Review: The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord

Posted 25 March, 2015 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Review: The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord

How to Begin Again 1. Parties/social events 2. New Group 3. Date 4. Travel 5. Swim The Start of Me and You follows Paige Hancock’s life after Aaron, her boyfriend of two months, drowned in a freak accident. Since then, she’s been known for that and that alone—the girl whose boyfriend drowned. Never mind that they had only been dating for a couple of months. And Paige wants a change—she wants her junior year to be better. So Paige, being the type A personality that she is, makes a list and so The Start of Me and You follows along Paige’s journey to complete her list. The Start of Me and You was a good read but unfortunately, it wasn’t anything extraordinary for me. I enjoyed Lord’s writing style—she would throw in quirky things like the names people were known as. Specifically, things like “the boy whose sister had cancer” and “the girl whose boyfriend drowned.” I thought that these nicknames gave to book a lighter feel even though it dealt with sad things. The thing that was off-putting about this novel for me was Paige’s character. She was constantly feeling guilt over enjoying her life because Aaron died, to the point where it got annoying. I get grieving characters, but this felt a bit over the top especially because, as Paige loved to point out, she had only dating the […]


Review: Introductions by C.L. Stone

Posted 9 February, 2015 by Gabbie in Review / 5 Comments
Review: Introductions by C.L. Stone

This is actually the second time that I am reading books one through four—the first time around, I didn’t get the chance to write up reviews for them, so I figured I’d reread them! I loved this book the second time around just as much as I loved it the first time around. This first book basically gives us an introduction to the main character, Sang, and the boys that make up the Academy team that attends her school. There wasn’t too much action in this novel—but we did get a firm understanding of what each of the boys was like, what Sang was like, and it definitely set the stage for book two as the boys start their secret mission at the high school, Ashley Waters. Sang is the female character of the book. Sang has a paranoid mother and a neglectful father, so she hasn’t had much of a normal life so far. One night, she sneaks out and runs into Kota. From that moment on, her life changes for the better. Sang is a really shy character. She hasn’t had much social interaction in her life so she tends to blend into the background with no problem. It was interesting to see her reactions to the boys. She’s a bit secretive because of her selfless nature. I think that she’s definitely going to be a character that […]


Mini-Review: Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott

Posted 19 July, 2014 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Mini-Review: Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott

“When I first saw the sand, I thought it was beautiful. Like maybe it’d be fun to just roll around in and make sand angels. Now I know the truth, that sand is actually the love child of proud parents Marie Antoinette and Joseph Stalin.” I absolutely adored Fire & Flood. I really enjoy Scott’s trilogy, The Dante Walker series, so I was very excited for this novel. This novel is a dystopian which is different from Scott’s paranormal series. The characters in this novel are in a Hunger Games-esque fight for The Cure. I really liked the plot of this novel and that the romance was a serious subplot. The events in this novel were thrilling and I was rooting for the main character. The pacing was fast and furious and I just really enjoyed watching the character’s journey in this novel. Tella was not what you would expect in a novel like this one. She wasn’t Katniss Everdeen—she wasn’t strong, tough, or kickass. She was a girly girl who liked girly things. The only reason she was part of this competition was to save her brother. She really grew over the course of the novel but not into a full-on warrior. I really liked that because it set her apart from every other dystopian heroine out there. Guy was mysterious. I really don’t know much about him except […]


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: Out of Play by Nyrae Dawn and Jolene Perry

Posted 10 October, 2013 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Review: Out of Play by Nyrae Dawn and Jolene Perry

Favorite Quote(s): “‘I like your hair. I hate that stupid hat you wear.’ She whispers the words against my lips. ‘Me too.’ ‘Any your lip ring.’ She pretends to nip at it. ‘Totally hot.’” Favorite Character: Penny. First Line: “Bishop! Bishop! Bishop! The chants from the crowd won’t stop rattling around in my head.” My Musings: When I first read the blurb for this novel, I was immediately hooked. A tough, sport playing girl and a rock-star, troubled boy? It sounded like the perfect mix of trouble and romance. I was sure that it would make for a phenomenal novel. And that it did. Bishop is the drummer of a popular rock band. And he has a slight problem. Drugs. Bishop has a new found thing for popping pills to ease the anxiety that he feels on a frequent basis. But he claims that he’s not addicted. So when his band stages an intervention and sends him off to isolation in Alaska, Bishop is feeling betrayed. He doesn’t have a problem. He doesn’t. Penny is a fantastic hockey player. One of the best in Seldon, Alaska. And she has numerous colleges hoping to give her scholarships to have her come play for their teams. But all Penny wants is to stay near home so that she can help out with her Gramps, who is suffering from mental illness, and to help out […]


Blog Tour: The Liberator by Victoria Scott

Posted 10 August, 2013 by Gabbie in Blog Tour, Review / 1 Comment
Blog Tour: The Liberator by Victoria Scott

Welcome to my stop on The Liberator blog tour hosted by YA Bound Book Tours.  Click HERE to see the full blog tour schedule! Check out my review of The Collector (Dante Walker #1) Favorite Quote(s): “Music from the party throbs and echoes off the basement walls. I’m not sure how I got here, and I’m certain I don’t know how Charlie ended up on the other side of the room with Guy In Touch With His Emotions. Raising a bottle to my lips, I watch as the guy uncrosses his long legs and recrosses them. His tampon must be killing him.” “‘Want to stay here while you sober up?’ Charlie askes, taking my hand. ‘Girl, I told you, I’m–‘ ‘Stone cold soober.’ She rolls her eyes. ‘Right.’ I form my hands into guns and fire them off in her direction. ‘Smart girl.’ She  shakes her head. ‘Drunk boy.’” Favorite Character: Dante. First Line: “Real men don’t cross their legs.” My Musings: The Liberator is a book that I’ve been waiting and waiting for since the first one. When I was accepted for the blog tour, there was definitely some giggling and squealing going on. The Liberator follows Dante on his first assignment as a Liberator. I really enjoyed seeing Dante struggle to find his ‘good’ side, especially because he thought he was all demon. There was some nice digging deep and letting go. […]


Review: Riptide by Lindsey Scheibe

Posted 27 May, 2013 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Review: Riptide by Lindsey Scheibe

Favorite Quote(s): “The ability to stand up for one’s self is just as important as the ability to stand up for others.” “’The only person who can make the decision to help you is you. And the only place to put your trust is God.’” Favorite Character: Mama Watson. She’s Ford mother, and she was just such a wise person throughout the novel. Although I don’t really talk about her in the rest of this review, she was very inspiring with her words of wisdom over the course of the novel. First Line: “I stretch out my legs, enjoying the hot sand against my calves.” My Musings: For Grace Parker, surfing is life. All she wants is to get a surfing scholarship to UC San Diego; too bad that’s not what her parent want. They want her to be a good little minion and go off to an Ivy League school. But Grace Parker has got drive, and when her best friend Ford signs her up for a surfing competition, she knows that she’s got to kick butt—one of the judges is UCSD’s surfing coach. I really liked this book. I think what I liked best about it was its local color. I really liked the way that the character talked, with all of their surfer slang and such. It was really fun trying to figure out what the heck […]