Posts Categorized: 4 – 4.5 Stars

May 12
Review: Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight

Review: Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight

We learn in the opening pages of Reconstructing Amelia that fifteen year-old Amelia fell to her death from the roof of her Brooklyn prep school, an action ruled a suicide.  Even at this early point, the moment hits hard when Amelia’s mother shows up at school to pick her up, unaware of the tragedy that occurred.  Her mother, a single parent and partner at a prestigious law firm, is knocked back by grief and blames herself.  She drifts through her… Read more »


May 09
Review: The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Review: The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

The 5th Wave starts off at an incredible pace.  I read the 70 page preview a couple of days before publication date (I didn’t want to read it any earlier than that, because I didn’t want to wait too long to read the rest), and it was amazing.  I’ve realized that in the post-apocalyptic genre, it’s the actual apocalypse that hooks me, more so than the after-effects.  In these initial pages, we relive, via Cassie’s narration, the events that occurred… Read more »


May 06
Review: School Spirits by Rachel Hawkins

Review: School Spirits by Rachel Hawkins

How come Rachel Hawkins has slid under my radar until now?  I’ve heard of her, of course, but somehow I’ve managed to not read any of her books until School Spirits.  That will change, because I’m happy to tell you that School Spirits was wonderful. Izzy Brannick comes from a long line of ass-kicking monster slayers.  But with the mysterious disappearance of Izzy’s sister, Finn, it’s up to Izzy and her mother to hop from town to town, dispatching evil… Read more »


May 02
Review: Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris

Review: Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris

There were so many guys in Unraveling, I wasn’t sure if I was ever going to get them straight.  Alex, Ben, Nick, Steve, Kevin, Elijah, Reid.  And those were the guys who showed up in the first few chapters!  But I buckled in, focused like a laser beam, got ’em all sorted out, and then I just enjoyed the hell out of this book. Janelle is a normal teenager until she is run down by a car and somehow brought… Read more »


Apr 25
Review: Reboot by Amy Tintera

Review: Reboot by Amy Tintera

Step right up, Wren, and take your place among my list of favorite heroines.  I suspect stoic, petite Wren, who also happens to be a total bad-ass and, ummm, DEAD, will join the list of many other readers’ favorite YA heroines, too.  Combine Wren with the more emotional but equally dead Callum, and you’ve got the makings of a fabulous, unforgettable couple.  Wren is much stronger than Callum, both physically and mentally, and her biggest challenge as Callum’s human-capturing trainer… Read more »


Apr 22
Review: The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa

Review: The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa

If you haven’t yet read the first book in the Blood of Eden series, The Immortal Rules, you can get by with just this second book, The Eternity Cure.  But why would you want to???  The Immortal Rules was freakin’ amazing.  Events from the first book are summarized in the first couple of chapters here, so you won’t feel lost.  But again, you will be missing out on an awesome book! I’ve made no secret of the fact that Julie… Read more »


Apr 16
Review: The Rules by Stacey Kade

Review: The Rules by Stacey Kade

The Rules has pretty much everything this sci-fi fan could want.  A human/extra-terrestrial hybrid?  Check.  The hybrid, named Ariane, was locked in a top-secret government laboratory and subjected to inhumane experiments?  Check.  Ariane breaks out and now must attempt to blend into society to avoid detection and capture?  Check. Ariane’s attempt at a normal life begins at home with the laboratory’s security guard who helped her escape.  He poses as her father (his own daughter died of an illness, a… Read more »


Apr 14
Review: The Collector by Victoria Scott

Review: The Collector by Victoria Scott

It took me a long time to accept Dante.  A looong time.  I’ve never liked people (real or fictional) who advertise any aspect of their supposed greatness.  I mean, if you’re a genius, beautiful, an athletic superstar, or just an overall wonderful human being, you shouldn’t have to tell everyone, should you?  People should be able to spot these magnificent qualities without any assistance from the magnificent quality-possessor.  So, about Dante….  He’s got the looks.  He’s got the swagger.  And… Read more »