Publisher: Putnam Juvenile


Mar 25
Review: The Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall

Review: The Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall

I was tempted to DNF The Conspiracy of Us several times in the first 100 or so pages, but I’m glad I stuck with it.  The plot was silly, Avery, the MC, was too Bella Swan-ish , and the two guys (of course it’s two) attracting her attention were not at all appealing.  As I continued reading, some strange things happened.  The plot, which grew increasingly ludicrous, was actually pretty fun, as long as you don’t spend too much time thinking… Read more »


Mar 12
Review: The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

Review: The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

I purchased The Name of the Star two years ago at a book event with Maureen Johnson and Stephanie Perkins.  This was very shortly after I started blogging and joined Twitter, and at the time of the event, all I knew about Johnson was that she was hilarious on Twitter.  She was even funnier in person, and I thought, “I cannot wait to read this woman’s books.”  And then this book, along with the sequel, which I also purchased at… Read more »


Jul 01
Review: Conversion by Katherine Howe

Review: Conversion by Katherine Howe

Conversion combines a modern story of bizarre occurrences at an exclusive prep school alongside a recounting of the Salem Witch Trials.  Colleen Rowley is the narrator of the modern story set mostly in her school in Danvers, Massachusetts.  She’s in her senior year at school, she’s fighting to become valedictorian, and she has her sights set on Harvard.  This is enough pressure for any teenager, but life gets even more stressful when Colleen’s classmates fall victim to a strange ailment… Read more »


Apr 30
Review: Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins

Review: Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins

Imagine that you’re about to be crowned Homecoming Queen, and as you do a few last-minutes preparations in the school restroom, the janitor bursts in.  He’s mortally wounded, he makes some bizarre comments, and as he’s dying, he presses his mouth to yours, and a strange…energy fills your body.  You now have superhuman strength and the ability to kick some major ass. This is the awesome opening of Rebel Belle, the new series by Rachel Hawkins.  I’ve only previously read… Read more »


Dec 05
Review: Champion by Marie Lu

Review: Champion by Marie Lu

I have to start this review by discussing the last few pages of this incredible trilogy.  Champion has such a beautiful, perfect ending, and it felt like Marie Lu wrote it as a love letter to her fans.  No doubt she loves June and Day even more than we do, but when she signed off on this series with such compassion and respect, I couldn’t help but feel appreciated as a reader and a fan.  I read Champion right after… Read more »


Oct 06
Review: Frozen by Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston

Review: Frozen by Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston

I had very high expectations for Frozen.  I love Las Vegas, and I love post-apocalyptic stories, and the combination of the two was irresistible.  I’ve already had a great experience with the video game,  Fallout: New Vegas, a role-playing game set in post-apocalyptic (you guessed it) Las Vegas.  But the story in Frozen couldn’t even measure up to the story in the video game. My first inkling that I might be in for some trouble came right at the outset… 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 »


Mar 06
Review: Prodigy by Marie Lu

Review: Prodigy by Marie Lu

  I loved Legend, and I desperately wanted Prodigy to live up to the standard set by its predecessor.  I’m happy to say that Marie Lu succeeded wonderfully.  When Prodigy opens, June and Day have fled the Republic, and they head to Las Vegas to join the Patriot rebellion.  Sibling love continues to play a big role as June continues to mourn her brother’s death, and Day is desperate to find his brother, Eden. I’m a huge fan of post-apocalyptic… Read more »