Mini Review: Monster High by Lisi Harrison

10789108Monster High (Monster High #1) by Lisi Harrison

Details: Paperback, 272 pages
Published: September 5th 2011 by Poppy (first published October 4th 2005)
Source: Library
Buy it: Book Depository
Rating: 4 stars

Summary: From Lisi Harrison, the New York Times bestselling author of The Clique and Alphas, comes a new series with a fresh twist on high school, romance, and the “horrors” of trying to fit in.

The monster community has kept a low profile at the local high school, but when two new girls enroll, the town will never be the same. Created just fifteen days ago, Frankie Stein is psyched to trade her father’s formaldehyde-smelling basement lab for parties and prom.

But with a student body totally freaked out by rumors of monsters stalking the halls, Frankie learns that high school can be rough for a chic freak like her. She thinks she finds a friend in fellow new student Melody Carver-but can a “normie” be trusted with her big secret?

Review: I really enjoyed Monster High. It was such a fun read. I picked it up from the library, and like most books I get from the library, I wish I bought it. If you haven’t read it yet, you should pick it up. It wont take you long to read.

Note: This is an older review. So I don’t feel like I can get more into what I liked and disliked about it. Maybe someday I will re-read Monster High and do another review. Better reviews (hopefully) in the future.

Bout of Books 13

BoB13-200x200I haven’t been doing so great with read-a-thons lately, but I am going to keep doing them. This time around it’s Bout of Books. I am super excited and I’m determined to get something read. I’m not exactly sure what I will be reading. I suppose I have some time to figure it out. I know I wont be reading as much as I like since I think I will be moving soon. I’m not sure if/when that will be happening. If I do move, hopefully it will be after Bout of Books. I want to get some reading done and I always have so much fun participating in this read-a-thon. Are you taking part in Bout of Books? Do you know what you will be reading? Let me know. I have a bunch of unread books, but have no idea what I feel like reading.

More information: 

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 11th and runs through Sunday, May 17th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 13 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

Waiting on Wednesday: Ink and Bone


Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, and spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating. This week I picked: 

23398607Ink and Bone (The Great Library #1) by Rachel Caine

Details: Hardcover, 368 pages
Expected publication: July 7th 2015 by NAL
Pre-order: Book Depository

Summary: In an exhilarating new series, New York Times bestselling author Rachel Caine rewrites history, creating a dangerous world where the Great Library of Alexandria has survived the test of time.…

Ruthless and supremely powerful, the Great Library is now a presence in every major city, governing the flow of knowledge to the masses. Alchemy allows the Library to deliver the content of the greatest works of history instantly—but the personal ownership of books is expressly forbidden.

Jess Brightwell believes in the value of the Library, but the majority of his knowledge comes from illegal books obtained by his family, who are involved in the thriving black market. Jess has been sent to be his family’s spy, but his loyalties are tested in the final months of his training to enter the Library’s service.

When he inadvertently commits heresy by creating a device that could change the world, Jess discovers that those who control the Great Library believe that knowledge is more valuable than any human life—and soon both heretics and books will burn.…

Wishlist Wednesday: Shutter

Wishlist WednesdayWishlist Wednesday is hosted by Pen to Paper.

20757532Shutter (Shutter #1) by Courtney Alameda

Published: February 3rd 2015 by Feiwel & Friends
Details: Hardcover, 384 pages
Buy it: Book Depository

Synopsis: Horror has a new name: introducing Courtney Alameda.

Micheline Helsing is a tetrachromat—a girl who sees the auras of the undead in a prismatic spectrum. As one of the last descendants of the Van Helsing lineage, she has trained since childhood to destroy monsters both corporeal and spiritual: the corporeal undead go down by the bullet, the spiritual undead by the lens. With an analog SLR camera as her best weapon, Micheline exorcises ghosts by capturing their spiritual energy on film. She’s aided by her crew: Oliver, a techno-whiz and the boy who developed her camera’s technology; Jude, who can predict death; and Ryder, the boy Micheline has known and loved forever.

When a routine ghost hunt goes awry, Micheline and the boys are infected with a curse known as a soulchain. As the ghostly chains spread through their bodies, Micheline learns that if she doesn’t exorcise her entity in seven days or less, she and her friends will die. Now pursued as a renegade agent by her monster-hunting father, Leonard Helsing, she must track and destroy an entity more powerful than anything she’s faced before . . . or die trying.

Lock, stock, and lens, she’s in for one hell of a week.

Review: The Messengers by Edward Hogan


The Messengers by Edward Hogan

Publication Date: May 12th 2015
Details: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: Candlewick Press
ISBN: 9780763671129
Source: I won it from LibraryThing

Buy The Messengers:
Amazon | Book Depository

Summary: If you could see the future, would you have the guts to change it? A new psychological thriller from the author of Daylight Saving.

Fifteen-year-old Frances is sent to her aunt’s house for the summer to escape difficulties at home. Soon she meets Peter, a man unlike anyone she has ever known. Peter is a messenger—but his messages never bring good news. Peter believes that Frances is a messenger, too. In a compelling page-turner as complex as it is chilling, the author of Daylight Saving poses the provocative question: If you could change the future, where would you start?


I was super excited when I won this book from LibraryThing. Lately I’ve won a couple of books, but unfortunately like The Frail Days by Gabrielle Prendergast, this book was also only a two star read for me.

The Messengers could have been a three star book. I did like it. I really enjoyed reading it but I had to drop a star because of the characters. I can’t really explain it that well without spoiling stuff. I will just say that Frances does something really stupid. She’s trying to help but I feel like even a child would understand how dumb and dangerous her idea is. Her friend also annoyed me. He was all over the place.

When I finished reading this book, I wanted to give it three stars, but I just couldn’t. I can usually look past characters making bad decisions or being slightly annoying, but I couldn’t with this one.

I did enjoy it and think it is worth a read. I would just suggest that maybe you get this one from the library.

2 out of 5 stars


It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?


It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey.

Posted Last Week:

Review: Horde (Razorland #3) by Ann Aguirre
Wishlist Wednesday: MARY: The Summoning (Bloody Mary #1) by Hillary Monahan
Waiting on Wednesday: Spelled by Betsy Schow
Review: The Haunted Mask II (Goosebumps #36) by R.L. Stine
Review: Black Hole Sun (Hell’s Cross #1) by David Macinnis Gill
Read-a-Thon: Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-Thon

Read Last Week:

Even though I participated in Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-Thon, I only read about 100 pages. I read about 200 pages the entire week. Between my eyes bothering me and my anxiety being worse than usual, I had trouble reading. Hopefully next week is a bit better. I hope to at least finish Ink Exchange and maybe start another book.

Currently Reading:

Ink Exchange (Wicked Lovely #2) by Melissa Marr

Coming Up This Week:

Review: The Messengers by Edward Hogan
Wishlist Wednesday: Not sure yet.
Waiting on Wednesday: Not sure about this one either.
Mini Review: Monster High by Lisi Harrison
Series Review: Vampire Kisses by Ellen Schrieber

Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-Thon!


Hey guys! Just a quick post to let you know what I plan on reading today for Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-Thon. I’m not sure if I will read the whole book since I haven’t been reading much this week because my eyes have been bothering me. I am going to try my best, read as much as I can and have fun.

If you are participating, let me know what you plan on reading. I hope to read:

2321296Ink Exchange (Wicked Lovely #2) by Melissa Marr

Details: Paperback, 352 pages
Published: March 31st 2009 (first published 2008)

Summary: Unbeknownst to mortals, a power struggle is unfolding in a world of shadows and danger. After centuries of stability, the balance among the Faery Courts has altered, and Irial, ruler of the Dark Court, is battling to hold his rebellious and newly vulnerable fey together. If he fails, bloodshed and brutality will follow.

Seventeen-year-old Leslie knows nothing of faeries or their intrigues. When she is attracted to an eerily beautiful tattoo of eyes and wings, all she knows is that she has to have it, convinced it is a tangible symbol of changes she desperately craves for her own life.

The tattoo does bring changes—not the kind Leslie has dreamed of, but sinister, compelling changes that are more than symbolic. Those changes will bind Leslie and Irial together, drawing Leslie deeper and deeper into the faery world, unable to resist its allures, and helpless to withstand its perils. . . .

Mini Review: Black Hole Sun by David Macinnis Gill

11946993Black Hole Sun (Hell’s Cross #1) by David Macinnis Gill

Details: Paperback, 368 pages
Published: February 28th 2012 by Greenwillow Books
Source: My Dad bought it for me
Buy it: Book Depository
My Rating: 5 Stars

Summary: Mars stinks

It’s hot. The air reeks of burning fuel; the rivers and lakes seethe with sulfur. In the shadows, evil men plot terror and beasts hunt the innocent. Out on the barren crags of the terraformed planet, there is nowhere to hide. No one to heed a call for help.

No one, except Durango.

Review: I’m not sure what it was about this book, but it reminded me of Firefly which is one of my favorite shows. It was just so good. It has lots of action and it had me laughing out loud. I can’t wait to pick up book two, Invisible Sun. If you are into Firefly, please check out this book. You’ll love it. If you don’t love it, I will be shocked. It’s amazing.

If you’ve read this book and have seen Firefly, let me know if you agree with me.

Note: This is an older review! I don’t feel like I can get more into what I liked and disliked about it. Maybe someday I will re-read Black Hole Sun and do another review. I have finished this trilogy and the other two books are just as good. For some stupid reason I didn’t write reviews for them. Better reviews (hopefully) in the future.

Review: The Haunted Mask II by R.L. Stine

791812The Haunted Mask II (Goosebumps #36) by R.L. Stine

Details: Paperback, 124 pages
Published: 1995 by Scholastic
Source: I got it from my Dad
My Rating: 4 Stars


Steve Boswell will never forget Carly Beth’s Halloween mask. It was so gross. So terrifying.
But this year. Steve wants to have the scariest costume on the block. So he gets a mask from the same store where Carly Beth got hers. It looks like a creepy old man. With stringy hair. A wrinkled face. And spiders crawling out of the ears!
Steve definitely got the scariest mask around. Too bad he’s starting to feel so old. And so tired. And so evil…

Review: When I was a kid The Haunted Mask was one of my favorite Goosebumps books. I always wanted to read the second one but could never find it anywhere. Now that I have it in my collection, I thought I would finally give it a read. I was not disappointed.

Even though The Haunted Mask was better, I still really enjoyed this one. It had the creepiness that I loved in the first one. Plus, Carly Beth is in it. It’s basically the same story, just a different kid and a different mask, but I don’t care. I don’t know why I love The Haunted Mask books so much. It could have something to do with the fact that I’m obsessed with Halloween and collect scary masks. Not sure. All I now is this was a great read.

Note: This is an older review. So I don’t feel like I can get more into what I liked and disliked about it. Maybe someday I will re-read The Haunted Mask II and do another review. Better reviews (hopefully) in the future.

Waiting on Wednesday: Spelled by Betsy Schow


Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, and spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating. This week I picked: 

24380140Spelled by Betsy Schow

Expected publication: June 2nd 2015 by Sourcebooks Fire
Details: Paperback, 352 pages
Pre-order: Book Depository

Summary: Fairy Tale Survival Rule #32: If you find yourself at the mercy of a wicked witch, sing a romantic ballad and wait for your Prince Charming to save the day.

Yeah, no thanks. Dorthea is completely princed out. Sure being the crown princess of Emerald has its perks—like Glenda Original ball gowns and Hans Christian Louboutin heels. But a forced marriage to the brooding prince Kato is so not what Dorthea had in mind for her enchanted future.

Talk about unhappily ever after.

Trying to fix her prince problem by wishing on a (cursed) star royally backfires, leaving the kingdom in chaos and her parents stuck in some place called “Kansas.” Now it’s up to Dorthea and her pixed off prince to find the mysterious Wizard of Oz and undo the curse…before it releases the wickedest witch of all and spells The End for the world of Story.