Oct 11
Radiance

Radiance

Book Review, Fantasy, Favorites, Kat, New Adult 0 ★★★★★

This is a fantasy romance so the world-building is pretty good and I liked the story, but the real meat was the tale of Brishen and Ildiko (worst name). I loved their story. It was absent of the posturing and domineering that has to have psycho jealousy in order to prove their superior love. They both initially find each other hideous and are quite honest with each other about it and this lends a deeper beauty to the story. I… Read more »

Sep 20
If I Lie

If I Lie

Book Review, Contemporary, Kat 0 ★★★★½

If you enjoy some emotional tension, this book has got it. Quinn spends most of the book being abused and bullied for kissing someone other than her deployed boyfriend who is the town’s favorite son. There is evidence of her betrayal but she refuses to name her accomplice and just about everything Quinn does has integrity. Carey, her actual ex-boyfriend asks her to keep his secret and in doing so she is chained to the stigma of her supposed betrayal…. Read more »

Sep 18
Introductions (The Ghost Bird)

Introductions (The Ghost Bird)

Book Review, Contemporary, Dreamy Book Boyfriend, Kat, Young Adult 0 ★★★★½

First, a quick lesson. The name of the first book is Introductions. The name of the series is The Ghost Bird. The books all say The Academy across the front. Confused? Yep…just like me about this whole series. I could not stop reading these. The premise of these should not work. The characters in the book should maybe not work? …but it all does. I love this series and I can’t put my finger on why. Maybe its the 9… Read more »

Sep 15
The Wrong Side of Right

The Wrong Side of Right

Book Review, Contemporary, Kat, Young Adult 0 ★★★★½

I worried this would get political, but I really think this should be recommended reading in high school. I loved so many aspects of how the author treated the politics as well as the people. I don’t really like talking politics or even reading about it, but this book is more about people…about seeing more than an issue no matter what it is. This book can be read by people of any affiliation and enjoy it. This was a very… Read more »

Sep 08
Top Ten Finished Series I Have YET to Finish

Top Ten Finished Series I Have YET to Finish

Kat, Top Ten Tuesday 5

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted at The Broke and the Bookish. This was really difficult!! Most series fell into either the series I’ve finished because I loved them or series I didn’t like┬ábut they aren’t finished yet. I enjoy some series. I like the opportunity to really build a series so that characters get a chance to be well-rounded and you end up being able to enjoy secondary characters and through story arcs. Sometimes I get tired of… Read more »

Sep 05
The Fill-In Boyfriend

The Fill-In Boyfriend

Book Review, Contemporary, Dreamy Book Boyfriend, Kat 0 ★★★★½

Kasie West is on my auto-buy now. I love love love whatever she writes. This one is probably not her very best, but I still really enjoyed it. Gia is the main character and she has a fantastic character arc. I love seeing characters discover themselves through the gentle love and encouragment of others. Sometimes its another’s acceptance of who we are that helps us have the courage to change ourselves. This book could easily fall into the predictable pattern… Read more »

Sep 03
Invisible

Invisible

Book Review, Contemporary, Cool Powers, Dreamy Book Boyfriend, Kat, Magic, Paranormal 0 ★★★★½

This series reminded me a little of the Lux series. The two main characters in this story are well fleshed out and round. I liked the premise of the invisible boy who is only visible to little Olivia. Her parents mistake him for an imaginary friend until they can’t anymore. They have grown up together with him relying on her some but also always together. Olivia is the only one who can see Mason…until Robin comes along. She can see… Read more »

Sep 01
Emmy & Oliver

Emmy & Oliver

Book Review, Contemporary, Kat, Young Adult 0 ★★★★

The real and sweet story of two kids who were friends before one is kidnapped by his father and is returned ten years later. Oliver’s kidnapping had repercussions beyond his own family and has affected Emmy’s upbringing with strict helicopter parents. A story of finding yourself, what’s true, and each other. The love story part really is secondary to the story of Emmy and Oliver discovering themselves. I enjoyed all the nuances the author thought of and what might happen… Read more »

Aug 31
Flowers from the Storm

Flowers from the Storm

Book Review, Favorites, Kat 0 ★★★★★

I don’t typically venture over to the world of pure romance novels, though after this I maybe should more often. I was wary this might be a bodice-ripper, but it was not at all. This is an older book published in 1992 I think? Anyways, the story of a mathematician who is also a rakish (aren’t they always?) duke who suffers a stroke. A Quaker woman whose blind father has been writing a math book with the duke is adrift… Read more »

Aug 25
The Wrath and the Dawn

The Wrath and the Dawn

Book Review, Fantasy, Kat 0 ★★★★½

Before this book I had no desire to read A Thousand and One Nights. This book was inspired by it and I found the premise so intriguing. This boy king killing all his wives…but you get a little from him that makes you think it isn’t so much his choice. The girl whose best friend was a former wife and her vow to kill the murderous boy king. She survives night after night by telling him stories and they start… Read more »