Shutter by Courtney Alameda

Shutter by Courtney Alameda

March 26, 2015 Reviews 1 ★★★½

I received this book for review from the publisher, this does not influence my review or my thoughts on the book. To be honest, I picked up Shutter because of all the good praise surrounding it, and I’m happy to say that Shutter did not disappoint! As part of the Helsing family, Micheline has been hunting ghosts for her whole life. With her crew of heart-breaker Jude, hunky Ryder and techy Oliver, Micheline and her friends have been a team for years. But when a hunt goes awry, the crew finds themselves with one week to save themselves- and the city. I am not lying when I say that the plot was INTENSE! It was twist after twist and the plot was just amazing. I loved it! Within the plot, the romance was great. I’m usually iffy about romance that develops before the book does, but it worked really well in Shutter. I could really feel the connection between Ryder and Micheline and… Read more »


So You Want To Go To BEA? ~Tip #4: These Are Your People!~

So You Want To Go To BEA? ~Tip #4: These Are Your People!~

March 22, 2015 Features & Spotlights 8

Happy Sunday lovelies and welcome to another So You Want To Go To BEA post! Today I want to talk to all my crazy shy and easily overwhelmed folks. In fact, let’s get the awkward out the way now shall we? That’s right huns…I’M A HUGGER!! One of the best parts of BEA is being surrounded by other bookish folks! Some you may have spent MONTHS talking to via twitter or email and are just now meeting; and folks you’ve never exchanged two words with but somehow become best friends by the end of the convention! This is one of the ONLY times (for me anyway) that I am around people who understand that I read for fun. People who understand WHY I really did laugh out loud while reading or who got way too emotional and sobbed. People who won’t judge me for this. That said I want to take a second and reassure the shy people that IT… Read more »


I Ordered an Erin Condren Planner!!

I Ordered an Erin Condren Planner!!

March 20, 2015 Reviews 10

I know this is typically a space for bookish thoughts and rambling but today I just HAVE to share with you guys all my feels for my latest purchase! (Warning my pictures aren’t the best but darn it I tried!) A planner?! That’s it? Not just a planner. An Erin Condren Life Planner… As many of you know I am a planner/organizational junkie. Seriously. The way many of you worship coffee is how I worship planners, organizers, sticky notes, ALL OF THAT STUFF. So obviously when I saw someone on instagram share a pic of their brand new Erin Condren planner I had to check it out. But all the shiny in the world couldn’t prepare me for the sticker shock I encountered next. You see, these planners are BEAUTIFUL and they honestly have a space for EVERYTHING. But with that awesome comes at a price STARTING at fifty bucks. That’s right. A freaking planner STARTING at 50 dollars. Obviously… Read more »


We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach

We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach

March 19, 2015 Reviews 14 ★★★★★

I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review, this does not influence the contents of my review. I am always curious about how books can blend reality and fiction into something that makes your eyes water and your heart sing. And oh my gosh, after reading We All Looked Up, it seems the boundaries between reality and fiction know no bounds for this book. It all starts when scientists discover an asteroid coming near Earth. At first, they say it’ll just pass us by and go on its merry way. But when it seems like there’s a huge possibility it will end up crashing into Earth, world as we know it is changed. Suddenly, four teenagers find themselves thrown together in unlikely odds. The jock, the lazy skateboarder, the smart one heading to Princeton and the girl with a bad reputation. In We All Looked Up, these kids struggle to find themselves and where they belong in the… Read more »


Top Ten Tuesday: Books On Our Spring TBR List!

Top Ten Tuesday: Books On Our Spring TBR List!

March 17, 2015 Features & Spotlights 6

  Top Ten Tuesday is a feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish! Shelly is off galavanting around France and Spain (RUDE right?!) so it’s just my Top Ten this week!I’m going to break it up into “ARCs” and..well not ARCs. O_O ENJOY! The Walls Around Us By Nova Ren Suma To Be Published March 24th via Algonquin Young Readers “Ori’s dead because of what happened out behind the theater, in the tunnel made out of trees. She’s dead because she got sent to that place upstate, locked up with those monsters. And she got sent there because of me.” The Walls Around Us is a ghostly story of suspense told in two voices—one still living and one long dead. On the outside, there’s Violet, an eighteen-year-old dancer days away from the life of her dreams when something threatens to expose the shocking truth of her achievement. On the inside, within the walls of a girls’ juvenile detention center,… Read more »


The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury

The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury

March 16, 2015 Reviews 0 ★★★★★

Want to know something scary and horribly sad? It is already mid March and The Sin Eater’s Daughter is the FIRST YA book I have completed this year. Sure I’ve started others (Velvet, Princess of Thorns, Save Me) but I reach a point (in Velvet I only had 100 pages to go!) and all interest is lost. Nothing compels me to finish and honestly I start to resent reading which is a big no in my book. Then I got a super awesome box from my beautiful best friend Crystal for Christmas (yes it was late but it was AWESOME). In that box was her ARC of The Sin Eater’s Daughter and I immediately jumped right in. Now I know this is usually the part in the story where I say “I couldn’t put it down” or “I read it in one sitting” but truth is it took me a little over a week to finish. Not because it was bad or… Read more »


Compulsion by Martina Boone

Compulsion by Martina Boone

March 12, 2015 Reviews 0 ★★★★½

I bought this book for myself, that does not influence my personal thoughts. I am definitely not exaggerating when I say that I haven’t read something this unique in a while. First, I am not a huge paranormal fan but damn, Compulsion totally makes me re-think my choices in sticking mainly to contemporary. Also, Compulsion was written in 3rd person past-tense, which I always have a hard time connecting with, but I think it added for the perfect atmosphere and tone. When Barrie’s aloof mother dies, she’s sent off to her estranged family’s South Carolina plantation. There may also may or may not be curses, magic/wishes, and ghosts involved. Oh and a really cute boy. Basically, it’s the perfect recipe for a great read. I had a hard time connecting to Barrie at first, because of the 3rd-person writing, but in the end, I found that the writing added the perfect level of an aloof atmosphere and it was still personal enough… Read more »


Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver

Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver

March 8, 2015 Reviews 2 ★★★

I received this book for review from the publisher, this does not influence the contents of my review.  I went into this book hoping for the best, unfortunately, I think Vanishing Girls isn’t the book for me. A few months after a tragic accident with her sister, Nick starts her summer back in her hometown of Sommerville. As a little girl, Elizabeth Snow, goes missing, the town and country launch into a huge frenzy to find her. At the same time, Nick’s sister, Dara, goes missing. Somehow, Nick thinks the two events may be related. Based on the premise, I was really excited to read Vanishing Girls. It sounds like it has the perfect mix of family relationships and thrilling suspense. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out that way for me. Vanishing Girls was a little slow-paced, and it took me a while to get into it. By the time I did get into it, I already had figured out the plot twist and just… Read more »


Vision In Silver by Anne Bishop ~ARC Review~

Vision In Silver by Anne Bishop ~ARC Review~

March 5, 2015 Reviews 1 ★★★★★

When I finished Vision In Silver, at a little after 1 am I quickly went onto Goodreads to write a quick review. It wasn’t detailed or full of gifs and at the end I said “full review to come”. Looking back now, that impulsive mini review is the best review I can give Vision In Silver: Every so often we are fortunate enough to finish a book and can only stop and revel in the greatness you just finished. A book that was so great that you just pause like, for 5 or so minutes, to reflect on all the highs/lows/twist/turns and everything in between you just experienced. Vision In Silver is that book. Murder of Crows is that book. Written In Red is that book. If you’ve made it this far into the series you know what to expect. You know that there will be times when the story lulls but you also know that upon finishing it is… Read more »


Vision in Silver by Anne Bishop

Vision in Silver by Anne Bishop

March 3, 2015 Reviews 1 ★★★★★

~Spoiler-free for the entire series~ I received an eARC from the publisher for review. This does not affect the contents of this review. First and foremost, I should probably mention some bias. I absolutely LOVE this series. And I probably can’t review it fairly, even if I wanted to. When I received the email approving my request to read Vision in Silver from Edelweiss, I swear I jumped up and down. I should probably be judging my choices, but honestly, I can’t even if I wanted to. THIS BOOK IS THAT GOOD. For those who haven’t read the first two books, I will keep this fairly spoiler-free. Basically, this book/series takes place in a world where the terra indigene rule. This race can change between human and their natural human forms, which can include the following: Bear, Wolf, Fox, Coyote, Crow,etc. But that’s not all! There are also vampires, and Elementals- creatures that can control the elements. Basically, the world is one scary place for… Read more »