Category: Review


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, […]


Review: Bully by Penelope Douglas

Posted 5 November, 2014 by Abbey in Review / 0 Comments
Review: Bully by Penelope Douglas

Once upon a time, Tate and Jared were the best of friends. They were inseparable. Until one day, Jared turned on Tate. He began turning her life into a nightmare. For unknown reasons, Jared started to bully her. Rumors  spread and pranks were pulled. It all made high school a terrible experience for Tate, so she decides to go to France for a year. When she returns, she is determined to have a new attitude. She resolves to not only stand up for herself, but to fight back too. I had serious problems with this book. The biggest issue I had with it is that it’s a romance novel. For two years, Jared did everything in his power to make Tate miserable. I can’t believe Tate would date him after all of the stuff that he did to her. Yes, he had his issues, but that doesn’t make what he did okay. I knew what the story was going to be about before I started reading it, I just didn’t expect the material to bother me as much as it did. Tate was one of the only redeeming aspects of this novel. It was great to see her become stronger and stand up to Jared. It felt like she forgave him too fast though. I’m not saying that she should have held a grudge against him forever, but with everything […]


Review: Nevermore by Kelly Creagh

Posted 3 November, 2014 by Abbey in Review / 0 Comments
Review: Nevermore by Kelly Creagh

Isobel Lanley and Varen Nethers run in different crowds. As a cheerleader, she hangs out with her squad and the jocks, while he’s friends with the outcasts. Their differences have caused them to have horrible opinions of each other. Needless to say, they are less than thrilled when they get paired together for an English project. However, as they spend time working on it, they start to see a different side of each other.  Before long, Isobel finds herself being drawn into Varen’s dark, strange world. Her life begins to change when weird things start taking place around her. I’ve never read anything like Nevermore. The book was unbelievably unique. Creagh created characters and a world that had me intrigued from the very first line.  Nevermore has around 550 pages. Despite that, I finished it in a day. I just couldn’t put it down. They say you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover and that’s definitely true for Isobel. At first glance, Isobel is the stereotypical cheerleader. Vain and judgmental are just a couple of the qualities she seems to possess at the beginning of the book. As the pages turn, however, it becomes evident that she doesn’t quite live up to the stereotype. There’s a lot more to her than what meets the eye. Varen might just top my list of book boys. He was that great. The […]


Review: Of Neptune by Anna Banks

Posted 11 October, 2014 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Review: Of Neptune by Anna Banks

Check out my review of Of Poseidon (The Syrena Legacy #1) Check out my review of Of Triton (The Syrena Legacy #2) “‘Emma, I will love you with every breath in my body and beyond my own death. I swear to be your shield, your protector, your worshipper. There is nothing I will deny you. I am yours.’” I loved the first two novels in this trilogy so I had to see the conclusion to Galen and Emma’s story. This novel picks up a little bit after the last one. Emma and Galen travel to the town of Neptune where they discover a town where Syrena and Half-Bloods live in harmony with humans and swim in freshwater. While Emma feels a part of the little town, Galen hates it. After an argument, Galen leaves to tell Grom about the city and is kidnapped. Meanwhile, Emma stays and begins getting closer to a Half-Blood, Reed, until they get themselves into trouble as well. I enjoyed this novel even better than the others. The characters really got themselves into some real predicaments. There was never a lack of anything happening. The point of view alternated between Emma’s first person and Galen’s third person so we got to see both events progressing at the same time. The thing I liked best about this novel was that there wasn’t just one evil villain—there were […]


Review: One Tiny Lie by K.A. Tucker

Posted 9 October, 2014 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Review: One Tiny Lie by K.A. Tucker

Check out my review of Ten Tiny breaths (Ten Tiny Breaths #1) “Life has a funny way of creating it’s own tests. It throws curve balls that make you do and think and feel things that are in direct conflict with what you had planned and don’t allow you to operate in terms of black and white.” I enjoyed Tucker’s novel about Livie’s sister, Kacey, so I wanted to read Livie’s story. I am going to start by saying that Livie’s story is immensely different than Kacey’s partly because Livie’s coping mechanism was the complete opposite of Kacey’s. Regardless of this, there was still just as much emotional baggage as Ten Tiny Breaths. Livie’s story takes place, for the most part, at Princeton, which is where I’ll be going to school in the fall. Going into the novel, I had a feeling that the continuities between Princeton in real life and Princeton in this story would be nonexistent and that this story would be harder to read for me because it wasn’t accurate. Although there were mild distinctions, I was for the most part impressed with Tucker’s portrayal of Princeton. She put in the research to make sure that it was portrayed accurately. Moving on to the plot, I didn’t quite like the characters or their actions as much as I did in Ten Tiny Breaths. These characters had some […]