Decked with Holly is a hilarious, fun read!
Holly  is dreading the rest of her Grandfather's birthday cruise because it means spending time with her totally-hot-but-so-evil cousins and are-you-sure-you-want-to-eat-that-watch-your-calories aunt. Well, her crazy realatives and a horrible bout of seasickness. That same seasickness forces Holly to stumble into an open suite. She barfs and is on her way out the door when she meets Nick who reluctantly offers her a place to sleep for the night. Holly is about to trudge back to her room when she finds that Nick is actually Dominic, the drummer for the hit band ReadySet. But it too late, swarms of petty fans and papparazzi's have already seen a sleepy, disheveled teenage Holly try to slink out of a rockstars suite. You can imagine what they think. To scavenge whats left of ReadySets family friendly reputation, Nick begs Holly to be his fake girlfriend for a while.
As this fauxmance goes on, they begin to develop real feelings for each other...

Decked with Holly by Marni Bates is such a sweet book! The plot wasn't all that original but Bates' characters were so believable!
9/10 stars, Ages 10 up.

Have you read Decked with Holly? Did you enjoy it? Let me know in the comments!

~Carissa Bookworm

     Anna was a rich, Russian Countess, but since the Russian Revolution, all Anna is, is just another penniless orphan in London.
     Anna lands a job as an all-around housemaid in the Aristocrat family, Westerholme. Anna tries her hardest to blend in and keep her past secret, making sure to follow her outdated guide to servantry, but her graceful, noble- like curtsies and thick, formal accent make that impossible.
     As Anna tries to juggle her way through her very complicated life, the reader (that means you!) will laugh, cry, and occasionally scream out in joy/horror/and amusement. I know I did. Oh, my poor family must have been fairly disconcerted with all those yelps...
     Anna befriends the Earl of Westerholme, Rupert, and they slowly develop feelings fro each other. There's just one little obstacle between their love: Rupert's fiancee.

     I loved, loved, loved this book! Everything was perfect, the romance, the plot, the END! I loved how Anna could befriend the servants just as easily as the nobility, and wasn't constantly having to choose between them. I loved how Rupert was so blatantly honest, and how even when it was clear Rupert's fiancée, Muriel, wasn't his soul mate, he wouldn't go back on his word (proposal). And when Muriel does something really bad (read it, and you'll know what I'm talking about), I really yelled out in justified anger!
    This  book was amazing, fantastic, fabulous, enjoyable, and adventurous. I guess what I'm trying to say is that YOU have to read A Countess Below Stairs.
    10 of 10 stars (Congrats!), and Ages 10+
Remember, please comment and tell me your thoughts about this book (if you've read it!) or a specific book you'd like me to review!
Carissa Bookworm

     Georgetown Academy is where all the kids of politicians got to
high school. As you can imagine, tensions are always high. Anyway, G.A. is like
any other high school: there’s a social food chain. G.A., Book 1 follows 4 girls
navigating their way through high school.
I really saw potential in Georgetown Academy, Book 1, and I did enjoy it.
The only problem was that the book only covered the first week of school! I’ve
seen Georgetown Academy, Season 1, and I think that would be much better for many readers. Also, there was a really weird format thing in the middle of the book.“Who do you want to follow for the Rookie Party?” That really could have been formatted differently.

4/10 stars, 12+

Carissa Bookworm

Thanks for the ARC I recieved through NetGalley!

Ciardis wants nothing more than security in life, which is why
she was planning to marry her long time boyfriend. Trouble is, he impregnated another girl and is forced to marry her. Obviously, Ciardis is mad, and rightly so! So when a Court Companion visits her town and offers Ciardis an apprenticeship as aCompanion, she takes it. (Companions are women that magically complement they’re patron. Companions often end up married to their patrons.) It turns out that Ciardis is a Weathervane, meaning she has a rare talent to make others’
magic more powerful. A lot of people would like a Companion with that ability. So Ciardis is all ready for the Patron Hunt, in which Companions showcase their abilities, when she finds that the Prince needs her help.

OK, so I know that was a bit of a ramble, but I promise you, Sworn to Raise is an
extraordinary read! The idea is totally unique and Terah Edun has done an
excellent job building the world!

12+ for bad language, 10/10 stars!!

I look forward to reading more by Terah Edun, especially Sworn to Transfer, the
forthcoming 2nd book in the Courtlight series!
Thanks for the review copy I recieved through NetGalley.
~Carissa Bookworm

    One Stone Left Unturned is a fascinating mix of history, mystery, and good writing! 
    One Stone Left Unturned follows two girls, Tatiana Romanov, daughter of
Tsar Nicholas, and Augusta, a bullied Catholic girl. The story starts when
Augusta finds a colorful brooch in her church. At the same time, from her point
of view, Tatiana finds the brooch. In alternating POV chapters, both girls
discover the stones power: to protect the user from pain. Tatiana must decide
whether to share the stone’s power with her family, or keep it to herself as her
Grandmother suggested. Augusta must care for her slowly-singing-into-dementia
grandmother and keep the stone safe.

    I really enjoyed One Stone Left Unturned! The idea was original, the
characters were easy to connect with, and the end was…brilliant and sobbing-sad
at the same time!

I can’t wait to read more novels by Marianna
9/10 stars, for kids 10+

Thank you for the review copy provided by the

Carissa Bookworm

    Katrina Yoder has a beautiful singing voice, but her Amish beliefs discourage singing. Singing is believed to be prideful, so
Katrina doesn’t sing often. Her father’s bad back prevents him from working, but
the procedure to fix it is expensive. When her friend Bekka urges Katrina to try
out for the hit show, American Star, Katrina is hesitant to go against her
beliefs and enter the world of the English. But when Katrina hears about the
prize money, more than enough for the surgery, she goes for it! Katrina
convinces her parents that this is her ‘rumspringa’the time when Amish kids
experience the English.
Katrina wins a full-expenses-paid trip to Hollywood to compete on
American Star!!
    I really enjoyed reading A Simple Song by Melody Carlson. The plot is
original, and I loved how the book acted like a window into the Amish world. I
also loved the twist about Katrina’s deceased

All Ages, 9/10 stars!

Thank you for the review copy I recieved through NetGalley! This is my unpaid-for, honest opinion!

Carissa Bookworm

    Raven by Suzy Turner is not your typical werewolf/vampire/changeling/paranormal nove (Thank God!), Raven is exquisitely different.
    Lilly Taylor lives with her blunt mean mother along with the father she
rarely sees. Lilly’s life with her mother is horrible. Her childhood of carefree
fun is nonexistent. Lilly’s only friend is December, the funky new girl at
school. Her life goes on like clockwork, until one day her mother is gone.
    Lilly is shipped off to her Canadian grandfather (who she doesn’t know)
and Lilly finds she has family, and lots of it! For once in her life, Lilly is
submersed in love and warmth. Lilly really connects with her senior (in high
school!) cousin Jo, and the pair quickly becomes friends.

    As well as her newfound family, Lilly discovers the family secret: the world is
full of paranormal creatures. Surprisingly, she takes this somewhat in stride.
They then go on to explain that Lilly’s cold, heartless “mother” is a witch, and
as if that not bad enough, she killed Lilly’s real mother and elder sister.
Again, she’s a little shaken, but not that disturbed, oddly. 
Then, her grandfather tells her that mother’s family had the ability to
  turn into certain felines and that her father’s into a raven. Oh, and, by the
  way, soon you might become a changeling like your parents!

I really enjoyed Raven! I was really worried that it was going to be a
blah book, but the characters were unique and the plot was amazing! The dialogue
was a bit off, and the relationship between a 17-year-old and almost-14-year-old
was weird. Though he was a family friend…

    I’m looking forward to reading book 2 in the Raven Saga, December

Ages 10+ and 8 of 10 stars!

Carissa Bookworm

    Another novel by Joan Bauer (Review for Almost Home by Bauer can be found here) that has blown me away!
    Jenna Boller's father is always drunk, always wrecking life (his, his wife's, his daughters'), and always leaving Jenna to clean up after him. Its gotten a little better since Jenna's mother divorced him, but he still comes around after months of silence and forgotten child support payments.
    So when Mrs. Gladstone, the CEO of the shoestore (Gladstones) where Jenna works, offers Jenna a job driving her down to Texas, she jumps at the chance to get away from her father and save up for a car! Jenna leaves her mother, her beloved younger sister, and confused grandmother and sets off to see the world! Or, at least a good chunk of her country! :)
Jenna, along with Mrs. Gladstone, hops to and from Gladstone's shoestores, testing the employees, new plastic products (ewww!), and monthly profits at each, while making there way towards the big Gladstone's conference. At this conference of company higher-ups and stockholders, it will be decided if Gladstone's will be taken over by a large chain store and if Mrs. Gladstones will be forced to step down.

    Rules of the Road was a great book! I loved the big shoestore competition concept! I LOVED the characters, especialy Henry Bender, and I really appreciated how there wasn't a constant fued between gawky Jenna and her beautiful best friend as there often is over beauty (at least in books). I loved how Bauer made the shoe store world seem majestic and exciting!

    Rules of the Road has earned a place on my bookshelve and (I know this sounds cheesy) in my heart. Nine of ten stars, All ages!