2.00 Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover Rusty Nailed by Alice Clayton Beautiful Oblivion by Jamie McGuire Bad for You by Abbi Glines $2.50 Redeemed by P.C. + Kristen Cast Cress by Marissa Meyer Rowdy by Jay Crownover $2.75 Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead $2.99 Enclave by Ann Aguire The Fault in Our Stars by John Green If I Stay by Gayle Forman The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo Crossed by Ally Condie (RECOMMENDED) City of Bones by Cassandra Clare (RECOMMENDED) Divergent by Veronica Roth (RECOMMENDED) Marked by P.C. + Kristen Cast (RECOMMENDED) Crewel by Gennifer Albin The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black Anna […]


Why there haven’t been many posts lately

Posted 26 November, 2014 by Gabbie in Uncategorized / 0 Comments
Why there haven’t been many posts lately

So as you may have noticed, there haven’t been many posts on here lately. I’ve been swamped with adjusting to the academic rigor at my new university, Princeton. It’s been taking a lot of my time and my effort in order to keep my head above water here, and my reading and blogging has been taking the hit.I’ve also been struggling with a few personal problems. I am, however, going to try my best to start carving out time in my schedule in order to fit more of it in. I love reading and I love sharing my thoughts on the books that I’ve read. I love the interaction with authors. And I don’t want to lose that. It might take a while for me to get back to posting three to five times per week, but I am going to give it another shot. I just wanted to let anyone who may still read this blog that I haven’t abandoned it, and I hope to get it back to being somewhat active in the near future.