Category: Review


Review: School Spirits by Rachel Hawkins

Posted 25 April, 2013 by Gabbie in Review / 2 Comments
Review: School Spirits by Rachel Hawkins

Favorite Quote(s)*: “‘You are my new hero. Seriously, I might actually be in love with you now. Would it be awkward if we made out?’” Favorite Character: Dex. He was funny and unique and definitely not your typical boy—it made me love him all the more! First Line*: “Killing a vampire is actually a lot easier than you’d think.” My Musings: Rachel Hawkins became a favorite author of mine after I had the pleasure of reading the Hex Hall series. And just as I fell in love with that series’ characters and plot, the same has happened with her new novel. School Spirits was an intriguing mix of hilarity and action, with your needed dosage of romance. I can honestly say that it is everything that I was expecting—and more. I really enjoyed the story line of this novel. It was interesting to see the life of the Brannicks, especially after we were exposed to who they were in the Hex Hall series. I loved seeing the other side of the Prodiguim world that Rachel Hawkins has created. The plot of this novel was interesting and captivating. Set mostly in a high school setting, it was fun to watch Izzy adapt to regular life. And the tie in of a ghost haunting the high school? Genius. It gave just the right balance of normal and paranormal. There was never a […]


Review: Requiem by Lauren Oliver

Posted 23 April, 2013 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Review: Requiem by Lauren Oliver

Favorite Quote(s): “But maybe happiness isn’t in the choosing. Maybe it’s in the fiction, in the pretending: that wherever we have ended up is where we intended to be all along.” “This is what amazes me: that people are new every day. That they are never the same. You must always invent them, and they must always invent themselves, too.” Favorite Character: Lena. She has really matured over the course of the series, and has learned to fight for what she believes in. First Line: “I’ve started dreaming of Portland again.” My Musings: I have to start by saying that Lauren Oliver is a phenomenal author–The Delirium series is one that I’ve loved since the first novel. Requiem was no different. Oliver created a new world where love was a disease. And there were the resistors. Those who wanted, and fought for, the decision to choose. The writing and world building of this novel were very interesting. The concept of a loveless world was something that you don’t see very often. The fact that Oliver was able to take that idea and make it her own is very inspiring. The prose itself was fluent. The story flowed very well, while switching back and forth between Lena and Hana’s points of view. I immensely enjoyed Lena’s narration, but it was hard to get into Hana’s. That may be simply because she […]


Blog Tour: Date Me by Jillian Dodd

Posted 19 April, 2013 by Gabbie in Blog Tour, Giveaway, Review / 1 Comment
Blog Tour: Date Me by Jillian Dodd

Title: Kiss Me Author: Jillian Dodd Series: The Keatyn Chronicles #2 Publication Date: November 28th, 2012 I’ve always written scripts for my perfect life. But no way could I have ever scripted this. My life is so far from perfect, it’s not even funny. All because of a stalker. I’m at a boarding school, where I have to lie about who I am. I can’t see my family. I’m tutoring a hottie god that tortures me with his smile. The most popular girl already hates me. But there’s this boy. This hot, sweet, sexy boy. So I’m going to stop trying to script my life and just live it. Because who knows how long I have left. Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble Check out my review of Stalk Me (Keatyn Chronicles #1) Check out my review of Kiss Me (Keatyn Chronicles #2) Favorite Quote(s): “‘You can have two lives. The image you present to the world, and the you that you are at home. Mom told me the other day that it doesn’t matter what everyone thinks. It only matters what the people you love think.’” “You can’t fully love anyone until you learn to love yourself.” Favorite Character: Riley. Or Aiden…they’re both super adorable! First Line: “I float my way to French class on cloud nine.” My Musings: I’ve been following this series now for a while, and I must say […]


Review: Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Posted 18 April, 2013 by Gabbie in Review / 4 Comments
Review: Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Check out my review of Divergent (Divergent #1) Favorite Quote(s): “’We’re all right, you know,’ he says quietly. ‘You and me. Okay?’ My chest aches, and I nod. ‘Nothing else is all right.’ His whisper tickles my cheek. ‘But we are.’” “Like a wild animal, the truth is too powerful to remain caged.” Favorite Character: Tobias. He’s cute and brave and he loves Tris. First Line: “I wake with his name in my mouth.” My Musings: Insurgent was one of my top reads this year so far. Roth blew me away with Divergent. However, this novel blasted me off of the planet. Roth’s writing is brilliant. It’s unique, descriptive, and captivate. The plot over the course of this novel was astounding. There were so many twists and turns, I’m surprised that I had the ability to keep up with them. There were absolutely no dull spots within this novel. There was always something happening, and that is something that is somewhat rare in YA writing. I loved the dystopian world that Roth continued to evolve. The world where people are split into factions–but that system has begun to go downhill. This made for a world full of adventure, and oh how much adventure there was! The characters, like the previous book, were very well developed. We got more insight into the world of Tris and Four. Tris continues to become […]


Blog Tour: Things I Can’t Forget by Miranda ..

Posted 13 April, 2013 by Gabbie in Blog Tour, Review, Top Tens List / 4 Comments
Blog Tour: Things I Can’t Forget by Miranda Kenneally

Check out my review of Stealing Parker (Hundred Oaks #2) Favorite Quote(s): “Learning is never a bad thing. And neither is changing your mind about things…It’s always good to reevaluate. To think and consider all sides.” “My favorite is when an eight year old girl named Lizzie sings ‘Jesus Loves Me’ in the purest voice, and when she gets scared and I think she might run off the stage, Matt sings along with her as he strums his guitar. Leaning against a tree, as bugs chirp around me, as warm wind rustles the branches, that’s when I know it for real. I want him.” Favorite Character: Definitely Matt. He’s cute and he really has insecurities of his own. First Line: “Girls like me do not buy pregnancy tests.” My Musings: Miranda Kenneally is quickly becoming my favorite young adult contemporary novelist. Like the companion novels Catching Jordan and Stealing Parker, Things I Can’t Forget is a great novel about finding oneself. And of course you get your cute romance! Things I Can’t Forget follows Kate Kelly as she develops her religious beliefs with God. In the beginning of the novel, Kate is a diehard ‘Jesus-freak’, to the point where she is judgment about anything that can be considered a sin. So when her best friend, Emily, becomes pregnant and Kate helps her get an abortion, Kate tears herself up with guilt. We […]


Review: The Prelude by KaSonndra Leigh

Posted 12 April, 2013 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Review: The Prelude by KaSonndra Leigh

Favorite Quote(s): “At the end of my song, the Maestro strolls toward me and holds a bouquet of yellow roses up to my face. The scent is as airy and fresh as the color on the flowers. A small box sits on top. ‘For the star of my show and my life,’ he says in a deeply accented way that drives me insane. He wears his hair slicked back and the tapered design of the tuxedo shows off his well-toned frame. He’s totally stunning today.” “‘Bring my son back to me, Erin. I have faith in your love for him. Thousands of miles couldn’t separate you. Or time, or even my schemes. What’s all this but just a tiny hitch in the grand scheme of things that has been set up for the two of you?’” Favorite Character: Alek. He had an accent, was hot, and was completely swoon worthy! First Line: “If I draw this guy’s face wrong one more time, I swear I’m just going to throw the damn pad out the window.” My Musings: The thing I love about self published works is that you get to discover absolutely amazing novels that aren’t very well known, and then get to share them with the world. The Prelude by KaSonndra Leigh was a diamond amongst self published novels. I am so glad that I was given the opportunity to […]


Review: The Collector by Victoria Scott

Posted 4 April, 2013 by Gabbie in Review / 4 Comments
Review: The Collector by Victoria Scott

 Favorite Quote(s): “My eyes widen at the sight of her. This is the girl Boss Man is after? She looks like a porcelain doll…beat three times with an ugly stick.” “‘There’s the guy who trained me, you sexy son-of-a-bitch. I knew you could do this. I told the assistant,’ I said, ‘Do you even know who you’re dealing with here? Pfft. Pfft.’ ‘You definitely didn’t say that.’ ‘Nope. I sure as hell didn’t…’” Favorite Character: I loved Charlie. She was sweet and kind, and even though she wasn’t that pretty on the outside, she was on the inside, which is a valuable trait. First Line: “I’m in a slump, off my game, throwing up bricks, swinging and missing.” My Musings: Victoria Scott’s debut novel was everything I was hoping for and more. I enjoyed this novel immensely, especially the interesting narration voice of Dante Walker. This novel is a must read for those who enjoy your typical bad boy and a whole lot of action. Dante Walker is our narrator for this novel. His voice is very interesting. At first, it was hard to get into. That is, until I realized that this was your typical teenage boy talking. Scott did a fantastic job in capturing the essence of a typical boy. Dante’s voice was hilarious, arrogant, and just overall entertaining. For example: “At the end of the walkway is […]


Blog Tour: Lonely Souls by Karice Bolton

Posted 30 March, 2013 by Gabbie in Blog Tour, Giveaway, Review / 0 Comments
Blog Tour: Lonely Souls by Karice Bolton

Author: Karice BoltonTitle: (Witch Avenue Series 1-3) Lonely Souls, Altered Souls, Released SoulsAge Group: New AdultGenre: Paranormal RomanceTour organized by: AToMR Tours (Follow the tour here)     It’s two weeks before Triss turns 18, and her world is about to change into the most magical one imaginable as she readies herself to enter The Witch Avenue Order… that is until her mother’s disappearance. Instead of celebrating her transformation, she finds herself spreading rose petals into her mother’s empty grave.      When Logan, her best friend from junior high, moves back to town for college, he vows to help her find the answers she so desperately seeks surrounding her mother’s disappearance. As they begin uncovering clues, it becomes apparent that the life of white magic they both grew up loving is not what the majority practices, and their lives are in danger.    With a haunting feeling that her mother may still be alive, she begins to hear a call to the wilderness. Triss realizes that in order to find the answers she needs, she must learn the ways of her ancestors and become the hunter, not the hunted before it’s too late, and she becomes part of the lonely souls. Lonely Souls is free on Amazon at this time        The realm of Altered Souls brings nothing but unrest, deceit, and pain forcing Triss to come face to face with […]


Review: The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden

Posted 25 March, 2013 by Gabbie in Review / 1 Comment
Review: The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden

Title: The Coincidence of Callie and KaydenAuthor: Jessica SorensenSeries: The Coincidence #1Publisher: Jessica SorensenPublishing Date: December 13, 2012Source: Bought     There are those who don’t get luck handed to them on a shiny platter, who end up in the wrong place at the wrong time, who don’t get saved. Luck was not on Callie’s side the day of her twelfth birthday when everything was stolen from her. After it’s all over, she locks up her feelings and vows never to tell anyone what happened. Six years later her painful past consumes her life and most days it’s a struggle just to breathe. For as long as Kayden can remember, suffering in silence was the only way to survive life. As long as he did what he was told, everything was okay. One night, after making a terrible mistake, it seems like his life might be over. Luck was on his side, though, when Callie coincidentally is in the right place at the right time and saves him. Now he can’t stop thinking about the girl he saw at school, but never really knew. When he ends up at the same college as Callie, he does everything he can to try to get to know her. But Callie is reserved and closed off. The more he tries to be part of her life, the more he realizes Callie might need to […]


Blog Tour: Boys of Summer by C.J Duggan

Posted 22 March, 2013 by Gabbie in Blog Tour, Giveaway, Review / 0 Comments
Blog Tour: Boys of Summer by C.J Duggan

Welcome to my stop on The Boys of Summer blog tour hosted by YA Bound.Click HERE to check out the full blog tour schedule! The Boys of Summer (Summer #1) by C.J. Duggan  Release Date: 12/17/12 294 pages    It seemed only natural to nickname them the ‘Onslow Boys’. Every time they swaggered in the front door of the Onslow Hotel after a hard week’s work, their laughter was loud and genuine as they settled onto their bar stools. I peeked through the restaurant partition, a flimsy divider between my world and theirs. I couldn’t help but smile whenever I saw them, saw him … Toby Morrison.    Quiet seventeen-year-old Tess doesn’t relish the thought of a summertime job. She wants nothing more than to forget the past haunts of high school and have fun with her best friends before the dreaded Year Twelve begins.    To Tess, summer is when everything happens: riding bikes down to the lake, watching the fireworks at the Onslow Show and water bomb fights at the sweltering Sunday markets.    How did she let her friends talk her into working?    After first-shift disasters, rude, wealthy tourists and a taunting ex-boyfriend, Tess is convinced nothing good can come of working her summer away. However, Tess finds unlikely allies in a group of locals dubbed ‘The Onslow Boys’, who are old enough to drive cars, drink beer and not worry about curfews.     Tess’s summer of working […]