Source: Library


Jun 23
Review – Fellside by M.R. Carey

Review – Fellside by M.R. Carey

I read a comment elsewhere that described Fellside as “Orange is the New Black with ghosts.” I’ve never seen OITNB, but I’ve assumed there are comedic elements. There is no comedy in the Fellside prison, but there is a ghost. Instead, life in Fellside is dark, dark, dark, as are the female inmates themselves. There are murders, beatings, corruption, and a dangerous drug smuggling ring. In other words – probably an accurate depiction of life in just about every prison…. Read more »


Sep 17
Review: Slasher Girls and Monster Boys

Review: Slasher Girls and Monster Boys

Even if you’re not a fan of short stories, you need to give this anthology a shot.  It’s a collection of horror stories by some very well-known YA authors, and the result is solid and diverse, with one common them running through all of the stories.  They don’t feature the type of bimbo-ish, murder-bait girls typically found in horror movies. These girls take charge and get revenge on the men who have wronged them. With only two exceptions, these 14… Read more »


Jun 22
Review: The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan

Review: The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan

The Royal We might not be the Prince William/Kate Middleton fan fiction we wanted, but it’s the Prince William/Kate Middleton fan fiction we got.  Let’s be honest.  William and Kate aren’t the most exciting couple in the world.  They’re very attractive, they’re very well-mannered and composed, they’re probably wonderful parents, and while that’s great for real life, it doesn’t make for a juicy novel.  This lack of juiciness is especially surprising since this book was written by the bloggers from Go… Read more »


May 14
Review: Unleashed by Sophie Jordan

Review: Unleashed by Sophie Jordan

Shortly before I started reading Unleashed, the second book in Sophie Jordan’s duology, I read a review on Goodreads in which the reviewer wrote that while she enjoyed this book, she missed the absence of the romance from the first book. Well, that sounded great to me, because I thought the romance between Davy and Sean was the weakest part of the story.  In my review of Uninvited, I wrote this about the romance: “The worst part of this was… Read more »


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 »


Aug 10
Review: The Merciless by Danielle Vega

Review: The Merciless by Danielle Vega

What a weird little book.  The Merciless is a mash-up of the films, The Craft and Heathers, but with a main character who is all sorts of jaw-droppingly stupid.  Sofia is the new girl in school, and on her first day, she already has two factions fighting for her attention.  One is the bad-ass chick, Brooklyn, and the other is a group of popular girls, led by Riley and her sidekicks, Alexis and Grace.  Both Brooklyn and Riley are eager… Read more »


Jul 17
Review: Open Road Summer by Emery Lord

Review: Open Road Summer by Emery Lord

I have to start off this review by discussing the main character of Open Road Summer, Reagan O’Neill.  This is what my grandmother would have to say about her: “She’s a pill.”  And I would reply, “Grandma, you’re being way too nice.”  I think Reagan was supposed to be written as the bad girl with a heart of gold; the tough chick who just needed a guy to crack her shell.  Instead, what I saw a girl who despised and… Read more »


Jun 08
Review: Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

Review: Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

I probably would not have picked up Since You’ve Been Gone, if not for the all of the enthusiastic reviews.  The synopsis seemed a bit light – maybe silly, even.  But oh, was I WRONG! Emily and her best friend, Sloane, have polar opposite personalities.  Sloane is the shining extrovert, and Emily is her painfully shy sidekick.  They met a few years before in a “meet cute” way that is more typical of couples in romantic comedies.  As soon as Emily… Read more »