Mini Review: Bridge of Snow (Winner’s Trilogy, #0.5) by Marie Rutkoski

Bridge of Snow by Marie Rutkoski

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Bought
Publication Date: January 28th 2014
Publisher: Tor Books
Point of View: 3rd Person
Recommended Age: 11+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Short Story, Fantasy, Love, Mythology

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Ignore the stirrings of war. Let the carriage to a royal ball wait. There is a story to be told: of a starless night, a mother and her sick son, and a mortal who falls in love with the snow god, and will do anything to have her…

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Review: No, Not that Jane Austen by Marilyn Grey

No, Not that Jane Austen by Marilyn Grey

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: Author
Publication Date: January 12th 2015
Publisher: Winslet Press
Point of View: 1st Person & Feminine
Recommended Age: 13+
Genres & Themes: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Short Stories

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The complete opposite of her parents, Jane doesn’t like reading love stories and can’t stand all things romance, but most especially she hates her name. “No, not that Jane Austen,” she’s said so many times to so many teachers, friends, and strangers, while lamenting the fact that her parents named her after one of their favorite authors, the very author who sparked their own love story.

Jane isn’t looking for a love story, and on the eve of her 18th birthday she happily considers changing her name and finally steering her life away from the self-imposed expectations that come with it, but … she meets a charming British boy on his way back home and everything she’s fought hard to control suddenly becomes irresistible.

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Review: Through the Woods by Emily Carroll

Through the Woods by Emily Carroll

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Borrowed
Publication Date: July 15th 2014
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Point of View: –
Genres & Themes: YA, Horror, Fairy Tales, Short Stories, Graphic Novel

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‘It came from the woods. Most strange things do.’

Five mysterious, spine-tingling stories follow journeys into (and out of?) the eerie abyss.

These chilling tales spring from the macabre imagination of acclaimed and award-winning comic creator Emily Carroll.

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Review: Unwrapping Hank by Eli Easton

Unwrapping Hank by Eli Easton

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Received: bought
Publication Date: November 14th 2014
Publisher: indie
Genres & Themes: New Adult, M/M romance, Contemporary, Christmas, College, Friendship, Humour, Family

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Sloane loves a good mystery. He grew up as the son of two psychiatrists, so he finds most people tediously easy to figure out. He finds his way to Pennsylvania State University, longing for a rural experience, and ends up being lured into joining a frat by Micah Springfield, the hippest guy on campus.

Nothing in Sloane’s classes is as intriguing as Hank Springfield, Micah’s brother and fellow frat house member. Hank looks like a tough guy—big muscles, tatts, and a beard—but his eyes are soft and sweet. He acts dumb, but he’s a philosophy major. He’s presumably straight, but then why does Sloane feel such crazy chemistry whenever Hank is around? And why does Hank hate Sloane so much?

When Sloane ends up stuck on campus over Christmas, Micah invites him to spend the holidays at their family farm in Amish country. It’s a chance to experience a true Americana Christmas–and further investigate the mystery that is Hank Springfield. Can Sloane unlock the secrets of this family and unwrap the heart hidden inside the beefcake? Continue reading

Review: Glitches (The Lunar Chronicles, #0.5) by Marissa Meyer

Glitches by Marissa Meyer

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: bought
Publication Date: December 5th 2011
Publisher: Tor.com
Genres & Themes: YA, Short Story, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Fairy Tale Retelling, Cinderella, Family

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Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. In Glitches, a short prequel story to Cinder, we see the results of that illness play out, and the emotional toll that takes on Cinder. Something that may, or may not, be a glitch… Continue reading

Review: Fracture Me (Shatter Me #2.5) by Tahereh Mafi

Fracture Me by Tahereh Mafi

My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Received: bought
Publication Date: December 17th 2013
Publisher: HarperCollins
Genres & Themes: YA, Dystopia, Novella, Masculine POV

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In this electrifying sixty-page companion novella to the New York Times bestselling Shatter Me series, discover the fate of the Omega Point rebels as they go up against The Reestablishment. Set during and soon after the final moments of Unravel Me, Fracture Me is told from Adam’s perspective.

As Omega Point prepares to launch an all-out assault on The Reestablishment soldiers stationed in Sector 45, Adam’s focus couldn’t be further from the upcoming battle. He’s reeling from his breakup with Juliette, scared for his best friend’s life, and as concerned as ever for his brother James’s safety. And just as Adam begins to wonder if this life is really for him, the alarms sound. It’s time for war.

On the battlefield, it seems like the odds are in their favor—but taking down Warner, Adam’s newly discovered half brother, won’t be that easy. The Reestablishment can’t tolerate a rebellion, and they’ll do anything to crush the resistance . . . including killing everyone Adam has ever cared about.

Fracture Me sets the stage for Ignite Me, the explosive finale in Tahereh Mafi’s epic dystopian series. It’s a novella not to be missed by fans who crave action-packed stories with tantalizing romance like Divergent by Veronica Roth, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, and Legend by Marie Lu. Continue reading

Review: The Working Elf Blues by Piper Vaughn

The Working Elf Blues by Piper Vaughn

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: NetGalley
Publication Date: December 17th 2014
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Fantasy, M/M romance, Christmas.

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Garnet Evergreen has never heard of an elf abandoning the North Pole for a human, but he yearns to be the first. Ever since he saw Wes, the boy with sorrowful eyes, Garnet felt an undeniable kinship. Over the years, he’s watched that boy grow into a man, and now he’s determined to give Wes a Christmas he’ll never forget. If only Garnet had thought to test his father’s sleigh before leaving…

Orphaned as a child, Wes spends every Christmas alone at his cabin. When he’s woken by a suspicious boom and finds a wrecked sleigh and an unconscious elf, he doesn’t know how to react. Wes isn’t fanciful. He doesn’t give much credence to the stories about Santa Claus and flying reindeer. But a part of him wants desperately to believe when Garnet promises forever, even if life has taught him that no one ever stays… Continue reading

Review: Sock it to Me, Santa! by Madison Parker

Sock it to Me, Santa! by Madison Parker

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: bought
Publication Date: November 12th 2012
Publisher: Smashwords
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Contemporary, M/M romance, Drama, High School, Holidays.

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Ryan is assigned to Jamie Peterson for his class’s secret gift exchange. If word gets out that he has to make a handcrafted gift for flamboyant and openly gay Jamie, Ryan will be the laughing stock of the school. It’s a good thing no self-respecting boy would be caught dead in a craft store, because otherwise he’d be at risk of being spotted when his mom drags him to her weekly craft workshops. He hopes Jamie will appreciate all the trouble he’s going to for this assignment. Finding the perfect gift is gonna be tricky. Jamie deserves something good, though, after all the crap he has to put up with at school. At least, Ryan tells himself that’s the reason he’s putting so much thought into the gift. It couldn’t be that he has feelings for Jamie, could it? Continue reading

Review: Sand and Ruin and Gold by Alexis Hall

Sand and Ruin and Gold by Alexis Hall

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: NetGalley
Publication Date: September 22nd 2014
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, M/M romance, Short Story.

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Once upon a time . . . that’s how the old stories always begin.

Once upon a time there was a king of a fallen kingdom. He was just and he was beloved. Or so the numbers said. One day, he gathered together the greatest, wisest minds in all the land—not sorcerers, but scientists—and he bade them fashion him a son. A prince. A perfect prince to embody his father’s legacy.

The scientists each brought the prince a gift: beauty, strength, ambition, intellect, pride. But they must have forgotten something because when he saw the mermaids dance at the Cirque de la Mer, he ran away to join them.

For a year, he trained them, performed with them, thought he was happy. For a year he thought he was free. But then Nerites came: A merman who refused to be tamed. A captive from another kingdom. A beast in a glass cage.

The old stories always end with happy ever after. But this isn’t one of the old stories. This is a story of princes and monsters. Continue reading

Review: Puddle Jumping by Amber L. Johnson

Puddle Jumping by Amber L. Johnson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Received: bought
Publication Date: July 1st 2014
Publisher: Self Pub
Genres & Themes: NA, Contemporary, Fiction, High School, Friendship, Disability.

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When it comes to love there’s no such thing as conventional.

Everyone thinks Colton Neely is special.

Lilly Evans just thinks he’s fascinating.

Once friends when they were younger, their bond is cut short due to her accident prone nature and they go their separate ways. Years later, they meet again and Lilly learns that there is something special about the boy she once knew, but she has no idea what it all means. And she’s not sure if she’s ready to find out.

When he walks through the corridor of her school the first day of her senior year, she knows that it’s time to get to know the real Colton Neely. The more she learns, the deeper she falls.

Their friendship grows into love, even as Colton does not express it in words. But one decision threatens to break down the world that Lilly has tried so hard to integrate into and she must figure out if the relationship can survive if they are apart. Continue reading