Posts Categorized: Kick-Ass Heroines

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 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 09
Review: Shadows by Paula Weston

Review: Shadows by Paula Weston

How does an author write a story about angels while maintaining a sense of originality?  Give the main character a major case of memory loss.  Gaby, the narrator, is still mourning the loss of her brother, Jude, in a car accident.  She doesn’t remember much, but she has bizarre nightmares of fighting demons.  A guy named Rafa shows up and claims to have information about Gaby’s and Jude’s pasts, but it seems too far-fetched for Gaby to believe.  Readers unfamiliar… Read more »


Aug 22
Review: Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis

Review: Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis

If I told you that a book with a heavy focus on the gathering, purification, and consumption of water was beautiful in an indescribable way, would you be tempted to side-eye me?  Don’t even think about it, because with Not a Drop to Drink, Mindy McGinnis has written a book packed full of breath-taking moments, fantastic characters, and yes, lots of information about water.  Every author presented with the challenge of conveying a great deal of information to the reader,… 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 »


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 »


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 »