Review: Of Neptune by Anna Banks

Posted 11 October, 2014 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Review: Of Neptune by Anna Banks

Check out my review of Of Poseidon (The Syrena Legacy #1) Check out my review of Of Triton (The Syrena Legacy #2) “‘Emma, I will love you with every breath in my body and beyond my own death. I swear to be your shield, your protector, your worshipper. There is nothing I will deny you. I am yours.’” I loved the first two novels in this trilogy so I had to see the conclusion to Galen and Emma’s story. This novel picks up a little bit after the last one. Emma and Galen travel to the town of Neptune where they discover a town where Syrena and Half-Bloods live in harmony with humans and swim in freshwater. While Emma feels a part of the little town, Galen hates it. After an argument, Galen leaves to tell Grom about the city and is kidnapped. Meanwhile, Emma stays and begins getting closer to a Half-Blood, Reed, until they get themselves into trouble as well. I enjoyed this novel even better than the others. The characters really got themselves into some real predicaments. There was never a lack of anything happening. The point of view alternated between Emma’s first person and Galen’s third person so we got to see both events progressing at the same time. The thing I liked best about this novel was that there wasn’t just one evil villain—there were […]


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: 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: 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: Unhinged by A.G. Howard

Posted 15 April, 2014 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Review: Unhinged by A.G. Howard

Check out my review of Splintered (Splintered #1) I adored Splintered and couldn’t wait to get my hands on this one! Unhinged starts up a year after the events of Splintered, and Morpheus is back at haunting Alyssa’s dreams, encouraging her to come back to Wonderland and save their world from Red. However, Alyssa refuses, choosing her human blood over her netherling blood. So, Wonderland comes to her. Morpheus shows up as a foreign exchange student, while Red and another enemy find their way to Earth. Cue the action! This novel was not boring at all! Although not every section of the novel was fast paced, it was all interesting. We got to see more of Alyssa and Jeb living their human lives (with Alyssa trying to keep her netherling side a secret from him). We also get to see Morpheus on Earth! In addition to those things, we find out more about Alyssa’s mother, Alison, and her trip to Wonderland. And we learn quite a bit about Alyssa’s father as well. The ending was the pivot point of the novel. So much happened, and it left me gaping like a fish in shock. I’m going to warn you now, there is a cliffhanger of epic proportions—veering towards EVIL! A.G. how could you do this to us?! But even though I’m mad about it…I couldn’t help but love it. “I […]


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 […]


Review: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Posted 17 October, 2013 by Gabbie in Review / 2 Comments
Review: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Favorite Quote(s): “Nothing was dirty. With Park. Nothing could be shameful. Because Park was the sun, and that was the only way Eleanor could think to explain it.” “’I look like a hobo?’ ‘Worse,’ he said. ‘Like a sad hobo clown.’ ‘And you like it?’ ‘I love it.’ As soon as he said it, she broke into a smile. And when Eleanor smiled, something broke inside of him. Something always did.” Favorite Character: …Park. But that’s a hard one! First Line: “XTC was no good for drowning out the morons at the back of the bus.” My Musings: I have been hearing fantastic things about Eleanor and Park ever since it came out. I’ve not had time to read it until recently, and I must say, it was a very unique book. Eleanor and Park was unlike anything that I have ever read before. For one, it was set in the eighties, which was a little bit upsetting for me. I didn’t understand any of the references made throughout the novel, being a late nineties baby myself. Other than that, it was about two misfits–Eleanor and Park. It was about them falling in love and all of the hardships that came with it. It is perhaps one of the most realistic novels that I have read to date. I could seriously imagine the plot of this novel playing out in real life. […]