Review + Giveaway: All the Rage

All The Rage.indd


The sheriff’s son, Kellan Turner, is not the golden boy everyone thinks he is, and Romy Grey knows that for a fact.

Because no one wants to believe a girl from the wrong side of town, the truth about him has cost her everything-friends, family, and her community. Branded a liar and bullied relentlessly by a group of kids she used to hang out with, Romy’s only refuge is the diner where she works outside of town. No one knows her name or her past there; she can finally be anonymous. But when a girl with ties to both Romy and Kellan goes missing after a party, and news of him assaulting another girl in a town close by gets out, Romy must decide whether she wants to fight or carry the burden of knowing more girls could get hurt if she doesn’t speak up. Nobody believed her the first time-and they certainly won’t now-but the cost of her silence might be more than she can bear.

With a shocking conclusion and writing that will absolutely knock you out, All the Rage examines the shame and silence inflicted upon young women in a culture that refuses to protect them.


Courtney Summers lives and writes in Canada, where she divides most of her time between a camera, a piano and a word processing program. She is also the author of What Goes Around, This is Not a Test, Fall for Anything, Some Girls Are, Cracked Up to Be, and Please Remain Calm.



I give All the Rage 4 stars which is generally “really liked it”, but All the Rage is not a book you like. It’s not a book you can say you enjoyed reading. But a book that is strong and important like this does not need to be liked.

Which is much like Romy Grey, who seems to be universally disliked after being raped by the sheriff’s son.  Because we only get the “after” of the rape, it seems hard to believe that Romy was ever friends with any of those people – something I’ve only now gleaned re-reading the summary.

“You know all the ways you can kill a girl?
God, there are so many.”

All the Rage really captures what it is to be a teenage girl (and turns it up to 11) – the anger and fear and betrayal and everything. I’ve been avoiding books like this one for a while, but I’ve been meaning to give Courtney Summers another shot after some of her other titles were only okay for me. And while I’m maybe not glad to have read this one, I AM thankful that books like this exist.
The publisher is providing one copy of All the Rage for me to give away. This giveaway is open to residents of the US and Canada and ends 4/25.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Google Play:



Paperback Recap: March 2015

paperbcak recap

March was a pretty hard time for me, blogging wise. I am still having a rough time with that and went on a huge twitter unfollowing spree because I’m thiiiiis close to making my twitter not affiliated with Paperback Heart, and now I can actually READ TWEETS and it’s not just a mass of links to blog posts and giveaways.

Everything else in life was pretty great though!




I forgot I wanted to re-do these graphics. Maybe next month.

Favorite Books in March:
I read 21 books in March. My favorites were Saga Volume 3 and A Darker Shade of Magic.

Favorite Movie/TV in March: I re-watched the first season of Castle since I bought the DVDs years ago when I lived by myself in the time of “can’t afford cable but could have just had cable for less than I’m paying for all of these DVDs and Netflix”. I didn’t remember a whole lot about it, but got pretty upset (again) at the way Season 1 ended. I requested the next two seasons from the library.

Favorite Musical Discovery in March: Does Dark Lord Funk count because that’s the only thing I want to listen to for the rest of my life.

Favorite PR of March:  The Crossfit Open ended last weekend and I can finally go back to working out!

  • Back Squat: 1RM – I tested twice in 4 days. The first time was #250 (a 20 pound jump in 5 months), the second time was #260 (a 10 pound jump in 4 days).
  • Thruster: 5RM – First time testing because WHO WANTS TO TEST 5RM THRUSTERS EVER?! Put up #117 and the most I had done before that was #100 for 1 rep in a workout the week before.

Top Blog Thing in March:  OTSP Secret Sister is still bringing the happy!

Top Blog Search Terms in March: 

  • “Guys with scars” is still popular. I don’t think that’s something I talk about a lot?
  • crying teenage boy
  • 2 month anniversary text
  • 3 months anniversary letter – I think these last two are really weird and like…why are you coming to me for this?



Just hoping to get out of this funk! Having no real desire to review or even just talk about books makes book blogging a nightmare.

April Re-Read Recap

Re-Read Challenge


In March I re-read 7 books, bringing my total to 21. I’m almost halfway to my goal of 50 and it’s only been 3 months!

15. Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater – My favorite of this quartet and also the best audiobook of the four.

16. 99 Days by Katie Cotugno – I instantly remembered most of what happened when I started my re-read – luckily this book is good enough to be worth it!

17. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell – Audio re-read. I don’t think my opinion changed.

18. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz – Audio re-read. Still amazing perfection.

19. Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater – Audio Re-read. Took me a minute to warm back up to this narrator, but it was smooth sailing from there.

20. Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett – Audio Re-read. My first Neil Gaiman. The audio is astounding, though Supernatural has forever changed my interpretation of all things Crowley.

21. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling – Audio Re-read. THIS IS HAPPENING.

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books Most Recently Added to My TBR



This week, The Broke and the Bookish is asking for the Top Ten Books I Recently Added to My TBR. This seems like a weird “Top Ten” because I’m just going to list the regular ten most recent additions according to Goodreads.

In order from most recently added, they are:

1. The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey

2. The Storyspinner by Becky Wallace

3. Hotel Ruby by Suzanne Young

4. Lion Heart by A.C. Gaughen

5. Lady Thief by A.C. Gaughen

6. The Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson

7. Saga Vol. 4 by Brian K. Vaughan

8. Black Dove, White Raven by Elizabeth Wein

9. Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid

10. Send Me a Sign by Tiffany Schmidt


I bet there won’t be a lot of overlap on lists this week! I can’t wait to see what everyone else wants to read so I can add it to my own ridiculous TBR!

Coffee Talk: The State of Things


Things have been a little quiet around here lately.

When I first started this blog, I felt like I had to post CONSTANTLY or no one would ever read my blog or know what I thought about a book or some other kind of crazy thing. Plus I was just reading SO MUCH and I had enough content.

After a while (a long while, to be sure) I slowed down. I didn’t feel like the world would end if I read some books and didn’t review them or if I didn’t stick to a reading schedule or if I only posted once a week. I didn’t seem to lose anything from that.

Now I’m a little more than two years in. I’m coming off a reading slump that turned into only reading incredibly long books that I didn’t even plan on reviewing that turned into either getting out of the habit of reviewing/blogging or maybe just a blogging slump? I’m reading a TON (review books, even!), but I have zero motivation to talk about the books or get pumped over them – even when I really like everything I’ve been reading lately. I’m not even linking up my TTTs when I do them! I don’t even know who I am.

Is it the terrible twos? Is that a thing in blogging or is it only children and puppies? I paid for another year of my domain in February and even more recently registered and booked travel accommodations for ALA Annual and it seems like I immediately lost all interest in blogging. Well…blogging about books. At this point I feel obligated to do it because I paid for my blog and the conference, and I really hate that feeling.

I hope to get my groove back and get excited to talk about books again. In the meantime, I’m considering going back to a “not my blog name” twitter because the only book/blog related things I ever tweet about are blog posts pretty much and my blogging slump makes me feel like distancing myself from Paperback Heart.

Anyway. This post is an apology to anyone who’s noticed my half-assery and for the extremely probable future half-assery. And for this gif because I haven’t been able to use it yet:



Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books From My Childhood I Would Love to Revisit



This week, The Broke and the Bookish is asking for the Top Ten books from our teen or childhood years we would love to revisit.


1. The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin – BECAUSE ALWAYS THE WESTING GAME

2. Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls – this is the first book I can remember breaking my heart.

3. Dogzilla by Dav Pilkey – this is a books I own that is 1) amazing and 2) packed away in a box in a closet somewhere. I keep meaning to dig it out so I can share it with the kids in my life.

4. The Harry Potter series by JK Rowling – this one is kind of a cheat because I’ve re-read the series several times and I’m about to start an audio re-read of the series. What I really wish is that I could revisit the first time I tried to read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone because I DIDN’T LIKE IT. I wonder how different my experience would have been if I started the series at 11 instead of 15 or 16.

5. The Babysitter’s Club books (and possibly the spin-offs) by Ann M. Martin – THESE BOOKS. These books were how I made friends and how I spent all of my time and any spending money that came my way. We played BSC at recess and lunch and were basically huge weirdos but OMG THESE BOOKS

6. The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien – the only required reading in high school I actually liked (and possibly even the only required reading I actually did).

7. Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty – I probably read this book three times in a row before ultimately stealing it from the person I borrowed it from.

8. Girl by Blake Nelson – The only other book I can remember reading as a youngling.

9. Oh wait, David Sedaris – But I don’t know that I really want to revisit those. Nothing wrong with them, I just read Me Talk Pretty One Day and Naked several time and short stories stay in my head.

10. Even Cowgirls Get the Blues by Tom Robbins – Made the rounds my senior year of high school (we even watched the movie).

ARC Review: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda


Title/Author: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Publication Date/Publisher: April 7, 2015/Balzer + Bray
Series: No
Source and Format: I received this book for free from the publisher. This in no way affected my opinion of the book, or the content of my review.

Rating: 4 stars

From Goodreads:
Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.

For how close SVTHSA (?) comes to being holy freaking annoying, it luckily blazes straight past and into the realm of good.
Actually, it teeters right on the edge most of the time. Simon’s family is almost too zany. His friends are almost too diverse. Simon is almost too adorable and everything works out almost too well. Luckily, the story is cute and fun enough that things never topple over the edge.
I like this one a lot. I think it’s a very modern take on dating – people are now (and have been for years I guess, but it’s probably more now?) in relationships with people they’ve never met and that take place solely online. In this case, Simon and Blue go to the same school but they are keeping their identities a secret. In the age of okcupid, tinder, and “the tumblr”, I thought it was all very realistic.

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books On My Spring TBR



This week, The Broke and the Bookish is asking for the Top Ten Books on my Spring TBR. How is it seasonal TBR time again already?!


1. Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley – billed as Stardust meets The Fault in Our Stars (really, they can’t just let that one die out?) and catching my eye with that gorgeous cover!

2. Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge – I didn’t love Cruel Beauty, but I liked it enough to be interested in this Red Riding Hood retelling.

3. Scarlet Trilogy by A.C. Gaughen – receiving Lion Heart from the publisher is the final push I need to finally read this series!

4. Fairest by Marissa Meyer – yes, I pre-ordered. No, I haven’t read it yet (infinite sad faces).

5. The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zak by Brian Katcher – Everything about this sounds perfect!

6. Kissing in America by Margo Rabb – You know I love a road trip story!

7. The Trouble with Destiny by Lauren Morrill – I have plans to read this one super early because there is not enough marching band in YA.

8. Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider – I’m a bit iffy on this one, honestly. I’m worried about the terminal illness + love = too close to The Fault in Our Stars.

9. Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid – Another early read this year but COME ON!

10. Making Pretty by Corey Ann Haydu – One of my next reads, so at least I’ll be able to cross one of the list for sure.

Review: A Darker Shade of Magic

A Darker Shade final for Irene

Title/Author: A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
Publication Date/Publisher: February 24, 2015/Tor Books
Series: A Darker Shade of Magic  #1
Source and Format: Purchased
Rating: 5 stars
From Goodreads:
Kell is one of the last Travelers—rare magicians who choose a parallel universe to visit.

Grey London is dirty, boring, lacks magic, ruled by mad King George. Red London is where life and magic are revered, and the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire. White London is ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne. People fight to control magic, and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. Once there was Black London – but no one speaks of that now.

Officially, Kell is the Red Traveler, personal ambassador and adopted Prince of Red London, carrying the monthly correspondences between royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell smuggles for those willing to pay for even a glimpse of a world they’ll never see. This dangerous hobby sets him up for accidental treason. Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs afoul of Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She robs him, saves him from a dangerous enemy, then forces him to another world for her ‘proper adventure’.

But perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, Kell and Lila will first need to stay alive — trickier than they hoped.

If any of these are buzzwords that will make you pick up a book: magic, fantasy, adventure, London, multidimensional, and coat-that-is-probably-related-to-the-TARDIS, then you’ve probably already read this book. If you haven’t already read it, then it’s probably coming up real soon.

I wasn’t sure what to expect. I saw the love and flailing and I’m happy to say that I’m throwing my vaguely pirate-y hat in with the rest to sing the praises of A Darker Shade of Magic. My only negative is that it’s not an infinitely long book (though there are at least two more, even though it’s also perfect as a standalone).

I LOVED the magic. I loved that there were rules and they were easy to grasp and stayed true. I SUPER LOVED the coat and wish it had more to do. I love Kell and Lila, though I’m not quite on their ship. All my swooniest feels came from Lila knowing herself and being brave and confident and wanting adventure.
I can’t even tell if I hope the series continues with Lila and Kell or if I want to meet new characters and have adventures with them because these worlds are so great and ripe for limitless adventures and just….amazing. I guess it’s high time to move The Archived up on the ol’ TBR…
If you don’t trust my gushing, maybe Shaq can convince you:

ARC Review: Liars, Inc.



Title/Author: Liars, Inc. by Paula Stokes
Publication Date/Publisher: March 24, 2015/Harper Teen
Series: No
Source and Format: I received this book for free from the publisher. This in no way affected my opinion of the book, or the content of my review.
Rating: 3 stars

From Goodreads:

Max Cantrell has never been a big fan of the truth, so when the opportunity arises to sell forged permission slips and cover stories to his classmates, it sounds like a good way to make a little money and liven up a boring senior year. With the help of his friends Preston and Parvati, Max starts Liars, Inc. Suddenly everybody needs something and the cash starts pouring in. Who knew lying could be so lucrative?

When Preston wants his own cover story to go visit a girl he met online, Max doesn’t think twice about hooking him up. Until Preston never comes home. Then the evidence starts to pile up—terrifying clues that lead the cops to Preston’s body. Terrifying clues that point to Max as the murderer.

Can Max find the real killer before he goes to prison for a crime he didn’t commit? In a story that Kirkus Reviews called “Captivating to the very end,” Paula Stokes starts with one single white lie and weaves a twisted tale that will have readers guessing until the explosive final chapters.


You could probably hear the exact minute I finished this book. It was the “eeeehhhhhhhhhhh” heard ’round the world.

Liars, Inc. is not without mystery and suspense – it opens with Max making his escape from the FBI – but it just never completely clicked with me. Maybe I thought more of the focus would actually be on Liars, Inc. (the underground high school forgery group Max forms with his best friend and girlfriend) and not the disappearance/murder of Max’s best friend? I’m not sure. I was also able to guess the biggest part of the ending, which I can almost never do, so I was proud but also lost a little of the enjoyment.

I’m not entirely sure why this didn’t quiiiiite work for me. Paula Stokes did a great job with the male POV and kept me guessing for most of the book. I couldn’t connect with Max like I could with Lainey, or it’s possible a suspenseful thriller mystery wasn’t what I was looking for right now.
Gone Girl, I Hunt Killers, How to Get Away with Murder: I’m only familiar with the first two and, okay sure. I mean, there aren’t many popular books most Young Adults will be familiar with I guess so these two are acceptable. At least they didn’t somehow work John Green and Eleanor & Park into it.