Review – The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron

What isn’t written, isn’t remembered. Even your crimes.
Nadia lives in the city of Canaan, where life is safe and structured, hemmed in by white stone walls and no memory of what came before. But every twelve years the city descends into the bloody chaos of the Forgetting, a day of no remorse, when each person’s memories – of parents, children, love, life, and self – are lost. Unless they have been written.
In Canaan, your book is your truth and your identity, and Nadia knows exactly who hasn’t written the truth. Because Nadia is the only person in Canaan who has never forgotten.
But when Nadia begins to use her memories to solve the mysteries of Canaan, she discovers truths about herself and Gray, the handsome glassblower, that will change her world forever. As the anarchy of the Forgetting approaches, Nadia and Gray must stop an unseen enemy that threatens both their city and their own existence – before the people can forget the truth. And before Gray can forget her.

The first thing i need to mention about this book is that there is self harm, not by the main character but it is by someone close to her.

I had been thinking about listening to the audio-book for months when i picked it up. I was bored and needed something to listen to while at work. When I started listening to it, I was iffy about it. Originally I was not a fan of any of the characters and I almost gave up about third of the way in, but i was told it would get better so i kept on reading.  The entire first half  of the book nothing made sense! It was getting very confusing in certain parts. There is very little to no explanation of anything in the first half but once the second half starts you figure out what exactly is happening and why. The first half of the book went really slow but once things started moving I could not stop listening to it

-Spoilers Ahead-
I was trying to not get attached to the characters but the more I read(well listened) the more I became attached to the characters.  I was intrigued as to why Nadia could remember but nobody else could. As the story goes on we find out that Canaan is actually not on Earth but on an entirely different planet. We find out that the people on the planet were supposed to be colonizing the it so that they could see if life was sustainable there. the farther in the story you get the more you find out about why Canaan is the way it is and who the original settlers were and why Grey is so important to Nadia.

Overall after you get to the second half of the book it is fantastic.  It improves ten fold which is nice. The story becomes much more fast paced and everything ties in. The person who does the voice for the characters does a great job at narrating each character and does them each justice.

3.5 Bards

Book Review: What The Spell? by Brittany Geragotelis

 Brooklyn is an almost-sixteen-year-old girl with normal teenage wants;  to be pretty, to be popular, to be adored by a cute 13589580guy.  Luckily for her, she’s a witch about to come of age–so she’s only a few spells away from making it all happen.

On her milestone birthday, Brookly’s parents finally unbind her powers, and she discovers her true gift:  the ability to cast love spells.  Pretty soon, Brooklyn has worked her magic to gain access to the elite crowd, and if she jump-starts her relationship with gorgeous Asher using a matchmaking spell, it’s harmless, right?

But Brooklyn’s li isn’t as enchanted as it seems.  As the clique escalates its initiation tests, she’s forced to use magic to complete the tasks.  And if anyone finds out who she really is and what she can do, her life is over, just like her ancestors in Salem.  If she can’t use magic, what does Brooklyn have left–now that she has everything to lose?


The title and the cover art made me very weary of this book.  It gave off a childish vibe to me.  In saying this, I still immediately ordered the next two books in the series when I was done.  I grew up watching Sabrina the Teenage Witch, and this story reminded me of the classic tween show.


Our main character, Brooklyn has always felt invisible at school and has never really had any friends.  On the upside, she just turned 16 and is granted magical powers by her witch parents.  Obviously the first thing she does with her new found powers is give herself a head-to-toe makeover.  Brooklyn begins getting recognized by her peers and not just by anyone, but the most popular group at school…The Elite.  In order to get approval, Brooklyn must prove  that she is willing to do anything to get in their group.  The reader gets to watch Brooklyn morph from a nice, quiet girl to a sly, back stabbing witch.  Literally.

This book is great for young girls because it illustrates how important it is to stick to your morals and be yourself.  I couldn’t stop reading because I was intrigued to see just how far Brooklyn would go to impress the popular high school clique.  Is she really willing to put her magical powers in jeopardy so she can sit at a certain table in the cafeteria? It’s OK to be different.  It’s OK to be weird.  Brooklyn is a witch.  She can’t get much more different than that.  There are times when our social status and fitting in with others  seems like the ultimate priority in life.  What The Spell helps young adults realize that these are not priorities and that the grass is not always greener on the other side.  Brooklyn, unfortunately, has to learn this classic lesson all on her own.

I haven’t even  begun to touch on all the drama involved with the characters.  There are friendships (both gained and lost),  lovers quarrels, family issues, and not to mention the fact that our main character is a witch.  It’s a lot to keep up with but never in an overwhelming manner.

Loved the book, even though the ending left me totally clueless as to what is going to happen next.  Thank goodness this is a series because I need more.



Book Review: The Young World by Chris Weitz

After a mysterious Sickness wipes out the rest of the population, the young survivors assemble into tightly run tribes. Jefferson, the reluctant leader of the Washington Square tribe, and Donna, the girl he’s secretly in love with, have carved out a precarious existence among the chaos. But when another tribe member discovers a clue that may hold the cure to the Sickness, five teens set out on a life-altering road trip to save humankind.

The tribe exchanges gunfire with enemy gangs, escapes cults and militias, braves the wilds of the subway and Central Park…and discovers truths they could never have imagined.

Release Date: July 29, 2014

I actually had no prior knowledge of this novel before I went to Book Expo America and was just desperate to get a copy of Ryan Graudin’s The Walled City.  However, it turned out that Little, Brown Books for Young Readers was actually dropped The Young World with The Walled City, and I quickly decided that this was a book I had to read ASAP!

First thing you should know about this novel is that it is told in a dual point of view between a male and female character.  Now, I know what you are thinking, the voices have to be super distinct in order for this to work, and Weitz did this extremely well.  Jefferson’s voice was extremely straight forward and honest, just like his personality. He does have a tendency to go off on small tangents, but not nearly as much as his co-narrator, Donna.  Jeez, Donna’s voice is ridiculously annoying at times.  She overuses the word “like,” uses an extensive amount of pop culture references, and has a sarcastic cadence that really can get a bit much.  However, it is all of these things that made me adore her voice. See, Donna talks just like any teenager I know.  Plus, the pop culture references (which I normally don’t care for) helps a lot in this book to help show when the sickness began and what things these kids remember from Before.

Another thing I really liked was Weitz’s decision to capitalize certain words in order to emphasize their importance to the vernacular of the kids still alive. Examples: Before, Adults, etc

The plot moves at a decent pace, utilizing the “journey” trope, and then miraculously speeds up towards the end, which kind of took the winds out of my sails as a reader. But, I suppose Weitz set it up so there could be more than one novel.  I can’t say that I loved this book, but I definitely didn’t hate it, and look forward to the next installment.

3.5 Bards



Book Review: Nightshade by Andrea Cremer


Calla Tor has always known her destiny: After graduating from the Mountain School, she’ll be the mate of sexy alpha wolf Ren Laroche and fight with him, side by side, ruling their pack and guarding sacred sites for the Keepers. But when she violates her masters’ laws by saving a beautiful human boy out for a hike, Calla begins to question her fate, her existence, and the very essence of the world she has known. By following her heart, she might lose everything- including her own life. Is forbidden love worth the ultimate sacrifice?

Nightshade brings you into a world of teenage wolf packs. It’s an interesting take and diverges from the normal view of what a werewolf is and what they do. These teenage wolves are the top of the school, most popular and most feared, they have normal teenage issues, and yet they hunt in a pack, keep watch over sacred ground and mate to a partner that was chosen for them at birth.

Calla is a female alfa, fighting for a place in a patriarchal pack. Where even though she is the alfa of her group of pack mates, she must bend and heed to anything the males of any pack say and do. It’s a little cringe worthy at times, as I am a strong willed woman and find it hard to read about strong will women being submissive in a not so pleasant way. There was nothing sexual about it, merely just suggestions to the “I am male, you do what I say no matter how much you don’t like it” nature.

Trying to following the system of beings within this book was a little confusing as well. Who’s who and what’s what got to be a little much and I found myself skipping over the details of that and still following the story just fine. That being said, there was plenty of dialogue to keep me interested throughout the whole book. Descriptions were good, but not overly done, which is a huge bonus for me.

For being a young adult novel, it stayed true to the audience and had just enough action to let the reader continue reading without hesitation. I did think for book 1 in the series it was a little long, and could have been cut or shortened a bit. I’ll be interested to see how the story picks up in book two!

I give this book 3 1/2 bards!




Book Review: Shadowlark by Meagan Spooner

11558256Ever since she escaped the city within the Wall, Lark Ainsley’s wanted one thing: to find her brother Basil. She’s always believed he would be the one to put an end to the constant fear and flight. And now, hidden underground in the chaotically magical city of Lethe, Lark feels closer to him than ever.

But Lethe is a city cowering in fear of its founder, the mysterious Prometheus, and of his private police force. To get the truth about what happened to Basil, Lark has no choice but to face Prometheus.

Facing her fears has become second nature to Lark. Facing the truth is another matter.

Lark never asked to be anyone’s savior. She certainly never wanted to be anyone’s weapon. She might not have a choice.




I liked this book slightly better than the first book in the series.  At least this time they were not hiking through the woods for the majority of the book.  If you want to see my review for Skylark click here.  So Shadowlark picks up where Skylark leaves off.  Lark is hiking in the woods to reach another city where her brother might be.  I thought Lark was slightly more likeable this time.  Oren’s character started to develop more as the story went on.  He grew on me. I thought the other characters that were introduced were better developed and likeable than the ones in Skylark.

The plot was interesting.  It was however predictable.  I called the plot twist the moment it was brought up.  I don’t know if that is because I read so much that I can figure that out quicker or if it was truly that obvious.  Parts of this book had me so lost it was frustrating.  At one point Lark kept indicating that she was a shadow like Oren, I was like when did that happen?  Did I miss that?  So does she go all feral and eat people???  Or is she speaking metaphorically about how she is dead inside?  Either way I was left scratching my head.

One thing that I actually liked was the training that Lark went through.  I thought it was a great explanation of magic and renewables.  It helped me understand what was going on with Lark and the rest of the people.  I wish the explanation had come sooner but at least it came.  I also kind of dig the zombie like creatures.  That they have potential to switch from human to shadow and back, and that they have potential to be cured.   I thought that idea was neat.  My one question is why doesn’t Lark’s power work with other shadow people like how it works with Oren?  It seems like it should.

I am going to give it 3.5 bards.  Maybe the last book in the series will be better!  But at least this was better than the first.





Book Review: The Taking by Kimberly Derting

17838475When sixteen-year-old Kyra Agnew wakes up behind a Dumpster at the Gas ’n’ Sip, she has no memory of how she got there. With a terrible headache and a major case of déjà vu, she heads home only to discover that five years have passed . . . yet she hasn’t aged a day. 

Everything else about Kyra’s old life is different. Her parents are divorced, her boyfriend, Austin, is in college and dating her best friend, and her dad has changed from an uptight neat-freak to a drunken conspiracy theorist who blames her five-year disappearance on little green men.

Confused and lost, Kyra isn’t sure how to move forward unless she uncovers the truth. With Austin gone, she turns to Tyler, Austin’s annoying kid brother, who is now seventeen and who she has a sudden undeniable attraction to. As Tyler and Kyra retrace her steps from the fateful night of her disappearance, they discover strange phenomena that no one can explain, and they begin to wonder if Kyra’s father is not as crazy as he seems. There are others like her who have been taken . . . and returned. Kyra races to find an explanation and reclaim the life she once had, but what if the life she wants back is not her own?

Boyfriends, pimples, or winning your championship softball game should be the typical worries in Kyra’s life until she wakes up, behind a dumpster, 5 years after a fight with her dad with no memory of those years. Don’t we all wish we could just black out most of our awkward teenage years? Personally, it’s a thought I’ve had more than once. But as Kyra soon discovers, her total black out will lead her into a sci fi adventure right out of the pages of something George Lucas would be proud of.

The subject of alien abduction always seems so taboo to me. Even now, with the massive amounts of science fiction books running around, people still get weirded out about aliens that can abduct or take you at any moment. I thought Derting did a very good job at addressing the subject in a manner that seemed almost plausible. Kyra freaked out but the idea made sense, so she just accepted it and moved on with the “why’s” of the whole thing. The idea that only teenagers were taken and most were only missing for a short amount of time made the idea seem almost real and I appreciated that. I also liked that as the kids were abducted, Derting didn’t go into detail about them being poked and probed. Which is the same old boring things everyone thinks of when they hear the word “abduction.”

The overall development of the characters was believable and I enjoyed watching the main character come to grips with what needed to be done in her situation. The major and minor players of the book all got a long really well and no one seemed out of place or context. There was just enough interaction between people in Kyra’s life 5 years prior to waking up to give you an idea of who she was but not over doing those relationships.

As much as this type of book is not my normal go to read, I did enjoy it and am looking forward to the next book to come out so that I can see how the characters develop and how the story plays out. I do have to say that the overall plot reminded me of every other tv show or book I have read about alien abduction and I hope that the next books in the series twist the plot a bit so they don’t become predictable.

Derting did an outstanding job with dialogue and just enough description to leave a reader understanding where the book is taking place but using their own imagination to really “see” the story happen.

3.5 Bards


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