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Oct 02
{Release Day Review} THE SPELLBOOK OF KATRINA VAN TASSEL by Alyssa Palombo @AlyssinWnderlnd @StMartinsPress

{Release Day Review} THE SPELLBOOK OF KATRINA VAN TASSEL by Alyssa Palombo @AlyssinWnderlnd @StMartinsPress

THE SPELLBOOK OF KATRINA VAN TASSEL: A Story of Sleepy Hollow by Alyssa Palombo. The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel is a retelling of the tale of Sleepy Hollow, but this time it is being told from the point of view of Ichabod Crane’s love interest, Katrina. I loved this switch in point of view because it offered a lot of great new insight and perspective into a story that I was already familiar with. Katrina breathed new life into the tale of the headless horseman. The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel is a perfect read for Halloween. I loved the gothic atmosphere vibe, paired with all of the supernatural elements of the story. It was a great combination for a mysterious and spooky read, but don’t worry, it also has plenty of romance woven in, which I also loved. Katrina Van Tassel and Ichabod Crane meet when Mr. Cranes comes into town as a new teacher. Watching him and Katrina meet and eventually fall in love was my favorite part… Read more »

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Apr 12
{Review} Twist by Kylie Scott @KylieScottbooks @StMartinsPress

{Review} Twist by Kylie Scott @KylieScottbooks @StMartinsPress

Twist is the second book in the Dive Bar by Kylie Scott. This series is an adult contemporary romance series, and it is a spin off of her Stage Dive Series. I really enjoyed the first book in this series, Dirty, but you don’t have to read Dirty before you read Twist. Each of the books in the Dive Bar series can be read as standalones.   I really like the Dive Bar world and the characters are great. I am so happy that I have read this series from the beginning (Lately, I have had this habit of picking up books in the middle of series, which most of the time works out just fine because they can be read as standalones, but I sometimes forget how much fun it is to revisit your favorite characters and how much it adds to the series if you know the characters really well.)  This is a series that I know I will be continuing. Twist is the story of Jo and Alex,… Read more »

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Jan 09
{Review+Giveaway} Freeks by Amanda Hocking

{Review+Giveaway} Freeks by Amanda Hocking

Freeks is a young adult paranormal by Amanda Hocking. I have read a few books in the past by Amanda and I have really enjoyed them so when I saw a book about a traveling circus and weird occurrences they face in one of the towns they stop in, I was super excited. While I don’t think I enjoyed this book as much as I did some of Amanda’s other works, I did enjoy the story in Freeks. It is a book, that even though it clocks in at 400 pages, I easily read in just a few hours. It is a very easy and quick read. While Freeks was a good read, and one that I did enjoy, it didn’t make me fall head over heels in love. Freeks follows Mara who is the daughter of a prominent psychic (yes, I know she is really a necromancer, but the circus features her as a fortune teller.) Mara has grown up in the troupe of people that make up the… Read more »

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Dec 23
{Review} Moon Chosen by P.C. Cast

{Review} Moon Chosen by P.C. Cast

Moon Chosen is the first book in the young adult paranormal series, called Tales of a New World by author P.C. Cast. I lhave read and really enjoyed the first 6 books in her house of night series, so I was excited to give this new series a try! I really enjoyed the concept behind the book, but overall the story fell a little flat for me. I so badly wanted to love this one because the summary and the cover totally called to me. But in reality, I found the pacing kind of slow and awkward, and frankly the story was more than a little boring for most of the novel. It did pick up by the end, and I was vaguely interested in seeing where the story was going, but getting through this story took me entirely too long. I kept putting down the book and going back to it, but it never could hold my interest for more than 20 minutes at a time. (which is very… Read more »

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Nov 23
{Review} The Best Possible Answer by E. Katherine Kottaras @ekatwrites @GriffinTeen @StMartinsPress

{Review} The Best Possible Answer by E. Katherine Kottaras @ekatwrites @GriffinTeen @StMartinsPress

The Best Possible Answer by E. Katherine Kottaras is a young adult standalone contemporary. I think a lot of high school students will be able to relate to some aspect of the story and of Viviana‘s character. I really enjoyed this story. There were some things I absolutely loved, and there were a few things I thought detracted from the flow of the story. Overall, it was a very good book, and I think a lot of people will really enjoy the story and be able to relate to it. Let’s start with the things I liked. I was able to put myself in Viviana‘s shoes pretty easily. (for the most part.) I was an overachiever in high school too and I was very concerned with grades and doing everything perfect. Everything seems like such a big deal back then. One bad test score could ruin my GPA and ruin my chances at college or at scholarships, etc. I got what she was going through. And with the pressure of… Read more »

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Nov 03
{Mini Review+Interview} We are Still Tornadoes by Michael Kun & Susan Mullen

{Mini Review+Interview} We are Still Tornadoes by Michael Kun & Susan Mullen

When and how did you guys decide to work on this book together? What inspired WeAre Still Tornadoes? Michael: Well, I’ve written a couple epistolary novels over the years – The Locklear Letters and Everybody Says Hello. In both of them, the readers only saw one side of the correspondence and had to use their own imaginations to fill in the other side, which I hope was fun for them. I had the idea of writing an epistolary novel where the reader would see both correspondents’ letters, and specifically the idea of having two friends write to each other when one goes off to high school and the other stays home. I wanted one of the friends to be a boy and one to be a girl, but I was worried about the authenticity of the girl’s letters. I’ve read a few novels by male writers where they have tried to write in a woman’s voice, and they didn’t ring true to me. So I just kept that in the back of my… Read more »

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Sep 10
{Review} The Possibility of Somewhere by @AuthorJuliaDay @GriffinTeen

{Review} The Possibility of Somewhere by @AuthorJuliaDay @GriffinTeen

The Possibility of Somewhere is a young adult contemporary romance by Julia Day. I loved The Possibility of Somewhere. It is a fantastic young adult standalone novel, that will make you fall in love with the characters and will have you genuinely wondering how the story will turn out. It is the kind of story that you know does not guarantee a happy ending. This is a book that I would re-read in a heart beat. I can’t wait to read more from Julia Day. She has really impressed me with her skill. I don’t often reach for young adult dramatic contemporaries anymore, because often the characters play into stereotypes, and I find them lacking…something. I have been turning more and more to new adult for my contemporary romances. But, sometimes I love a good dramatic read. The key word here being good. I don’t like drama for drama’s sake. I don’t like it to feel forced, but I never felt that way with The Possibility of Somewhere. And there… Read more »

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May 14
{ARC Review+Character Interview} The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You by @ms_LilyAnderson @GriffinTeen

{ARC Review+Character Interview} The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You by @ms_LilyAnderson @GriffinTeen

The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You is a young adult contemporary by Lily Anderson. This book was a ton of fun, and I can see comic book lovers swarming to this book. And, by the way, I think this book has the perfect cover. I seriously love it. The only Thing Worse Than Me is You centers around three best friends- Trixie, Meg and Harper, who all go to a school for smarties. In The Only Thing Worse Than Me is You there is an all out battle for a better class ranking. I get it, class rank was really important to me in high school too. Though, I didn’t (and no one did) take it to the extreme that Trixie did, but I appreciated her passion and drive. She is a hoot to read about. Her and her friends are all my brand of quirky and nerdy. I loved all of the fandom talk in The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You. I could relate more to… Read more »

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May 11
{ARC Review} Summer Days & Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories @StMartinsPress

{ARC Review} Summer Days & Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories @StMartinsPress

I love a good anthology. There is just something so satisfying about seeing a bunch of wonderful authors sitting down to all write stories centering around a similar theme. It is instant gratification. As soon as you get done with one story, you know you have more great stories after. And with an editor like Stephanie Perkins and authors like Leigh Bardugo, Francesca Lia Block, Libba Bray, Cassandra Clare, Brandy Colbert, Tim Federle, Lev Grossman, Nina LaCour, Veronica Roth, Jon Skovron, and Jennifer E. Smith, how can you go wrong? Not to mention the theme is summer love. One of my very favorites for feel good romances. If you haven’t guessed it by now, I really, really enjoyed Summer Days & Summer Nights. Summer Days & Summer Nights features 12 short stories. The book on a whole is about 400 pages, which seems long, but when you divide that into 12, you get about 33-34 pages per story, so you can breeze through each of them really quickly. I devoured… Read more »

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May 04
{Review} The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi @NotRashKnee

{Review} The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi @NotRashKnee

The Star-Touched Queen is the debut young adult fantasy novel by Roshani Chokshi. It is a blend of greek mythology and Indian folklore. While, I am very familiar with Greek mythology, I am admittedly not very familiar with much Indian Folklore. But starting out with The Star-Touched Queen certainly is going to set the bar very high. I loved this book. Absolutely loved it. I am so blown away and impressed that this is author, Roshani Chokshi’s debut novel. I never would have guessed that. She writes so beautifully. The Star-Touched Queen is a breathtaking tale. The Star-Touched Queen tells the story of seventeen year old Maya, who as you can tell from the summary, is cursed. I instantly fell in love with Maya. I was more hesitant with Amar, though that was completely by design of Roshani. Eventually I warmed up to him, and the romance between the two of them turns out to be really beautiful as well. But as great as the romance is, everything is really… Read more »

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