Megan Meade’s Guide to the McGowan Boys – Kate Brian

855800Megan Meade’s Guide to the McGowan Boys by Kate Brian

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: Book Outlet
Published: 2005
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Recommended Age: 12+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Romance, Sports, High School, Siblings, Hormones, Boys Being Stupid


REVIEW:

This is one of those books with a concept that is interesting and original and yet there’s no way I would want to trade places with the main character. Continue reading

Bring Me Their Hearts – Sara Wolf

35144326Bring Me Their Hearts by Sara Wolf

My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Received: Library
Published: 2018
Publisher: Entangled: Teen
Recommended Age: 12+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Magic, Witches


REVIEW:

This is a pretty easy story to read, but maybe too easy. I finished the first hundred pages in no time, and yet when I pondered what I had actually read, I realized that there wasn’t much substance in those hundred pages. It’s a lot of the main character talking about things and constantly being her sarcastic self. I don’t mind sarcasm at all, if it’s in a witty conversation, but when someone is talking to themselves – thinking – and they’re being sarcastic all the time, I’m just like, ”Who are you performing for and why? Those are supposed to be your intimate thoughts that we just so happen to have access to and yet you’re thinking like you know someone is there to read your mind.” Continue reading

Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel – Sara Farizan

20312458Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel by Sara Farizan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Borrowed
Published: 2014
Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers
Recommended Age: 13+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, LGBTQIA+, Romance, High School, Friendship, Family


REVIEW:

I don’t know about you, but I feel like I’ve been in a book slump since the beginning of this whole confinement situation. Sure, I’ve finished a couple of books and enjoyed a few too, but it just hasn’t been the same at all. Continue reading

Serpent & Dove – Shelby Mahurin

40024139Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Library
Published: September 2019
Publisher: HarperTeen
Recommended Age: 14+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Fantasy, Magic, Witches, Forbidden Love, Devotion, Family


REVIEW:

Serpent & Dove is one of those fantastic fantasy books that completely deserve being devoured, as slowly or as fast as you wish. It will increase your interest with each new chapter, so much that its 500 pages will have felt like 300 by the end. Shelby Mahurin doesn’t reinvent witches, but she does do something interesting with the concept and the use of magic. The forbidden love part sure was exciting, too, and I dare say I’m counting down the days until the release of book 2. Continue reading

I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You – Ally Carter

852470I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You by Ally Carter

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Received: Bought
Published: 2006
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Recommended Age: 11+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Friendship, Adventure, Boarding School, Romance


REVIEW:

I can’t believe it had been four years since I last read this book. It’s a shock because four years ago my life was different than it is today and so was I. I couldn’t wait to reread this book, not just because I had missed it but also to see how I would react to it now that I’m four years older and with more experiences behind me. Continue reading

Short Negative Review: I Owe You One – Sophie Kinsella

I Owe You One
I Owe You One by Sophie Kinsella

My rating: 1 of 5 stars
Received: Library
Published: 2019
Publisher: Dial Press
Recommended Age: 13+
Genres & Themes: Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Family Drama, Family Business, Siblings


REVIEW:

This is awful.

I considered giving it two stars, because I can’t believe I DARE give a Sophie Kinsella book a one-star rating. But look, reading this book is absolutely pointless.

I’m not even enjoying it. I just stopped at page 216 because it’s not fun, it’s pretty sad and I feel so, so bad for Fixie (whose name I absolutely hate). Continue reading

The Shadows Between Us – Tricia Levenseller

35702241The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: Raincoast Books
Published: February 25th, 2020
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Recommended Age: 13+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Royalty, Assassination, Plotting, Secrets, Feminism, Friendship


REVIEW:

Last semester, I took a theatre class. There was one specific scene that was very important in the play and it had to be done perfectly. When practicing, the actors started the scene with a lot of energy and really brought to life the characters and intensity of the story. But somehow, as the scene went on, the actors’ energy started fading slowly and the scene ended with a lacklustre atmosphere. Continue reading