A Second Book and a Sequel That Have Nothing in Common // Mini-Reviews

To Be Honest (Maggie Ann Martin) | Goodreads | 3.5 stars I think I rated this second book from Maggie Ann Martin the same as her debut, The Big F, but I think this one is my favorite from her so far. A combination of characters I liked better and storylines that interested me more all made that possible. … More A Second Book and a Sequel That Have Nothing in Common // Mini-Reviews

This Girl is On Fire and Wants the World to Burn // Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

Title: Girls of Paper and Fire Position: Book One in the Girls of Paper and Fire series Author: Natasha Ngan Genre: Fantasy Pages: 400 Rating: 4/5 Each year, eight beautiful girls are chosen as Paper Girls to serve the king. It’s the highest honor they could hope for…and the most cruel. But this year, there’s a ninth girl. And instead of … More This Girl is On Fire and Wants the World to Burn // Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

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

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

Quirky Girls and Serious Guys Have a Habit of Falling in Love // Josh & Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren

Title: Josh & Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating Position: Standalone Author: Christina Lauren Genre: Adult/Contemporary Pages: 309 Rating: 4/5 Hazel Camille Bradford knows she’s a lot to take—and frankly, most men aren’t up to the challenge. If her army of pets and thrill for the absurd don’t send them running, her lack of filter means she’ll say exactly the wrong … More Quirky Girls and Serious Guys Have a Habit of Falling in Love // Josh & Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren

Fantastical Worlds Can Be Found in Our Own History // For a Muse of Fire by Heidi Heilig

Title: For a Muse of Fire Position: Book One in the For a Muse of Fire series Author: Heidi Heilig (The Girl From Everywhere and The Ship Beyond Time) Genre: Fantasy Pages: 512 Rating: 4/5 A young woman with a dangerous power she barely understands. A smuggler with secrets of his own. A country torn between a merciless colonial army, a … More Fantastical Worlds Can Be Found in Our Own History // For a Muse of Fire by Heidi Heilig

Cheerleaders and Witches Have More in Common Than You Might Think // Mini-Reviews

The Cheerleaders (Kara Thomas) | Goodreads | 4 stars Kara Thomas is pretty darn good at writing dark mysteries, and I think this is no exception. Her protagonists are rarely likable – you might feel sorry for them or relate to them, but they’re never happy, super-nice girls. This is just another level of realism, … More Cheerleaders and Witches Have More in Common Than You Might Think // Mini-Reviews

Podcasts and Grief Birds Have Nothing in Common Other Than This Post // Mini-Reviews

Listen to Your Heart (Kasie West) | Goodreads | 4 stars Another fluffy Kasie West contemporary that managed to make me happy – I have yet to rate a West book less than 3.5 stars (and I might be wrong – they might all be 4 stars and higher). I was sad that I didn’t … More Podcasts and Grief Birds Have Nothing in Common Other Than This Post // Mini-Reviews

Some Halloween Reads Just in Time // Mini-Reviews

#MurderTrending (Gretchen McNeil) | Goodreads | 4 stars I picked this book up mostly on a whim – it’s October, tis the season for scary and mysteries and such, and this book sounded fairly interesting. It was an enjoyable story to keep me entertained for a week or so, but then it fell prey to one of those annoying … More Some Halloween Reads Just in Time // Mini-Reviews