September Wrap-Up and Haul!

Hello, readers!

It’s been another successful reading month, and I’m excited to share what I read and what I bought this month with you all!

Let’s get started!


1. Cinder by Marissa Meyer

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Series: The Lunar Chronicles, #1

Rating: 4.5 stars

Time I Read: 6 days

Synopsis: Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

2. The Cellar by Natasha Preston

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Series: The Cellar, #1

Rating: 4 stars

Time I Read: 3 days

Synopsis: Nothing ever happens in the town of Long Thorpe – that is, until sixteen-year-old Summer Robinson disappears without a trace. No family or police investigation can track her down. Spending months inside the cellar of her kidnapper with several other girls, Summer learns of Colin’s abusive past, and his thoughts of his victims being his family…his perfect, pure flowers. But flowers can’t survive long cut off from the sun, and time is running out…

3. The Last Good Day of the Year by Jessica Warman

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Series: N/A

Rating: 5 stars

Time I Read: 4 days

Synopsis: Ten years ago, in the early hours of New Year’s Day, seven-year-old Samantha and her next door neighbor, Remy, watched as a man broke into Sam’s home and took her younger sister, Turtle, from her sleeping bag. Remy and Sam, too afraid to intervene at the time, later identified the man as Sam’s sister Gretchen’s much older ex-boyfriend, Steven, who was sent to prison for Turtle’s murder. Now, Sam’s shattered family is returning to her childhood home in an effort to heal. As long-buried memories begin to surface, Sam wonders if she and Remy accurately registered everything they saw. The more they re-examine the events of that fateful night, the more questions they discover about what really happened to Turtle.

4. Dreaming of Antigone by Robin Bridges

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Series: N/A

Rating: 4 stars

Time I Read: 5 days

Synopsis: Andria’s twin sister, Iris, had adoring friends, a cool boyfriend, a wicked car, and a shelf full of soccer trophies. She had everything, in fact—including a drug problem. Six months after Iris’s death, Andria is trying to keep her grades, her friends, and her family from falling apart. But stargazing and books aren’t enough to ward off her guilt that she—the freak with the scary illness and all-black wardrobe—is still here when Iris isn’t. And then there’s Alex Hammond. The boy Andria blames for Iris’s death. The boy she’s unwittingly started swapping lines of poetry and secrets with, even as she tries to keep hating him.

5. Priceless: She’s Worth Fighting For by Joel Smallbone and Luke Smallbone

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Series: N/A

Rating: 4 stars

Time I Read: 12 days

Synopsis: James Stevens was, at one time, a good man with a great life. After the tragic death of his wife and losing custody of his little girl, James is at the darkest crossroad of his life. Angry, desperate, and unable to hold down a steady job, he agrees to drive a box truck on a shady, one-time trip cross country for cash—no questions asked. When he discovers what he is delivering is actually a who, the questions in his mind begin haunting him mercilessly. James becomes an unlikely hero who must fight to save the lives of two young women and finds himself falling in love with one of them. Can love, strength, and faith redefine his past and change the course of his future?


1. Dreaming of Antigone by Robin Bridges

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Series: N/A

Length: 244 pages

Have I Read It: Yes

2. Priceless: She’s Worth Fighting For by Joel Smallbone and Luke Smallbone

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Series: N/A

Length: 288 pages

Have I Read It: Yes

3. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

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Series: The Lunar Chronicles, #2

Length: 452 pages

Have I Read It: No

4. The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

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Series: The Winner’s Trilogy, #1

Length: 361 pages

Have I Read It: No

5. Althea & Oliver by Cristina Moracho

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Series: N/A

Length: 384 pages

Have I Read It: No

6. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

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Series: N/A

Length: 336 pages

Have I Read It: No


And that’s my September wrap-up and haul!

Come back tomorrow for my September book favorites!

See you then!

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My Auto-Buy Authors!

Hello, readers!

So there are a lot of authors out there that I love. But I am also very cheap. I don’t spend a ton of money on books, because I pretty much only buy paperbacks and shop at used bookstores.

But there are a few authors that I will always buy their novels, no matter the price. And today, I’m going to tell you about them!

Note: I’m going to write down the books I have for these authors, but there isn’t any author that I own every single book for. I just don’t have the money for that, but I still try my hardest to buy books from all of these authors.

Let’s get started!


1. Maggie Stiefvater

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Books I Own: Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy, SinnerThe Dream ThievesThe Raven KingThe Curiosities

Total Number: 7/12

2. Stephenie Meyer

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Books I Own: Twilight Saga series, The Short Second Life of Bree TannerThe Host

Total: 6/9

3. Rick Riordan

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Books I Own: The Lightning Thief, The Titan’s CurseThe Mark of AthenaThe House of Hades

Total: 4/27

This looks like a ridiculously low total for an author I love so much but this man is literally superhuman with the amount of books he has.

4. Lisi Harrison

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Books I Own: The Clique series, Alphas series

Total: 20/25


That’s it for my auto-buy authors!

I love these authors, and eventually I will own all the books by them. They’re all amazing and I suggest reading everything by them if you haven’t.

Come back Friday for my September Wrap-Up and Haul!

Anticipated Fall Releases 2016!

Hello, readers!

Fall is upon us, and with it comes a whole batch of new YA releases, a lot of which I’m excited about. There’s a lot of great books coming out this fall, including some installments in series that I haven’t read yet, so if you don’t see your most anticipated release on this list, it’s probably just because I haven’t read the series yet!

Let’s get started!


1. Bright Smoke, Cold Fire by Rosamund Hodge

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Expected Publication: September 27, 2016

Length: 448 pages

Summary: When the mysterious fog of the Ruining crept over the world, the living died and the dead rose. Only the walled city of Viyara was left untouched. The heirs of the city’s most powerful—and warring—families, Mahyanai Romeo and Juliet Catresou share a love deeper than duty, honor, even life itself. But the magic laid on Juliet at birth compels her to punish the enemies of her clan—and Romeo has just killed her cousin Tybalt. Which means he must die. Paris Catresou has always wanted to serve his family by guarding Juliet. But when his ward tries to escape her fate, magic goes terribly wrong—killing her and leaving Paris bound to Romeo. If he wants to discover the truth of what happened, Paris must delve deep into the city, ally with his worst enemy . . . and perhaps turn against his own clan. Mahyanai Runajo just wants to protect her city—but she’s the only one who believes it’s in peril. In her desperate hunt for information, she accidentally pulls Juliet from the mouth of death—and finds herself bound to the bitter, angry girl. Runajo quickly discovers Juliet might be the one person who can help her recover the secret to saving Viyara. Both pairs will find friendship where they least expect it. Both will find that Viyara holds more secrets and dangers than anyone ever expected. And outside the walls, death is waiting…

It’s a Shakespearean retelling! With twists and a really cool setting! Who wouldn’t be excited about this?

2. Fear the Drowning Deep by Sarah Glenn Marsh

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Expected Publication: October 4, 2016

Length: 304 pages

Summary: Witch’s apprentice Bridey Corkill has hated the ocean ever since she watched her granddad dive in and drown with a smile on his face. So when a dead girl rolls in with the tide in the summer of 1913, sixteen-year-old Bridey suspects that whatever compelled her granddad to leap into the sea has made its return to the Isle of Man. Soon, villagers are vanishing in the night, but no one shares Bridey’s suspicions about the sea. No one but the island’s witch, who isn’t as frightening as she first appears, and the handsome dark-haired lad Bridey rescues from a grim and watery fate. The cause of the deep gashes in Fynn’s stomach and his lost memories are, like the recent disappearances, a mystery well-guarded by the sea. In exchange for saving his life, Fynn teaches Bridey to master her fear of the water — stealing her heart in the process. Now, Bridey must work with the Isle’s eccentric witch and the boy she isn’t sure she can trust — because if she can’t uncover the truth about the ancient evil in the water, everyone she loves will walk into the sea, never to return.

This one’s a bit different than my usual reads, but the plot sounds really interesting and I’m curious to see what Sarah Glenn Marsh will do with it!

3. Replica by Lauren Oliver

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Expected Publication: October 4, 2016

Length: 544 pages

Summary: Gemma has been in and out of hospitals since she was born. ‘A sickly child’, her lonely life to date has revolved around her home, school and one best friend, Alice. But when she discovers her father’s connection to the top secret Haven research facility, currently hitting the headlines and under siege by religious fanatics, Gemma decides to leave the sanctuary she’s always known to find the institute and determine what is going on there and why her father’s name seems inextricably linked to it. Amidst the frenzy outside the institute’s walls, Lyra – or number 24 as she is known as at Haven – and a fellow experimental subject known only as 72, manage to escape. Encountering a world they never knew existed outside the walls of their secluded upbringing , they meet Gemma and, as they try to understand Haven’s purpose together, they uncover some earth-shattering secrets that will change the lives of both girls forever.

This book just sounds so cool! Two separate stories that meet at their ends, which is in the physical middle of the book. That sounds super confusing, but the concept is super cool and I can’t wait to read it!

4. Unblemished by Sara Ella

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Expected Publication: October 11, 2016

Length: 352 pages

Summary: Eliyana has always recoiled from her own reflection in the mirror. But what if that were only one Reflection—one world? What if another world existed where her blemish could become her strength? Eliyana is used to the shadows. With a hideous birthmark covering half her face, she just hopes to graduate high school unscathed. That is, until Joshua hops a fence and changes her perspective. No one, aside from her mother, has ever treated her as normal. Maybe even beautiful. Because of Joshua, Eliyana finally begins to believe she could be loved. But one night her mother doesn’t come home, and that’s when everything gets weird. Now Joshua is her new, and rather reluctant, legal Guardian. Add a hooded stalker and a Central Park battle to the mix and you’ve gone from weird to otherworldly. Eliyana soon finds herself in a world much larger and more complicated than she’s ever known. A world enslaved by a powerful and vile man. And Eliyana holds the answer to defeating him. How can an ordinary girl, a blemished girl, become a savior when she can’t even save herself?

This one sounds interesting, so it’ll be cool to see how this story plays out!

5. Glitter by Aprilynne Pike

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Expected Publication: October 25, 2016

Length: 384 pages

Summary: Outside the palace of Versailles, it’s modern day. Inside, the people dress, eat, and act like it’s the eighteenth century—with the added bonus of technology to make court life lavish, privileged, and frivolous. The palace has every indulgence, but for one pretty young thing, it’s about to become a very beautiful prison. When Danica witnesses an act of murder by the young king, her mother makes a cruel power play . . . blackmailing the king into making Dani his queen. When she turns eighteen, Dani will marry the most ruthless and dangerous man of the court. She has six months to escape her terrifying destiny. Six months to raise enough money to disappear into the real world beyond the palace gates. Her ticket out? Glitter. A drug so powerful that a tiny pinch mixed into a pot of rouge or lip gloss can make the wearer hopelessly addicted. Addicted to a drug Dani can sell for more money than she ever dreamed. But in Versailles, secrets are impossible to keep. And the most dangerous secret—falling for a drug dealer outside the palace walls—is one risk she has to take.

I’m so excited for this one! The story sounds exciting and suspenseful, and just really cool, so I can’t wait to pick this one up and read it!

3. The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

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Expected Publication: November 1, 2016

Length: 344 pages

Summary: Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story. Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us. The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?

I’ve been meaning to read a Nicola Yoon novel for quite a long time, and this one sounds like a really good read! I’m excited for this one!

7. Dead Girls Society by Michelle Krys

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Expected Publication: November 8, 2016

Length: 304 pages

Summary: Hope is sick of everyone treating her like she’s breakable. Sure, she has cystic fibrosis (basically really bad lungs), but she’s tired of being babied by her mom and her overprotective best friend, Ethan, not to mention worrying about paying for her expensive medication and how she’s going to afford college.And she’s bored with life in her run-down New Orleans suburb. When an invitation arrives from a mysterious group that calls itself the Society, Hope jumps at the chance for some excitement. This could be her ticket out. All she has to do is complete a few dares and she just might win some real money.
But the Society isn’t all that it seems . . . and soon Hope finds that playing the game isn’t a choice—it’s a requirement.

8. Heartless by Marissa Meyer

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Expected Publication: November 8, 2016

Length: 464 pages

Summary: Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the yet-unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend and supply the Kingdom of Hearts with delectable pastries and confections. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next Queen. At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the king’s marriage proposal, she meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into an intense, secret courtship. Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

I’m really excited for this one because I love the Queen of Hearts, and I’m really liking Marissa Meyer’s writing right now since I finished Cinder this month and plan to move on to the other Lunar Chronicles books very soon.


And those are my anticipated releases of fall 2016!

I really hope that I’ll be able to pick all of these up soon after they’re released, although some may have to wait due to my budget being a bit lower during school time.

Come back next time for another fun book post!

See you then!

A-Z Book Favorites!

Hello, readers!

I saw this great idea while I was browsing for post ideas, and I decided to do this!

Here, I tried to match every letter of the alphabet to something bookish that I love. I actually managed to do every letter except X, so I’m pretty proud  of myself!

Let’s get started!


A: Across the Universe by Beth Revis

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B: The Boyfriend List by E. Lockhart

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C: Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella

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D: The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

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E: The Everafter by Amy Huntley

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F: Finnick Odair

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G: Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

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H: Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

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I: In the Water, They Can’t See You Cry: A Memoir by Amanda Beard

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J: Jandy Nelson

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K: Kiera Cass

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L: Love, Rosie by Cecelia Ahern

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M: Maggie Stiefvater

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N: The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks

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O: Ophelia by Lisa Klein

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P: Places No One Knows by Brenna Yovanoff

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Q: Queen Amberly Schreave

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R: Rosalie Cullen

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S: Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

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T: The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo

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U: Ulrik

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V: Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

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W: Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

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X: Nothing!

Y: You’re Out of Sight, Charlie Brown! by Charles M. Schulz

Z: Zoe Nightshade

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And that’s my A-Z bookish favorites!

Come back on Thursday for my anticipated YA releases of fall 2016 (it’s the first day of fall, guys, I’m so excited).

See you then!

Dreaming of Antigone by Robin Bridges Review!

Started: September 8, 2016

Finished: September 12, 2016

Rating: 4 stars

Summary (from Goodreads): Andria’s twin sister, Iris, had adoring friends, a cool boyfriend, a wicked car, and a shelf full of soccer trophies. She had everything, in fact—including a drug problem. Six months after Iris’s death, Andria is trying to keep her grades, her friends, and her family from falling apart. But stargazing and books aren’t enough to ward off her guilt that she—the freak with the scary illness and all-black wardrobe—is still here when Iris isn’t. And then there’s Alex Hammond. The boy Andria blames for Iris’s death. The boy she’s unwittingly started swapping lines of poetry and secrets with, even as she tries to keep hating him.


Okay, I don’t even know why I’m putting the summary on this because this summary tells you nothing about this story.

A better summary: Andria, suffering from the loss of her twin sister and the loss of her freedom through epilepsy, lives day to day swapping lines of poetry with the boy who she believes is the reason her sister is dead. Through extra credit and a little bit of healing, they discover the true reasons behind Iris’s addiction and death and find a little bit more of themselves in the pieces she left behind.

Okay, now that you know what this book is actually about, let me tell you what I thought about it.

I liked this book. I thought it was a really nice contemporary read, and it fit right in with the rest of the contemporaries that I gather throughout my book buying.

I went back and forth between giving this three stars and four stars because I liked it, but it’s not like it was a stellar book. It was pretty much just your average darker contemporary read. If I had read this after Places No One Knows, you can bet that it would have gotten three stars. I obviously eventually decided on four stars, and it came down to whether or not I will reread this book at some point. And I have to admit, yes, I probably will.

I liked the plot. Even though it was kind of your generic YA contemporary plot,  I really liked it. I love stories like this generally, and this one just sounded really cool. The plot was generic, and it was very cookie cutter in terms of a contemporary story about drug addiction. Altogether, it was just a nice story to read, but that’s really all I can say about it.

The characters were also all really cool characters. Again, they were very generic and very cookie cutter, but they felt real. I could have met them, at least Trista and Natalie and Alex in a real school. Andria was where the reality sort of left me. It was only in a few places, but there were some things where I just sort of thought that I would never see someone like that in real life. Other than that, the characters were all pretty cool and enjoyable to read about. And apparently there’s another book by Robin Bridges coming out that’s Natalie’s story, and I will definitely be reading that when it’s released.

All in all, this was a nice contemporary read, no more, no less. I liked it, and I’ll probably reread it at some point, but there’s not much more that I can say about it.

Keep reading for a note about this blog!


Hello, readers!

So as the school year is finally in its usual pace, I’ve been thinking about how to keep this blog up and active while I do school work and band and all these other things.

I am now putting Reviews by Hannah on a schedule!

I’ll be posting every Tuesday and Thursday with a book tag, a recommendation post, or some kind of list!

Reviews will continue to be posted either the day I finish the book, or the day after!

Thank you for reading this note, and thank you for reading Reviews by Hannah!


NEXT READ: Priceless: She’s Worth Fighting For by Joel Smallbone and Luke Smallbone

The Last Good Day of the Year by Jessica Warman Review!

Started: September 5, 2016

Finished: September 8, 2016

Rating: 5 stars

Summary (from Goodreads): Ten years ago, in the early hours of New Year’s Day, seven-year-old Samantha and her next door neighbor, Remy, watched as a man broke into Sam’s home and took her younger sister, Turtle, from her sleeping bag. Remy and Sam, too afraid to intervene at the time, later identified the man as Sam’s sister Gretchen’s much older ex-boyfriend, Steven, who was sent to prison for Turtle’s murder. Now, Sam’s shattered family is returning to her childhood home in an effort to heal. As long-buried memories begin to surface, Sam wonders if she and Remy accurately registered everything they saw. The more they re-examine the events of that fateful night, the more questions they discover about what really happened to Turtle.


I freaking loved this book.

As I was turning the last few pages, I had chills and my hands were literally shaking.

I was uncertain going into this book because I was reading it right after I finished The Cellar, and they have similar aspects to them, although they’re not at all similar stories.

This book blew The Cellar out of the water.

This book was intense, suspenseful, eerie, and just altogether creepy. I was creeped out while I was reading this, and honestly I’m still a little creeped out.

For the first hundred pages or so, I was wondering where the plot was. It seemed like it was still in exposition. As I kept reading, I realized that this entire book is an exposition, a rising action, a climax, and a denoument all wrapped up together.

So fair warning for readers of this book: there isn’t really an obvious and outlined plot.

This story begins with an exposition, but as you continue through the novel, you begin to realize that there isn’t really an end to the exposition, and even now, I still feel like I don’t really know the whole story of what happened. This story is definitely a very fast read, because it was so engrossing to me, and this type of structure was really a big part of that.

The big thing that drew me into this novel was the story. Sam was such a wonderful narrator, and I felt like I could really get inside of her head and understand her feelings. I almost started crying towards the end of the book because I was so in Sam’s narration that I felt her shock almost as deeply as she felt in.

This book was beautifully written, and I can’t wait to read more of Jessica Warman’s novels that will hopefully leave me as breathless and speechless as this one did.

I strongly recommend that you read this novel, because it’s definitely one of my favorite books that I’ve read this year, and it is the epitome of what a YA thriller should be.

All in all, I really, really loved this novel and I’m honestly still in a state of shock about it. I’m amazed by the storytelling and the story itself, and I can’t wait to read more from Jessica Warman.


NEXT READ: Dreaming of Antigone by Robin Bridges

The Cellar by Natasha Preston Review!

Started: September 3, 2016

Finished: September 5, 2016

Rating: 4 stars

Summary (from Goodreads): Nothing ever happens in the town of Long Thorpe – that is, until sixteen-year-old Summer Robinson disappears without a trace. No family or police investigation can track her down. Spending months inside the cellar of her kidnapper with several other girls, Summer learns of Colin’s abusive past, and his thoughts of his victims being his family…his perfect, pure flowers. But flowers can’t survive long cut off from the sun, and time is running out…


I’ve been wanting to read The Cellar since I saw it at Target two years ago, and now that I finally have, it’s a bit strange.

I really love books like this. These dark thrillers (usually about kidnapping or a dark event like that) are some of my favorite books ever.

The Cellar reminded me a lot of Stolen by Lucy Christopher, even though I haven’t read Stolen in years. The writing style was kind of similar, except for the point of view. The plot wasn’t similar at all except for the kidnapping aspect, but I did enjoy this book infinitely more than Stolen.

This book was a really fast read because no matter how predictable it was (and it was pretty predictable), it was still very much a page turner. I wanted to know what happened next, even though I felt like I had read many things just like it before. The kidnapper being obsessed with perfection and purity was really the only new thing in this story to me. Nevertheless, I wanted to keep reading because I felt compelled to read more. It wasn’t simply a turn the page, figure it out, and put it down. Natasha Preston hid things throughout the story to keep you turning the pages for more.

The characters were really cut and dry for me. There wasn’t really a character that I connected to, and there wasn’t really a character that I wanted to desperately know more about besides Rose. Rose was a really great character in this novel, and I felt that she deserved to have her story told, but Preston didn’t give us that. I wish I had more information about all of the girls in the cellar, because honestly, Summer was the least interesting one.

All in all, I really liked this book just as another addition to my collection of dark-themed books. It was well-written, I just wish there had been better characters and possibly a more unique plot. It didn’t really stand out to me among its peers, but I will probably read it again sometime in the future.


NEXT READ: The Last Good Day of the Year by Jessica Warman

Cinder by Marissa Meyer Review!

Started: August 28, 2016

Finished: September 3, 2016

Rating: 4.5 stars

Genre: YA science fiction, dystopian

Summary (from Goodreads): Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.
Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.


I waited way too long to start this series.

For a while, I resisted starting this series because it wasn’t finished. By the time that Winter was released, I was so tired of dystopian YA that I just couldn’t bring myself to pick up the first book. It was at a time when it seemed like every YA book I looked at had some kind of dystopian aspect and I was so burnt out on it. I’m really glad that I waited until I wasn’t burnt out on dystopian to read this.

Cinder was honestly one of the best books that I’ve read this year. I don’t really have a reason that it didn’t get five stars, but I’m trying to make my rating system more exclusive for five stars because I give a ton of books five stars that probably could do with four stars. This book is one that I had to think about for a while before I rated it.

Cinder was really, really good. Since currently Marissa Meyer’s only novels are the Lunar Chronicles, I’ve never read anything written by her. I really enjoyed her writing style. It reminded me a lot of my own style. Her world-building was superb, and I felt like I knew New Beijing while there was still room to learn more and build more in the next three books.

The plot wasn’t fast-paced, which was unexpected. I expected that it would be like other YA dystopian novels where the plot moves very quickly and the author has to keep inventing new plot points for the next books because all of them are exhausted in the first one. I really liked that this book moved slowly and the main conflict of the story became apparent as I was reading instead of being established outright.

I also love the fairy tale retelling aspect of the story! I’ve been into fairy tale retellings with Jackson Pearce’s novels, but it’s nice to know that I have a whole series of retelling to look forward to. This was definitely different than the retellings that I’ve read before because it’s very futuristic and technologically advanced, but I really liked that it still felt like a fairy tale retelling.

The characters were really great as well. I loved Cinder and Kai, and I thought they were some of the best written characters that I’ve read this year. I had enough information about them to keep me interested, but not enough that I felt like I knew everything about them. That kind of characterization is a sign of good writing to me, and I loved it.

All in all, I really loved this book. It was interesting, exciting, and definitely lived up to my expectations. I can’t wait to pick up the rest of the series to read!


NEXT READ: The Cellar by Natasha Preston

September TBR!

Hello, readers!

As usual, I have four books planned for my TBR list for this month.

I may not get through them all, because football games are starting, and I’m in marching band, which takes up all of my time.

Regardless, I’ve planned four books for this month, so let’s get started!


1. Cinder by Marissa Meyer

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Synopsis: Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

I’m finally going to read Cinder! This one’s been on my TBR list for quite some time, and I finally picked it up when I went to the Cursed Child release party. I’m really looking forward to this one!

2. The Cellar by Natasha Preston

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Synopsis: Nothing ever happens in the town of Long Thorpe – that is, until sixteen-year-old Summer Robinson disappears without a trace. No family or police investigation can track her down. Spending months inside the cellar of her kidnapper with several other girls, Summer learns of Colin’s abusive past, and his thoughts of his victims being his family…his perfect, pure flowers. But flowers can’t survive long cut off from the sun, and time is running out…

I’ve wanted to read this one since I saw it at Target a year ago, but I bought The DUFF instead of it when I first saw it. It’s another one that I picked up at the release party, and I’m excited about finally reading it!

3. The Last Good Day of the Year by Jessica Warman

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Synopsis: Ten years ago, in the early hours of New Year’s Day, seven-year-old Samantha and her next door neighbor, Remy, watched as a man broke into Sam’s home and took her younger sister, Turtle, from her sleeping bag. Remy and Sam, too afraid to intervene at the time, later identified the man as Sam’s sister Gretchen’s much older ex-boyfriend, Steven, who was sent to prison for Turtle’s murder. Now, Sam’s shattered family is returning to her childhood home in an effort to heal. As long-buried memories begin to surface, Sam wonders if she and Remy accurately registered everything they saw. The more they re-examine the events of that fateful night, the more questions they discover about what really happened to Turtle.

This one was totally a release party impulse buy. I had never heard of this book before I saw it at Barnes & Noble, and I hardly ever buy books that weren’t already on my TBR list. I’m curious to see how this one is, because the cover totally captivated, and I’m hopeful that it will be just as eerie as its summary.

4. Dreaming of Antigone by Robin Bridges

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Synopsis: Andria’s twin sister, Iris, had adoring friends, a cool boyfriend, a wicked car, and a shelf full of soccer trophies. She had everything, in fact—including a drug problem. Six months after Iris’s death, Andria is trying to keep her grades, her friends, and her family from falling apart. But stargazing and books aren’t enough to ward off her guilt that she—the freak with the scary illness and all-black wardrobe—is still here when Iris isn’t. And then there’s Alex Hammond. The boy Andria blames for Iris’s death. The boy she’s unwittingly started swapping lines of poetry and secrets with, even as she tries to keep hating him.

This one is another impulse buy, I saw it on Amazon for seven dollars and decided to buy it. That’s honestly the only reason it’s on my TBR list this month!


And that’s it for my September TBR!

I look forward to all of these books, and hopefully I’ll be able to read all four of them.

See you next time!

August Book Favorites 2016!

Hello, readers!

It’s the first of September, and fall is in the air!

Fall is a great reading time for me because I can read outside without feeling like I’m melting, so I look forward to being able to have a bigger selection for my favorites in the coming months.

For now, I have three books to choose from for my August book favorites!

As always, I’ll be telling you my favorite character, cover, title, story, and overall favorite book for the month of August.

Let’s get started!


1. Favorite character

Scorpius Malfoy from Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany.

This probably doesn’t surprise anyone, but this was actually a close race between Scorpius and Waverly from Places No One Knows. I’ve loved Scorpius for a long time, but I never really had a canon reason to love him, and now that I do, I can’t resist putting him as my favorite character of August.

2. Favorite cover

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne!

3. Favorite title

Places No One Knows by Brenna Yovanoff!

4. Favorite story

Places No One Knows by Brenna Yovanoff!

5. Overall favorite book

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne.

I waited eight years for this book, and I absolutely loved it, so of course it’s my favorite book for August 2016!


And that’s a wrap on my August 2016 book favorites!

Come back tomorrow for my September TBR to know what books you might see on next month’s favorites!

See you then!