Review: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Posted 24 March, 2015 by Jamie Mariano in Review / 0 Comments
Review: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

“I’m a Red girl in a sea of Silvers and I can’t afford to feel sorry for anyone, least of all the son of a snake.” When there are stories that leave you up at 3:41 in the morning, wondering why haven’t I learned my lesson yet, then those are the stories worth talking about. I always try my best to stay away from hype, but sometimes, sometimes I just can’t resist. Red Queen was a good read. And while this story is indeed reminiscent of other YA favourites, it is Aveyard’s writing and world building that win you over. All her life, Mare has only known how to survive. As a Red, it’s the only thing that matters. Pickpocketing scraps for the family seems like the right thing to do, before she’s conscripted to a centuries-war fought by the Reds and won by the Silvers. Mare can’t afford to waste her time longing for a life elsewhere… that is, until her best friend is forced to join the war. To save her friend, Mare enters the Silvers’ elite society — one of privilege, power, secrets, and to her surprise, a revelation that would change history. Mare’s world is divided between Red and Silver, but what Aveyard reveals is a story much greyer than expected. Nothing’s certain in Red Queen. There are secrets. Betrayals. Lies. The history between the Reds and Silvers sprawls through centuries […]


Review: Broken by Lauren Layne

Posted 23 March, 2015 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Review: Broken by Lauren Layne

Check out my review of Isn’t She Lovely (Redemption #0.5) I read and enjoyed the prequel to this series, Isn’t She Lovely, so I was interested to see what Olivia’s story would be like. I enjoyed Broken as much as, if not more than, Isn’t She Lovely. Olivia’s story was more heartfelt and had more emotional drama than the story in Isn’t She Lovely. Olivia is hired as a companion for Paul Langdon—an injured war veteran who pushes everyone away. Paul kept the novel interesting with his emotional baggage that he was carrying. It was like a constant push-pull type of plot. It wasn’t boring and it was a captivating story, but it was more emotional than anything action-y. Olivia Middleton was the main female character. We hadn’t learned much about her personality in the prequel. She was an okay character. At times she came off as a bit spoiled but she had a good heart. She wasn’t by any means perfect and she was hiding some things within herself. She was a real character with feelings and she was pretty relatable, especially as the novel wore on. Paul was kind of a jerk. He pushed any and everyone away because of his injuries. He had some pretty traumatic experiences in his time in the service but I personally thought that was no excuse for the way he treated people. He definitely […]



Mini-Review: This Christmas by Katlyn Duncan

Posted 20 March, 2015 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Mini-Review: This Christmas by Katlyn Duncan

Check out my review of This Summer (This Summer #1) This Christmas was a novella that takes place after This Summer. I enjoyed This Summer so I was curious to read This Christmas. This novel picks up the Christmas after This Summer, so Hadley and Will have been dating for a little while. They’re off to spend Christmas in a rustic cabin. I thought that This Christmas was an incredibly cute winter read. It wasn’t, however, what I would consider fluffy. There was a bit of drama and Will was acting weird for a while, which of course, was concerning for their still-new relationship. I enjoyed how festive Hadley was. It was absolutely adorable. Will was a bit broody for the holidays, but all turned out well. It was a nice little peak back at the couple of This Summer that got me in the holiday spirit got me excited for whatever Katlyn Duncan writes next. About Katlyn Duncan Katlyn Duncan was born and raised in a small town in western Massachusetts. Her overactive imagination involved invisible friends, wanting to be a Disney Princess and making up her own stories. Her bibliophile mom always encouraged her love of reading and that stayed with her since. Even though she works full time in the medical field Katlyn has always made time for books, whether she is reading or writing them. Katlyn […]


Review: Wicked by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Posted 19 March, 2015 by Jessi Elliott in Review / 0 Comments
Review: Wicked by Jennifer L. Armentrout

She’s done it again, ladies and gents. Jennifer L. Armentrout has knocked my socks off. Wicked, a self-published first installment in a new series, was absolutely phenomenal. The characters were kick-ass and the story had a great balance of humor, romance, and ass-kicking good times.   Set in New Orleans, Wicked had me hooked. Maybe it’s my love for the setting (The Originals, hellooo.), but it just made the whole story that much more appealing to me. JLA has never written something that I didn’t enjoy, she knows how to tell a gripping, amazing story. As the story carried through I found myself super excited that it wasn’t a stand a lone novel, especially because I really want to explore the world of The Order and maybe hear some more stories from other characters. Ren and Ivy were interesting characters who I fell for and found myself easily connecting with, and Ivy’s journey – finding out what she really wanted and where she fit within The Order was a story I found myself loving from beginning to end. She wanted more from her life than to just be tied to The Order and so she applied for College and attended while still keeping up with her duties to The Order which I couldn’t help but admire. As this giant battle grew closer and closer and things were revealed (and I guessed the […]


Review: Anomaly by Tonya Kuper

Posted 18 March, 2015 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Review: Anomaly by Tonya Kuper

Anomaly was unlike any book I’ve read before. It was an interesting plot element—a gifted race of beings called the Oculi who could wish anything into existence. I found the concept intriguing and the world building was interesting in a scientific way. I had actually been learning about some of the chemistry-based knowledge that this book utilizes (as can be seen in the series name, Schrodinger’s Consortium) so it was easier for me to understand some of the explanations that came from the characters. I felt, however, as though maybe it can be more difficult for someone without that prior knowledge to understand. Regardless, it was an enjoyable novel. The dual POV really added depth to both of the main characters, Josie and Reid, and it gave a different perspective of what was going on than we would have had if there was only one narrator. It had great pacing and the book flew by. I enjoyed Josie’s character. She just had all types of things thrown at her! And she handled it graciously. I though that she was a a very brave character. She was also insanely smart, and it was kind of nice to hear the thoughts of an extremely intellectual character. I felt like some of her knowledge rubbed off on me, and if we are going to be completely honest, she probably helped out my chemistry […]


Review: Unethical by Jennifer Blackwood

Posted 16 March, 2015 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Review: Unethical by Jennifer Blackwood

When I saw the word medical, I was sold. After all, I am an aspiring doctor! Unethical was a unique novel for me. It was your standard new adult contemporary romance but its subject made it a lot more relatable and thus enjoyable for me. Payton Daniels is trying to make a new beginning at a new college. After all, there is a big scandal about her parents and assisted suicide, and Payton is afraid that it’ll ruin her chances at medical school. What she didn’t expect was to see her ex, Blake, again. They didn’t end on great terms—in fact, Payton just up and left. And Blake wasn’t too happy about that one. To make matters worse, they land a position at the same internship. There are still feelings between them, but a lot of baggage keeping the space large as ever. I think that what really made me enjoy this novel was its revolution around the subject of medical ethics. As an aspiring doctor, it was a unique experience for me to read about characters who were directly involved in something that I want to be involved in. Moreover, there was enough suspense about wondering if people would find out about Payton’s family and wondering what would happen between Blake and Payton to keep me practically glued to the book. I liked Payton. She came off a bit […]


Blog Tour Mini-Review: Before He Was a Secret by B..

Posted 13 March, 2015 by Gabbie in Blog Tour, Giveaway, Review / 1 Comment
Blog Tour Mini-Review: Before He Was a Secret by Becky Wicks

Check out my review of Before He Was Famous (Starstruck #1) [Buy on Amazon] Check out my review of Before He Was Gone (Starstruck #2) [Buy on Amazon] When I saw the invitation for this blog tour sitting in my inbox, I was so excited to join! I have read and enjoyed both of the companion novels in this series of standalones and really enjoyed them. This marks my third Becky Wicks novel and let me tell you, it definitely wasn’t a let down! Before He Was a Secret focuses on Stephanie, who we met in Before He Was Gone. I really liked seeing how Stephanie really was as a character, because in Before He Was Gone, she was portrayed in a different light than we find her character to be in this novel. I really enjoyed being able to see the real Stephanie, because she was pretty cool! She’s just moved to Nashville in order to fulfill her dream of making it big as a singer. In Nashville, she meets Conor, who she musically clicks with. But Conor is dealing with emotional problems of his own–he’s just broken up with a long time girlfriend and no one actually knows this fact. So as Stephanie and Conor grow closer and feelings start to show up, things get a bit complicated. And then you enter Travis into the equation–a songwriter who has lost […]


Review: Evertrue by Brodi Ashton

Posted 12 March, 2015 by Jessi Elliott in Discussion, Review / 0 Comments
Review: Evertrue by Brodi Ashton

I’m going to be blunt right now. I didn’t think I was going to finish Evertrue. The story just took a turn I really didn’t like, and I thought it was sort of a cop out to make a villainous character less of a villain. From the beginning of the series I pined for Cole and Nikki to end up together, even though I think I knew deep down that it wouldn’t work. It was wayyy too dysfunctional to be a justified option for the two characters. But still, I wanted it. Not that I disliked Nikki’s boyfriend, I didn’t. Jack was cool and his love for Nikki was beautiful. (But a tad boring for my tastes). I’ve just got this eternal love for the bad seeds I guess. The beginning picked up where we left off in Everbound and I liked that. Some books that end on cliffhangers do the whole, Six Months Later or whatever and it’s annoying. The rest of the story is quite the journey for all of the characters. It’s a race for Nikki and Jack to find Nik’s heart, stolen by Cole because he wants her for himself, to rule the Everneath beside him. (I’d do it. Pick me. Please. *waves hands*). Each of the characters face impossible tasks and are forced to overcome them and trust one another. This is the installment that really brings the whole […]


Review: Intensity by C.C. Koen

Posted 11 March, 2015 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Review: Intensity by C.C. Koen

I’m not actually sure what I feel about this novel. There were several things in it that were off-putting for me, but at the same time, I enjoyed some of it. The story follows Serena, who is in need of a job after her grandmother dies. She meets a girl who gets her into the escort business. But one little fact: Serena is a virgin. But alas, we need not be concerned: escorts in this business only have paid sex if they want to. So Serena agrees. And during her interview, she meets Linc Jefferson, owner of the club. And then things get interesting, especially after Linc deems her ‘exclusive.’ The plot in this novel was a little too fast paced for my liking. I felt like everything moved a bit too fast: the secrets, the events, the friendships, and the romance. It was a little unsettling how fast different things were happening. Serena was an okay character, I suppose. Her mind was in the right place. She was a bit too trusting for my liking, and too accepting of some of the things that were going on between her and Linc and the club. She wasn’t my favorite character, but at least she wasn’t annoying as all-get-out. Linc was kind of creepy, in my opinion. He was the tall, dark, and handsome type that broods. Your typical NA romance […]