May 22 2015
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Book Review: Counting Backwards

Book Review: Counting Backwards

At the start of the year, I was on a contemporary kick. When I stumbled over this on Book Outlet, I was really drawn in by the psychiatric correctional facility. I am all over that.  Mental help? The chance to see a character that isn’t Ms. Perfect? Please, let me have that! When it arrived, I had to pick it up ASAP and read it.

I was a little shocked, and I really disliked the book, at first. But about halfway in, it really started to turn around for me, and I slowly began to appreciate the novel for what it was – it wasn’t about a chance for redemption or pity, a cry for attention, but about a girl who is …

May 21 2015
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Book Review: Book Scavenger

Book Review: Book Scavenger

Book Scavenger is my 7th middle grade read of the year, and the 2nd this month. It was cute and I loved the setting, but I was actually hoping for more out of this book than I got.

It’s the story of a girl who lives the life of a nomad. Her parents have a major case of wanderlust, and it’s their goal to live in every state in the United States at some point in their lives. Unfortunately for Emily, this means she never gets to live in one place for very long, so forget about getting settled and/or making a best friend. She lives out of her suitcase.

The one thing that irritated me and wasn’t touched on until the …

May 20 2015
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Unpopular Opinions Tag

Unpopular Opinions Tag

 

In complete honesty, I love memes and tags from other users.  It really gets my mind going. When I saw this one pop up, I was a bit shy to share my thoughts. I trust my blogging friends and the reading community, and when I am the black sheep, I tend to get frustrated with myself. What did I miss? What is wrong with me? Etc etc.

Well, since I spotted some wonderful posts on this issue from Gillian and Christina, I finally decided to throw my hat into the proverbial ring, take a deep breath, and let the skeletons out to breath.


A popular book or series that you didn’t like

Throne of Glass

May 19 2015
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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Most Unrecognized Reads

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Most Unrecognized Reads

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
This week’s topic: Free!

So this week’s topic is our choice. Lyn and I figured we’d share our favorite reads that are bit more “under the radar” than the ones we usually hear about. If you’ve been on Twitter a lot lately, you might know of the QuietYA hashtag, which is pretty awesome, and what inspired us to share these books that we think deserve a lot more attention!

Lyn’s Picks

Chime (Franny Billingsley): I am honestly shocked that this book doesn’t have more coverage. The writing is so beautiful, and the twist was honestly a shock …

May 18 2015
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Book Review: Magonia

Book Review: Magonia

Those that follow me on Twitter know that I have been raving about the awesomeness of this book since I started it. I meant every word. I’ve just never read anything like this before. I knew from the blurb that I was expecting a fantasy/contemporary mash-up. That is what I got, but it’s so much more than that. What you will find in the pages of Magonia is something pretty much indescribable by words.

The book starts out with a dying girl. She has an illness that no one else in the world has ever been diagnosed with before, so they name it after her. She goes through life constantly feeling like she is suffocating on air. Her skin is tinged blue …

May 17 2015
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Book Review: Red

Book Review: Red

Before I start here, I have to take a quick moment to say that not all two & three-star reviews should be looked at badly or as a negative. I noticed that my past few reads have bordered on two-three stars at best, and this one has managed to make that same list. But does it necessarily make it a bad book? No. Just like some of the others I’ve rated the same have not always been bad either. I just have a picky rating system at times, comparing against some of my favorites that stack at four and five stars, and that can make it hard to decide what exactly to rate a book when it comes down to it …