Wednesday, October 5, 2016


I know, I know, it's been almost a month since my last post. I just started grad school, and course work has taken its toll on posting.

Even though I write very short reviews, I do put time and thought into them. I have not had the opportunity to do that recently. I hope to start again soon.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Contagious: Why Things Catch On


 I listened to the audiobook, and I found myself sitting in the car listening, because I found this book so interesting.

If you need to market anything, want to create a successful integrated marketing communication campaign, or are just interested in why certain things to viral, read this book.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

The Wrath and the Dawn Duology


Read these books now.

A great blending of romance, magic, tension, action, and fun. These book kept me turning pages as quickly as I could. 

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

A Torch Against the Night

I read an ARC of this book.

Another exciting, action packed, just the right amount of romance, novel.

Although the first two books in the An Ember in the Ashes trilogy were fun (dare I say good) reads, I hope Tahir has something up her sleeve for the third book. It could easily become one of those "am I re-reading the previous book, or is this really the new one?" experiences.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Half Lost

A surprising, emotional, and appropriate conclusion to the Half Bad trilogy. If you have the opportunity to experience the audiobooks, I highly recommend it.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

A fun, exciting, and magical look into the lives of many fan favorites. True to the characters and wizarding world. I would have liked to see more of Lilly and James Potter, though.

Side Note:
I have read a few reviews that state (complain) that they would have liked more description/ wanted to see how things were done. To them I say, this is a play. The point of a play is to watch it, not read it. If reading the script made you wonder what a particular scene would look like, or now something is done, I would consider that a strength of the writing, not a weakness. If dialogue alone pulled you into the world of the story, imagine what seeing it on stage would do.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Saga Volume 5

If you haven't read Saga yet, do it. Volume 5 continues the amazing story telling, artwork, and journey of the previous 4 volumes.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Burn Baby Burn


A compelling story that many teens will enjoy, but probably won't pick up on their own. This one needs to be sold, but it's worth the effort.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Half Bad


The audio book was fabulous. The characters were fabulous. The story was fabulous. You get the point.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Am Ember in the Ashes


Words cannot describe how much I enjoyed this book. At first I wasn't taken with Laia's story, but as she found strength, so did her plot line.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

After You

A funny and thoughtful sequel to Me Before You, but not quite at the same level of lovely as the first book.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Highly Illogical Behavior

Not a book that instantly pulls you in, but 100% worth the read. Witty, likable, and unique characters in a book full of friendship and ambition.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

The Blackthorn Key

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I listened to the audio book and loved every minute. If you like middle grade mysteries with some awesome science, read this ASAP!

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Salt to the Sea

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A wonderfully written, engaging story told from multiple perspectives about a little talked about WW2 tragedy.

If only it had a better cover.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Me Before You

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This book was filled with so much love and beauty that it made me cry.
Please note: It takes a lot to make me cry.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Between the World and Me

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I listened to the audiobook of this. I think I would have enjoyed it more if I had read it myself.

Coates' fluid letter to his son is a memorable and powerful piece of work that gives outsiders a glimpse into the race-related struggles many people face.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

The Nameless City

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A fast paced read with likable characters, amazing artwork, a fun plot, and an ending that will leave you wanting more.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Rebel of the Sands

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I am in love with this book. I need the sequel ASAP.

Action, adventure, magic, hidden powers, and just enough romance to keep things mixed up, but not enough to make this a mushy "does he like me, does he not" book.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

The Crown

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Fewer giggles than The Heir, (but not my much), rushed, and lacking all of the girl power and oomph of the previous four books. A disappointing ending to a cute series.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

So B. It

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A nice novel about a young girl who will travel any distance to find the answers.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

The Heir

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This book made me:

Please Note:
These are not all of the giggles in this book. I started tracking the giggles about half way through.

Also note, if you are in the mood for a light teen romance, and would like to read a book that somehow manages to have this many giggles and still have girl power, give The Heir a try.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Ready Player One

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My only regret is not reading it sooner.

I listened to this book, and it was an amazing experience.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Gotham Academy vol 2: Calamity

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The artwork throughout the entire volume was AMAZING, but the story line was lacking. I'd continue reading this series simply for the art.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Glass Sword

I get it. Your heart is glass, you're confused, and no one can understand the pain. Now get back to the action, please.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Station Eleven

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A thoughtful and beautifully written novel about what the future holds for the human race, through the eyes of multiple narrators.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Feminism: Reinventing the F-Word

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A brief introduction to the history and cultural significance of feminism that will leave readers wanting to learn more.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Prez, Vol. 1: Corndog in Chief

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A fun, unique, and slightly disturbing way to look at the future of the United States government. Perfect for an election year,

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits

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I did not finish this book, not because it was bad, but because it just wasn't for me. However, if you like crazy characters, non-stop action, twists, turns, futuristic technology (and violence!), a protagonist who can think for herself, and smelly cats, then you should give this book a try.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Ms. Marvel Vol. 4: Last Days

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The illustrations are amazing, the characters are fantastic, and the plot left me pining for more.


Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Six of Crows

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This book has an intriguing cast of characters, a mission that will have you asking yourself, "How will they do it? Can they do it?," and will leaving you wanting to know what happens next ASAP.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Every Exquisite Thing

An ARC was given to me by the publisher. It will be available in May 2016.

This book shows the power books can have on people's lives, all the while managing to be a completely uninfluential, uninspiring, and forgettable book itself.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016


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First of all, listen to this on audio book. You will not regret it.

This story is in the frame of a fairy tale, and follows three unique stories that are linked with a magical harmonica, and the power of music.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Thursday, February 11, 2016

A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms

I listened to the audio book version of A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms

I felt that this book is to the "Song of Ice and Fire" series as "The Hobbit" is to LOTR; a bit lighter than the novels in the main series, but not any less important. 

A note on the audio book: There are parts where the protagonist has inner monologue. The reader says these lines softer than the surrounding dialogue, and it was often so quiet that I had to turn the volume WAY up to hear what he was saying.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Tokyo Ghoul volumes 1 and 2

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A relatable story about a boy who is a mix of two cultures and doesn't know where he belongs, with a twist of the cultures being human and monster.

The first volume was a solid okay, but the story builds and hooks in the second volume.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

We Are the Ants

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This rarely humorous and mostly depressing novel is about a boy who is bullied, and must decide if the world is worth saving.

This is not part of the review, but I need to say that I finished this book on January 29, 2016. To find out why this is significant, read the book.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Red Queen

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A dystopian tale of rags to riches (against the protagonist's wishes, of course) to outlaw with a healthy dose of betrayal. If you enjoyed The Selection by Kiera Cass, but wanted a little more edge, this book is for you.

Friday, January 29, 2016


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The last installment of The Lunar Chronicles was not as satisfying as the first three books, and occasionally left me thinking, "Why would they do/ not do that?" or, "That doesn't make sense."

I wish the ending for this inventive series had been as strong as the rest of the books. Still a fun read, though, and I would recommend it to fans of re-imagined fairy tales, sci-fi, and people who enjoy strong female characters and a happy ending.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016


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A beautifully written, eye-opening look at race, gender, and relationships through the eyes of a woman who moves from Nigeria to the United States and back again.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016


A hard copy of this book was given to me by the publisher to review.

Although this story had a clear goal, it was disjointed and lacked depth. Each part of of the plot was rushed, and there were many quick and unceremonious jumps in setting. The characters, villages, and societies were not well developed and I did not, at any point, feel a pull that made me want to know what would happen next, nor did I grow to care for Henni, the heroine of the story.

The artwork was interesting, but I did not feel it fit the story. The characters were drawn androgynous, and at one point I was surprised to find that a character that I thought was female for most of their time in the story was actually a male. Some of the facial expressions were a bit too dramatic, which was off-putting.

The book attempts tackles many issues: gender equality, class systems, corrupt government, religion as a way to control people, coming of age, and losing a parent. However, with only 150 pages, this book is too sort to effectively cover so much in so little time. The book ends on a cliffhanger, but I feel no need to keep reading.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Ms. Marvel, Volume 3: Crushed

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Not as strong as the first two volumes. However, the first two had the strength of 5 Minotaurs, so the third still had a large amount of inhuman strength.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Gotham Academy Volume 1: Welcome to Gotham Academy

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A mystery beneath the school, a summer she can't remember, a new friend of an old love, and a girl who hates Batman. Please give me more ASAP.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Kill Shakespeare, Volume 1

Kill Shakespeare. [Volume 1], A sea of troubles

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Not phenomenal, but still a bloody entertaining exploration of the Shakespearean Universe.