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November 24, 2015
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Young Adult Fiction
Dead and Undead and Alive

Fans of BAD GIRLS DON'T DIE will definitely love HOTEL RUBY. Though HOTEL RUBY isn't a story about ghost-induced horror (well, sort-of not), they do share a similar tone and feel. So let's get cracking and down to business. The narrator, Audrey Casella is the first...

November 19, 2015
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
Whoops!

Let's talk about this book. IT'S A WONDERFUL DEATH totally reminds me of IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE, just because of its title. Though the two works of fiction do indeed have a similar title (one word different), they have different themes and meanings. So, no. It...

November 15, 2015
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
2.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Young Adult Fiction
Grifter Hunt

And this is probably the beginning of Sophie Devereaux from LEVERAGE. Yes, I'm talking about the Sophie who is a skilled grifter in lying, conning, and scheming. Whose name we don't even know. TRUST ME, I'M LYING is YA Mystery/Thriller with a touch of espionage. Not...

November 04, 2015
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
Healing

Wow. PAINT MY BODY RED is definitely one tale that'll stick long after I finished reading its last page. The best parts are its plot, character, and the main character's relationship with the sort-of antagonist. And I can't forget about the main character's friendship with a wild horse! ...

November 01, 2015
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
2.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
Where Is My Acorn?

I'm not lying when I say that A LITTLE SOMETHING DIFFERENT is indeed a little something different from the rest of the YA Romance books out there. It's told from multiple point of views, never from Lea or Gabe. The synopsis does tell the story the best (or at least,...

October 27, 2015
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
3.0
A Really Big World

I admit I never really like nonfiction. Talking about the world, this world that we live in, is definitely something hard to swallow. We can't list all of the problems on our fingers and toes, and even when we try to do good, it never seems enough. But it's progress....

October 22, 2015
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Young Adult Fiction
Not Hannibal

Who doesn't love a mystery? Well, I certainly do love a mystery and FLASHES proves to be no exception. But this book throws in psychic abilities and a few murders. I would definitely recommend this to fans of THE BODY FINDER. Though both main character's powers work differently, the conflict...

October 20, 2015
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Plot/Story 
 
4.0
Illustrations (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Characters (if applicable) 
 
4.0
Editing/Design Quality 
 
N/A
Young Adult Indie
Elite Hacking and Cracking

I always find hacking and cracking fascinating but only from a faraway viewpoint. Close ups? Nope. Writing codes and those little tiny details for a webpage? Gosh, I would rather do crazy calculus like limits and derivatives than suffer through computer programming. But ECHOES make hacking sound really fun (to...

October 04, 2015
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Mari

Random note: There are a lot of great quotes in this book. My favorite one by far is this: "We live in [the United States] where as soon as you turn eighteen the government will ship you overseas to murder strangers." Read it once. Read it twice. And say, damn....

September 26, 2015
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Gwen Frost. Sort Of.

I did something very bad. I read this book. Without reading the first book. Yes, DARK HEART OF MAGIC, YA Paranormal, is the second book in the BLACK BLADE series. Gosh, what a poor and ignorant mistake, and I didn't even know about this until I finished this book. I...

September 20, 2015
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Young Adult Fiction
Good

HALLOWED, the third book in the PRECIOUS BLOOD series, is the conclusion of the trilogy. After reading PRECIOUS BLOOD, PASSIONARIES, and now HALLOWED, I'm surprised by the turns of events in the book. Four saints in this book. Sebastian died in PRECIOUS BLOOD. Lucy died in PASSIONARIES. And now there...

September 18, 2015
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Young Adult Fiction
Wishing The Impossible

I'm so upset that Lacey and Grant went their separate ways. Please excuse me while I shove ice cream into my mouth for the next two hours. *goes away* Okay, I'm back now. Let's begin dissecting. After reading a book in Lacey's POV,...

September 17, 2015
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
No Musical Numbers!

Wow, this is I WISH, the first book in the I WISH series. Now, this is a book I really enjoyed reading. I love Grant the genie, I love the lack of musical numbers, I love Lacey, I love the minor relationships, and I love the plot. Most of all,...

September 16, 2015
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Young Adult Fiction
Ginevra de' Benci

Let's talk about DA VINCI'S TIGER. Set in the times of Leonardo da Vinci (before Michelangelo), DA VINCI'S TIGER looks into the society of that era and into the life of Ginevra de' Benci. She is a historical figure, and her portrait is indeed located at...

September 14, 2015
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Young Adult Fiction
Back to 1924

It's going to be hard to not tell spoilers here. 'tis the life of a book reviewer. Of course, I could willingly do a little trolling, but that would be mean. And it will ruin the experience for all those potential readers. Okay, here we go....

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