In Order to Root For a Final Girl, You Need to Actually Care About Her // Final Girls by Riley Sager

Title: Final Girls Position: Standalone Author: Riley Sager Genre: Mystery Pages: 342 Rating: 2/5 Ten years ago, college student Quincy Carpenter went on vacation with five friends and came back alone, the only survivor of a horror movie–scale massacre. In an instant, she became a member of a club no one wants to belong to—a group of similar survivors known in … More In Order to Root For a Final Girl, You Need to Actually Care About Her // Final Girls by Riley Sager

Sometimes Schools Don’t Teach Us Anything // The Birds, the Bees, and You and Me by Olivia Hinebaugh

Title: The Birds, the Bees, and You and Me Position: Standalone Author: Olivia Hinebaugh Genre: Contemporary Pages: 304 Rating: 4/5 Seventeen-year-old Lacey Burke is the last person on the planet who should be doling out sex advice. For starters, she’s never even kissed anyone, and she hates breaking the rules. Up until now, she’s been a straight-A music geek that no … More Sometimes Schools Don’t Teach Us Anything // The Birds, the Bees, and You and Me by Olivia Hinebaugh

The Only Thing These Books Have in Common Are Romance and Some Miscommunication // Mini-Reviews

Love à la Mode (Stephanie Kate Strohm) | Goodreads | 3 stars Oh book, you had so much promise, and although you manage to fix some things up by the end, there was still so much you failed to get right. I know this sounds like I hated the book, and I’ll admit that there were moments when I did … More The Only Thing These Books Have in Common Are Romance and Some Miscommunication // Mini-Reviews

March is All About the Read-a-Thons!

Over the past few months, I’ve started participating in more and read-a-thons. I never really do things officially – last month, I did post multiple pictures on my Instagram to go along with the Contemporary-a-Thon, but Bookstagram is the closest I get to being “official.” I’m still not “officially” participating, I just wanted to look … More March is All About the Read-a-Thons!

Dear Rachel is the New Dear Diary // Dear Rachel Maddow by Adrienne Kisner

Title: Dear Rachel Maddow Position: Standalone Author: Adrienne Kisner Genre: Contemporary Pages: 272 Rating: 5/5 Brynn Haper’s life has one steadying force–Rachel Maddow. She watches her daily, and after writing to Rachel for a school project–and actually getting a response–Brynn starts drafting e-mails to Rachel but never sending them. Brynn tells Rachel about breaking up with her first serious girlfriend, about … More Dear Rachel is the New Dear Diary // Dear Rachel Maddow by Adrienne Kisner

Tudor-Era England is Going Strong in Modern-Day High School // The Dead Queens Club by Hannah Capin

Title: The Dead Queens Club Position: Standalone Author: Hannah Capin Genre: Contemporary/Mystery/Retelling Pages: 464 Rating: 4/5 Mean Girls meets The Tudors in Hannah Capin’s The Dead Queens Club, a clever contemporary YA retelling of Henry VIII and his wives (or, in this case, his high school girlfriends). Told from the perspective of Annie Marck (“Cleves”), a 17-year-old aspiring journalist from Cleveland who meets Henry at … More Tudor-Era England is Going Strong in Modern-Day High School // The Dead Queens Club by Hannah Capin

Let’s Hear It For the 3 Star Books I Actually Really Enjoyed // Mini-Reviews

Two Dark Reigns (Kendare Blake) | Goodreads | 3 stars This book, and this series in general, is so odd to me – I really enjoy it and wanted to read it, from beginning to end, but I also dislike most of the characters. There are multiple characters whose perspectives we follow, and because I dislike so many … More Let’s Hear It For the 3 Star Books I Actually Really Enjoyed // Mini-Reviews

Families Can Be Just As Thrilling as Kidnapping Mysteries // The Second Life of Ava Rivers by Faith Gardner

Title: The Second Life of Ava Rivers Position: Standalone Author: Faith Gardner Genre: Contemporary/Mystery Pages: 364 Rating: 4.5/5 Ava’s disappearance was the crack in the Rivers family glacier. I wish I could explain to you how we were before, but I can’t, because the before is so filmy and shadowed with the after. The after is all Vera remembers. When her … More Families Can Be Just As Thrilling as Kidnapping Mysteries // The Second Life of Ava Rivers by Faith Gardner