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September 7, 2018

BOOK REVIEW: THE HAZEL WOOD by Melissa Albert

When THE HAZEL WOOD came across my path, it absolutely sounded like it was my kind of book. Fairy tales, but the dark side of them, blending into reality. What wasn’t there for me to enjoy? Plus, the cover art is absolutely stunning. One hundred percent I was into this book. And I was delighted to find that it seemed to absolutely live up to every expectation I had.

…Yeah, you hear that “but” coming too, don’t you?

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February 8, 2017

BOOK REVIEW: GILDED CAGE by Vic James

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I was provided a free ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

I knew from the moment I saw the description of this book that I was going to want to read it. Having seen the cover, read the description…when it showed up in a NetGalley email to me, I knew that I had to request it.

I was not disappointed.

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September 21, 2016

BOOK REVIEW: DREAMS OF GODS AND MONSTERS by Laini Taylor

It’s been a long time since I read the first two books in this series. I fairly well mainlined them when I first got them, entranced by the world Karou and Akiva were showing me. It’s not surprising; I’ve always liked angels. But this one stayed out of my grasp for a while, and after I bought it, life caught up to me and I couldn’t manage to do much. But finally, I grabbed it off the shelf and said okay, it’s time to finish this series.

Of course, I still didn’t read it as fast as I might have liked. And in the end, I’m wondering if that worked against me.

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August 24, 2016

BOOK REVIEW: THE INSTITUTE by Kayla Howarth

I’m fairly certain I picked this up as a freebie somewhere along the line, though I don’t remember where or when. (This happens to me a lot. It’s what I get for randomly downloading free books constantly.) Despite the market being super saturated with young adult dystopian stories, I’m still game to read most of them. I always walk in a bit dubious, since many of them all end up sounding alike, but I’m ever hopeful

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May 18, 2016

BOOK REVIEW: THE SELECTION TRILOGY by Kiera Cass

I thought about reviewing these books separately, but I read them in such quick order one after the other, I think it’s fair to put America’s whole story into one review.

I came across THE SELECTION, book one in this trilogy, in a Barnes & Noble several months ago when I was on a bit of a book buying spree. It seemed like it might be interesting, so I hopped onto Goodreads just to see what some reviewers were saying about it.

The first page was filled with one-star reviews. Needless to say, I didn’t buy it.

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April 30, 2016

BOOK REVIEW: SUFFER LOVE by Ashley Herring Blake

I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

I didn’t know much about this book from NetGalley’s description. The description is incredibly short, and only indicates that it’s a YA romance where “a teenage girl falls for the wrong guy.” I’ll admit that I get easily burnt out on YA romances, but for whatever reason, this one spoke to me. Maybe it was the cover, maybe it was the fact that the description gave me so little to go on. But I requested the title, took a chance, and read Sam and Hadley’s story.

I’m incredibly glad I did.

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April 13, 2016

BOOK REVIEW: DOROTHY MUST DIE by Danielle Paige

Okay, so I’ll admit. I’m a huge fan of Wicked, both the musical and the book. I’ve seen The Wiz, both on stage and the movie. I haven’t actually seen the original Wizard of Oz movie all that often, and nor have I had a chance to read the books. But I love the story, and the characters, and the whole lot of it.

So…when a book called DOROTHY MUST DIE shows up on the shelf near me…it’s gonna demand some attention.

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April 6, 2016

BOOK REVIEW: THIS IS WHERE IT ENDS by Marieke Nijkamp

I’ve been excited to read this since I first found out that the book existed and was going to be published.  As with too much of the rest of the country, I have a strange fascination with tragedy and why it happens, so a book about a school shooting is right up my alley. (Particularly since it’s a fictional shooting. Real death = sad.) If nothing else, I wanted to see how the author approached it, particularly since it’s told in multiple perspectives.

I’m not sure I could have adequately prepared for this book.

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April 2, 2016

BOOK REVIEW: UNDER THE EMPYREAN SKY by Chuck Wendig

This is book one of the Heartland trilogy.

I’ve finally obtained, and read, a book one of a Chuck Wendig series.

yesssssssssss

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March 30, 2016

BOOK REVIEW: THE BOOK OF LOST THINGS by John Connolly

I’ve always been torn on how I should approach book reviews: whether to write the review immediately after reading the book, or waiting a bit and seeing how the book stays with me and then writing the review. Sometimes however, the decision is made for me just because of my schedule–and that’s the case with this one. It’s been a bit since I read this book, so I have a chance to see how much of the book has stayed with me over time–an important trait for a book to have, in my opinion.

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