Posted in 2016, ARC Review, February

Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis


The Female of the SpeciesThe Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was amazing!!!

I had heard a lot of hype over this one and why not? I mean…it’s Mindy Mcginnis…duh! But I also heard that it was not a genre that we had seen from her so I really wanted to check it out. I picked up my kindle, paged through and came across this book in my TBR shelf. I had really not looked too much at the blurb prior to reading so I was not sure of what I was in for. Now I am kicking myself in the butt for taking so long to actually read this book! It was that good!

I really enjoyed getting three POV’s and being able to see all sides of the story. My favorite character would have to be Jack. He kind of wrestles with himself internally about what is right and what is wrong and I find it interesting that he has this fascination with Alex since she is so dark. I really liked Peekay too and thought she was a sweet and loyal friend.

The ending was mortifying, but I found myself not shedding a tear??? I think it was because Alex finally got what she wanted and was in peace?

Thank you to the publisher for the review copy.

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Posted in 2016, ARC Review

ARC Review: This Is Our Story by Ashley Elston


This Is Our StoryThis Is Our Story by Ashley Elston

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was one of the best psychological thrillers/mystery/romance books that I have read in a very long time. So much so that I stayed up until 3 am just to reach the end to see who done it and where all these characters ended up! This was definitely a one sitting kind of book! YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!!!

I really, really enjoyed the dual POV between the actual murderer and our main narrator, Kate. I loved getting inside the head of the murderer while not actually knowing whom it is. There were a couple times where I was like..”oh yeah, I know who did it” and came to find out that I was COMPLETELY wrong!! Kate was awesome and one smart cookie! I loved how she was able to piece everything together! She was really brave too!

The storyline was very interesting and I literally was gripped from the very first chapter and knew that this one was going to be a doozy! I enjoyed the fact that there were other underlying pieces of the puzzle that you didn’t get pieced together until the end.

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Posted in 2016, ARC Review, November

ARC Review: Rise of Fire by Sophie Jordan


Rise of Fire (Reign of Shadows #2)Rise of Fire by Sophie Jordan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I could not wait to dive right into this book!!! I had devoured the first one and had to patiently wait for this one to be in my hot little hands. The sequel did not disappoint!

Luna and Fowler are right where our cliffhanger ending left us and the book wastes no time jumping right in! I was immediately engrossed with their surroundings. I was a tad worried upon starting that I would not remember everything from the first book but I enjoyed it so much that this did not present a problem.

I enjoyed the sequel just as much as the first. There is a constant push/pull between these two characters. Luna wants to be treated equally and not like she has a disability. She wants Fowler to know that she is strong enough to take care of herself. Fowler just wants to protect Luna since he has experienced loss previously and is so concerned with her safety that he is willing to do just about anything to keep her safe. I really enjoy their banter and the love they share.

I thought this was going to be a trilogy but was pleasantly surprised when I came to the end of the book and found out that everything was wrapped up so nicely. I very much enjoyed the dual POV’s and really enjoy Sophie’s writing! I cannot wait to power through more from her!

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Posted in 2016, ARC Review, November

ARC Review: The Lovely Reckless by Kami Garcia


The Lovely RecklessThe Lovely Reckless by Kami Garcia

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really have never read too much by Kami Garcia and I am a little sad by that after reading this awesome book!

I really enjoyed Frankie as a character and I loved her determination to protect those that she cares about. I also very much enjoyed Marco and felt saddened that he always put others before himself. These two are adorable together and I could have continued reading another whole book about them. I didn’t want the story to end!

My next favorite character is Cruz! I love how she takes Frankie under her wing to show her the ropes at a new school.

Being a parent myself, I thought that Frankie’s Dad was a bit harsh but I had to really think of what I would do in the same situation?? Everyone wants what is best for their child and you try to protect them as much as you can.

Overall, I thought this book was really good! It honestly was better than I had anticipated!

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Posted in 2016, ARC Review, November

ARC Review: Weregirl by CD Bell


WeregirlWeregirl by C.D. Bell

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I enjoyed this book but unfortunately, I did not fall in love with it…hence the three star rating!

The book started off great and really grabbed my attention! I started to get a little bored after Nessa’s initial change and felt like the story was going now where and then it picked up again at the end of the book.

One aspect that I enjoyed was that the whole book did not revolve just around Nessa becoming a wolf but it also involved a mystery surrounding the town and it’s tragedies. I really missed out on the romance in the book also. It felt like there might be something and then it just fell flat.

We are left with a cliffhanger and my hope is that I will enjoy the next installment better than this one which usually tends to happen for me with a series.

Thanks to the publisher for an ARC of this book in exchange of an honest review!

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Posted in 2016, ARC Review, October

The Secret Horses of Briar Hill by Megan Shepherd


The Secret Horses of Briar HillThe Secret Horses of Briar Hill by Megan Shepherd
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have loved Ms. Shepherd’s YA stories and I was curious to read one of her MG. It did not disappoint at all!

The premise of the story was an interesting one. Winged horses can be seen in the mirrors of the hospital that the children live at. But only one child can see them and when one of the horses comes out of the mirrors, this sends her on an adventure to save him.

I really enjoyed the story line and could imagine myself as a young child loving this story just as much! I really felt for the children that lived in this house, they not only had to deal with their own illness but dealt with the illness of their peers also.

I must gush over this cover a bit! This is one of the most beautiful covers that I had ever seen and if I saw this book on a random shelf in a book store….I would be sure to pick it up! I love the colors that were used and the image inside of an image.

This book was filled with drama, loss and hope. I enjoyed every minute of it and did not want to put it down. I would recommend it for a more mature middle schooler since there is some dealings with death but I highly recommend it!

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Posted in 2016, ARC Review, October

ARC Review: The Memory of Things by Gae Polisner


The Memory of ThingsThe Memory of Things by Gae Polisner

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was intrigued by this book from the moment that I had read the blurb. As an adult that lived through the nation’s pain on that horrific day, I enjoyed this read and liked the fact that it took place in NYC.

The character’s were quite a mixture and I felt like I was able to feel their panic as the events were unfolding. I normally enjoy dual POV but in this one, I enjoyed the male much better than the female which is usually odd for me. I wasn’t sure about the romance aspect of the book either but felt that the book really didn’t need it. I felt compelled to read it by the 9/11 aspect alone.

I thought this was an interesting premise for a book which was unique to the YA genre and I am glad that I was able to review it. Although some parts felt a little forced, I really did enjoy this read!

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Posted in 2016, ARC Review, June

ARC Review: The Tree of Truth by James Huss


Tree of Truth (Book of Pilgrimage 1)Tree of Truth by James Huss

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A great dystopian read from a “new-to-me” author! Thank you to Elephantine Publishing for the review copy!

The premise of this book is great! It takes place in the far future where there is a “great disease” that takes the lives of many. There is zero technology so they rely on books to get answers to any questions they may have. (LOVE THAT!)

I was a little lost on how the pilgrims were chosen, I believe that only males were sent on a pilgrimage and I believe the only male that was safe was the family leader?? Not sure about that but the idea is that a male gets sent out in search of the cure for the great disease. No one knows where the disease came from and they do not have much knowledge about it.

None of the pilgrims have ever returned from their search and they always “go to the light” (die) somewhere along the way. My favorite part of the book was that the pilgrims will write about their journey in a book that they keep with them until the end. Once the books are found, they get taken to the closest village and placed in the “Pilgrim’s Library”. This is where you can read accounts of thousands of people’s stories about their journey.

The two main characters are Marlowe and Shelley. The story is told in Marlowe’s POV and I normally do not enjoy reads from the male POV but this book was the exception. I think it was because of the story line which really intrigued me. Marlowe and Shelley really like each other but they are not destined to be together.

The ending was a bit sad and we are left on a cliffhanger. Looking forward to the next in the series!

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Heather

Posted in 2016, ARC Review, June

ARC Review: Young Love by Janelle Stalder


Young Love (Bloomfield, #4)Young Love by Janelle Stalder

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love any book that Ms. Stalder produces, she is definitely an auto-buy for me! It doesn’t matter if it is YA, NA, Romance, Fantasy….They are all really good! Her writing is crisp, clean and refreshing and you can never go wrong with one of her tales.

This book was definitely not an exception to the above rule. I enjoyed getting the alternating POV’s of both Honor and Grey. (I love both of those names BTW!) I really enjoyed the fact that it was not insta- love and they started off trying to have a friendship first. It also helped with all the sexual tension.(if you know what I mean? )

I really enjoyed the scenes with Honor’s Mom and her Aunt. They were hilarious and they kind of reminded me of the older women from the movie The Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood.


I cannot rave enough about this book! Definitely pick it up or even the whole series! They are all really good! Ms. Stalder has done it again! She never ceases to amaze me!

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Heather

Posted in 2016, ARC Review, June

ARC Review: The Way Back To You by Michelle Andreani & Mindi Scott


The Way Back to YouThe Way Back to You by Michelle Andreani

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the first YA contemporary that I have read in a long time! I really enjoyed the characters and their mission. Anyone whom knows me, knows how much I heart stories that include road trips and this was not an exception to that rule!

This book kind of had it all! Romance, laughter, tears and travel! It also included a little parent deception which is a requirement in any good YA book! I was able to feel like I was right there by the descriptions of the places that the two main characters traveled to. I had never been and I found myself wondering if such places actually exist and wanted to place some on my bucket list.

Even though the story surrounded a dark tragedy, there was still plenty of lightheartedness to be had. I loved the banter between all the characters and grew to love each of them individually. They each played a major role in the story in their own way. We even got to know Ashlyn a bit from flashbacks from each of the characters.

The whole idea of meeting people who were recipients of a friend’s organs is actually quite fascinating to me and I have to say that I am a tad on the morbid side but that is what actually drew me to read this book.

I did shed a few tears which would be impossible not to given the topic but with alternating POV’s, I really suggest this book to any YA fiction lover!

I feel it instantaneously as if this is what I’ve been waiting for all along. A steady thumping. A rhythm that is all Ashlyn’s. My best friend’s heart beating against mine. Again.

This copy was provided by the publisher for review.

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Heather