Warrior and the Wanderer

Warrior and the Wanderer

My Review Warrior and the Wanderer is the first book by Elizabeth Holcombe that I have read and, although it is a genre that I don’t read much of, I enjoyed it more than I had anticipated.  It is historical romance, with a nice bit of time travel, and it made for a really fun […]

Posted 14 April 2015 by Kim in Book Review / 0 Comments

The Kill Order

The Kill Order

My Review The Kill Order is the first prequel to The Maze Runner series, soon to be followed by The Fever Code.  This book takes place 13 years prior to the events of The Maze Runner and, although I have read many reviews that expressed disappointment because of the lack of connection between this book and the trilogy, but […]

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

Dropping Gloves

Dropping Gloves

My Review Now anyone who reads my reviews knows that I am an avid fan girl of Catherine Gayle’s Portland Storm books.  I absolutely love hockey, so I appreciate a good book written around that theme.  But Catherine’s books are so  much more than hockey romance.  They are intensely emotional stories about real people.  There is […]

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

The Truth About Jack

The Truth About Jack

My Review The Truth About Jack is the latest from Jody Gehrman, author of the Audrey’s Guide books.  It is told from the altering points of view of Jack and Dakota, two teenagers with very different voices. The author is great at creating complex characters, characters with their own stories and issues and little quirks.  There were many […]

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

The Death Cure

The Death Cure

My Review The Death Cure… the end to a series that I really enjoyed.  And I did enjoy this book, although I am still not sure how I feel about the conclusion!! I have mixed feelings, but I have to wonder if perhaps that is exactly how the author meant us to feel.  These books […]

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

The Scorch Trials

The Scorch Trials

My Review The Maze Runner had me hooked from the beginning and The Scorch Trials kept that going.  This one was non-stop action and even more of the mysteries of the world they live in are revealed. The Gladers have been told that their trials are over now, but in reality, they are just beginning.  There is no […]

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

The Maze Runner

The Maze Runner

My Review This is one of the few books that I read AFTER seeing the movie, the movie making me want to read it when I previously had no interest.  And I loved it and the premise of the story. The story opens with Thomas, locked in a metal box-like lift that is moving through […]

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

Summer Queen

Summer Queen

My Review Summer Queen is the second full-length novel in Amber Argyle’s Fairy Queens series.  It takes place after Winter Queen and in a different part of the world, a part that seems to be based on Middle Eastern mythology.  I am a huge fan of the author and this series, and this book, does not […]

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

Clockwork Princess

Clockwork Princess

My Review Clockwork Princess is the final book in the Infernal Devices trilogy, the prequel series to the Mortal Instruments series.  It picked up right at the end of Clockwork Prince.  It was a beautiful end to a great series, with happy moments as well as sad. The action was just as fierce in this book with some truly […]

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

Looking for Alaska

Looking for Alaska

My Review I initially picked this book to read for a literature class I am taking for a module on the censorship and banning of books for children and young adults.  Having absolutely loved The Fault in Our Stars, when I saw this John Green novel on the ALA’s list of most frequently banned books in […]

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

Of Fire and Ash

Of Fire and Ash

My Review Of Fire and Ash is a short novella in the Fairy Queens series by Amber Argyle.  It introduces us to Nelay, a young girl who had spent her life hiding the reality of her special gift… the fact that she could see fairies.  Her mother had taught her from a very young age […]

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

Soulprint

Soulprint

My Review Soulprint is a new sci-fi/thriller novel with an extremely fascinating premise.  It looks at the soul in an interesting way, looking at it from social and scientific viewpoints, rather than as a part of any particular spirituality.  It takes place in a world in which science has advanced to the point of being able […]

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

The Forgetting

The Forgetting

My Review The Forgetting was not a fluffy young adult novel, but a novel that looks at the very real issue of sex trafficking.  It is dark and often disturbing, but it is also beautiful with its moments of love and change.  Georgie has just had a heart transplant and she can’t help but feel like […]

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

Down from the Mountain

Down from the Mountain

My Review Down from the Mountain was a book that I didn’t expect to enjoy as much as I did.  I tend to avoid books that heavily involve religion, particularly those whose themes revolve around wrongdoings justified by religious beliefs.  But this was an extremely compelling and emotional novel. The story takes place within a fundamentalist […]

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

The Catcher in the Rye

The Catcher in the Rye

My Review I picked up this book for the Eclectic Reader Challenge and it ended up doing double duty as a read for a module on censorship and banning in a lit class I am taking this semester.  It is one of those “Life List” books that I never read in high school but felt like […]

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

Soul Crossed

Soul Crossed

My Review This book was such a twist on the usual angels and demons storyline.  It was the kind of story that almost redefines the ideas of what is evil or what is good.  There are sometimes just no clear lines. The story opens with a bang, with Josh finding himself in Hell immediately after […]

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

Clockwork Prince

Clockwork Prince

My Review I think I enjoyed this book even more than the first, Clockwork Angel.  Now that we know Tessa, Jem, and Will, their stories are even more poignant and beautiful.  We learn so much more about Will and his past that led him to where he is today.  We learn much of Tessa’s story, too, […]

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

Clockwork Angel

Clockwork Angel

My Review Clockwork Angel is the first in the prequel trilogy to the Mortal Instruments series, set in London during the late 1800s.  There are a lot of Shadowhunter family names that are recognizable if you have read the Mortal Instruments first, as well as a few characters that were seen in those books. The Shadowhunters of […]

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

Comeback

Comeback

My Review As always, this is a book that brought me to tears.  As much as I love a good hockey book, this series is about so much more than that.  They are emotionally charged characters going through real issues.  Those issues aren’t prettied up and softened, but shown in all their raw, gritty reality. […]

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

The Great Zoo of China

The Great Zoo of China

My Review I am honestly not sure how I feel about this book.  It is very reminiscent of Jurassic Park, just on a larger scale with much more intrigue and, if it is possible, more action.  The premise is fascinating, the lengths to which China would go in order to become a cultural superpower.  The prologue […]

Posted 10 February 2015 by Kim in Book Review / 0 Comments

City of Heavenly Fire

City of Heavenly Fire

My Review I have loved this series and I think that City of Heavenly Fire just might be my favorite of the entire series.  There was a ton of action, a lot of tearjerking moments, love, sacrifice, and twists and turns that I never saw coming.  And I loved every moment of it! Very little about […]

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

When Heaven Fell

When Heaven Fell

My Review I picked up this book as part of an independent reading assignment for a children’s literature assignment on multiculturalism.  I loved it so much I wanted to share it here. A full disclaimer… in my previous life, I was a Vietnamese linguist in the US Army.  Because of that, I fell in love […]

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

Breaking Creed

Breaking Creed

My Review This was my first book by Alex Kava, and it won’t be my last.  Breaking Creed is the first novel in the new Ryder Creed series.  Kava’s Maggie O’Dell (from the series with the same name) is also in this book.  Even though I haven’t read the other series, there was no problem with […]

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

Since You’ve Been Gone

Since You’ve Been Gone

My Review Since You’ve Been Gone is a book that touches on some real issues and, for the most part, deals with them in an authentic way.  Edie and her mother Sydney have been living on the run, escaping her violent father.  The way their life has been described is so real… the hiding, the half […]

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

First Frost

First Frost

My Review First Frost picks up several years after the magical Garden Spells.  Things have changed for the Waverly women, and little Bay is in high school now.  Magic is still afoot and it is so delightful to read each Waverly’s journey with the family magic and how it works for each of them. I like […]

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

Lucid

Lucid

My Review This book was very different from pretty much anything I have read before!  I just don’t know how I feel about it.  It is a book that makes you think, the story line so unusual and so gripping.  I was totally engrossed, just needing to know what was happening.  But the book was a complete […]

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

All The Butterflies in the World

All The Butterflies in the World

My Review All The Butterflies in the World picked up right at the same moment as the previous book ended.  John and Tess are face to face and it is clear that the Butterfly Effect is in play.  While I am fascinated with that theory, it almost made me a little sad to know that the […]

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

All the Butterflies in the World Blog Tour

All the Butterflies in the World Blog Tour

Welcome to the All the Butterflies in the World Book Tour! Today I am happy to be hosting a stop on this blog tour for Rodney Jones’ All the Butterflies in the World.  This fabulous book follows The Sun, the Moon and Maybe the Trains (my review) and it is an engrossing read that explores just what can […]

Posted 15 January 2015 by Kim in Book Tour / 0 Comments

When

When

My Review The premise of When was fantastic!  Maddie is a 16yo girl, gifted/cursed with a unique psychic ability.  She has the ability to see the death dates of people, both when she sees them and in photographs.  The dates appear as small numbers floating near the forehead.  Her gift/curse doesn’t allow her to see the […]

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

City of Lost Souls

City of Lost Souls

My Review I absolutely love this series and I think that City of Lost Souls is my favorite so far.  Nothing is easy in these books and I like that nod to real life.  This book ran the gamut of emotions… from funny and snarky to dark and suspenseful. The snarky humor is fantastic, the one-line […]

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

The Sun, the Moon and Maybe the Trains

The Sun, the Moon and Maybe the Trains

My Review This book was unlike anything I have read before, an interesting mix of the historical and the contemporary.  The characters were so different from one another, the contrast keeping the dynamic between them interesting and often funny.  Their interaction truly showed the difference 134 years can make in a society. John Bartley was […]

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

All the Bright Places

All the Bright Places

My Review This book was… amazing.  For heart wrenching novels, this is right up there with The Fault in Our Stars and Love and Other Unknown Variable, two of my favorite novels of 2014.  It touches the soul, it touches the heart, and leaves you reeling.  I started it in the morning and didn’t put it down again […]

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

City of Fallen Angels

City of Fallen Angels

My Review Each time I read a book in this series, it is my new favorite.  And here I am, with a new favorite! The Mortal War is over and life should be exciting and full of possibilities.  But life is never that easy, is it?  Despite the fact that Shadowhunters and Downworlders came together […]

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

City of Glass

City of Glass

My Review City of Glass is the third book in The Mortal Instruments series and it is my favorite thus far!  So much action, so much intrigue, so many twists and turns! There are some new characters in this book, some of which have turned the story line of the series on end.  Bad guys, good […]

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

City of Ashes

City of Ashes

My Review City of Ashes is the second in The Mortal Instruments series and just as good as the first.  City of Bones threw some wrenches into the romance and the frustration with that is just as palpable in this book.  The action is kicked up yet another notch and the twists and turns just don’t end! The […]

Posted 30 December 2014 by Kim in Book Review / 0 Comments

City of Bones

City of Bones

My Review I was engrossed in City of Bones from the moment I started turning the pages, no matter how late to the game I am for this series!  The characters are fun and varied, the story is rich with mythology and action, and there is a nice mix of humor and romance, too. The cast […]

Posted 28 December 2014 by Kim in Book Review / 0 Comments

Hana

Hana

My Review I really enjoyed this novella!  There are a lot of moments in this novella that weren’t in Delirium and others that were, but we get to see them in a totally different light in Hana. Hana becomes much more of a three-dimensional character in this book.  We see much more than the fun-loving, rebellious girl […]

Posted 26 December 2014 by Kim in Book Review / 0 Comments

Alex

Alex

My Review Alex is the last of the Delirium novellas, letting us get to know Alex through his own eyes instead of through Lena’s.  Most of it told of his time in the crypts and then his escape.  It was interesting to see his character change during his time away, but it made me even less sure […]

Posted 26 December 2014 by Kim in Book Review / 0 Comments

Annabel

Annabel

My Review Annabel is the story of Lena’s mother and it really gives readers of the series a little bit of insight to her.  It starts years before Lena was born and shares Annabel’s experience with the cure and her time in the crypts.  Annabel grew up as society was changing and she rebelled against […]

Posted 25 December 2014 by Kim in Book Review / 0 Comments

Requiem

Requiem

My Review I have such mixed opinions on this last book in the Delirium series.  I have enjoyed the series, but the pacing and story in this one seemed to stall a little bit.  And the ending… I just don’t know how I feel about it! I liked the back and forth POVs between Lena and Hana. […]

Posted 24 December 2014 by Kim in Book Review / 0 Comments

Mistletoe in Manhattan

Mistletoe in Manhattan

My Review This is the second Talli Roland I’ve read and it was as much fun as the first!  Holly is an event planner who works for her parents’ company, throwing Christmas parties throughout the year.  She hates it and wants nothing more than to branch out and make it big.  When a British ex-pat […]

Posted 21 December 2014 by Kim in Book Review / 0 Comments

The North Pole Prize

The North Pole Prize

My Review The North Pole Prize is a sweet short story with all of the whimsy of the North Pole and the elves.  The blend of childhood favorites with a contemporary twist was so much fun!  Garrett is an engineer at the North Pole, a Scotsman with a troubled past who even makes an appearance in […]

Posted 21 December 2014 by Kim in Book Review / 0 Comments

Pandemonium

Pandemonium

My Review I loved Delirium and I loved Pandemonium just as much, if not more!  I enjoyed the “now and then” structure of it.  It gave us backstory a bit at a time and let the story of the now keep moving forward and that was an interesting mix. Everything about Lena’s life has turned on […]

Posted 19 December 2014 by Kim in Book Review / 0 Comments

Married by Midnight

Married by Midnight

My Review Married by Midnight is a cute Christmas novella with a surprise twist that totally changed the story!  This is a short read, but one that is funny and heart-warming and full of love. Kate is the main character, crazy in the last days of wedding planning before the big day.  It’s been a bit […]

Posted 19 December 2014 by Kim in Book Review / 1 Comment

Delirium

Delirium

My Review Why did I wait so long to start reading this amazing series?!  I love the premise of this story, that love is not only the root of all that is wrong with the world, but a disease in and of itself.  The implications are terrifying, the thought processes and sheer control of the […]

Posted 19 December 2014 by Kim in Book Review / 0 Comments

Ginger Krinkles

Ginger Krinkles

My Review Ginger Krinkles was at times hilarious and at other times sad, but all in all, I liked it a whole lot more than I thought I was going to. Ginger Krinkles is the star of this book, a snarky holiday-hater that, at first, drove me nuts.  In the beginning, she came off as […]

Posted 15 December 2014 by Kim in Book Review / 1 Comment

The Reluctant Elf

The Reluctant Elf

My Review I was looking for a short Christmas read with a good plot and this was it, yet I still had some mixed reactions. Lottie definitely earns the title “Britain’s Worst Innkeeper,” although I don’t think that Aunt Kate would have won any awards in that area either.  When Aunt Kate is in an […]

Posted 15 December 2014 by Kim in Book Review / 0 Comments

Blood Magick

Blood Magick

My Review I love Nora Roberts and I have loved this series.  The characters are rich and interesting.  The story line was engrossing, the epic battle between good and evil that has been going on for centuries.  But this last book disappointedd me a bit, which is not something I expected. The story of the […]

Posted 10 December 2014 by Kim in Book Review / 0 Comments

The Tear Collectors

The Tear Collectors

My Review Wow.  Just… wow.  The stories told in this novel are impactful and raw, the kind of read that sucks you in and makes you feel. The book follows three teenagers… Farrah, Brendan, Blaze.  Their lives and their stories are very different from one another, but the connection between them is undeniable.  With the […]

Posted 9 December 2014 by Kim in Book Review / 0 Comments

Rite of Rejection

Rite of Rejection

My Review Rite of Rejection is a beautifully written YA dystopian novel, the first from Sarah Negovetich.  I became thoroughly engrossed with this book from the moment I started reading it!  The characters were interesting, the story premise was disturbing in its potential reality, and the action was on point. We meet the heroine Rebecca at a crucial moment […]

Posted 3 December 2014 by Kim in Book Review / 0 Comments