Book Review: Because of Her by K.E. Payne

For seventeen-year-old Tabitha “Tabby” Morton, life sucks. Big time. Forced to move to London thanks to her father’s new job, she has to leave her friends, school, and, most importantly, her girlfriend Amy, far behind. To make matters worse, Tabby’s parents enroll her in the exclusive Queen Victoria Independent School for Girls, hoping that it will finally make a lady of her.

But Tabby has other ideas.

Loathing her new school, Tabby fights against everything and everyone, causing relations with her parents to hit rock bottom. But when the beautiful and beguiling Eden Palmer walks into her classroom one day and catches her eye, Tabby begins to wonder if life there might not be so bad after all.

When Amy drops a bombshell about their relationship following a disastrous visit, Tabby starts to see the need for new direction in her life. Fighting her own personal battles, Eden brings the possibility of change for them both. Gradually, Tabby starts to turn her life around—and it’s all because of her.


This one really blew my mind with the interest that developed throughout the story. Certainly a wonderful British young adult novel.

When I discovered this novel for some reason I was hesitant but those feelings were quickly dispelled once I actually started reading. This is the perfect Lesbian romance novel for young adults and really explores the trepidation when it comes to coming out to both parents and friends, as well as young love. 

The main character, Tabby, is a wonderful protagonist. She is first and foremost honest with herself about her sexuality. It’s nice to see a young woman represented so strongly and positively. She is confident about her sexuality which is a breath of fresh air in a sea of confused and unsure women. But there is still Eden to show the fear that people face but not in a domineering way. It’s all very subtle. 

The plot is simple but powerful in the message that it is conveying. It is easy to understand and follows a simple pattern. There is no contrived love triangle, just the falling out of one relationship and discovering another. No cheating just real feelings.

Overall, this is an amazing young adult novel about same-sex relationships.



Book Review: Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

I didn’t ask for any of this. I didn’t ask to be some kind of hero.
But when your whole life gets swept up by a tornado—taking you with it—you have no choice but to go along, you know?

Sure, I’ve read the books. I’ve seen the movies. I know the song about the rainbow and the happy little blue birds. But I never expected Oz to look like this. To be a place where Good Witches can’t be trusted, Wicked Witches may just be the good guys, and winged monkeys can be executed for acts of rebellion. There’s still the yellow brick road, though—but even that’s crumbling.

What happened?
Dorothy. They say she found a way to come back to Oz. They say she seized power and the power went to her head. And now no one is safe.

My name is Amy Gumm—and I’m the other girl from Kansas.
I’ve been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked.
I’ve been trained to fight.
And I have a mission:
Remove the Tin Woodman’s heart.
Steal the Scarecrow’s brain.
Take the Lion’s courage.
Then and only then—Dorothy must die!


Sounds cool right? Wrong.

THIS COULD HAVE BEEN GOOD! But of course it was not and was instead the biggest disappointment so far this year for me.

First off, this book is long and during most of that time there is nothing going on. Literally nothing. Most of the time it’s Amy’s thoughts and more often then not she is repeating herself. How many times does she describe someone as “being near her age” or how many times is there some lame ass line about having to “kill Dorothy?” Fun fact: the title of the novel is DOROTHY MUST DIE so I don’t need to be reminded chapter after chapter.

Second, Amy is so dependent on everyone even though she knows absolutely nothing. In a book that seemingly pits female against female I was hoping for a strong female lead but alas, that is not what we get. Instead Amy relies on Nox and Pete, as well as other shady characters. So instead of a lead who can act on her own we get one who caters to everyone else’s needs. Then, when she does make a move on her own, she just apologizes, even though she has been given no information. Conflict solved. Really?

Third, Nox and Pete. Why does there need to be this kind of forced romance triangle thing. Maybe not all focused on the triangle this book but apparently there are more to come. Not to mention we know nothing about them. Does Amy need to constantly rely on someone to save her? Aren’t we passed that as a culture? Ugh.

Fourth, what the hell happened in the end? Why did anything happen? I feel like I got screwed over. Was there an end? Why is there more? I can’t.

Finally, I’m not sure what is supposed to be canon: the original Wizard of Oz by Frank Baum or the movie version with Judy Garland. The reason this bothers me so much is because of the shoes. In the novel they are silver and in the movie they are ruby red. This book by Paige starts off by saying that Dorothy’s slippers are silver but then later they are red. Not to mention that Amy constantly refers to the characters looking as they did in the movie. This means that Dorothy is therefore Judy Garland. What is going on?




Book Review: Legend by Marie Lu

“What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem. From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths – until the day June’s brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family’s survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias’s death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets. Full of nonstop action, suspense, and romance, this novel is sure to move readers as much as it thrills. “


This is one of the first books I picked up when the dystopian craze hit and ever since I read it it has set the bar very high.

This really is my favorite book of all time. I enjoy that you get two characters and both are so realistic, making them easily relatable. What I really love is that this book doesn’t just appeal to one gender over another (not that books do but it gets both perspectives). It was personally the first one I read that did this and other books are now going to be doing the same at the end of a series rather than the beginning (ie. Allegiant, which is still a great series).

The plot isn’t something so farfetched either. It is certainly plausible and possibly makes it that much more interesting. June is an amazing heroine and it is intriguing to see her struggle and grow. Day is an excellent counterpart to the Republic and their voices really give the reader a feel for what it’s like during this time for both the rich and the poor.

If you’re going to want to read one novel, this is the one. (Then you will have to read Prodigy, then Champion, because they are just that good.)

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