Category: Review

Recently in Romance #6 | New Sarina Bowen, Lucy Parker, and More!

Recently in Romance #6 | New Sarina Bowen, Lucy Parker, and More!

Since becoming a romance reader a few years ago, I’ve struggled to figure out where romance reviews belong on my site. I don’t usually write full reviews of romance books, and I’m not sure if all of you like the X-rated books! Recently in Romance is my mini-review feature where I bundle my recent reads and buys for those of you who are fans. Recently Read: 4 stars. As a lot of you know, I am a huge, ginormous Sarina Bowen fan. I love all of her books, but her male/male romance writing is where she really shines. This romance […]

Mini-Reviews: Seven Days of You and The Other F-Word

March 21, 2017 / 2 Comments / Posted by Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit in Mini-Reviews, Review
Mini-Reviews: Seven Days of You and The Other F-Word

REVIEW: Seven Days of You by Cecilia Vinesse So much of what the main character of Seven Days of You, Sophia Wachowski, experiences in her last week in Tokyo before moving back to the States for her senior year, is steeped in what it means to be an international student in Asia. It’s a love letter to Tokyo and to the international student crowd. Sophia doesn’t want to be leaving Japan, especially right before her senior year. She finally has her first ever real best friend, and a boy friend who she wants to be a boyfriend. At the same time, […]

Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner | Review

March 7, 2017 / 3 Comments / Posted by Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit in Review
Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner | Review

Review: Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner To read Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner is to go through the entire grief process. To mourn, to rage, to laugh, to remember, and to hold and release. It’s a reading experience that I’ve not had with many books, and I’m not sure I’ll have again. Carver Briggs just lost his three best friends, Mars, Blake, and Eli, in a car accident – one that he might have accidentally caused by texting his friend who was driving. Some of the families of his friends feel the accident is his fault; there’s a possibility that […]

Middle Grade Reads #2 | Omega City: The Forbidden Fortress by Diana Peterfreund and Smile by Raina T..

Middle Grade Reads #2 | Omega City: The Forbidden Fortress by Diana Peterfreund and Smile by Raina Telgemeier

A fast-paced, cerebral book, OMEGA CITY: The Forbidden Fortress continues the journey of Gillian Seagret, her brother Eric, and their friends Savannah, Howard, and Nate. Ten months after finding Omega City, an mythical underground town that proves to be real, and escaping the clutches of the Shepherds, a group of conspiracy theorists bent on taking the technology from Omega City for nefarious purposes, Gillian and Eric are now living at home with their mother while their father tours and promotes his book based on their adventures. Gillian’s mom is planning to move them to Idaho, and Gillian’s not happy about […]

Mini-Reviews: Wires and Nerve, Lessons in Falling, Romeo and What’s Her Name, The Inside of Ou..

February 6, 2017 / 5 Comments / Posted by Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit in Mini-Reviews, Review
Mini-Reviews: Wires and Nerve, Lessons in Falling, Romeo and What’s Her Name, The Inside of Out

What a delight to finally get a story from Iko’s perspective. I really enjoyed Wires and Nerve, Vol 1, the first installment of Marissa Meyer’s The Lunar Chronicles graphic novel series. Even though it’s the first book in the series, I would not recommend reading these without reading the Lunar Chronicles books. You won’t have the emotional attachment or the backstory needed to get into this graphic novel. That said, if you’ve read Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter, you will really enjoy this extra story. Set between the end of Winter and the final story in Stars Above, Iko takes […]

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han | On Lara Jean, The Realistically Immature Teen

January 25, 2017 / 10 Comments / Posted by Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit in Discussion, Review
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han | On Lara Jean, The Realistically Immature Teen

Review: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han I am a thousand years late to the Lara Jean love fest, but better late than never, right? This is a true story for dreamers, and it’s one that I fell for, hard and fast. Lara Jean Covey is the middle sister in a loving family, with a busy obstetrical surgeon of a dad, perfect older sister Margot, and fun younger sister Kitty. Lara Jean is a homebody; she loves baking, scrapbooking, and being cozy. Lara Jean is also a bit boy-crazy. What the synopsis doesn’t tell you, though,  is that […]

History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera | Review

January 19, 2017 / 6 Comments / Posted by Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit in Review
History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera | Review

Review: History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera Reading an Adam Silvera book is like putting yourself into the laundry emotionally; every bump, twist and turn there could be was in History is All You Left Me. Like his debut, More Happy Than Not, the characters in this book were honest and real, but heartbreaking. Griffin and Theo were everything to one another – they were deeply in love. And then Theo moved away, moved on with another guy, and Griffin was devastated. But not as devastated as now – because Theo is dead now, and Griffin has […]

A Million Worlds With You by Claudia Gray | Mini-Review (& A Note on Consent and Rape)

January 16, 2017 / 4 Comments / Posted by Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit in Mini-Reviews, Review
A Million Worlds With You by Claudia Gray | Mini-Review (& A Note on Consent and Rape)

Mini-Review: A Million Worlds With You by Claudia Gray Spoilers for the first two books, but not for this one. Easily the most action-packed of this trilogy, A Million Worlds with You takes us on a roller-coaster of emotion and movement. After discovering Triad and Home Office’s plans for destruction of many worlds in order to save a loved one, Marguerite is in a race with the most evil version of herself – the Wicked Marguerite, a girl whose “art” is sadism and destruction. Chasing her from parallel universe to parallel universe in order to try to prevent the loss […]

You Don’t Know My Name by Kristen Orlando | Mini-Review

January 11, 2017 / 3 Comments / Posted by Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit in Mini-Reviews, Review
You Don’t Know My Name by Kristen Orlando | Mini-Review

Review: You Don’t Know My Name by Kristen Orlando I came into You Don’t Know My Name hoping for an Ally Carter like spy story. And knowing Swoon Reads, I expected a fast-paced book with a lot of romance. This book is definitely not Ally Carter, but it does do an okay job with the whole “normal girl who is secretly a spy” idea. I liked Reagan and her friendships, and I enjoyed the romance with her neighbour Luke. I also appreciated that the author took her time showing us Reagan’s teen life and what she leaves behind every time […]

Recently in Romance #5 | All the Contemporary & Historical Reviews!

Recently in Romance #5 | All the Contemporary & Historical Reviews!

Recently in Romance is my mini-review feature where I bundle my recent reads and buys for those of you who are fans of X-rated books! Wow, have I got a whopping Recently in Romance post for you guys! This one is all romance reviews because I haven’t done one of these in awhile, and I have a ton to post. I’m splitting this into a couple of sections in case you want to skip down to your favorite kind of romance. Sports/Hockey Romances Historical Romances Contemporary Romances Just wanted to note that the first two of these are ARC reviews in case […]