Review: Radio Silence by Alyssa Cole

During my ten billion year hiatus, I was determined to keep poking at my reading slump, so I picked up the shortest books I could find. I really wanted to knock out all of those $1.99 romance books I thirst-bought at the beginning of the year, but I only ended up reading two before getting distracted from the cause at hand and buying other books (because I lack the self-control). This was originally supposed to be two mini reviews, but I’m an English major. Writing so many words about something so short was literally my major.

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Review: Under His Kilt by Melissa Blue

Under His Kilt by Melissa Blue

Under His Kilt by Melissa Blue (2013)
Genre: Romance (duh), Multiracial
My Rating:★★☆☆☆
Steam Level:



Jocelyn Pearson is determined to spend her last month as a twenty-something doing everything she’s too busy or scared to try. Her imagination runs wild and then fixates on Ian Baird. He’ll be working at the Langston Museum for a short stint as a consulting curator. He’s Scottish. He believes sex is fun to be had. He’s the perfect choice for a fling. She only has to get him break his rule about sleeping with co-workers. Seducing a man was on her bucket list… Continue reading

Book Review: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Cinder by Marissa Meyer (2012)
Genre: YA, Dystopia, Fairy Tale Retelling
387 pages

My Rating: ★★★☆☆
Format: Paperback


Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future. (via Goodreads) Continue reading

Review: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

The Raven Boys Young Adult Book Review
Recommended for:
Everyone, byeee Readers who take their YA fix with a side of the supernatural. Also, if you don’t mind coming into this knowing that this is setting you up for something bigger (hopefully), give it a try.


“Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.” (via Goodreads)


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There were so many turn offs for me going into this, but I was determined to stick to it. The synopsis alone is enough to make me throw it across the room. Oh, come on, you tell me who actually picked up the book and got hella excited that we were going to be subjected to another “arrogant, rich boy meets down-to-earth weird girl and falls in love” story. Not only that, but the first line… Continue reading

Book Review | City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Bookenstein's Book Review of City of Bones by Cassandra ClareCity of Bones by Cassandra Clare
Published By: Margaret K. McElderry
Date Published: March 27, 2007
Genre: YA Fantasy
496 pages

My Rating: ★★☆☆☆

 Once upon a time…

“When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder—much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. And she’s more than a little startled when the body disappears into thin air. Soon Clary is introduced to the world of the Shadowhunters, a secret cadre of warriors dedicated to driving demons out of our world and back to their own. And Clary is introduced with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is almost killed by a grotesque monster. How could a mere human survive such an attack and kill a demon? The Shadowhunters would like to know…” (from Amazon)

The Nitty Gritty

Let me add in my little disclaimer. A vast majority of the criticisms I’ve read about City of Bones have been about Clare’s “Draco Trilogy.” To be honest, I don’t really know much about it. The basics? Clare wrote an extremely popular fanfiction of Harry Potter which focuses primarily on Draco Malfoy (as one could probably deduce from the name). As you could imagine, many in the Harry Potter fandom read this as children and are now enraged by the “plagiarism” they believe has been translated into this separate work. My thoughts? There are plenty of other things to pick on in this book. I promise. And as someone apart from that fandom altogether, I didn’t really see any overbearing similarities between this work and Harry Potter… unlike a certain Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (*cough cough*), but that’s a story for another time. Continue reading