Book Review: Unaccompanied Minor by Hollis Gillespie

17849185Unaccompanied Minor by Hollis Gillespie

Publisher: Merit Press

Genre: Contemporary and Young Adult

Release Date: January 1, 2014

Pages: 256 (Hardcover)

good good

Fourteen-year-old April May Manning spent her life on airplanes with her flight attendant parents. When her father dies in a crash, April’s mom marries a pilot who turns out to be an abusive jerk, and gets Mom confined to a psychiatric hospital. So April takes off, literally, living on airplanes, using her mother’s flight benefits, relying on the flight crews who know she’s been shuttling between divorcing parents for a year. Then, there’s a hijacking, but why is April’s “dad” on board? April flees to the cargo hold with another unaccompanied minor she’s met before, and they fight to thwart the hijackers, faking a fire, making weapons from things they find in luggage. At last, locked in the cockpit with a wounded police officer, the boy, and his service dog, April tries to remember everything her parents said to do in a crisis above the clouds. But she knows it won’t be enough.

First of all, I would like to thank the publisher, Merit Press for giving me an ARC of this book to review. Thank you so much! Really appreciate it! All right, now for my review.


This book is just annoying. April Manning is a Nancy Drew like character, only worse because she’s boring and unrealistic. 

You know those kids that you have to babysit, the ones that just never shut up even if they’re right about something? That kid is April, and for the life of me, I could not stop picturing her as a seven year old tugging on my arm. I get it, you have a plan, and you’re smart. Shut up. Like I said above, there is a lot of forced humour. And I’m not over exaggerating. There are a few deaths, and they’re played off as jokes. The bad guys (if they can even be called that) are complete jokes that barely ever make sense. There’s quite a bit of info-dumping, and the story is very disorganized.

Airports are such a fun place, and the idea and the setting for it was what saved Unaccompanied Minor for me. They are very loud and chaotic which is why April got by so easily unnoticed. There are a few surprises though, so that was fun.

Overall, unless you’re looking for a Nancy Drew/Scooby Doo and the Gang kind of story then skip this. I felt as if I were reading about a crazy mystery that had too much forced humour and too little seriousness.

2 Clouds
2 Clouds

2013 End of Year Book Survey

This is my first year participating! I’m excited because this looks like a lot of fun. I’m going to try my best to keep it to only books released in 2013. But you might seen a few old ones! This survey is hosted by Jamie over at The Perpetual Page Turner. Go check out her blog! It’s great!

1. Best Book You Read In 2013? (If you have to cheat — you can break it down by genre if you want or 2013 release vs. backlist)

Contemporary YA – Winger by Andrew Smith

Dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic – Proxy (Proxy#1) by Alex London

Historical Fiction –crap, I don’t really read any of these. Hahha, SKIP!

Paranormal — Insomnia (The Night Walkers#1) by J. R. Johannson

Science Fiction — Sylo (Sylo#1) by D.J. MacHale

Fantasy — Through the Zombieglass by Gena Showalter

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

 Hands down Taken by Erin Bowman. I mean, have you SEEN that cover? And the summary…tsk tsk such a shame. 

 3. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2013? 

Alright, I have two.

My Ex From Hell by Tellulah Darling-I honestly thought I would hate this one. I’ve read my share of mythology books and I thought this one would be like the rest but then it swept me away! 

Being Henry David by Cal Armistead-I was expecting your typical amnesia story but then Hank stole my heart and threw away the key! Damn! One of my favourites for sure.

 4. Book you read in 2013 that you recommended to people most in 2013?

Winger by Andrew Smith!!!! GO! Drop what you are doing and read this book! I have written my book reports for English and French on this book because it’s *tries not to cry* beautiful in every single way *one tear escapes* and I just love it so much *starts sobbing*.

 5. Best series you discovered in 2013?

Definitely The Grisha series by Leigh Bardugo. Damn, that series is amazing. The Darkling is just too sexy.

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2013?

ANDREW SMITH BECAUSE HE IS AN AMAZINGLY FUNNY MAN WHO IS AWESOME. Even though I’ve only read one book by him, he has yanked Ally Carter by her ponytail back from second favourite author. IF ANYONE HAS A COPY OF GRASSHOPPER JUNGLE THAT THEY DON’T WANT ANYMORE PLEASE…I BEG YOU….

7. Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?

I completely blame my grade seven teach for this, but I hate Sci-fi. I can’t bring myself to give anything in that genre more than 3.5 Stars but  Sylo (Sylo#1) by D.J. MacHale is one that I really enjoyed.

 8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2013?

I have a few for this one. The Distance Between Us by Kasie West,  Arclight by Joslin McQuein oh! and (Yeah, yeah I’m cheating but I can’t help it!) Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff!

 9. Book You Read In 2013 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

Winger by Andrew Smith! I’ve already mentioned this book three times! It’s so good. I have the ebook as well as the physical copy. Hopefully I can get it signed.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2013?

I can’t make up my mind so I’m not even going to bother to try.


11. Most memorable character in 2013? 

I have a bunch. Deal with it!

Hank from Being Henry David, Ryan Dean West from Winger, The Darkling from Siege and Storm, Kaidan from Sweet Peril, Rue from Arlight, and Caymen from the Distance Between Us.

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2013?

Oh god. The Archived by far. That writing is like smoother than butter.

13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2013? 

Can you guess what book? That’s right.


This story hit my core. It had everything. Everything and more that I looked for in a favourite book. It made me cry, it made me laugh, it made me happy and sad and angry. But most of all, it made me care. Winger has made me care so much that upon finishing the novel at like three am crying my eyes out I had to call my sister and make sure she was okay. The events that happen in this novel should NEVER happen to anyone no matter their sexual orientation. And I cry everytime I think about this book *sobs*.

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2013 to finally read? 

Haha um is this even a question for me this year? The first Harry Potter book. Did you see my #HPvirgin tweets? Please cheer for me on this one that I’ve FINALLY read this!  (This also true for me so I’m not going to change my answer!)

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2013? 

There are just so many. I’ll have to quote a few!

1. There are so many way to be brave in this world. Sometimes bravery involves laying down your life for something bigger than yourself, or for someone else. Sometimes it involves giving up everything you have ever known, or everyone you have ever loved, for the sake of something greater.

But sometimes it doesn’t.

Sometimes it is nothing more than gritting your teeth through pain, and the work of every day, the slow walk toward a better life.

That is the sort of bravery I must have now.-Four from Allegiant

2. “I was hoping that I’m wrong, that life gets better for some people when they get older, and even the most miserable people–such as you and me–might be able to enjoy at least some aspect of adulthood. Like those ads where gay guys talk about being picked on in high school but then they grew up and discovered that adult life is like heaven. They say it gets better. I want to believe that happiness might at least be possible later on in life for people prone to sadness.”-Leonard Peacock from Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick

3. “I feel like I’m broken–like I don’t fit together anymore. Like there’s no more room for me in the world or something. Like I’ve overstayed my welcome here on Earth, and everyone’s trying to give me hints about that constantly. Like I should just check out. […] I think that’s why my mom left for New York and why no one wants to talk to me ever. I’m so fucking worthless.”-Leonard Peacock from Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick

4. Cole chuckled, saying, “Fear of spiders is arachnophobia, and fear of tight spaces is claustrophobia, but fear of Ali Bell is just called logic.”-Cole from Through the Zombie Glass (White Rabbit Chronicles#2) by Gena Showalter

5. If you’re super tall, don’t be a dick and stand in front of a short person.-Kat from Fire With Fire (Burn For Burn#2) by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian (You don’t understand how many times this has happened to me.)

6. “I have loved you all my life, Mal,” I whispered through my tears. “There is no end to our story.”-Alina from Siege and storm (The Grisha#2) by Leigh Bardugo

7. Because isn’t the whole point of loving someone–being in love with someone–that you understand her as well as you understand yourself? Isn’t loving someone almost like becoming that person, and them becoming you? I mean, isn’t that the point, at least in a way?-Sam from September Girls

8. “You’re late.” Kat said as soon as Hale put the phone to his ear. She wasn’t the kind of girl to wait for hello.

“What can I say? Macey McHenry has been throwing herself at me…”

“See, that’s the kind of thing that would make me jealous if she weren’t way out of your league.”

“You know, if I had feelings, that might have hurt them.”

And now, quotes from Winger by Andrew Smith.

1. “You know, nothing ever goes back exactly the way it was. Things just expand and contract. Like the universe, like breathing. But you’ll never fill your lungs up with the same air twice. Sometimes, it would be cool if you could pause and rewind and do over. But I think anyone would get tired of that after one or two times.”-Joey

2. You can’t see around corners, so you just have to deal with it and try to stay afloat.

And things get tough.

And you’re supposed to grow up.

And it’s all a bunch of bullshit.


3. I found out something about words. There are plenty of words I can put on paper, words I can see with my eyes and scribble with my hand, that I never had the guts to say with my mouth. Sometimes, I used to think I was brave; but I don’t believe that anymore.

And then it’s always that one word that makes you so different and puts you outside the overlap of everyone else; and that word is so fucking big and loud, it’s the only thing anyone ever hears when your name is spoken.

And whenever that happens to us,  all the other words that make us the same disappear in its shadow.

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2013?

 How I did this: Went to my read books on Goodreads and sorted by page number and just looked for what I knew I read this yeaer that was the shortest and longest.

Shortest– A Trick of the Light by Lois Metzger. This one could have been really good if only it were longer.  (189 pages)
Longest — Fire with Fire by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian (528 pages)

 17. Book That Had A Scene In It That Had You Reeling And Dying To Talk To Somebody About It? (a WTF moment, an epic revelation, a steamy kiss, etc. etc.) Be careful of spoilers!

The Bone Season had a super steamy part near the end! LOVED IT! Also Everything in Sweet Peril because that shit is supa steamayyyyy.

18. Favorite Relationship From A Book You Read In 2013 (be it romantic, friendship, etc).

Romance – Mal and Alina in Siege and Storm and Kat and Hale from Perfect Scoundrels! I just have a thing for sneaky guys!

Friendship – I really liked Moe and Annie’s relationship from The Vow because it’s so serious and strong even though I didn’t really like the book.  Or even between Cammie, Bex, Liz, and Macey from United We Spy. Those girls are my homies.

19. Favorite Book You Read in 2013 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

Hhmmm I would have to say Through the Zombie Glass (White Rabbit Chronicles#2) by Gena Showalter.

20. Best Book You Read In 2013 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else:

 The Distance Between Us by Kasie West

21. Genre You Read The Most From in 2013?

No surprise here — contemporary YA!

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2013?

Rue from Arclight! Wes from The Archived! and Adam from Six Months Later!

23. Best 2013 debut you read?

I’ll stick to something new that actually took my breath away. Prep School Confidential by Kara Taylor.

24. Most vivid world/imagery in a book you read in 2013?

Harry Potter — I love how I was so transported into Harry’s new life along with him.

25. Book That Was The Most Fun To Read in 2013?

My Date From Hell! Sophie is so funny! I could never get bored with her!

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2013?

Winger by Andrew Smith-You know why.

Being Henry David by Cal Armistead-because I could really connect with the characters.

27. Book You Read in 2013 That You Think Got Overlooked This Year Or When It Came Out?

I really think people should give September Girls by Bennett Madison a chance. It’s actually not that shitty.

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2013? 

STOP WHAT YOU ARE DOING AND GO CHECK THESE AMAZING PEOPLE OUT! THEY ARE CONSTANTLY MAKING ME LAUGH WITH THEIR REVIEWS! Litchick over at Litchick’s Hit List, Khank over at Bookistry, and Braiden over at Book Probes. GO! gO RIGHT NOW!

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2013? 

Oh man. A lot of them would have been for my favorite books and all those are linked to my reviews above!But I’d have to go with Taken just because I enjoyed ranting.

3. Best discussion you had on your blog?

I actually haven’t had many! SO I’m skipping this one. Hopefully I have some next year!

4. Most thought-provoking review or discussion you read on somebody else’s blog?

Every Discussion ever written on The Quiet Voice. I love Thomas’s writing style and his discussion topics are ones I usually don’t think twice about until he asks them. I love reading his blog but recently, I liked his post about Kindness and if it’s real or not.

5. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?

In March My best friends and I went to a signing for Marissa Meyer! Weird, I know since I haven’t read her books but I bought both book the month they came out. I plan on reading them in 2014.

6. Best moment of book blogging/your book life in 2013?

It would have to be making more friends! I feel a lot more confident about myself in the Blogger World now because of them.

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

Well my book review for The Dead and Buried! Although I’m not sure why!

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

Hmm any reviews really? They take the longest to write and it seems like blogosphere wide the loving for them is going down. I have no doubt that people read them but sometimes when they aren’t getting as much comment love it’s easy to think they aren’t being read. BUT WINGER BY ANDREW SMITH!!!!!!!!!

9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

 HHmmmm That I have found a lot of Bookworm friends! All French class we just talk about books. That’s legit it.

10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

I FINISHED THE DEBUT AUTHOR CHALLENGE! I read over 20 (I think?) books for it! I’m so happy! Didn’t finish my other goals though….

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2013 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2014?  

Cinder! Or maybe Daughter of Smoke and Bone! Gosh I just have these great series on my bookshelves and I never get around to reading them…but I will! Starting January!

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2014 (non-debut)?

Damnit! There are far too many! But I would have to say Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith. I haven’t read it yet but I always get tears in my eyes when I think about it. Maybe it’s because I also think about Andrew Smith and how awesome he is and how amazing Winger is which always makes me cry or because I really really REALLY need to get my hands on a copy of this novel. Like now.

3. 2014 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

WELLLLLL It was Cruel Beauty but I have already finished that! And it was great! Next up, I think Faking Normal!

 4. Series Ending You Are Most Anticipating in 2014?

Oh man! Sweet Reckoning and Ruin and Rising!

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging In 2014?

I really hope that I’m more organized and relaxed. I want my blog to be more than just books and albums. I want to make it more personal in 2014!

Book Review: Avalon (Avalon#1) by Mindee Arnett

17149396Avalon (Avalon#1) by Mindee Arnett

Publisher: Balzer & Bray

Genre: Science Fiction and Young Adult

Release Date: January 21, 2014

Pages: 432 (Hardcover)

good good

Of the various star systems that make up the Confederation, most lie thousands of light-years from First Earth-and out here, no one is free. The agencies that govern the Confederation are as corrupt as the crime bosses who patrol it, and power is held by anyone with enough greed and ruthlessness to claim it. That power is derived from one thing: metatech, the devices that allow people to travel great distances faster than the speed of light.

Jeth Seagrave and his crew of teenage mercenaries have survived in this world by stealing unsecured metatech, and they’re damn good at it. Jeth doesn’t care about the politics or the law; all he cares about is earning enough money to buy back his parents’ ship, Avalon, from his crime-boss employer and getting himself and his sister, Lizzie, the heck out of Dodge. But when Jeth finds himself in possession of information that both the crime bosses and the government are willing to kill for, he is going to have to ask himself how far he’ll go to get the freedom he’s wanted for so long.

First of all, I would like to thank the publisher, Balzer & Bray for giving me an ARC of this book to review. Thank you so much! Really appreciate it! All right, now for my review.


I have always had a hard time with sci-fi novels, and this one is no different. The book starts off beautifully and kept my attention, but during the middle, the whole story falters and becomes very boring. This also happens for most, if not all of the characters. Their sneaky ways come to a screeching halt, and they are so bland that I would’ve rather eat original oatmeal. And I hate original oatmeal.

The Malleus Shades are known as one of the best thieves in the galaxy, but all I pictured while reading about them was this:

The Malleus Shades fall again and again fall for traps that logical people (me! For crying out loud I am so oblivious, but I saw all of those traps from miles away!) would easily spot. The fact that they’re teenagers shouldn’t be an excuse since they’ve been doing this shit for years. Their leader, Jeth, reminds me of this guy:

They have some many things in common. 1. They both have an intense, menacing aura around them. 2. They both like someone they shouldn’t. 3. THEY NEVER TALK. THEY SAY A FEW FUCKING LINES AND THEN THAT’S FUCKING IT. UGH. The dialogue is a bit tough since Jeth NEVER talks and most things are just in his head. There are certain parts in the novel where there are long information-dumps (near the end, don’t worry) that, albeit better done than other books, is still annoying.

But, I have to give Mindee Arnett props for the amazing world building. The planets that the crew visit are described in lovely detail that left just the right amount to readers to imagine. I have a hard time connecting with sci-fi books and even worse time when they’re written in the third person yet Arnett is talented. She writes beautifully in both first and third person, and I had almost no problems with the writing.

All in all, Avalon is a good book. The romance doesn’t take over the story (though it is a bit annoying), and there’s a nice twist in the book that had me eagerly flipping the pages. I recommend this book to anyone who loves sci-fi stories that’s a bit different and don’t mind bland characters. I can’t wait to read the next book mostly because of Cora and hopefully the characters get better. Especially Jeth because that boy says like, two lines per chapter. I’m not even kidding.

2.5 Mess Up Clouds
2.5 Mess Up Clouds


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Album Review: Death Chorus by Polar Bear Club

I use the plagiarism checker at because like a poutine with shredded cheese, it’s not as good as the original! 

download (6)Death Chorus by Polar Bear Club 

Record Label: Rise Records

Genre: Punk Rock

Release Date: November 19, 2013

Songs: 10
good good

Polar Bear Club are an American punk rock band from Rochester and Syracuse, upstate New York. Formed in 2005, the band has released four albums-Sometimes Things Just Disappear, Clash Battle, Guilt Pride, and Death Chorus. They have also released one EP called The Redder, the Better. Current members are vocalist Jimmy Stadt, lead guitarist Chris Browne, Patrick Benson, Tyler Smith, and drummer Steve Port.


Polar Bear Club are roughly a new band to me. Their music is so pop punk/punk rock that it’s a bit scary. Normally, bands like these usually end up starting in pop punk but then change their sound years later whether if it’s for the best or the worst. Polar Bear Club’s dedication towards pop punk is respectable and encouraging, and Death Chorus is proof of that.

These days, I’m a real stickler when it comes down to vocals. In Death Chorus, vocals are very strong, don’t get me wrong, but I would have loved some songs to have a darker tone to them. But other than that, my biggest problem with this album is the middle where songs start to sound the same without any of them being easily distinguished.

Before the middle, the choruses in the beginning are really tight and smooth like in Blood Balloon and So I Buy. WLWYCD has a tremendous build-up with the drums and guitar slowly coming back in. The drumming is awesome to the extreme in So I Buy as well as For Show. Siouxsie Jeanne is one of the softer songs on the album and it’s sadder and of course about love, but I still love it.

Overall, Death Chorus by Polar Bear Club is an album that pop punk lovers will enjoy. They seem to have a solid reputation and release very solid album, and I can’t wait to hear more from them.

3 Sexy Treble Clefs
3 Sexy Treble Clefs

Songs on the Album (Click on the title to listen to the song!)

1. Blood Balloon-3:12

2. Graph Paper Glory Days-2:50

3. So I Buy-2:50

4. For Show-4:09

5. Siouxsie Jeanne-2:24

6. WLWYCD (Why Live When You Can Die)-3:14

7. Chicago Springs-3:27

8. When We Were College Kids-2:41

9. Twang (Blister to Burn)-3:15

10. Upstate Mosquito-5:40

Album Review: Imaginary Numbers by The Maine

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51a7ymILOhL._SL500_AA280_Imaginary Numbers by The Maine

Record Label: Independent/8123

Genre: Alternative Rock

Release Date: December 10, 2013

Songs: 5
good good

The Maine  is an American rock band from Tempe, Arizona. Formed in 2007. The band was founded by Pat Kirch (drummer) and Garrett Nickelsen (Bassist) when they were still in high school. Even though they’re from Arizona, the name Maine comes from a song by a very respected band called, Ivory. They got their name from their song, The Coast Of Maine (great song as well). The Maine have five EPs: stay Up, Get Down, …And A Happy New Year,  In Darkness And In Light, Good Love and Imaginary Numbers. And 4 albums out: Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop, Black And White,  Pioneer and Forever Halloween. Members of the band are: John O’Callaghan (vocals), Jared Monaco (lead guitarist), Kennedy Brock (back up guitarist), Garrett Nickelsen (bass), and Pat Kirch (drums).


2013 is coming to a close (finally), and The Maine knows just how to end it–with a sad, mopey love song that listeners will love. I know for a fact that I love it, and this band never cease to amaze me with every piece of music that they manage to come out with.

Even after all this time (always! haha! Sorry, I’m reading HP) The Maine are still getting comfortable with their new sound. This shows in, Raining in Paris, where high notes are uncertain things for the vocalist, hence the shakiness of those few notes. Perfectly out of Key is a song that I have a hard time understanding and even liking. It’s weird in the sense of how stable it is. I do like the lyrics, their admirable and unique and the piano part is too sweet that I can’t even but once again, the vocals totally throw me off. John, Bro,

Moving on to the good parts, The Maines’ guitarists probably have some of the best riffs ever. Mostly in Room With No Windows and Visions where there’s a spot light to show off just how awesome they are. Also, Room With No Windows has a xylophone part! Do you understand how awesome that is? Super awesome! Visions has a nice bass as well that’s actually really prominent (finally, Garrett). The EP ends with Lovely Sad, which is a slow, very sweet ballad that has a beautiful piano solo.

Imaginary Numbers is an EP that, for the most part, is really solid. My favourite songs are Room With No Windows and Visions for sure. But I believe that The Maine can only go up from here.

3.5 Treble Clefs
3.5 Treble Clefs

Songs on the Album (Click on the title to listen to the song!)

1. Raining in Paris-3:47

2. Room With No Window-3:51

3. Perfectly out of Kay-3:51

4. Visions-4:22

5. Lovely Sad-6:25

Album Review: Devil B-Side by Lydia

UnknownDevil B-Side by Lydia

Record Label: Independent

Genre: Indie Rock/pop

Release Date: Oct 15, 2013

Songs: 6
good good

Lydia is an indie rock pop band from Gilbert, Arizona that was formed in 2003. In 2010, the band took a year-long hiatus. Lydia has released five albums-This December, it’s one more and I’m free, Illuminate, Assailants, Paint it golden, and Devil.  Current band members are-Leighton Antelman (Vocals),  Justin Camacho (Guitar) Matt Keller (Keyboard), and Craig Taylor (drums, percussions).


It’s times like these that I remember why Lydia is one of my favourite bands. They produce such great music and have such high energy. Earlier this year, they released their fifth album, Devil (which is an amazing album) this B-Side is just as good. Honestly, this EP has been replayed all of these last few weeks. I just can’t enough!

The EP starts off with We’ll Never Die which is an okay song, but it gets tarnished by the background music which is way too loud when the vocalist is singing. In Do You Remember, there’s an intense sense of panic that makes everything, especially the guitar parts sound very rushed. Lydia ends the EP with two acoustic versions of their most famous songs on their album, The Exit and Devil. Unfortunately, these acoustic versions don’t do the originals any justice. They both sound contrived rather than their signature relaxed mood.

However, What’s the Worst that Could Happen? is probably the song that best describes Lydia’s music now and that’s really comfortable and very light. The song is actually pretty slow and starts off quiet with great drumming and lovely lyrics. I feel like Wish You Well could be the second part of Back to Bed because it’s also just as sweet. All of the “oh ah oh oh’s” don’t bother me, they feel perfect and go well with the song.

Devil B-Side is a lovely EP that I recommend to everyone. My favourite songs are What’s the Worst that Could happen? And Wish You Well but all songs are fairly good minus their few flaws. They’re all good for remembering the good old summer days and summer loves. Two things Lydia does well.

4 awesome Treble Clefs
4 awesome Treble Clefs

Songs on the Album (Click on the title to listen to the song!)

1. We’ll Never Die-3:01

2. Do You Remember-3:21

3.  What’s the Worst That Could Happen?-3:20

4. Wish You Well-3:51

5. The Exit (acoustic)-2:50

6. Devil (acoustic)-3:25

Book Review: Fake ID by Lamar Giles

12787708Fake ID by Lamar Giles

Publisher: HarperTeen

Genre: Contemporary and Young Adult

Release Date: January 21, 2014

Pages: 320 (Hardcover)

good good

Nick Pearson is hiding in plain sight…

My name isn’t really Nick Pearson.

I shouldn’t tell you where I’m from or why my family moved to Stepton, Virginia.

I shouldn’t tell you who I really am, or my hair, eye, and skin color.

And I definitely shouldn’t tell you about my friend Eli Cruz and the major conspiracy he was about to uncover when he died—right after I moved to town. About how I had to choose between solving his murder with his hot sister, Reya, and “staying low-key” like the Program has taught me. About how moving to Stepon changed my life forever.

But I’m going to.

First of all, I would like to thank the publisher, HarperTeen for giving me an ARC of this book to review. Thank you so much! Really appreciate it! All right, now for my review.


Fake ID kind of just swept me off of my feet and blew me away. I was expecting a darker story and for it to be a lot slower but I got something a bit different. Lamar Giles has written a story about family, romance, and above all, trust. Which has earned him a respected place among my favourite authors.

I had a hard time connecting with some characters since their  back stories and histories are told too late in the story for me to actually care about them. I wished that more of a reaction was shown when people found out about Nick and his family instead of what I got. Everyone seems too calm about it, even Reya who I was expecting to go bat shit crazy didn’t satisfy me.

Giles jumps right into the action and never stopped entertaining me. There’s a lot of it and a romance but I loved how it takes the backseat throughout the whole novel. A really big part of the story is the witness protection program that Nick’s family is in and I thought that it’s very well done. It’s woven into he story form the beginning to the end of it.

Overall, this is a great story that I really enjoyed. I loved how race doesn’t add in a lot of the typical stereotypes. I recommend Fake ID to everyone, especially people who like mystery stories with quite a bit of action in them.

4 Dreamy Clouds
4 Dreamy Clouds

Book Review: No One Else Can Have You by Kathleen Hale

18052934No One Else Can Have You by Kathleen Hale

Publisher: HarperTeen

Genre: Contemporary and Young Adult

Release Date: January 7, 2014

Pages: 384 (Hardcover)

good good

Small towns are nothing if not friendly. Friendship, Wisconsin (population: 688) is no different. Around here, everyone wears a smile. And no one ever locks their doors. Until, that is, high school sweetheart Ruth Fried is found murdered. Strung up like a scarecrow in the middle of a cornfield.

Unfortunately, Friendship’s police are more adept at looking for lost pets than catching killers. So Ruth’s best friend, Kippy Bushman, armed with only her tenacious Midwestern spirit and Ruth’s secret diary (which Ruth’s mother had asked her to read in order to redact any, you know, sex parts), sets out to find the murderer. But in a quiet town like Friendship—where no one is a suspect—anyone could be the killer.

First of all, I would like to thank the publisher, HarperTeen for giving me an ARC of this book to review. Thank you so much! Really appreciate it! All right, now for my review.


My reaction to this book from beginning to end.

Was reading this book worth my time? Nope, not at all. Maybe it’s the fact that I’ve read a stream of serious topic books lately that I had high hopes for this one but it fell so flat. Flat on its ass. I can’t count how many times I’ve fallen asleep while reading this.

The writing style feels too forced and awkward which made Kippy too awkward to even try to like. Readers are constantly told that she watches many TV shows and journalists yet she’ s constantly making childish mistakes while investigating crime scenes. I felt like the author was trying too hard to make the killer mysterious that she didn’t care that kippy is a horrible character who leaves her car in front of crime scenes, gloats about all the secrets she knows to suspects, and leaves evidence where people can just take it. I mean, come on! Did I mention that she treats her super nice dad like shit? Because she does every time she’s around him. In the story, there are a few eyebrow raising scenes because of the way they’re handed as jokes, whether it was Hale’s intention or not, it’s angering and disgusting the way abuse and mental illness es are treated in the book.

The cover is so creepy! I love it. That’s all I liked about this book.

No One Else Can Have You feels like a complete stupidly boring joke that’s more awkward satire than gritty and dark. I don’t recommend this to anyone unless you enjoy boring stories with a pretty predictable killer. Mystery novels should never be read one after another or else trends are easy to spot. I have learned my lesson.

1 Lonely Cloud
1 Lonely Cloud


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Book Review: Speechless by Hannah Harrington

13069681Speechless by Hannah Harrington

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Genre: Contemporary and Young Adult

Release Date: August 28, 2012

Pages: 288 (Paperback)

good good

Everyone knows that Chelsea Knot can’t keep a secret

Until now. Because the last secret she shared turned her into a social outcast—and nearly got someone killed.

Now Chelsea has taken a vow of silence—to learn to keep her mouth shut, and to stop hurting anyone else. And if she thinks keeping secrets is hard, not speaking up when she’s ignored, ridiculed and even attacked is worse.

But there’s strength in silence, and in the new friends who are, shockingly, coming her way—people she never noticed before; a boy she might even fall for. If only her new friends can forgive what she’s done. If only she can forgive herself

First of all, I would like to thank the publisher, Harlequin Teen for giving me an ARC of this book to review. Thank you so much! Really appreciate it! All right, now for my review.


Speechless isn’t everything that I expected it to be in both a good and bad way. But it’s a nice reminder of how bad things happen to good people because they’re different in a way that shouldn’t actually matter. Nothing is wrong with loving someone of the same-sex. Everyone who thinks otherwise just doesn’t like equality.

Although I really liked the story, the vow of silence is really out there and a bit ridiculous. It’s hard enough for an adult to commit to something like this, but a teenager who loves to talk? No way is that realistic. Chelsea and Sam’s relationship moves really fast like, they go from never speaking because of Chelsea’s part in Noah’s incident to pretending that it never happened. Chelsea might feel horrible about what she did, but I wouldn’t jump into things as quickly as Sam.

Chelsea loves to talk a lot, and the writing style really fits her personality because even though she’s silent for the better part of the book, it’s still told in a very talkative type of way. The characters are mostly realistic, the whole high school situation felt really real to me. Teenagers are one of the most vicious age groups out there, and Hannah Harrington shows both good and bad sides to them.

I’ve been told that Speechless is a novel about forgiveness and my friends are right. There are a lot of messages throughout it that I think many people can learn from which is why I recommend it to everyone.


3.5 Dreamy Clouds
3.5 Dreamy Clouds

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