Tuesday Memes

Tuesday Memes

The glow off the quiet Firth was shining pink, making it feel for an instant as though the bus was flying through the white wires of the great structure. In fact, as she’d booked her ticket, for less than the price of an evening at the pub, she’d realized that at the age of twenty-nine, […]

Posted 6 December 2016 by Kim in Reading Memes / 4 Comments

Memeful Monday

Memeful Monday

Last week: Magic Strikes by Kate Daniels Ignite by Tessa Teevan A List of Cages by Robin Roe Definitely Dead by Charlaine Harris (finished) Currently Reading: Magic Strikes by Kate Daniels Ignite by Tessa Teevan A List of Cages by Robin Roe The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan All Together Dead by Charlaine Harris A […]

Posted 5 December 2016 by Kim in Reading Memes / 0 Comments

WitchWar Tour

WitchWar Tour

Welcome to the WitchWar Blog Tour! I am a huge fan of Emma Mills and the WitchBlood series so I am happy to be able to host a stop on the tour for WitchWar, the last book in the series!  Learn about the book and the author, read my review, and enter a giveaway! You can read […]

Posted 8 January 2016 by Kim in Book Tour, Contests & Giveaways / 0 Comments

WitchWar

WitchWar

My Review I am an unabashed fan of Emma Mills and I can’t tell you how sad I am to see this series end!  But I also can wait to see what she comes out with next.  The characters in these books have been through so much and the reader feels like they have been […]

Posted 8 January 2016 by Kim in Book Review / 0 Comments

Stacey Donovan, author of Dive, Guest Post

Stacey Donovan, author of Dive, Guest Post

Let the Wind In by Stacey Donovan, author of Dive When I was a teenager, traveling to the faraway places my favorite uncle went was not part of my experience. He sent postcards, always a thrill. From Europe he once wrote: Enjoy everything, even the unpleasant things. I loved him even more for sending such […]

Posted 23 November 2015 by Kim in Guest Post / 0 Comments

Dive

Dive

My Review Dive is a truly poignant book about love and loss, friendship and family.  The story revolves around Virginia, a 15yo girl who is going through one of the worst times of her life.  And because personal tragedy is never enough, just about everything around her seems to be rising against her. Isn’t that […]

Posted 19 November 2015 by Kim in Book Review / 0 Comments

WitchWar Cover Reveal

WitchWar Cover Reveal

Welcome to the cover reveal for the upcoming new novel in the amazing Witchblood series by Emma Mills!  This will be a supernatural YA novel! Expected Publication:  8 January 2016 About the Author Emma Mills is a stay-at-home mum. She shares her home with her husband, two children, a dog, 3 cats, a house rabbit and a tankful […]

Posted 18 November 2015 by Kim in Cover Reveals / 0 Comments

Smoke Signals

Smoke Signals

My Review Smoke Signals is the second book in the Tulsa Thunderbirds series, a spinoff and companion series to Catherine Gayle’s fantastic Portland Storm series.  And like all of the books in these two series, this novel combines love, steamy romance, hockey, and real life issues that hit hard. I love hockey and I love novels about hockey. […]

Posted 27 October 2015 by Kim in Book Review / 0 Comments

Juniors

Juniors

My Review I loved everything about this book!  The setting, the story line, the characters… all of it! I originally picked this book because I have a soft spot for all things Hawaiian.  I lived there 18 years ago and I am about to move back, so I love to read about the place I […]

Posted 19 October 2015 by Kim in Book Review / 0 Comments

The Summer Marked

The Summer Marked

My Review I truly enjoy this series!  I loved The Winter People and I love this sequel just as much!  The author creates characters that are so complex and so realistic.  Even as dark as the story is, it is beautiful with its weaving of our own reality and the dark reality of the Fae world. […]

Posted 22 September 2015 by Kim in Book Review / 0 Comments

Shattered Blue

Shattered Blue

My Review I’m not going to lie… half the reason I requested this galley from NetGalley was because of the location of the story.  It takes place in the Monterey Bay area, one of my former stomping ground in my former soldier life.  I love the area and I was happy to read a book […]

Posted 21 September 2015 by Kim in Book Review / 0 Comments

Pushing Send

Pushing Send

My Review Pushing Send is a yung adult novel with some very deep and intense situations, especially appropriate in this day and age. Hadley’s life has be turned upside down yet again as she and her family have moved again to a small town in New York.   Her father lost his job after an […]

Posted 28 August 2015 by Kim in Book Review / 0 Comments

The Accident Season

The Accident Season

My Review This was a strange, but intriguing book.  There were moments when it was like reading through an altered state, as if Cara isn’t always 100% in the present.  In places, there was prose that reminded me a bit of Sarah McCarry’s All Our Pretty Songs.  The lines of between reality and that which is imagined […]

Posted 17 August 2015 by Kim in Book Review / 0 Comments

Home Ice

Home Ice

My Review I truly love the Portland Storm books and I am never disappointed by them!  The stories are beautifully written, with all of the romance you could ever want right along with deep, emotionally intense issues.  And this one was so much more than romance,..  This is the story of a little girl who refused to […]

Posted 12 August 2015 by Kim in Book Review / 0 Comments

Changes

Changes

My Review Although I love the Valdemar saga, one of my favorite series that I go back to over and over again, I have to admit that this this installment of the Collegium Chronicles is my least favorite thus far.  I still love Mags, as well his friends Lena and Bear, but this particular book […]

Posted 11 August 2015 by Kim in Book Review / 0 Comments

I am the Messenger

I am the Messenger

My Review I am the Messenger is one of the more bizarre books I have ever read.  It is one of those books that caused me to question myself continually about why I was reading it, yet, at the same time, I couldn’t put it down.  Even now, having finished it, I am not sure […]

Posted 9 August 2015 by Kim in Book Review / 0 Comments

Intrigues

Intrigues

My Review I am a huge Mercedes Lackey fan and the entire Valdemar series is one of my all-time favorites to binge on every few years.  I love the story lines, the mystery, the intrigue, the characters.  I pick up one of these books and I am transported to a totally different world and I love […]

Posted 2 August 2015 by Kim in Book Review / 0 Comments

Forgotten Things

Forgotten Things

My Review Forgotten Things is the debut full-length novel by author Stephen Mullaney-Westwood.  It is a beautiful story woven between the reality that we all know and that inhabited by the creatures of lore that so many of us dismiss.  It is a coming-of-age story that centers around Adam and his friends Martin and Josh.  Adam has just moved […]

Posted 28 July 2015 by Kim in Book Review / 0 Comments

Magic’s Price

Magic’s Price

My Review While I have loved this series, I think that this one is my least favorite of the three.  I love Vanyel’s character as much as ever, even with all of his stubbornness.  For me it was Stefan’s character, as well as bits of his back story, that just didn’t do it for me. […]

Posted 28 July 2015 by Kim in Book Review / 0 Comments

Foundation

Foundation

My Review One of my favorite parts of the Valdemar epic saga are the Collegium so I love that there is now an entire series based on them!  Foundation is the first in a (so far) five book series set in the Collegium.  While Mags is the center of the series from the Herald Collegium, the […]

Posted 28 July 2015 by Kim in Book Review / 0 Comments

Paper Towns

Paper Towns

My Review As with anything and everything I have read by John Green, I greatly enjoyed this book.  No, I didn’t sob my way through it as I did with The Fault in Our Stars, but it was moving in its own way. This is a book that can’t be easily categorized as any one thing… […]

Posted 27 July 2015 by Kim in Book Review / 0 Comments

Escape from Witchwood Hollow

Escape from Witchwood Hollow

My Review Such an interesting book with a great premise!  The novel centers around three girls of varying ages.  Each of these girls is from a different historical time period… the 1600s, the 1800s and the 2000s.  Each of them is connected in some way to the mysteriously cursed Witchwood Hollow.  Historical novels are not […]

Posted 24 July 2015 by Kim in Book Review / 0 Comments

Dirt Daughter

Dirt Daughter

My Review Dirt Daughter tells the rather tragic story of Elena Black.  She has known a life of tragedy and loss, betrayal and neglect.  When she was young, she lost her best friend Lizzy in a terrible accident, her body never found.  Soon after, she lost her father when he died after a fall from […]

Posted 23 July 2015 by Kim in Book Review / 0 Comments

Magic’s Promise

Magic’s Promise

My Review This book takes up long after the end of Magic’s Pawn and Vanyel is exhuasted by the wild magic and trauma that he has been through.  He is almost an entirely different person in this book, changed and matured with the experiences of his past.  As much as I loved the first book, I think […]

Posted 20 July 2015 by Kim in Book Review / 0 Comments

About a Girl

About a Girl

My Review About a Girl is the third book in Sarah McCarry’s Metamorphoses series, telling of a third generation.  The first book, All Our Pretty Songs, tells the stories of Aurora and her nameless best friend.  The second book, Dirty Wings, tells the stories of Cassie and Maia, the mother sof Aurora and her friend.  This book tells the […]

Posted 13 July 2015 by Kim in Book Review / 0 Comments

Magic’s Pawn

Magic’s Pawn

My Review I love all of the series and singles that make up the entire Valdemar saga, and this one has always been one of my favorites.  Vanyel is a character that I think, in some way, is a universal character that we can all identify with in one way or another. Vanyel Ashkevron is […]

Posted 12 July 2015 by Kim in Book Review / 0 Comments

Bury the Hatchet

Bury the Hatchet

My Review I am a huge fan of Catherine Gayle’s hockey-themed romances!  I have read every one that she is written and they are each amazing reads.  The knowledge that the author has of hockey and the behind-the-scenes of it all is obvious and seen in the incredible attention to detail.  But the stories aren’t […]

Posted 8 July 2015 by Kim in Book Review / 0 Comments

Ink and Bone

Ink and Bone

My Review Ink and Bone is the first book in the new Great Library series and it is such an interesting premise, rewriting history in a way that is absolutely intense for anyone who truly loves the written word. In this world, knowledge, or too much of it, is seen as almost a disease, the foundation of ruin […]

Posted 7 July 2015 by Kim in Book Review / 0 Comments

The Silver Gryphon

The Silver Gryphon

My Review The Silver Gryphon is the last book in the Mage Wars trilogy, the first in the epic Valdemar saga.  The first book in the series was pure high fantasy, the second less magic and more intrigue, and this one is a tale of survival.  It also contains one of my favorite quotes from any […]

Posted 5 July 2015 by Kim in Book Review / 0 Comments

The White Gryphon

The White Gryphon

My Review The White Gryphon picks up several years after the end of The Black Gryphon.  The war is over and the everyone has fled to different parts of the world.  Skan, Drake, Winterhart, and Zaneel have escaped together, along with many others of Urtho’s former realm.  They have made their way south through treachorous land […]

Posted 28 June 2015 by Kim in Book Review / 0 Comments

The Black Gryphon

The Black Gryphon

My Review The entire Valdemar series is a favorite of mine and one that I have reread repeatedly over the years.  The series unfolds in the form of trilogies, duologies, singles, etc., and this series, Mage Wars, is the start of it all. The Black Gryphon takes place long before the Valdemar kingdom is founded, a […]

Posted 19 June 2015 by Kim in Book Review / 0 Comments

Extras

Extras

My Review Extras is the unexpected final book in the Uglies series, following what was originally touted as a trilogy.  The series is set in a dystopian future in which the ideas of beauty and conformity are the central ideals of the society.  This book takes place a few years after Tally’s story ended and centers on Aya […]

Posted 4 June 2015 by Kim in Book Review / 0 Comments

Modern Monsters

Modern Monsters

My Review One of the first things that struck me about Modern Montsers was the voice, that of a teenage male and something that there is not enough of in YA literature.  And that voice was convincing and empathetic. Vic is not the stereotypical YA hero and I LOVED that.  His best friend is one of […]

Posted 1 June 2015 by Kim in Book Review / 0 Comments

Specials

Specials

My Review I have such mixed emotions about this book.  It was originally supposed to be the final book in a trilogy, although there is now a fourth book in which Tally appears as a non-central character.  So, even though this ended up not being the final book, it is really the final book in […]

Posted 1 June 2015 by Kim in Book Review / 0 Comments

To Kill a Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird

My Review This is a book that I have read and reread several times.  My mother, who recently passed away, taught this book for years as a high school English teacher and it was her favorite novel.  So when the publishers sponsored a read-along of the novel, I took part with a close friend who was […]

Posted 31 May 2015 by Kim in Book Review / 0 Comments

Pretties

Pretties

My Review I truly love this series!  The world is a dystopian society based on the ideals of beauty.  It is a society that redefined beauty as a conforming concept, a society in which everyone’s entire worth is based on their beauty.  The fact that beauty is a manufactured ideal, rather than natural, is of […]

Posted 30 May 2015 by Kim in Book Review / 0 Comments

Uglies

Uglies

My Review My favorite thing about dystopian fiction is their ability to give me a different perspective on our world, culture, and society.  Dystopian novels push me to really consider the world that we live in and see a little bit of our reality in the dystopian world, to see the potential for what our world could […]

Posted 28 May 2015 by Kim in Book Review / 0 Comments

End of Days

End of Days

My Review End of Days is the final book in this amazing series, and I am sad to see it end, so much so that now I have my son reading it so we can talk about it!!  The conclusion was everything I wanted it to be. It begins just after World After ends and so much has […]

Posted 27 May 2015 by Kim in Book Review / 0 Comments

World After

World After

My Review I love that this series uses angels less as a symbol of traditional religious mythology, but more as supernatural creatures with their own motivations.  And in this book, we get a lot of answers to questions from the first book, but also have all kinds of new questions.  It isn’t quite as action-packed […]

Posted 26 May 2015 by Kim in Book Review / 0 Comments

Angelfall

Angelfall

My Review This is one of those books that I have had on my mental “to be read” piles for a long time.  I had heard lots of wonderful things about it, but it just took me awhile to get through my rather lengthy queue to get to it.  And now that I have read […]

Posted 25 May 2015 by Kim in Book Review / 0 Comments

Gathering Frost

Gathering Frost

My Review Gathering Frost is the first novel in Kaitlyn Davis’ new series, Once Upon a Curse.  It tells the story of Jade, once a happy little girl living in New York Ciry until an earthquake shakes her world in unimaginable ways. It wasn’t just her city that was destroyed, but the way of life all […]

Posted 19 May 2015 by Kim in Book Review / 0 Comments

A Prayer for Owen Meary

A Prayer for Owen Meary

My Review I am doomed to remember a boy with a wrecked voice—not because of his voice, or because he was the smallest person I ever knew, or even because he was the instrument of my mother’s death, but because he is the reason I believe in God; I am a Christian because of Owen […]

Posted 19 May 2015 by Kim in Book Review / 0 Comments

A Clash of Kings

A Clash of Kings

My Review This second book in the A Song of Fire and Ice series is even more action packed than A Game of Thrones.  Chaos reigns in the seven kingdoms with now five kings fighting for the Iron Throne.  I love the format of these books, chapters that alternate between characters.  The chapters tell the stories of A […]

Posted 7 May 2015 by Kim in Book Review / 0 Comments

Happenstance #3

Happenstance #3

My Review This installment of Happenstance deals with Erin and Weston’s last months in high school and the beginning of college. After everything she has been through, one would hope that things would finally go right for her.  But this is not the case.  She is still being bullyied, led by the unrequited crush of one of […]

Posted 18 April 2015 by Kim in Book Review / 0 Comments

Happenstance #2

Happenstance #2

My Review The second Happenstance novella starts soon after the first one begins.  Erin’s life has turned upside down and this installment focuses on her new life and relationships wirh her parents. Suddenly she is surrounded by love and affection, something she has never known before.  At times, it felt a little forced and that acceptance came […]

Posted 17 April 2015 by Kim in Book Review / 0 Comments

Happenstance #1

Happenstance #1

My Review Happenstance is a story of love, of betrayal, of mean girls, of secrets, and of finding your place in the world. Erin Easter has spent her life on the outside of the social scene, more frequently the target of neverending bullying.  She is one of three Erin’s in her small senior class, the other two […]

Posted 17 April 2015 by Kim in Book Review / 0 Comments

Where She Went

Where She Went

My Review Where She Went is the second book in the If I Stay series and my favorite of the two.  It was just as emotional as the first and even more intense.  Despite the theme of death in If I Stay, there is something much darker about most of the second novel. Where She Went is told […]

Posted 16 April 2015 by Kim in Book Review / 0 Comments

If I Stay

If I Stay

My Review There are certain books that just emotionally drain you, and this was one of them.  There are moments of sadness, moments of happiness, moments of pain, and moments of sweetness.  It is a book whose story just stays with you. I love the way the story of If I Stay is constructed.  It is […]

Posted 15 April 2015 by Kim in Book Review / 0 Comments