Posts Categorized: 2011

The World of Downton Abbey by Jessica Fellowes

2011, Jessica Fellowes, nonfiction, St. Martin's Press 0 Comments

This is less a review and more of a gushing post, over this book as well as the series in general. I discovered Downton Abbey around November 2011, if I’m recalling correctly, and stayed up well into the night watching the first five episodes of season 1 on Netflix. I love everything about this show, especially that opening music. I always get a thrill when the opening first comes on, even though I’ve watched both seasons multiple times now. The World of Downton Abbey was released in December from St Martin’s Press, but I didn’t pick it up until after… 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: Vanish by Sophie Jordan

2011, Harper Teen, review, second in a series, Sophie Jordan, young adult 0 Comments

Vanish by Sophie JordanPublisher: Harper TeenRelease date: September 6, 2011Source: Publisher via NetGalley / PurchasedSeries: Firelight #2Purchase: Book Depository An impossible romance.Bitter rivalries.Deadly choices. To save the life of the boy she loves, Jacinda did the unthinkable: She betrayed the most closely-guarded secret of her kind. Now she must return to the protection of her pride knowing she might never see Will again—and worse, that because his mind has been shaded, Will’s memories of that fateful night and why she had to flee are gone. Back home, Jacinda is greeted with hostility and must work to prove her loyalty for… Read more »

Review: The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong

2011, first in a series, HarperCollins, Kelley Armstrong, review, young adult 2 Comments

The Gathering by Kelley ArmstrongPublisher: HarperRelease date: April 12, 2011Source: PurchasedSeries: Darkness Rising #1Purchase: Book Depository Sixteen-year-old Maya is just an ordinary teen in an ordinary town. Sure, she doesn’t know much about her background – the only thing she really has to cling to is an odd paw-print birthmark on her hip – but she never really put much thought into who her parents were or how she ended up with her adopted parents in this tiny medical-research community on Vancouver Island. Until now. Strange things have been happening in this claustrophobic town – from the mountain lions that… Read more »

Review: Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally

2011, Miranda Kenneally, review, Sourcebooks Fire, stand alone, young adult 8 Comments

Catching Jordan by Miranda KenneallyPublisher: Sourcebooks FireRelease date: December 1, 2011Source: PurchasedPurchase: Book Depository What girl doesn’t want to be surrounded by gorgeous jocks day in and day out? Jordan Woods isn’t just surrounded by hot guys, though – she leads them as the captain and quarterback on her high school football team. They all see her as one of the guys, and that’s just fine. As long as she gets her athletic scholarship to a powerhouse university. But now there’s a new guy in town who threatens her starring position on the team… and has her suddenly wishing to… Read more »

Review: Dark Eden by Patrick Carman

2011, first in a series, Katherine Tegen Books, Patrick Carman, review, young adult 4 Comments

Dark Eden by Patrick CarmanPublisher: Katherine Tegen BooksRelease date: November 1, 2011Source: Publisher for honest reviewPublished format: Hardcover, 336 pagesPurchase: Book Depository Summary from Goodreads:Fifteen-year-old Will Besting is sent by his doctor to Fort Eden, an institution meant to help patients suffering from crippling phobias. Once there, Will and six other teenagers take turns in mysterious fear chambers and confront their worst nightmares—with the help of the group facilitator, Rainsford, an enigmatic guide. When the patients emerge from the chamber, they feel emboldened by the previous night’s experiences. But each person soon discovers strange, unexplained aches and pains. . …. Read more »

Review: Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer

2011, Andrea Cremer, Philomel, review, second in a series, young adult 2 Comments

Wolfsbane by Andrea CremerPublisher: PhilomelRelease date: July 26, 2011Source: PurchasedSeries: Nightshade #2(Nightshade review here)Purchase: Book Depository When Calla Tor wakes up in the lair of the Searchers, her sworn enemies, she’s certain her days are numbered. But then the Searchers make her an offer, one that gives her the chance to destroy her former masters and save the pack and the man she left behind. Is Ren worth the price of her freedom? And will Shay stand by her side no matter what? Now in control of her own destiny, Calla must decide which battles are worth fighting and how… Read more »

Review: The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa

2011, fourth in a series, Harlequin Teen, Julie Kagawa, review, young adult 3 Comments

The Iron Knight by Julie KagawaPublisher: Harlequin TeenRelease date: October 25, 2011Source: Publisher via NetGalleySeries: The Iron Fey #4Purchase: Book Depository Summary from Goodreads:My name- my True Name- is Ashallyn’darkmyr Tallyn. I am the last remaining son of Mab, Queen of the Unseelie Court. And I am dead to her. My fall began, as many stories do, with a girl… To cold faery prince Ash, love was a weakness for mortals and fools. His own love had died a horrible death, killing gentler feelings the Winter Prince might have had. Or so he thought. Then Meghan Chase- a half-human, half-fey… Read more »

Review: Rhymes with Cupid by Anna Humphrey

2011, Anna Humphrey, Harper Teen, review, stand alone, young adult 4 Comments

Rhymes with Cupid by Anna HumphreyPublisher: Harper TeenRelease date: January 1, 2011Source: PurchasedSeries: Stand AlonePurchase: Book Depository Summary from Goodreads:Chocolate is the only good thing about this nauseating holiday. Ever since my ex cheated on me, I’ve sworn off love. Too bad my new neighbor Patrick didn’t get the memo. I’m not interested. Although, he is pretty cute. And sweet. And funny. Stupid Cupid! Point your arrows at someone else. . . . It’s going to be a complicated Valentine’s Day. This is a cute and light, fluffy read. Quick too, being only 240 pages. Definitely a go-to book for… Read more »

Review: The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa

2011, Harlequin Teen, Julie Kagawa, review, third in a series, young adult 1 Comment

The Iron Queen by Julie KagawaPublisher: Harlequin TeenRelease date: January 25, 2011Source: PurchasedSeries: The Iron Fey #3Purchase: Book Depository Summary from Goodreads:My name is Meghan Chase. I thought it was over. That my time with the fey, the impossible choices I had to make, the sacrifices of those I loved, was behind me. But a storm is approaching, an army of Iron fey that will drag me back, kicking and screaming. Drag me away from the banished prince who’s sworn to stand by my side. Drag me into the core of conflict so powerful, I’m not sure anyone can survive… Read more »