Posts Categorized: review

Review: For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund

2012, Balzer and Bray, Diana Peterfreund, review, stand alone, young adult 3 Comments

For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana PeterfreundPublisher: Balzer + BrayRelease date: June 12, 2012Source: Purchased The only book by Jane Austen that I’ve actually read was Pride and Prejudice, after watching the A&E version with Colin Firth in fifth grade, so it was so long ago I don’t even compare anymore. With Persuasion, obviously I’ve never read the book, but I’ve seen the movie starring Ciaran Hinds, so there were comparisons between that and For Darkness Shows the Stars. Thankfully not many, since this book holds it’s own and only draws inspiration, and doesn’t copy.  Overall I liked all… Read more »

Review: Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore

2012, Dial Books, Kristin Cashore, review, third in a series, young adult 2 Comments

Bitterblue by Kristin CashorePublisher: DialRelease date: May 1, 2012Source: PurchasedSeries: Graceling Realm I’m not gonna lie, it’s been a few years since I read either Graceling or Fire. And since I have so many books I want to read, re-reading books is no longer a priority when new sequels come out, unfortunately. Maybe if I had reread Graceling, and even maybe Fire, I might have loved Bitterblue. As it was though, I only liked it. Fair warning, this review does contain spoilers, so if you have not read it yet, please do not highlight the next paragraph. It has been… 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: Destined by Aprilynne Pike

2012, Aprilynne Pike, fourth in a series, Harper Teen, review, young adult 1 Comment

Destined by Aprilynne PikePublisher: Harper TeenRelease date: May 1, 2012Source: Publisher for an honest reviewSeries: Wings #4 (final book) Tamani looked at her gravely, and reached up to tuck her hair behind her ear.He hesitated for an instant, then his hands found the sides of her face, pulling her to him. He didn’t kiss her, just held her face close to his, their foreheads resting together, their noses almost touching.She hated how much it felt like good-bye. Laurel now knows the truth: Yuki is a rare Winter faerie, the most powerful—and deadly—of all, and Klea plans to use her to… Read more »

Review: Wrecked by Anna Davies

2012, Anna Davies, review, Simon and Schuster, stand alone, young adult 2 Comments

Wrecked by Anna DaviesPublisher: Simon & SchusterRelease date: May 1, 2012Source: Purchased Secrets of the sea have never been sexier than this.Ever since the death of her parents, Miranda has lived on Whym Island, taking comfort in the local folklore, which claims a mysterious sea witch controls the fate of all on the island and in its surrounding waters. Sometimes it’s just easier to believe things are out of your control. But then a terrible boating accident takes the lives of several of her friends, and Miranda is rescued by a mysterious boy who haunts her dreams. Consumed by guilt… Read more »

Review: Illusions by Aprilynne Pike

2011, Aprilynne Pike, Harper Teen, review, third in a series, young adult 0 Comments

Illusions by Aprilynne PikePublisher: Harper TeenRelease date: May 3, 2011 Source: PurchasedSeries: Wings #3 Laurel hasn’t seen Tamani since she begged him to let her go last year. Though her heart still aches, Laurel is confident that David was the right choice. But just as life is returning to normal, Laurel discovers that a hidden enemy lies in wait. Once again, Laurel must turn to Tamani to protect and guide her, for the danger that now threatens Avalon is one that no faerie thought would ever be possible. And for the first time, Laurel cannot be sure that her side… 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: Wentworth Hall by Abby Grahame

2012, Abby Grahame, review, Simon and Schuster, stand alone 3 Comments

Wentworth Hall by Abby GrahamePublisher: Simon & SchusterRelease date: May 1, 2012Source: Purchased Summary from Goodreads:The prettiest people often have the ugliest secrets… Eighteen-year-old Maggie Darlington has turned into an entirely different person. The once spirited teen is now passive and reserved. A change Lord and Lady Darlington can’t help but be grateful for.It’s 1912, and the Darlingtons of Wentworth Hall have more than just the extensive grounds to maintain. As one of Britain’s most elite families, they need to keep up appearances that things are as they have always been… even as their carefully constructed façade rapidly comes undone.Maggie… Read more »

Review: Spells by Aprilynne Pike

2010, Aprilynne Pike, Harper Teen, review, second in a series, young adult 0 Comments

Spells by Aprilynne PikePublisher: Harper TeenRelease date: May 4, 2010Source: PurchasedSeries: Wings #2 Summary from Goodreads:Six months have passed since Laurel saved the gateway to the faerie realm of Avalon. Now she must spend her summer there, honing her skills as a Fall faerie. But her human family and friends are still in mortal danger–and the gateway to Avalon is more compromised than ever.When it comes time to protect those she loves, will she depend on David, her human boyfriend, for help? Or will she turn to Tamani, the electrifying faerie with whom her connection is undeniable?  This was without… Read more »

Review: Thumped by Megan McCafferty

2012, Balzer and Bray, Megan McCafferty, review, second in a series, young adult 1 Comment

Thumped by Megan McCaffertyPublisher: Balzer + BrayRelease date: April 24, 2012Source: PurchasedSeries: Bumped #2 It’s been thirty-five weeks since twin sisters Harmony and Melody went their separate ways. And now their story has become irresistible: twins separated at birth, each due to deliver twins…on the same day!Married to Ram and living in Goodside, Harmony spends her time trying to fit back into the community she once believed in. But she can’t forget about Jondoe, the guy she fell for under the strangest of circumstances.To her adoring fans, Melody has achieved everything: a major contract and a coupling with the hottest… Read more »