Posts Categorized: 4 – 4.5 Stars

Sep 12
Review: Relativity by Cristin Bishara

Review: Relativity by Cristin Bishara

I’m not going to pretend that I understood everything about parallel lives and wormholes as they were described in Relativity, but that did not detract from my enjoyment of this book. Ruby wants what we all want, and what we all should have: loving parents and a happy home.  But she doesn’t have that.  Her mother died while Ruby was young, and her father remarried a woman who doesn’t pay a great deal of attention to Ruby, and Ruby’s stepsister… Read more »


Sep 06
Review: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Review: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

You don’t have to have a twin sister to feel Cath’s pain when, during their freshman year at the same college, her twin, Wren, makes it clear she wants a separate identity from Cath.  Wren wants a college experience of new friends, guys, parties, and maybe a little bit of school.  Parties and meeting new people make Cath anxious, so the sisters quickly go their separate ways.  Cath is hurt, but she accepts Wren’s decision.  Wren settles easily into college… Read more »


Sep 05
Review: The Waking Dark by Robin Wasserman

Review: The Waking Dark by Robin Wasserman

The Waking Dark gets off to an amazing, horror-filled start.  A few people in the small town of Oleander, Kansas inexplicably murder their friends and neighbors one day.  Only one of the murderers survives, and she has no memory of her crime.  The way-out-of-his-league police chief described it thus: “A lot of people had a bad day.” While the town is still recovering, a devastating tornado rips right through the middle of it. The sights described are horribly graphic: aside… Read more »


Aug 18
Review: All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill

Review: All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill

All Our Yesterdays is a wonderfully intelligent time-travel story.  The time travel concepts are complex, but manage to not be (too) confusing.  When All Our Yesterdays begins, Em and Finn are locked up in adjacent cells for reasons unknown.  Both are subjected to torture and beatings, and it is clear that this isn’t a run-of-the-mill prison.  Two men, referred to by Em as “the doctor” and “the director” are in charge, and both are vicious.  Em and Finn, with the… Read more »


Aug 15
Review: This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales

Review: This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales

Elise was an uncool outcast in her school by the fourth grade.  And she knew it.  As time went by, she feels more and more isolated.  After her freshman year, she decides to make a change.  She wasn’t going to strive to be the most popular girl in school, but she “just needed to not be me anymore.”  How was she going to accomplish this?  By spending the summer studying pop culture and buying clothes deemed fashionable.  Yeah, probably not… Read more »


Aug 01
Review: I Am the Weapon by Allen Zadoff

Review: I Am the Weapon by Allen Zadoff

I Am the Weapon had me hooked within the first ten pages, and the fast-paced action and tension kept up right through an ending that completely blew me away.   While reading I Am the Weapon, I thought I could predict how this story of a teenage assassin would play out.  I was right in some ways, but I was spectacularly wrong in other ways.  My misconceptions about how this story would end are a major factor in what made it… Read more »


Jul 29
Review: Gated by Amy Christine Parker

Review: Gated by Amy Christine Parker

I’ve always been fascinated by cults, primarily because I can’t understand what could possibly drive someone to seek some kind of purpose within such a group.  I suppose there are as many reasons to join a cult as there are cult members in the world.  In Gated, a family is drawn into a cult led by a named Pioneer shortly after they suffer the disappearance of one of their daughters.  Pioneer preys on their grief and terror, gaining their trust… Read more »


Jul 18
Review: Everbound by Brodi Ashton

Review: Everbound by Brodi Ashton

Nikki is on a rescue mission.  If Nikki can’t get back to the Everneath, her boyfriend, Jack, will be unable to escape the tunnels, and he will eventually die.  She has the small comfort that he visits her in a ghostly form during her dreams at night, but with every visit, Nikki can see that his memories of her are starting to slip away. But Cole is not one to take no for an answer, and he continues to insist… Read more »