Genre: Young Adult

Average Rating: 4.03


Review: An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Posted 14 May, 2015 by Jamie Mariano in Review / 1 Comment
Review: An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

“I never feared the night, not even as a child, but Blackcliff’s night is different, heavy with a silence that makes you look over your shoulder, a silence that feels like a living thing.” SEQUEL? Sequel. Need sequel. Tell me there’s a sequel. There’s always something captivating about a book that refuses to let your fingers pry itself from its pages. An Ember in the Ashes is like that, with a little hint of something… more. Again, we come across a hybrid novel of fantasy and dystopia, and again, it works. Though the novel presents a world that is left slightly unanswered, Tahir gives readers an enticing spark of a story with characters you just can’t leave behind. Laia and the remaining members of her family live under the Martial Empire. It’s tyranny at its finest, and for Laia and the rest of the oppressed Scholar people, it’s useless to fight back. But when her brother is taken away by the Empire’s soldiers, all Laia has left is to fight — even if it means infiltrating the Empire’s most dangerous walls: Blackcliff Academy. For Elias, Blackcliff Academy’s walls breed nothing but heartless, brutal weapons for the Empire. He knows this because he’s one of the academy’s top soldiers, trained to enforce the Empire’s cruelty on command. But as promising as his future is in Blackcliff, what Elias desires is far more dangerous: freedom. When Laia and Elias cross paths […]


Review: The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord

Posted 25 March, 2015 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Review: The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord

How to Begin Again 1. Parties/social events 2. New Group 3. Date 4. Travel 5. Swim The Start of Me and You follows Paige Hancock’s life after Aaron, her boyfriend of two months, drowned in a freak accident. Since then, she’s been known for that and that alone—the girl whose boyfriend drowned. Never mind that they had only been dating for a couple of months. And Paige wants a change—she wants her junior year to be better. So Paige, being the type A personality that she is, makes a list and so The Start of Me and You follows along Paige’s journey to complete her list. The Start of Me and You was a good read but unfortunately, it wasn’t anything extraordinary for me. I enjoyed Lord’s writing style—she would throw in quirky things like the names people were known as. Specifically, things like “the boy whose sister had cancer” and “the girl whose boyfriend drowned.” I thought that these nicknames gave to book a lighter feel even though it dealt with sad things. The thing that was off-putting about this novel for me was Paige’s character. She was constantly feeling guilt over enjoying her life because Aaron died, to the point where it got annoying. I get grieving characters, but this felt a bit over the top especially because, as Paige loved to point out, she had only dating the […]


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: 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: 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 […]


Mini-Review: One Two Three by Elodie Nowodazkij

Posted 6 March, 2015 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Mini-Review: One Two Three by Elodie Nowodazkij

I enjoyed One, Two, Three. It was a good story with an interesting mystery element to it as the reader tried to figure out what happened to the main character Natalya and her father in the car accident that killed him and shattered her dreams of becoming a professional ballerina. Natalya was a good character. She was dealing with quite a few hard to deal with things and she had a bit of a problem coping with them, but I thought that she was a relatable character. She was still a strong and steadfast character, at least in my opinion. I truly felt sympathy for her character as the book went on, knowing how much dancing had meant for her. I hurt when she hurt. Antonio had his own problems. He was definitely a pretty swoony book boy. He was a sexy soccer player on the outside, but he was really sweet with Natalya. He wasn’t explicitly well developed but his addition to the novel was seemingly the romance, which was one of those sweet ones with a slow build up. I thought that the two characters were sweet together. One, Two, Three was a pretty emotional story about losing things that you love and learning to move past them. It certainly gave my some feels!


Review: Don’t Look Back by Jennifer L. Armen..

Posted 5 March, 2015 by Jessi Elliott in Review / 0 Comments
Review: Don’t Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Being that this is a Jen Armentrout book, my expectations going in were high. Her writing has never let me down and continues not to. Don’t Look Back grabbed my attention from the start and held on tight until it was over. However, this is definitely my least favourite JLA book. Maybe it was the genre, or the absence of Daemon or Jax, but it is what it is. Samantha – The main character, the girl who lost everything but got a chance at a new life. She goes through a lot throughout the story and I admire her strength. I wouldn’t ever want to be in her shoes (even though she owns really nice shoes), but hey, I’d totally take Carson for a spin. Scott – The brother, from the start I had mixed opinions about him. I just had this feeling that he knew way more than he was letting on. He was a bit too shady for my comfort, but I was happy to be wrong about him. Scott was actually a cool guy, and a really supportive brother. Loved him. Carson – The Book Boyfriend. JLA and her swoon-worthy boys, man oh man. Carson and Sam were friends a long time ago and fell apart when she fell into popularity. Not until after the accident did they become close again, and I shipped it. Really hard. […]


Review: Love Story by Jennifer Echols

Posted 26 February, 2015 by Jessi Elliott in Review / 0 Comments
Review: Love Story by Jennifer Echols

The moment I found out this story was based around two characters writing about each other I. Was. Hooked. Basically, the main character Erin is living my dream (somewhat). She is living in New York City, majoring in Creative Writing, and working in a café. All is well (aside from the fact her dear old grandmother snubbed her trust fund because she wouldn’t major in business and take over the family farm because she wanted to pursue her dream), and she is enjoying her Creative Writing class. Until she’s written a story inspired from her past, where she gets her happy ending with the guy she loves. Except this guy is real, he stole her inheritance and now he’s in her Creative Writing class. Hunter. Ohh, Hunter. He’s… well one of the most impossible and perfect book boyfriends I’ve come across. He doesn’t mind at all that he stole Erin’s entire life, but at the same time I just could not hate him. Maybe it was because he was a writer. And hot. He was a huge part of Erin’s past and now that he was back in it (whether she wanted him there or not), I figured it was only a matter of time before they got together. When they went to the horse race with the rest of the gang there were some definite sparks and I got […]


Review: Touch of Mischief by C.L. Stone

Posted 25 February, 2015 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Review: Touch of Mischief by C.L. Stone

Check out my review of Introductions (The Ghost Bird Series #1) Check out my review of First Days (The Ghost Bird Series #2) Check out my review of Friends vs. Family (The Ghost Bird Series #3) Check out my review of Forgiveness and Permission (The Ghost Bird Series #4) Check out my review of Drop of Doubt (The Ghost Bird Series #5) Check out my review of Push and Shove (The Ghost Bird Series #6) Check out my review of House of Korba (The Ghost Series #7) Touch of Mischief is a short story that takes place during House of Korba. I thought that Touch of Mischief was a really cute short that gave a glimpse into the workings of the Academy group and how Sang was integrating with them. It was a hilarious story that I was sad to see end. It was actually too short in my opinion (but probably because I am in dire need of more Academy boys!). In this short, we got a glimpse of how the boys celebrate Halloween, and it definitely got me excited to see what happens during Christmas. Overall, it was a cute and funny read that got me excited for the books to come.


Review: House of Korba by C.L. Stone

Posted 23 February, 2015 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Review: House of Korba by C.L. Stone

Check out my review of Introductions (The Ghost Bird Series #1) Check out my review of First Days (The Ghost Bird Series #2) Check out my review of Friends vs. Family (The Ghost Bird Series #3) Check out my review of Forgiveness and Permission (The Ghost Bird Series #4) Check out my review of Drop of Doubt (The Ghost Bird Series #5) Check out my review of Push and Shove (The Ghost Bird Series #6) If I had to say which boy this book revolved around, it would have to be Silas. It was interesting to see more of his background, especially because it definitely complicated the plot. That being said, this book revolved around three things—Sang’s growing attraction for all of the boys, the homecoming dance that may be the target of a bomb threat, and Silas’ past and family catching up with them and threatening to pull him under. That being said, like all of the Academy books so far, this book was absolutely interesting and engaging. It would appear as though C.L. Stone is nowhere near losing her momentum as she blasts through these books—interested of things getting boring, they are constantly getting more interesting, which is a hard thing to achieve with 7.5 books in the series so far. And one more thing that I would like to mention—the way the Stone incorporates characters from the companion series, The Scarab Beetle […]