Nothing But Dolls On Strings

Book Reviews & Other Musings

My Blue Balloon

Oh, my blue balloon Please don’t fly away Hold tight in my hand If only for today For the place where we’re going Is miles and miles from here And … Continue reading

January 17, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Most Awaited New Authors of 2013

After signing up for the 2013 Debut Author Challenge (hosted by Hobbitsies), I was slightly if not extremely nervous. I hate new authors. New-to-me authors are different. I can wait … Continue reading

January 16, 2013 · 6 Comments

Every Day: YA Book Review

Summary: Every day a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl. There’s never any warning about where it will be or who … Continue reading

January 13, 2013 · 2 Comments

Small Changes

Recently, I’ve been unhappy. With life, family, friends. Being someone who is always thinking of others, it’s hard to accept the fact that they’re not always thinking of you. I … Continue reading

January 13, 2013 · 2 Comments

How to Know if Your Life is an Unhappy One

As I was getting ready for a dinner party that I was hosting for my friends the weekend after Christmas, all I could think of was, “God, I really don’t … Continue reading

January 12, 2013 · Leave a comment

2013 Monthly Keyword Reading Challenge

I’ve already put up my 2013 reading challenges, but this one was so cool (and complicated) that I thought that I’d give it its own post. Basically this challenge (hosted … Continue reading

January 10, 2013 · Leave a comment

2013 Reading Challenges

I love participating in reading challenges. I just like having a goal, and if meeting that goal makes me happy why not do it? So I’ve selected five reading challenges … Continue reading

January 9, 2013 · Leave a comment

Best Books of 2012

These are from the menagerie of books I read last year. I decided to include books not published in 2012 because I can. Haha. And also, they’re still good books … Continue reading

January 8, 2013 · Leave a comment

Dare Me: YA Book Review

Summary: Addy Hanlon has always been Beth Cassidy’s best friend and trusted lieutenant. Beth calls the shots and Addy carries them out, a long-established order of things that has brought … Continue reading

January 7, 2013 · 1 Comment

Fruits Basket: The Complete Series Review

Summary: Tohru Honda was an orphan, living with her grandfather, when one day fate kicked her out of the house and she was forced to take up residence in a … Continue reading

December 30, 2012 · Leave a comment

Dead as a Doornail: Book Review

Summary: When small-town cocktail waitress Sookie Stackhouse sees her brother Jason’s eyes start to change, she knows he’s about to turn into a were-panther for the first time. But her … Continue reading

December 7, 2012 · Leave a comment

Tilt: YA Book Review

Summary: Three teens, three stories—all interconnected through their parents’ family relationships. As the adults pull away, caught up in their own dilemmas, the lives of the teens begin to tilt… … Continue reading

November 4, 2012 · Leave a comment

The Raven Boys: YA Book Review

Summary: “There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.” … Continue reading

October 23, 2012 · Leave a comment

My Fair Lazy: Memoir Book Review

Summary: Readers have followed Jen Lancaster through job loss, sucky city living, weight loss attempts, and 1980s nostalgia. Now Jen chronicles her efforts to achieve cultural enlightenment, with some hilarious … Continue reading

September 27, 2012 · Leave a comment

Rapture: YA Book Review

Summary: The sky is dark with wings . . . .Like sand in an hourglass, time is running out for Luce and Daniel. To stop Lucifer from erasing the past … Continue reading

August 3, 2012 · Leave a comment

Fallen in Love: YA Book Review

Summary: Unexpected. Unrequited. Forbidden. Eternal. Everyone has their own love story. And in a twist of fate, four extraordinary love stories combine over the course of a romantic Valentine’s Day in Medieval … Continue reading

July 25, 2012 · Leave a comment

Elixer: YA Book Review

Summary: Clea Raymond has felt the glare of the spotlight her entire life. The daughter of a renowned surgeon and a prominent Washington DC politician, she has grown to be … Continue reading

November 30, 2011 · Leave a comment

Uncommon Criminals: YA Book Review

Summary: Katarina Bishop has worn a lot of labels in her short life life. Friend. Niece. Daughter. Thief. But for the last two months she’s simply been known as the girl who … Continue reading

September 5, 2011 · Leave a comment

Passion: YA Book Review

Summary: What if you find your soul mate…at the wrong time? Luce would die for Daniel. And she has. Over and over again. Throughout time, Luce and Daniel have found … Continue reading

August 25, 2011 · Leave a comment

Torment: YA Book Review

Summary: How many lives do you need to live before you find someone worth dying for? Hell on earth. That’s what it’s like for Luce to be apart from her … Continue reading

August 20, 2011 · Leave a comment

Fallen: YA Book Review

Summary: What if the person you were meant to be with could never be yours? There’s something achingly familiar about Daniel Grigori. Mysterious and aloof, he captures Luce Price’s attention … Continue reading

August 15, 2011 · Leave a comment

Willow: YA Book Review

Summary: Seven months ago on a rainy March night, Willow’s parents drank too much at dinner and asked her to drive them home. But they never made it—Willow lost control … Continue reading

August 13, 2011 · Leave a comment

Vampireville: YA Book Review

Summary: For goth-girl Raven, dating her dream boyfriend is complicated, especially because Alexander’s secret means that they can see each other only at night. And now the pair must be extra weary in … Continue reading

August 12, 2011 · Leave a comment

Kissing Coffins: YA Book Review

Summary: Not far from Dullsville, someone’s lurking in the dark. After meeting the handsome and shadowy Alexander Sterling, goth-girl Raven’s dark world has a bright, new glow. But as in her favorite … Continue reading

August 12, 2011 · Leave a comment



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