Review: The Voting Booth by Brandy Colbert

The Voting Booth

Marva Sheridan has dreamed of voting in her first election since childhood. So when November 3 comes around, she cannot wait to cast her vote and make a difference. After all, she’s spent the entire summer educating and registering voters in her community. Duke Crenshaw, on the other hand, is ready to get this election over with so that he can vote and make it to his band’s first gig. 

Continue reading “Review: The Voting Booth by Brandy Colbert”

Then and Now: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Amazon.com: City of Bones (Mortal Instruments) (9781416914280): Clare,  Cassandra: Books

City of Bones is the first book in Clare’s The Mortal Instruments series. It was also her first published book and the introduction to the shadowhunter world. Clare is now one of the best known YA authors!

Christy and Clare first read this series years ago. We cannot remember the exact year, but it has been a while since we were introduced to this urban fantasy series. 

Clary Fray’s life was normal. She lived in Brooklyn with her mom and spent most of time with her best friend Simon Lewis. One night Clary and Simon go to an all ages night at the Pandemonium club. Suddenly, Clary sees three teenagers dressed in black with strange markings all over their bodies. She follows them and sees them try to kill someone. Only, nobody else can see them.

The tall blonde guy, Jace, seemed surprised that Clary could see him and informed her that the guy he’s trying to kill is really a demon.

Continue reading “Then and Now: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare”

Mini-Review: Row by Sarah Mello

*We received this chapter in exchange for an honest review/preview.*

You all know our love for the Westcott High series by Sarah Mello! We’ve raved about the series on our blog before and are anxiously awaiting the release of book 3. So when Sarah reached out and asked if we’d like to preview the first chapter of her next book, Row, we jumped at the chance. 

Row is about Cole Hensley, who has the ability to feel others’ emotions– an empath. He lives in a small town and works at a camera shop in his spare time to escape his helicopter mother, who still struggles with the passing of Cole’s father. There is a touch of mystery to this book, as we find out during an exchange in the principal’s office that Cole’s coworker (friend? love interest? maybe-something-more?), Row, drowned in a lake on a class trip. The chapter ends on a cliffhanger that we won’t give away, but we are already super intrigued by Cole’s interest in Row’s case. 

Now, we only read the first chapter, but it definitely drew us in. We love a good murder mystery/thriller and want to learn more about what happened to Row and her relationship with Cole. We really liked that the first chapter alternated between flashbacks and the present day. It gave us a peek into Row’s life when she was alive, and Cole’s initial impressions of her. Mello revealed bits and pieces about what happened to Row, but we need more information. 

Final verdict: Mello definitely drew us in and we can’t wait to pick up the full book when it releases on January 11, 2021! 

Review: London Prep series by Jillian Dodd

We came across this series on Instagram and knew we had to read it. It literally screamed YA Netflix show and gave us Gossip Girl vibes…but British. We love the series’ Instagram. It’s got killer promotional pics and we love seeing the actors in their characters. It helped us visualize the characters and made us love them even more. Now, onto the review! 

London Prep 1

London Prep (London Prep, #1) by Jillian Dodd

Mallory James is beyond pissed at her parents when they drop a bombshell on her: she’s being sent to London for a three week exchange during her Junior year. Mallory’s been to London already– it’s stuffy, rainy, and boring. What more is there to see? Her parents don’t seem to grasp what an utter nightmare this will be for Mallory’s perfect New York lifestyle. When her parents refuse to budge, she decides that if she’s going to be stuck across the Pond for three weeks, she may as well have fun and let loose. 

Continue reading “Review: London Prep series by Jillian Dodd”

Review: The Lost Book of the White by Cassandra Clare and Wesley Chu

Amazon.com: The Lost Book of the White (The Eldest Curses 2) eBook: Clare,  Cassandra, Chu, Wesley: Kindle Store

Warning: Spoilers if you haven’t read The Mortal Instruments series.

The second book in The Eldest Curses trilogy focuses on Alec Lightwood and Magnus Bane. The first book, The Red Scrolls of Magic, took place in between City of Glass and City of Fallen Angels when Alec and Magnus went on vacation following the war with Valentine. 

The Lost Book of the White is set in 2010, after City of Heavenly Fire. Alec and Magnus are settling into their Brooklyn apartment and getting used to being parents to Max, a Warlock toddler. It’s been awhile since they had seen Shinyun Jung, the dangerous warlock who ruined their European vacation by trying to summon a demon. 

Continue reading “Review: The Lost Book of the White by Cassandra Clare and Wesley Chu”

Review: Blood & Honey by Shelby Mahurin

Amazon.com: Blood & Honey (Serpent & Dove Book 2) eBook: Mahurin, Shelby:  Kindle Store

Blood & Honey picks up where Serpent & Dove left off— with Lou, Reid, Coco, Ansel, and Beau on the run from the Dames Blanches and the chasseurs. Lou’s mother, Morgane, is still trying to kill her, and Reid is struggling to reconcile his newfound witch powers with his religious chasseur upbringing. With Madame LaBelle in tow, the group is on the run in a magical forest with nowhere to turn. They need a plan— and fast. 

Continue reading “Review: Blood & Honey by Shelby Mahurin”

Review: Most Likely by Sarah Watson

51197236. sx318 sy475

Unfortunately, our September book club was cancelled. However, we still wanted to discuss Most Likely with you! We chose Most Likely because the author, Sarah Watson, is the creator of The Bold Type. Also, we loved the premise of four best friends and one of them is destined to be President. 

FYI, our next virtual book club is on October 26th. For more information, check out the Facebook event page. 

Continue reading “Review: Most Likely by Sarah Watson”

Review: Love and Olives by Jenna Evans Welch

Amazon.com: Love & Olives eBook: Welch, Jenna Evans: Kindle Store

*We received this book in exchange for an honest review.*

Liv Varanakis pretends to be something she’s not. She wants people to like her without knowing much about her life. After all, she pretends that her life in Seattle is perfect. She has her boyfriend Dax, his friends and a loving family.

Except, she hasn’t seen her dad since she was eight. He left to go back to his home country of Greece and find the lost city of Atlantis. When Liv was little, her dad loved to teach her about Greek mythology and how together they would use Plato’s clues to find Atlantis. 

Continue reading “Review: Love and Olives by Jenna Evans Welch”

Then and Now: Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier

Ruby Red (The Ruby Red Trilogy (1)): Gier, Kerstin, Bell, Anthea:  9780312551513: Amazon.com: Books

Ruby Red is the first installment in the three-book Ruby Red series by German author, Kerstin Gier. The series was such a success in Germany that it was immediately translated to English, becoming an international hit in the mid-2000’s. Fun fact: there was also a German movie adaption! We’ve been meaning to get our hands on it (with English dubbing or subtitles). If you’ve read the series or seen the movie, let us know down below. 

Claire first read the series in high school circa 2013 and Christy read them around then too! We were immediately intrigued by the time travel concept. The series follows British teen, Gwyneth, who (unexpectedly) has the gene for time travel. 

Continue reading “Then and Now: Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier”

Blog Tour: Sing Like No One’s Listening by Vanessa Jones

Welcome to the Sing Like No One’s Listening Blog Tour!

To celebrate the release of Sing Like No One’s Listening by Vanessa Jones on September 1st, blogs across the web are featuring original content from Vanessa, as well as 10 chances to win a finished copy plus a grand prize giveaway!

Below is a guest post by the author, Vanessa Jones! At the bottom, we’ve also included our mini-review of the book. Spoiler alert: we really enjoyed it!

Continue reading “Blog Tour: Sing Like No One’s Listening by Vanessa Jones”