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Mar 16
Review and Giveaway: A Death-Struck Year by Makiia Lucier

Review and Giveaway: A Death-Struck Year by Makiia Lucier

Cleo Barry is a normal high-school girl, with normal high-school girl-type concerns in Portland, Oregon in 1918.  All of her friends have their post-high school lives figured out: marriage for some, or college, or traveling.  But Cleo has “no plan.  No dream.  No calling.”  Her parents died when she was young, and her older brother, Jack, and his wife, Lucy, have guardianship of Cleo.  Jack and Lucy are headed to San Francisco for six weeks to celebrate their anniversary while… Read more »


Mar 11
Review: Wicked Little Secrets by Kara Taylor

Review: Wicked Little Secrets by Kara Taylor

Prep School Confidential, the first book in this series and the first book by Kara Taylor, was such a fun and dark surprise.  Fun because of Anne, the unforgettable narrator, and dark because the cute cover gave no hints of the evil that awaited Anne at her new boarding school.  When her roommate, Isabella, was murdered, Anne made it her mission to unmask the murderer and those responsible for the resulting cover-up.  When Prep School Confidential ended, Anne had discovered… Read more »


Mar 06
Review and Giveaway: Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott

Review and Giveaway: Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott

Tella’s relatively normal life is rocked by the serious and possibly incurable illness of her brother.  One night, she finds a mysterious box in her bedroom.  Inside is a device with a recording, informing her that she is “invited to be a Contender in the Brimstone Bleed.”  It gives the time and location of the first meeting, and it further informs her that “The Brimstone Bleed will last three months…The winning prize will be the Cure.”  Everything about the message… Read more »


Mar 05
Review and Giveaway: Alienated by Melissa Landers

Review and Giveaway: Alienated by Melissa Landers

I labeled Alienated as a science fiction novel, but that is really stretching the meaning of the genre.  Yes, there are aliens in this book, but the science is very shallow.  What is the point of featuring aliens in a story when they look, talk, and act just like humans?  I have always had an intense interest in books and films featuring aliens, so this was a big disappointment. In Alienated, Cara’s family signs up to be part of the… Read more »


Feb 23
Review: Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi

Review: Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi

It wasn’t until I was about halfway through Into the Still Blue that I realized how much I disliked the relationship between Aria and Roar.  Yes, I know that platonic relationships can exist between gorgeous (and straight) men and women.  But it seems like Rossi couldn’t decide whether she wanted to create a legitimate love triangle or whether she wanted to keep Aria and Roar “just friends.”  Instead, the pair have a relationship that attempts to straddle the two extremes…. Read more »


Jan 23
Limerickin’ Lit: Pawn by Aimee Carter

Limerickin’ Lit: Pawn by Aimee Carter

Let me get one thing straight.  In the dystopian world of Pawn, society is advanced enough that humans can be physically altered so successfully that they can actually take the place of someone else.  And not just some Joe Schmoe on the street, but a member of the society’s ruling family.  There’s just one little thing that these clever folks seem to have forgotten.  Everyone in Pawn is ranked on a scale from I to VI, based on intelligence.  These… Read more »


Jan 22
Review: Defy by Sara B. Larson

Review: Defy by Sara B. Larson

A lurching stomach.  A neck that grows hot.  Flushing cheeks.  An aching skull.  Trembling.  For me, these are symptoms of a bad case of the flu.  For Alexa, the supposedly brave, ruthless warrior in Defy, this is how she responds whenever a male looks at her.  Which is often. Alexa pretends to be a boy named Alex, the most skilled guard to Prince Damian.  She hides her identity because in this kingdom, ruled by Damian’s father, women are only useful… Read more »


Jan 21
Review: Being Sloane Jacobs by Lauren Morrill

Review: Being Sloane Jacobs by Lauren Morrill

One of the most important aspects of a dual narrative novel should be creating and maintaining unique voices for the narrators.  Being Sloane Jacobs failed by this count, and it made it even harder to enjoy this lightweight story. It may as well have been written as a parallel lives story since there is no discernible difference in the characters, and it was easy to forget that they were supposed to be two people. I’ll recap the whole story in a… Read more »