I needed a quick and fluffy read last night and was pleased as punch with Gwen Hayes’ So Over You. It’s the story of Layney, a girl who goes on 12 dates with 12 different guys…and of course, finds love in unexpected places. Right now the ebook is only $1.99 for Kindle! If you’re in the mood for some really sweet and funny YA, download it quickly before the deal runs out. My full review is posted on GoodReads if you’d like to know more about the book. Happy reading!
Posts Categorized: 3.5 star books
Babe in Boylandby Jody Gehrman It’s pretty much impossible to read this book and not smile throughout most of it. Impossible, I say! I’ve never read this author before, but the quirky cover and premise appealed to my sense of humor. Have you ever wondered why guys don’t call back when they say they will? Natalie has, so she decides to go undercover at a boys’ prep school for some inside info for her newspaper story on how the other half thinks. She cuts her hair, puts on a school uniform, applies some fake stubble, and throws herself right into the project. How hard can it be to figure out what makes boys tick, right? The set-up and many of the details are obviously far-fetched and silly (and have been used in many stories before this one), so you’re going to have to just run with them if you’re going… Read more »
A Long, Long Sleepby Anna Sheehan It’s rare that I spend so much time frustrated with a heroine and then have such a complete change of heart as the story progresses. I went through literally the first half of this book annoyed with Rosalinda Fitzroy, a sixteen-year-old girl who has just been awakened out of stasis sleep with a kiss. She doesn’t really ask enough questions to find out what’s been happening since she was last conscious. She falls in love far too easily. She narrates with too many exclamation points. She says that “she’s not really that smart.” She says that again to someone else at a later date. Frankly, all in all she’s kind of wimpy, and as such, she almost got categorized that way on my virtual GoodReads bookshelf. But then I found out why she does all this. And the reason behind it is really, really… Read more »
Burn Bright (Night Creatures #1)by Marianne de Pierres Imagine a place where there are no Elders. No rules. No punishment. Only music and laughter and freedom. Deadly pleasures await on Ixion, an eerie island where young people are transported twice a year when they want to indulge in hedonistic pursuits. It is always night here, and every conceivable vice is available and encouraged. Retra has gone to Ixion in order to find her brother Joel, but her sheltered upbringing makes her cringe at the excess on display. She knows, however, that she cannot stand out and must give into pleasure before she can find what she most desires. This is a wildly exciting novel filled with visual splendor. There are balloon gondolas. Sleek, stingray-shaped powerboats. Female pirates. Cloaks made of bat skins. Electro-eyes that spy on citizens. Obedience strips that control where people with pain. And deadly night creatures who pounce… Read more »
Daimon: A Prequel to Half-Blood (Covenant #0.5)by Jennifer L. Armentrout A lot of authors release short stories as prequels or companion novels to their series, usually to keep fans jazzed between books or to entice you to try out the others. Some of these small bites are more successful than others, and I’m happy to report that the taste readers get from Daimon is enough to whet the appetite for more. Alex is a 17-year-old half-demon who has been living among humans with her mother for three past years. She doesn’t know why they’re hiding from The Covenant, but a brutal attack by relentless daimons forces her to go on run…possibly back to the very place her mother always told her they should avoid. This fast-paced, well-written short story does a great job of setting up the series. Alex is a smart, likable heroine with some mad daimon fighting skills…. Read more »
Bite Me by Parker Blue Val Shapiro is a part-demon vampire slayer. And she has a snarky dog named Fang who thinks at her in all caps. Bite Me, the first book in the Underground series, surprised me with its butt-kicking heroine, deadpan humor, and an interesting set-up. I really liked Val and Fang, whose relationship is the most compelling one in the book. There are also some great fight scenes and some intriguing secondary characters, including Shade, Micah, Ramirez, and Tessa, and the whole thing is well-written and moves along at a fast pace. The book could have used some fleshing out, however, in the conflicts with her family. Val handles it maturely (so refreshing for YA), but there’s not much insight into her mother’s or her stepfather’s or her sister’s characters. They only make themselves known in the context of the main character, so it’s hard to get… Read more »