Posts Categorized: 4 – 4.5 Stars

Nov 01
Review: Reality Boy by A.S. King

Review: Reality Boy by A.S. King

Reality TV makes a business out of exploiting people.  Sometimes, the people on these shows seem perfectly fine with it.  They’ll happily reveal their messed-up lives for the world to see in their desperate bid for fame.  For the most part, I feel no sympathy for these people.  I have very different feelings, however, for the children on these shows.  They can’t consent to the exploitation, but there are unfortunately parents out there who can and will.  The late Anna… Read more »


Oct 18
Review: The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa

Review: The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa

My Take: Well, well, look who’s back.  It’s Meghan Chase’s little brother, Ethan, and as you can see from the cover, he’s all grown up now.  This book is the first in a spin-off from The Iron Fey series.  Meghan is the Iron Queen, married to Ash, and her formerly sweet baby brother is now an angsty teen.  His angst is not without cause.  Ethan hasn’t seen Meghan in years, and he feels abandoned by his sister.  But she’s busy… Read more »


Oct 07
Review: Cartwheel by Jennifer duBois

Review: Cartwheel by Jennifer duBois

Do you know who Amanda Knox is?  Your answer to that question may impact how you approach this book.  I probably know more than a lot of people about the real-life murder case involving Knox, simply because I have a cousin who is very, very interested in the case, and I’ve spoken to her many times about it.  If you don’t know, Knox was an American college student convicted of murdering her roommate while the two were studying abroad in… Read more »


Sep 28
Review: Prep School Confidential by Kara Taylor

Review: Prep School Confidential by Kara Taylor

When we are introduced to Anne Dowling in Prep School Confidential, she kind-of, sort-of accidentally sets her Manhattan school on fire.  He parents decide to ship her off to a boarding school outside Boston, and Anne immediately decides she wants nothing to do with these “Mass-holes.”  But even as she rebuffs her classmates, she is quickly absorbed into the cool clique. Anne’s roommate, Isabella, is definitely not one of the cool kids.  Isabella brings out Anne’s protective side, and the… Read more »


Sep 20
Review: Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick

Review: Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick

Leonard Peacock is a high school student on a mission: He brings a gun to his school with the intention to kill a guy named Asher and then himself.  Throughout most of the book, Leonard doesn’t express much emotion.  He approaches his intended date with murder and suicide very methodically.  But before he can complete his final mission, he has a few tasks he must complete.  Leonard seeks out four people to give each a gift to symbolize what that… Read more »


Sep 19
Review: Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller

Review: Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller

Where the Stars Still Shine is set in Tarpon Springs, Florida, and after reading this book, I had to do a bit of research, because I wanted to visit this Gulf Coast town NOW.  Throughout the story, Doller made me feel like I was right there with Callie, viewing this town through her eyes. Callie had a childhood that was unconventional, at best.  Her mother kidnapped her at a young age from her father, and the two spent Callie’s childhood… Read more »


Sep 15
Triple Review: The Girl of Fire and Thorns, The Crown of Embers, and The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson

Triple Review: The Girl of Fire and Thorns, The Crown of Embers, and The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson

I’m going to try something a little different here and discuss the full trilogy of The Girl of Fire and Thorns in one review, since I read all three books over the span of two weeks. I was late getting into this series, but The Girl of Fire and Thorns drew me right in.  Elisa is much like any sixteen-year-old, albeit one who possesses magical powers and is soon to marry a king.  She’s insecure and naive to the ways… Read more »


Sep 13
Review and Giveaway: Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein

Review and Giveaway: Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein

I haven’t yet read Code Name Verity, Elizabeth Wein’s companion novel to Rose Under Fire, but now I absolutely must.  If you haven’t read CNV, then I’m sure you’ve at least heard the raves, and based on Wein’s writing in Rose Under Fire, the raves are warranted. I feel like I have a decent knowledge of WWII, but I wasn’t aware that American women piloted planes for the Allies during the war.  Rose Justice, the fictional narrator of the story,… Read more »