Posts Categorized: first in a series

Review: Of Poseidon (Of Poseidon #1) by Anna Banks

2012, Anna Banks, Feiwel and Friends, first in a series, paranormal romance, review, young adult 10 Comments

Of Poseidon by Anna BanksPublisher: Feiwel & FriendsRelease date: May 22, 2012Source: LibrarySeries: Of Poseidon #1Rating: FOUR STARS I hadn’t really heard much about this book before I read it, nor had I sought out any reviews. I don’t think I’d even read the flap until I was a few chapters in, so I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect with this book. I was pleasantly surprised, and I definitely enjoyed Of Poseidon. I love mermaid stories, and I absolutely love it when I find one that does things a bit different than what you’re expecting. These mermaids can change… Read more »

Review: Grave Witch (Alex Craft #1) by Kalayna Price

2010, adult, first in a series, Kalayna Price, paranormal romance, review, RoC 0 Comments

Grave Witch by Kalayna PricePublisher: RoCRelease date: October 5, 2010Source: PurchasedSeries: Alex Craft #1Rating: Four stars! I haven’t been reading books like this since I started blogging, mainly because they take me a little more time to finish than young adult books do. But I’ve decided I’m going to go back to reading these as well, because I’ve always enjoyed them, and Grave Witch was a breath of fresh air for me. I loved this book. I was reading vampire books right before the publishing industry exploded with them. Once the shelves were over saturated with vampire novels, I got… Read more »

Review: Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne

2012, Emmy Laybourne, Feiwel and Friends, first in a series, post apocalyptic, review, young adult 1 Comment

Monument 14 by Emmy LaybournePublisher: Feiwel & FriendsRelease date: June 5, 2012Source: LibrarySeries: Monument 14#1 So I have kind of a funny story that goes along with this book. I checked it out from the library on July 20, day 1 of my ten day vacation from work. It’s a hot and humid day, and because of the humidity I knew it was likely that we’d have some kind of storm. Just as I was walking into Walmart with my mom for lunch at the Subway inside there was already rain coming down fairly hard outside. I brought in Monument… Read more »

Review: Flirting in Italian by Lauren Henderson

2012, contemporary, Delacorte Books, first in a series, Lauren Henderson, review, young adult 4 Comments

Flirting in Italian by Lauren HendersonPublisher: Delacorte BooksRelease date: June 12, 2012Source: PurchasedSeries: Flirting in Italian #1 I could not put this book down. I was in love with Flirting in Italian.Years ago I took a People to People student ambassador trip to three European countries, and Italy was one of them. This book makes me want to go back so much. Lauren Henderson does a great job of writing young sexy Italian men. I couldn’t get enough of Luca. Especially the interactions between Luca and Violet. There was insta-attraction, which I think is better than insta-love. And it felt… Read more »

Review: Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

2012, first in a series, historical fiction, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, review, Robin LeFevers, young adult 3 Comments

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFeversPublisher: Houghton Mifflin HarcourtRelease date: April 3, 2012Source: PurchasedSeries: His Fair Assassin #1 Why be the sheep, when you can be the wolf?Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she… Read more »

Review: I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga

2012, Barry Lyga, first in a series, Little Brown and Co, review, young adult 1 Comment

I Hunt Killers by Barry LygaPublisher: Little, Brown & CoRelease date: April 3, 2012Source: PurchasedSeries: Jasper Dent #1 What if the world’s worst serial killer…was your dad? Jasper (Jazz) Dent is a likable teenager. A charmer, one might say. But he’s also the son of the world’s most infamous serial killer, and for Dear Old Dad, Take Your Son to Work Day was year-round. Jazz has witnessed crime scenes the way cops wish they could–from the criminal’s point of view. And now bodies are piling up in Lobo’s Nod. In an effort to clear his name, Jazz joins the police… Read more »

Review: Partials by Dan Wells

Balzer and Bray, Dan Wells, first in a series, review, young adult 1 Comment

Partials by Dan WellsPublisher: Balzer + BrayRelease date: February 28, 2012Source: PurchasedSeries: Partials #1 Humanity is all but extinguished after a war with partials—engineered organic beings identical to humans—has decimated the world’s population. Reduced to only tens of thousands by a weaponized virus to which only a fraction of humanity is immune, the survivors in North America have huddled together on Long Island. The threat of the partials is still imminent, but, worse, no baby has been born immune to the disease in over a decade. Humanity’s time is running out. When sixteen-year-old Kira learns of her best friend’s pregnancy,… Read more »

Review: Belles by Jen Calonita

2012, first in a series, Jen Calonita, Poppy, review, young adult 1 Comment

Belles by Jen CalonitaPublisher: PoppyRelease date: April 10, 2012Source: PurchasedSeries: Belles #1 Fifteen-year-old Isabelle Scott loves her life by the boardwalk on the supposed wrong side of the tracks in North Carolina. But when tragedy strikes, a social worker sends her to live with a long-lost uncle and his preppy privileged family. Isabelle is taken away from everything she’s ever known, and, unfortunately, inserting her into the glamorous lifestyle of Emerald Cove doesn’t go so well. Her cousin Mirabelle Monroe isn’t thrilled to share her life with an outsider, and, in addition to dealing with all the rumors and backstabbing… Read more »

Review: The Fame Game by Lauren Conrad

2012, first in a series, Harper Teen, Lauren Conrad, review, young adult 2 Comments

Book title and author namePublisher: Harper TeenRelease date: April 3, 2012Source: Finished copy for review from publisherSeries: The Fame Game #1 In Hollywood, fame can be found on every corner and behind any door. You just have to know where to look for it. Nineteen-year-old Madison Parker made a name for herself as best frenemy of nice-girl-next-door Jane Roberts on the hot reality show L.A. Candy. Now Madison’s ready for her turn in the spotlight and she’ll stop at nothing to get it. Sure, she’s the star of a new show, but with backstabbing friends and suspicious family members trying… Read more »

Early Review: The Selection by Kiera Cass (ARC)

2012, first in a series, Harper Teen, Kiera Cass, review, young adult 4 Comments

The Selection by Kiera CassPublisher: Harper TeenRelease date: April 24, 2012Source: Publisher for an honest reviewSeries: The Selection #1Purchase: Book Depository For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in the palace and compete for the heart of the gorgeous Prince Maxon.But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home… Read more »