Book Reviews

  • Recommendations from Twitter: Part Two - I keep looking forward to getting more book recommendations and as always leave more below and if there's enough I might do a post about just those!
  • Outlander Reading Experience: Part Two - I started reading Outlander as part of Tome Topple but didn't finish it. Also the reading experience for the first half of Outlander was already almost 900 pages so I decided to break it into two parts.
  • At the Feet of Mothers Blog Tour - Author: Adnan Mahmutovic Publisher: Cinnamon Press Pub Date: May 4, 2020 Blurb: Joseph Schneider grows up in a Cherokee-Jewish family in the Smoky mountains of North Carolina. He dreams to be a cook on the biggest ship there is in the world but his attachment to his mother Rachel and his rootedness to the little […]
  • Book Review: The Dilemma - I loved both of these and have been meaning to pick up Behind Closed Doors. So my expectations were pretty high for The Dilemma as well.
  • Reading Experience: Outlander: Part One - Yes, you read that right. I’m finally reading Outlander. I haven’t seen the show yet so I’m in for a treat. I got the book in a freebee pile a couple years ago and it had been on my list since then. It was on my pile for 2019 and it’s been on many smaller […]
  • The Angel’s Game: Reading Experience - I read Shadow of The Wind last year and it instantly became a favorite. I loved everything from the writing style to the characters and the plot.
  • Recommendations From Twitter: Part One - About halfway through April I asked for recommendations from Twitter for what books people think I would like and I got so many books I can't fit them all into one post.
  • Parting Shot: Reading Experience - When I realized the series was expanded I instantly put the next one on my list but it took until now to get to it.
  • The Four Agreements: Reading Experience - I was debating whether I wanted to post about The Four Agreements because it's not the type of book I generally read but I also wanted to be able to link to my thoughts on all of those books.
  • You Are Not Alone: Reading Experience - I want to start doing more reviews on this blog but I also wanted to do more vlog-type things because I forget how I'm feeling throughout the books.
  • Roommate Reading Challenge - One of my roommates and I went to the library before it shut down. We each got some books.
  • #Blogmas: Book Review: Tunnel of Bones - Even before the second one came out I knew I wanted to read it and I enjoyed it just as much. This is the type of book that doesn't take too much concentration and you can just sit and read it in an afternoon.
  • Blogmas: Book Review: The Toll by Neal Shusterman - Author: Neal Shusterman Publisher: Simon & Schuster US Pub Date: Nov 5, 2019 Format: Hardback Genre: YA Fantasy This is book three of Arc of a Scythe. There will be spoilers for books one and two but NOT book three. You have been warned. My Thoughts: I absolutely adored Scythe and Thunderhead both. I was so eagerly awaiting this one that I […]
  • Book Review: Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo - It reads like a sequel and I didn't care about any of the characters and honestly I don't know why I didn't DNF it.
  • Book review: A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman - I was expecting a heartwarming tale and that's kind of what I got... but I also got a ton of laughs and tears.
  • eARC review: The Escape Room by Megan Goldin - Four top investment bankers get a text to meet in a development property for a team-building escape game. When they get there they're told the goal is to get out alive. 
  • ARC review: Alice’s Story by Lilah Sturges; Lev Grossman - Author: Lilah Sturges and Lev Grossman Publisher: BOOM! Studios US Pub Date: July 16, 2019 Format: Adobe Digital Ebook Genre: Fantasy/ New Adult/ Graphic novel My Thoughts: Do not read this book until after you’ve read the entire Magicians trilogy. You will be majorly spoiled. I have read all of them and my review for […]
  • Book Review: After by Anna Todd - I was laughing at the ridiculousness of a lot of it and at some points I was hate reading and other moments I was actually kind of enjoying it.
  • Little Girls: ARC review - Overall this was a decent graphic novel. It wasn't mindblowing but it wasn't horrible either.
  • Mera: Tidebreaker- ARC Review - This is pitched as the origin of Mera and Aquaman. I don't really watch or follow any of the superheros or villains or anything but I am obsessed with this cover and the story actually sounded really good. I had high hopes for it. 
  • The Perfect Girlfriend: ARC review - This. Book. I've been in desperate need for a good, creepy thriller and this one delivered that and more. 
  • The Bone Parish Vol 1: eARC review - When a new drug is created made from the ashes of the dead it becomes a hot commodity in New Orleans. Then begins a fight for who controls it.
  • No Exit: ARC Review - This. Book. I thought I was a little sick of thrillers and my normal reads (the horror!) and then this book came and knocked me out of the water. It was absolutely amazing and well crafted and the characters!! 
  • Scythe and Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman Review - This book instantly grabbed me when it first came out so I bought a copy and my anticipation for it has been getting stronger and stronger but I still kept putting it off. I was so glad this one was chosen for our group read. 
  • Books I DNF’d (Thank U, Next) - When I was younger and even through college I was completely okay with DNFing books. Somehow this changed the last couple of years. I hate it. This year I gave myself permission to start DNF-ing again and created a shelf for these books. There are four total. The Kill Order by James Dashner I tried. […]
  • Sleeping Beauties: Book review - Author: Stephen King Publisher: Scribner US Pub Date: Sept 26, 2017 In Two Sentences: In a world much like today’s women start becoming wrapped in cocoons when they fall asleep and if they’re awoken they become violent. Then the men discover one woman is immune to this. My Thoughts: Reading the synopsis this was one of those “I […]
  • A Noise Downstairs: ARC review - His writing sucks me in within seconds and makes me put everything else aside to just finish the chapter (book). He also writes really short chapters so it just flies by.
  • Fragments of the Lost: ARC review - As I started this book I was so happy I was finally getting to it after having it in my possession for over a year. I liked the idea of the going through objects in order to tell a story.
  • I Do Not Trust You: eARC review - I used to be obsessed with ancient culture, specifically Egyptian, so when I read in the synopsis this was a book with travelling everywhere, including the catacombs in Paris and sacred Norwegian forests and even a submerged Egyptian temple? I was pretty sold. 
  • Lying In Wait: eARC Review - I read Unraveling Oliver earlier this year and it took me a while to get into. By the end I loved it and wanted something else by her. And there was NetGalley to the rescue. 
  • Sometimes I Lie: ARC Review - There were a couple of pieces of the mystery/ thriller part I enjoyed but those parts were infuriatingly not expanded upon. There was so much potential to this book and it just fell flat.
  • Review: Pet Sematary by Stephen King - Going into Pet Sematary I actually had no idea what it was about. I mean, obviously I knew it was about a pet cemetery but I had no clue what made it special, why it was classified as horror etc. All I knew was it was Stephen King and so it was going to be […]
  • The Border: earc review - Author: Steve Schafer Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire Pub Date: Sept 5, 2017 In Two Sentences: When narcos crash one of the quinceneras, murdering almost everyone, Pato and his friends are the only ones left. With a bounty on their heads they must escape from Mexico into the United States. My thoughts: Where to start…. I really […]
  • The Hate U Give: ARC review - Author: Angie Thomas Publisher: Balzer & Bray Pub Date: Feb 28, 2017 In Two Sentences: Starr balances her two worlds perfectly until she witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend, Khalil. She needs to decide when to stay silent and when to make her story heard. My Thoughts: I am so ashamed this […]
  • Ramona Blue: ARC Review - This past month I read Ramona Blue with a couple other bloggers for a book club started by Courtney at Curly Book Owl. Like any blogger I’m writing the review a week after I read the book… and I don’t remember much of it and I don’t normally take notes when I’m reading. So here […]
  • ARC review: Solo - Author: Kwame Alexander with Mary Rand Hess Publisher: Blink Pub Date: August 1, 2017 In two sentences: Blade is the son of a famous father and feels he doesn’t fit into the family name. Then he discovers a family secret: dun dun dunnnnn…… My thoughts: This may turn into a very negative review… which I […]
  • Hyped Books I Didn’t Like. Sorry? Not Really. - I tend to read a lot of books that people recommend to me because then I have someone to talk to when I undoubtedly fall in love with them… right? No. I normally end up not liking them and then I just get disappointed. I think I should do a disclaimer saying I’m sorry if […]
  • The Marriage Pact: eARC review - Author: Michelle Richmond Publisher: Random House- Ballantine Books Pub Date: July 25, 2017 In two sentences: Alice, a rock singer turned lawyer, and Jake, a psychiatrist, get married and accept membership into The Pact. A group that thinks they have perfected the recipe for a lasting marriage, and will do anything to make sure members […]
  • Reading with Patrick: ARC review - Author: Michelle Kuo Publisher: Random House Pub Date: July 11, 2017 In two sentences: Between college and law school Michelle Kuo goes to Helena, Arkansas, as a part of Teach for America. When she learns an old student is in jail she goes to see him and they continue with his education, reading different poems […]
  • Review: Misery by Stephen King - A bestselling author finishes his next book, but crashes his car after celebrating. He is taken in by his crazed number one fan who isn’t happy with the ending of his previous book.
  • Trilogy Reviews: The Magicians - The Magicians, The Magician King, The Magician’s Land Author: Lev Grossman I really wanted to read this trilogy before I watched the series on Netflix. That’s definitely still on my list to watch. These books were hailed as being Harry Potter and Chronicles of Narnia for an older generation but I had a hard time […]
  • The Girl Before: eARC Review - Author: JP Delaney Pub Date: Jan 24, 2016 In two sentences: Emma and Jane’s lives need a fresh start, a minimalist style. First Emma moves into One Folgate Street; when something happens Jane moves in and their lives begin to mirror each other. My Thoughts: Recently I’ve been obsessed with mysteries and thrillers. I’ve been […]
  • Tales of the Peculiar: An Ordered List - I loved Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and when it was done I wanted more, which was why I was so happy when it was announced the Tales of the Peculiar was coming out. It made it to my (very short) list of anticipated releases. I was even more ecstatic when I found it […]
  • 6.5 Books I’ve Read due to Bloggers - I think it’s safe to say everyone is influenced by the media and I spend a pretty decent chunk of time on my phone, either on Instagram, Twitter, checking blogs etc. Some books appear so often and the hype is so great I either dismiss them or end up eventually reading them. In 2016 I […]
  • Promise Falls: E-arc/series review - Pub Date: Nov. 1, 2016 Broken Promise, Far From True, The Twenty-Three* Author: Linwood Barclay Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group
  • Review: Every Heart a Doorway - It’s like a bunch of Alices come back from different rabbit holes and all go to school together. Some of these worlds are dark, others are full of nonsense. And what is causing the tragedy at the school?
  • #BoutofBooks mini-reviews - This past week was the #BoutofBooks readathon! During this one of my goals was to write a review post and I decided what better way than to write one of all the books I finished this week. I read four books, and loved them all!
  • All the Ugly and Wonderful things: eARC review - Author: Bryn Greenwood Publisher: St. Martin’s Press Pub Date: August 9, 2016 Summary in two sentences: Wavy has had a difficult childhood, with two parents who ignore her and a little brother to take care of she’s doing everything she can. Then comes along Kellen, one of her meth dealing father’s workers, what unfolds is […]
  • Full Review: Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge - Title: Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge Author: Paul Krueger Publisher: Quirk Books Pub Date: June 7, 2016 Rating: 9/10 Two Sentence Summary: Bailey Chen takes up a bartending gig with one of her high school friends after graduating college until she can get a new job. One night she discovers  secret stash of alcohol […]
  • Review: 11/22/63 - Title: 11/22/63 Author: Stephen King Publisher: Gallery Books Pub date: November 8, 2011 Rating: 8/10 Summary in two sentences: A man named Al has found a hole leading to 1958, he enlists the help of Jack, a high school English teacher, to stop the Kennedy Assassination. Jack decides he will, but the past doesn’t want […]
  • May’s mini-reviews - I’ve decided that I don’t want to do a long review for every book I read, so I’m going to be doing a lot more mini-reviews! (Obviously I will still do long reviews ARCs and some others I read) This is for various reasons: Sometimes I go through books really fast- reviewing slows me down. […]
  • Smarter Faster Better only made me a little smarter faster and better - Title: Smarter Faster Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business  Author: Charles Duhigg  Pub Date: March 8, 2016 Rating: 8/10 My Thoughts: I normally don’t read nonfiction and I wish I read more of it. As part of the PopSugar reading challenge I decided to take on Smarter Faster Better. This has actually […]
  • Breathe, Annie, Breathe - Author: Miranda Kenneally Pub date: July 15, 2014 Rating: 4 stars 2 Sentence Summary: A girl’s boyfriend (who was training for a marathon) dies so she decides to run the marathon in honor of him. She becomes attracted to her trainer’s brother.
  • Cute and tiny reviews - Library of Souls ***** This is the third book in the Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children series. I reviewed the first one here. I was debating whether or not to read this one because the second one was a let down. I was not impressed. However, I decided to read it since I was […]
  • eARC review: Sanctuary Bay: A short and sweet review - Author: Laura J. Burns and Melinda Metz Pub Date: January 19, 2016 Rating: 4/5 I recieved a copy of Sanctuary Bay from NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press. This in no way effects my review.
  • Review: The Innocent - Title: The Innocent Series: Will Robie #1 Author: David Baldacci Pub Date: April 17, 2012 Rating: 4/10 2 Sentence Summary: Will Robie works as an assassin for the US government but then he refuses to shoot a target. This mingles with the murder of 14-year-old Julia’s parents.
  • eARC review: This is Where it Ends - Title: This is Where it Ends Author: Marieke Nijkamp Pub Date: January 5, 2016 Rating: 7/10 2 Sentence Summary: It’s a normal school assembly, but when they are left the doors to the auditorium won’t open. Then shots rang out.
  • Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children - Author: Ransom Riggs  Pub date: June 7, 2011 Rating: 5/5 Summary: Everyone things Jacob’s grandfather has gone crazy in his old age, but his last words and a mysterious presence in the woods where he dies leaves Jacob wondering if he really was crazy. After his grandfather’s death Jacob starts to speak out and decides […]
  • Review: Orphan Train - Author: Christina Baker Kline Pub Date: October 14, 2014 Rating: 6/10 In two sentences: Vivian is a ninety year old woman who grew up going from family to family after arriving in the Midwest by an orphan train. Molly is a girl who has to do 50 hours of community service for trying to steal […]
  • eARC Review: Ashley Bell - Author: Dean Koontz Pub Date: Dec 8 2015 Rating: 8/10 Synopsis: Bibi Blaire is a blooming author- and then she is diagnosed with an incurable brain cancer. Then one day she is miraculously cured and she discovers the reason she was chosen to live: To save Ashley Bell.
  • Reveiw: Caleb Williams - Author: William Godwin Pub date: 1794 Rating:  2 stars Goodreads Summary: When honest young Caleb Williams comes to work as a secretary for Squire Falkland, he soon begins to suspect that his new master is hiding a secret. As he digs deeper into Falkland’s past and finally unearths the horrible truth, the results of his […]
  • Review: The Martian -  Author: Andy WeirRating: 4/5 Summary:Mark Watney was one of the first people to be on Mars. And it’s possible he would be the first to die there. After a storm caused his spacesuit to claim he was dead the rest of his crew was forced to leave to return to Earth.  What follows is his […]
  • Review: Lock and Mori -  Author: Heather W. PettyPub Date: Sept. 15 2015Rating: 4/5Synopsis: FACT: Someone has been murdered in London’s Regent’s Park. The police have no leads.FACT: Miss James “Mori” Moriarty and Sherlock “Lock” Holmes should be hitting the books on a school night. Instead, they are out crashing a crime scene.FACT: Lock has challenged Mori to solve the case […]
  • Your voice is all I hear review - Author: Leah ScheierPub Date: Sept. 1 2015Rating: 3.5/5 Goodreads synopsis:      Everything about Jonah is unexpected. On the first day of school, he sits next to April, when he could have chosen to sit with the popular girl. He turns down an invitation to join the school team and declares he’d rather paint. He […]
  • What You Left Behind Blog Tour and Giveaway. - Author: Jessica VerdiPub date: Aug. 4 2015Rating: 4 starsContact the Author: Website, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads      This book is all kinds of drama and secrets. Ryden is just starting his senior year of high school and has just lost his girlfriend, Meg, to cancer. However, she left a couple things behind. Some journals and his daughter. Now Ryden […]
  • Review: White Bird in a Blizzard - Synopsis:One cold January morning Kat’s mother walks out of her life. No note, no nothing, she didn’t even take her purse. Kat is not surprised, she had been able to tell for the past year her mother was pulling apart from their family. She isn’t that affected by her mom’s disappearance, she is actually happy. […]
  • Not so shining bright- Review: Binary Star - Author: Sarah Gerard Goodreads Synopsis: The language of the stars is the language of the body. Like a star, the anorexic burns fuel that isn’t replenished; she is held together by her own gravity.With luminous, lyrical prose, Binary Star is an impassioned account of a young woman struggling with anorexia and her long-distance, alcoholic boyfriend. […]
  • Review: The Scorch Trials - This is the second book in the series. The first book is called The Maze Runner.Author: James Dashner Synopsis:After finally escaping the deadly maze the boys finally believe they are safe. However, they soon realize they are mistaken. They find out they were not the only group going through the maze.Teresa is taken from them and […]
  • Demons!! Review: The Stars Never Rise - Author: Rachel VincentSynopsis:     Nina Kane is a 16 year old living in a city run by the Church. In this world, demons have eaten the majority of the souls available. She spends her life finding ways to get food and money for her and her little sister, her mom sleeps all day and is basically […]
  • Review: Eleanor & Park - Eleanor & Park– Rainbow Rowell Goodreads Synopsis:Two misfits.One extraordinary love. Eleanor… Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough…Eleanor. Park… He knows she’ll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs […]
  • Trust No One-Review: Red Queen - Author: Victoria AveyardSynopsis:         In a world where there are two kinds of blood, Silver rules over Red the Red are slaves, and the Silvers think they are treating them well by letting them live. The Silvers have different abilities, from reading minds to controlling metal. One day Mare, a Red who is about to be sent to the […]
  • Review: 1984 - Author: George Orwell Goodreads Synopsis: While 1984 has come and gone, Orwell’s narrative is more timely than ever. 1984 presents a “negative utopia”, that is at once a startling and haunting vision of the world — so powerful that it’s completely convincing from start to finish. No one can deny the power of this novel, […]
  • Review: All Fall Down - All Fall Down- Ally Carter Goodreads Synopsis: This exciting new series from NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Ally Carter focuses on Grace, who can best be described as a daredevil, an Army brat, and a rebel. She is also the only granddaughter of perhaps the most powerful ambassador in the world, and Grace has spent […]
  • Review: The Queen of Zombie Hearts - This book is the third book in a trilogy. Author: Gena ShowalterGoodreads Synopsis: I have a plan. We’ll either destroy them for good, or they’ll destroy us. Either way, only one of us is walking away. In the stunning conclusion to the wildly popular White Rabbit Chronicles, Alice “Ali” Bell thinks the worst is behind […]
  • ARC Review: Every Last Word- Tamara Ireland Stone - Publication Date: June 16, 2015Source: NetGalley and Disney Hyperion, thank you so much for allowing me to read and review this novel. Their generosity in no way effects my review. Goodreads Synopsis:If you could read my mind, you wouldn’t be smiling. Samantha McAllister looks just like the rest of the popular girls in her junior […]
  • Review: Paper Towns - Goodreads Synopsis:  Who is the real Margo?Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs into his life—dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows. After their all-nighter ends, and a new day breaks, […]
  • Review: The Passion of New Eve -   Goodreads Synopis: This story follows Evelyn, a young Englishman, along a journey through mythology and sexuality. It is a story of how he learns to be a woman, first in the brutal hands of Zero, the ragtime Nietzsche, then through the ancient Tristessa, the beautiful ghost of Hollywood past. My thoughts:This synopsis sums it up […]
  • Review: Only Ever Yours - Author: Louise O’NeillPub Date: April 7th Synopsis (Goodreads): In a world in which baby girls are no longer born naturally, women are bred in schools, trained in the arts of pleasing men until they are ready for the outside world. At graduation, the most highly rated girls become “companions”, permitted to live with their husbands and […]
  • Shakespeare- Romeo and Juliet - Synopsis (Goodreads)           The most iconic love story of all time, Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is an epic-scale tragedy of desire and revenge. Despite the bitter rivalry that exists between their families, Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet have fallen madly in love. But when the long-running rivalry boils over into murder, the young couple must […]
  • Review- Hanif Kureishi "The Last Word" -           Hanif Kureishi’s The Last Word promised to be “mischievous, wickedly funny, and intellectually deft,” none of which it delivered until one scene three chapters from the end. Kureishi is an award winning author and this was supposedly his best. If that is true, I would not waste time with the others.Mamoon, an aging Indian […]
  • Review- Hanif Kureishi “The Last Word” -           Hanif Kureishi’s The Last Word promised to be “mischievous, wickedly funny, and intellectually deft,” none of which it delivered until one scene three chapters from the end. Kureishi is an award winning author and this was supposedly his best. If that is true, I would not waste time with the others.Mamoon, an aging Indian […]
  • Review: Denton Little’s Deathdate- Lance Rubin - Goodreads Synopsis:Fans of John Green and Matthew Quick: Get ready to die laughing.Denton Little’s Deathdate takes place in a world exactly like our own except that everyone knows the day they will die. For 17-year-old Denton Little, that’s tomorrow, the day of his senior prom.Despite his early deathdate, Denton has always wanted to live a […]
  • Review: Inside the O’Briens - Goodreads Synopsis:Joe O’Brien is a forty-four-year-old police officer, a devoted husband, proud father, and respected officer, Joe begins experiencing bouts of disorganized thinking, uncharacteristic temper outbursts, and strange, involuntary movements. He initially attributes these episodes to the stress of his job, but as these symptoms worsen, he agrees to see a neurologist and is handed […]

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