Shatter Me Trilogy – Am I Being Punked by the Whole YA Community?

shatter me-3After strong urging from the little sister to read the Shatter Me trilogy, I finally gave in. (Well, to be honest, she sent me her extra copies of the books, so it was like I was almost doubly obligated to read them.)  With little hesitation, I finally dove into this bizarre, kind-of-a-mess-but-you-keep-reading-anyway series, and… I have a lot to say now.

On one hand, I am really glad I checked these books off of my “absolute must read YA books” list, but on the other hand I kept thinking to myself: “these are not the type of books I like WHAT AM I DOING!?”

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I Want Superpowers – I really do though…

Stephen Bereznai

Published November 26th, 2016

Standalone (FOR NOW)


I always get a teeny bit nervous when an author sends me an email asking me to review their book, whether the book piques my interest or not.   The reason being that a year ago when I really dedicated myself to the book world and reviewing books seriously (rather than the old “it was good!” reviews I used to write when I first started using Goodreads), I told myself that I would always be honest with how I felt, whether I enjoyed a book or subsequently did not.   I would never advocate for something that I didn’t like, but the thought of writing a negative or critical review of book that I have had interaction with the author with… now that is the stuff of nightmares.  However, when Steven Bereznai shot me an email a couple of months ago asking me to read his book, I Want Superpowers, I was really, REALLY intrigued, and said yes without so much as a second thought.
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Lauren Oliver

Published February 3rd, 2011 by HarperTeen

Delirium #1

30198509This review is going to be mostly an audio book review.  Mostly?!  What in the world does that mean?  Well, dear friends, it means that I downloaded this book to listen to while I walked my dogs in the evening, but I found myself so utterly consumed by the story that I needed to read it in my off time too.  So, I bought the whole trilogy on Amazon Prime one Friday night (2 day shipping is amazing!), had the series for Sunday, and continued reading/listening even when I wasn’t out for my nightly walk.

Also, just a note before I get into the actual review: the paperback republished copies are about 1000 times more attractive than the original covers, with the girl’s face on them.  Don’t know what I am talking about?  Don’t worry about it, you don’t need to see that nonsense.

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The Bone Season

Samantha Shannon

Published August 20th, 2013 by Bloomsbury

The Bone Season #1

17199504I don’t often give myself the luxury of re-reading a book, I mean, there are SO MANY UNREAD BOOKS THAT I OWN.  However, as a Bone Season Advocate, I wanted to re-read the first two books in The Bone Season series in preparation of the third book being released in March 2017.

And, while I enjoyed The Bone Season last April when I read it for the first time, reading it again this month I can walk away and say I loved this book!  The depth of this story is downright amazing, and while there are some parts that I would classify “information overload”, the world/underworld of Scion London is fascinating and addicting.

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The Forgetting 

Sharon Cameron

Published September 13, 2016 by Scholastic Press


28691932I have had an ARC of The Forgetting sitting by my bedside since I received it at BookCon back in May of this year. I thought that it looked interesting, but I wanted to read it and review it closer to the release date. Confession time: The Forgetting is actually the first and only ARC I have so far received during my time as a book blogger, and honestly they just hand out stacks of these at the convention anyway. So, I really am not that special, although for the sake of my pride I will pretend to be.

Take a look at this gorgeous cover, seriously, its beautiful. Now tell me what this book is about. You can’t right?! I love when book covers suck you in, but do not reveal anything.

Nadia lives in the city of Canaan, where life is safe and structured, hemmed in by white stone walls and no memory of what came before. But every twelve years the city descends into the bloody chaos of the Forgetting, a day of no remorse, when each person’s memories – of parents, children, love, life, and self – are lost. Unless they have been written.

In Canaan, your book is your truth and your identity, and Nadia knows exactly who hasn’t written the truth. Because Nadia is the only person in Canaan who has never forgotten.

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April OwlCrate Unboxing!

I love, love, love subscription boxes.  I remember last summer when I first started stalking bookstagram accounts, I was seeing OwlCrate boxes randomly show up on my feed…and I thought to myself, “I need that in my life”.

I signed up for their waiting list, which I was on for a solid month and a half before I received that glorious email: Subscribe Now!  And subscribe I did.

The greatest thing about subscription boxes (bookish and non-bookish), is that every month is like a mini Christmas present, or a birthday treat.  Even if not everything in the box is to your liking, you can always find someone else that you can re-gift to.  But since this is specifically about OwlCrate, and it is my first post on such items, I want to briefly highlight what I like most about this wonderful company:

  1. I have been subjected to several books I would never have picked up on my own, and that I would classify as being ‘outside of my comfort zone’.  Whether or not I have enjoyed all of them is irrelevant.  It is about broadening my reading horizons, and I love this.
  2. Bookish merch for #bookstagram photos.  ‘Nuff said.
  3.  Letters from the authors of the book featured.  This is probably my favorite part about the box.  They feel so much more personalized and put together.  It makes my heart happy to be reminded that there are real people who put together these books and boxes.

So without further ado, I present the April OwlCrate box: dystopia!

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