Publisher: Penguin Group

Average Rating: 4.13


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: Bully by Penelope Douglas

Posted 5 November, 2014 by Abbey in Review / 0 Comments
Review: Bully by Penelope Douglas

Once upon a time, Tate and Jared were the best of friends. They were inseparable. Until one day, Jared turned on Tate. He began turning her life into a nightmare. For unknown reasons, Jared started to bully her. Rumors  spread and pranks were pulled. It all made high school a terrible experience for Tate, so she decides to go to France for a year. When she returns, she is determined to have a new attitude. She resolves to not only stand up for herself, but to fight back too. I had serious problems with this book. The biggest issue I had with it is that it’s a romance novel. For two years, Jared did everything in his power to make Tate miserable. I can’t believe Tate would date him after all of the stuff that he did to her. Yes, he had his issues, but that doesn’t make what he did okay. I knew what the story was going to be about before I started reading it, I just didn’t expect the material to bother me as much as it did. Tate was one of the only redeeming aspects of this novel. It was great to see her become stronger and stand up to Jared. It felt like she forgave him too fast though. I’m not saying that she should have held a grudge against him forever, but with everything […]


Review: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Posted 29 August, 2014 by Gabbie in Review / 1 Comment
Review: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Okay, to be honest, the reason I picked this novel up and actually read it was because my friends had read it and basically forced it upon me. I had been eyeing it, of course, because of all of the hype surrounding it. But I actually picked it up at the force of my friends’ hands. The plot of The Fault in Our Stars is a well known one: the two cancer patients, one terminal, one in remission. The love of all loves. The tears that accompany those who dare pick up and read such a sad book. So I’m not going to take the time to spell it out for you. The plot of the novel wasn’t the kicker with this novel. The point of this novel was the feels. The feels you feel when you read about these poor kids suffering from such illnesses. Since I’ve read this novel, I have been referred to as heartless by the teenagers in my school who think that they are avid “readers” just because they’ve read this novel. That being said, I didn’t blubber like a baby when I read this novel. I didn’t shed a tear. Was it sad, the situation these characters were in? Of course it was. Unlike the accusations I’ve faced, I am not heartless. I am just desensitized to many things that occur in a hospital […]


Review: Whisper to Me by Christina Lee

Posted 29 July, 2014 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Review: Whisper to Me by Christina Lee

Check out my review of All of You (Between Breaths #1) Check out my review of Before You Break (Between Breaths #2)  “The realization that I had fallen in love with Kai was so raw, so visceral, I felt it deep in my guy. It was so commanding that I pulled my knees toward my chest, my muscles stiff and aching from the effort. Kai was an essential part of my life. As central as the very air I breathed.” I have enjoyed every single one of Christina Lee’s Between Breaths novels and this one was no exception. This novel follows Rachel as she ventures back to her hometown for break. What her friends in the other novels don’t know is that Rachel had an accident before she left for college—an accident that almost left her dead and left her boyfriend-less. But as break goes on, the secrets that Rachel has tried so hard to keep, including her friendship with her best friend’s brother, Kai, are close to being revealed. This novel was different than the others because it involved some major secret keeping and it took place outside of the university that the main characters attend. This novel gave you the thrill of Rachel’s secret being kept and wondering just how long she would be able to keep it. These secrets, of course, also created some drama that kept the novel […]


Review: Love and Other Foreign Words by Erin McCah..

Posted 5 May, 2014 by Gabbie in Review / 1 Comment
Review: Love and Other Foreign Words by Erin McCahan

Josie talking about her perfect guy: “He will never ask me to eat gray, slimy, gelatinous food nor will he tousle my hair. Not that he could tousle it since I wear it daily in a neat and tidy ponytail, but there are times–showering, blow-drying–when my hair is, in fact, tousle-able. I’d prefer it if he just never touches my head or touches it only with my permission, which I will grant on special occasions such as Arbor Day, poor, neglected holiday that it is, but never on my birthday. He will not collect white crud in the corners of his eyes or mouth. He will be athletic, but his interest in sporting events will stop well before obsession. He will understand the difference between: coincidence and irony, smart and gifted, ticks and things that are interesting. He will agree that the single greatest musical talent of our times is Dennis DeYoung, whose picture we will enshrine in the foyer of our first home together. He will never criticize my mother’s cooking or my parents’ house but will, instead, fit seamlessly into the Sheridan family dynamic. and his name will easily lend itself to a silent p. He will be Pperfect.” The publisher actually reached out to me and asked if I wanted to review this novel–the synopsis sounded intriguing, so I decided to give it a go! “I can speak […]


Review: Believe by Erin McCarthy

Posted 13 February, 2014 by Gabbie in Review / 2 Comments
Review: Believe by Erin McCarthy

Check out my review of True (True Believers #1) Check out my review of Sweet (True Believers #2)  “My smile grew wider. So the perfect boyfriend became even more perfect. He was sketching me.” “Which was selfish and stupid, so I shoved that thought aside and focused on her, what she needed, not me, what I needed. That’s what you do when you love someone. You put them first, even when your insides were boiling like lava.”  “Phoenix slouched, the new shoes propped next to his feel, a Rolling Stones T-shirt lying on his chest.  He puckered his lips at me, asking for a kiss. He was so damn cute, how could I resist that?” I loved the previous two companion novels in this series, True and Sweet. I couldn’t resist requesting it when I saw Robin’s story on Netgalley. This novel was relatively great. Although there wasn’t an action-y plot going on, due to the novel being contemporary, it wasn’t boring in the least. This novel brought together very different people and somehow managed to make them work. “‘I don’t mind you being there. In fact, I would like that very much. In fact, I like you very much.’ It was official. I was falling in love with him. He was just so…intense, in a good way. And after the night before and that morning, it felt so natural to […]


Review: Sweet by Erin McCarthy

Posted 14 January, 2014 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Review: Sweet by Erin McCarthy

Check out my review of True (True Believers #1) Favorite Quote(s): “That isn’t science. Though arguably, we were following evolution and both sought out a partner we perceived was a strong candidate, who could protect us.’” “‘Holy crap!’ Horror rushed over me. I had been okay with thinking it was a weird werewolf or a monster from a video game or a comic. But the devil? The Big S? The ultimate demon of all demons? ‘How am I supposed to cuddle on your chest knowing my head is resting on Lucifer?’” Favorite Character: Riley. First Line: “I couldn’t go home for the summer.” My Musings: Sweet is the companion novel to True, and follows Rory’s friend Jessica Sweet during holiday break. See, Jessica refused to go home to her judgmental, over-the-top Christian family, and instead told them that she would be building houses in Appalachia. Instead, Jessica really stays in Cincinnati in a sublet apartment. The problem is, she has a week between leaving the dorms and getting her apartment. However, when Tyler Mann offers her a place at their house, Jessica takes up on his offer–even though she’ll have to stay with Tyler’s older brother Riley, who Jessica can’t stand. “He looked up and studied me, very serious. ‘Jessica?’ ‘Yes?’ ‘I mustache you a question.’ My lip twitched. ‘Let me mullet over.’” Sweet was a fantastic and funny novel. Jessica and […]


Review: Before You Break by Christina Lee

Posted 31 December, 2013 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Review: Before You Break by Christina Lee

Check out my review of All of You (Between Breaths #1) Favorite Quote(s): “‘We all have moments we wish we could take back,’ I said. ‘Our actions may change the course of somebody’s life, without us even realizing it.’” Favorite Character: Quinn. First Line: “‘Daddy, please. I…I need to see Christopher,’ I sobbed. ‘I need to be with him.’” My Musings: Before You Break is the companion novel to All of You by Christina Lee. Before You Break follows Avery’s best friend and roommate Ella as she struggles with her grief over her late brother’s suicide, while also helping TSU baseball player Daniel Quinn overcome the grief that he feels from losing his best friend in a car accident. Before You Break was a much deeper, more profound novel that All of You. Before You Break deals with some pretty heavy stuff that left my heart bleeding. What I liked about this novel is that the male lead was the one who was broken the most. Don’t get me wrong, Ella had a few struggles of her own, but she was the rock of this novel and their relationship. But seeing the guilt and the grief that Quinn was facing was enlightening to me in regards with the way people think and the way that people grieve. It was hard to read at times, the feeling were so overwhelming. But I believe […]


Review: All of You by Christina Lee

Posted 19 December, 2013 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Review: All of You by Christina Lee

Favorite Quote(s): “‘There’s a saying that goes like this: The hourglass freezes in moments of sorrow. Races along in moments of bliss.’ He spun and pulled me to my feet. Cupping my cheeks, he gazed into my eyes. ‘The very concept of time is a demand. That you own it, savor it, mean it. Before you waste it…or it wastes you.’” Favorite Character: Bennett! He’s so sweet. First Line: “Love was like a loaded gun.” My Musings: This contemporary binge has led me to uncover some fantastic new novels. This was one of them. I got this novel a while back on Netgalley, but I never felt the drive to read it until now. I’m actually kind of sad that I held off for so long. All of You follows Avery Michaels, a nursing student with a penchant for one night stands. She doesn’t like losing control, so she takes it–in the form of hookups. But it’s been working for her, so she finds no need to stop. That is, until she meets Bennett Reynolds. Bennett is her new upstairs neighbor: tattooed, hot, and a virgin. That’s right, he’s been holding off for the right girl. So when Avery tries to bed him, he turns her down. But soon, they start growing closer. But Bennett is clear that he’s looking for something more than a one night of pleasure. But Avery isn’t […]


Review: Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by..

Posted 3 December, 2013 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Review: Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke

Favorite Quote(s): “Lots of people have bad stories, and if they wail and sob and tell their story to anyone who’ll listen, it’s crap. Or half crap, at least.The stuff that really hurts people, the stuff that almost breaks them . . . that they won’t talk about. Ever.” Favorite Character: Neeley. First Line: “‘You stop fearing the Devil when you’re holding his hand.’” My Musings: I have been eyeing this novel ever since it was shown on Epic Read’s Tea Time. Unfortunately, I was denied when I requested it, and I was just recently able to get my hands on it. I had been hearing mixed reactions–some exceedingly good and some exceedingly had. I went into it without knowing what to expect. Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea was definitely not something I would have expected. It was a mystery. For the first half or so of the novel, we were trying to figure out why weird things were happening in the characters’ town. Then we were trying to figure out who River was. We were always trying to figure out something. There was also something new popping up every other page, which definitely made for an interesting and creeptastic story. “River had never lost his cool, not since I’d know him. That was the thing about River. He was calm. Calm as a summer’s day. Calm as a […]