Reiview: Fade to Us-Julia Day


Young adult, romance, contemporary 



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Julia Day's Fade to Us is a story about found families, the bond of sisterhood, and the agony and awe of first love.

Brooke's summer is going to be EPIC― having fun with her friends and a job that lets her buy a car. Then her new stepfather announces his daughter is moving in. Brooke has always longed for a sibling, so she’s excited about spending more time with her stepsister. But she worries, too. Natalie has Asperger’s--and Brooke's not sure how to be the big sister that Natalie needs.

After Natalie joins a musical theater program, Brooke sacrifices her job to volunteer for the backstage crew. She’s mostly there for Natalie, but Brooke soon discovers how much she enjoys being part of the show. Especially sweet is the chance to work closely with charming and fascinating Micah--the production’s stage manager. If only he wasn't Natalie's mentor...

When her summer comes to an end, will Brooke finally have the family she so desperately wants--and the love she's only dreamed about?


When I first heard of this book, I got really excited at the aspect that there was a character with Aspergers Syndrome. I hardly ever find books that have any characters with disorders, when I do, they're not the best at depicting these types of disorders in a proper way. 

I really appreciate the author writing a character like this and adding in realistic talks, actions, and thoughts. You could tell how hard it was to be a parent of Natalie and a step-sister as well, but despite the difficult situation, everything did treat Natalie like she was a human being and not some kid with a disorder. 

This book definetely will stick with me, but not just for that reason, and I'll get into that. 

My Thoughts


I loved how this was a mixed-type family. Mother and daughter, a step-dad and his daughter all under one roof. It's not overly dramatic like some books, the step-dad isn't terrible or absent and neither is the mom. For all intents and purposes, they're a normal family. 

My issue with the family setting of the plot is how little they're shown together. This feels much more like a book about changes and adapting to life, so I would have liked to see some more plot development between the family, especially between the step-dad and Brooke. Their relationship felt pretty rushed toward the end, and I would have liked to see it more developed over the book instead of small, quick scenes between them that often left nothing to be desired. 

This kind of came off as a romance, and while it did have that aspect, it was a small amount. I was expecting a bit more in this stance, to be honest. The romance that was in it was shallow and not in depth. I would have wanted to see more of a relationship between Brooke and Micah. The end was rushed and didn't really add closure to their relationship and plans for the future. This is really just a very clean YA read, which is great, but not what I expected.

Natalie is the best part of this book, hands down. I think it's very important to raise awareness for any disorder, and Julia Day did fantastic at showing someone with Aspergers. It felt realistic and as if Julia Day personally knows someone like this (I know nothing about her life). This was the best plot point and how having Natalie made things difficult but also added some humor. 




Brooke is the main character of the story. I really want to say how sympathetic I feel towards Brooke in this book. She's seventeen, and while I understand its much different to have a step-sibling--or anyone with a disorder--around, I felt like the expectations put on her weren't fair. She came across as the mother-figure many times and I felt like the parents should have done better. Brooke as a character though was great. She's just trying to buy a car, be a good daughter and step-sister, and is falling for Micah. She's normal and down to earth, even talking about her jiggly thighs, which I connect with! She's just a normal, real teenager and I really appreciate that in this story.

The parents (because I can't remember their names) were a huge disappointment. They fell flat and felt two-dimensional to me. They could have been around more and took care of Natalie, not just leaving it to Brooke to handle so much. The step-dad especially disappointed me. He seemed like he wanted to try and connect more with Brooke but never really attempted to talk to her until the last chapter of the book. 

Natalie is my favorite character. Her presence is around even when she isn't. I love how real she comes across and if anyone has had experience with someone like this, they know it's pretty accurate. The conversations, how she talks and explains things, her meltdowns are all so real and written perfectly. 

Micah is the hero-ish of this story. I really wish I can say I love him but at this moment it's more of a general like. He came across nice, not too many problems, and liked Brooke a lot. All great, but he fell kinda flat for me. He just seemed like a side character and not really important. Which is why I'm disappointed because I thought this was more romance, not a story about family changes. We do learn some about Micah but I wish he was a more in-depth character.

Brooke has a friend (forgot her name because I didn't care for her!) and I couldn't' stand her. She doesn't like Natalie, mostly because she's different and doesn't understand her, which fine, is also realistic for someone who hasn't been around anyone like that. But she's just a terrible friend. She hardly talks to Brooke after she decides to hang out with Natalie more and ends up with Brooke's ex-boyfriend?? She seemed very snooty to me. I also would have liked their "fix" to be seen because we got nothing from them. 

Overall, this is an okay book. Natalie and the realistic way she's portrayed is really the only good thing about this book. It just fell flat and wasn't what I expected, espeically after reading the description itself. It's a pretty fast read but boring at parts and I ended up skipping over paragraphs and dialogue at times. 

This is a clean, YA book about family changes and a tad of romance. Nothing is fully completed it feels like by the end. It feels very cliff-hangy (its a standalone!) so I'm a tad annoyed at that. Have your read this book? What are your thoughts?


Review: This Mortal Coil-Emily Suvada

Book 1

Young adult, science fiction, dystopia



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In this gripping debut novel, seventeen-year-old Cat must use her gene-hacking skills to decode her late father’s message concealing a vaccine to a horrifying plague.

Catarina Agatta is a hacker. She can cripple mainframes and crash through firewalls, but that’s not what makes her special. In Cat’s world, people are implanted with technology to recode their DNA, allowing them to change their bodies in any way they want. And Cat happens to be a gene-hacking genius.

That’s no surprise, since Cat’s father is Dr. Lachlan Agatta, a legendary geneticist who may be the last hope for defeating a plague that has brought humanity to the brink of extinction. But during the outbreak, Lachlan was kidnapped by a shadowy organization called Cartaxus, leaving Cat to survive the last two years on her own.

When a Cartaxus soldier, Cole, arrives with news that her father has been killed, Cat’s instincts tell her it’s just another Cartaxus lie. But Cole also brings a message: before Lachlan died, he managed to create a vaccine, and Cole needs Cat’s help to release it and save the human race.

Now Cat must decide who she can trust: The soldier with secrets of his own? The father who made her promise to hide from Cartaxus at all costs? In a world where nature itself can be rewritten, how much can she even trust herself?


This story follows Caterina, the daughter of the worlds famous geneticist. When Cole shows up, revealing the death of her dad, she realizes that he holds the cure for the Hydra virus inside of him. She is the only one with the knowledge to figure out the cure and save whats left of humanity. But her journey isn't an easy one, as a secret organization--Cartaxus--is holding all technology and wants the cure just as bad. With secrets that will turn her life upside down, new friendships, and quick a plot twist, Caterina's life just got way more complicated. 

When I first went into this book, I wasn't sure what to expect. It didn't sound like something I usually read, and seemed a bit to science fiction for my current liking, but something drew me to it. Maybe the cover or the use of DNA and how different that sounded. I started out unsure but quickly became enthralled in this story, in the characters and the twists!

My Thoughts:


The idea that DNA has such a twist on the lives of people really caught me. I think it's cool and different how they can change their DNA with the use of technology. I do wish this was described a tad better. Going in, I thought this meant they could physically change themselves but maybe that's just on me. I would have liked some of these technological aspects to have been described a little better for people who aren't into it, hacking and coding. 

I think the whole dystopia atmosphere added to the story itself. I would have liked some more back story information put in. Obviously a flu type virus killed a lot of people, but some more info on the beginning of that would have been nice. 

There were a few parts in the plot that weren't explained well or handled good in my opinion. I felt lost at a few parts and often confused. I don't know coding, hacking and technology that well so sometimes I felt lost and needed a better explanation. To get a better understanding of the Hydra virus and why it affects them in such a way would have been great, too. 

Overall for the plot, it was good. It had it's high points and low points. I think towards the middle is where it really picked up for me, as it felt less like a cliche dystopian/science fiction. The twists toward the end hit one after another and I actually went "WHAT" at one point because I was caught completely off guard. 

The group Cartaxus was weird for me. It wasn't given a great development in the plot I think. I wanted to know more about them, if they're really bad or are good (although thanks to books, everyone is gray). I just wanted to know more about them and why they did what they did. It was pretty lackluster to me and a weak plot point.


Cat is a genius hacker which is awesome. I think that's something seldom seen in YA fiction (or at least in the books I read!). She's got this smart cookie, kickass feel to her without being completely impenetrable like other heroines in dystopia type worlds. Cat is realistic in the sense that she grows as the story continues, coming into herself and learning things. I felt for her when things started coming to light and I think she handled it pretty well. 

Cole is sent to Cat with the intent on protecting her and helping get the vaccine for the Hydra virus. He was sent by her dad, Dr. Lachlan Agatta. I wasn't too sure how to feel about this character in the start. I thought he was just there to help until the real love interest, Dax, showed up again. Cole kind of came off as stand-offish and I couldn't tell if he was friend or foe, especially bringing the news of her dads death. As the story went on, I found myself liking him more but I didn't have that connection I usually do with the heroes of the story. I would have liked a bit more emotion played into his parts and dialogue. 

Dax is barely in this book and I didn't like him in the beginning or near the end. 

Lachlan, Cat's dad, is something of an enigma I think. He first comes off as a regular father, just a highly sought after geneticist. The more we get to know him through Cat's inner thoughts, memories, and what's revealed shows a pretty messed up guy, even with the intention of saving humanity. He's a very gray character, and in my opinion a nice villain to the story. I can see somewhat of why he did what he did but I'd love more of an explanation.

So this was a pretty good read. it was a little slow in the beginning but keep with it because it's a pretty great story and I loved the last half of the book the most. The characters I enjoyed but I'd love some more to come in and see how they fit into her world. The plot could have been better executed but I felt like it held its own for what the story is about. I definitely recommend this to people who love sci/fi and dystopian type stories. It's not heavy on romance--there's barely any at all which I found nice for once. It came about slowly and wasn't rushed or instant. 


Review: Unloved By Katy Regnery


Romance, new adult



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My name is Cassidy Porter...

My father, Paul Isaac Porter, was executed twenty years ago for the brutal murder of twelve innocent girls.

Though I was only eight-years-old at the time, I am aware - every day of my life - that I am his child, his only son.

To protect the world from the poison in my veins, I live a quiet life, off the grid, away from humanity.

I promised myself, and my mother, not to infect innocent lives with the darkness that swirls within me, waiting to make itself known.

It's a promise I would have kept...if Brynn Cadogan hadn't stumbled into my life.

Now I exist between heaven and hell: falling for a woman who wants to love me, while all along reminding myself that I must remain...



I've read a lot of Katy Regnery's books. My favorite are her fairy tale remakes. They're dark and gritty and not for the faint of heart. Going into this, I wasn't too sure I'd like it since it doesn't really seem like her regular stuff. I gave it a chance though. 

Cassidy Porter's father murdered girls while he was on the road as a truck driver and it changed his life forever. Seen as nothing but an outcast, his mom move them up to the mountains to live with her dad. There, Cassidy grows up with the looming thought that he's just like his father and has to stay away from everyone, especially women. 

He wasn't expecting Brynn, a young woman who's gone through a lot lately. She recently lost someone very dear to her and leaves to the mountains, thinking it will be the closure she needs. She wasn't expecting an innocent, kind, gorgeous man to save her one night, but it kicks off their turbulent romance. 


My Thoughts:

I loved the attraction between these two characters. They could tell the other had been through turmoil and weren't ready to take that step past friendship. They each had demons to get over and knew it wasn't good to start a relationship yet. 

But! Being stuck in a cabin in the middle of the woods alone, doesn't make it easy. Eventually, Brynn tells the truth about why she was up in the mountain by herself, prompting Cassidy to become even more worried. 

Cassidy is such a sweetheart. He really hasn't had any contact with people besides his grandma and mom, let alone a woman he finds beautiful. He's awkward, unsure, and is quiet in the beginning. He doesn't want to get near Brynn for fear he'll kill her like his father did. 

I feel so much for what Brynn has gone through. But along the way, she slowly comes to terms with what happened and moves on, knowing that nothing has to hold her back from this relationship. It's beautiful to read about her transition from a shell-shocked woman to a confident one. 

Cassidy's story hurts. How this gentle giant thinks he's capable of hurting anyone is beyond me, but with the prejudice and his own family filling his head with ill thoughts, how can he think differently? 

I like that this is all happening in a cabin in the middle of the woods. It's all very romantic yet dangerous and different than other settings. 

What I really loved was probably the last 20% or so of the book. It had a major twist I certainly didn't see coming, but it made sense and wasn't too far-fetched. 

If you love a light plot with romance but enough turmoil and emotion to keep you gripped in the story and one heck of a plot twist, you'll love this!

Review: Almost-Anne Eliot


Young adult/romance



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At a freshman party she doesn't remember...Jess Jordan was almost raped.
...Almost. Very nearly. Not quite. Three years later, Jess has managed to make everyone believe she's better. Over it. Because she is....Almost. Very nearly. Not quite.

Unfortunately, until Jess proves she's back to normal activities, her parents won't discuss college. So, she lands a summer internship and strikes a deal with hockey jock, Gray Porter: He gets $8,000. She gets a fake boyfriend and a social life. 

Jess has no idea Gray signed on for reasons other than money. She also never expects to fall in love. But Gray’s amazingly hot, holds her hand all the time, and makes her forget that he’s simply doing his job. It’s like having a real boyfriend
...Almost. Very nearly. Not quite.

Gray Porter is hiding secrets of his own. About Jess Jordan. About why he’s driven to protect her, why he won't cash her checks, or deny her anything she asks.



I first read Almost years back, and it was, at the time, the only book out by Anne Eliot. I wanted to read more from this author!

This story is gripping but light. Anne writes tough situations very nicely and delicately, which was a relief from such harder, more descript situations from other books. From the beginning, we get the feeling that something has happened to our main character, Jess. She'd rather be alone, and nothing can help her. She makes everyone believe that she's alright, when in reality, she's being crushed under the weight of her almost rape. 

I adore Jess. She's such a brave yet broken character. She tries to be "normal" but it doesn't quite work out. She went through a terrible ordeal and hasn't dealt with it yet. She's witty and a bit sarcastic, which I love! Her inner thoughts and dialogue sometimes had me laughing!

“Ignoring Gray Porter is like ignoring an elephant in a tutu. A really hot elephant in a tutu... a very manly tutu." 

Gray was such a great male character. He was hesitant to be around Jess in the beginning and acted a bit arrogant to keep her away. They clashed immediately, but in that cute way, you know? Gray is so complex and I couldn't really figure out what was going on with him and some of the reasons why he did what he did until it was all revealed. Like Jess, Gray was humorous and I loved reading what he had to say a lot!

“With a lightning quick glance at me first, he reads one bumper sticker: “Member: BBB. Boys in Books are Better?” 

These two together are cute. This story isn't full of steamy scenes, it's innocent but loving and I love it because those types of stories are almost nil now. You can tell these two belong together from the moment Gray bumped into her-her car- and I was rooting from the beginning. Both are geeks and plan to get a job at the same place-only one position is open. 

What's interesting is how they came to fall in love. She pays him $8,000 and she gets a social life to really show everyone that she's alright now and isn't having problems anymore. I enjoyed watching them go from bickering to falling in love, to falling apart. One of my favorite couples I've read.

“Person Slaughtered: Me.
Method used: Dimple.” 

Review: Rescuing Bryn-Susan Stoker

Book 6, standalone




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When you’re a Delta Force soldier, you see a lot. Often too much. But nothing can ever prepare you to see your entire team die before your eyes… 

The loss of his Delta brothers—and his arm—has Dane “Fish” Munroe still struggling months later. He’s moved to Idaho, where an isolated lifestyle is making things worse, not better. Not that there’s anyone left to care. 

Actually, Bryn Hartwell cares. In fact, she tries to surreptitiously make life just a little easier for the mysterious man who comes into the grocery where she works late at night, only to get a tongue lashing for her trouble. Still, he’s obviously hurting; someone has to worry about him, spurring Bryn to nurse Dane when he hits a particularly low point. 

Intrigued by the quirky, kind, socially awkward woman, Dane allows himself to get close to someone for the first time in ages. A potentially epic mistake—because when her interest in the prepper lifestyle puts Bryn in the hands of a homegrown terrorist, losing her could put Dane’s mental recovery permanently out of reach. 

But once a Delta, always a Delta. And there’s a team in Texas who are ready to have Dane’s back at a moment’s notice. 




I LOVE Stokers books. I've read every single one, grabbing them the second I notice they're out. Which is usually within seconds because I basically watch for (stalk) them. I've been pretty excited about this one because of how different it is compared to the others. 

Dane "Fish" Munroe lost his arm and his team while fighting overseas. Luckily the Delta team goes in and saves him. It's been hard for Fish to adjust, especially with the PTSD. 

Bryn is different. She's incredibly smart and has a bit of Aspergers, making her talk a lot and is full of little factoids. Many think she's a freak and can't stand how much she talks. 

The Good:

Firstly, I love Bryn. She's such a different character to all the other women we've read about it and it was quite refreshing. She's such a sweet woman who just wants to help Fish deal with his PTSD, even before they officially meet. How her personality is described and how she acts is pretty spot on from what I've seen and I really appreciate Stoker for doing that. 

Dane is amazing, like all the other guys I've read from Stoker. He's unsure about Bryn at first, thinking she's stalking him at the grocery store. But the more time they spend together, he finds himself falling for her, talkative mouth and factoid saying all. I love how he handled her and understood and didn't push. And I love how Bryn was with Dane and his insecurity toward his prosthetic.

We didn't get to see a lot of the Delta team, but I know this isn't really their story. Nevertheless, I did enjoy the times they were there for Dane, especially Truck. I thought that was perfect. 


The Bad:

Firstly, it was too short. I finished reading it in less than two hours. Not a bad thing per se, but man, I wish they all were forever longer. 

I do with the suspense and bad guy part were more prominent. It felt really secondary in the story, and I wish it didn't feel just thrown in at last minute. 


I can't wait for the next one in the series! This has romance, a bit of suspense and a few laughs. Each book is a standalone, but reading in order will get the most of the books!

Review: Half-Blood-Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Young adult, paranormal



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The Hematoi descend from the unions of gods and mortals, and the children of two Hematoi—pure-bloods—have godlike powers. Children of Hematoi and mortals—well, not so much. Half-bloods only have two options: become trained Sentinels who hunt and kill daimons or become servants in the homes of the pures.

Seventeen-year-old Alexandria would rather risk her life fighting than waste it scrubbing toilets, but she may end up slumming it anyway. There are several rules that students at the Covenant must follow. Alex has problems with them all, but especially rule #1: Relationships between pures and halfs are forbidden.

Unfortunately, she's crushing hard on the totally hot pure-blood Aiden. But falling for Aiden isn't her biggest problem—staying alive long enough to graduate the Covenant and become a Sentinel is. If she fails in her duty, she faces a future worse than death or slavery: being turned into a daimon, and being hunted by Aiden. And that would kind of suck.




So I had read this when it first came out, way back in 2011 and remembered nothing of it. In fact, I had forgotten all about the series itself. Until I saw the new covers. I decided to have a re-read and leave my review. 



So the one thing I liked about this is that it's long, but a quick read. I never read a dull moment. From conversations, to fighting, and mystery, it was fast and always moving. It worked perfectly with the plot and I love books like this. 

“So? What are you going to do about it? Throw your mashed potatoes at me? I'm consumed by terror.” 

Alexandria is awesome. She's kick ass, always has a witty one liner, and is fierce against any force. I felt so connected to her, because in a way, I relate to her so much. She's literally me in the way she talks and handles situations! She's returned to school to learn how to fight so she can one day rid the world of daimons. Her dream is to be a Senetal, the highest form of a warrior in their world. But she's gotta take more classes since having been pulled from the school and she's not sure if it'll happen.

Especially with Aiden, one of the high up fighters. 

“Okay. I’m ready to move onto something else, like practicing with knives or defense against the dark arts. Cool things.”
“Did you just quote Harry Potter?” 

I love their interactions. From the moment they're together, we know they belong with each other. They fight through words-and weapons-and deeply care for each other. I was rooting for them since the beginning, but knew they'd have a tough go. Because Pure's (children of Hematoi, gods) can't be with Half-Bloods (Hematoi who got it on with a human). This was an interesting development in the story. It's not hard for them because he's her teacher in a sense, but add in a law of them being unfit for each other, and it becomes tough

The side characters are all note worthy, but one specifically is Seth. He's what they call a Apollyon. He's got like super powers and is basically the Brittany Spears of their world, a la 2000's. But, Seth and Alex are more intertwined then they could have seen and everything just got more tough.

I love the fighting scenes, and the daimons. It's so neat to have so much action and love and craziness in one book. 



There isn't much bad that I found in this book. But I did notice something right off the bad, and maybe this isn't considered "bad" but I'll put it here anyway:

This story strongly resembles Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead. 

From the second Axel talked she reminded me of Rose Hathaway. There were scenes that were almost to a t of that scenes from VA. It boggled me. I believe this and VA were released around the same time. I'm not saying one copied the other, but man, the resemblance is uncanny. 

Other than this, I really loved the book and yes, one of the major reasons I'm going to continue reading the series is because it reminds me so much of VA and I miss that world. So this is familiar and comforting and I'm not gonna stop reading it now!


What do you guys think of this? Let me know below!


“There is a difference between love and need. Sometimes, what you feel is immediate and without rhyme or reason.” 

Review: Deep Dark Secrets-Sarra Cannon

Deep Dark Secrets

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young adult, paranormal

4.5 stars

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One year ago, seventeen-year-old Marayah Freeman nearly died in a tragic car accident that also took the life of her best friend, Hailey.

Memories of the accident plague Marayah, but no one believes they’re real. They say there was no shadowy figure on the bridge that night. No oil-black tears running down Hailey's face. No guy who appeared from a bright light in the forest. 

Frustrated, Marayah locks those memories away and tries to focus on the future, but the past keeps pulling her back. A guy who looks like the stranger from the forest enrolls in her school, and her nightmares are getting worse. But when she finds a note in her locker, the mystery of the accident becomes more terrifying than ever. The note is from Hailey.

If I’m dead— 
it wasn’t an accident.”





I've read each and every one of Cannon's books, eagerly waiting for each one because I found her during her first book's release. That's awesome, but also sad because it kills me to wait. When she asked for ARC (Advance reader copies) readers, I totally jumped on board and finish this within a day. 

This is different from her other works, primarily her series involving witches, but I looked forward to this new series and new characters. I wasn't disappointed. 


The Good:

I love Marayah. She starts out as this sad, almost chaotic character who's finally released from a psychiatric program after dealing with a huge accident the year prior. We meet her and she's just wanting to get home, but inside is still sad and confused. I felt so much for her in the beginning, especially as she transistions back to being home and going to school. It was obviously hard for her. 

Now, add in supernatural and high school becomes even worse. 

The Native American aspect to this was so neat. I don't know much about their stories and culture, so it was neat to hear about what they believe in and how it all wraps into Marayah's story. It was a pretty neat and different story plot, one I've yet to have seen and I really appreciate that. 

Jordan and Marayah are too cute. I can't wait to read more of them in the coming books, and hope they're will be more of their "time" together! I also like how Jordan is involved in all of this, it's like mystery after mystery with this book. 

It's sad how this supernatural entity wrapped itself into this town and messed up lives in the process, but I thought it was a neat villain for this story. 


The Bad:

None. Because this book is awesome. 

Okay, I lie. The only bad is that it's too short. It needs to be a thousand pages!


If you enjoy supernatural stories and beings, a dash of love and mystry, this is for you!

Review: The Other Side of Gravity-Shelly Crane

The Other Side of Gravity

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young adult, romance, dystopian



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My name is Maxton and I’m a trader. 

I live on a soulless planet where gravity, oxygen, and everything else are sold to the highest bidder on the black market. People are sold on the black market, too. You have to work really hard not to become one of those people. Pay your taxes, keep your friends and family close, and more than anything else—don’t get caught by the Militia. But all the rules changed for me the day I found her. 


My name is Sophelia and I’m a stowaway. 

I’ve been a slave for almost as long as I can remember. Waiting for the one day, one second, for my proprietor to turn his head so I could run and never look back. Now I'm on the run. And on a planet where no one is on your side and people would turn you in for a good meal or a piece of a silver, being on the run on Landu is the last place you want to be. Until he found me. 

I won't survive without him. 

I can't breathe without her.


I've read everything by Shelly Crane. More than a few times. It's come to the point, where I don't even both reading the synopsis anymore. Why bother? I know I'm going to like it. I say this about every book of hers, and not once has it been a let down.


The Other Side of Gravity was so much more.


Sophelia has been through a lot for being young. The world they live in, isn't like ours. Sophelia used to live in the stacks as it's called. A place where the poor live. It's gritty and not a very pleasant place to live, but as a child, she did okay there. Until something happens that sets into events that change her life. Suddenly, the slums don't seem so bad. Where she goes is much worse.


Fast forward about ten years, and she's finally breaking free. She's on the run to-hopefully-a better place. But then she runs into Maxton.


The one thing I love about Shelly Crane, is that the male characters she writes about, are amazing! You can't help but swoon and drool every time one is introduced (unless they're the bad guys!) Maxton was no different. I loved him immediately-even if he does begin on the wrong side of things. Once he meets Sopehlia, he knows she's different. And the second it clicked for him that he wanted her, and would do anything to be with her, he wasn't going to stop until he trusted her and believed her worth. He just wants her to feel free and whole. Here is a scene between them, which stuck with me:


"I've got you, Soph," I assure her, "I promise."

And then my hands slid to the backs of her legs as I picked her up, feeling smug knowing that the gasp she let loose wasn't for show but all too real, and then pressed her to the wall with my hips as I held her there tightly against me. In her eyes, I could see she didn't care that the Militia were on the way to us or that she could be about to float away into the atmosphere. No, there was only her and me, the wall against her back and the non-existent space between us."




The world is set up in such a way that fascinates me. I haven't read something like it before. A world where you have to pay for oxygen, fight to keep your home and work harder than ever before to stay alive. It's interesting to read about a world like this, how it's so different from the Earth they learned about in their one day of school. 


It was nice that we got to meet Maxton's family. They're a good bunch, and I hope to see them again in the next book.


There isn't a lot of stable side characters in this one. It isn't until toward the end when we finally meet two guys who will hopefully stick around for a while. They're pretty amusing to read, as twins who speak at the same time and have a good sense of humor. Here is a part I couldn't stop laughing at (Sophelia's POV):


"Let me at her, Rod!" Fletch fought against his brother's arms around his shoulder. "I'll teach her to dis the Snoop."

"I can't even with you guys!" I yelled in a huff.

Maxton finally came to my rescue. "Come on, guys,  we've got to get serious.z'

"Snoop Dog is serious!" he yelled back. "He's a legend!"

"Elvis is a legend," Maxton argued back.

"Who?" both the twins said at the same time.

I smacked my hands over my face. "I give," I said through my fingers.

Maxton took a breath to calm himself from laughing and asked, "You two are freaking hopeless. How do you know who Snoop Dog is and not Elvis?"

Roddy once again answered, "Mom only allowed the classics in our home."


As you can see, the humor is great. It adds a lighter tone, especially when needed. 


The bad guys are bad, eliciting a shiver of fear and disgust whenever I hear him talk. I'm excited to see how everything will play out in book two!


This is told from both Maxton's and Sophelia's POV. It does end with a cliffhanger of sorts, and you'll be dying for the next one!


Review: Everyday-David Leviathan



Young Adult



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Every day a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl.
There’s never any warning about where it will be or who it will be. A has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere.

It’s all fine until the morning that A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply. Because finally A has found someone he wants to be with—day in, day out, day after day.


Contains spoilers*




Sometimes, authors get brilliant ideas, one that seems out of this world, new, and creative. A challenge of sorts to keep it fresh. David Leviathan had that brilliant idea and wrote it, pouring his words into something unique and special. I read that book, and it sucked. 

Going into this book, I was curious about the story. I've had it on my shelf for a few years now, and though I had intended to read it, the book never caught my interest again. Since I'm currently doing the Reading Quest, this book fit one of the boxes so it pushed me to finally read it. 

I didn't know what I was getting into. The synopsis, while telling, also came off as mysterious and I had no idea what this book was really about. But I gave it a shot, and here I go...


The Good:

None. Literally, none at all. 


The Bad:

Let's begin...

A is Dr. Sam Beckett, who happens to be a quantum, a being that jumps from body to body. A has no body of it's own, and stays in the host body from morning to midnight every day. He doesn't remember the previous body after a certain amount of time, and registers some known info from the current host body to get through the day. 

There are a lot, and I mean a lot of questions that don't get answered. So if you're someone who needs answers about the how, what, and why, then don't bother with this because you'll get nothing. Which really irked me, because I love finding answers to my questions. It was a huge disappointment, as I had to force myself to finish this book, and I did for the sole reason of needing to know how, why, and what. 

There are inconsistancies throughout this. At one point, A explains that he doesn't know any of their inner thoughts, then days later, he can dig through and use it to get about his day. I was often confused because his little "rules" for himself get changed around when the plot deems it so. 

From the beginning, you get a feel for the possibility of not getting answers, but I had high hopes. I instead focused on the story itself. Which was bad. 

There were two points of this story: the romance and A being that typical Nice Guy in YA books, and the other is focusing on various plots from side characters, or the characters that A leaps into. It came across rather boring and repetitive after the first few leaps. 

Firstly, the romance. You know I'm all for the romance, but this one was such a let down! Okay, the second A meets Rhiannon, he's in her boyfriends body, Justin. Justin is an A-hole with obvious anger towards the world and an obsession for putting his girlfriend down. A immediately falls for her, mostly because he "gets" her, and can tell she's sad but strong. Um, you fall for her because she's a sad human being that's obviously been mentally and emotionally abused by the dude who you are currently inhabiting? Cool. And since A knows he won't be in Justin's body the next day, A sets a plan in motion to basically stalk her and get her to fall for whoever's body A is in. This is creepy and stalkerish, plus you're using a random person to get her to fall in love with. 

I get along the story that we're supposed to sympathize with A and his plight of forever jumping into unwilling people who have no idea someone has taken over. No, its impossible to feel bad for someone that's basically possessing a person without them knowing. That's stuff in a horror movie, and A needs to be exercised. A literally messes up their life by skipping school, having fights, becoming a different person, and even MOVING AWAY?? Like, come on! That's not cool. 

The second one is about the "hosts." Each and everyone we read about has a problem. Obesity, depression, trans, rich and mean parents, etc. After a while it started to get repetitive and Leviathan's own preferences came through in a bad way. Like, he totally pushes his viewpoint and we as readers can't develop our own thoughts. At one point, A inhabits a females body and tries to get Rhiannon to fall for her. The fact that Leviathan pushes that and writes as if it's her fault for not being able to love the opposite gender is just terrible. I'm into dudes, does that mean I'm wrong or my feelings aren't justified? 

This isn't science fiction at all. Or paranormal. It's all romance. And usually I'm okay with this, but for this case, I'm not. It was written poorly, I couldn't stand being in A's mind, and I felt no connection with anyone in this book. Awesome, you have a problem, big whoop, is how I felt toward them. 



This wasn't what I thought it would be like. Besides the obvious of its genre being labeled wrong, I felt disconnected toward everyone, and the views that Leviathan pushes made me uncomfortable and angry. I don't recommend this book, especially for people who need answers. 

Review: The Darkest Minds-Alexandra Bracken

The Darkest Minds


young adult, fantasy




"That girl was gone forever, and all that was left was a product of the place that had taught her to fear the bright things inside of her heart."

When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something frightening enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that got her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that had killed most of America’s children, but she and the others emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they could not control.

Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones. When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. She is on the run, desperate to find the only safe haven left for kids like her—East River. She joins a group of kids who have escaped their own camp. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can’t risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents. When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at having a life worth living.




I've had this book on my shelf for a few years now. I hadn't wanted to read it, it was a cover buy through and through (I know, but please limit rock throwing). I had read Passenger by Alexandra Bracken first, and though I finished it, the book wasn't up to the standards that everyone gave it. For me, anyways. So following that disaster, I wasn't sure if I'd like The Darkest Minds. 

I decided to join in on a readathon-pretty last minute as well-called the 24IN48. Where you read 24 hours in that 48 hour timespan. Well, I chose this book, not really knowing that I'd actually read it and it would bring me out of a couple month long book slump!


The Good:

Surprisingly, I loved this book. I haven't read a good young adult fantasy in years, and this one really hit the spot. I love Ruby. I think she grows from being a child of imprisonment to a strong young woman whose had a tough go at life because she has "powers." I loved reading her character development, as it rapidly grows during the course of the book. I felt for her in so many places, like the confusion of suddenly being around boys, or finding herself filled with doubts. It's things we relate to (kind of) and I grew to feel connected with her, something that can be difficult given the fantasy/dystopian type setting. 

One of the parts of this story is how children died from a disease and others lived on but had "powers" and many were afraid of them. Some had the ability to light things on fire with their minds, and were deemed dangerous and were killed. I find this interesting and different, especially as it's fantasy and everything seems to have been done twice over. 

The disease is called IAAN, or Idiopathic Adolescent Acute Neurodegeneration. I'm not sure why, but I think it's a cool name. 

The friendship Ruby gains from this book is amazing. I fell in love with this side characters and some parts tore me completely apart and others made me believe that everything would be okay in the end. Okay?


Liam. As I kept reading his character and see his words, I grew closer to him. I love Liam so much. He keeps up this funny persona and keeps everyone calm despite the mortal danger they're constantly in. Yet at some points, he stands up and become serious to protect his friends. And he's not the typical YA hero/love interest. They're always talked about how hot they are or they're moody and mean to the MC in the beginning. Liam is so nice! He's respected Ruby from the beginning and tried to keep her with the group. And when he started to develop feelings for Ruby, I swooned. 

"Did you know ... you make me so happy that sometimes I actually forgot to breathe?"

Ruby and Zu. I don't know a lot about Zu and her past, and I'm hoping we'll see more of her and her past in the coming books. But I adore these two. Zu is like eleven or so years old, and Ruby comes in and starts to feel like the older sister. There's one scene in particular that I really cherish and its when they're at a Walmart and Zu finds a pretty dress. Ruby demands that she try it on, and from there they play with makeup and try on shoes and do each others hair. These are things that have been taken from their grasp because they've been put into what's the equivalent of a jail. It just struck me and I felt so bad for them but happy that they got to experience this. 

Liam and Chubs. These two together are perfect. They're funny and though they can banter with each other and have different ways of doing stuff, they're close and you can feel the love between them. 

"Use the damn map," Chubs groused behind him.
"I can figure it out without it," Liam insisted. He kept swiveling his head back and forth, like he expected someone to appear and guide him in the right direction with road flares and fanfare.
Five minutes later, the map was spread over the steering wheel, and Chubs was gloating in the backseat.

"It feels like we should do something," he said. "Like, send her off on a barge out to sea and set her on fire. Let her go in a blaze of glory."

Chubs raised an eyebrow. "Its a minivan, not a viking."


The Bad:

This isn't considered "bad" really, it's just something I don't like because of the choices Ruby has to think about or do. Her power is to basically read someones thoughts and feelings. But going too deep can cause that person to forget Ruby entirely. Ouch.

I want some more info on this IAAN disease and these camps they put kids with powers in. 

It tended to slow down in some parts, and got boring and went on for too long in some scenes. I wish it was a little more exciting at some parts, but I enjoyed it nevertheless. 

We lose someone towards the end of the book. It hurts. Not a bad thing, I guess, but I don't like that it happened. 

Also, Ruby has a tough choice to make and I hate it. 


If you're into fantasy stories with great devlopment, growing characters with a bit of love and friendship, you've gotta read this one. 

Review: Wink Poppy Midnight-April Genevieve Tucholke

Wink, Poppy, Midnight


young adult, mystery



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Every story needs a hero. 
Every story needs a villain. 
Every story needs a secret. 

Wink is the odd, mysterious neighbor girl, wild red hair and freckles. Poppy is the blond bully and the beautiful, manipulative high school queen bee. Midnight is the sweet, uncertain boy caught between them. Wink. Poppy. Midnight. Two girls. One boy. Three voices that burst onto the page in short, sharp, bewitching chapters, and spiral swiftly and inexorably toward something terrible or tricky or tremendous. 

What really happened? 
Someone knows. 
Someone is lying. 





Going into this story, I wasn't totally sure what I was about to read. It seemed like a mystery, one where I would figure it out before the big reveal came, and the characters would be normal and the romance perfect. I didn't read reviews before this, I kept it vague because I wanted-on the off chance that it was good-to be surprised. 


Well, I was surprised. 


Let me first begin with this story plot. I finished reading this book, and I'm still a little lost. I feel like the mystery wasn't completely solved even though it was. Even sitting here now, I'm wondering and going over the ending over and over again. Because it was so surprising and different. It was good yet not. I'm so torn on this book.



The writing in this book is different. Okay, let's be real: this book was just weird. Like, really weird. I had no idea what I was reading most of the time, but I couldn't put it down. I needed to know what the heck was going on, and to do that, I needed to finish reading it. April has a way with words and keeping the readers attention focused. I could not let this one go. I needed to finish it. So I read it in a day, and here I am, trying to get my thoughts focused to write this review.


Midnight: the male Hero of this book. First off, people in this book have weird names. Anyway, he's our main Hero and to be quite honest, I didn't fully connect with him. I'm not sure why but he just fell flat to me. That doesn't mean I didn't like his character, but what you'll see as I continue on, I didn't really connect with anyone.


"I knew one's body, every dip, every inch, every toe, everybend. 

The other had her hand in mine and it was the first time we'd ever touched."-Midnight.


Poppy: Ah, one of the leading ladies. In the beginning, I hated Poppy. She was a bully who hurt everyone. I thought she was the worse person and I felt no sympathy towards her. She had rich parents, she jumped between guys, she messed with everyone's feelings. It was horrible. But as I continued on, something happened. Suddenly, I understood her. Everything she did, the way she spoke. Poppy is lost, and those who are lost wander until they find their rightful spot. That's what Poppy did. 


"But I plan on dying when I'm still young and beautiful like Marilyn Monroe, just watch me."-Poppy.


Wink: This is an interesting character for sure. I had no idea what to make of her. She was weird, different, and crazy. I usually like those characters, and while Wink is great, I didn't fully enjoy reading about her. I was mostly confused about her and her family, the stories she kept telling Midnight. 


"I shouldn't have kissed the Hero. The kissing was supposed to come at the very end. After the montser, and the fight. After the glass cofin and the pinprick of blood."-Wink.


There is barely any romance, so don't expect that. I don't usually read these kinds of books, but I just felt the need to, and oddly, it was nice. It was a simple story, yet so complex without the romance involved. 


The end is crazy. I don't know how to proporly talk about the ending without giving something away, so I'll just say that it blew me away, and for someone who usually has the reveals figured out, this one threw me for a loop. Everything wraps up nicenly. The Hero has a family, Poppy's ending was surprising and Wink... She still seemed lost to me. I don't know, you'll just have to read this to understand what I'm talking about. 

Review: Cress-Marissa Meyer


3 of 4

science-fiction, romance, young adult



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Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together they're plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army.

Their best hope lies with Cress, who has been trapped on a satellite since childhood with only her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker; unfortunately, she's just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

When a daring rescue goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing stop her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only ones who can.

"When she was just a child, the witch locked her away in a tower that had neither doors nor stairs."


I've been most excited to read Cress since I've started the series. Because of Scarlet, I became a huge bookdragon and flew through Cress with an unnatural speed. Just kidding, I've always been a bookdragon, but you get me.


We begin the story with Cress, a girl who has been locked away in a satellite because of her computer skills. Sybil, who acts as Mother Gothel, figured she could be of use to find Cinder and her rag tag team. Cress knows all about Cinder and everyone else, as she has nothing better to do than scour the net feed for information on them.


If you don't recall, Cress was briefly mentioned in Cinder, as she helped give info about Queen Levana and her plans for Kai. Cress is young and innocent, having never been to earth and doesn't remember life on Luna.


Cress reaches Cinder and everyone on the Rampian, Thorne's ship, and they agree to pick her up for help in their quest to take down Queen Levana. But once Throne gets to the satellite, everything goes wrong and they both fall from space.They land in the middle of the desert. Everyone thinks they're dead and one from the group is taken by Sybil.


Surviving in the desert isn't easy, especially since she's never seen earth and she's stuck with the man she has a huge crush on. Cress isn't sure about a lot of things, but I believe she was very brave from being in space to earth and having to literally show the way to help. Through this, Cress doesn't give up, even when she desperately wants to. She's such a brave yet real character. She doesn't know how to fight or take care of herself, and she's a bit too trusting but she's tough when she needs to be.


“Maybe there isn’t such a thing as fate. Maybe it’s just the opportunities we’re given, and what we do with them. I’m beginning to think that maybe great, epic romances don’t just happen. We have to make them ourselves.” -Cress

Thorne appeared in Scarlet, and I loved him in it. I was excited to have the chance to read his POV some more. Since it's their book, we see Cress and Thorne's POV a lot more, getting to know them better. Throne still has the comedic factor, and at times uses that to keep Cress calm from the dangers of earth. Yet, we learn of a softer side of him. The inner boy that had to grow up too fast. 

“I promise, I will not let you die without being kissed.” -Thorne

I love these two together so much! I thought Thorne was perfect to be with Cress. She, so pure and open, and he, wrought down by life's struggles. They work well and I loved seeing them together. 

“An animal?" Thorne said, and she realized he'd been waiting for her to further explain what she was seeing.
"It has long legs and horns and...and it's beautiful."
"Oh, good, we're back to this, then.”- Thorne, Cress

Of course, this is told from multiple POV's so we get to read about the others and what's going on there. It's good to keep up. Usually I don't like the multiple character POV's but in this series I quite like it. The plot is moving along very well. There isn't any inconsistencies or plot holes. It's well planned. 

I don't actually have anything negative about the story. The plot, writing, and characters are-in my opinion-perfect. I'm excited to start Winter!



Review: Scarlet-Marissa Meyer


2 of 4

science-fiction, romance, young adult



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*Before you read this, the review may contain slight spoilers. Please read at your own risk*



Cinder is back and trying to break out of prison―even though she'll be the Commonwealth's most wanted fugitive if she does―in this second installment from Marissa Meyer.

Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit's grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn't know about her grandmother, or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother's whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana.



“Little Red was a tender young morsel, and the wolf knew she would be even tastier than the old woman.” 



Because it took me so long to finish Cinder, I thought it would take me awhile to finish Scarlet as well. I was nervous going into it, thinking that Scarlet doesn't sound that interesting and it would be typical and I would know the story. And I wasn't sure about reading about Cinder again.


Yet, I still read it thanks to my friend, Rebecca, who asked me to buddy read with her.


Scarlet blew me away.


This book is much more fast paced than Cinder, first off. I was into the story right off the bat. I was insanely curious about Scarlet, her grandmother and the secrets they both kept. I found myself unable to put the book down for a second and ended up finishing it in one day. Needless to say, I'm not good at buddy reading!


This book starts off from Scarlet's POV. What happened to Cinder at the end of her book is being seen through Scarlet's eyes as she's working and sees it on the TV. She's sympathetic to Cinder and what she's going through, which makes her even more awesome just for that. Scarlet's grandmother has been missing for a few weeks and she wants to know where she is and if she's okay. Her grandmother wouldn't just leave, especially without a goodbye. But Scarlet begins to learn that her grandmother has many secrets, some even dangerous. Her journey through this story starts shaky and ends up with strength and determination. Scarlet is strong and willful, demanding to know what happened and uncovers the secrets on the way, unraveling some major clues as to who the Princess is and how they're all connected.


“I'm going to escape now.”- Scarlet

Wolf comes into the picture. He's mysterious, shy, and unsure of himself. It's different from the total alpha and arrogant men we read about nowadays. It was refreshing to read about a man that while mysterious, is also sweet and shy, very boy like. We aren't sure about Wolf and what's going on with him. Is he an actual wolf? Is his name just ironic to his aggressive looking stature? Who knows! But I adored him all the same. We can tell he's hiding something but secrets are slow coming and it drove me nuts because I couldn't figure out if I should trust him or not. He's strong and brave, yet something dark lies beneath it all.

“I know you must want nothing to do with me. I don’t blame you.” Wolf scrunched up his shoulders, and met her with an expression full of regret. “But you’re the only one, Scarlet. You’ll always be the only one.”- Wolf

Scarlet and Wolf are great together. They interact smoothly and realistically. It's awkward when it should be and cute at the right moments. I loved reading about them and was upset when the next chapter was from a different person's POV. I found myself rooting for them to stay together and and was so sad at a few parts. I just love them and reading about their time together. 

“Amusement touched the corner of his lips. "Animals love me."
"Oh, I'm sure they do," Scarlet said, beaming with fake encouragement. She shut the door before muttering, "What farm animals don't love a wolf?” -Scarlet, Wolf

We also meet another new character, Captain Lieutenant Thorne. I absolutely love Thorne! He adds a much needed comedic relief to the tense story. He's so sarcastic and cracks funny jokes that had me laughing! 

“She surveyed him for a long moment, her brows knitting together. "Murder?"
His grin grew. "Thank you, but no. I started a riot in the yard." He adjusted his collar, before adding, "We were protesting the soap."
Her confusion grew, and Thorne noticed that she was still in her defensive stance.
"The soap," he said again, wondering if she'd heard him. "It's too drying."
She said nothing.
"I have sensitive skin.” -Thorne, Cinder

What I loved about Scarlet is all the twists! I was pleasantly surprised at a bunch of parts. I didn't see them coming and that really made me enjoy it even more. At one point I stared at my wall for five minutes in shock. It all flowed very well, and it was my favorite of the series until I read Cress! I love how these books incorporate fairy tales and intertwining the characters together throughout all the books. With it's sci-fi Star Wars feel to it, and the way it's written with the characters, this truly is an original, amazing series. We have Cinder and Kai in addition to Wolf, Scarlet, and Thorne, making each POV refreshing.

I didn't like Cinder but Scarlet surprised me. Push through Cinder because the rest are really good!

Review: Cinder-Marissa Meyer


1 of 4

science fiction, young adult



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Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth's fate hinges on one girl. . . .

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She's a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister's illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai's, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world's future.






“Even in the Future, the Story Begins with Once Upon a Time.” 


I started Cinder back in October, but only now have I finished it. Things got in the way, and to be honest, I wasn't feeling this book. Or at least the beginning, middle, and almost end of it.


Cinder is our main character, a cyborg-meaning she is a human/machine. She's obviously like Cinderella in this story. Cinder is curious, and has human thoughts and feelings, but can't completely express them. Her love for Peony, her little step-sister, was lovely to read about and I felt with Cinder at certain parts. She's talented as a mechanic, and I loved how everything resembled Star Wars. It added a cool element to the futuristic environment.


Iko is a robot that works for Cinder's family. She's adorable and always spouting off things that made me laugh. I'm glad she was there for Cinder through everything.


“Prince Kai! Check my fan, I think I'm overheating.” -Iko


Prince Kai is going through a lot! We got to read from his POV a few times, which was interesting and refreshing from Cinder's mind. Kai has to take care of his kingdom and put the people before him by doing something he doesn't want to do. He's brave, taking care of his people first and putting his feelings on the backburner.



I do wish we saw them more together. They were hardly together in this story, and I was a bit upset about that. The first half of the book dragged and I felt a lot of it didn't need to be in the story. The step-mother was horrid, as she should be. The Cinderella tale was there without overdoing it.The ball took forever to arrive, and it was certainly handled differently.


“She was a cyborg, and she would never go to a ball.” 


Queen Levana was an interesting character, and I'm looking forward to seeing more of her. I hope her true colors shine more in the next few books, I would love more villainous acts from her.


This has three and a half stars because it really-personally-dragged from the beginning to a little over halfway and then it seemed to pick up the pace more.


“Believe me, Cinder. You are a sacrifice I will never regret.” 

Review: Slammed-Colleen Hoover



Romance, young adult



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Falling in love can feel like poetry. Or it can feel like a slam to the heart. Colleen Hoover’s romantic, emotion-packed debut novel unforgettably captures all the magic and confusion of first love, as two young people forge an unlikely bond before discovering that fate has other plans for them. Following the unexpected death of her father, eighteen-year-old Layken becomes the rock for both her mother and younger brother. She appears resilient and tenacious, but inside, she's losing hope. Then she meets her new neighbor Will, a handsome twenty-one-year-old whose mere presence leaves her flustered and whose passion for poetry slams thrills her. Not long after a heart-stopping first date during which each recognizes something profound and familiar in the other, they are slammed to the core when a shocking discovery brings their new relationship to a sudden halt. Daily interactions become impossibly painful as they struggle to find a balance between the feelings that pull them together and the forces that tear them apart. Only through the poetry they share are they able to speak the truth that is in their hearts and imagine a future where love is cause for celebration, not regret.





"Choose your battles, but not very many."

I love Colleen Hoover so much. This is the first book that I've read by her, and it won't be the last. Each book she writes has a way of taking every bit of your soul and crushing it to smithereens. Don't let the pain keep you from cracking open her books though. Slammed is the very first book I read by Colleen a few years ago.


Layken just moved with her mom and little brother after the death of her dad. She is the rock that keeps her small family together and happy. Layken is tough but vulnerable and I admired her courage. She's just trying to be a normal teenager who has schoolwork.


Her neighbor from across the street is the handsome Will. Just the sight of him gives her flutters, the sound of his voice leaving her confused and stumbling for words. She feels connected to him. After he takes her to a poetry night, they agree to talk again and they split ways.


"You keep your ocean, I'll take the Lake."


Of course, Colleen doesn't make this easy.


Because they see each other faster than imagined. At her school. Where she's the student and he's her teacher. Uh oh. The story really starts at that point. They try to stay away from each other, deciding that it's too dangerous for them to be seen together at all. It's a tough time for Layken because she quickly grew close to him.


The writing is just amazing. It always captivates me. Colleen always has some sort of poetry in her books, and this wasn't a let down seeing as how it's all about poetry slams. These characters go through a lot with family and friends. Layken's mom goes through a lot, hitting the family with pain once again. Will is with her this time and it really helped her. The scene when they're at Will's house for dinner is amusing. Let's just that I butterflying love it! (Comment below if you understand that!)


"Life wants you to fight it, learn how to make it your own."

I could go on forever about this book, and it's hard to keep this going without giving away spoilers. I can only tell you to read it-because you won't regret it. It's told from Layken's pov (and maybe Wills? It's been awhile). It's fast paced but not rushed. You'll fall deeply in like with everyone and their stories.


So go ahead, read it.


"For once in my life, I was here and nowhere else."

Review: The Glittering Court-Richelle Mead

The Glittering Court

1 of 3

young adult, romance, historical



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For a select group of girls, the Glittering Court offers a shot at a life they’ve only ever dreamed of, one of luxury, glamour, and leisure. To high-born Adelaide, whose wealthy family is forcing her into a loveless marriage, the Glittering Court represents something else: the chance to chart her own destiny, and adventure in an unspoiled, prosperous new land across the sea.
After a chance meeting with the dazzling Cedric Thorn, Adelaide poses as a servant to join the crop of impoverished girls he promises to transform into proper ladies. But her familiarity with upper class life comes with a price: she must hide her identity from her new friends, mysterious refugee Mira and fiery former laundress Tamsin, and most importantly, from Cedric himself—even though she’s falling in love with him. 
Everything begins to crumble when Cedric discovers Adelaide’s ruse, and she catches the eye of a powerful young governor, who wants her for a wife. She didn’t leave the gilded cage of her old life behind just to become someone else's property. But nothing is as daunting—or as wonderful—as the potent, forbidden attraction simmering between Adelaide and Cedric. One that, if acted on, would make them both outcasts in a wild, dangerous, uncharted world, and possibly lead them to their deaths.



Oh, where to begin with this story.


Firstly, I love everything Richelle Mead has written. Her creative ability to write a series set in such magical, seemingly real, places is amazing. I fall in love with her characters every time. So going into The Glittering Court, I was both awed and a little disappointed. 


First with the good:


Our main character, "Adelaide" is truly amazing. Mead has a way with creating brave, smart, and beautiful main woman characters. This one was no less as amazing compared to the others she's written about. Adelaide, or Countess of Rothford, is amazing. With a marriage to someone she doesn't want, she runs away to a world that's full of mystery. She has no idea what's going to happen, but with The Glittering Court ready to turn her into a skilled woman-which she already assails at-she knows she'll be able to marry someone better. 


Taking her housemaids identity, she signs a contract and heads to Blue Spring Manner, where she'll spend a year learning etiquette. After that year, they'll be showed off and married to the man who can pay for them. So almost like mail order brides.


Adelaide meets Tamsin, a fiery woman who knows what she wants, and Mira, the Sirmincan refugee who is secretive and is weary of this whole ordeal. I wasn't too sure what to think of these two characters, but they turned out to be great ally's to Adelaide in the end, which is great because she really needed them. They're interesting characters, and I can't wait to read more about them in their own stories.


The romance between Adelaide and Cedric was surprising. The one thing I don't fully enjoy about Mead's books is that it takes forever for the main characters to get together. If not near the end, it's after a few books in, and yet, I'm always happy with it. The waiting makes the moment everything clicks together better. Magical. There is so much light tension and banter between them. This whole time you silently (or loudly, I don't judge) scream for Adelaide to choose Cedric instead of some lawyer or something.


"As soon as I brushed his lips with my fingertips I felt my pulse quicken and a flush of heat sweep over me. Unable to resist, I traced the edges of his lips, suddenly wondering if they would taste just as sweet as the honey."




"But this is a serious improvement. It's like a dream. Not so much that other outfit."

"Well," He looked me over in a way that made my blush deepen. "I guess it depends on the type of dream."


Won't lie, I was a tad worried, but everything works out in the end.


Religion plays a part in this story, and in an interesting way. It seems to stem from Paganism. They believe in 6 angels and 6 demons. They like to praise and do rituals. I would have liked a better understanding of their world, as I only know the basics of it and that it's illegal and those people can be hung for doing it. Kind of like witchcraft in Salem. Others believe in Uros, a single God.


A quote I enjoyed about the religion. This is from Mira: "You can't fight evil with meditation."


Now, unfortunately, the down:


Going into this, I thought it was fantasy, like the rest of her works so far. And it even says fantasy on the back cover, but I guess I was wrong. There are minimal fantasy aspects. The only part I can finds is that the world is different. Like Osfro seems to be Paris? And Adoria is like a new world (America?). That's the only aspect of fantasy I can find. So if you're jumping to read this for its fantasy, you won't get that here. It's more of a historical story than anything else.


This story reminded me a bit of the Selection series. Girls are chosen and taught how to be "well-mannered and dignified ladies." They're taught how to decorate and dance, etc. It seemed similar in that aspect, but toward the middle, when the venue changes, it drastically changes from that similar view.


Those were the only two things I had about this book, otherwise, it's pretty interesting and different from what Mead has done before. This is a series, each one is told from a different girl's POV (Tamsin, Mira). 


It ends nicely, it doesn't give a cliffhanger feel, which I loved. 

Review: Everland-Wendy Spinale


Book 1 of 3

Steampunk, fantasy



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London has been destroyed in a blitz of bombs and disease. The only ones who have survived are children, among them Gwen Darling and her siblings, Joanna and Mikey. They spend their nights scavenging and their days avoiding the ruthless Marauders -- the German army led by Captain Hanz Otto Oswald Kretschmer.
Unsure if the virus has spread past England's borders but desperate to leave, Captain Hook hunts for a cure, which he thinks can be found in one of the survivors. He and his Marauders stalk the streets snatching children for experimentation. None ever return. Until the day they grab Joanna. As Gwen sets out to save her, she meets a daredevil boy named Pete. Pete offers the assistance of his gang of Lost Boys and the fierce sharpshooter Bella, who have all been living in a city hidden underground. But in a place where help has a steep price and every promise is bound by blood, it will cost Gwen. And are she, Pete, the Lost Boys, and Bella enough to outsmart Captain Hook?



"The only way to grow up is to survive."


I don't know why it took me so long to read this, but I'm glad I finally did. I saw this book on the shelves at Barnes and Noble plenty of times, always doubting that I would like it. But I got it in my LitCube box for the Peter Pan theme month and decided it was time to crack it open.


Everland is not at all what I was expecting. Usually when I read Peter Pan retelling, they still very much resemble the original story, but this one is so different yet it has important aspects that was kept from the original story. Did that make sense?



The take on steampunk was a great idea. Its never been done before-as far as I know-and worked well with the plot. It adds machinery and other things that make the story good. I did feel like the steampunk wasn't front and center, though. It felt more dystopian with a hint of steampunk added in.  I loved what steampunk there was. I don't normally read that genre, so it was an eye opener to that kind of world. The set up for this world is great. I loved how everything is broken down, it's scary and you never know if you'll get another meal or thrown in the sewers for the crocodiles to eat you.


Gwen is such a strong character, but she doesn't yet realize it. She's been dealt with a raw hand and to see her have the lives of her two younger siblings on her shoulders is sad. She goes through a lot to keep them all safe and fed. Of course, she's bitter about it. She's the oldest, so the responsibility would be handed to her. It's a tough world out there, as what was known as London is now Everland, a dangerous place where marauder inhabit the land and kill children who aren't smart enough to stay away. I liked how despite her bitterness, Gwen would do anything to get her siblings back.


"What more is left here for you but faith?" Pete says, extending a hand to me from the open window. 

"And a little bit of pixie dust," Bella adds, pouring the rest of the gold into my hand."

Pete-who is Peter-was adorable. I liked how he was still boyish in attitude, but underneath he's more adult than he'd like. Everyone had to grow up after the virus went out, killing every adult (minus some). But I loved that he was still cute and young despite having to take care of a lot of people and things.


I adored Gwen and Pete together. Gwen is unsure about him and why he would be helping her, especially in this world where helping could come with another demand. Nothing is free. And Pete just wants to save everybody.


"Pete tilts my chin up. The lantern lights his handsome face and green eyes that remind me of the color of lucky clovers. "You are a Lost Girl."


Bella is feisty, much like TinkerBell, yet she was little and sick and just wanted a friend. Who wasn't a boy. I felt for her, and though there was little jealousy, it wasn't for the same reason as TinkerBell. I loved her wings. They're mechanical and pretty.


Hook. Oh, man. Hook. He's not an old pirate in this one. He's only a few years older than Pete himself. I thought he was just an angry dude with wanted to impress his mommy. But there is so much more to Hook than first seen, which I loved. It really gave depth to his character. Plus, he could be downright scary at times.


"I'm certain my reptilian pets would relish fresh meat instead of the rotting corpses that inhabit the sewers," I say, pulling the hammer back again.

This story is told from both Gwen's and Hook's POV. which I loved surprisingly. This world was captivating, from the characters to the setting. I felt like I was really there. It's hard to see (read) them go through so much stuff that kids shouldn't have to. I can't wait for the rest.




Review: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer-Michelle Hodkin

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

Book 1 of 3

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Mara Dyer doesn’t think life can get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.
     It can.
     She believes there must be more to the accident she can’t remember that killed her friends and left her mysteriously unharmed.
     There is.
     She doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been through, she can fall in love.
     She’s wrong.
     After Mara survives the traumatizing accident at the old asylum, it makes sense that she has issues. She lost her best friend, her boyfriend, and her boyfriend’s sister, and as if that weren’t enough to cope with, her family moves to a new state in order to give her a fresh start. But that fresh start is quickly filled with hallucinations—or are they premonitions?—and then corpses, and the boundary between reality and nightmare is wavering. At school, there’s Noah, a devastatingly handsome charmer who seems determined to help Mara piece together what’s real, what’s imagined—and what’s very, very dangerous.
     This fast-paced psychological—or is it paranormal?—thriller will leave you breathless for its sequel,The Evolution of Mara Dyer.




“Thinking something does not make it true. Wanting something does not make it real.”

Before I began reading this, I thought it would take forever to read, which is why I started it early. I decided not to look up the synopsis and just go in blind. I don't know what I was expecting but this story hooked me. 

Mara Dyer doesn't remember what happened the night her two friends and boyfriend died. She wakes up in the hospital with nothing but a few bruises. She's confused about that night, and though she knows something happened that night, she has no choice but to continue on, trying to move past the mysterious circumstances of their death. 

Mara has gone through a lot. I liked how the mystery played out. It was confusing and I felt her fright with not being able to remember anything. Its like losing a whole night of your life, and that itself scares me. I wanted to know what happened just as much as she did. Mara is strong, even when she doesn't know it. Her world is crazy and I wanted to help her. 

“You always have a choice.” 

Noah is the guy she meets at her new school. Like any other young adult book, he's broody and mysterious, much like this story. I wasn't sure how to feel about Noah. It seemed like he was suspicious of something, so it was hard to trust him for a while. I do like how he was with Mara. He wanted to help her and convince her that she's a good person.

“Why do you always look like you just rolled out of bed?'
'Because usually I have.' And the way he raised his eye-brow at me made me blush.
'Classy,' I said.” 

Mara's family was odd. We don't read much about them. They're important to the story line, to Mara's development, but I would have loved to see her with them more. Daniel, her brother, seemed to be the closest to her, so it was nice to see that bond. 

I loved the mystery that surrounded Mara. Something is always happening to her, causing more mystery to appear and dig through. I tried to figure it all out but it was hard. That was somewhat annoying, that we really didn't learn anything at all in book one, besides the night of her friends death, which was great to finally figure out, but like I said, more secrets appeared. Mara's relationship with Noah was perfect though.


For some reason, there was a feel in this book. I was expecting more revelations about the plot, like I mentioned above, that didn't really come. I felt like there could have been more.


I'm finishing the third book now, so I'm glad that I finally read this series.


You should, too.


“I'd rather he not know the depths of my crazy.” 

Review: Everything, Everything-Nicola Yoon

Everything, Everything





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My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla. 



But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He's tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.





Could this book have possibly rid me of my slump? Well, I hope so. After three months of torment, I finally was able to read. Who knew it would be this on? I only got it because I heard it's going to be a movie, so i figured it must be good. 


Everything, Everything is about a girl who is sick of, well, everything. Maddy hasn't left her house since she was a baby. She spends her time reading (as would I), or playing games with her mom. Life is simple for her, yet there's always this wish for it to be different. For her to be able to go outside, be in school and have friends. Who wouldn't? Despite all this, Maddy is strong and lives with it. She doesn't brood, she doesn't scream or throw a fit because life has dealt her with one heck of a blow. She's calm and likes her days filled with books.


“Sometimes I reread my favorite books from back to front. I start with the last chapter and read backward until I get to the beginning. When you read this way, characters go from hope to despair, from self-knowledge to doubt. In love stories, couples start out as lovers and end as strangers. Coming-of-age books become stories of losing your way. Your favorite characters come back to life.” -Maddy


Olly lives next door with his non functioning family. He's curious about her and they soon begin to email. What's between them is a bond that starts as friendship and changes into more. Maddy doesn't think love can kill her, and sets out on a journey she knows will be life changing. 


“prom·ise (ˈpräməs) n. pl. - es. 1. The lie you want to keep. [2015, Whittier]”


I really loved this book. I don't typically read YA contemporary books much, but I guess the mood struck. I think the concept was interesting, and was wonderfully done. It almost has an uncertain feel to it, like wondering how it'll end well with her being unable to go outside and be with him. 


“You're not living if you're not regretting.”


What really had me was the delightful humor Maddy gave throughout the book. Especially in her journal posts. They really added to the feel, and made her seem like a real person and had real emotions.


Yoon wrote an amazing book with down to earth characters and story line. I look forward to reading her next book I have, The Sun is Also A Star.

Review: Lip Service-Simone Sowood

Lip Service


Romance, erotica



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Out of curiosity, I checked out her videos. Who wouldn't?
I didn't count on being tempted by her silky voice or her full lips.
Too bad she's off limits.
Being a single dad isn't easy, and I have rules -- no relationships, and no screwing close to home.
But when I become the subject of her posts, I can't keep my hands off her any longer.
I have to teach her everything she got wrong in her videos.

"Ox man: I promise you I can each you more than what's in that book, guaranteed. Anytime you want a lesson, baby."

Dang, okay.


Lip Service is about two characters who just want to have some fun and not worry about being in a relationship. But of course, that fickle thing called love gets in the way and ruins what could possibly be the best thing to ever happen to them.


Avery is our main character, and she's pretty cool. I've read books where the chicks have the same jobs, like fashion designer or farm lady with the cool Stetson, but never have I read a book where the chick's job is YouTube. More precisely, a channel where she talks about sex, toys, and other neat things. I think that's super cool, not only because it's different but how open about the topic Avery is. It almost feels taboo to have a character actually know what she's doing, seeing as how so many women characters are seen as innocent dolts who don't know the first thing about their own body, let alone a hunky mans.


I do really love Avery, though. Outside of her awesome "fake" bedroom, she's a great person. She's loving, tender, and just wants her next door neighbors heart. And other things...


Knox (phew, that name!) is a single dad who just wants some fun. Piper is his first priority, has been since she was born, and because of that, relationships aren't his thing. He doesn't want a bunch of women to come around, only for his daughter to see them leave. While at first he was a jerk of a neighbor, he realizes that he has the hots for Avery, especially after learning about her being a sex expert with a channel. Thus begins the secret hookups.


"I meant I don't want a relationship with you. Because I have Piper, and she's my priority."

I adored Piper, you could see she was a little match maker from the beginning, and I loved the bond between her and Knox, and how she became to trust in Avery. I wish they had a few more scenes together, ones that really would have made their bond with each other more tight and important.

While I loved this book, I was a tad confused about it's genre. It felt like a romance occasionally switching to a erotic story. It's not a bad thing, but I would have liked for it to be more one or the other. There are some points where Knox or Avery does something that seems like an erotic bit but then the next page it becomes a regular romance story. Not sure if this is just me, but it's still a good story, nonetheless.


This is my first book by Simone and I'm sure I'll be reading more by her. The writing is great and draws you in. I have no regrets reading this book, and I know you won't either. It's also available on Kindle Unlimited, so why not give it a go?