Top Ten Tuesday: Hidden Gems of Both HistFic and YA

Top Ten Tuesday: Hidden Gems of Both HistFic and YA

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly list making meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, and it’s one of my favorite things about book blogging! Each week is a fun new topic for us all to flail over, and I love creating my own list just as much as I love perusing everyone else’s! I’ve found both amazing books to add to my TBR pile, and amazing people to add to my life! This week’s topic? Top Ten Hidden Gems (Five of Which Are Historical Fiction) (Five of Which are YA/MG) (& Two of Which Are Series) Ok, so let’s start by getting one thing out of the way. Each and every one of these books (and for the series, every book within said series) has less than TWO THOUSAND ratings on Goodreads. This, to me, is a travesty upon travesties. Each one of these books got at least 4 stars from me, if not FIVE GLOWING stars. I mean, FIVE GLOWING STARS and not even 2,000 ratings?! What even goes on, amirite?! If this post can get even one person to add even one of these books to their TBR, I will consider it a massive success … if I can […]

Top Ten Tuesday: Series I’ve Been Meaning to Start

Top Ten Tuesday: Series I’ve Been Meaning to Start

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly list making meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, and it’s one of my favorite things about book blogging! Each week is a fun new topic for us all to flail over, and I love creating my own list just as much as I love perusing everyone else’s! I’ve found both amazing books to add to my TBR pile, and amazing people to add to my life! This week’s topic? Top Ten Series I’ve Been Meaning to Start (…but haven’t) Just one small precursory thing before y’all start reading this … I really have no good excuse for any of this. *hangs head* Okay, so I’ve owned Finnikin of the Rock for about, oh, um, three years now?? I really have no good excuse for why I haven’t started this series yet, especially considering it has (wonderfully) wrecked so many of my friends’ lives!! I have read two of Susanna Keasley’s books and they were both SO. DAMN. GOOD. I own 4 (FOUR!) of her other books, but have yet to read them (two of which are from this series, The Slains). The best reason I can come up with is that her books are very […]

Series Review | The Warriors by Erin Hunter

Series Review | The Warriors by Erin Hunter

Into The Wild | Fire & Ice | Forest of Secrets | Rising Storm | Dangerous Path | Darkest Hour I read this series alongside my brothers when they were younger, and I remembered it being so completely absorbing. (Also, there’s nothing like your senior year AP Calc teacher asking you what you are reading under the desk and having to show the class that it’s a book about tribes of warrior cats living in the forest …) I was in a bit of a slump earlier this summer, and I have a friend whose daughter has just started this series and I was just REALLY itching to get back into this world … so I decided to reread all of them. It turned out to be one of the best decisions I made all summer, because I seriously forgot how much I loved these books and the cats within them. It seems like such a silly thing for a woman who is just shy of her 30th birthday to get all absorbed in BUT YOU JUST DON’T UNDERSTAND UNTIL YOU’VE READ THEM. Or maybe I’m just a really nostalgic reader, who knows?! Either way, I seriously want to get at […]

Mini Review: The One With the Princess Who’s Flunking Algebra

Mini Review: The One With the Princess Who’s Flunking Algebra

The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot Published: Oct 17, 2003 by Listening Library (Originally Published: 2000) Source: Audio, Audible Length: 5 hrs, 46 mins Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary Date Read: 05/01/16 – 05/02/16 GR Rating: 3.75★ My Rating: 3★ What It’s About: She’s just a New York City girl living with her artist mom… NEWS FLASH: Dad is prince of Genovia. (So that’s why a limo meets her at the airport!) DOWNER: Dad can’t have any more kids. (So there’s no heir to the throne.) SHOCK OF THE CENTURY: Like it or not, Mia Thermopolis is prime princess material. THE WORST PART: Mia must take princess lessons from her dreaded grandmère, the dowager princess of Genovia, who thinks Mia has a thing or two to learn before she steps up to the throne. Well, her father can lecture her until he’s royal–blue in the face about her princessly duty—no way is she moving to Genovia and leaving Manhattan behind. But what’s a girl to do when her name is PRINCESS AMELIA MIGNONETTE GRIMALDI THERMOPOLIS RENALDO? *Overall much preferred the movie although I can definitely see the appeal for teens This was the book that the 2001 film starring Julie Andrews and Anne Hathaway was […]

Series Review | The Lynburn Legacy by Sarah Rees Brennan

Series Review | The Lynburn Legacy by Sarah Rees Brennan

Unspoken | Untold | Unmade This is a series that I had heard a lot about (albeit not always coherently) from a lot of people – but somehow it took FOREVER to fully get on my radar and even LONGER THAN FOREVER to fully get on my TBR. (I mean, put it this way – I read this series in 2016 but the paperback of Unmade was published in 2015. So. Yeah. They’ve been out for a while.) A lot of my bookish friends count these as some of their all time favorite books, and I’ve got to say that I had more than just a little bit of trepidation going into this – what if I didn’t like them? What if I didn’t *get* it? What it these just didn’t work for me? So, uh, without further ado, let’s just see how I ended up feeling about this series. 😉 What It’s About (Briefly): Kami Glass loves someone she’s never met . . . a boy she’s talked to in her head ever since she was born. She wasn’t silent about her imaginary friend during her childhood, and is thus a bit of an outsider in her sleepy English town of Sorry-in-the-Vale. […]

Series Review | Castles Ever After by Tessa Dare

Series Review | Castles Ever After by Tessa Dare

Romancing the Duke | Say Yes to the Marquess | When a Scot Ties the Knot The first in the Castles Ever After Series, Romancing the Duke, was recommended to me by my friend Morgan @ Gone With the Words (and it was originally reviewed back in January). I enjoyed it (giving it 4 stars), but I didn’t really think much more on it, the author, or the series. Historical Romance isn’t really something I’ve read much of, and I didn’t quite know if I wanted to continue (even though I readily admitted it was a quite fun detour from my usual reading fare). Enter Gillian @ Writer of Wrongs. This lady FLEW through some of Tessa Dare’s books, bringing out all the other Dare fans … and after some of the massively fun flailing that went down, I felt like I just couldn’t at least give the others in the series a try. What did I end up thinking, when it was all said and done? Well, basically … that I’m a dolt, and this books are hilarious and sweet and steamy and just SO. MUCH. FUN. Keep reading for some individual reviews below! What It’s About: As the daughter […]

Mini Review: The One Where “Perfect Book was Perfect”

Mini Review: The One Where “Perfect Book was Perfect”

Grounded by Megan Morrison Published by: Arthur A Levine 4/28/15 Source: Library, Hardcover, 384 pgs Date Read: Nov 30-Dec 06, 2015 Genres: Fantasy, MG, Fairytale Retelling GR Rating: 4.18 What It’s About: In all of Tyme, from the Redlands to the Grey, no one is as lucky as Rapunzel. She lives in a magic tower that obeys her every wish; she reads wonderful books starring herself as the heroine; her hair is the longest, most glorious thing in the world. And she knows this because Witch tells her so—her beloved Witch, who protects her from evil princes, the dangerous ground under the tower, even unhappy thoughts. Rapunzel can’t imagine any other life. Then a thief named Jack climbs into her room to steal one of her enchanted roses. He’s the first person Rapunzel’s ever met who isn’t completely charmed by her (well, the first person she’s met at all, really), and he is infuriating– especially when he hints that Witch isn’t telling her the whole truth. Driven by anger at Jack and her own nameless fears, Rapunzel descends to the ground for the first time, and finds a world filled with more peril than Witch promised … and more beauty, […]