The Half Life of Molly Pierce by Katrina Leno – Review

June 23, 2014 Review 0 ★★★★

The Half Life of Molly Pierce by Katrina Leno – ReviewRelease Date: July 8, 2014
Title: The Half Life of Molly Pierce
Author: Katrina Leno
Pages: 256
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: Edelweiss
From the Publisher: You take it for granted. Waking up. Going to school, talking to your friends. Watching a show on television or reading a book or going out to lunch.

You take for granted going to sleep at night, getting up the next day, and remembering everything that happened to you before you closed your eyes.

You live and you remember.

Me, I live and I forget.

But now—now I am remembering.

For all of her seventeen years, Molly feels like she’s missed bits and pieces of her life. Now, she’s figuring out why. Now, she’s remembering her own secrets. And in doing so, Molly uncovers the separate life she seems to have led…and the love that she can’t let go.

The Half Life of Molly Pierce is a suspenseful, evocative psychological mystery about uncovering the secrets of our pasts, facing the unknowns of our futures, and accepting our whole selves.
4 Stars

I didn’t reread the synopsis before I picked up this book.

So yeah. I had no idea what was going on. But bonus – that helped me relate to the MC because she had no idea what has happening either!

I did, however, figure it out before she did.

Molly Pierce loses time. She’ll suddenly find herself in a different place hours later than it should be. She thinks she’s going crazy.

One day, she “wakes up” to find herself driving. A boy on a motorcycle appears to be trying to catch up to her, and in his hurry to rush through an intersection his tire is clipped by a passing truck.

This boy that Molly has never seen, who is lying in a puddle of his own blood as his life slips away, seems to know who she is.

And it is this event that sets in motion a course of events that will change Molly’s life.

And I am glad I got to take that journey with her. I don’t necessarily agree with everything that happened in the book (I loved Mabel and Sayer together), but I understand why it had to go the way that it did.

Hard to read endings are sometimes the best ones, for reasons.


Me Since You by Laura Weiss – Review

May 21, 2014 Review 0 ★★★★

Me Since You by Laura Weiss – ReviewRelease Date: February 18, 2014
Title: Me Since You
Author: Laura Weiss
Pages: 368
Publisher: MTV Books
Source: Edelweiss, NetGalley
From the Publisher: Laura Wiess captures the visceral emotion of a girl’s journey from innocence to devastating loss and, ultimately, to a strange and unexpected kind of understanding—in this beautiful and painfully honest new novel.

Are there any answers when someone you love makes a tragic choice?

Before and After. That’s how Rowan Areno sees her life now. Before: she was a normal sixteen-year-old—a little too sheltered by her police officer father and her mother. After: everything she once believed has been destroyed in the wake of a shattering tragedy, and every day is there to be survived.

If she had known, on that Friday in March when she cut school, that a random stranger’s shocking crime would have traumatic consequences, she never would have left campus. If the crime video never went viral, maybe she could have saved her mother, grandmother—and herself—from the endless replay of heartache and grief.

Finding a soul mate in Eli, a witness to the crime who is haunted by losses of his own, Rowan begins to see there is no simple, straightforward path to healing wounded hearts. Can she learn to trust, hope, and believe in happiness again?
4 Stars

Let’s start with Twitter, shall we?

Those tweets pretty much perfectly sum up the constant emotion I felt while reading this book.

It hurt.

But I’m so glad I read it. It was so real and so raw. I’ve never experienced anything like what Rowan went through in this book. Yes, I’ve been depressed. Yes, I have wanted to be dead. But I’ve never even considered the possibility of making that happen.

I just can’t imagine. Even though I read it and felt it and lived it with her, I still can’t imagine that being someone’s reality.

Yes, this book was hard to read.

But it was worth the hurt.

Me Since You is definitely the kind of book that can begin a dialogue with teens who either are, or know someone who is, depressed. I highly recommend it.


Just Sing by Rene Gilley – Review

May 19, 2014 Review 0 ★★★

Just Sing by Rene Gilley – ReviewRelease Date: June 5, 2014
Title: Just Sing
Author: Rene Gilley
Pages: 202
Publisher: The Writer's Coffee Shop Publishing House
Source: NetGalley
From the Publisher: Sixteen-year-old Lily has always dreamt of singing professionally and being the first person in her family to attend college. Two years into her four-year plan, she’s on track for acceptance into her dream college’s prestigious music program. Until the school board holds an emergency budget meeting and cuts her high school’s award-winning vocal program. Lily now has the summer before her junior year to formulate a new strategy, or she can kiss her hopes of getting into Berkeley goodbye.

Back taxes and no money not only forces her family to sell some of their land but means having to learn to accept an intrusion on their peaceful ranch life. When the snobby new neighbors move into their mansion up the hill, Lily is positive summer can’t get any worse, and she’s determined to hate and ignore them—until she meets Aiden.

He’s broken and beautiful, and they become reluctant friends. In a confusing relationship that hovers between barely speaking acquaintances and something more, Lily finds the strength to question her tried-and-true plan and find a new path to follow her dream.

However, when Lily discovers her family is on the verge of losing their generations-old ranch, Seven Oaks, suddenly her plan, Berkeley, and dreams of being a singer all seem irrelevant and selfish. All that matters is saving her family’s home. Lily realizes that stepping out of her comfort zone and taking a risk in the last place she ever expected may just be the key to save Seven Oaks.
3 Stars

I love music. It’s a very large part of my life. So it’s no surprise that I jumped at the chance to read Just Sing when I saw it on NetGalley.

I wanted to love it.

But honestly, it got a little tiresome.

Lily is an amazing singer and has a lot of people in her corner, even if she can’t quite see it.

Her family ended up selling most everything they had in order to pay some back taxes, and Lily often uses this as an excuse to whine and lament her lot in life. She chooses to “self-sacrifice” – all the while complaining about it – so that her family isn’t burdened further financially by her dreams.

But I felt like Lily should have spent all of the time and effort she put into feeling sorry for herself doing something more productive – like finding a way to live her dream.

In the end, things were tied up a little too neatly for my liking. And Lily’s character didn’t experience a whole lot of growth. And if there’s one thing you really want to get out of Contemporary YA – it’s character growth that leads away from teenage angst.


Blindfolded Innocence by Alessandra Torre – Review

May 16, 2014 Review 0 ★★★★

Blindfolded Innocence by Alessandra Torre – Review

Blindfolded Innocence by Alessandra Torre – ReviewRelease Date: January 28, 2014
Title: Blindfolded Innocence
Author: Alessandra Torre
Pages: 304
Publisher: Harlequin HQN
Source: NetGalley
From the Publisher: "I'm not sure what you have been told about me, but I'm not nearly as bad as they make me out to be." His deliciously deep voice carried a little bit of ego.

I'm sure you are exactly as bad as they make you out to be….

Brad De Luca is used to getting whatever and whomever he wants. The premier divorce attorney in town, he's a playboy who's bedded half the city—including his own clients. And when the newest intern at his firm poses a challenge, his seductive prowess goes into overdrive.

Pre-law student Julia Campbell is fresh off a failed engagement and happy with her new independence. Even if she weren't warned away from Brad at every turn, she'd know he was bad news. The last thing she needs is a man who could destroy her job prospects, not to mention her innocence. But before she knows it, the incorrigible charmer has her under his spell. His deviant tastes plunge her deep into a forbidden world of sexual exploration…but her heart may not survive the fall.
4 Stars

I’ll be honest. This wasn’t the best written novel I’ve ever read. But that didn’t stop me from enjoying the hell out of it.

You know that you’re holding something special in your hands when you feel an inexplicable rage of jealousy on behalf of the main character.

Yeah, that really happened.

Julia was so trusting and Brad was so…. Brad. I got angry.

But I got over it. Because Brad was delicious.

And I really don’t care if books like this perpetuate the myth that women can change men. It’s fictionThe whole point is to escape reality.

And this one? Well, I escaped a lot.


The Hollows Reading Challenge – Month 2

April 23, 2014 Challenges, Fun Stuff 1

Welcome to Month 2 of The Hollows Reading Challenge!

If you’re already signed up, then you’re ready to begin reading!

If you haven’t signed up yet, or want more information about what this challenge is all about, click the challenge button at the top of this post.

Month 1 Winners: 

  • Sarah @ The Bibliophile’s Diary is the winner of a signed hardcover of The Good, the Bad, and the Undead, along with a bus token from the Hollows.
  • Ann Buckhame @ Readster Quilt’s is the winner of Kindle editions of Dates from Hell and Holidays are from Hell, along with a bus token from the Hollows.

Month 2

April 17 – May 16

The goal for this month is to read Every Which Way but Dead and A Fistful of Charms.


There’s no witch in Cincinnati tougher, sexier, or more screwed up than bounty hunter Rachel Morgan, who’s already put her love life and soul in dire jeopardy through her determined efforts to bring criminal night creatures to justice.

Between “runs,” she has her hands full fending off the attentions of her blood-drinking partner, keeping a deadly secret from her backup, and resisting a hot new vamp suitor.

Rachel must also take a stand in the war that’s raging in the city’s underworld, since she helped put away its former vampire kingpin – and made a deal with a powerful demon to do so that could cost her an eternity of pain, torment, and degradation.

And now her dark “master” is coming to collect his due.


The evil night things that prowl Cincinnati despise witch and bounty hunter Rachel Morgan. Her new reputation for the dark arts is turning human and undead heads alike with the intent to possess, bed, and kill her—not necessarily in that order.

Now a mortal lover who abandoned Rachel has returned, haunted by his secret past. And there are those who covet what Nick possesses—savage beasts willing to destroy the Hollows and everyone in it if necessary.

Forced to keep a low profile or eternally suffer the wrath of a vengeful demon, Rachel must nevertheless act quickly. For the pack is gathering for the first time in millennia to ravage and rule. And suddenly more than Rachel’s soul is at stake.


The Details:

1. You have all month to read these two books.

2. You have until May 16th to post a review or simply your thoughts about the books to be entered into this month’s giveaway.

3. Be sure to come back to this post to leave a link to your post, wherever it is (Goodreads, your blog, Twitter, etc.). You must leave a link to be entered into the giveaways. The link must point to a post written during the dates of each challenge month.

Month 2 Giveaway

One winner will receive Kindle editions of Dates from Hell and Holidays are from Hell, along with a bus token from the Hollows, a burning bunny pin, and Rachel’s Coat Check Tag from Carew Tower.

Don’t forget about the extra credit reads!

If you read any of the shorts/novellas on the extra credit list, you can post your reviews any time during the challenge. Each of those links will give you an extra entry into the final giveaway and an extra entry into that month’s giveaway! Just remember – create separate links for each book/novella you read that month.

ALSO! It’s okay if you don’t finish the books in the scheduled month. You won’t be eligible for the giveaways that month, but you’ll still be reading an amazing series.

Leave your links below for posts created between April 17 and May 16, 2014.  The linky will remain open through May 17.