Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens

Average Rating: 4

Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Ma..

Posted 26 May, 2015 by Jamie Mariano in Review / 1 Comment
Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

“I was loosened, a top whirling around and around, and I didn’t know who I danced with or what they looked like, only that I had become the music and the fire and the night, and there was nothing that could slow me down.” Sarah J. Maas has done it again. What it is, I don’t quite know, but I’m still recovering. A Court of Thorns and Roses is an incredible retelling with a faerie twist, and if it was any other author I would have been weary. Like her Throne of Glass series, Maas’ writing is effortless, with perfect pacing, and characters that are to-die for — a sure breathtaking read for all fantasy and fairytale lovers. Feyre and her family are poor and impoverished, yet they are still above begging for food and clothing… for now. For now, Feyre is the sole provider for her weak father and two older sisters, which means she must hunt and bargain just to keep her family alive. So when she encounters a seemingly ordinary wolf preying after the same doe, Feyre must risk the consequences of breaking the Treaty in order to keep her family alive. When a beast-like creature comes knocking at her door demanding retribution, Feyre is dragged to the magical faerie lands, where she must live out the rest of her life in her captor, Tamlin’s, estate. There, she begins to learn that the myths and legends told […]

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 […]

Blog Tour Review + Excerpt: One Past Midnight by J..

Posted 8 August, 2014 by Gabbie in Blog Tour, Giveaway, Review / 0 Comments
Blog Tour Review + Excerpt: One Past Midnight by Jessica Shirvington

“Life’s too short. If Ethan taught me anything, that would be it. I want to get on with living mine.” “You said you wanted someone to know you. Maybe I just want to have someone know me too. Without you in this world, the memories of every moment we’ve shared together will be gone. We only exist because others see us. Part of my existence…an important part, only exists because you are here to see it.” I had actually been eyeing this book when it was released in Australia under the title Between the Lives. I love Jessica Shirvington’s stories and this one sounded really interesting. Sabine has two lives: in the town of Wellesley, she’s popular with a perfect boyfriend and perfect friends. In Roxbury, she has a little sister and a best friend named Capri. Every night when the clock strikes midnight Sabine would undergo “the shift” and switch from one life to the next. But one day the rules of the shift change: when she goes from one life to the next, injured in the first and not in the second, she finds a loophole. Which brings her to the conclusion that maybe if she died in one life, she would only have to live the other. This novel was unlike anything that I’ve read before. The premise of a girl stuck between two lives, switching between […]

Review: Wish You Were Italian by Kristin Rae

Posted 10 June, 2014 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Review: Wish You Were Italian by Kristin Rae

I saw to word Italian so of course it became a must read! Wish You Were Italian follows Pippa as she lies to her parents and spends her summer traveling Italy instead of going to an Art Gallery course that her parents signed her up for in Florence. Pippa’s friend, Morgan, gave her a list of assignments to complete, and Pippa decides to do those and to travel the country on her own as she didn’t want to attend the course. A goal that Pippa set for herself was simple: fall in love with an Italian and bring him home at the end of summer. But Pippa is torn between two boys: an American archaeology student and a local Italian bad boy. To be honest, I wasn’t quite sure that I would enjoy this novel at first. It started off slow and was pretty uninteresting for me for the first half or so of the novel. It had some set up, but not much. For me, it just seemed like a never-ending story of Pippa hating her parents for sending her to the art course and sightseeing in Italy. We weren’t even introduced to the Italian boy until about half-way through the novel. However, after that point, it got so interesting that I couldn’t put it down. Pippa was an interesting and relatable character. She was rebelling against her parents […]

Review: The Chapel Wars by Lindsey Leavitt

Posted 20 May, 2014 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Review: The Chapel Wars by Lindsey Leavitt

“‘We’re all messed up,’ I said. ‘I think life is just about finding the right people to be messed up with.’” “‘I wonder what happy even means.’ ‘Maybe happy isn’t forever. Maybe it’s just moments, and you save them up and hold on for all the in-betweens.’” When I first read the synopsis for this novel, I thought that it was unique and couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. The Chapel Wars tells the story of Holly, who inherits her grandfather’s ailing wedding chapel after his death. However, the chapel is failing fast—something that her grandfather had kept secret. Her grandfather leaves a letter and insists that she reaches out for help from Dax—the grandson of his arch enemy. But Holly is intent on one thing—saving her family’s chapel. The Chapel Wars was definitely a unique novel for me. For one, I had never read a novel about wedding chapels! I actually really liked this concept, because it was able to pull in settings and situations unlike anything that I’ve ever read before. It was full of turns and funny events as Holly worked her way up to save her grandfather’s chapel. It didn’t have quite the ending that I was expecting, which made it that much more enjoyable for me as I was unable to correctly predict the ending. It was an interesting read that kept my […]