YA fiction

Review: Detached by Christina Kilbourne


Before I begin my review for Detached, I first want to thank Dundurn Press for the opportunity to be a part of this blog tour. Tomorrow (September 10th, 2016) is World Suicide Prevention Day, and I am more than grateful to be able to talk about this very sensitive yet important subject right here on my blog. For those of you who already know me, you’d know that I have dealt with (and still am dealing with) mental illness first hand. For years my depression and anxiety consumed me, and I am now finally just getting comfortable with talking about it. On that note, through this blog tour for Detached, I gladly took the opportunity to speak out (more) on mental illness. I also want to thank Christina Kilbourne for writing such a powerful novel that hit very close to home for me. (more…)


Interview with J.M. Storin: author of The Paladin



*photo taken by me*

I’m so excited to announce that today we are doing something a little different and entirely new to my blog! Jessica Storin, the author of the Young Adult fantasy novel “The Paladin,” was kind and sweet enough to let me work with her and have her answer some interview questions. I prepared 15 questions for her that would sure be of interest to you if you loved The Paladin or if you are simply an up-and-coming author looking for some insight or advice on publishing your first novel!

As you guys may or may not know, I was lucky enough to have received a signed copy of The Paladin before its release date (which was on April 8th, 2016) from Jessica herself. While you won’t always find my nose buried in Young Adult fantasy novels, I do love giving indie authors a chance to wow me with their work. And that, my lovely bookworms, is just what Ms. Storin did for me! Which is why I have decided to reach out to her and have an interview with her featured on my blog. She is just an all around sweet person and gives off such a positive vibe that is more or less contagious. I agree with a lot of her views and am more than proud and impressed of her success. (more…)

Review: Crank by Ellen Hopkins

Crank by Ellen Hopkins

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My Rating: ★★★★★

My Review/thoughts:

flashed me back to a time
when Mom and Dad were still together
if you could call
miles apart together.

Having divorced parents and knowing firsthand what it’s like to have to deal with the constant bickering, words thrown at each other back and forth between two people you love, this verse struck very close to home. I was pulled right in. (more…)

Review: The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson #4) by Rick Riordan

The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan

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My Rating: ★★★★☆

My Review/thoughts:

Another Percy Jackson series book down, which means another book review that must be done. First and foremost, I am surprised that I am still into this series as much as I am. To begin with, I’m not very big on reading series in general. I seem to have a difficult time keeping up with series that has more than three books. I was worried that I was going to lose interest by the third book (which I think is still the best book out of all the books in this series so far, by the way). (more…)

Review: The Titan’s Curse (Percy Jackson #3) by Rick Riordan

The Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan

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My Rating: ★★★★★

My Review/thoughts:

There’s no arguing with me on this: this was a lot better than the second book. The Titan’s Curse was jammed pack with action AND new characters. I loved everything about this book and there was never a single dull moment for me!

Needless to say, I felt engaged with everything that was happening in this book and I felt more connected to the characters this time around. (more…)

Review: The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson #2) by Rick Riordan

The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 2)

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My Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3.5/5)

My Review/thoughts:

What I love most about Rick Riordan’s books is that they are quick reads. I can always count on his books to be an easy one to follow through. I finished The Sea of Monsters in less than 24 hours in total. However, (more…)