Book Reviews

Starfire Angels by Melanie Nilles

My edition: Kindle owned
Pages: 190
Series: Dark Angel Chronicles #1
Genre: Angels, YA
Publish: August 4th, 2009
Rating: DNF at 7%


They’ve been coming here for thousands of years, using Earth as a sanctuary to escape threats from their own kind. Mankind knows them as angels, and one of them left a child upon her death to be raised as a human.

Raea is now a high school senior, and her life as a human is about to end. The crystal shard she bears is not a pretty pendant; it’s a collective of powerful entities who chose her as their Keeper, a protector of one of the four shards that power a machine capable of destroying whole worlds. Those who desire the Starfire’s power have sent an agent to find her, but she’s too busy evading a nosy reporter ready to exploit her secret and dating a hot new foreign student to notice. Nevermind learning what she really is.

Only one person on Earth can help her, the last person she ever expected. But he’s not from Earth. Life as a human would be so much easier.


I can’t believe I am DNFing another book. While I could probably have been able to read the story, seeing as it was an interesting plot line, however the writing sucks and sounds a lot like my writing back in high school.

Not going to try and push my way through a book I know I will two or lower star the book at the end at 7%.

Book Reviews

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

Edition: Kindle owned
Pages: 198
Series: Stand alone
Genre: High School, YA,
Publish: (My version) May 10,2011 (Original) 1999
Rating: 3.5 STARS


The first ten lies they tell you in high school.

“Speak up for yourself—we want to know what you have to say.”

From the first moment of her freshman year at Merryweather High, Melinda knows this is a big fat lie, part of the nonsense of high school. She is friendless, outcast, because she busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops, so now nobody will talk to her, let alone listen to her. As time passes, she becomes increasingly isolated and practically stops talking altogether. Only her art class offers any solace, and it is through her work on an art project that she is finally able to face what really happened at that terrible party: she was raped by an upperclassman, a guy who still attends Merryweather and is still a threat to her. Her healing process has just begun when she has another violent encounter with him. But this time Melinda fights back, refuses to be silent, and thereby achieves a measure of vindication.

In Laurie Halse Anderson’s powerful novel, an utterly believable heroine with a bitterly ironic voice delivers a blow to the hypocritical world of high school. She speaks for many a disenfranchised teenager while demonstrating the importance of speaking up for oneself.

Speak was a 1999 National Book Award Finalist for Young People’s Literature.


Spoilers ahead!

Yes, that’s right, I am finally reading this book. I have this and Wintergirls. I have been wanting to read these since I was in high school, but always checked out. Ick. Anyway I finally am sitting down after about ten or so years of wanting to read these books.

Ten years y’all. Do you know how much expectation is accumulated in ten years? I was scared to pick the book up… well my kindle up… technicalities.

The First Ten Lies They Tell You In High School

1. We are here to help you.
2. You will have enough time to get to your class before the bell rings.
3. The dress code will be enforced
4. No smoking is allowed on school grounds
5. Our football team will win a championship this year.
6. We expect more of you here.
7. Guidance counselors are always available to listen.
8. Your schedule was created with your needs in mind.
9. Your locker combination is private.
10. These will be the years you look back on fondly.

Where to begin…

This book wasn’t as great as I was expecting. The writing is amazing, but I felt lacking in the characters. Maybe I’ve been out of high school too long, or maybe it’s the fact that I went to a small rural high school that is literally surrounded by wheat fields. I have no idea if high school in the city is like unless I look to movies or books. We all know that you can’t always trust those because of exaggeration. But, I did like the fact that through the whole book, the MC was affected. It showed.


Melinda was raped at a high school party. The book is about her figuring out what happened and how it affected her through her freshman year.

I liked the plot. I loved the ending. Will I ever read it again, no. Was it my favorite, no.


The MC was way to judgmental for me. Seriously what did the cheerleaders do to you? In my high school experience I didn’t have the cliche cliques. There were cliques don’t get me wrong, but growing up in a class that has less than 100 kids, you tend to know everyone even though they aren’t your friends, you know there is more to them than this cookie cutter high school bull crap.

So for me this just felt like the main character was the only one the author was trying to show character growth in, besides the art teacher. I felt the characters weren’t well thought out, but maybe the author was just showing them through a traumatic girl’s eyes who didn’t feel like a person in the world cared.

There was a pet peeve of mine though. I do not like when authors write parents as uncaring people. I get some parents are like that but not every single one. Others are more involved. Again this just felt cookie cutter. I think I would have been more sympathetic if the mom tried to get Melinda to talk more. Actually try to communicate but there wasn’t any of that. The parents were a total let down.


I can see how this might help someone or how it brings attention to the subject. The subject matter is hard to approach no matter how it’s written. I will say there are triggers if anyone has had this happen to them.

I have never been physical abused, but had some friends and even a boyfriend who were verbally a-holes. So for her and her friend Rachel, I can understand how that feels. I know how if feels for friends to drop you after a bad break-up because they believed him over me. I can relate to that. But the other characters I didn’t quite understand. I wonder where they even go from here. The ending while I’m glad she got closure, I left with more questions than answers.

But I can finally cross this off my list.

Book Reviews

Firebolt by Adrienne Woods

My edition: Kindle Owned
Pages: 389
Series: The Dragonian #1
Genre: Dragon, Fantasy, YA
Publish: Sep. 19, 2014
Rating: 4 STARS


Dragons. Right. Teenage girls don’t believe in fairy tales, and sixteen-year old Elena Watkins was no different.

Until the night a fairy tale killed her father.

Now Elena’s in a new world, and a new school. The cutest guy around may be an evil dragon, a Prince wants Elena’s heart, and a long dead sorcerer may be waking up to kill her. Oh. And the only way Elena’s going to graduate is on the back of a dragon of her own.

Teenage girls don’t believe in fairy tales. Now it’s time for Elena to believe – in herself.


Man must rise above the Earth—to the top of the atmosphere and beyond—for only thus will he fully understand the world in which he lives.” Socrates

Ever get a book that you know where the plot is going, but when you get to the end it doesn’t go there? That is what happened to me.

My theory will probably play out in later books but I hope it doesn’t take long.

The leaves of change will come at last, when the fate of two hearts’ bond is cast. Souls intertwined and hearts no longer torn, through their love Paegeia will once again be reborn.

I’m not a big fan of Elena and Lucian. They are way to mushy gushy… puke. Can she get with Blake? I mean if my theory is right, she will be with Blake.

Anywho, the series of the will be added to the TBR list. I am moving on the the next book on my kindle. Let me tell you cleaning that thing out will probably take a year, if not more.