Mini Reviews: You Are Here by Liz Fichera & Strange and Ever After (Something Strange #3) by Susan Dennard


From Goodreads: In You Are Here, sixteen-year-old Jennifer Whitman wishes she could just disappear. After her father's death, her family lost everything, including their home and comfortable way of life. With the help of a local charity, they've relocated to downtown Phoenix. But Jenn has unfinished business back in Paradise Valley. Sixty-six days ago, Jenn fell in love with seventeen-year-old cowboy William Finnigan…and then he shattered her ... Read More

2015 Reading Goals


Do you set reading goals? I usually set a reading goal through Goodreads with the amount of books/bookish items that I want to read for the year. I say books/bookish items because I want to log everything that I’ve read, whether it’s just a deleted or extra scene, short story, novella, or book. If it’s on Goodreads, & I’ve read it, then it gets marked as such. My memory is horrible, & this helps me keep track! Anyway, this year I ... Read More



*ahem* *taps microphone* Ladies and gents, I would like for everyone to meet... Pandora She is the latest and greatest addition to CBR and she hails all the way from Massachusetts.  I say, more the merrier and I can't wait for everyone to read her reviews! ;) Addicted to the ‘one-click’ magical button providing me with endless choices of book boyfriends! Blogger/Reviewer and part-time comical entertainer (selective hours vary on mood ... Read More

The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay + Giveaway


From Goodreads: I live in a world without magic or miracles. A place where there are no clairvoyants or shapeshifters, no angels or superhuman boys to save you. A place where people die and music disintegrates and things suck. I am pressed so hard against the earth by the weight of reality that some days I wonder how I am still able to lift my feet to walk. For the rest of the blurb, click here.     Review: This. Book. This ... Read More

Looking for Associate Reviewers


Interested in being an associate reviewer at Cristina's Book Reviews?  FABULOUS!!!  I'm interested in finding an associate reviewer (or two) -- small world! If you enjoy reading and want a platform to share your thoughts about books...look no further! Things to consider: Must be 18 years of age or older Book reviews are for the genre of your choice, excepting books of a religious or political nature The commitment is for a minimum ... Read More

A Darkness Strange and Lovely (Something Strange and Deadly #2) by Susan Dennard


From Goodreads: 1876 Paris. Her brother dead, her mother crazed, narrator Eleanor Fitt heads to Paris for Spirit-Hunters — Joseph, Jie, and Daniel - where the Dead have risen. On the steamer, friendly Oliver entices her sweetness of black magic. Hypnotism makes targets turn against what they stand for. Rich Marquis du Bazillac, LeJeunes, and his sister sponsor Hunters in Society.         My Review... I remember ... Read More

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

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From goodreads: A beautiful and distinguished family. A private island. A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy. A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive. A revolution. An accident. A secret. Lies upon lies. True love. The truth. We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.  Read it.  And if anyone asks you how ... Read More

Thank You Giveaway

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This is kinda how I felt writing this post! *snickers* As you probably know...I only do one post and visit all my favorite blogs once per week and more often than not, it's every other week.  Work has me running around like a crazy woman! I've been blogging since August/September 2012 and it's been one helluva journey!!! A very good one at that. *wink*  Not only have I discovered some seriously AUH-MAZING books through other bloggers ... Read More

Something Strange and Deadly (Something Strange and Deadly #1) by Susan Dennard


From Goodreads: Eleanor Fitt has a lot to worry about. Her brother has gone missing, her family has fallen on hard times, and her mother is determined to marry her off to any rich young man who walks by. But this is nothing compared to what she's just read in the newspaper: The Dead are rising in Philadelphia. And then, in a frightening attack, a zombie delivers a letter to Eleanor . . . from her brother. Whoever is controlling the ... Read More

Reading or Listening?


I read a LOT of books, but I’ve never been big on listening to them. I know a lot of people, friends, bloggers, etc that prefer audio books, and I think it’s a great idea. I’ve just always been more of a reader than a listener. I want to change that a little this year. One of my reading goals this year is to listen to a few books. I’m not specifying an amount, I just want to give it a try. I’ve never really given audio books a try, except for ... Read More

Split Second (Pivot Pint #2) by Kasie West


From Goodreads:  Life can change in a split second. Addie hardly recognizes her life since her parents divorced. Her boyfriend used her. Her best friend betrayed her. She can’t believe this is the future she chose. On top of that, her ability is acting up. She’s always been able to Search the future when presented with a choice. Now she can manipulate and slow down time, too . . . but not without a price. When Addie’s dad invites her to ... Read More

Redeployment by Phil Klay


From goodreads: Phil Klay's Redeployment takes readers to the frontlines of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, asking us to understand what happened there, and what happened to the soldiers who returned.  Interwoven with themes of brutality and faith, guilt and fear, helplessness and survival, the characters in these stories struggle to make meaning out of chaos. In Redeployment, a soldier who has had to shoot dogs because they were eating ... Read More