YA Fiction

Turtles All The Way Down by John Green

The thing about a spiral is, if you follow it inward, it never actually ends. It just keeps tightening, infinitely.”

Turtles All The Way Down is the newest release by John Green, who happens to be one of my favorite authors (but isn’t he everyone’s?). The second this book was release in stores, I hopped right over to my local bookstore and grabbed one. I’ve loved John Green’s books since high school and So far, I’ve read every single book published by John Green, with the exception of Will Grayson, Will Grayson.

In Turtles All The Way Down, Aza Holmes and her best friend Daisy begin to pursue the mystery of disappearing fugitive billionaire Russell Picket when they stumble upon and befriend his son, Davis Pickett. All the while, Aza battles with anxiety while also trying to be everything she is expected to be by her mother and friends.

I absolutely fell in love with this book, though I went in skeptically. How could an author that I enjoyed so much manage to push out another book that I would enjoy? But I loved it. I love the way Aza’s mental illness was portrayed, in a way that didn’t romanticize it as other novels always seem to do. I love the way the relationships between characters function, and the way they have their ups and downs as no relationship is ever perfect. And I absolutely love the way in which everything comes together at the end from the title to the disappearance.

John Green has done it yet again, I definitely give it 5/5 stars.


Ice Cold by Tess Gerritsen


I believe that every experience, every wrong decision, teaches us something. That’s why we shouldn’t be afraid to make mistakes.”

Rizzoli and Isles is one of my favorite book series’. I got into it mostly because my mom would not let up about how much I needed to read it. At first I didn’t take her too seriously because a lot of the time we have vastly different tastes in books but once i picked up the first one, I couldn’t stop. Ice Cold by Tess Gerritsen, or The Killing Place depending on which version you have, is the eighth book in the series.

In this installment, Maura is away on a conference trip when she turns up missing, trapped in a mysterious valley called Kingdom Come where all of it’s inhabitants have disappeared with no way to contact anyone for help. When Jane Rizzoli gets word of her disappearance it is up to her, along with the help of Gabriel Dean, Daniel Brophy, and Anthony Sansone.

Tess Gerritsen continues to amaze me with every book she publishes. I love her characters, the relationships they share, and the plots she creates. Ice Cold started in a way that left me confused and longing for more information, slowly revealing the truth to me bit by bit, page by page, ultimately bowling my mind with the way in which each event, person, and place tie in together. Ice Cold is impeccably planned out and structured, leaving no loose ends untied.

I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book in the series! I definitely give it a full five stars.

YA Fantasy, Young Adult

City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

Or maybe it’s just that beautiful things are so easily broken by the world.”

City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare is the fourth book in the Mortal Instruments series. Originally, the series was meant to end with the third book, so this last trilogy is a bit of a reboot.

In this first installment to the ‘second trilogy’ (as Cassandra Clare calls it), Simon is trying to cope with life as a vampire while juggling two girlfriends along with the Mark of Cain, Clary is trying to keep her relationship with Jace afloat while a demonic force is invading his dreams and tearing them apart, and the Clave is investigating the mysterious deaths of several Shadowhunters.

When I first started reading it, it really did feel like a bit of a jumbled reboot. There was so much focus on Simon with Clary and Jace and the other characters as an afterthought (though it was a relief to not have another book centered around their ‘tragic’ love story) and the events that took place didn’t really make sense. But then, things really came together in the last 100-150 pages and really made it worth sticking it out to the finish. It was an extremely entertaining book, even though it felt like it’s sole purpose was to upstart the series again.

The Mortal Intruments is one of my favorite young adult series, and this book somewhat struggled to live up to City of Glass but kept my interest nonetheless in a fantasy world that I was familiar with. Overall, I would give it 4/5 stars.

Fiction, Thriller

Accidents Happen by Louise Millar


Monsters are made, not born.”

I found this book as I was wandering the library looking for some light summer reading. I had never heard of it before but the title grabbed my attention. Also, who doesn’t love a cover of a woman running away in the woods?

Accidents Happen by Louise Millar focuses on Kate Parker whose terrible bad luck has caused her a lot of anxiety that is seriously affecting her and her son’s life. Kate meets a man named Jago who has decided to help her overcome her anxiety about what could happen to her or her family. However, is it really a streak of bad luck or something much worse?

Starting out, this book was effortless to read and felt pretty straight forward (minus the names of the characters that felt like they were plucked from a Top 20 names from the 90s). It is immediately obvious that Kate is actually being stalked which I found fairly interesting. I almost always enjoy when you can see the point of view from the antagonist. As the book went on though, it really seemed to feel more like a romance between Jago and Kate as the chapters from the stalker decreased.

I did, however, love the ending and the way it made me feel anxious and stressed. And by the ending, I mean the last eighty pages. I just wish that the rest of the book (which is categorized as a thriller) made me feel that way. I feel like if the pacing were done a little better  I would have enjoyed it much more. Most of the time I forgot I was reading a thriller due to the constant obsession with Jago.

Overall, It wasn’t a terrible book but it won’t be one that I read again or purchase. It’s great for some light beach reading but if you’re looking for a keep you on the edge of your seat thriller, this book isn’t for you. I would give it 2/5 stars.