Published by: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Order at: Amazon
Reviewed by: Alex
What to Expect: A teen comes into his own when he exposes the truth about a hate crime…with art.
Published by: Samhain Publishing
Genre: NA M/M Romance
Reviewed by: Judith
AJ Cousins, my new go-to golden girl of LGBTQ NA, is back and back with a vengeance. For those not in the know, this is book 2 in her highly praised Bend or Break series, the first of which was Off Campus (I adored it & you can read my review to find out why) featured a bisexual jock down on his luck and his hot traumatized gay roommate. The antagonist of that book – aka the evil resident life worker who makes their lives hell – is actually the hero of Nothing Like Paris. Well, I use hero loosely cause all through book one, Jack was a douche and shocker of shockers, he’s STILL a douche at the beginning of this one! But more about that in a bit…
Yoohoo! Hello! Hello over there!! Can you see me? Hello? It’s me, Judith? You probably won’t recognize me and if you do, you’re all probably a wee bit pissed at me for, ya know, not blogging or reviewing or even maintaining the site really over the last few months. But don’t be. I’m here on my knees ready to grovel.
“Why’d you leave us, Judith?!” That’s the big question. Guys, I am so sorry but this dumb thing called “day-to-day life” just kept getting in the way. At first it was just asking me to make dinner and you know, clean for a bit (and by clean I totally mean put dishes in the dishwasher and nothing else). Then it started eating up my available time with homework assignments, girl scout troop meetings, working 8 hours a day, laundry…and we can’t forget that pesky husband and the never ending, extended houseguests. It got so bad that at one point I actually considered stopping blogging altogether.
The sudden collective gasp you guys just put out is enough to make me think, “whew!” I did the right thing by not dumping the blog.
So here’s the deal. I promise to get you guys some quality reviews over the next few weeks because me, Ellen, and Onni have been reading up a storm. I also promise not to go AWOL again.
Now, this brings me to the awesome photo montage portion of this post.
On May 28 and 29th, Ellen and I took NYC by storm (not a difficult feat considering we both live in NJ) and attended BEA 2014. It was our 3rd time and we had a blast. We spent all of Thursday checking out the various authors and taking in the scene:
We learned that at least two of the five main cast members of How I Met Your Mother + one member of The Office had written books!
Some of our idols of childhood:
And we met up with some amazing bloggers and authors from all over:
And the best part?! We got our hands on some new books:
So long story short: we’re back! Reviews are back! Hope you are ready for us!
Publisher: Amazon Children’s Publishing (September 11, 2012)
Reviewed by: Judith
Final Score: 7/10
I so badly want to make a joke about this book falling flat (though the title is extremely clever so mad props for that) but that joke is actually the crux of my review so am saving it for later. For now, let’s just jump right in.
After a very thrilling few hours handling a new library copy of Maggie Stiefvater’s The Raven Boys (btw get that book – difficult to get into at first but amazing in the end), it occurred to me that nobody reads enough books in paper anymore. The advent of the e-reader has robbed us of holding a proper book in our hands and turning real pages. So I decided that it was time for a giveaway (of course that’s where my mind goes! CONTEST. FREE BOOKS. DROOL.) Now this one is special in that you can choose any book that we’ve reviewed on the site and I’ll send it to you IN PAPER! Yes! That’s right,
any book that we have reviewed on this site is up for grabs and if you win, you will get it as a physical copy. No “do you want Kindle or Nook format”. No “send me your email address where you want to receive your copy of…” Oh no! If you win, you gotta send me a real live address and I will send you a real live book. If a book is only available as an e-book well…you’re out luck! Didn’t you read the part about this being a contest to win a physical book?
Like many of you, I’m an admitted LJ Smith fan. My formative years were spent reading ragged and dog-eared copies of the books, The Secret Circle, Vampire Diaries, and The Forbidden Game. I always assumed I was from some long lost branch of some long lost witch family straight out of the Night World. BTW I’m not.
Well, recently it was discovered that I never read LJ Smith’s first two books, Night of the Solstice and Sword of Valor. The ever quick witted Rebecca from Crunchings and Munchings review blog was fast to tweet, “@iloveyafiction never read them either! I’m totes thinking 1 of these for book club. You in?” Yes, friends, I am so in.
Shhh! Don’t tell Ellen: I’m back with even more Top Picks of 2012! I can’t stand that I had to leave out a few books from my Top 3. It’s been eating away at me for the last day. I mean, have you ever had to narrow dozens of great things down to just three? It’s tough work! But I did it and now I’m regretting the fact that I couldn’t include these amazing books:
The Keatyn Chronicles: Kiss Me Publisher: Bandit Publishing (November 28, 2012) Format: Kindle Reviewed by: Ellen
Plot: Picking up exactly where the first book left off, Keatyn is still at her posh boarding school far away from her family and friends in order to protect them, and herself, from creepy stalker Vincent. At school Keatyn’s days are filled with hot guys, fashion choices that make me beyond jealous, furnishing the fabulous loft she’s purchased and, oh did I mention the hot guys? I believe there’s a little school work thrown in there too but honestly, who can remember when there’s Dawson and Aiden and Riley (oh my!) to focus on?
Publisher: Bandit Publishing (August 20, 2012)
Format: Kindle edition
Plot: Sixteen year old Keatyn lives a charmed life in Hollywood. She’s the daughter of America’s sweetheart, the beautiful actress Abby Johnston and she is young, gorgeous, and rich in her own right. From the outside, Keatyn seemingly has it all. Only problem is the script that she wants her life to follow isn’t living up to the actuality: the intricacies of high school baffle her, the boy she wants to fall in love with her only sees her as a friend, a close male friend decides to spring his love on her, and her own boyfriend won’t touch her no matter how beautiful she is or how much she throws herself at him. To top it off, a stalker begins harassing her mom and eventually sets his sights on her, leaving increasingly aggressive letters in places that only a family member or close friend could get to.
Publisher: Puffin Books, 1993 and 1994
Edition: Paperback that I had to order off Ebay cause this book is outta print! NO!
90s paranormal phenomenon: werewolves
Okay you all know by now that Ellen and I are children of the 90s. This makes us roughly…years old (I’m sticking to the party line of 29) and we can still remember how awful it was to have to wait for book releases. Yes, many of you don’t have to deal with that now in the era of the Internet and Amazon but back in the olden days we sometimes waited months, other times entire YEARS, for the next in a series to be released. Ann Hodgman released the first two of her Children of the Night series back in 1993-94 and young adolescent Judith has been waiting for the third since then. That’s 18 years! 18 years for the stunning conclusion and the sad thing is…we never get it! But luckily, the author graciously told me all about what was supposed to happen so I got some closure and so will you after I review both books now. Read More