Publisher: HarperTeen

Average Rating: 3.63


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 […]


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: 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 […]


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. […]


Review: On the Fence by Kasie West

Posted 18 July, 2014 by Abbey in Review / 1 Comment
Review: On the Fence by Kasie West

Kasie West is one of my favorite authors. I’ve read and loved every book she’s published. Charlotte “Charlie” Reynolds is one of the boys. She loves sports, doesn’t understand fashion, and enjoys taking dares involving the weirdest of things. Growing up with a single dad and three brothers has left little room for her to be “girly”. After receiving one too many speeding tickets, her police officer father decides to lay down the law by forcing her to pay them off. Since Charlie is flat broke, that means she has to get a job. So she applies to several establishments with little success. Until she goes to one boutique that’s the complete opposite of her personality. The owner ends up offering her a job and just like that she’s thrust into a world that she has no experience in. A world full of clothes and makeup. Out of all of Kasie’s books, this one is my least favorite. It didn’t pull me in like her other ones did. There were several times when the plot dragged on. I liked the book, but I didn’t love it. Charlie was an interesting character. I didn’t understand some of the choices she made. With that said, I did like her most of the time. She went through a lot of character development. It was great reading about her stepping out of her comfort […]


Blog Tour Review: Royally Lost by Angie Stanton

Posted 10 May, 2014 by Gabbie in Blog Tour, Giveaway, Review / 1 Comment
Blog Tour Review: Royally Lost by Angie Stanton

Foreign boy! How could I not? Royally Lost follows Becca and Nikolai as they travel through Europe. Becca, an American, is on a family trip to tour through Europe the summer before she begins at Northwestern University. Nikolai is on the run from this overbearing parents–the king and queen of Mondovia. They meet each other and start to fall, but Nikolai’s guard is after him to bring him home, and Becca’s time in Europe is ending. Will they be separated forever, or will they figure out a way to be together? I immensely enjoyed this novel. It was fun, lighthearted, fluffy, and had just the right amount of action. With Nikolai constantly being on the run, there was an air of urgency, especially when the paparazzi caught on to his whereabouts. Then there was the air of rebellion that Becca started to emit. It was just a really interesting novel. Their travelling to various countries in Europe gave it an adventurous feel and I just couldn’t put the novel down! Becca was the leading lady and she was great. She had always been the good child since her mother died four years prior. However, she began to get tired of the way her father treated her and eventually grew a backbone over the course of the novel. I love when characters do this, and Becca did it with flair. I […]


Review: Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins

Posted 2 January, 2014 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Review: Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins

Favorite Quote(s): “We have to face difficulties to find out what our true strengths are. How we come back from failure is a very valuable test.” “‘Ahh…I see.’ He sat back. ‘The sight of my arse gave you quite a fright, did it?’” Favorite Character: Kai…he’s British. First Line: “The newborn wailed as the midwife wrapped her in a receiving blanket and quickly handed her to Sister Ruth.” My Musings: Sweet Evil is a novel that has been sitting on my shelves for a while now. I picked it up back when it first came out, picked up the second novel when it first came out, and have just now had the chance to read it. Going into it, I knew all the hype about it and Kai, and I was hoping not to be disappointed. I was in no way disappointed, rather, I was blown away. I had heard fantastic things about this novel and they were all true. Wendy Higgins is a fantastic writer, and the novel just flowed. Sweet Evil follows Anna Whitt as she finds out that she is half-angel, half-demon, and as she struggles with her feelings for Kaiden, son of the Duke of Lust. Although this novel wasn’t filled to the brim with action, it didn’t need to be. It was interesting in its own way, even though there wasn’t always something going on. […]


Review: Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi

Posted 8 August, 2013 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Review: Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi

Favorite Quote(s): “Perry held her against him. ‘I missed you,’ he whispered in her ear. He couldn’t hold her close enough. ‘I should never have let you go. I missed you so much.’” Favorite Character: ROAR!!! First Line: “Aria was here.” My Musings: It’s been a while since I have read a Veronica Rossi book. Actually, I believe that I read Under the Never Sky in my pre-blogging days. So I was ecstatic when this book came into the library for me—I had been waiting for a while to read more about Perry and Aria’s journey. In this novel, Perry has become Blood Lord and Aria is still searching for the Still Blue. Perry brings Aria to his home in the Tides, but the Tides don’t take too kindly to Aria. So Aria leaves with Roar in search of finding information about the Still Blue and to find Roar’s love, Liv. And of course, all sorts of action-y stuff goes on, but I don’t want to spoil anything for you all! I liked Aria more in this novel that the first one. In the first one, she was timid and weak, having to adapt to life on the Outside. In this novel, she is much stronger—physically, mentally, and emotionally. She’s a tough cookie in this novel, but you can still see her gushy insides when she’s with Perry. But anyways. Aria is […]