secondhandbookreviewTITLE:  Half Bad

AUTHOR: Sally Green

GENRE: Urban Paranormal YA

WHY I PICKED IT UP: The title intrigued me. The inside leaf blurb caught me. The quote pulls on the back sealed the deal.

WHAT I LIKED ABOUT IT: You guys, this is truly fantastic urban paranormal YA. For so many reasons. The protag is a DUDE. Not just a dude, but a dude who sounds and acts like a dude, not a dude who sounds and acts like he was written by a female author. And you care about him immediately. And you root for him the whole time, even though you’re totally scared that the thing he’s trying so desperately to do (meet his father) is going to utterly ruin him.

THIS BOOK, YOU GUYS. This is really phenomenal YA in its genre. If you are at all into urban paranormal reads, you have to check it out. If you’re not, think about checking it out anyway. It’s that good.

WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE ABOUT IT: All my negative feelings about this read are feelings I’m supposed to have, feelings the author would want me to have. I loathe the bad guys. Except for one of the bad guys who I’m not really sure is all that bad. And that makes me confused, and I hate it and I love it because I’m not sure at all what’s going to happen with that character.

Ugh. So good. So, so so so good.

secondhandbookreview000OVERALL RATING: Five stars, for real.

If you want to check out Half Bad (and you seriously should because IT IS SO GOOD), click here. Bonus? It’s a series, and her other books are out! You have to love it when that happens. I haven’t read the others yet (because as we all know, my teeny-tiny book budget modus operandi is to grab most of my reads at the Goodwill), but I will be setting aside cash in next month’s budget to buy the rest of the series. If that doesn’t tell you what you need to know about the quality of this book, nothing will. 🙂

Go buy it, enjoy it, and remember: Authors love and need and lust after reviews. If you pick this one up and read it, review it too!

As always, loads of love,



SECONDHAND BOOK REVIEW: The Afterlives of Trees

secondhandbookreview.jpgTITLE: The Afterlives of Trees

AUTHOR: Wyatt Townley

WHY I PICKED IT UP: I don’t read a lot of poetry. Truthfully, I don’t have the patience for it (#characterflaw). But if you’ve read my Shrilugh series, you know I have a fondness for trees, so the title caught my eye. Also, this is a local (a Kansas native) author, which piqued my interest. So into my cart it went. Thank you, Goodwill!

WHAT I LIKED ABOUT IT: Some of Ms. Townley’s poems are pure magic. The Oak Desk is one of them. The Elms is another. Centering the House is phenomenal. Really, truly, there are scores beautiful magical words between the pages of this book.

secondhandbookreviewuu.jpgWHAT I DIDN’T LIKE ABOUT IT: Not a thing. This was one of those books that I bought as a bit of a skeptic, and ended up falling in love with. It’s definitely one I’ll read again.


If you’d like to take a peek at THE AFTERLIVES OF TREES for yourself, click here.

As always, loads of love,