The Edge of Everything, by Jeff Giles | Book Review #213

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29566060For the perfect love, what would you be willing to lose?

It’s been a shattering year for seventeen-year-old Zoe, who’s still reeling from her father’s shockingly sudden death in a caving accident and her neighbors’ mysterious disappearance from their own home. Then on a terrifying sub-zero, blizzardy night in Montana, she and her brother are brutally attacked in a cabin in the woods—only to be rescued by a mysterious bounty hunter they call X.

X is no ordinary bounty hunter. He is from a hell called the Lowlands, sent to claim the soul of Zoe’s evil attacker and others like him. X is forbidden from revealing himself to anyone other than his prey, but he casts aside the Lowlands’ rules for Zoe. As they learn more about their colliding worlds, they begin to question the past, their fate,  and their future.


The Edge of Everything, by Jeff Giles, is a Young Adult Fantasy/Paranormal Romance.

The Edge of Everything is an adventure that I didn’t think I would ever go on! Meaning, I don’t think that I’ve ever read a book quite like The Edge of Everything, before. Continue reading

One Was Lost, by Natalie D. Richards | Book Review #212

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28321033Damaged. Deceptive. Dangerous. Darling. Are they labels or a warning? The answer could cost Sera everything.

Murder, justice, and revenge were so not a part of the plan when Sera set out on her senior camping trip. After all, hiking through the woods is supposed to be safe and uneventful.

Then one morning the group wakes up groggy, confused, and with words scrawled on their wrists: Damaged. Deceptive. Dangerous. Darling. Their supplies? Destroyed. Half their group? Gone. Their chaperone? Unconscious. Worst of all, they find four dolls acting out a murder—dolls dressed just like them.

Suddenly it’s clear; they’re being hunted. And with the only positive word on her wrist, Sera falls under suspicion…


Natalie D. Richards is at it again! Another YA Mystery that is filled with quite a thrill and intrigue. Once I found out that this story was indeed a Thing™, I wanted to read the story ASAP. And then one day I was at the library and SHABAM, there it was. On the shelf, like it was there waiting for me.

There’s only one point of view in One Was Lost, and that point of view is from Sera. Continue reading

Six Months Later, by Natalie D. Richards | Book Review #211

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17343998She has everything she’s ever wanted. But not her memory…

When Chloe fell asleep in study hall, it was the middle of May. When she wakes up, snow is on the ground and she can’t remember the last six months of her life. 

Before, she’d been a mediocre student. Now, she’s on track for valedictorian and being recruited by Ivy League schools. Before, she never had a chance with super jock Blake. Now he’s her boyfriend. Before, she and Maggie were inseparable. Now her best friend won’t speak to her.

What happened to her? Remembering the truth could be more dangerous than she knows…


I’m going to get it out there and say that Six Months Later was everything I expected the story to be and more. Six Months Later is the first book I read by Natalie D. Richards. I’m so glad that I read this book!

Since Six Months Later is a YA Mystery, I can’t say too much or I’ll spoil something, so I’m going to try my hardest not to spoil anything. Continue reading

Hereafter, by Tara Hudson | Book Review #210

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9256414Can there truly be love after death?

Drifting in the dark waters of a mysterious river, the only thing Amelia knows for sure is that she’s dead. With no recollection of her past life—or her actual death—she’s trapped alone in a nightmarish existence. All of this changes when she tries to rescue a boy, Joshua, from drowning in her river. As a ghost, she can do nothing but will him to live. Yet in an unforgettable moment of connection, she helps him survive.

Amelia and Joshua grow ever closer as they begin to uncover the strange circumstances of her death and the secrets of the dark river that held her captive for so long. But even while they struggle to keep their bond hidden from the living world, a frightening spirit named Eli is doing everything in his power to destroy their newfound happiness and drag Amelia back into the ghost world . . . forever.

Thrilling and evocative, with moments of pure pleasure, Hereafter is a sensation you won’t want to miss.


I’ve had this book on my shelf…for a few years. It feels like ten years has passed by, but I know it was only maybe..3 or 4 years (hopefully, at most) that I’ve had Hereafter on my shelves. And what I have to say about Hereafter is…iffy. Not good, but not entirely bad, either.

The initial factor that drew me into wanting to read Hereafter was the fact that the main character is a ghost, and that she herself realizes that she’s dead. But the real kicker for me was that Amelia can’t remember anything about herself or her past. Or how she died.

For the most part, I did enjoy reading Hereafter. I really, really wanted to love this book. However, that really wasn’t the case.  Continue reading

Beautiful Creatures, by Kami Garcia, & Margaret Stohl | Book Review #209

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6304335‘Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she’s struggling to conceal her power, and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.

Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town’s oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.

In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything.’


I’ve had Beautiful Creatures on my shelf for a few years now, and I can’t believe that it took me 4+ years to get around to reading it. ….And then managed to read said book within 10 days. Continue reading

The Lightning Thief, by Rick Riordan | Book Review #208

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28187‘Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can’t seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse—Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy’s mom finds out, she knows it’s time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he’ll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island), where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea. Soon a mystery unfolds and together with his friends—one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena—Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld (located in a recording studio in Hollywood) and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods.’


The story and writing flows well, which was something that I both did and did not expect from this book. I’m surprised though by the fact that each time I picked up The Lightning Thief, the story was as interesting as it was when I put the book down. Continue reading

Always and Forever, Lara Jean, by Jenny Han | Book Review #207

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30312860Lara Jean is having the best senior year a girl could ever hope for. She is head over heels in love with her boyfriend, Peter; her dad’s finally getting remarried to their next door neighbor, Ms. Rothschild; and Margot’s coming home for the summer just in time for the wedding.

But change is looming on the horizon. And while Lara Jean is having fun and keeping busy helping plan her father’s wedding, she can’t ignore the big life decisions she has to make. Most pressingly, where she wants to go to college and what that means for her relationship with Peter. She watched her sister Margot go through these growing pains. Now Lara Jean’s the one who’ll be graduating high school and leaving for college and leaving her family—and possibly the boy she loves—behind.

When your heart and your head are saying two different things, which one should you listen to?


Always and Forever, Lara Jean, is the third and final book in the To All the Boys I’ve Loved trilogy, by Jenny Han.  Continue reading

Mechaninca, by Betsy Cornwell | Book Review #206

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25897875‘Nicolette’s awful stepsisters call her “Mechanica” to demean her, but the nickname fits: she learned to be an inventor at her mother’s knee. Her mom is gone now, though, and the Steps have pushed her into a life of dreary servitude. When she discovers a secret workshop in the cellar on her sixteenth birthday—and befriends Jules, a tiny magical metal horse—Nicolette starts to imagine a new life for herself. And the timing may be perfect: There’s a technological exposition and a royal ball on the horizon. Determined to invent her own happily-ever-after, Mechanica seeks to wow the prince and eager entrepreneurs alike.’


When I heard that Betsy Cornwell had come out with another book, I was intrigued and excited. Then I heard that her new (at the time) book, Mechanica was a rendition on the Cinderella story, my excitement died down a little. I mean, there were so many Childhood story renditions coming out left, right and centre. However, I held the faith that Mechanica would be interesting.  Continue reading

Starr Lost, by Kim Briggs | Book Review #205

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33383577‘A Starr falls, and a family is found.

On the run from the Organization, Starr and Christian find safety on the Qualla Boundary with their friends, Ben and Coda, but Starr needs answers. She owes her dear dead friends, Sami and Jody, that much. She forms a team of her own to fight the general and his recruits.

Di, a mutual friend and anti-everything is a no-brainer, plus her Taser will come in handy. Frank, Starr’s BFF, will put his life on the line for her. Ben and Coda, not to be outdone by Starr’s friends, also swear their allegiance. Christian’s the only hold out. He knows what the Organization is capable of. He has the beaten body to prove it, but when Starr wants something, she gets it.

Now that the team’s together, everything should be perfect. Trouble is Starr loves Christian but so does Di. And Frank, well, he’s never been very good at hiding his love for Starr. Will his four-year long crush on her threaten the safety of the team?

Life becomes tense on the Qualla Boundary, sparks fly, and the Organization is about to smash in their door.’


Starr Lost is the second book in the Starr Fall series by Kim Briggs. The series is a Young Adult Thriller. I really enjoyed the first book, Starr Fall, so when I was asked by the author to read and review Starr Lost I hopped onto the chance and said yes! Continue reading

P.S. I Still Love You, by Jenny Han | Book Review #205

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20698530Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter.
She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever.
When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once?

In this charming and heartfelt sequel to the New York Timesbestseller To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, we see first love through the eyes of the unforgettable Lara Jean. Love is never easy, but maybe that’s part of what makes it so amazing.


P.S. I Still Love You is the second book in the duology-turned-trilogy, written by Jenny Han.

P.S. I Still Love You is a YA Contemporary.

The first time I read this book, I remember that some parts felt more dragged out than they should have been. Continue reading