Author: Paula Stokes

Double Mini Reviews- Double the Fun! Check out ASIC and GATU!

Posted October 7, 2016 by Nori in Book Reviews / 2 Comments


I am going to start by admitting that I’ve only seen one episode of Sherlock. While I did find Sherlock to be a fascinating character, I never watched more, and so I didn’t know what to expect from ASIC. I am thrilled to say that I loved it- for the same reason that I enjoyed the one episode of Sherlock.

Charlotte Holmes. The great great great (etc) granddaughter of the one and only Sherlock Holmes. She was FASCINATING. I loved learning about how her brain worked. And, to make it even better, I loved that it was a descendant of The original Watson, who narrated the story. Their bantering made for an entertaining tale, and I loved how they understood each other, even though they hadn’t known one another for long. It was amazing.

Also, wow, this certainly was a thriller. I could feel my heart racing as the mystery unfolded, and I didn’t want to put the book down. Unfortunately I did, and I spent the rest of the day wondering what happened next…yeah, it wasn’t my most productive day. Oops? Anyways, you’re going to want to read this in one sitting.

ACIS is truly unlike any other book that I’ve read, and I have to commend the author for creating such amazing characters. I really enjoyed the book and give it 4.5/5stars.

Double Mini Reviews- Double the Fun! Check out ASIC and GATU!Girl Against the Universe by Paula Stokes
Published by HarperTeen
Publication Date: May 17th 2016
Pages: 382
Purchase Links Amazon

Maguire is bad luck.
No matter how many charms she buys off the internet or good luck rituals she performs each morning, horrible things happen when Maguire is around. Like that time the roller coaster jumped off its tracks. Or the time the house next door caught on fire. Or that time her brother, father, and uncle were all killed in a car crash—and Maguire walked away with barely a scratch.

It’s safest for Maguire to hide out in her room, where she can cause less damage and avoid new people who she could hurt. But then she meets Jordy, an aspiring tennis star. Jordy is confident, talented, and lucky, and he’s convinced he can help Maguire break her unlucky streak. Maguire knows that the best thing she can do for Jordy is to stay away. But it turns out staying away may be harder than she thought.


Imagine living your life under a curse- bad luck seems to follow you around, and it impacts anyone who is near you. Imagine being afraid to be friends with anyone, because you don’t want them to get hurt. It’s a lonely life, but a life that Maguire lives daily. It’s a chain holding her down, and she isn’t able to break free.

But, one therapist gives her a challenge. She needs to try and complete 7 things off of a list that is specifically designed to slowly help her overcome her fears. She agrees to try, but doesn’t think much of the list. She can’t imagine living her life without constantly checking for danger to the people who surround her.

This is a story of a girl who is afraid. This is a story of a girl who tries to take matters into her own hands, and finds a group of friends who are willing to support her no matter what. This is also a love story.

Sounds good- right? I give this book 4/5stars. I would also recommend How It Feels To Fly by Kathryn Holmes.



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GUEST POST On Killing All My Darlings by Paula Stokes Hi guys! It’s Paula. Thanks to Nori for inviting me to hang out 🙂 Some of you may know that I cut almost 40,000 words (or about 175 pages of standard YA typeface) while I was revising GIRL AGAINST THE UNIVERSE. It’s not that the original version was bad. It was just…not right. So that’s a lot of darlings chainsawed […]

Posted June 24, 2016 by Nori in Guest Posts / 6 Comments