Review Policy

At the moment I am only accepting Young Adult Fiction for review.  Please email me at to request a review or my mailing address (I gladly accept advanced reader copies).  If you do not hear from me within a week please accept that as a polite decline to your request. 

I  always give my honest opinion; therefore, a positive review is not guaranteed.  I do not bash books though.  I believe every book has something positive about it.  However, given the way I review books in graded sections, if there's something I didn't enjoy I will mention it and explain why in the appropriate section.

I post my reviews on Twitter, Amazon, Facebook, Goodreads, and Barnes & Noble.

All my reviews are in this format:
Number of Pgs.: 371 
Publication date: January 1, 2013
Publisher: A. G. Howard
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Fairytale Retelling
How I got the copy: library
Rating:  3.5/4 stars
From Goodreads:

This stunning debut captures the grotesque madness of a mystical under-land, as well as a girl’s pangs of first love and independence. Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers—precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now.
When her mother’s mental health takes a turn for the worse, Alyssa learns that what she thought was fiction is based in terrifying reality. The real Wonderland is a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on. There, Alyssa must pass a series of tests, including draining an ocean of Alice’s tears, waking the slumbering tea party, and subduing a vicious bandersnatch, to fix Alice’s mistakes and save her family. She must also decide whom to trust: Jeb, her gorgeous best friend and secret crush, or the sexy but suspicious Morpheus, her guide through Wonderland, who may have dark motives of his own.
Plot: 5/10
Characters: 7/10
Setting: 8/10
Pacing: 7/10
Style: 5/10
32+50=82 (4 Stars)

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"it was adrenaline. That's all. We were just happy to be alive. No worries. What happens in Wonderland stays in Wonderland ,right?-140

"find your courage. Look down. Your show is about to begin."
I shake my head, eyes clamped tightly. "we're too makes my stomach kick."
He laughs and inhales a puff off the hookah then blows the smoke over me,saturating me in the comforting scent. "that's how you know you're alive, Alydda. The kicks."-174
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