Everneath by Brodi Ashton (Everneath #1)

Over the past few years I’ve noticed a trend in young adult (YA) fiction in the Fantasy genre that seems to be going strong. Retellings of classical mythological figures, angels and demons, and explorations of death as the netherworld (instead of all that fire and brimstone) are increasing in popularity. I’ve blogged about Meg Cabot’s Abandon series [...]

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Overbite by Meg Cabot (Insatiable #2)

Morning folks!  Today we're beginning the day by discussing very dark things.  Vampires.  Subterranean passages.  The New Jersey Devil (yes, it's real!).  And the end (probably) of a very promising series by Meg Cabot. Ignoring the rants of GoodReads reviewers, I decided to give the sequel a try for myself. My copy of Overbite finally arrives [...]

Insatiable by Meg Cabot (Insatiable #1)

What can you say about Meg Cabot?  Girl's got talent.  How many authors successfully cross age groups, let alone different genres too?  For those of you who don't know Meg Cabot's work, here's a brief introduction. She's the bestselling author of multiple series for children, YA, and adults (1-800-WHERE-R-U, Avalon High, Queen of Babble, Allie [...]

Moon Called by Patricia Briggs (Mercy Thompson #1)

Patricia Briggs introduces us to an alternate universe where werewolves and witches, shapeshifters, fey and vampires live largely unnoticed by humans. In the Tri-Cities area, Mercedes "Mercy" Thompson is a bad-ass mechanic who has connections to several magical beings but she tries to keep a low-profile. She's a "walker" which means she's a shapeshifter (into [...]

Jessica Rules the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey (Jessica #2)

In the vampire world, a dream of a wooden stake is an omen of betrayal.  Shortly after their marriage, Jessica and Lucius are preparing for a big conference where they must prove that they can lead in order to become king and queen.  Unfortunately, Jessica doesn't know a word of Romanian and the girl from [...]

A Little Night Magic by Lucy March (NodAway Falls #1)

Can Olivia find the courage and self-control to harness her power to protect those she loves and maybe, just maybe, find a little of true love in her own life? My Thoughts:  A hero/ine (orphan) discovering their magical talents and family background may be a common trope (Harry Potter anyone?) but I did enjoy this version of the [...]

Underworld by Meg Cabot (Abandon #2)

With this second installment of the Abandon series, all the world-building work that was so predominant in the first book, Abandon, finally pays off.  In the first chapter, Cabot draws us in with a scene in the middle of an intense life-or-death scenario, then backs up in the following chapter to remind us where we [...]

Abandon by Meg Cabot (Abandon #1)

Pierce Oliviera, daughter of bird-lover environmentalist mom and BP-executive dad, is different from most girls because she's died, and lived, to tell about it.  Only, when she came back after drowning in her family's pool, she couldn't tell her family what REALLY happened during those 20 minutes because no-one would ever believe her... would they? [...]