The Devil You Know by Trish Doller

The Devil You Know by Trish Doller

May 25, 2015 Reviews 0 ★★★★★

I received this book from the publisher for review, this does not influence the contents of my review. I will admit, I picked up this book because of the amazing things I’ve heard about Trish Doller, and her books all seem amazing (okay, and the cover to this one is awesome). And damn, I do not regret it one bit because The Devil You Know was just plain awesome. Arcadia, Cadie, has always wanted to see the world. She’s feeling cooped up in her small Florida town and when two handsome cousins enter the scene, she joins them on their roadtrip adventure. But when she learns that one of them may have a dangerous past, things take a twisty turn. The Devil You Know is a thrilling and suspenseful read. I loved Cadie and her personality was just amazing. She was sassy and awesome and felt so genuine to me. She made mistakes and as a teen, she realized that she made… Read more »


The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker

The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker

May 23, 2015 Reviews 4 ★★★½

I received a copy of this book for review from the publisher, this does not influence my review. I’ve read my fair share of books about witches, but I haven’t read a book about a witch hunter before, and The Witch Hunter was definitely an interesting read that mixes magic with a coming-of-age theme. Elizabeth and Caleb have been best friends since they were both little, and have grew up into witch hunters together. They were trained by Blackwell, a notorious witch hunter, who is strict on all of his hunters and the witches they catch. When Elizabeth is arrested, her only hope can be found with Nicholas Perevil, the most dangerous wizard in the entire kingdom. Elizabeth struggles to figure out if Nicholas is really as dangerous as Blackwell taught her, and if witchcraft is really something to hate. I liked Elizabeth and how tough she was. Sure, at some points she fell down and failed but I liked that she… Read more »


Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider

Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider

May 21, 2015 Reviews 2 ★★★★

I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review, this does not influence my review. I enjoyed Robyn Schneider’s debut, The Beginning of Everything and when I heard about her latest book, I decided to give this one a shot! Lane and Sadie are both residents of Latham house, a sanatorium for teens with a strand of tuberculosis that no modern medicine can cure. Lane feels as if Latham house is another burden he has to bear with his SAT prep, his AP classes and rigorous school activities. Sadie, on the other hand, has been at Latham over a year and has accepted the relaxed schedule and has found her own group of friends. When Lane and Sadie cross paths again (for they once attended a summer camp together at age 13), can they find a second chance? I think Extraordinary Means is an interesting title. The plot is unique, there isn’t too much to the plot and most of the… Read more »


GIVEAWAY ALERT! ~Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone~

GIVEAWAY ALERT! ~Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone~

May 20, 2015 Giveaways 1

Hello lovelies!! The wonderful folks of Disney-Hyperion reached out to RSR about providing one lucky and awesome reader of RSR with a copy of the highly anticipated Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone!!   Exciting yes? Well to add to that Disney-Hyperion is also adding in copies of Time Between Us and Time After Time; also by Stone! That’s an entire prize pack of Tamara Ireland Stone’s work! So, my loves! Go forth! ENTER!! And as always GOOD LUCK!   a Rafflecopter giveaway


Scarlett Undercover by Jennifer Latham

Scarlett Undercover by Jennifer Latham

May 19, 2015 Reviews 2 ★★★★

I received a copy of this book for review from the publisher, this does not influence my review!  This is basically all you need to know about this book: a Muslim-American Veronica Mars. Based on that description alone, I needed this book. Seriously, a diverse debut with all the snark and wit of Veronica Mars, I NEEDED IT. And I’m super glad that Scarlett Undercover did not disappoint! Scarlett has been an orphan for the last couple of years. With her sister now doing her residence for medical school and having already completed her GED, Scarlett is doing some private investigation. When a little girl shows up concerned about her brother’s friend, Scarlett will uncover that this mystery may relate to her own family’s dark past. Scarlett Undercover is about a snarky teen trying to connect her past to a current case, and it’s awesome. I really liked the plot. Sure, it wasn’t the most twisty or unpredictable, but it was fast-paced, action-packed and dam… Read more »


Lion Heart by A.C. Gaughen

Lion Heart by A.C. Gaughen

May 18, 2015 Reviews 0 ★★★★★

I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review, this does not influence the contents of my review. I love love LOVE the Scarlet series. And as such, I aim to keep this review spoiler-free for all those who have not read the first book yet (which I hope you will regret by the end of this review). Basically, the Scarlet series is a glorious retelling of Robin Hood where Will Scarlet, one of Robin Hood’s merry men is actually a women, disguising herself as a man to hide from her past. It involves historical retelling, action, kick-assery and all the swoons. I think a highlight of this series is the romance between Robin Hood and Scarlet. I know, I know, romance is something I usually dislike but c’mon, we are talking a cross-dressing badass and a brooding archer, WHAT IS THERE NOT TO LIKE?! The characters are both so raw and real, and the romance is not seen as a… Read more »


Made You Up by Francesca Zappia

Made You Up by Francesca Zappia

May 14, 2015 Reviews 2 ★★★★½

I received this book for review from the publisher, this does not influence my review. A girl who can’t distinguish between reality and delusion? SIGN ME UP. I have read books with characters with mental health complexities but I have yet to read a book with a character who has schizophrenia… until this wonderful beauty. Alex is schizophrenic, and has been diagnosed as such for the past 7+ years. Her meds help and she uses her camera to help her capture what is really there and what isn’t. With a new school and a new job, Alex seems like a normal girl. She just wasn’t expecting it. I loved Made You Up. It is a bit longer than most contemporaries I read but damn, it was so engaging! I literally could not tear myself away, and I definitely ignored tons of schoolwork to read it! Alex was an interesting and compelling main character, she thought similarly to me and the way… Read more »


The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley by Shaun David Hutchinson

The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley by Shaun David Hutchinson

May 12, 2015 Reviews 0 ★★★★½

I borrowed this book from my library, that does not influence the contents of my review. I heard amazing things about The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley and of course, I had to give it a chance. Of course, I do not regret this decision one bit, The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley was a spectacular book! Andrew Brawley is living in a hospital. His parents died and it was all his fault. He has nowhere to go and his parents are in the hospital- so he stays. But when Rusty ends up in the ER, half his body burned by his horrid classmates, Andrew feels hope for himself. But things at the hospital get more complicated, and Andrew is worried that Death will inevitably find him. The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley is definitely a unique book. Not only is the writing unique and definitely real, there are illustrations throughout the book- which is just magical. Mixed media books are 10000%… Read more »


Love Fortunes and Other Disasters by Kimberly Karalius

Love Fortunes and Other Disasters by Kimberly Karalius

May 11, 2015 Reviews 1 ★★★

I received a copy of this book from the publisher, this does not influence my review. A twinge of magic realism mixed with swoony romance? Sign me up! Usually, when love fortunes are told- they are expected to be positive and glowing. For Fallon, her fortune is bitter: her love will never be requited. In the town of Grimbaud, love fortunes are a tradition and Fallon’s family is graced with awesome luck when it comes to love. But when Zita’s Love Shop predicts a horrible future for Fallon, she bands with the other unfortunates of this year to take down Zita and her (100% accurate!) fortunes. Sebastion, the notorious heartbreaker, also joins the band0 he and Fallon develop a connection. Can they find love in a town rooting against them? I liked the plot of Love Fortunes and Other Disasters, the magic realism of charms and fortunes definitely helped to enhance the plot and the world-building was effective. I also loved the… Read more »


Announcing…. The Publisher Spotlight Event!

Announcing…. The Publisher Spotlight Event!

May 10, 2015 Announcements, Features & Spotlights 3

  Yes, you read that right! Starting later this month, we are going to be kicking off a huge publisher event! How big you ask? LET ME COUNT THE WAYS! Tons of bookish lists Each week starting May 31st (right after BEA hint hint) RSR will feature ONE publishing house with reviews of past releases as well as some highly anticipated upcoming ones, giveaways, interviews and just good old fashioned bookish discussions. And of course, since we are proud enablers, we’ll have list upon list of some of our all time favorite releases from each house too! Because obviously your TBR could use a little beefing up yes?! Interviews with publicists We reached out to publicist at MacMillan, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Penguin and Algonquin and we have insider tips we are DYING to share! Not only that but some of their favorite past and upcoming releases from their respective publishing houses! And, because we just can’t help ourselves, giveaways to… Read more »