Dec 07

Review: Dead Girl Walking by Ruth Silver

4 Stars, Review, Reviewed by Brittany, YA 0

Review: Dead Girl Walking by Ruth SilverDead Girl Walking on April 27th, 2014
Forget everything you know about grim reapers. Princess Ophelia Dacre sneaks out of the castle to visit her boyfriend in secret. A perfect night cut short when she's brutally murdered. Ophelia is given the rare chance to become a grim reaper. She must become Leila Bele, cut ties with her old life, and follow the rules of the reapers. Her greatest adventure begins with death. Recommended: Ages 14+

Ruth Silver is one of my favorite indie authors! She writes original stories with interesting characters with an intriguing plot.  Another thing I like about Ruth’s book is that her female characters are strong women.  She writes books that are in current popular genres with a new fresh idea.  My favorite series of her’s is the Aberrant series, a dystopian series!

Aberrant (Aberrant, #1)


Anyways on to Dead Girl Walking.  After some terrible circumstances,  the main character Ophelia is murdered while out visiting her boyfriend.  As luck will have it, she is given the rare chance to become a grim reaper.  The book is set in medieval times, which isn’t my favorite times but Ruth Silver can make anything intriguing.   Since Ophelia is murdered not far in to the book, you get to learn more about her as a reaper.  I was completely fascinated by the world of the reapers.  The synopsis for the book does not do it justice.

After her murder Ophelia is sent to be with the other reapers and quickly learns that there is a job for her to do.  Her new identity gives her a new sense of self but she quickly find herself thinking about her past life.  After some news from her old life resurfaces she is drawn back into it.  I will leave the rest for you tot discover.

I am glad there is going to be more books because there are lot of unanswered questions and I want to know more about the world of the reapers.


Dec 01

Cover Reveal for Starfall (Starstruck #4) by Brenda Hiatt

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Cover Reveal for Starfall (Starstruck #4) by Brenda Hiatt
Pre-Order Dec. 10th, 2014
Release Date Feb. 24th, 2015 
STARFALL: The electrifying conclusion to the Starstruck series!
M, now Sovereign Emileia, has overcome incredible odds to save the Martian colony Nuath from destruction. But at what cost? Her soulmate Rigel has had all memory of her erased and is now on his way back to Earth. Without Rigel, life seems pointless but she’s expected to shake off her heartbreak and assume the responsibilities of leadership. Reluctantly, M does what she must until a glimmer of hope has her racing a quickly-closing launch window to return to Earth—and Rigel. Once there, she intends to do everything she can to restore Rigel’s memory and rekindle their love—if it’s not already too late.


About Brenda Hiatt:

Brenda Hiatt is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of twenty novels (so far), including sweet and spicy historical romance, time travel romance, humorous mystery and a new young adult science fiction series. In addition to writing, Brenda is passionate about embracing life to the fullest, to include scuba diving, Taekwondo, hiking, traveling, and reading, of course! Brenda collects data on writers’ earnings, which she shares at her website, Website. Find more about her YA series at Starstruck Website

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Nov 20

Book Blitz: Devil Music by Carly Orosz

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Book Blitz: Devil Music by Carly OroszDevil Music on April 14th, 2014
Cain Pseudomantis leads a miserable life. Bound to the mortal world by a powerful spell no demon could hope to break, he must obey his human master’s every command or face harsh punishment. He finds solace in the rock music which he listens to when he isn’t running unsavory errands for his master. Then everything changes. While on a mission in a seedy section of 1980s Los Angeles, Cain impulsively buys an electric guitar and discovers an unusual talent for music, a talent that catapults him to hair metal stardom. With three superpowered human band mates and his beautiful girlfriend Michelle by his side, his life starts to look a lot better. But Cain soon finds that even rock stars have troubles. The crusading televangelist Nathaniel Breen—who happens to be Michelle’s father—accuses him of turning the city’s youth to Satan worship. Meanwhile a mysterious killer known only as the Engineer terrorizes the Los Angeles rock scene with a series of brutal murders. When Cain and his friends attempt to unmask the killer, they discover a deadly secret that could cost Cain his hard-won freedom, and possibly his life.


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Carly Orosz

About the author: Carly Orosz lives in Kalamazoo, Michigan with her husband. She graduated from Kalamazoo College and went on to earn an MFA in poetry from Sarah Lawrence College. Her poetry has been published in Wavelength Journal and SpoutMagazine. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, weaving on a hand loom, and studying the art and cultures of pre-Columbian Mexico.


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Nov 18

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten sequels we can’t wait for

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1) (Brittany)Hexed (The Witch Hunter, #1) Krys, Michelle

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2) (Brittany) Fire & Flood (Fire & Flood, #1) Scott, Victoria

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3) (Brittany)  Orenda (Orenda, #1) Silver, Ruth


4) (Brittany & Michelle) Branded (Sinners, #1) Ketner, Abi & Kalcicki, Missy

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5 ) (Brittany) Elusive Memories (The Hunted, #1) Shofner, Amanda


6) (Michelle) Bulletproof ( A Songbirds Novel ) Pearl, Melissa

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7) (Michelle) Invisible Monsters ( Talker 25 #2 ) by McCune, Joshua


8) (Michelle) The Replaced ( The Taking #2 ) Derting, Kimberly


9) (Michelle) Fate’s Fables ( Fate’s Journey #1 ) Mitchel, T.Rae


10) (Michelle) PODS ( PODS #1 ) by Michelle K. Pickett



Nov 17

Review: Take back the Skies by Lucy Saxon

3 Stars, Review, Reviewed by Michelle 0

TakeBacktheSkiesbyLucySaxonReview: Take back the Skies by Lucy SaxonTake Back the Skies by Lucy Saxon
Pages: 385
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, General, Love & Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Published by A&C Black on 2014-06-05
Catherine Hunter is the daughter of a senior government official on the island of Anglya. She s one of the privileged she has luxurious clothes, plenty to eat, and is protected from the Collections which have ravaged families throughout the land. But Catherine longs to escape the confines of her life, before her dad can marry her off to a government brat and trap her forever.So Catherine becomes Cat, pretends to be a kid escaping the Collections, and stows away on the skyship Stormdancer. As they leave Anglya behind and brave the storms that fill the skies around the islands of Tellus, Cat s world becomes more turbulent than she could ever have imagined, and dangerous secrets unravel her old life once and for all . . .

Thoughts during the first 20%of Take Back the Skies: ” Meh, it’s ok.. could be better.”

20%-90%: “Oh this is getting GOOD! I love it, so full of action and intrigue!”

90%-100%: ” HOW DARE YOU!?! Why. Why would you do that. How is this acceptable? No. Just no.


Really i’m not sure what else to say about this book. Yes it was a roller coaster, but not in a very good way. It looks like maybe there is going to be more to the story. But the ending just. BAH. Obviously I won’t post spoilers, but it really ruined it for me. It just felt rushed and angered me and just. BAH. did I say bah already?

Ok, I feel like I am being harsh. I DID like the majority of this story, it was really interesting and had a lot of elements that I liked in it. The mystery behind it all was very dark and intriguing and once I got past the slow start it really hooked me. But gosh, sometimes an ending can just kill the love for a book.

Will I read #2? Yes. Because I am really hoping there is a way to repair the ending. But at the same time, it can’t really be fixed in a good way. Sigh. this is a rambling review, sorry about that.

Have you ever read a book that you loved 70%+ of, but one part of it just killed it for you?

If anyone else has read this and wants to share their thoughts please do! ( In a nice way )

Sorry for ragey rambling review. But sometimes coherent thoughts just won’t form!




Nov 14

Review: Bog by Karen Krossing

4 Stars, Middle Grade, Review, Reviewed by Brittany, YA, Young Adult 0

Review: Bog by Karen KrossingBog by Karen Krossing
on May 1st, 2014
In the midnight forests of the north, a cave troll named Bog has spent his young life hunting with his father and avoiding humans whenever possible. When his father is mercilessly turned to stone by the Troll Hunter’s followers, Bog sets out to find the murderers and avenge his father. But with no leads and little knowledge of the human world, Bog knows his journey won’t be easy. Along the way, he meets a huge forest troll named Small and a young human girl named Hannie. Together, they venture deeper into human territory, where they learn of the legendary Nose Stone—a rock rumoured to bring a stone troll back to life. Hope fills Bog’s heart, but when he discovers the Troll Hunter is also going after the Nose Stone to destroy it, his quest becomes a race of cunning, trickery, and wits.

Do you ever want to read a book to escape or to go on an adventure? Bog is the perfect solution to all your reading needs.  I read it in just a few bedtime readings and was pleasantly surprised.  After Bog’s father is turned into stone, Bog sets off on an adventure to not only avenge his father but to find the Nose Stone.  Just like any adventure Bog finds friends in unlikely places, has to do the unthinkable, and begins to truly learn who he is.  Bog is a brilliant story that is relatable at all ages.   There is a quote on the blog that says “if you can read this novel without wishing you were a troll, you’re a better human than me. ” (Emily Pohl-Weary)  I couldn’t stop thinking about this quote the whole time I read the book.  How true it is!  This book made me love trolls!


For fans of Roald Dahl,  love to read middle grade fantasy, and anyone in need of a good adventure!


Nov 11

Top Ten Tuesday ( Top Ten Characters we wish would get their OWN book )

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( Michelle & Brittany ) 1. Luna Lovegood from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling !

Michelle: I mean come on. It needs to happen. Can you imagine that POV?! It would be so interesting and fun! It would also be a great way to learn just how many of the weird/crazy things she says are true lol. Plus, as she grows she starts to kick some serious A**! She would be such an amazing character to follow. 

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( Michelle & Brittany ) Melinda from The Shadow Falls series by C.C. Hunter

Michelle: If you have read Born at Midnight and/or the rest of the series you know that Kylie’s ( the MC ) two best friends play a huge part in the story and in Kylie’s life. Della has already gotten her own spin of series ( because she is awesome and kicks A** and deserves it. ) and now we need Miranda! She is such a fun character with tons of quirks. She is emotional, and goofy and clumsy and .. a lot like me haha. That probably explains why I love her so much. Either way. I WANT HER POV!


3. ( Michelle & Brittany )Bodee Lennox from Faking Normal

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4. ( Brittany ) Morpheus from the Splintered Series

Splintered (Splintered, #1)

5. ( Brittany ) Alaska Young from Looking for Alaska

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6.( Brittany ) Kai from  Kaleidoscope (Faylinn #1)

There is some KAI POV’s in the later books but I would love it for the first books!

Kaleidoscope (Faylinn, #1)

6. ( Michelle ) Jacob from the Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer122ae7e5185ba1aaf5c6091076064317

Twilight is a guilty pleasure. I don’t deny loving it even though I know it has it’s flaws. Jacob is one character I always wanted more of. This could be in big part because I have a thing for native american guys with long hair ( grr for chopping it off! Though…. he has aged really well and the short hair is still pleasing to the eye ;)  ). But come on. If you are ” Team Jacob” you cannot possibly deny that it would be amazing if he had his own book! Can you imagine how crazy his life is now?! And how different/weird it has to be watching your soul mate grow up?! 

7. ( Michelle & Amanda ) Susan from The Chronicles of Narnia

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Michelle:  Susan was always one of my favorite characters! She is so strong and brave. I just know a book from her POV would be epic!

 Amanda: Her not returning to Narnia was vaguely described, but it wasn’t actually explained. Her perspective, I think, would be interesting to read about and there could be a better, more personal description of how she was thinking and feeling.

8.  ( Michelle ) Any of the other contestants in The Selection series by Kiera Cass!


Michelle: I think it would be so interesting to see if from the other contestants POV’s. We know some of them got very close with the Prince, and all we saw was what America was seeing ! 

9. ( Michelle ) George Cooper from the Song Of The Lioness quartet by Tamora Pierce


 Michelle: There is so much about George’s story that we don’t know! And after knowing where he ends up ( I won’t say because of spoilers ) I HAVE to know more! I would love to read more of George’s story!

10.  (Amanda) Charlotte Montrose from Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier

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I would love to hear her thoughts and opinions on everything that happened with all of the training she had to go through before they realized it was Gwyneth they were supposed to be training.


Nov 08

Meet Our Student Reviewer: Amanda

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Hey all you Bookworms, you have probably noticed our new reviewer but here is her formal introduction.  She is a wonderful gal and definitely one of my favorite students.  She loves to read, gets mad over grammar errors, and is going to do something awesome with her future.  :)

My name is Amanda and I am a junior in high school. I live in Minnesota and I have three younger sisters. When I’m not in school I like to stay busy doing other activities. I play volleyball, take dance classes and I am involved in school clubs/teams such as the speech team, German club, and the National Honor Society. I love reading and enjoy doing so whenever I have some spare time!
1. Was there a specific book that started your passion for reading?

When I was little, my mom would always read me books before I went to bed or just for fun so it is hard for me to remember a specific book that started my passion for reading. Books that I always remember reading were anything Dr. Seuss and the Magic Treehouse series. But my all-time favorite books, hands down, are the Harry Potter books. I have read every book countless times and seen all the movies. Literally nothing can compare to them. Another book that I really liked was Olive’s Ocean. Looking back at the actual story, there are a lot of flaws, but there is something about this book that I just can’t put my finger on.

2. What is your favorite Genre?

I tend to gravitate towards sci-fi and fantasy stories more than anything, as well as historical fiction; and if there is also romance behind it, all the better. I also prefer books in a series because I feel like I have more time to get to know a character and develop an emotional connection with the story.

3. Least favorite Genre?

Depending on the topic, non-fiction may be my least favorite genre. I like reading about history and some fields of science, but it is definitely not my favorite genre to read.

4. What was the last book you read that surprised you?

I think the last book that surprised me may have been The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. I read this book a couple of years ago and the ending most definitely shocked me; it still does today, now that I think about it. I tend to over-analyse things so about halfway through a story, I usually have a pretty good guess as to how it might end, but not with this one.

5. If we were to look at your bookshelf right now, is there anything that would stand out?

The size. My bookshelf is way too small compared to the amount of books I have. As far as the rest of my books, they are in piles at the top of my closet until I get a new bookshelf.

6. Do you set up your bookshelf in any specific way?

I am probably the most obsessively organised person you could ever meet. Everything has it’s place, but with my books, they don’t really have set places. I have all of the books in a series by each other, but other than that, they just go wherever I think they look best.

7. Thoughts on Movie adaptions?

I love going to see a movie that has been adapted from a book. I like how I am able to get a clearer picture of the story. I would also say that the adaptation must stay true to the book and not go off in a completely different direction. But, I will never see a movie before I have read the book.

8. Are you a Cover Lover? Or does the Cover have really no effect on you?

If I have to chose between two similar books, I will most likely chose the one with the cooler cover. If I’m ever in the library and I don’t know what to read, I honestly just scan through the shelves and pick up which ever cover draws my attention.

9. Are you hoping to get anything out of blogging?

I’m hoping to read a wider variety of stories. With writing reviews, I can also focus more on how I really feel about a book and share it with others. This is also something I’ve never really done before, so I’m excited to try something new and have fun reading while doing it.

10. Do you feel that you have a noticeable writing style?

I try to be honest and talk about  both the good and the bad parts of a story. It’s easy to tell when I really love a book because I just can’t stop talking about it. Other than that though, I try to get my point across without writing a whole other book about a book.

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Nov 06

Eternal ( Shadow Falls: After Dark #2 )by C.C. Hunter ( Dual Review )

4.5 Stars, Dual Review, Review, Reviewed by Brittany, Reviewed by Michelle 1 ★★★★½

Eternal ( Shadow Falls: After Dark #2 )by C.C. Hunter ( Dual Review )Eternal by C. C. Hunter
Series: Shadow Falls: After Dark #2
Pages: 400
Format: eBook
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Paranormal, Young Adult
Published by Macmillan, St. Martin's Griffin on 2014-10-28
Source: Netgalley, Publicist for Blog Tour, The Publisher

I received this book for free from Netgalley, Publicist for Blog Tour, The Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

All her life, Della's secret powers have made her feel separated from her human family. Now, she's where she belongs, at Shadow Falls. With the help of her best friends Kylie and Miranda, she’ll try to prove herself in the paranormal world as an investigator—all the while trying to figure out her own heart. Should she chose Chase, a powerful vampire with whom she shares a special bond? Or Steve, the hot shapeshifter whose kisses make her weak in the knees? When a person with dark connection to her past shows up, it’ll help her decide which guy to choose–and make her question everything she knows about herself.

From bestselling author C.C. Hunter comes Eternal—a must-read for fans of the Shadow Falls series—and the sequel to Reborn.
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** Spoiler warning ** If you have not read the Shadow Falls series and/or Shadow Falls: After Dark #1- Reborn, you may find spoilers in the following review.**

C.C. Hunter has yet to fail me when it comes to the continuation of the Shadow Falls Series and the lives of all of the characters. When Kylie’s story ended, I felt lost. The Shadow Falls series was one of the first I had ever blogged about. It was a stepping stone in my life! Then came Reborn, and my love for the series was just that ( cheesy much? haha ) I love Della’s story. She is so full of spunk and wit and just so darn perfect in a imperfect way!

In Eternal Della’s story continues and gets twistier, it gets a bit darker and more complex. I could not get enough of it!

Della has so much on her shoulders now it’s amazing how she holds it together! Working for the FRU, dealing with ghosts ( which you know how much she loves ) and then there is Steve.. and Chase. Oh the decisions. Now for all of you ” Love Triangle” haters out there; never fear! It’s not going to play out the way you think. You are going to dislike Steve at times, just as you will dislike Chase at times, oh and you will call Della an idiot plenty of times. Or maybe that was just me ;)

C.C. Hunter writes characters that are honest, at least inside their heads. Della does not always speak her mind, Well.. she does in ways that get her in trouble, but not so much when it comes to her love life. I enjoyed getting to experience everything through Della’s perspective as she navigates the craziness that is her life now.

Eternal is not all about Love. Though it does play a big part in the story. There is SO MUCH going on in this installment. Della and Chase sharing visions.. that get pretty dang intense… as they try to rescue two newly turned vampires. Della learns how to handle her new Reborn powers; she can kick some serious a**! Well.. not that she couldn’t already. But she has an interesting power boost now!

Obviously I don’t want to give too much away. I want YOU to go out and get Reborn and read it and come back and tell me how much you loved it! ( Because of course you will )

If you are one of those random blog readers who have read this review and have NOT started the Shadow Falls Series: GO GET THEM ALL NOW. Dive into the world of Shadow Falls and meet the gang, I hope you fall in love with them like I did!


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I agree with so much of Michelle’s review!  C.C. Hunter is an author that has NEVER failed me.  I even love her adult books, she has such a great and distinct writing voice.  I loved the Shadow Falls Series so much and was sooooo happy to hear that Della would get her own stories.  I always wanted to know more about Kylie’s roommates, especially Della.  Vampires will always be much supernatural creature of choice so I was very drawn to Della to begin with! :)

In Eternal Della learns to stand up for herself,  deals with the Chase and Steve dilemma, and kicks some major butt.  Within the first few pages I was sucked back into the Shadow Falls world and I never wanted to leave.  C.C. Hunter does a brilliant job with her characters, even though they sometimes make a bit angry. Character development is very important to me as a reader.  I want to see them make mistakes but yet grow from them, Kylie did that in the original series and Della definitely learned more about herself in this book.  I also LOVED the added mystery of the character from Della’s past. It had me guessing until nearly the end.  I would recommend the After Dark Series to any YA lovers and especially those that loved the Shadow Falls Series!

Reviewed by Brittany



Nov 05

Shatter Point by Jeff Altabef BLOG TOUR AND GIVEAWAY!

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Shatter Point by Jeff Altabef BLOG TOUR AND GIVEAWAY!Shatter Point on September 4th, 2014
Maggie met Cooper at a young age, but even then she sensed something was wrong with him. His charm, good looks, and wealth could not hide the danger that burned in his sapphire eyes.
Some nightmares don’t go away. He’d been haunting her from a distance for as long as she could remember.
Now things have changed.

When her sons Jack and Tom discover she’s been taken, they set out to rescue her and uncover nefarious family secrets, explosive government conspiracies, and a series of horrific murders along the way. Only their colorful great aunt and a covert resistance group can help them navigate the dark underworld full of political subterfuge and class warfare.

All the while, Maggie struggles to outwit her tormentor in a life and death psychological battle of tense desperation. Will Jack and Tom arrive before Cooper reaches his shatter point?

My first note would be that I read that as a standalone and I managed just fine!  It was a bit confusing at first because there was multiple stories going on at once.  However, once I got a handle on the names and looked page a few times I was able to read with much more ease.  I started reading this book not realizing it was a standalone that came after his first book called, Fourteenth Colony.  

This book is definitely a mystery with a very intricate web woven between Dr. Beck, Cooper, and Maggie.  I was completely surprised about how the multiple stories ended up coming together.  Like it says in the synopsis Cooper and Maggie at a summer resort when they were younger but I wasn’t too sure how Dr. Beck connected into the story.

Shatter Point takes place in a futuristic society in which the rich rule the world.  While the poor’s life remains quite bleak, hope still remains.  The Fourteenth Colony is an underground movement that hopes to overthrow the current system. The best part for me as a reader is comparing how an author interprets these futuristic societies and how it eerily seems like our current reality.  I love a book that is a social commentary but is effortlessly able to weave a intriguing story into it.

While this book is definitely not my normal YA genre, it made me think and I love books that do that!

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About the author:

Jeff Altabef lives in New York with his wife, two daughters, and Charlie the dog. He spends time volunteering at the writing center in the local community college. After years of being accused of “telling stories,” he thought he would make it official. He writes in both the thriller and young adult genres. Fourteenth Colony, a political thriller, was his debut novel. Shatter Point, a psychological thriller, is Jeff’s second novel. Jeff is under contract with Evolved Publishing for a YA/Fantasy series he is co-authoring with his teenaged daugher. The first in the series Chosen: Wind Catcher is set to be releasded in March. As an avid Knicks fan, Jeff is prone to long periods of melancholy during hoops season. Jeff has a column on The Examiner focused on writing and a blog designed to encourage writing by those that like telling stories.

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