Book Review: Obsidian (Lux: Book #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Title: ObsidianAuthor: Jennifer L. ArmentroutSeries: Lux (Book 1)Genre: Teen Paranormal Romance/Sci-FiPage Count: 400 pagesPublisher: Entangled TeenRelease Date: May 8, 2012 Publisher’s Summary: Starting over sucks. When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I'd pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring…until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and … Continue reading Book Review: Obsidian (Lux: Book #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Meet the (Other) Hero: Dmitri

Meet Dmitri Full Name: Dmitri Straussen Featured in: The Wrong Prince by C.K. Brooke From: Tybiria, East Halvea, World of Jordinia Status: Crown Prince of Tybiria Distinguishing characteristics: Tall, blond, and bespectacled. Loves books and reading poetry and novels. Often lost in his own daydreams. Motivations: Until his imprisonment, his biggest aspiration was to write … Continue reading Meet the (Other) Hero: Dmitri

Meet the (Other) Hero: Bram

Meet Bram Photo by Paolo Nicolello. Courtesy of Unsplash. Full Name: Officer Abram Visigoth Featured in: The Duchess’s Descendants: Jordinia, Book 4 by C.K. Brooke From: Pierma, Jordinia Status: Officer of the Royal Guard Distinguishing characteristics: Very tall. Calm demeanor. Dark eyes and hair with a violet sheen. Motivations: Duty, honor, and service. Compassion. Bram’s … Continue reading Meet the (Other) Hero: Bram

Meet the (Other) Heroine: Johanna

Meet Johanna Photo by Tiko Giorgadze. Courtesy of Unsplash. Full Name: Johanna Cosmith Featured in: The Duchess’s Descendants by C.K. Brooke From: Rhys, Jordinia Status: Daughter of the late Duke and Duchess of Jordinia Distinguishing characteristics: Wild curly hair; flirtatious. Perhaps a bit too experienced with gentlemen… Motivations: Johanna is carrying an unexpected surprise and she … Continue reading Meet the (Other) Heroine: Johanna

Meet the Hero: Geo

Meet Geo Full Name: Georome Straussen Featured in: The Wrong Prince by C.K. Brooke From: Tybiria, East Halvea, World of Jordinia. Status: The younger Prince of Tybiria Distinguishing characteristics: Raven hair, athletic, courageous. Can be reckless but for noble causes. Motivations: Loyalty and family. Will do anything for his brother. Geo’s Story:Although the two couldn’t … Continue reading Meet the Hero: Geo

Meet the Hero: Jon

Meet Jon Photo by Craig Whitehead. Courtesy of Unsplash. Full Name: Jonwal Harrington Cosmith Featured in: The Duchess Quest, The Duchess Inheritance, and The Duchess Revival by C.K. Brooke From: Pierma, Jordinia Status: AWOL Intelligence Agent (Ex-Spy) for the New Republic. Petty thief. Distinguishing characteristics: Good-looking, robust, tousled brown hair, deep brown eyes. Usually sports … Continue reading Meet the Hero: Jon

Meet the Heroine: Dainy

Meet Dainy Full Name: Eludaine Cecinda Ducelle Featured in: The Duchess Quest, The Duchess Inheritance, and The Duchess Revival by C.K. Brooke From: Born in Jordinia, raised in Heppestoni Status: The lost Duchess of Jordinia, formerly believed to have been executed along with the royal family Distinguishing characteristics: Short hair, a bell-like voice, talented singer, small … Continue reading Meet the Heroine: Dainy

Book Review: Not If I Save You First by Ally Carter

Not If I Save You First (2018) is a standalone teen thriller/romance by popular NYT bestselling YA author, Ally Carter. As a colossal fan of her Heist Society and Embassy Row series, I was excited about her latest release in the same vein as her previous works, involving U.S. Secret Service agents, the President's son, … Continue reading Book Review: Not If I Save You First by Ally Carter

Editor’s Review: Cursed: The Hunter Inside, Part 1 by Casey M. Millette

*I was the editor of this novel for The Parliament House Press. Cursed: The Hunter Inside, Part 1 (The Parliament House Press, 2018) by Casey M. Millette is my favorite debut epic fantasy novel to date. I am not saying that because I happened to be the editor of this fantastic novel. Nor am I saying … Continue reading Editor’s Review: Cursed: The Hunter Inside, Part 1 by Casey M. Millette

Netflix Review: Stranger Things Seasons 1 & 2

This is my first TV series review on this book blog. I read far more than I watch TV, this is true. In fact, I don't watch television at all, unless it's late night political satire (think Colbert, Bill Maher, John Oliver), and I watch those via YouTube, so my TV is mainly for films. … Continue reading Netflix Review: Stranger Things Seasons 1 & 2

Book Review: Uncommon Criminals (Heist Society #2) by Ally Carter

Kat and the team are back in Uncommon Criminals (Disney-Hyperion 2011), the second installment of Ally Carter's Heist Society series. Now that Kat has established her line of thievery as a noble "Robin Hood" sort, she can't resist when a kind, elderly lady approaches her, begging Kat to right a decades-old wrong. Constance Miller beseeches Kat to … Continue reading Book Review: Uncommon Criminals (Heist Society #2) by Ally Carter

Magnus Chase and the Gods of Book Review: Asgard, Book One: The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

It's books like this that tempt me to give up writing forever. Because, seriously, why even try to compete against this genius? Rick Riordan is the best writer for young adults that I've read in probably a decade. (And I've read a lotttt of YA. Especially in the last decade.) I'll rewind to the very beginning. As a … Continue reading Magnus Chase and the Gods of Book Review: Asgard, Book One: The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

Book Review: Amazon Lily by Theresa Weir

Another FAVORITE! Twenty-five years old and engaged, Corey is a Midwestern farm girl on an assignment from her church to visit the Amazon jungle and help out the natives there. Little does she know that her week in the Amazon will turn out to be edgier, steamier, and more dangerous than she could've ever expected. Asher Adams, … Continue reading Book Review: Amazon Lily by Theresa Weir

Book Review: Everlasting by Angie Frazier

Everlasting (2010) by Angie Frazier is an adorable teen adventure/romance. The year is 1855, and seventeen-year-old Camille Rowen of San Francisco is the daughter of a successful widowed sea captain… or so she thinks. Camille is shocked to discover that her mother is not really dead, but alive somewhere in Australia, having abandoned the family for reasons … Continue reading Book Review: Everlasting by Angie Frazier

Book Review: Nobody’s Princess by Esther Friesner

In Nobody’s Princess, we meet the young Helen of Sparta, as author Esther Friesner imagines her to have been, before she became the Iliad’s Helen of Troy. Inspired by Sparta’s later practices to train girls in athletics and warfare, Friesner paints Helen as a feisty and fearless would-be warrior maiden, as well as possessing her legendary physical … Continue reading Book Review: Nobody’s Princess by Esther Friesner

Book Review: Goddess of Yesterday by Caroline B. Cooney

I love, love, LOVE this book, Goddess of Yesterday by Caroline B. Cooney. We meet young Anaxandra of a nameless Greek isle, daughter of a pirate, when she's taken by the King of Siphnos. In Siphnos, Anaxandra is treated well, and given as a companion to the sweet but sickly princess, Callisto. But one fateful … Continue reading Book Review: Goddess of Yesterday by Caroline B. Cooney