‘Long Live the Pumpkin Queen’ by Shea Ernshaw – Audiobook Review

Long Live The Pumpkin Queen is a sequel novel to The Nightmare Before Christmas, telling what happens after Jack and Sally are married – and how Sally handles the transition to Queen. This story was cute, but definitely reads more like a children’s book or low middle grade story rather than a YA story – and there’s nothing wrong with that! It is based off of a Disney movie, after all! Just be aware of that going into this.

Title: Long Live the Pumpkin Queen: Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas
Author: Shea Ernshaw
Series: Standalone
Genres: Fantasy, Retelling

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‘Harley Quinn: Reckoning’ by Rachael Allen – Audiobook Review

I’m always on the lookout for new Harley Quinn books and this young adult novel caught my attention! It’s part of the ‘DC Icons’ series but each book is about a different superhero, so you don’t need to have read any previous books in this ‘series’ to jump right into this one.

Title: Harley Quinn: Reckoning
Author: Rachael Allen
Series: DC Icons #6
Genres: Fantasy, Superheroes, Contemporary

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Review: ‘This Is Not The Jess Show’

This book was everything I never knew I wanted in a book. It’s set in 1998, so if you like contemporary (or, I guess, historical fiction…because the 90s are now considered historical fiction WHAT?!) with a twist, strap in and get out your Lisa Frank stickers and Alanis Morissette CDs, you’re in for a ride!

Thank you to Quirk Books for sending me a finished copy of this book!

Title: This Is Not The Jess Show
Author: Anna Carey
Series: This Is Not The Jess Show #1
Genres: Contemporary, Historical Fiction (?!)
Release Date: February 2, 2021

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Audio Review: ‘The Toll’

When you read the last page of a trilogy and immediately want to start over from Book 1, Page 1, I feel that is a satisfying story. That is how I feel now that I’ve finished The Toll. I’m sad this journey is over, but very satisfied.

Spoiler warning for Scythe & Thunderhead, obviously, since this is the third and final book of the trilogy.

Title: The Toll
Author: Neal Shusterman
Series: Arc of a Scythe
Genres: Sci-fi/Fantasy/Dystopia

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Audiobook Review: ‘The Poet X’

The Poet X is a book you didn’t know you needed until you read it. I picked this up on a whim and I am so glad I did! This story is told in verse, making it a quick read, but also makes each word twice as powerful.

Title: The Poet X
Author: Elizabeth Acevedo
Rating: 4/5 stars

I listened to the audiobook which added another layer to this story – hearing the author read her own words, her own poetry, putting the emphasis where she wanted it to be heard – wow. SO powerful! I would highly recommend this as an audiobook, its just like hearing slam poetry in person!


Audiobook Review: ‘Obsidio’

“Live a life worth dying for.”

This is it – the finale of The Illuminae Files. Who will live? Who will die? WILL WE GET ANSWERS? …yes, yes we do get all the answers we could have wanted.

This is one of my all time favorite series, which I will forever hold dear to my heart. No Obsidio spoilers, but there will be Illuminae and Gemina spoilers. So if you haven’t, go read (or audiobook!) Illuminae and Gemina first. And thank me later.

Title: Obsidio
Author: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Title: The Illuminae Files
Rating: 500/5 stars (yes, this is a valid rating. FIGHT ME.)


Review: ‘Truly Devious’

“Look! A riddle! Time for fun! Should we use a rope or gun?”

Are you looking for a murder mystery, YA style, set at a boarding school in the mountains of Vermont set in both present time and throwbacks to an unsolved murder from the 1930’s? Then I have found just the book for you! Truly, Devious.

Title: Truly Devious
Author: Maureen Johnson
Rating: 4.5/5 stars


Review: ‘Every Day’

A wakes up in a different body and in a different life – everyday.

I love the concept of this novel. Everyday this ‘being’ who has named themselves “A” is a different person, but has the same mind. They switch bodies every day, always into someone their age and never too far from where the last body was. They don’t know why or how it happens, it’s just something A has accepted as a way of living.

I will admit the reason I finally picked up this book is because of the movie released on February 23, 2018 with the same name – Every Day. The true bookworm I am, I knew I needed to read the book before seeing the movie. (Movie review coming on Friday!)

Title: Every Day
Author: David Levithan
Rating: 3/5 stars (more…)

ARC Review: ‘The Queen’s Rising’

The Queen’s Rising is Rebecca Ross’s debut novel and if this is anything to go by – sign me up for everything she writes in the future! I absolutely loved this world, the characters, the writing style, everything about The Queen’s Rising! I was fortunate enough to pick up a copy of this at New York Comic Con back in October. This can easily be read as a standalone, but at the time of this review, Rebecca has tweeted that she is working on a second book!

Title: The Queen’s Rising
Author: Rebecca Ross
Release Date: February 6th, 2018
Rating: 4/5 stars