Publisher: HarperCollins

Average Rating: 3.74


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: 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: On the Fence by Kasie West

Posted 6 February, 2015 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Mini-Review: On the Fence by Kasie West

“Sometimes we expect more that people are capable of giving at the moment.” On the Fence was a cute contemporary read that followed Charlie, a tomboy with three brothers, as she begins to fall for the boy next door, and honorary brother, Braden. This story was the perfect summer read. It was light, romantic, and overall interesting. I loved the relationship between Charlie and her brothers. I liked that Charlie was a tomboy who was just starting to find her inner girly side. She didn’t take crap from anyone, including her brothers. There was a quite a bit of character growth on Charlie’s side, which really set this aside from other contemporary summer reads. At the same time, I liked her relationship with Braden. It was the classic friends-to-lovers romance. I really like these types of relationships because they don’t seem forced and they seem natural. West hit these two factors on the head. Their relationship was genuine. I also really enjoyed Braden’s character. I thought he was a nice book boy. He wasn’t exactly anything extravagant but I liked that he got along with Charlie’s brothers so well. On the Fence was a dazzling novel with a genuine friends-to-lovers romance that I couldn’t put down.  


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: If I Should Die by Amy Plum

Posted 2 October, 2014 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Review: If I Should Die by Amy Plum

If I Should Die is the conclusion to the Revenants trilogy. I have been following this series since Until I Die, and it has not let me down. Amy Plum is a magnificent writer, and I am sad to see the series end. If I Should Die is everything I thought it would be, and more. It was filled to the brim with action and fighting. There was never a dull moment in this novel. Something was always going on, something being discovered, someone fighting. The only thing that I can think of about this novel that I didn’t enjoy was that things played out like I thought they would. After the ending of the second novel, I was able to guess major plot points of this novel. This was disappointing because there wasn’t really anything that I wasn’t expecting. The  plot was fairly predictable throughout the entire novel. Kate really grew as a character in this novel. She was definitely the strong heroine that was needed during this installment. She stopped letting people fight battles for her and fought them herself. She really matured over the course of the series. Vincent was as amazing as he always was. He really stepped into the role of a leader in this novel although he faced some hardships along the way. He and Kate made a magnificent pair of strong characters. Although If […]


Review: Goddess by Josephine Angelini

Posted 30 September, 2014 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Review: Goddess by Josephine Angelini

` This is the last of the trilogy and I’ve been meaning to read it for a while but never had the time! Goddess is the conclusion to Lucas and Helen’s story. It had a very complicated plot line. And by complicated, I mean a bit too complicated. There were so many things happening at once—so many different stories being told at the same time that it was difficult to follow at times, making the reading much less enjoyable. In addition to that, there were a few things left unanswered at the end that I would have loved to have been wrapped up. However, the plot left no dull moments, perhaps due to the too-fast pacing of the novel. In addition to that, a lot of things happened in this novel making it easy to stay engaged. Helen peaked in this novel as a character. She took on some really tough stuff and had to step into the plate as a leader as the Scions waged war against the Gods. She was determined to do what was right. We also see a lot more of Helen’s past lives. That was really interesting to me to see how she differed from her past selves. She was a great heroine and that was enunciated in this installment. Lucas was as patient as always. He was drawn back because they still believed themselves […]


Blog Tour Review: Stay With Me by J. Lynn

Posted 21 September, 2014 by Gabbie in Blog Tour, Review / 1 Comment
Blog Tour Review: Stay With Me by J. Lynn

Check out my review of Wait for You (Wait for You #1) I have adored every single on of JLA’s novels so of course when the opportunity was given to me to be a part of this blog tour raised, I jumped on it! Stay with Me focuses on Calla, a character that I hadn’t seen much as I have yet to read Be with Me. Calla’s story was definitely drama filled. As in, drugs, hit men, and possible death and destruction. It was a totally different type of drama than Avery and Cam’s story but I enjoyed it nonetheless. It never got boring and the events kept me on my toes. Calla was definitely served a tough hand in this novel but never once did she come off as weak. She was a very strong character, in my opinion, and she was very brave in dealing with the things that were thrown her way. Like Avery, she had a past. She kept it a secret from her friends for a bit, but even that didn’t deter me from enjoying her character. She was very kind and selfless while also determined and brave. Jax was something a bit different. He wasn’t part of the “Hot Guy Brigade” as Calla put it. In fact, he didn’t go to their college as the majority of this novel was set in Calla’s hometown. […]


Mini-Review: Exile by Kevin Emerson

Posted 11 September, 2014 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Mini-Review: Exile by Kevin Emerson

I picked up this novel because I love the idea of a musician’s romance. It just a thing of mine. Exile, for me, was too fast paced of a novel. The romance, the plot–everything was just too fast and that messed with the fluidity of the novel. It felt like everything was rushed and cut off. Summer was a shallow character. Everything with her was on the surface. We got no back-story on her, just that she’s obsessed with managing bands. That was literally all she really thought about. Caleb, on the other hand, tried to be a little more dynamic of a character, but still his story just wasn’t developed enough to get a full sense of his character. Their relationship with an okay one. As I mentioned, Summer was obsessed with managing the band and she was having trouble finding the line between band manager and girlfriend. This definitely put strain on their relationship, especially with Caleb’s secret and all. It seemed that Emerson wanted to throw a wrench in the story and he definitely did. It was a plot twist that was totally unexpected but it really didn’t do much to save the novel, plot wise. Again, everything in it was just moving too fast for it to help. And the ending. Gosh darnit the ending. To me, there wasn’t one–it was just an abrupt cut off […]


Review: All That Glows by Ryan Graudin (DNF)

Posted 16 August, 2014 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Review: All That Glows by Ryan Graudin (DNF)

A while back I was selected for the blog tour of this novel and I was super excited to dive into it. The premise looked fantastic and I was sure that I would enjoy it. Unfortunately, that was not the case. This novel was extremely hard for me to get into. It took me a week alone to finish 25% of it (my DNF cut-off). The premise that I had found interesting at first quickly became dull. The writing was hard for me to become engaged in, making everything that happened in the novel seem miles away. The plot itself was absolutely dull. This may have been because I didn’t get far enough in it before I stopped reading but I stopped reading around 30% because I had lost hope. Emrys, the main female protagonist, was a voice that I just could not relate to. Instead of otherworldly, she came off as flat and kind of whiny to me. She was supposed to be a magnificent faerie, but I just didn’t see it. Prince Richard was just as bad. He was constantly partying and really kind of dumb. I couldn’t really find anything that I liked about his character in the section that I read. There wasn’t much romance in the section of the novel that I read, but the beginnings of it weren’t promising at all. If it had […]


Review: After the End by Amy Plum

Posted 30 July, 2014 by Abbey in Review / 0 Comments
Review: After the End by Amy Plum

This was my first Amy Plum book. I’ve read a few dystopians, and the idea of one that really wasn’t intrigued me. For her whole life, Juneau has been told that World War III was responsible for mass destruction and that her clan are some of the only survivors left. When Juneau comes back from a hunting trip to find her whole clan missing, she finally learns the truth: there was no WWIII. So she goes searching for her clan and is forced to seek help from a boy she knows she can’t trust. This book has left me incredibly irritated. A lot of questions were raised, but hardly any of them were answered. It almost feels as if the book ended in the middle of the story. The fact that I want the answers so badly can probably be attributed to the good storytelling. There wasn’t a lot of action. It didn’t bother me for the most part. However, there were a few times when I was bored due to the lack of things happening. I loved Juneau. She had no problems whatsoever taking care of herself. My favorite characters are those who are independent and Juneau was definitely that. That’s not to say she didn’t struggle with some things. Skinning a rabbit? Done. Building a fire? Easy peasy. Talking to members of normal society? Now that’s a problem. […]