3.5/5 Stars Author: A. C. Gaughen Publisher/Imprint: Bloomsbury Children's Books Edition: Paperback, 292 Pages Publication Date: June 7, 2012 A Spine that Shines? Ehh ... Almost Initial Thoughts, Characters, & Problems This will be a shorter review since I don't have very much to say about this book. Overall, Scarlet is a creative retelling of the old… Continue reading Scarlet: A New Take on an Old Tale
4.5/5 Stars Author: Lesley Livingston Publisher/Imprint: Razorbill Edition: Hardcover, 372 Pages Publication Date: February 14, 2017 A Spine that Shines? Absolutely! Initial Thoughts The Valiant is the first installment in a historical fiction trilogy about Fallon, a Celtic princess who is captured, taken to Rome, and transformed into a female gladiator. This was also my… Continue reading The Valiant: Fierce Gladiatrix Leaves Her Mark on History
4.5/5 Stars! "Beneath everything else, buried in rubble and the fires of conquest, she was still her father's daughter." For a debut, I was really impressed with this book. I don't think Blood and Sand has gotten enough attention. So far, it is one of the best books of 2018 for me. The Setting The… Continue reading Blood and Sand: Thracian Princess Kicks Butt!
4.5/5 Stars! I waited way too long to read this book! Until recently, I had no idea what it was actually about. Lost Stars deals with the stories of Ciena and Thane, two friends from the planet Jelucan who become lovers, serving the Empire together as Imperial officers. But something goes wrong, and one of them joins… Continue reading Star Wars: Lost Stars – Grab a Bargain Copy Now!
3.5/5 Stars I wasn't a huge fan of the first book, Carve the Mark. The Fates Divide didn't really impress me, either. But I am a Divergent fan, and I know the author has some pretty fantastic ideas, so I wanted to give this sequel a chance. Here are my honest opinions. [Review may contain… Continue reading The Fates Divide Review
4/5 Stars Wow, what a cliffhanger ending! It left me desperate to know more about the aspects that were unanswered, but I'm sure the authors plan to address those things in the sequel. This book is definitely for people who enjoy sci-fi mixed with a touch of romance. What Worked Well? Kaufman and Spooner definitely… Continue reading Unearthed Review: Follow the Clues!
4/5 Stars Alex Rider is back! I was so excited to learn that Horowitz created a new mission for his fifteen-year-old spy! Back when I was a teen, I loved the earlier books in the series. Never Say Die is such a fun read! Horowitz brings back his signature writing style, with its dramatic flair.… Continue reading Never Say Die: Alex Rider Is Back!
5/5 Stars! [This review is based on an ARC edition provided by the publisher via NetGalley. These are my honest opinions.] “Honor above life.” The Aska motto above signifies what a large role honor plays in Eelyn’s Viking culture. I love how Adrienne Young also plays with several meanings of family and how those interpretations… Continue reading Sky in the Deep: Viking Girl Power!
4/5 Stars This book was an entertaining read! The characters were likable, and I thought the idea of the rosemarked and the umbertouched was fascinating. I think the world-building of Ampara and Dara was adequate, just enough to put the reader into the setting. Zivah's skill with herbs and snakes made her an interesting character.… Continue reading Rosemarked: Review
5/5 Stars! This book was a fantastic debut! At first, I wasn't sure what to expect. But I was pleasantly surprised. I would probably categorize the story as dystopian rather than fantasy. Although some elements may seem similar to other series like Divergent or The Hunger Games, Last Star Burning was also able to stand… Continue reading Last Star Burning: Review