1 & 2 stars · Fantasy · Young Adult

Mini Review: Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman

published Feb 37th, 2018; 544 pages

DNF @ 20%.

The takes place in an old time like setting, where Tess is the shame of her family for getting pregnant before marriage, and her sister must marry well to help out the family. At this point, Tess’s only option really is to join a nunnery. Continue reading “Mini Review: Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman”

1 & 2 stars · Dystopian · Young Adult

Review: They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

published Sept. 5th, 2017; 368 pages

Description from Goodreads:

On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They’re going to die today.
Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they’re both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There’s an app for that. It’s called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure—to live a lifetime in a single day.”

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1 & 2 stars · Fantasy · Young Adult

Review: Breakwater by Catherine Jones Payne

Published May 30th, 2017 by Fathom Ink Press; 240 pages

Jade, a mermaid, is engaged to a mer of a high ranking family. But when she discovers that he killed one of his servants, everything changes. The servant was a naiad, another race of water people, and it turns out it’s pretty common for their deaths to get swept under the rug. There is no love between most of the mer and the naiads. When she reports the murder to the king and calls off her engagement, all hell breaks loose. Continue reading “Review: Breakwater by Catherine Jones Payne”

1 & 2 stars · Contemporary · Young Adult

Review: The Whole Thing Together by Ann Brashares

published: April 25th, 2017 by Delacorte Press

pages: 304

genre: YA contemporary

This book was really not my cup of tea. I’ve liked other books by Ann Brashares in the past, so I was a bit disappointed with this one.

The story has a unique family dynamic. Sasha and Ray are not related, but share 3 half-sisters. The story tells the perspectives of Sasha, Ray, and the 3 sisters, and their experiences in their family. Continue reading “Review: The Whole Thing Together by Ann Brashares”

1 & 2 stars · Science Fiction/ Steampunk · Young Adult

Mini Review!: Rebel Magisters by Shanna Swendson

published: July 12, 2016 by NLA Digital

pages: 238 pages

genre: YA Historical Steampunk

series: Rebel Mechanics #2

This book was kind of meh. The author does a great job of writing an exciting climax that is clean and family friendly, but the rest of the book moves kind of slow.

Verity and her employer spend most of the book traveling the countryside with the governor, hoping to recruit some fellow magisters toward the cause. Unfortunately, this didn’t make for a very action packed story. Verity and Henry are fun characters, but there’s not hardly any further character development present.


This book gets a 2.5 out of 5. It has a decent ending, but the book as a whole left me disappointed. I don’t think I’ll be reading the next one.

1 & 2 stars · Fantasy · Young Adult

Bonus Review: Wanted by Betsy Schow

published: February 7th, 2017 by Sourcefire Books

pages: 320

genre: YA fantasy, fairy tale retelling

series: Book 2 in the Storymakers series

This book was so disappointing. It was not anywhere near the sequel I had hoped for after reading Spelled. All of the things from the last book I enjoyed were gone. Further adventures with characters like Dorthea and Kato form the last book? Nope, not really. Funny fairy tale quips throughout? Nope. An upbeat, fun take on another wild ride? Not at all. Instead, we’re stuck with a moody, pessimistic teen, a deadbeat father who sells his kid into slavery, and a convoluted mess of a story that switches between dull and chaotic. Continue reading “Bonus Review: Wanted by Betsy Schow”

1 & 2 stars · Science Fiction/ Steampunk · Young Adult

Review: Timekeeper by Tara Sim

Time Keeper by Tara Sim

published November 8th, 2016 by Sky Pony Press

pages: 424

genre: YA science fiction/steampunk

In this world, clocks are a magical thing that keep time in order. If there’s something wrong with the clock, it can cause time to slow, or skip, or even stop a town in the same time forever. While mechanics are people that have the skills to be able to maintain and repair the clocks, the knowledge of how to create them or repair a clock once it has completely stopped has been lost.

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