Publisher: Random House

Average Rating: 3.69


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: Broken by Lauren Layne

Posted 23 March, 2015 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Review: Broken by Lauren Layne

Check out my review of Isn’t She Lovely (Redemption #0.5) I read and enjoyed the prequel to this series, Isn’t She Lovely, so I was interested to see what Olivia’s story would be like. I enjoyed Broken as much as, if not more than, Isn’t She Lovely. Olivia’s story was more heartfelt and had more emotional drama than the story in Isn’t She Lovely. Olivia is hired as a companion for Paul Langdon—an injured war veteran who pushes everyone away. Paul kept the novel interesting with his emotional baggage that he was carrying. It was like a constant push-pull type of plot. It wasn’t boring and it was a captivating story, but it was more emotional than anything action-y. Olivia Middleton was the main female character. We hadn’t learned much about her personality in the prequel. She was an okay character. At times she came off as a bit spoiled but she had a good heart. She wasn’t by any means perfect and she was hiding some things within herself. She was a real character with feelings and she was pretty relatable, especially as the novel wore on. Paul was kind of a jerk. He pushed any and everyone away because of his injuries. He had some pretty traumatic experiences in his time in the service but I personally thought that was no excuse for the way he treated people. He definitely […]


Mini-Review: Draw Me In by Regina Cole

Posted 9 March, 2015 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Mini-Review: Draw Me In by Regina Cole

Draw Me In was an okay contemporary read. It was not anything super special. It followed the typical NA trope: girl meets boy, one of the two or both have baggage, they get together, crap hits the fan, and then they work it out and get back together. And this novel followed that exactly. I, for the most part, enjoyed Hailey’s character. She was likable and relatable. She was trying to do what was best for her to reach her dreams regardless of the family issues she was dealing with. She was admirable. Neill was not. He was a coward, plain and simple. He shied away from their possible relationship at every turn. And the cause of that? You guessed it—he has baggage from a previous relationship. A druggie ex-girlfriend that took advantage of the things he offered. And so he projects the fears and feelings from that relationship onto Hailey. It felt really weird for me, the roles reversed, because often it is the girl who does that exact thing: not trust a guy because they’ve been hurt before. Although it showed a vulnerable side to Neill’s character it quickly got old and annoying. His character made it hard to really and truly enjoy this novel. That being said, the plot was paced well and it was a somewhat enjoyable novel for the most part. However, due to the […]


Mini-Review: Just a Little Crush by Renita Pizzito..

Posted 27 February, 2015 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Mini-Review: Just a Little Crush by Renita Pizzitola

“‘Though I will tell you, you ruined me. I’ve held a lot of girls I kissed to your standard and I’ve been sorely disappointed.’” Just a Little Crush was a cute and entertaining second chance romance. Brinley and Ryder didn’t depart on great terms in high school and now they are attending the same college together. And now all of a sudden, Ryder is showing an interest to a skeptical Brinley. But as it turns out, Ryder is part of a game that could be possibly more humiliating than what she experienced in high school. And it’s up to Ryder to prove that what he feels for her isn’t a game and is real. As I mentioned, Just a Little Crush was an undeniably cute read. It wasn’t without its fair share of drama though, so I wouldn’t insert it into the fluffy category. The two main characters were on and off constantly throughout the novel but at no point did I stop believing in them and their relationship. Ryder was seemingly genuine for a large majority of the novel. My confidence was shattered in him at points, but that’s part of what made this a good novel: I was invested in the outcome. I adored Brinley. She was sweet and reminded me of myself. She was a relatable character that I wouldn’t mind befriending! The plot was well-paced and the […]


Review: Drew + Fable Forever by Monica Murphy

Posted 24 August, 2014 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Review: Drew + Fable Forever by Monica Murphy

Check out my review of One Week Girlfriend (One Week Girlfriend #1) Check out my review of Second Chance Boyfriend (One Week Girlfriend #2) Check out my review of Three Broken Promises (One Week Girlfriend #3) “When you struggle for something so good, so right, you cherish it more. You hold it close, nurture it, protect it, make sure you never, ever let your guard down. That’s how I feel about my almost husband.” This is the last novel (well, novella) that focuses on Drew and Fable so I positively had to read it to get some closure on this couple. Drew + Fable Forever spans a couple of years and starts a couple of years after we last saw the couple. In this novel, they do a lot of family-ish things. Drew is now a professional football player and is constantly traveling. They bought a new house, Fable is adjusting to being filthy rich, they get married, Owen is in high school then college, and now Fable wants a baby. It was a lot and that kept it interesting. There wasn’t too much drama in this novel with was a nice change from their other novels. And yet it still kept me interested just like the other ones. “Soon, I will be Fable Callahan. I’ve earned the freaking privilege to call myself that, too. It’s not easy being with […]


Review: Three Broken Promises by Monica Murphy

Posted 23 August, 2014 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Review: Three Broken Promises by Monica Murphy

Check out my review of One Week Girlfriend (One Week Girlfriend #1) Check out my review of Second Chance Boyfriend (One Week Girlfriend #2) I loved Drew and Fable and the little glimpse that we got of Colin and Jen so I was very excited to get started with this one! Jen and Colin have known each other for a long time–Colin was Jen’s brother’s best friend. But Danny died, Jen ran away, and now Colin has taken her in to work at his restaurant and live with him. Both Jen and Colin have their demons to fight and those demons come in the form of Colin’s nightmares. The nightmares that Jen holds him through. There is undeniable attraction but Colin won’t let himself succumb to it. So Jen gives him a month–man up or she’s gone. This story was a lot different than Drew and Fable’s story. It was a bit darker than Drew and Fables. It was different, but I still enjoyed it all the same. The characters had a really complex background that I loved discovering. Their story was very realistic and very believable–even more so than Drew and Fable’s. The plot did, I admit, get a bit repetitive with the giving in then fighting the attraction bit, but this story did stir up my emotions and left me wanting more. Jen had demons to fight, although […]


Review: Second Chance Boyfriend by Monica Murphy

Posted 21 August, 2014 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Review: Second Chance Boyfriend by Monica Murphy

Check out my review of One Week Girlfriend (One Week Girlfriend #1) “True love isn’t easy, but it must be fought for. Once you find it, it can never be replaced.” I loved book one, One Week Girlfriend, and I couldn’t wait to see what happened to Fable and Drew after that ending! Second Chance Boyfriend picks two months after One Week Girlfriend. Drew is locked up in his head and Fable is trying to move on but failing miserably. But her boost to moving on may come in the new job that she was offered by mysterious vigilante, Colin. So she starts working at his high class restaurant and moves on—until Drew attends a party at said restaurant and almost ends up in a fight over her. And suddenly the two are thrust back together again. Just like the previous novel, this one managed to captivate my interest immediately. This novel wasn’t as mysterious as we now know what Drew went through but it was definitely more action, complete with punches thrown by little brothers, mysterious new bosses, and a crazy woman to boot. It kept my interest just the same with its twisty-turny plot. There were some events in this novel that changed the game. Forever. Fable was much the same in this novel. She had a few weak points courtesy of her mother but she was doing […]


Review: One Week Girlfriend by Monica Murphy

Posted 19 August, 2014 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Review: One Week Girlfriend by Monica Murphy

 “He studies me, his blue eyes dark, his head tilted to the side. I wonder what he sees. I know what I see—a confused, lonely man who won’t let anyone in. For whatever stupid reason, I want to be the one he lets in. Maybe I could help him, maybe I couldn’t, but he needs comfort. I can tell. Like souls find each other, you know. As corny as it sounds, I’m starting to believe we were brought together for a reason.” This novel had been on my To-Be-Read list for about a year now so when I was just browsing through our local library and saw the series I checked it out on a whim. One Week Girlfriend tells the story of Fable and Drew. Fable doesn’t have the best reputation in their little college town and she doesn’t have the best life—she is struggling to pay the bills while her druggie mom sleeps around and she takes care of her little brother, Owen. And a few mistakes in her past have given her the reputation as the town slut. Drew Callahan needs a favor—he needs someone to act as his girlfriend for the week of Thanksgiving as he goes and faces his family at a house that obviously holds bad memories for him—and he is willing to compensate Fable for her time. Thus begins the whirlwind week of […]


Review: The Real Thing by Cassie Mae

Posted 17 August, 2014 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Review: The Real Thing by Cassie Mae

The Real Thing was interesting but pretty predictable. Once we were in on Eric’s background it as easy for me to predict what was going to happen. This kind of took away from the plot because I was expecting everything that happened about half way into the novel. So when these things happened, I felt no thrill or excitement. There wasn’t really much going on, plot-wise, other than finding out about Eric’s past and seeing how he deals with it and his relationship with his best friend, Em. Eric’s story was, perhaps, the most exciting thing that was going on with the plot for the duration of the novel. Despite the slightly dull and predictable plot, it was still an engaging read. I actually didn’t like Em much. She was addicted to social media and networking and it made me feel distanced from her character, much like Eric felt in the actual novel. With her being constantly “plugged in” it was difficult for me to find something in her character to relate to. She was always assuring Eric that she would fix her problem, but it came off to me like she wasn’t really trying. At least, not nearly as much as Eric was trying to overcome his problems for her. Because of this I thought of her character as a bit careless in addition to disconnected. Eric was perhaps […]


Review: Shattered by Tracy Wolff

Posted 17 July, 2014 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Review: Shattered by Tracy Wolff

Check out my review of Shredded (Extreme Risk #1) I absolutely adored Shredded and the emphasis on snowboarding in this series. After the cliffhanger/lead-in at the end of Shredded, I couldn’t not pick this one up! Shattered is Ash’s novel and follows his life after his parents die and his brother becomes paralyzed in an accident on the way to watch Ash at a competition. Ash has decided to give up snowboarding because of it and to take care of his little brother. Tansy is a cancer survivor working for a company that grants terminal children a wish. Her first assignment is to get Ash Lewis to agree to board one last time so the little boy, Timmy, can have his wish. However, it isn’t easy at all because Ash refuses to get back on a board. After some conniving planning from his manager, though, and a mysterious donor, Ash and his gang are off to grant little Timmy his wish. Like Shredded, Shattered is big on following Ash’s emotional journey after a tragedy. The story was compelling and heartfelt and it made me feel everything from anger to sadness. The characters were very relatable and realistic and the events in the novel were as well. We see a lot of internal struggle in this novel like we did in Shredded, although snowboarding doesn’t have quite as big of an […]