The Secrets We Keep by Trisha Leaver

The Secrets We Keep by Trisha Leaver

April 28, 2015 Reviews 0 ★★

I received a copy of this book from the publisher, this does not influence my review. I have to start this review stating my own bias: I have a twin, and this heavily influences the way I read The Secrets We Keep. But let me back up first, what is The Secrets We Keep actually about? Maddy and Ella are twins as different as night and day, although they look identical. One night, Ella picks up Maddy from a party and after a fight, Ella accidentally crashes the car. Maddy is killed in the accident. Consumed by guilt, Ella assumes Maddy’s identity because she feels that’s the right way to honour her sister’s memory. When Ella discovers shocking details in Maddy’s past, will she reveal who she is or will she go on with the charade? I have to admit that the premise of The Secrets We Keep was intriguing. I’m not a huge fan of books featuring twins but I thought this seemed… Read more »


Stop & Chat ~TBR Lists~

Stop & Chat ~TBR Lists~

April 26, 2015 Features & Spotlights 6

It’s been too long my lovelies!! I’ve been so busy with moving and school and my baby cakes that blogging has fallen to the wayside for me. Thank heavens for Shelly or else RSR would probably be no more. O_O But enough of that! Today I have a topic that’s actually been on my mind for a while now. TBR List Ok, so I am a firm believer that a TBR list is never ending. I don’t use GR to make realistic “to be read” list and I am in serious awe of people who do. Honestly, if you look at my GR list (which are out of control but I’m working on it) there are two main shelves I have. One is my, “to-read” shelf which is made up of books I own and have yet to read (about 200 or so)…..oops.   Then I have my “to buy/borrow” shelf which is basically all the books I want to… Read more »


The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey

The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey

April 23, 2015 Reviews 4 ★★★★

I received a copy of this book from the publisher, this does not influence my review. I’m not a huge fantasy fan but with so much praise surrounding this debut, I decided to give it a chance, and I’m definitely glad I did! The Girl at Midnight definitely manages to combine fantastic world-building with a thrilling plot to make one hell of a debut novel. Echo had been living with the Avicen, a feather-covered species that stayed in the burrows of New York, since her early childhood. But being a human has still marred her as an outsider that just doesn’t belong. But she considers herself close-to-home with the Avicen and when the opportunity arrives to possible bring about peace for the Avicen and their enemies, Echo goes to search for this elusive legend. Soon, an unlikely band of misfits emerge to find The Firebird, and hopefully help everyone they know. Essentially, it’s a recipe for awesome. I loved Echo. She is… Read more »


Becoming Jinn by Lori Goldstein

Becoming Jinn by Lori Goldstein

April 21, 2015 Reviews 0 ★★★½

I received this book for review from the publisher, that does not influence my review. I’m not usually into paranormal books, but I love reading interpretations of mythological creatures/beings, and Becoming Jinn sounded like the perfect mix of contemporary fiction + supernatural! Azra has always known she’s a Jinn. Her mother, and her grandmother and her great-grandmother (and so on) were also Jinn and this ability (if that’s the right word) is passed down from generation to generation. When Azra turns 16, she’s finally able to use her powers and grant wishes for humans. But, there are plenty of strings attached- and these rules are set out by the Afrit, a council that overrules all Jinn. Becoming Jinn explores themes of coming-of-age, rebellion, family and self-acceptance. It’s a whirlwind of great messages that blend into an entertaining story. I loved the world-building of Becoming Jinn. While there are some info-dumps in the beginning, I think the Jinn world was very well explained and definitely… Read more »


New to the shelf: LGBT Books

New to the shelf: LGBT Books

April 18, 2015 Random Ramblings 9

I’ve been on a mission to read more LGBTQIA+ books and I have compiled what I consider an extensive list. To my knowledge, a lot of these revolve around a lesbian or a gay main character so if you know books that feature characters with different sexualities, please please please give me the title below! Also, most of these are contemporary books (which I do love) but if you know any fantasy/sci-fi books featuring an LGBT character, please leave me the suggestions! *GR links at the bottom*                         My Best Friend, Maybe by Caela Carter Lies My Girlfriend Told Me by Julie Anne Peters Not Otherwise Specified by Hannah Moskowitz  The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth  Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel by Sara Farizan Alex As Well by Alyssa Brugman The Summer I Wasn’t Me by Jessica Verdi  Golden Boy by Abigail Tarttelin  Hero by Perry Moore  The Bermudez Triangle by Maureen Johnson Naomi and… Read more »


Things We Know by Heart by Jessi Kirby

Things We Know by Heart by Jessi Kirby

April 16, 2015 Reviews 1 ★★★½

I received an electronic copy of this book. This does not effect the contents of my review! I am a huge contemporary fan, and when I heard about this unique-sounding novel, I had to request it! Quinn’s boyfriend passed away over a year ago, and now she is searching for the person who received his heart through an organ donation. But when she finally meets Colton, the person who has his heart, she is unsure what to think. As Quinn and Colton get to know each other better, Quinn is forced to remember what she lost. Quinn’s story was very moving, and a little depressing. But still, I am not sure how I truly feel about Things We Know by Heart. I liked the plot, and the flashbacks and character development were definitely well-written but I feel like something is missing. I think it’s the lack of connection I had with the main character.  I could really see her pain, but I… Read more »


Dream A Little Dream by Kerstin Gier

Dream A Little Dream by Kerstin Gier

April 14, 2015 Reviews 0 ★★★½

I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review. This does not influence my review. I loved the premise of Dream A Little Dream. I mean, meeting people in your dreams that you haven’t met before and then recognizing them at a new school the next day? Seems pretty awesome! When Olivia (Liv) moves to London and starts school at the prestigious Frognal Academy, things get … mysterious. She starts having dreams featuring the resident “popular boys” from her school in her dreams. But when they seem to share dreams and remember her all the same, things get a little tricky. Basically, it sounds like a recipe for greatness. I loved the plot of Dream A Little Dream. It was a little slow at first but when the action picked up, the book flew by! The world building was amazing and I really liked the dream world and how it worked. The world was amazing, and I’d totally want to see… Read more »


All the Rage by Courtney Summers

All the Rage by Courtney Summers

April 10, 2015 Reviews 3 ★★★★★

I received a copy of this book from the publisher, this does not influence the contents of my review. I am a huge contemporary fan but I am vastly behind on reading books revolving deeper issues, as I tend to stray towards light and fluffy ones. As I realize that books help shield some horrors from the world, there are some topics that we can’t ignore, like rape and victim blaming. When Romy Grey gets raped by the son’s sheriff, no one believes her. To protect their golden boy, the entire town shuns Romy and refuses to believe her. When Romy’s old friend, Penny, goes missing, Romy must piece the parts of her past in order to figure out what that means for Penny and what she lost. All the Rage was definitely not an easy book to read. Topics like this never are. But nevertheless, I read on. Despite the unpleasant topic, I found myself wanting to keep reading…. Read more »


The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things by Ann Aguirre

The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things by Ann Aguirre

April 7, 2015 Reviews 4 ★★★★½

I received an ARC of this from the publisher, this does not influence my review.  I have heard great things about Ann Aguirre’s NA books so when I heard about a new romance YA from her, I was definitely interested! Sage has been living for 3 years with her aunt in a small quaint town. She’s been mostly trying to keep her head down and make sure that everything goes according to plan. But when Shane enters her geometry class, everything changes. As things between Shane and Sage grow, the two must struggle to recover from their pasts before they can learn to be themselves. I’ll admit the beginning of The Queen of Bright & Shiny Things was a little slow to start but once Shane was introduced, I couldn’t keep my eyes away. I loved the instant attraction between Sage and Shane, and how their relationship grew more realistically (they even went on a date!). The plot was definitely full of high… Read more »


Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

April 2, 2015 Reviews 7 ★★★★★

A huge thanks to Jaime at Fic Fare for giving me her extra ARC! When I first read the synopsis for Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, I was hooked. A cute LGBT with many references to Oreos? SIGN ME UP! You guys don’t know how happy I am that I loved Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda so much. I am eagerly waiting for my pre-order so I can re-read it again. Simon and Blue have been emailing for a while now. When someone threatens to expose Blue and Simon (who are both not-openly gay), Simon has to struggle to deal with the threat to his newfound happiness, and learn to get out of his comfort zone. *Oh and they email somewhat-anonymously so Simon has no idea who Blue is, which is always fabulous* First off, the characters are just wonderful. I loved reading about Simon and his cute story with Blue. Gahhhh, I shipped them SO HARD! Their emails had me laughing… Read more »