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Mar 29
Book Review: Ashley Poston’s Geekerella

Book Review: Ashley Poston’s Geekerella

When I first read the synopsis for Ashley Poston’s Geekerella, I knew I had to read it and quickly added it to my to-be-read list! And when I was given the opportunity to review it, I couldn’t say no. I’m so glad I was able to read Geekerella and I can’t wait to reread it! Geekerella is a beautiful love letter to fandoms everywhere. We have great character development. Danielle “Elle” Wittimer is a blogger and a devoted fan of the sci-fi show, Starfield. She’s lonely and doesn’t think she’s worthy of having friends. I could associate with Elle and longed to give her a hug. And then of course we have Darien Freeman, teen heartthrob and now carrying the weight of world all because of a role. I liked… Read more »

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Feb 10
Book Review: Amy Maurer Jones’ A Zebra Like Me

Book Review: Amy Maurer Jones’ A Zebra Like Me

Amy Maurer Jones’ A Zebra Like Me is a touching story about a teenage girl suffering from a rare disorder and discovering how precious friendships can be. Maybelle Dawson is your typical teenager with one exception. She suffers from Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, a disorder that affects the body and can cause chronic pain and fatigue. Her grandmother doesn’t believe Maybelle and her symptoms. While Maybelle’s friends are mostly hers because of her cousin, she longs for her own freedom. Maybelle is about to get her wish and when a mysterious good looking boy moves to town, he shows her how awesome life can be and not to be afraid to try new things. We have good character development. Maybelle is our main character and through her we get to know everyone… Read more »

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Nov 28
Blog Tour: Review-Veronica Bane’s Mara + Giveaway

Blog Tour: Review-Veronica Bane’s Mara + Giveaway

Veronica Bane’s Mara is an intriguing tale about a group of misfits finding common ground and friendship amid social tensions in the town of Jericho. As for characterization, it’s a bit weak, but again, it’s a novella and you can’t go into in-depth character development otherwise you sacrifice other aspects such as narrative. Our main character is Mara who has the ability to control fire and comes from a troubled past. We get to meet her brother briefly and it’s pretty apparent they have a rocky relationship. Mara does not live with him and instead went to live in Jericho with her aunt and uncle. Then we have Miyuki who can control water and unlike Mara is just coming to terms with what she can do. Other characters can control… Read more »

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Oct 28
Book Review:  Sarah Zettel’s Palace of Spies

Book Review: Sarah Zettel’s Palace of Spies

Margaret “Peggy” Preston Fitzroy is in a pickle. She’s just rejected the marriage offer her uncle Pierpont arranged. Peggy has a reason for this decision and when she tries to explain it to her uncle he issues her an ultimatum: accept the suit or be thrown out of the house. Peggy’s fate was sealed the night she met her potential suitor, Sebastian Sanford. He’s intrigued at first especially after Peggy stands up to Lady Clarenda Newbank and Peggy is happy to have his approval. Their first meeting is going well until he attempts to force himself on her and she’s saved by a gentleman, Mr. Tinderflint. Peggy is grateful until he states his reason for seeking her out: he offers her a position in King George I’s court. Peggy declines,… Read more »

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Sep 12
Book Review: Sherry Thomas’ The Burning Sky

Book Review: Sherry Thomas’ The Burning Sky

I’m a big fan of Sherry Thomas’ historical romances and when I heard she wrote a YA fantasy novel, The Burning Sky, I wasn’t sure what to think other than express concern that may she be walking away from historicals. Then I read the synopsis and couldn’t wait to read it! It was everything I had hoped it would be and so much more! Prophecy states that a great elemental mage will one day save the realm from Bane, a powerful mage. Iolanthe Seabourn has heard the stories and when she’s told she’s the one prophesied, she’s not sure what to believe. It’s Prince Titus of Elberon who comes to her rescue when her attempt to fix a batch of elixir goes wrong when she summons lightning. Titus knows the… Read more »

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Sep 10
Book Review: Liz DeJesus’ First Frost

Book Review: Liz DeJesus’ First Frost

Seventeen-year-old Bianca Frost can’t wait to graduate high school and move on with her life. She works at the fairy tale museum run by parents and is the only employee since her parents refuse to hire outside help. She tries to make the best out of the situation and grudgingly assists her mother when needed. One night she returns home to find her mother battling a witch. She watches in awe as her mother conjures up fire and sends a ball of light towards Lenore. Afterwards her mother tells Bianca the family secret: they are descendants of Snow White. Bianca accepts her heritage and begins to train with her mother on how to use her own magic. Everything seems to be going well until Lenore comes back and kidnaps Bianca’s… Read more »

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Aug 26
Book Review: Kathleen S. Allen’s How to be Almost Famous in Ten Days

Book Review: Kathleen S. Allen’s How to be Almost Famous in Ten Days

Seventeen-year-old Cassie Cee just wants to be seen. When her best friend, Rachel, gets noticed by the cute Starbucks barista, Cassie is disappointed because she’s almost certain she caught his eye. Armed with the book she bought at the local secondhand bookstore, she sets out to do the impossible: become famous in ten days. Will Cassie succeed or will she come to realize that she’s awesome just the way she is? Kathleen Allen’s How to be Almost Famous in Ten Days is a quick and light read. It also has a positive message that everyone can walk away with. Cassie’s main problem is having a shallow best friend, Rachel. Rachel doesn’t care about anything that doesn’t revolve around her and we see it several times especially when Cassie wants to… Read more »

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Aug 10
Blog Tour: Review: Carolyn Turgeon’s The Fairest of Them All + Giveaway

Blog Tour: Review: Carolyn Turgeon’s The Fairest of Them All + Giveaway

Fairy tale retellings are often difficult because the author has to step away from the original text and give it their own twist. Carolyn Turgeon’s The Fairest of Them All is a deliciously dark retelling of two beloved childhood stories, Snow White and Rapunzel. Growing up, I didn’t care much for Rapunzel and much preferred Snow White’s tale. When the opportunity came to review Turgeon’s The Fairest of Them All, I couldn’t pass it up! I mean Rapunzel as Snow White’s evil stepmother? Yes, please! Narration is first person and told via Rapunzel’s perspective. It is in essence, Rapunzel’s story and in many ways, it needed to be told via her narrative. As for the actual tale, it’s your typical Rapunzel story with a few key changes. Mathena raises Rapunzel,… Read more »

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Jul 23
Book Review: C.J. Daugherty’s Night School

Book Review: C.J. Daugherty’s Night School

Let me start off by saying, looking at the cover of C.J. Daugherty’s Night School, what are your first initial thoughts? It looks spooky with paranormal undertones. Even the synopsis hints at something dark and mysterious but there’s nothing paranormal about the book. I don’t consider this a spoiler, but others might. I apologize in advance if you think it is one. Sixteen year old Allie Sheridan has been on a road of destruction since her brother, Christopher disappeared. She’s constantly getting into trouble and failing her classes. Her latest exploit involves breaking into her current school and when she gets arrested, her parents have had enough and arrange to send her to Cimmeria Academy. Allie has never heard of the school and wonders what type of institution would accept… Read more »

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Jul 22
Book Review: Amy Maurer Jones’ Fly Away

Book Review: Amy Maurer Jones’ Fly Away

Amy Maurer Jones’ Fly Away is the highly anticipated second book in the Wildflower series. If you haven’t read the first book, Wildflower, you can read Fly Away; however, I do recommend reading the first only because it sets up the reincarnation lives of Laney, Joshua, and Jordan and I believe you might be lost otherwise. Fly Away picks up a few months after Wildflower ended and I really appreciated that because it gives us the ability to see exactly what happened during the months after Laney and Joshua ran away. Laney is very much your typical high school student but she’s also a member of the Wampanoag tribe where one day she will be Shaman. In the 17th century she was a member of the tribe and was named… Read more »

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Jun 10
Book Review: Kate Karyus Quinn’s Another Little Piece

Book Review: Kate Karyus Quinn’s Another Little Piece

How many times have we coveted something we can’t have? While reading Another Little Piece, I couldn’t help but think of the old saying, “be careful for what you wish for.” A year ago, Annaliese Rose Gordon was at a party and it’s the last night anyone saw her alive. Most believe she’s dead, but when she shows up miles away from her hometown, her parents are overjoyed. Annaliese has no recollection about what happened to her the night she disappeared or what she was doing before she woke up. Little by little she tries to piece everything together only to come to a terrifying conclusion, she may not be Annaliese. If she’s not her, then who is she and why does she have this craving for blood? Another Little… Read more »

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Jun 06
Blog Tour: Review-Lucy A. Kelly’s Holding On and Letting Go

Blog Tour: Review-Lucy A. Kelly’s Holding On and Letting Go

Lucy A. Kelly’s Holding On and Letting Go is a poignant tale about love, loss, and growing up. Two years after the death of brother, Emerson Caulfield returns home. There’s one person excited to see her, her childhood friend, Matt, but he quickly realizes that the Emerson he knew isn’t the girl standing before him. Emerson’s happy to cut ties with everyone who knew Peter and that means acting indifferent towards Matt. When Matt’s ex-girlfriend sets out to ruin Emerson’s reputation by spreading a nasty rumor, Matt steps up to the plate and he quickly realizes he’s never stopped loving Emerson. Will Emerson and Matt be able to put the past aside and rekindle their friendship or will they go their separate ways? Holding On and Letting Go is told… Read more »

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