The Dead Queens Club by Hannah Capin (ARC): Fresh, Exciting, and Unflinchingly a Big Mood™

5 stars A clever contemporary YA retelling of Henry VIII and his wives (or, in this case, his high school girlfriends), The Dead Queens Club tells the story from the perspective of Annie Marck aka Cleves, a 17-year-old aspiring journalist who meets Henry at summer camp. Beingn girlfriend number four is hard, and Cleves is the only girlfriend to … Continue reading The Dead Queens Club by Hannah Capin (ARC): Fresh, Exciting, and Unflinchingly a Big Mood™

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Ask Gordon: An Advice Column for the Characters in Your Own Worst Enemy (+Giveaway!)

Loyalties will be tested as three political candidates vie for the presidential spot in this satire about a high school student government race. (Which is eerily accurate to my own high school, despite it being a satire and my high school...not being a satire.) Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Gordon Jack's … Continue reading Ask Gordon: An Advice Column for the Characters in Your Own Worst Enemy (+Giveaway!)

An Open Letter to Anyone Who Reads Reviews

Honestly, today's discussion is pretty straightforward and can be boiled down into one phrase (at the end, of course), but I still feel the need to emphasize certain points for any person who reads reviews. There's a whole entire community (aka the book community) dedicated to books and also reviewing books and reading reviews. And this … Continue reading An Open Letter to Anyone Who Reads Reviews

Love These Books & TV Series? Then Check Out Girl at the Grave by Teri Bailey Black! (+Giveaway & Review!)

Do you love Stalking Jack the Ripper, Gothic or Victorian settings, murder mysteries, and/or giveaways? Then you're totally in the right place! Welcome to the Girl at the Grave blog tour! Today I have a post straight from the awesome author about ten mystery novels or TV shows you'll love if you loved Girl at the Grave (but this … Continue reading Love These Books & TV Series? Then Check Out Girl at the Grave by Teri Bailey Black! (+Giveaway & Review!)

I Am Still Alive by Kate Alice Marshall: Another Survival Story

3 stars Jess hasn't seen her off-the-grid dad in over a decade. But after a car crash kills her mother and leaves Jess injured, she's forced to live with him in the remote Canadian wilderness. But when her dad's past pays a visit, Jess is left stranded with a burned cabin and a murdered father.She … Continue reading I Am Still Alive by Kate Alice Marshall: Another Survival Story

Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart: A Fierce, Feminist Fantasy That Fights Oppression

4.5 stars Sisters Serina and Nomi have very different fates: one in the palace, one in prison. Serina has been groomed her whole life to be a Grace, someone to stand by the heir to the throne as the shining, subjugated example of a perfect woman, while Nomi, her rebellious younger sister, has been groomed … Continue reading Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart: A Fierce, Feminist Fantasy That Fights Oppression

Sanctuary by Caryn Lix (DRC): Corporations, Creepy Aliens, and Captive Guards

4 stars Prison-guard-in-training Kenzie's dedication to the most powerful corporation in the solar system, Omnistellar Concepts, will falter, despite her life of training to become one of their elite guards. She would sacrifice anything to propel herself forward, but a routine drill goes sideways and she is taken hostage by rioting prisoners. At first, she’s … Continue reading Sanctuary by Caryn Lix (DRC): Corporations, Creepy Aliens, and Captive Guards

Freshmen by Tom Ellen & Lucy Ivison (DRC): College Life and Coming Strife

3 stars Phoebe can't wait for everything's to come with college--she'll be better than ever and maybe have a chance with her childhood crush Luke who is conveniently attending the same college as her. Luke finds himself redefining who he is and dumping his long-term, long-distance girlfriend, as well as changing nearly everything about his … Continue reading Freshmen by Tom Ellen & Lucy Ivison (DRC): College Life and Coming Strife

Furyborn by Claire Legrand: Queens Divided by Centuries

4 stars Two queen separated by centuries hold the power to save the world...or doom it. Queen Rielle exposes her powers in all seven of the elements--something unheard of except in a prophecy of two queens, one of light and salvation and the other of blood and destruction. Rielle must prove her standing as the … Continue reading Furyborn by Claire Legrand: Queens Divided by Centuries