Posts Categorized: 3 – 3.5 Stars

Jun 21
Review: The Program by Suzanne Young

Review: The Program by Suzanne Young

Suzanne Young tackles the topic of teenage suicide in an interesting way.  What if there was a pill that could wipe out the depressing thoughts and memories that lead to suicide?  Would parents fearful of losing their children to suicide be willing to have the children’s memories wiped clean?  In order to buy into The Program, I had to set aside some beliefs and/or known facts about depression and suicide.  For instance: People who are prone to depression may have… Read more »


Jun 05
Review: Dare You To by Katie McGarry

Review: Dare You To by Katie McGarry

Dare You To is a companion novel to Pushing the Limits, rather than a sequel.  Some of the secondary characters in PTL are featured here, and while the events take place subsequent to PTL, either book can be read first. Beth was an intriguing character in PTL.  She initially came off as brusque and even rude at times, but it soon became clear that she had unexplored layers.  As one of the two main characters in Dare To You, we… Read more »


May 10
Review: The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong

Review: The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong

The Gathering is a fun little paranormal novel, set on a tiny island in Canada.  The setting, in fact, was one of my favorite parts of the story.  It was so richly drawn, I found myself wishing I could visit.    We also get a little bit of Native American lore, an interesting topic that I hope is explored more in the sequel.  I wish the same attention had been paid to Maya, a very bland character, despite her…unusual abilities…. Read more »


May 08
Review: Golden by Jessi Kirby

Review: Golden by Jessi Kirby

Maybe my expectations for Golden were too high.  It was perfectly pleasant, but also quite predictable.  The set-up was great; Parker discovers and reads the journal of a high school student who, along with her boyfriend, disappeared during a storm a decade earlier.  Parker becomes consumed with uncovering what happened to Julianna and Shane, even as her overbearing mother pressures her to prepare a speech for a looming scholarship competition. Can you love a book if you don’t love the… Read more »


May 01
Review: The Summer I Became a Nerd by Leah Rae Miller

Review: The Summer I Became a Nerd by Leah Rae Miller

Anyone who was ever bullied in high school may feel some sympathy for Maddie, who dared to expose a bit of herself and was laughed at for it.  However, she’s not your traditional bully victim, and she certainly doesn’t inspire the level of sympathy that, let’s call them “real,” victims do.  Maddie is a pretty, popular cheerleader, and her sin is that she…likes comic books.  No, it’s not quite the same as kids who are overweight, gay, or maybe just… Read more »


Apr 28
Review: Zom-B by Darren Shan

Review: Zom-B by Darren Shan

This is one zombie book that doesn’t hold back.  When the apocalypse hits, it hits hard, and the majority of the brain-gorging happens to kids trapped in a high school.  They die in a variety of gruesome ways, occasionally with limbs their ripped off.  B attempts to lead a group of kids to freedom, and the group is slowly getting picked off. But before we get to the good stuff in this short (180 page) book, we’re first introduced to… Read more »


Apr 15
Review : Taken by Erin Bowman

Review : Taken by Erin Bowman

I was SO excited for Taken.  The awesome cover.  The incredible-sounding synopsis that had my mind reeling at the possibilities.  Maybe my expectations were too high, but the book, while it had its entertaining moments, didn’t quite meet them.  I know I shouldn’t compare every book to The Hunger Games, especially since Suzanne Collins didn’t invent the YA dystopia genre, but it was hard not to think of the Reaping when I hear the term “the Heist.”  Both have more… Read more »


Apr 08
Review: Strangelets by Michelle Gagnon

Review: Strangelets by Michelle Gagnon

My first question while reading Strangelets was: What is a Strangelet?  I knew the book featured young strangers mysteriously thrown together in an even more mysterious setting.  I thought it was a cutesy way of referring to strangers, similar to how the terms piglets and eaglets refer to a small, cute version of the adult animals.  (“Oh, wook at the cute, wittle strangelets!”)  Umm, no.  When the answer was given near the end of the book, it was far from… Read more »