Posts Categorized: 4 – 4.5 Stars

Mar 28
Review: In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters

Review: In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters

1918 is a scary time in American history.  We are at war with the Germans, a people portrayed as closer to animal than human, while at home, we battle an outbreak of the deadly Spanish influenza: “Children dropped dead from the flu, boys got transported out of the country to be blown to bits, and the government arrested citizens for speaking the wrong words.”  Mary Shelley’s father is one those arrested, and she’s shipped off to live with her Aunt… Read more »


Mar 25
Review: Partials by Dan Wells

Review: Partials by Dan Wells

No babies have lived more than a few hours after birth in more than a decade.  Only a small percentage of the population is alive, and they are headed rapidly towards extinction if someone can’t figure out how to save the babies.  The morally questionable, yet necessary (as some believe) solution to the low population is to force girls to begin getting pregnant at 18.  The government is on the verge of lowering the age to 16.  All women must… Read more »


Mar 19
Review: The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa

Review: The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa

I loved The Iron King, I was less enthused with The Iron Daughter, and now the magic is back with The Iron Queen. All of Meghan’s irritating angst over Ash (he loves me, he loves me not, lather, rinse, repeat) from the previous book is finally gone. They’ve settled into a “normal” relationship, or as normal as one can be in Faery. Meghan has grown up over the the course of the three books, and the former self-conscious teenager is… Read more »


Mar 18
Review: Pivot Point by Kasie West

Review: Pivot Point by Kasie West

“Stay here with others like you, or leave the Compound and live in a world surrounded by people who only use ten percent of their brains.”  This is the choice Addie must make when her parents tell her they’re getting a divorce and that she must choose with whom to live.  As a Searcher, Addie has the ability to see into the future of either potential option.  With that framework set in place, we are off!  Each chapter switches between… Read more »


Mar 11
Review: Pretty Girl-13 by Liz Coley

Review: Pretty Girl-13 by Liz Coley

Here are a few of the emotions that I experienced while reading Pretty Girl-13: Rage Despair Terror Hopelessness The ending is lighter, relatively speaking, but you must go through hell with Angie to get there.When I was around 7 or 8, I read a People magazine story about Patty Hearst.  It was awful and scary, and I remember asking my mother, “What is rape?” and her reply was an uncomfortable laugh.  She didn’t answer my question, so I knew it… Read more »


Mar 09
Review: Boundless by Cynthia Hand

Review: Boundless by Cynthia Hand

***Note – If you have not read the first two books in this series, this review will contain spoilers. *** When I finished Boundless, one of my most pressing questions was: Does Stanford actually have a course called The Practice of Happiness?  Indeed, it does.  Now that that urgent matter is out of the way, let’s get on to the story. I loved Unearthly, I was less enthralled with Hallowed, and I wanted so badly for this series to finish… Read more »


Mar 03
Review: If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Review: If I Stay by Gayle Forman

I feel for the readers who picked up “If I Stay” soon after it was released, because the ending is one of the most breathless cliffhangers I’ve ever read. I’m happy that I have the sequel, Where She Went, right here beside me. “If I Stay” is a story about the value of life. At what point is life no longer worth living? Seventeen-year-old Mia must find these answers when a devastating car crash kills Mia’s parents and leaves her… Read more »


Feb 24
Review: Splintered by A.G. Howard

Review: Splintered by A.G. Howard

Splintered is a dark retelling of Alice in Wonderland.  The story is every bit as captivating as the book cover, which was the first thing that captured my attention from this debut author.  A.G. Howard has a wild and vivid imagination.  Everything that she describes – colors, sights , sounds, emotions, sensations – you can almost feel yourself, as when Alyssa, a descendant of Alice Liddell, describes “moans and wails rattling my spine.” When we first meet Alyssa, she is… Read more »