An absolutely obnoxious amount of YA mini reviews

January 22, 2015 Book Reviews 1

I received this book for free from Amazon, Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

by Jennifer L. Armentrout, Joelle Charbonneau, Julie Kagawa, Kelly Hashway, Kiera Cass, Kresley Cole, Mari Mancusi, Marie Rutkoski, Mindy McGinnis, Richelle Mead, Rick Yancy, Rinda Elliott, Sarah J. Maas, Susan Dennard, Veronica Roth, Victoria Lamb, Victoria Scott
Also in this series: Endless Knight, Scorched, Smoked (Scorched, #3), White Hot Kiss, Witchstruck, Crown of Midnight
Genres: Action & Adventure, Dystopian, Fantasy, Fantasy & Magic, Fiction, Legends, Myths, Fables, Paranormal, Sci Fi, Science Fiction, Urban Fantasy, YA, Young Adult
Source: Amazon, Net Galley


Howdy everyone!!! I’M BACK!!!!! So what’s going to happen here is that I’m going to do a YA mini review post for all (more likely most) of the YA’s I’ve read since March. So lets begin!


The Forever Song: Julie Kagawa


The conclusion of this series was what I expected of it. I got accepted to read this before I had read The Eternity Cure so I read them back to back. And because of that both are a bit blurred together. That being said, I really enjoyed this series. It’s gritty and creepy, and exactly what most vampire books are not. It was sad and funny and a solid conclusion to this trilogy.      4.5 Stars

“‘I know it’s irrational,’ I told him, “but I blame you for this.'”

“‘Oh, for the love of fuck!’ Jackal snarled.”


Not a Drop to Drink: Mindy McGinnis


I really really liked NaDtD. It was a great story and a very interesting idea! This is a book I would recommend to dystopian lovers. I’ve also heard some disappointment about the sequel In a Handful of Dust because it follows the little girl Lynn fosters. I’ve been really looking forward to IaHoD and I’ll still read it regardless of what other people have said about it.     4.5 Stars


The One: Kiera Cass


I’m just going to start with the fact that I love this series. It’s like the bachelor and a dystopian book had sex and had a baby, this is that baby. I’m going to say, I’ve never watched the bachelor but I get the idea. I enjoyed the ending to this series and was even more excited when I heard KC is coming out with The Heir in May. It also doesn’t hurt that this series has some of the most gorgeous covers I’ve ever laid eyes on. The Heir is my favorite cover. If you are a fan of this series you should enjoy the conclusion.    4.5 Stars

“‘I was nearly attacked. All because I missed your smell.'”


The Warrior: Victoria Scott


I sadly don’t remember much about this book. Not because I didn’t like it, but because I’ve read so many since then. It was good, I wasn’t blown away, but I didn’t hate it either. I’m just kind of meh. I enjoyed the series, and it was a solid conclusion.      3 stars


Allegiant: Veronica Roth


Oh, where to even begin. There was so much talk that surrounded this book. I have this thing about books/tv shows you name it, that kills the people they are hell bent on keeping alive. Hunger games, Revolution (tv), there is nothing that drives me more crazy. So it’s no surprise that I have a like/hate relationship with this book. I didn’t expect the series to go the way it went, but it worked, as far as plot. And except for the ending, I didn’t hate this book, if she hadn’t ended it the way she did I would have given this book a 4.5 rating. I also think that she should write a prequel to Divergent that tells the story of Tris’ mother.    3.5 Stars

“‘I wonder if fears ever really go away, or if they just lose their power over us.'”


Witchfall: Victoria Lamb


This series is really interesting. I have a slight interest in historical fiction books so the fact that this is a historical/paranormal was really intriguing for me. I also don’t remember a ton about this book, but I know I liked it and I have the last book Witchrise sitting on my kindle waiting for me to read and review it. So be ready for that.  4 Stars


Shattered: Mari Mancusi


I was really looking forward to this book after I read Scorched. But this was the book I was reading the weekend we lost my nephew. So unfortunately I didn’t finish this book. Maybe one day, but not for a while. So much to my dismay this is also a      DNF


Heir of Fire: Sarah J. Maas   and   Assassin’s Blade: Sarah J. Maas



I love Sarah J. Maas, as a writer and a human being. She is the most amazing author I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting. But you already know this. So these books were amazing!!! I loved HoF, I know there was some complaint about it being told from too many characters views, but I liked the look into each character she gave us. And I can’t wait to see what happens next. TAB was also good, which is no surprise. It was nice to get to see how Celaena became the assassin she is today.       5 Stars for both

“‘Because I am lost,’ she whispered unto the earth. ‘And I do not know the way.'”


The 5th Wave and The Infinite Sea: Rick Yancy



I was blown away by these books. I had put off reading The 5th Wave because it’s size, and my TBR shelf is completely out of control. But after I went to The Infinite Sea’s signing I was impressed by Rick Yancy and since T5W is being made into a movie I figured it was time since I also had the sequel. And I was not disappointed by these books. But let me tell you, these books are the worst kind of mind fuck. I was dreaming one night and I woke up and there was an owl hooting, scared the beejesus out of me. Those of you who have read them will understand. I highly recommend these books!       5 Stars for both


Stone Cold Touch: Jennifer L. Armentrout

I really like this series. Which is no surprise since I love JLA. All I have to say about this book is, WHY IN THE HELL CAN’T LAYLA HAVE BOTH?????!!!!!        5 Stars


Something Strange and Deadly: Susan Dennard


I met Susan Dennard at the Sarah J. Maas signing for Heir of Fire, and she was incredibly funny and smart, her and Sarah’s back and forth was hysterical. I’m not usually a big fan of zombies, but I really liked this book. I’m really looking forward to squeezing in the sequel to my currently reading shelf.        4 Stars

“‘Can’t say I’m surprised you were here. You have the curiosity of a cat and the common sense of a goldfish.'”


The Monster Within: Kelly Hashway


I just couldn’t finish this book. I started it and it didn’t do anything for me so I gave up at 32%. So DNF


Silver Shadows: Richelle Mead


I really love this series. Sydney Sage is smart, cunning, and passionate. And Adrian needs no explanation. This series is really awesome, and you don’t have to have read the Vampire Academy series to enjoy this series.                 5 Stars


Fortold, Forcast, Forsworn: Rinda Elliott



This series was awesome! All three are available now, and are cheap $2.99 apiece. Totally worth the money. I really liked her characters and the story. It was very different since it follows Norse mythology. I highly recommend this series.         5 Stars for all three


The Testing: Joelle Charbonneau


This post-apocalyptic/dystopian was awesome! Like a mix between Hunger Games and Divergent, but totally it’s own. I really enjoyed reading this and can’t wait until I get my hands on Independent Study. The great thing about this trilogy is that all three books are currently in stores.        5 Stars


The Winner’s Curse: Marie Rutkowski


I was blown away by this book and cannot wait until The Winner’s Crime comes out. I have nothing else to say besides, READ THIS BOOK!!!!!      5 Stars


Dead Of Winter: Kresley Cole


This series is awesome. It takes dystopia/post-apocalyptic to a whole new level. The tarot aspect blows my mind and this series is never boring. I loved this book even though it didn’t turn out quite like I wanted it to, but I believe there’s still time for my outcome to play out. If you are a fan of Kresley Cole, I think you should give this series a try!!     5 Stars

“‘Mortal, if there’s one thing I’ve learned in all my years, it’s this; lies are curses you place on yourself.'”



So there is my YA post for the books I needed to review. All covers take you to the corresponding Goodreads page.

Upcoming: Adult mini reviews



About Jennifer L. Armentrout

# 1 NEW YOUK TIMES and # 1 International Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Charles Town, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki. In early 2015, Jennifer was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, a group of rare genetic disorders that involve a breakdown and death of cells in the retina, eventually resulting in loss of vision, among other complications.  Due to this diagnosis, educating people on the varying degrees of blindness has become of passion of hers, right alongside writing, which she plans to do as long as she can.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Tor, HarperCollins Avon and William Morrow, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her Wicked Series has been optioned by PassionFlix. Jennifer has won numerous awards, including the 2013 Reviewers Choice Award for Wait for You, the 2015 Editor’s Pick for Fall With Me, and the 2014/2015 Moerser-Jugendbuch- Jury award for Obsidian. Her young adult romantic suspense novel DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA. Her adult romantic suspense novel TILL DEATH was a Amazon Editor’s Pick and iBook Book of the Month. Her young adult contemporary THE PROBLEM WITH FOREVER is a 2017 RITA Award Winner in Young Adult Fiction. She also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

She is the owner of ApollyCon and The Origin Event, the successful annual events that features over hundred bestselling authors in Young Adult, New Adult, and Adult Fiction, panels, parties, and more. She is also the creator and sole financier of the annual Write Your Way To RT Book Convention, a contest that gives aspiring authors a chance to win a fully paid trip to RT Book Reviews.

About Kresley Cole

Kresley Cole is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the electrifying Immortals After Dark paranormal series, the young adult Arcana Chronicles series, the erotic Gamemakers series, and five award-winning historical romances.

A master’s grad and former athlete, she has traveled over much of the world and draws from those experiences to create her memorable characters and settings.
Her IAD books have been translated into twenty foreign languages, garnered three RITA awards, and consistently appear on the bestseller lists, in the U.S. and abroad.

Cole lives in Florida with her family and “far too many animals.” You can learn more about Kresley at

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