2015 Challenge Update

The middle of August is a strange time to be doing my first update on my 2015 challenges, but I haven’t gotten around to it until now. Let’s see how I’m doing. Series Enders Challenge: I haven’t read any of the books I had planned, but September is for Sequels is coming up and I plan to sign up for that in the next few days, so I’ll probably just try to read them all next month. Debut Author Challenge: {Read More}

Review: Carter’s Big Break by Brent Crawford

After surviving freshman year (just barely), Carter is craving his summer break. Unfortunately, when he and his girlfriend, Abby, part ways, it looks as though summer just might break him. Things start to look up when he’s unexpectedly cast in an independent film opposite the world’s biggest tween sensation, Hilary Idaho. With Hollywood knocking on his door, Carter gets a taste of the good life. But as the film spirals out of control, he begins to fear that he’s not {Read More}

Review: The Truth about Twinkie Pie by Kat Yeh (Audiobook)

Take two sisters making it on their own: brainy twelve-year-old GiGi (short for Galileo Galilei, a name she never says out loud) and junior-high-dropout-turned-hairstylist DiDi (short for Delta Dawn). Add a million dollars in prize money from a national cooking contest and a move from the trailer parks of South Carolina to the Gold Coast of New York. Mix in a fancy new school, new friends and enemies, a first crush, and a generous sprinkling of family secrets. Title: The {Read More}

Review: The Vampires of Manhattan by Melissa de la Cruz (Audiobook Review)

The Vampires of Manhattan is “hipster horror”–the memorable characters from her Blue Bloods series are older and cooler than before, trying to build “Millennial” lives in the bustle of Manhattan while battling forces of evil and, of course, each other. Hero of this sexy, paranormal action tale is Oliver Hazard-Perry, former human conduit, and Manhattan’s only human-turned-vampire, now the head of the Blue Bloods Coven. When his all-too-human lover is found murdered on the eve of the coven’s annual Four {Read More}

Review: Panic by Lauren Oliver (Audiobook Review)

Panic began as so many things do in Carp, a dead-end town of 12,000 people in the middle of nowhere: because it was summer, and there was nothing else to do. Heather never thought she would compete in Panic, a legendary game played by graduating seniors, where the stakes are high and the payoff is even higher. She’d never thought of herself as fearless, the kind of person who would fight to stand out. But when she finds something, and {Read More}

Audiobook Review: If I Stay & Where She Went by Gayle Forman (SPOILERS)

WARNING: THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR BOTH IF I STAY AND WHERE SHE WENT. I’m reviewing both books in one post because I listened to the audiobooks back-to-back and didn’t get my If I Stay review written before I finished Where She Went. Choices. Seventeen-year-old Mia is faced with some tough ones: Stay true to her first love—music—even if it means losing her boyfriend and leaving her family and friends behind? Then one February morning Mia goes for a drive {Read More}

Audiobook Review: Carter Finally Gets It by Brent Crawford

Meet Will Carter, but feel free to call him Carter. (Yes, he knows it’s a lazy nickname, but he didn’t have much say in the matter.) Here are five things you should know about him: 1. He has a stuttering problem, particularly around boobs and belly buttons. 2. He battles Attention Deficit Disorder every minute of every day unless he gets distracted. 3. He’s a virgin, mostly because he’s no good at talking to girls (see number 1). 4. He’s {Read More}

Audiobook Review: Deja Demon by Julie Kenner (Adult)

Between attending gala fundraisers for her husband’s political campaign, training her teenage daughter to wield a crossbow and a stiletto, pottytraining a toddler, and her increasingly complicated personal life, Kate Connor hardly has time to prepare for the impending chaos of a neighborhood Easter party that has her enslaved to dying hundreds of hard-boiled eggs. Keeping the local kiddos in line will take all of Kate’s skills as a mother and demon hunter, just when she’ll need them the most. {Read More}