Posted in Book Reviews, Disney-Hyperion, NetGalley

Review | Poison by Bridget Zinn



Poison by Bridget Zinn

Disney-Hyerion | March 12, 2013 | 288 pages


ARC from publisher by request. Thank you Disney!

My Grade

Plot: 5

Setting: 5

Writing: 5

Originality: 5

Characters: 5

Romance: 5

Overall: 30/30! 100% A+++!!!

Title/Cover Bonus: 5


An adventurous tale of a master potioner set to save her world with the help of a piglet, Rosie, a traveler, Fred, and his wolf-dog Langley. Full of mystery, laughter and loyalty. A must read by an amazing author.

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Posted in Book Reviews, Harlequin Teen, NetGalley

Review | Hooked (Hooked #1) by Liz Fichera



Hooked by Liz Fichera

January 31, 2013 | Harlequin Teen | 368 pages


eARC via NetGalley

My Grade

Plot: 3

Setting: 5

Writing: 4

Originality: 5

Characters: 3

Romance: 3

Overall: 23/30 = 76% C

Title/Cover Bonus: 2


A pretty depressing story of an Indian girl named Fred on an all boys golf team who is subjected to routine bullying.

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Posted in Book Reviews, Books To Read, Highly Recommend, Must Read, NetGalley, Publisher, Scholastic

Review | The Dark Unwinding by Sharon Cameron

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[amazon_link id=”0545327865″ target=”_blank” ]The Dark Unwinding[/amazon_link] by Sharon Cameron

Scholastic Press | September 1, 2012 | 336 pages

Launch Party

Monday, August 27, 6:30-8 pm

Parnassus Books, 3900 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville, TN 37215


eARC from publisher via NetGalley

My Grade

Plot: 5

Setting: 6

Writing: 5

Originality: 6

Characters: 5

Romance: 5

Overall: 32/30!! A++++

Title/Cover Bonus: 5


An engrossing tale of a strange old man who loves his playtime, a niece who learns to love playtime too, amoung other things, a house full of endearing servants, tunnels and a most unusual self sustaining estate.

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Posted in 2012 Debut Author, Best of 2011, Book Reviews, HarperCollins, NetGalley, Read in 2011

Review: Under the Never Sky (#1) by Veronica Rossi

Under the Never Sky (#1) by Veronica Rossi

HarperCollins (January 03, 2012 ), 384 pages

$11.98 (Amazon)


eARC via NetGalley.

My Grade

Plot: 5

Setting: 5

Writing: 5

Originality: 5

Characters: 5

Romance: 5

Overall: 30/30! Totally engrossing!

Title/Cover Bonus: 5


An epic journey to find a mother, save a child, and bond one barbarian of a male to one strongwilled girl.

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Posted in 2012 Debut Author, Book Reviews, Feiwel & Friends, NetGalley, Read in 2011, Release Day!

Review: Cinder (Lunar Chronicles, #1) by Marissa Meyer

Cinder (Lunar Chronicles, #1) by Marissa Meyer

Feiwel & Friends (January 3, 2012) 400 pages

$12.09 (Amazon)

First 5 Chapters FREE via Amazon Kindle!


ARC received from publisher and eARC via NetGalley.

My Grade

Plot: 5

Setting: 5

Writing: 5

Originality: 5

Characters: 5

Romance: 5

Overall: 30/30! Astonishing!

Title/Cover Bonus: 5


Brilliant retelling of the Cinderella fairytale with a new cultural setting, sci-fi elements and a cyborg of a girl and one level headed handsome Prince.

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Posted in Book Reviews, Fantasy, Highly Recommend, Mira, NetGalley, Read in 2011

Review: Touch of Power (Healer, #1) by Maria V. Snyder

Touch of Power (Healer, #1) by Maria V. Snyder

Mira (December 20, 2011)

$10.17 (Amazon)


eARC via NetGalley.

My Grade

Plot: 5

Setting: 5

Writing: 5

Originality: 5

Characters: 5

Romance: 5

Overall: 30/30! AMAZING!

Title/Cover Bonus: 5


An amazing epic journey of one girl and several young men, all with the intent to save one King’s life, by Kerrick’s forceful hand at least.

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Posted in Awesome Authors, Book Reviews, Books To Read, Highly Recommend, Must Read, NetGalley, Read in 2011

A Must Read Preview: Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley

So, I started this book last night and finished it this afternoon. I’ve written my full review for it already. (Aren’t you proud!?)

The problem I’m having is that IT WAS SO FREAKING GOOD! I have to share it with you now. A little bit any way. The other problem is that it doesn’t come out until Valentine’s Day 2012!

It’s available on NetGalley so if you’re a member go grab this now and read it!

So, read this little bit of my review that’ll post in full on Feb. 13, 2012. You will love this book if you love YA Romance at all. Think Simone Elkeles.

Graffiti Moonby Cath Crowley272 pages, Knopf Books for Young Readers, (2012-02-14)

$11.46 (


So much swoon I nearly died by heart bursting! An epic tale of finding love, acceptance, painting, and broken noses.

Summary (Goodreads)

Senior year is over, and Lucy has the perfect way to celebrate: tonight, she’s going to find Shadow, the mysterious graffiti artist whose work appears all over the city. He’s out there somewhere—spraying color, spraying birds and blue sky on the night—and Lucy knows a guy who paints like Shadow is someone she could fall for. Really fall for. Instead, Lucy’s stuck at a party with Ed, the guy she’s managed to avoid since the most awkward date of her life. But when Ed tells her he knows where to find Shadow, they’re suddenly on an all-night search around the city. And what Lucy can’t see is the one thing that’s right before her eyes.

Most Memorable Scene

Goodness me! There are way too many. The scene where Malcolm finds Ed and Lucy in the park is one of the best! Lucy sure knows how to handle herself.

“Why don’t you give it to Leo? Wait, I know, it’s because you’re scared of him, you cockroach-eating-coward motherfucker.”

I look at her. “Motherfucker?”

“Motherfucker,” she says.

“The next one to call me a motherfucker takes the message,” Malcolm says.

Motherfucker“, Lucy and I say together.


Gah! This book is so packed with so much swoon it’s not even funny! I thought for sure my heart was going to burst a few times with the amount of “Awwww” that came pouring out of some of these scenes! I was a giddy teenaged girl all afternoon! Yes, I read this in only one afternoon! It’s amazing and you have to know what happens and it’s so easy to read the words just flow into you and fill you with pure joy.

Preorder this book. I promise you won’t regret it!

Posted in NetGalley

I Heart @NetGalley! #NetGalleyMonth

<img class="alignleft" title="I I’m a huge fan of NetGalley. I request a ton of review copies and each time I’m approved I get excited! The only sad thing is that I don’t always get to them before their release date and sometimes never get to them.

Why do I love NetGalley? The main reason is because I own and love a Kindle.

I receive a fair amount of print advance review copies (ARC) that also fall into the category of me being excited for receiving the book to it ulitmately just sitting on my To Be Read bookshelf but the difference with NetGalley is there’s NO WASTE; except the little bit of electricity it took to click “request”.

I’ve read quite a few NetGalley titles over the past couple of years that I’ve been a member. This montage includes all the titles I’ve requested and been approved to read but haven’t necessarily read and reviewed.

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Jess (The Cozy Reader)’s net-galley book montage

My Soul to Keep
The Birthday Ball
Majix: Notes from a Serious Teen Witch
Adios, Nirvana
The Mermaid's Mirror
The Clearing
Inside Out
The Darkest Passion
Two Moon Princess
The Iron Daughter
The Iron Queen
The Iron Knight
One Hundred Candles

Jess (The Cozy Reader) Kennedy’s favorite books »

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The main reason I wanted to post today was because I received an email from NetGalley this morning letting me know that a much anticipated book is ready to be read!



Posted in NetGalley, OMG! I wantz it!, Rachel Vincent, Shifters

OMG! ALPHA by Rachel Vincent

I don’t know if you know how much I just LOVE NetGalley right now but OMG!


I helped promote Rachel’s bus tour a month or two ago and the reward for doing that was an advance copy of ALPHA via ebook!!!!!

I just started reading it on my Kindle, and I’m dying of excitement. Oh Rachel how you tease us with this opening! I stopped reading it so I could post about it real quick. Check out my First Line Friday on, well, Friday for the first line of ALPHA. I’ve heard that Rachel released the first chapter of ALPHA so you may have already seen the first line but damn is it a good one.

Alpha (Shifters Book 6) by Rachel Vincent

480 pages

Mira, (2010-10-01)

$7.99 (

Off to read this. I will probably get it done today or tonight! OMG!

Posted in In My Mailbox, NetGalley

In My Mailbox: Week 18

I didn’t get anything in the mailbox but I got a few in my inbox. 🙂

Thanks to NetGalley and the lovely publishers that are using their services I received the following e-ARCs for review.

NetGalley e-ARCs

  The Mermaid’s Mirror by L. K. Madigan

Lena has lived her whole life near the beach – walking for miles up and down the shore and breathing the salty air, swimming in the cold water, and watching the surfers rule the waves – the problem is, she’s spent her whole life just watching.

As her sixteenth birthday approaches, Lena vows she will no longer watch from the sand: she will learn to surf.

But her father – a former surfer himself – refuses to allow her to take lessons. After a near drowning in his past, he can’t bear to let Lena take up the risky sport.  

Yet something lures Lena to the water … an ancient, powerful magic. One morning Lena catches sight of this magic: a beautiful woman – with a silvery tail.

Nothing will keep Lena from seeking the mermaid, not even the dangerous waves at Magic Crescent Cove.

And soon … what she sees in the mermaid’s mirror will change her life …–


The Clearing by Heather Davis

Amy, a sixteen-year-old recovering from an abusive relationship, moves to the country to start a new life with her aunt–all she wants is for everything to be different. In the clearing at the back of Aunt Mae’s property, she makes an amazing discovery—Henry, a boy stuck in the endless summer of 1944. Henry and his world become Amy’s refuge and she begins to learn that some moments are worth savoring. But when the past and present come crashing together, both of them must find the courage to face what is meant to be, even if it means losing each other forever. –Goodreads

  Adios, Nirvana by Conrad Wesselhoeft

When you piss off a bridge into a snowstorm, it feels like you’re connecting with eternal things. Paying homage to something or someone. But who? The Druids? Walt Whitman? No, I pay homage to one person only, my brother, my twin.
       In life. In death.

Since the death of his brother, Jonathan’s been losing his grip on reality. Last year’s Best Young Poet and gifted guitarist is now Taft High School’s resident tortured artist, when he bothers to show up. He’s on track to repeat eleventh grade, but his English teacher, his principal, and his crew of Thicks (who refuse to be seniors without him) won’t sit back and let him fail. –Amazon

  The Wake of the Lorelei Lee (Bloody Jack Adventures) by Louis A. Meyer

I’m pretty sure this is a series and I’m not sure which number this one is, however, I do plan to read this series and I’m very much looking forward to reading it!

  The Iron Daughter (Harlequin Teen) by Julie Kagawa

This is book two of the Iron Fey series. The Iron King was book one.

The Iron King (Harlequin Teen) by Julie Kagawa

Manifest (Kimani Tru) by Artist Arthur

Krystal Bentley is an outsider at her new high school, having just moved to a small Connecticut town. Lately she’s been hearing the voice of a teenage boy in her head, and he has become her friend and confidant. The only problem is, he’s dead… –Goodreads


Majix: Notes from a Serious Teen Witch (Harlequin Teen) by Douglas Rees

Kestrel (don’t call her Susan) Murphy is angry. Forced to leave her posh San Francisco Bay Area home by her father’s illness, she’s living in Jurupa (sounds like vomiting), Southern California. It’s too hot. The people are stupid. And you have to chew the air to get the oxygen out of it. On the plus side, Kestrel is a witch. Well, a witch-in-training. And she’s going acquire the magic she needs to get her life back to normal. At first, she barely notices the people around her-Aunt Ariel, who’s taken her in and is herself a well-known white witch; Jose Iturrigaray, the quiet, talented young artist; Blake Cump, troublemaker extraordinaire; Laura Greenwood, who wants to be Kestrel’s friend. But life has its own magic, and gradually Kestrel finds that much of one’s success as a witch lies in being open to it. –Goodreads

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