Gemina, by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

You know when you read an awesome book that totally blows you away? And then you know that there’s a second part to that book series, yet you’re a little skeptical that the second book can live up to the sheer awesomeness of the first book? Well, that’s how I went into Gemina, the second […]

Caraval, by Stephanie Garber

I’m a big fan of scavenger hunts—whether they’re about finding items or finding clues from location to location. Way back in middle school, high school, and into college, I created such games for my friends to play. I’m also a big fan of the current “Escape Room” craze—being locked in a room trying to solve […]

Illuminae, by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Mind-blowing. This book is absolutely mind-blowing. There’s no other way to say it. I’ve never read a book like it before. I became aware of the book just by seeing it reviewed at a lot of book blogs. I didn’t read any of those reviews because I didn’t want my opinion swayed in anyway, but […]

How to Hang a Witch, by Adriana Mather

It’s October, close to Halloween, and I wanted a book to match the season. I had caught wind of this book a few months before its release and added it to my to-read list, but it took me a couple months before I remembered to check it out of the local library. The book description […]

Gemini, by Sonya Mukherjee

As soon as I learned about this book, I wanted to read it. It wasn’t available at the time, so I’d have to wait. And wait. And wait. I avoided reading reviews, but I saw the high average star rating it had—people who had the privilege of reading an advance copy loved it. But I […]

If I Was Your Girl, by Meredith Russo

As soon as I learned about this book, I wanted to read it. And as soon as I saw it on display in the YA room of a local library, I checked it out and started reading a few days later (because I wasn’t yet done with a different book). As I quickly read this […]

You Wish, by Mandy Hubbard

I’m still doing last minute things for the release of Skipping the Scales, and I haven’t read anything new in a while, so I’m back with a review of another book that I read and adored before I started blogging. Also, it’s MERMAID MONTH here at the Stuff, and the story of how/why I bought […]

Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher

I’m super busy doing the final read-through and line-editing of the proof copy of Skipping the Scales, so I’m not currently reading anything else. However, I want to keep the reviews going here at the Stuff. Between now and the release date (July 14), I’m posting reviews of a few books that I read before […]

Emerge, by Tobie Easton

As a YA author whose debut book is a story about mermaids, I assigned myself a mission to read similar books in the genre, and I’ve enjoyed them to varying degrees. Well, there’s a new fish in the ocean: Emerge by Tobie Easton. This is her first novel, and the blurb sounded interesting, so I […]

The Siren, by Kiera Cass

“A girl with a secret. The boy of her dreams. An Ocean between them.” What a fantastic tagline on the gorgeous front cover of this book! It so perfectly sums up the plot and conflict of the story in ways I didn’t realize when I started the book. Notice how Ocean is capitalized. Hmmm…what could that […]