Nyxia Unleashed
Reviews / August 18, 2018

by Scott Reintgen I read the first book in this series as an ARC before it came out, and I was more or less blown away. I loved it, and I couldn’t wait for the release of the sequel. So, I was so happy when I got the opportunity to read the ARC of Nyxia Unleashed too, and I had been waiting for so long to see what happened to Emmet and all the other kids from Genesis 11 and 12. Nyxia Unleashed takes us on a very different journey than what the first installment in the series did. Now we find ourselves on an alien planet full of dangers and our cast is scarred and hurt from all that Babel put them through. They struggle with through of what they’ve been forced to do, which getting back home and who to trust. All in all, I truly enjoyed this story and the twists and turns this story takes are enjoyable. I love seeing the relationship between Morning and Emmet evolve despite these harsh conditions, and it’s a joy to once and awhile get a glimpse of the lightheartedness we saw in book one. This sequel though, is dark and…

Brooding YA Hero
Reviews / January 20, 2018

by Carrie DiRisio I got this as an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Before coming in contact with this book, I had seen a few tweets from the popular Brooding YA Hero account, but I wasn’t actively following it. I did, however have a pretty clear idea of what this book would be and the style it would be written in since I “knew” Broody from before. This book is written from the POV of Broody, who is basically the male main character of every young adult book out there.  Unfortunately for Broody, authors are currently not picking him to be the main character in their story, so he decides to write his own book instead. I mean why not? He’s the hottest, most talented genius out there. The book is written with humor and sass, and it deals with important topics and it puts the light on common things that YA fiction portrays these days. In short this is a book that will inform you of everything that you shouldn’t do when writing a YA book, and it does it in a fun way that not only makes you remember it, but also not…

Warcross Cover
Reviews / December 31, 2017

by Marie Lu A few years ago, I read Marie Lu’s Legend series and hated it. I hated everything about it, the writing, the story, the execution. I did force myself to finish the trilogy, but when I was finished I just had this feeling of wishing I’d done something better with that time. So, when I heard that a new book was coming out, I didn’t pay much attention. I don’t like Marie Lu’s writing, I told myself. Then, that odd colorful cover got me interested. It was ugly, sort of 80s-style, but still great and still spiked my interest. I read the blurb, I liked the premise. As a gamer and geek myself, I felt drawn to the story. So, when I got the chance though NetGalley to read an ARC of Warcross, I leaped at the chance. But life happened, and it took me a while to get to it. But when I started, I couldn’t stop. And I loved the book. This is such an amazing page-turner that makes you invested in the characters and the world, so much so, that I feel like I lost my friends now that the book is over. In Emi,…

Fallen Flame
Reviews / July 3, 2017

by J.M. Miller Vala is born different from those around her, and every day she has to deal with people’s fear and their stares. Born with charred skin that burns at touch, she is said to be cursed. Vala works as a guard and is appointed the job to protect the Prince, a boy she grew up alongside with and considers to be a friend. When there is an attempt at the prince’s life, Vala gets demoted and while trying to get to the truth about the attempted assassination, Vala discovers thins about herself that has been kept hidden from her. Fallen Flame is a wonderfully crafted fantasy novel that takes the reader into a unique world with well developed characters and a storyline that keeps you turning the pages. I did find the story a bit slow to get into, but at around 20% in, I couldn’t stop reading. The world is very interesting, and I find the characters to be diverse and much different from one another. I like this a lot and it made the story feel more real. I do, however, find that the backstory at times was “info dumped” on the reader, making it difficult…

Reviews / June 14, 2017

by Scott Reintgen Young Emmett certainly isn’t one of the winner in the lottery of life. His mother is very ill, his father works himself tired to provide for his family and pay the medical bills. So when Emmet it approached by Babel, a powerful corporation, and is offered money beyond his wildest dreams, and the chance to change his family’s long dark history, he jumps at the opportunity, even through there are signs that Babel is hiding important information. Stuck on a spaceship with other boys and girls just like him, they are forced to fight for points. In the end, only eight of them will go to the planet Eden and change their fates, the other two are to be send back home as losers. But as the days pass, he can’t help to question Babel’s intentions and hidden agenda. Something isn’t quite like it should. Nyxia is a fast paced, action-filled novel that captures your attention from the first line. It draws you in and it’s hard to let go. The cast is by far the most ethnically diverse I’ve seen in YA, and I love how it features people from all around the world. I also…

The Corner Office
Reviews / June 4, 2017

by Katerina Baker In the Corner Office we follow Tara, a hard-working woman in the run for a well-deserved promotion. In her way stands a man who’s not afraid to throw her under the bus if he needs to. The two of them have been fighting for over fifteen years and Tara can’t wait to put him in his place and get the promotion they both want. But an unexpected love-affair with a new coworker turns into something more sinister and changes everything. The Corner Office is marketed as a contemporary romance, and I suppose that’s when I usually turn away and choose to read something else. I’m not a fan of contemporary, and especially romance novels tend to make me want to roll my eyes and hide somewhere. But I liked the premise of this novel despite it all, and I am truly happy that I took the chance to read it. Underneath the romance is an exciting plot that made me eager to turn the page, and before I knew it the book was finished. The writing is solid and the pacing is fast and constantly intriguing. I love the fact that it’s written in first person, this…

The Supes
Reviews / April 10, 2017

by Matthew Pritt In The Supes we follow the son of a world renowned Super who can turn himself invisible. But Slip Stephenson doesn’t come near his father’s super power, and all he can do is to turn himself completely black. Totally the lamest super power of all time. Slip is a student at the School for Underage Power Enhancement and Refinement (SUPER), and after years of failing his Super-exam (cause what use can turning black really be) he is now on his last year. Either he must pass the test or he will have to live his life as a regular civilian. Slip does not want to be “normal”, but how can he pass the test with his lame super power? Slip and his fellow classmates, who are in the same position, has to work together as a team and make the best of their useless super powers if they are to make it in the Super world. I found the premise of this novel to be quite intriguing even though I’ve already had my share of superhero novels. I thought it was impossible to make something new in this genre, and it was with a lot of skepticism…

In Truth & Ashes
Reviews / December 29, 2016

by Nicole Luiken The final installment of the Otherselves series and it mostly takes place in the True World where we meet Belinda. Belinda is from a First Family, basically royalty in the True World. She is to be bonded with a boy chosen by her family. But the bonding process goes terribly wrong and it’s reveal that Belinda is already bonded, something that could only have happened during the time she was kidnapped as a child by Malachi. She sets out to get revenge and brings along her childhood friend Damian. This third novel in the series is probably the best one if you ask me. I love how a lot of things a put in to place like a puzzle here and things are explained and explored in both the True World but also the four mirror worlds. Belinda’s otherselves are always there in the background and even if their original quests differ they all come to work together to achieve the same goal in the end. It’s easy to see why the third novel is the best one and in my opinion it’s mostly because it focuses on the same world almost the entire time. This provides…

Django / Zorro
Reviews / October 10, 2015

by Quentin Tarantino, Matt Wagner I got this graphic novel through NetGalley as an e-comic book to read and review. This story picks up years after the end of Django Unchained, and I’m glad to see that Django as a character is as special as I thought he was in Django Unchained. I also think the character development was done very nicely and this was indeed a good graphic novel. I did find the plot to borderline on confusing, but what else could I have anticipated from someone like Tarantino? At times it was a lot of dialogue, which for me made it a bit slow, but that it probably just a personal preference. I like it more when the art does most of the talking in a way. Still, the fonts are placed nicely throughout and even if they were a tad bit hard to read on the computer, I’m sure it would look much better in a physical copy of the novel. I can highly recommend this to anyone who’s a fan of Tarantino and/or Western comics. You can pre-order it at Amazon

Reviews / September 3, 2015

by Sharon M. Johnston I got the chance to read an ARC of this book in exchange for a review, and I am so thankful for this opportunity, for this book was remarkable and so great. It’s probably one of the best reads this year, and I found myself unable to put it down. Divided is a unique and very interesting story about a young woman, Mishca, who struggles with finding who she is after a heart transplant. The story hooks you from the first sentence and never really lets you go. The author writes so well and makes Mishca’s feelings pop off the page, and it lets the reader feel her struggles with accepting that her life meant someone else had to die. It all seems so real and every page you want to reach into the book and give Mishca a comforting hug. The characters and the settings also feel real, and it’s all shown with just the right amount of descriptions. As the story moves on it turn into a very interesting love story, which end up getting extremely exciting as Mishca starts discovering she has extraordinary powers. As if Mishca didn’t already have enough to struggle…