Simon the Bear

Untraceable by S.R. Johannes

Untraceable by S. R. Johannes leads readers on a long but thrilling hunt to trap a killer. A tom-boy heroine, woodsy setting, and two cute boys make this wilderness thriller an exciting read. Grace has always been a daddy’s girl. But not the kind that likes to go out shopping using daddy’s credit card…she’s more … Continue reading

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close - actor Thomas Horn as Oskar Schell

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

No, this book is not about September 11th, or terrorists, or violence – although all of those things are pieces of the story. Extremely Loud and Incredibly close deals with one family’s journey through grief and back again, all through the discerning eyes of young Oskar Schell. The writing is fantastic and the characters oh-s0-real. … Continue reading

The Commute from Hell

I left my apartment, smiling at the blue sky and the man who held the door for me. Today was looking up. Things started going downhill once I got to the Sterling St. Manhattan-bound 2,5 platform. “Due to a broken rail the 2 will be running on the express tracks between Franklin Ave. and Atlantic … Continue reading


Supernaturally (Paranormalcy #2) by Kiersten White

Supernaturally, the second installement in Kiersten White’s Paranormalcy series,  fails to live up to the spunkyness and originality of the first book. Evie still rocks as a YA heroine, but her insecurities throughout the book (while normal for a teen) drag the plot down. Evie finally has the normal life she’s been waiting for. Only one thing: normal is … Continue reading

Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer

Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer

Wolfsbane, the second installment in Andrea Cremer’s Nightshade series, will have you snarling for the next book. I grew to love Calla even more, enjoyed learning about the Searchers and their history, and found myself rooting for Ren over Shay. We find Calla just where we left her: captured by the Searchers, the worst enemy … Continue reading

Simon the Bear

Q&A with Shelli Johannes-Wells: Author of Untraceable

Untraceable – A new young adult wilderness thriller with a missing father, a kickbutt heroine, and of course – two hot boys. To Be Released: November 29th Enjoy this Q&A with the lovely author herself, Shelli Johannes-Wells, in which she tells you all about the characters: the good ones, the smelly one, and the cute ones.  And look … Continue reading

sleepy hollow

Shatter by Elizabeth C. Mock

Shatter, a self-published young adult fantasy novel, starts off slow and never really gets going. The characters, plot, and world have plenty of potential, but a good restructuring and major editing overhaul would have done this book wonders. Faela Durante is on the run from her husband, the father of her infant son, Sammi. She’s racked with … Continue reading

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray…starts out funny, ends up funny. And there’s some action, make-overs, and cute pirate boys in between. The novel opens with the following message: “This story is brought to you by The Corporation: Because Your Life Can Always Be Better™. We at The Corporation would like you to enjoy this story, … Continue reading

The Sleepwalkers

The Sleepwalkers by J. Gabriel Gates

The Sleepwalkers by J. Gabriel Gates is a great book to read during the Halloween season. It’s got ghosts, an insane asylum, and one scary-ass clown. The characters felt a little flat, and I had a hard time with the third person present POV, but the book is very cinematic. I could totally see this … Continue reading

A review of Shade

Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready

I blew through this book! The fast (if somewhat predictable) plot, interesting mythology, and spunky characters ensure that I’ll be reading the next book in this series. Aura Salvatore is just your average Post-Shift high school student. She wears red so the ghosts don’t bother her during the day, changes to something professional to complete … Continue reading

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