Category: Review


Review: Reached by Ally Condie

Posted 7 February, 2013 by Gabbie in Review / 1 Comment
Review: Reached by Ally Condie

Favorite Quote(s): “There is ebb and flow. Leaving and coming. Flight and fall. Sing and silent. Reaching and reached.” Favorite Character: I really like Ky’s character. He was determined to get Cassia safe and live happily ever after. First Line: “Every morning, the sun comes up and turns the earth red, and I think: This could be the day when everything changes.” My Musings: I can honestly say that Reached was everything that I was expecting–and possibly more. I’m sad to see this series end; I cannot believe that I won’t be reading about Cassia, Ky, and Xander again. It saddening that their tale has finally come to an end. As always, Condie has exceeded my expectations. Reached had an amazing ending, which served as a great wrapping up of the series. There were so many unexpected, as well as expected endings, and loose ties present throughout the last two novels were successfully tied up. One thing that I enjoyed a lot was watching the characters grow over the course of the series. I loved watching them go against authority and stand up for what they believed was right. They managed to get past all the obstacles thrown their way, and still come out with a positive attitude and hope for the future. I found that really amazing. I loved Cassia and Ky’s love. It has always stood out to […]


Review: My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

Posted 4 February, 2013 by Gabbie in Review / 5 Comments
Review: My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

Favorite Quote(s): “’Shhhh.’  He pulls on my lower lip gently with his teeth, then fits his mouth to mine. First so careful, and then so deep and deliberate, that I can’t think of anything at all but his smooth back under my hands.” “’Um. So … Are we going to study?’ Jase slides his thumbs behind my ears, rubbing the hollow at their base. He’s only inches from my face, still looking into my eyes. ‘You bet. I’m studying you.’” Favorite Character: Jase. He’s so cute and sweet and athletic and just all around a good guy. First Line: “The Garretts were forbidden from the start.” My Musings: I have to say, I’ve heard many great things about this book, so I had high expectations. However, this book exceeded them. This is one of the best contemporary romance books I have ever read–it may even be number one. Fitzpatrick created a romance that was both realistic as well as extremely adorable. The characters, Jase and Samantha, go through ups and downs in their relationship, which makes it more relatable. Samantha Reed is the ‘princess’, even though she acts nothing like one. Samantha is one of those girls who will do what she’s told, and she works hard for and exceeds in the things that she does. Although some had the misconception that she was a spoiled princess who didn’t have […]


Blog Tour: In The Band

Posted 3 February, 2013 by Gabbie in Blog Tour, Review / 2 Comments
Blog Tour: In The Band

Title: In the Band Author: Jean Haus Series: N/A Date Published: 10/19/2012 Publisher: Self Published Source: Recieved to review for blog tour     When family problems push Riley Middleton into giving up a percussion scholarship in another state and attending college from home, her friends push her to try out for a localrock band. Of course, Riley makes the band. She rules at the drums.      Riley soon finds out rock bands have a different dynamic than marching bands, especially when each of her male band mates has a major ego and is a major player. Two of them relentlessly flirt with her. The other—a dark, sexy rock god she can’t help being attracted to— is a total jerk and pushes her to quit. She becomes determined to ignore his rudeness and his hotness. Even if she was interested in jerks, a hook up would probably get her booted out of the ego-ridden band, and playing keeps her sane. Behind the drums, the world and her family’s troubles evaporate.      If she wants to stay in the band, Riley just has to ignore the growing sparks between her and her band enemy. But as she gets to know the man behind the stage persona, ignoring him proves to be more difficult than flowing through a time sig shift. *New Adult/Mature YA for language and sexual situations* Amazon | Barnes and […]


Review: Whispers at Moonrise by C.C. Hunter

Posted 31 January, 2013 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Review: Whispers at Moonrise by C.C. Hunter

Favorite Quote(s): “John rose to his feet and apologized to Holiday. Her mom seethed. Her dad tried to talk to her seething mom. Holiday tried to touch everyone. Burnett continued to glare green daggers at John, proving how hard it was for a vampire to accept an apology. Not that she blamed him. Kill him. Kill him. She cheered the vampire on. Lucas hadn’t stopped scowling at Derek and Derek hadn’t stopped ignoring Lucas.” Favorite Character: Kylie. She’s just a strong character. First Line: “Kylie Galen stood on the porch outside the Shadow Falls office, panic stabbing at her sanity.” My Musings: Whispers at Moonrise was another great installment in the Shadow Falls Series. In this novel, we follow Kylie in her search to find out what exactly she is, and what her father meant when he told her that she was a chameleon. Hunter’s writing in this novel was great, just as the previous books. Hunter’s writing was descriptive and personable, and it enabled the reader to relate directly with Kylie. I really enjoyed Kylie’s character. She’s strong willed and determined to find out what she is. She makes sacrifices for this information, and yet she plows on. She’s a headstrong and intelligent character, and the way she acts and matures over the novel is admirable. Another character that I like is Della. She’s protective and somewhat rude, but I […]


Blog Tour: Nobody But Us

Posted 28 January, 2013 by Gabbie in Blog Tour, Giveaway, Review / 2 Comments
Blog Tour: Nobody But Us

Title: Nobody But Us Author: Kristin Halbrook Series: N/A Publisher: HarperTeen Publication Date: January 29, 2013 Source: eARC received from publisher for blog tour     Bonnie and Clyde meets IF I STAY in this addictively heart-wrenching story of two desperate teenagers on the run from their pasts.      They’re young. They’re in love. They’re on the run.      Zoe wants to save Will as much as Will wants to save Zoe. When Will turns eighteen, they decide to run away together. But they never expected their escape to be so fraught with danger….      When the whole world is after you, sometimes it seems like you can’t run fast enough.      Nobody But Us, told in alternating perspectives from Will and Zoe, is an unflinching novel, in turns heartbreaking and hopeful, about survival, choices, and love…and how having love doesn’t always mean that you get a happy ending. Described as “beautiful, heartbreaking, and exhilarating” by Kody Keplinger, author of The DUFF, Nobody But Us will prove irresistible to fans of Nina Lacour, Jenny Han, and Sara Zarr. Goodreads | Amazon | B&N About the Author Kristin Halbrook is a Seattleite who loves good coffee, good food, good music, good sports, good causes, and good reads. She’s both intense and a goofball, introverted and gregarious. Nobody But Us is her debut novel. Official site | Twitter | Goodreads   Favorite Quote […]


Review: Kiss of Death by Rachel Caine

Posted 26 January, 2013 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Review: Kiss of Death by Rachel Caine

Favorite Quote(s): “Shane was silent a moment, then let out a long breath. ‘I bet I could convince you if I could get through these bars…’ ‘You’d get arrested all over again.’ ‘Well, you’re just that tempting. Jailbait.’ He kissed her fingers, which made her shiver all over; his lips lingered warm on her skin, reminding her of what it felt like to be alone with him…” Favorite Character: Claire. She’s really coming into her own. First Line: “The way the Glass House worked, on a practical level, was that there was a schedule for the stuff that had to be done–cooking, cleaning, fixing things, laundry.” My Musings: Kiss of Death was an interesting installment in that it did not take place in the usual place of Morganville with the typical characters. Instead, this novel followed our favorite foursome, and their bodyguard, Oliver, as they trekked to Dallas, where Michael was set to record a demo. I found this novel the most interesting out of all of them. This is because it showed life outside of Morganville, which we have not seen more of. And let me tell you, it was not what I was expecting. I was not expecting all of the twists and turns that came from being outside of Morganville City limits. I thought that it would be a calm, relaxing installment, filled with fun, and only […]


Review: Fade Out by Rachel Caine

Posted 24 January, 2013 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Review: Fade Out by Rachel Caine

Favorite Quote(s): “‘It’s only a hunting spider, it won’t hurt you.’ ‘So not the point!’ ‘Oh, pish. It’s just another living creature. Nothing to be frightened of, if handled properly. I think I’ll call him Bob. Bob the spider.’ ‘You’re insane.’” “‘Silver nitrate and water in a super soaker,’ he told her. ‘My own invention. Ought to be good at twenty feet, kind of like wasp spray.’   Oh. ‘You get me the nicest things.’ ‘Anybody can get jewelry. Posers’” Favorite Character: Myrnin. He’s hilarious. First Line: “Eve Rosser’s high pitched scream rang out through the entire house, bouncing off every wall, and , like a Taser applied to the spine, it brought Claire out of a pleasant, drowsy cuddle with her boyfriend.” My Musings: Fade Out was a rather refreshing novel in the sense of Morganville. The evil vampire Bishop has been removed from ruling Morganville and all is well; that is, until Eve’s friend from the town’s play disappears. At that point, the gang finds out that the only danger lurking in Morganville is not only vampires. I rather enjoyed the plot of this novel. It was less vampire focused, which different from the previous novels. It was interesting to see what threat humans posed to the fate of Moganville. It further helped me understand the actual workings of the unique town of Morganville. The plot was not as […]


Review: Carpe Corpus by Rachel Caine

Posted 21 January, 2013 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Review: Carpe Corpus by Rachel Caine

Favorite Quote(s): “‘God, I needed you,’ he murmured. ‘I can’t even tell you how many times I thought about this. The funny thing is, I don’t need you any less now. I think I need you more.’” Favorite Character: Amelie. She really is humanized near the end of this novel. First Line: “‘Happy birthday, honey!’” My Musings: Carpe Corpus was yet another great installment in the Morganville Vampires series. It was interesting, very action packed, and overall a great novel about good versus evil. The plot of this novel was very interesting. We watched the fight between Amelie and her father, Bishop, who had taken control of Morganville. Claire, unfortunately, was drafted by Bishop, and a specially tattoo that was forced on her allowed Bishop to control her. Luckily, the influence of this spell wore off as the novel wen on. It was a long and tedious battle, complete with lies and deceit. However, all his hard work paid off, and the battle was completed with a relatively small amount of casualties. However, there was one in particular that absolutely broke my heart, and this character will be missed as I continue on with the series. The writing was very descriptive, as usual. The words were able to fling me into a life in Morganville as this battle raged on. And let me tell you, it was not a safe […]


Review: Lord of Misrule by Rachel Caine

Posted 19 January, 2013 by Gabbie in Review / 1 Comment
Review: Lord of Misrule by Rachel Caine

Favorite Quote(s): “‘In this whole screwed-up town, you’re the only thing that’s always been right to me,’ he whispered. ‘I love you, Claire.’ She saw something that might have been just a flash of panic go across his expression, but then he steadied again. ‘I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I do. I love you.’” “Claire stretched out against the wall and kissed it. ‘Glad to see you, too,’ she whispered, and pressed her cheek against the smooth surface. It almost felt like it hugged her back. ‘Dude, it’s a house,’ Shane said from behind her. ‘Hug somebody who cares.’” Favorite Character: Shane. He’s supa sweet! First Line: “It was all going wrong, and Morganville was burning—parts of it, anyway.” My Musings: You’d think that I would be used to Caine’s frustrating cliffhangers by now, yes? No. This one got to me again. Caine has this amazing gifts for cliffhangers, apparently. However, I cannot say that it is all bad. It keeps the reader interested in the series! Lord of Misrule was another fabulous installment to the Morganville Vampire series. In this novel, we follow the battle between Amelie and Bishop, and let me tell you, it was nothing short of interesting and exciting! There were a few things that stood out to me within this novel. I loved getting to see more Amelie as a human figure. Throughout the series, […]


Review: Asylum by K.A. Tucker

Posted 17 January, 2013 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Review: Asylum by K.A. Tucker

Check out my review of Anathema (Casual Enchantment #1) Favorite Quote(s): “Our eyes locked. I saw Caden’s eyes. The stunning green eyes I remembered, the eyes I thought I had lost forever. In that one look, eyery ounce of doubt, every moment of fear, every horrific memory washed away.” Favorite Character: Caden again! First Line: “‘Forgive me,’ I whispered, knowing my words would never reach her ears.” My Musings: Asylum was a great new installment in the Casual Enchantment series. In this novel, we learn more about the vampires, the curse, and the fate of the Earth. This novel, like the previous one, was a great and easy read. The writing itself was descriptive and enabled me to live the story through the eyes of Evangeline. The plot never failed to be entertaining, and there were twists and turns that I was not personally expecting! In this novel, we’re introduced to some new characters, including Julian, and we learn more about characters that were not as prevelant in the previous novel. I enjoyed learning more background information to the whole ordeal, and it enabled me to more fully understand what was going on plot wise. In this novel, the plot continues to tangle and thicken, and it was enjoyable through and through. Something I enjoyed a lot within this novel was the continuation of world building. We learned more and more […]