Mar 11

Review: Undertow by Michael Buckley

5 Stars, Review, Reviewed by Michelle 0 ★★★★★

Review: Undertow by Michael BuckleyUndertow by Michael Buckley
Series: Undertow #1
Pages: 384
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy & Magic, General, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Published by HMH books for young readers, Houghton Mifflin on 2015-05-05
Source: Netgalley

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

First, we feared them. Then we fought them. Now they might be our only hope.                                                                                                                                                                                       Sixteen-year-old Lyric Walker's life is forever changed when she witnesses the arrival of 30,000 Alpha, a five-nation race of ocean-dwelling warriors, on her beach in Coney Island. The world's initial wonder and awe over the Alpha quickly turns ugly and paranoid and violent, and Lyric's small town transforms into a military zone with humans on one side and Alpha on the other. When Lyric is recruited to help the crown prince, a boy named Fathom, assimilate, she begins to fall for him. But their love is a dangerous one, and there are forces on both sides working to keep them apart. Only, what if the Alpha are not actually the enemy? What if they are in fact humanity's best chance for survival? Because the real enemy is coming. And it's more terrifying than anything the world has ever seen.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Action, suspense, and romance whirlpool dangerously in this cinematic saga!

This story was the perfect blend of wonderfully weird mixed with honest and heartbreaking reality. What I truly loved about this story that while it is a Paranormal/Fantasy story.. there are parts of it that really kick your heart back into the real world. It reminds you that just because there are crazy things going on in a paranormal aspect.. there are other characters in this world that have a life as well, and it’s not always going so well. Undertow features a side character/ best friend who has an abusive Father. I loved that there was a side character that tugged at your heart strings just as much, if not sometimes more than the MC and that it was just so… REAL.

But that’s not all I loved about Undertow by Michael Buckley.. really.. there is so much that I loved! Some may read the descriptions and think… “ooohhh.. Mermaids!” but these are NOT mermaids.. and they really don’t like being compared to them! The characters from the sea featured in this story are more like the ones you would find on the Flying Dutchman with Davy Jones ( Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead man’s chest ) They are not all very pretty. Some of them are straight up gruesome. Can you imagine going to school with someone/something like that? I’m pretty sure that just like in the book, not everyone would be rolling out the welcome wagon!

Undertow is full of intrigue and secrets waiting to be uncovered, and once those secrets are uncovered? Drama and action ensue! The story grabbed hold of me from the start and the only thing that stopped me from reading it from start to finish in one sitting was the need to get out of bed in about 3 hours … and less than 3 hours of sleep doesn’t make me a very fun person to be around. I finished it the very next chance I got and was not disappointed! I cannot wait to see how the rest of this story unravels and what else Michael Buckley has up his sleeve!

Reviewed by Michelle 



Feb 25

Review: The Intergalactic Adventures of Queen Bea

Blog Tour, Review, Reviewed by Michelle 2 ★★★★½

Review: The Intergalactic Adventures of Queen Bea

Genres: Adventure, Science Fiction, YA, Young Adult
Source: From Blog Tour

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

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Welcome to my tour stop for The Intergalactic Adventures of Queen Bea by Jeanne Gransee Barker. This is a young adult sci-fi. The tour runs February 16-27 with reviews, author interviews, guest posts and excerpts. Check out the tour page for more information.

About the Book:

Everything she’d ever known was a lie. Now Bea must find the courage to trust her own voice to save not only herself — but an entire planet.
At almost 15, late-bloomer Bea Parker has just discovered that her aunt, uncle and cousins—the only family she’s ever known—aren’t actually related to her and don’t know anything about her birth parents. Then a strange, high-tech device shows up in her room in the middle of the night with a note promising answers about her shadowed past. This alien technology takes her on a journey that forces her to leave behind Earth, and everything she knows, to meet her destiny.


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I always want to find more YA Sci Fi .. Fantasy YA is easy to find, as well as Dystopian with sci fi elements, but real sci fi is always harder for me. Much of the time they feel.. childish.. like they are trying too hard. The Intergalactic adventures of Queen Bea did not feel this way! Sure the MC is 15, and as mentioned in the books description is a ” late bloomer” , but the story was filled with mystery and intrigue and I found myself easily caught up in Bea’s story and wanting to know more of the history and of course how everything would play out!

How do I keep this review short and sweet so I don’t give away too much, but still explain how much I really did love it and get you to go pick it up!?

* The Intergalactic Adventures of Queen Bea is just that, filled with adventure! I really got pulled in to the story and enjoyed following along as Bea tries to figure out how the Viewer works and then drags Calvin into the mix and gets his head spinning as well!

* The characters truly grow and change.. in more ways than one! 

* At the end of the story I simply. didn’t want it to end! I was wishing book #2 ( There had gosh darn better be a book #2!! ) was already out. I would have 1 clicked the heck out of it!

**** the one thing that really pulled the book out of the running for a 5 star rating from me was that the first few chapters were a bit slow and awkward to me. It took me a few more to really connect with Bea and get hooked on the story. After I got hooked though there was no letting go!

 Reviewed by Michelle

About the Author:

I discovered science fiction when I was four. My father loved Star Trek, the original series. Every Friday night he’d make a big deal of getting the house quiet so he could hear the TV. The importance of it drew me in. And then I was hooked on other worlds, molecules being scrambled and reformed, and meeting totally logical aliens. As I grew older and continued to watch, I loved the idea that a story could explore our contemporary dilemmas couched in two-tone faces or hidden with green skin. Science fiction was the “gateway genre” that led me to fantasy and paranormal fiction.
I began my first novel at age 12. I still have the ring binder with the hand-written pages of OOTG-1 (that stands for Out of the Galaxy)—the story of the first manned expedition to venture forth beyond our galaxy. Alas, after about thirty pages my hand got tired and the crew never left the Milky Way. But that experience sparked a lifelong love of writing which  has continued through my school days to the present.
When I’m not enjoying the alternate universes of my written creations, I live, work, and play  Seattle, Washington.

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Feb 18

Student Review: Mayday by Jonathan Friesen

4.5 Stars, Review, Student Review 0 ★★★★½

Student Review: Mayday by Jonathan FriesenMayday on April 10th, 2014
Why’d I do it? I suppose it’s the only question that really matters.

Seventeen-year-old Crow will stop at nothing to protect her younger sister—even if it costs her her own life. But then she’s given a chance to come back and make things right. There are a few catches, though. First, she won’t come back as herself. And before she can set things straight, she’ll have to figure out what’s what—and things aren’t exactly as clear-cut as she remembered.

Powerful and hard-hitting, this is a compelling story about what it means to live your life—for your own sake—from an award-winning author.

I really liked how this story had a happy ending, even if it wasn’t perfect.  Crow gets to go back in time as someone else to try and change her life.  She learns a lot about herself and her loved ones which was very moving to read about.  She tries so hard to protect her sister, but she doesn’t realize her true purpose for going back until it is almost too late.  I honestly really liked the ending and I thought it was very touching.  She is able to move on in peace knowing that her family and friends are going to be safe and okay.

I will say that I liked the second time she went back much more than the first.  I think the plot was more dynamic the second time and it wasn’t as predictable, but I still liked the whole story.  However, Crow was first described as more of a solitary kind of person.  She didn’t like opening up to people, especially those she didn’t know and I just thought it was kind of weird that she opened up to Shane so quickly, especially in the first part of the story.  This is understandable considering the connection they had and it didn’t take away from the overall story; it was just something I noticed.

I would definitely recommend reading this book.  It is very uplifting and it is different than a lot of other books out there.  This is a story that many people can relate to and I think the author did a wonderful job in writing it!



Feb 17

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten book related problems we have.

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Top Ten book related problems we have

OK, so I ( Michelle ) could have listed… so so many more lol. but we limited ourselves to 5 each and one extra that we share :D Let us know in the comments if you agree or disagree with our choices and what some Bookish problems that you have are! 

~ Happy Reading 


1. Space…..there is never enough space to store all my books.

2. The fear of lending out my books to students….#theynevercomebackthesame

3. Not buying all Harry Potter books…I own multiple copies of each but can’t ever pass up on a 50 cent copy.

4. When someone says that they don’t like reading……well you just have not found the right book.

5.  Only bringing one physical book on vacation and finishing it one the plane ride there.

Brittany AND Michelle

 When you find a copy of a book in a series that you need at an amazing price…. but the cover art is a different style then the ones you already own 0.O  ( I can’t be the only one who hates having books in a series that don’t match. )


1. When shopping for a new purse one of the biggest factors to take into consideration is how may books will fit in it.

2. When you have to leave your house, but you’re almost finished with your current read so you have to take a 2nd book in case you finish it, and then a 3rd in case you do not enjoy the 2nd.

3. When you get so angry at a part in a book that you just want to throw it, slam it shut or actually punch it, but instead just wave your hands in the air dramatically and yell at it because you don’t want to harm it.

4. When you have to move and the worst part about it is thinking about having to pack up and carry all of your books to a new place. #SoHeavy

5. When you get invited to do something amazing with friends or family… but you only have 1/2 of your current read left and it just got to a good part.


Feb 14

Student Review: World of Ash by Shauna Granger

4 Stars, Review, Student Review 0 ★★★★

Student Review:  World of Ash by Shauna GrangerWorld of Ash Genres: Dystopian
on December 2, 2013
The Pestas came in the night, spreading their pox, a deadly plague that decimated the population. Kat, one of the unlucky few who survived, is determined to get to her last living relative and find shelter from the pox that continues to devastate the world. When it mutates and becomes airborne, Kat is desperate to avoid people because staying alone might be her only chance to stay alive.

That is, until she meets Dylan. Dylan, with his easy smile and dark, curly hair, has nowhere to go and no one to live for. He convinces Kat there can be safety in numbers, that they can watch out for each other. So the unlikely couple set off together through the barren wasteland to find a new life – if they can survive the roaming Pestas, bands of wild, gun-toting children, and piles of burning, pox-ridden bodies.

I liked the dystopian idea of a sickness caused by “the Pestas” wiping out almost all of the population.  I like how it showed parts of Kat, the main character’s, life before the Pestas came and how different it is compared to her life now that she has no one left.  As a teenage girl, I can say that she is a character I could relate with.  Before the Pestas, she was more concerned about what she was wearing and how she presented herself to the world.  Now that most of the population is gone, she has to learn to protect herself and survive in this new world.  Dylan was another character, but he didn’t show up until later in the story.  It was nice to have the addition of a new character, but I’m still not sure how I feel about him. You could tell that he was kind and had a strong will, but he wasn’t really a standout character for me, at least not until the end.  I also loved the addition of Blue. Kat takes the stray in as her own and I liked reading about how energetic and loyal he was to her through the story.  I’m not really a fan of the ending in the sense that it just left me hanging.  The climax of the story was good, but I felt like it just ended right then and there without much resolution; thankfully there is a second book.  Hopefully there will be more of an explanation or more details about the Pestas because they were a really interesting aspect of the story.  Overall, I really enjoyed reading this story and I’m excited to read more about the adventures Kat, Dylan, and Blue will go on in the second book.



Jan 22

Never Never by Brianna Shrum : Cover Reveal

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Never Never by Brianna Shrum : Cover RevealNever Never by Brianna Shrum
Genres: Fairy Tale, Fantasy, Young Adult
Published by Spencer Hill Press on Septemeber 15, 2015
James Hook is a child who only wants to grow up.

When he meets Peter Pan, a boy who loves to pretend and is intent on never becoming a man, James decides he could try being a child—at least briefly. James joins Peter Pan on a holiday to Neverland, a place of adventure created by children’s dreams, but Neverland is not for the faint of heart. Soon James finds himself longing for home, determined that he is destined to be a man. But Peter refuses to take him back, leaving James trapped in a world just beyond the one he loves. A world where children are to never grow up.

But grow up he does.       


And thus begins the epic adventure of a Lost Boy and a Pirate.

This story isn’t about Peter Pan; it’s about the boy whose life he stole. It’s about a man in a world that hates men. It’s about the feared Captain James Hook and his passionate quest to kill the Pan, an impossible feat in a magical land where everyone loves Peter Pan.

Except one.

Coming September 15th 2015!

YAY . I’m huge fan of retellings. I’ve already read a few Peter Pan/Neverland ones.. but I can’t get enough! Looking forward to seeing what this author has to offer and what twists this story will have!


Jan 06

Garden by Jane Yates ( MG Steampunk Cover Reveal!

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Genres: Steampunk
Steampunk for Middle Grade readers? Where was this when I was that age! Oh well. Guess I just have to read it as an adult :p
Loving this cover so much with the bright colors and interesting details! Looking forward to seeing what this book/ Author has to offer! Check out the larger version of the cover below!
Garden is a middle grade steampunk that releases in February 2015 by Autumn Orchard.


About the Book:

Inspired by the classic novel The Secret Garden, Jane Yates introduces us to a steampunk world of bio-domes, robots and mysteries. Eleven-year-old Aberdeen is so used to being by herself that all she has to fill her thoughts are stories of mighty dragons and grand castles. Aberdeen’s world is soon thrown into disarray however; her parents murdered.

Having no choice, Aberdeen is sent to live with her uncle back on Earth where her fascination into her new surroundings begin to take hold. Untrusting of new people at first, it isn’t long before Aberdeen comes across 3 other children, and taking a risk, befriends them as she tries to adjust to her new home. And yet, along with Maisy, Peter and Lenard, Aberdeen comes across a riddle – a set of clues to reveal the hiding place of a lost manuscript. A manuscript that forces more questions than answers.

Oh, and there’s Frank too, Peter’s robot dog, who completes this special circle of friendship.
Garden is a journey of self-discovery, of trials and friendship. With adventure boundless, Jane Yates follows up her acclaimed Paradox Child trilogy with a new tale for young fans of steampunk and science fiction.



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About the Author:

Jane lives in the historic city of Oxford, England with her two spaniels. She works at the Pitt Rivers

museum there too and is amazed and inspired by its wondrous array of objects. Being a museum of anthropology and world archaeology, Jane often finds herself influenced by its exhibitions. And indeed it has helped Jane write a trilogy for children – the Paradox Child series.

Jane is not only a mother, artist and storyteller, but dyslexic too, which only highlights her success even more. Jane refuses to allow the disorder to halt her dreams and continues to enjoy her favourite hobbies. Jane is a lover of steampunk, adventure and children’s stories, which often play a huge role in her own books.

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Dec 07

Review: Dead Girl Walking by Ruth Silver

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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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