Oct 26

Review and Release Day: Unspoken by C.C. Hunter PLUS GIVEAWAY

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Review and Release Day: Unspoken by C.C. Hunter PLUS GIVEAWAYUnspoken Series: Shadow Falls: After Dark #3
on October 27th, 2015

Despite her superhuman strength and enhanced senses, Della Tsang's life as a vampire certainly hasn't been easy. Especially since she was reborn and bound to the mysterious, infuriating, and gorgeous Chase Tallman.

But if there's one thing that's always kept Della going, it's her dream of being an elite paranormal investigator. Her newest case is the opportunity she's been waiting for, but as Della tries to solve the twenty year old murder and clear her father's name. She uncovers secrets about the vampire council. And about Chase.

Feeling betrayed by all the secrets he's kept hidden from her, Della is determined to keep him as far away from her heart as she can. But she'll need his help to solve the case that will lead them into the darkest and ugliest vampire gangs in town and into the scariest reaches of her heart.

Also in this series: Eternal

I am going to try really hard to keep my review spoiler review since it is the last book in the trilogy.  Reading this series was a dream come true because I loved the Shadow Falls world!  I was so excited to get another look into that world.  Now, I am just waiting on Miranda…. :)

First off, love love LOVE the cover, it is one my favorite of the series.  :) Unspoken features an additional POV which makes it sort of clear who she is going to end up with. I sort of meh with that.  Just like Kylie, Della has her fair share of life and BOY problems.  C.C. Hunter does love her love triangles!

Anyways, so the majority of the plot in this book is based around Della’s attempt to clear her father’s name.  Her dream is to become of being an elite paranormal investigator but this case does not prove to be easy at all.  C.C. Hunter crafts a story for Della that had me worried, furious, and just plain curious.  Our favorite characters from the other Shadow Falls Series do make an appearance and I loved it!

Unspoken answers all of our questions and ties up all of the loose ends.  A strong ending to a wonderful series but of course it just leaves me wanting more from these Shadow Falls characters!

Would you like a C.C Hunter & Shadow Fall prize pack?  Just leave a comment below with your favorite Shadow Falls character OR if you haven’t read them yet no problem!  Just tell me your favorite type of supernatural character because I am sure that Shadow Falls has it!  USA ONLY! Open until November 2nd!




Oct 07


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Welcome to my stop on In the Hot Seat with The Hot Chocolates! We are one of the teams created by Nori at Read Write Love as part of the Book Blogger Creativity Project. Our team has devised a set of bookish questions for each of us to answer this week.

A big thanks to Olivia @ The Candid Cover, I modeled my post after yours because it was so pretty!

Questions from Olivia @ The Candid Cover:

Are you a fan of book-to-movie adaptations? If so, which is your favourite?

I am a book lover so of course I love book-to-movie adaptations.  I never want stories to end so getting to see a movie of my favorite book is always something I am excited about.  Now this doesn’t mean that some of the book-to-movie adaptations aren’t awful!  I have loved Harry Potter, the Hunger Games, and don’t shun me but Twilight.

Do you ever have crushes on characters in books? Who is your current crush?

Hmm I do and don’t.  I feel like one can never be old to have a book crushes.

Questions from Elizabeth @ Thoughts from an Evil Overlord

How long does it take you to pull together a review after you’ve read the book?

If I loved the book it takes me no time at all.  I HATE writing book reviews for books that were meh or that I hated.  I don’t do snarky very well and I run out of things to say for meh books.  However, for books that I love so I feel like I can just gush about it for days.  

Do you read ahead or skip certain elements in a book? Why?

I am totally guilty of two things, skipping boring parts and reading the ending first.  I absolutely hate cliff hangers so if there is one I usually want to know ahead of time.  I also really hate unhappy endings.  Tough crowd…..I know right.  

Questions from Milka @ Read.Read.Read.

Which book would you like to see turned into a film or a TV series? Who would you cast for the roles of the main characters?

I really loved Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire, I would love to see that made into a film!  I would also really like to see the Splintered series by A.G. Howard as either a TV series of film.  

Which fictional character would you like to go on a date with? What would you do?

Ok, I would really LOVE to hang out with Hermione…not necessarily a date though.  :)   I think it would be so fun to go book shopping or to a library.  

Questions from Kat @ Books and Sensibility

What is the last book you pre-ordered or purchased the day it came out ?

I just ordered the new 10 year anniversary Twilight book and the Harry Potter illustrated edition but haven’t got them yet.  Before that, I ordered Queen of Shadows by Sarah Maas.  I waited a really time to read it though because I was scared after I saw some spoilers.  .

Which author do you think is amazing that you feel l like doesn’t get enough love ?

There are so many great authors out there that go unnoticed.  But two of my favorites are Mindy Hayes and T. Rae Mitchell.  Check their books out you guys, they are awesome!

Kaleidoscope (Faylinn, #1) Fate's Fables (Fate's Journey, #1)


Questions from Alice @ Alice’s Book Vault

What book, if there is one, has given you the worst book hangover?

I despise emotional book hangovers and my worst ever was Taking Chances by Molly McAdams.  I mourned over this book for days even weeks.  

What series do you wish would never end? That you could always get more of?

Of course…..Harry Potter! 


Questions from Wesaun @ Oreos and Books

If you had to face your biggest fear or fears with a character to be your guide along the way, which would you choose?

Luna Lovegood would such a good life companion!  She would be able to give you a different perspective on everything.  

What’s a book that would inspire you to do a cosplay/nail art/clothing/other? Why?

I am a total Harry Potter nut, I even have a HP tattoo!

Questions from Brittany @ The Passionate Bookworms

What is the last book you DNF’d? At what point did you stop and why?

I DNF’d Spelled this summer, I was really pumped for it because I love the Wizard of Oz.  

What do you think the next trend of books will be? For a long while it was dystopian, what is your prediction for the next big genre?

I have some really great high fantasy lately.  I don’t know if it is a new trend BUT it seems like more books are coming out in the genre.  I also don’t think that dystopian is totally over either.  

Questions from Nori @ Read Write Love

If you could visit any world in any book, which world would you visit?

This is a really easy choice for me: Harry Potter!!! I would want it to be post-Voldemort of course.  :)

What character do you think could be your best friend?

I would love to have Luna Lovegood as a best friend or Hermione of course.  

Questions from Tee @ Me, Books and the Internet

Which book character do you think you’re most like? Why?

Hmmm I have no idea, I really can’t think of anything.  :) 

Have you ever read a book that had a moment that happened to you in real life? If, what book and what moment?

Since I read mostly fantasy…..not really.  Although, I would love for this world to be a little more magical.  :) 

Questions from Elly @ A Hufflepuff’s Thoughts

Choose one shelf from your bookshelf.  What does it look like? (take a picture)

Ice Like Fire (Snow Like Ashes, #2)

I loved this world and the heroine in this book!  :) 

If you could have any animal/ non-human character from any book, who/what would you choose and why?

I would want a pandora from Fire and Flood!  


Thanks for following along with our project! Each day this week, our team will post a new response from one of our members. Stay tuned for Milka@ReadReadRead and her post tomorrow!


Oct 05

Review: House of Ivy & Sorrow by Natalie Whipple

4.5 Stars, Magic, paranormal, Review, Reviewed by Michelle, Young Adult 0

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

House of Ivy & Sorrow by Natalie Whipple
Published by HarperCollins on 2014-04-15
Genres: Action & Adventure, General, Love & Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 368
Format: eARC

Transparent author Natalie Whipple is back with another refreshing blend of realistic romance and light-hearted humor with a one-of-a-kind paranormal touch. Fans of Charmed, Kiersten White's Paranormalcy trilogy, and Maggie Stiefvater's The Raven Boys won't want to miss this spellbinding contemporary tale of magic, first love, and high-stakes danger.Jo Hemlock is not your typical witch. Outside the walls of her grandmother's ivy-covered house, she's kept her magical life completely separate from her life in high school. But when the Curse that killed her mother resurfaces, it threatens to destroy not only her life but her grandmother's too—and keeping her secret may no longer be an option.

So good! I loved that this goes back to a kind of older idea of Witches.  It was dark at times, but in a unique way. Mysteries unraveled and I just wanted more!

I did not expect to like this book as much as I did! I mean. I predicted I would enjoy it, the Cover is stunning and the description really intrigued me. But DANG. It was richer and darker and more interesting I prepared myself for!

One thing that I really loved about the story is that it went back to a more classic version of Witches. ( even if I still love stories that stray away from this ) The Witches themselves may be beautiful, but magic isn’t always. Magic is dark, and it’s how you use it that changes it. Some can become Consumed by the magic and become pure evil. Others know how to control it and. Casting spells doesn’t require just words or wand waving.. but ingredients and a cauldron ! ( old school remember! ) Frog eyes and spiders, toad saliva and more. some spells require personal sacrifice like your hair, a fingernail, blood or even something like your voice. Nothing is given for free.

While those things are not exactly pleasant to read about, made me squirm a bit to be honest. It was interesting and really held my attention.

The darker uglier aspects of this book are not all there is. However it seems to be what has turned many readers off.

Sure there is some romance, some family aspects.. But what hooked ME was the darkness. Unfortunately this review was a long time coming and I did not take good enough notes. However I know that it is still in my head as being really interesting!

I would highly recommend to readers who like things a bit rougher around the edges.


Photo from http://www.dancesofvice.com/ – Original source unknown



Sep 23

Blog Tour Stop: Nightfall by Jake Halpern, Peter Kujawinski: 25 Random Things about Me

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Blog Tour Stop: Nightfall by Jake Halpern, Peter Kujawinski: 25 Random Things about MeNightfall on September 22nd, 2015

On Marin’s island, sunrise doesn’t come every twenty-four hours—it comes every twenty-eight years. Now the sun is just a sliver of light on the horizon. The weather is turning cold and the shadows are growing long.

Because sunset triggers the tide to roll out hundreds of miles, the islanders are frantically preparing to sail south, where they will wait out the long Night.

Marin and her twin brother, Kana, help their anxious parents ready the house for departure. Locks must be taken off doors. Furniture must be arranged. Tables must be set. The rituals are puzzling—bizarre, even—but none of the adults in town will discuss why it has to be done this way.

Just as the ships are about to sail, a teenage boy goes missing—the twins’ friend Line. Marin and Kana are the only ones who know the truth about where Line’s gone, and the only way to rescue him is by doing it themselves. But Night is falling. Their island is changing.

And it may already be too late.


I am soo excited to host this stop!  I really enjoyed this book, watch out for my review later this week! 

25 Random Things About The Authors: 


(1) I love the heat. When it’s ninety-five degrees out, I will go for a run, blasting music on my earphones, and sweat it out like a mad man.
(2) I also like extremes of temperature. In the winter, I will get out of my hot tub and leap – with my two kids – into snow banks.
(3) I like walking in the woods in total darkness. At my parents’ house there is a tree house deep in the woods, and I will go there late at night, without a flashlight.
(4) I will eat pickles and hot sauce with almost any meal.
(5) I hate snakes, and yet I once road in the backseat of a small FIAT car with a giant python.
(6) When I lived in India, I was known by everyone as “Mister Jake.”
(7) In my secret life, I am a camp counselor – my favorite job of all time.
(8) I like moving heavy objects. It makes me feel like I am actually getting work done.
(9) My wife and I sometimes call each other “pancake.” Embarrassing but true.
(10) My wife and two little sons often have a dance party in the kitchen after dinner. Favorite song: Fireball by Pitbull.

1: Jake has already spilled the beans on this one, but I might as well start with the nickname that follows me everywhere – literally, everywhere: KUJO. And, no, I don’t think I’m a mad dog.
2: Other kids with normal lives join the Boy Scouts – somehow, I joined the Polish Boy Scouts, which is just like regular Boy Scouts but you speak Polish all the time. I love it, though – it was a great experience!
3: My middle initial I is not igloo or Ichabod, as some have suggested. It’s “Ignatius.”
4: I’m wildly uncoordinated – professional sports is out for me, and never get close when I’m throwing a ball
5: First job? Lifeguard at the Leaning Tower YMCA in suburban Chicago.
6: I didn’t realize this before completing the list, but another thing Jake and I share is that I too will look for pickles and hot sauce at almost any meal. I guess I draw the line at breakfast.
7: My ideal vacation is to get into wilderness, preferably on a canoe. Favorite spots are Sylvania Wilderness in Michigan, the Boundary Waters in Minnesota, and anywhere in the great US and Canada west.
8: I love everything about bookstores, but most of all, I love the smell of all those books.
9: One of my favorite recent binge watches was Walking Dead, but I had to go to another part of the house to watch it. My wife hated hearing all the disgusting zombie sounds, and she exiled me from the bedroom and kitchen when I was watching it.
10: I’ve gone dog sledding twice, and I’m thinking if the writing gig doesn’t work out, that’s my next profession. I like being called a musher.
11: For a grownup, I cry way too much in movies – maybe it’s because you’re in the dark and no one can see you.
12: However, if I’m eating popcorn, I never cry, even if it’s the most tear-jerking movie around. Weird, no?
13: Just like George Costanza in Seinfeld, I love reading the daily news. It’s very calming for me, despite how terrible the news can sometimes be…
14. I’ve been jealous of my wife’s hair since I met her.
15. Pickles dipped in hummus? Delicious.


Sep 22

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books On Our Fall TBR

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish.


1) Ice Like Fire (Snow Like Ashes #2)
by Sara Raasch

Ice Like Fire (Snow Like Ashes, #2)

2) Dumplin’
by Julie Murphy


3) Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4)
by Marissa Meyer

Winter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4)

4) Soundless
by Richelle Mead


5) Six of Crows (Six of Crows #1)
by Leigh Bardugo

Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)


6. Silver Born ( Mercy Thompson #5 ) by Patricia Briggs


7. Spellbinder ( Shadow falls Novella) by C.C. Hunter25323707

8. Unbroken by C.C. Hunter ( Shadow Falls after dark #3 )22824383

9. Walk on Earth a Stranger (The Gold Seer Trilogy #1)
by Rae Carson 


10. Dreamland
by Robert L. Anderson



Sep 08

Review: Into the Dangerous World by Julie Chibbaro, Jean-Marc Superville Sovak (Illustrations)

3 Stars, Contemporary, Review, Reviewed by Brittany, Young Adult 0

Review: Into the Dangerous World by Julie Chibbaro, Jean-Marc Superville Sovak (Illustrations)on August 18th, 2015

Ror was raised on a commune with her dad as the leader. She never attended a day of school, but she can build a house, or cut down a tree with a chainsaw. All she really cares about is drawing and painting. To her, it’s like breathing; it’s how she makes sense of the world.

When her father burns down the commune with himself inside, she ends up in Manhattan, where the streets are filled with art. There she runs into trouble - and falls into crazy love - with Trey, the leader of Noise Ink, a graffiti crew.

On the city’s streets, and in its museums and galleries, Ror finds herself pulled in different directions. Her father wanted her to learn the classics. Noise Ink insists she stay within their lines. Her teacher urges her to go to college. What does she want? What kind of artist is she?

Ror’s journey is a seamless blend of words and pictures, cinematic in its scope - a sharp-edged, indelible creation that will live inside your head.

I am not sure how to really even put this book into a category.  It is an artsy contemporary, is that a thing? Well I am making it!  I had heard a lot about this book because of it’s art component.  The pages are littered with little hand drawn pictures that fit somewhat intricately into the book.  My favorite is a picture of Darth Vader riding a rocket.

I wasn’t very intrigued by the synopsis but the writing and story-line sucked me immediately.  The characters, the art, the story-line, the story conflict, and the conflict resolution are very original.  I can honestly say I would have never picked it up on my own but I am glad that I got it for review.

If you like original contemporary, like art, or are just looking for something really different, I would recommend this book.



Sep 01

QUEEN OF SHADOWS by Sarah J. Maas Release Day Blitz

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I am so excited that QUEEN OF SHADOWS by Sarah J. Maas releases today and that I get to share the news, along with an awesome giveaway!


If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful series by Sarah J. Maas, be sure to check out all the details below.


This blitz also includes a giveaway for a set of the first 3 books in the series (in paperback format). US only. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.


About The book:


Title: QUEEN



Sarah J. Maas

Pub. Date:

September 1, 2015


Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Pages: 656

Find it: AmazonBarnes

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Sarah J. Maas’s New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series reaches new heights in this sweeping fourth volume.


Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past . . .

 She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die just to see her again. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen’s triumphant return.
Celaena’s epic journey has captured the hearts and imaginations of millions across the globe. This fourth volume will hold readers rapt as Celaena’s story builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.


Chapters 1-5 of QUEEN OF SHADOWS HERE!


Sarah J. Maas is the author of the New York Times, USA Today, and internationally bestselling Throne of Glass series–Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight, and Heir of Fire, and the series’ prequel, The Assassin’s Blade–as well as the New York Times and USA Today bestselling Court of Thorns and Roses. She wrote the first incarnation of the Throne of Glass series when she was just sixteen, and it has now sold in twenty-three languages. Queen of Shadows, the fourth book in the Throne of Glass series, will release worldwide on September 1st, 2015.

A New York native, Sarah currently lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and dog. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Hamilton College in 2008 with a degree in Creative Writing and a minor in Religious Studies.

Connect with the Author: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Tumblr | Pinterest | Instagram| Goodreads

Giveaway Details:

1 winner will receive the first 3 books (in paperback) in the THRONE OF GLASS Series. US Only.

 Ends on September 11th at Midnight EST!

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Aug 29

Review: Spellbinder (Shadow Falls Novella) by C.C. Hunter

4 Stars, Novella, Review, Reviewed by Brittany, Witches, Young Adult 0

Spellbinder byReview: Spellbinder (Shadow Falls Novella) by C.C. HunterSpellbinder Published by St. Martin's Griffin on June 30th 2015

When magic, romance and family secrets collide, the result is spellbinding!
Miranda Kane has always felt like a screw up--at least when it comes to her ability to wield magic. Her only sanctuary is Shadow Falls camp, where she's learning to harness her powers as a witch. But thanks to her shapeshifter boyfriend who called it quits and ran off to Paris, both her heart and powers feel broken.
When she unexpectedly lands a top spot in a spell casting competition in France, she flies out with her best friends Kylie and Della. But her trip takes her straight into the heart of a dangerous supernatural mystery--and a heated romance. What Miranda doesn't expect is for her investigation to unleash shocking revelations...about herself, her family, and her arch enemy. Now Miranda must step up and show everyone that she's a witch to be reckoned with....before it's too late.

I love the Shadow Falls series so much and C.C. Hunter made my dreams come true by writing additional novels in this world.  Della has gotten her own series but I have always wanted Miranda to have her own novel.  Miranda was my favorite character in the original series.

Miranda is Kylie and Della’s witch roommate in the original series.  She seemed like she had her life mostly together but in this novella you get to see that Miranda has tons of her own problems.  The biggest aspect that I loved most about this novella was watching Miranda stand up for herself and become a force to be reckoned with!

I have loved every new addition to the Shadow Falls Series!  I would recommend this to all Shadow Fall lovers and anyone who loves witch stories.


Did you know Della’s next story comes out this October????

Unspoken (Shadow Falls: After Dark, #3)


Despite her superhuman strength and enhanced senses, Della Tsang’s life as a vampire certainly hasn’t been easy. Especially since she was reborn and bound to the mysterious, infuriating, and gorgeous Chase Tallman.

But if there’s one thing that’s always kept Della going, it’s her dream of being an elite paranormal investigator. Her newest case is the opportunity she’s been waiting for, but as Della tries to solve the twenty year old murder and clear her father’s name. She uncovers secrets about the vampire council. And about Chase.

Feeling betrayed by all the secrets he’s kept hidden from her, Della is determined to keep him as far away from her heart as she can. But she’ll need his help to solve the case that will lead them into the darkest and ugliest vampire gangs in town and into the scariest reaches of her heart.


Aug 21

ARC Review: A Curious Tale of the In-Between (Pram #1) by Lauren DeStefano

Highly Recommend, Middle Grade, Review, Reviewed by Brittany 1

ARC Review: A Curious Tale of the In-Between (Pram #1) by Lauren DeStefanoA Curious Tale of the In-Between on September 1st, 2015
Format: ARC

Pram Bellamy is special—she can talk to ghosts. She doesn’t have too many friends amongst the living, but that’s all right. She has her books, she has her aunts, and she has her best friend, the ghostly Felix.

Then Pram meets Clarence, a boy from school who has also lost a parent and is looking for answers. Together they arrive at the door of the mysterious Lady Savant, who promises to help. But this spiritualist knows the true nature of Pram’s power, and what she has planned is more terrifying than any ghost.

I love Lauren DeStefano books, she does creepy really well!  She is always able to add some eerie character or story-line into her books that make me a little creeped out.  The whole idea of The Chemical Garden Trilogy,  people dying at 20, kidnapping, and inhumane testing was so odd but worked so well.  If you haven’t read those yet, get to it because they are very odd and awesome.

A Curious Tale of the In Between is a middle grade fiction tale about a young girl name Pram.  Pram is an interesting young girl not only because of her unusual upbringing but she can also talk to ghosts.  She is a completely lovable character.  During the story she meets a young boy at school and together they embark on an adventure of sorts to find their lost parents.

I have seen so many people describe this story as charming and I can’t help but agree.  It may be written for middle grade but this book deserves to be read by all ages.  Anyone who has experienced any sort of loss will find this tale touching and beautifully written.  Grief is something felt to some degree by all human beings.

There are lots of tough subjects in here so I would really recommend any younger readers to read this with their parent or at least for the parents to read it first.



Aug 19

Review: Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone

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Review: Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland StoneEvery Last Word on June 16th, 2015

If you could read my mind, you wouldn't be smiling.

Samantha McAllister looks just like the rest of the popular girls in her junior class. But hidden beneath the straightened hair and expertly applied makeup is a secret that her friends would never understand: Sam has Purely-Obsessional OCD and is consumed by a stream of dark thoughts and worries that she can't turn off.

Second-guessing every move, thought, and word makes daily life a struggle, and it doesn't help that her lifelong friends will turn toxic at the first sign of a wrong outfit, wrong lunch, or wrong crush. Yet Sam knows she'd be truly crazy to leave the protection of the most popular girls in school. So when Sam meets Caroline, she has to keep her new friend with a refreshing sense of humor and no style a secret, right up there with Sam's weekly visits to her psychiatrist.

Caroline introduces Sam to Poet's Corner, a hidden room and a tight-knit group of misfits who have been ignored by the school at large. Sam is drawn to them immediately, especially a guitar-playing guy with a talent for verse, and starts to discover a whole new side of herself. Slowly, she begins to feel more "normal" than she ever has as part of the popular crowd . . . until she finds a new reason to question her sanity and all she holds dear.

I am teetering between a 3 and a 4 star on this book.  I can really see this book grabbing people’s attention like it grabbed mine.  These dark thoughts of Samantha are eerie and completely captivated my attention, I kept asking myself is she really going to do something?  I have read many books that tackle characters with mental illness but not quite as dark as Samantha.   It is a very up and personal look at a darker side of OCD.

However, where the book starts to go awry for me was some of the subplots.  There is just too much going on for me at points, I would have enjoyed a bit simpler plot in some ways. BUT I may be alone in this thinking…….

The Poet’s Corner is also something I really couldn’t identify with in this book.  I have the same problem when I read books about theater, artsy and dance plots.  I really enjoy the books but just can’t make a huge connection with it.

My biggest thought while reading is how much I couldn’t wait to give this to my students.  There is a sense of self discovery in this book that I would love for my students to read about.  I find books like this really move YA because they all can relate to their search for themselves.