“I missed night. I had other reasons to disobey, too like wanting to escape the cameras, but most of all, I missed the deep, vacant darkness of night.” I love a good first line, and the beginning of The Vault of Dreamers captured me, immediately. Anyone who’s read O’Brien’s Birthmarked trilogy knows what a statement she’s making with that first ...
  It’s such a bummer when you go into a sequel with high hopes and it’s just…kinda…okay. There’s nothing wrong with the writing in Just Call My Name. Holly’s style, which I quite like, is the same here–shorter sentences, which make for more pauses, causing me to process each a little more thoughtfully. She’s a different voice in YA, and I really enjoy her writing. The ...
My backlist choice, today, is I’ll Be There. I originally picked this up from the library because I’m planning to review its sequel, Just Call My Name, which released last week, but I really enjoyed reading the first book! (And yes, the titles totally refer to the Jackson 5 song on purpose. I sang them to myself every time I picked ...
Ever feel like you’re just in a reading slump, and you’re pretty sure nothing you’ve got on your bookshelf is gonna solve it? Today, I’m going to share with you the book that solved mine. Last weekend, I was looking for a YA standalone that’d be a fast read with great characters & worldbuilding, and my awesome friend Carrie suggested three awesome ...
I love crime fiction. My introduction to modern adult literature as a young teenager (i.e., things that were written by non-British people after the 1800s) were John Grisham and Michael Chrichton, and I’ve been in love with intrigue and puzzles ever since. The Body in the Woods is my first April Henry novel, and I wasn’t sure what I thought of the idea of ...
Sia has just 15 days to live. 15 days to cram in whatever she still wants to do with the rest of her life. Or…15 days to figure out how to save her family. I love novels like Dark Days–the pressure’s on because there’s a finite amount of time to work with, and the characters have to really move. Sia and her family ...
World War III has left the world ravaged by nuclear radiation. A lucky few escaped to the Alaskan wilderness. They’ve survived for the last thirty years by living off the land, being one with nature, and hiding from whoever else might still be out there. At least, this is what Juneau has been told her entire life. The thing I loved ...
I really wanted to fall in love with Burn Out, but it just didn’t quite flow for me. From Goodreads: A futuristic blend of Beth Revis’s Across the Universe and Lenore Appelhans’s Level 2, Burn Out will satisfy the growing desire for science fiction with a thrilling story of survival, intrigue, and adventure. Most people want to save the world; seventeen-year-old Tora Reynolds ...
If there is one single book that I started out this year looking forward to the most, it’s Sunrise. I read Ashfall just about a year ago, and I just fell completely in love with it. I’d read science fiction before, but not realistic sci-fi–nothing like the world Mike Mullin creates. There is just no way not to be engrossed ...
Hey, you know what you’ve never seen from Shannon Hale before? Sci-fi. I have to fess up: this is the first Hale I’ve ever read. She’s been recommended to me by no fewer than four different friends whose reading taste I trust, and I still hadn’t gotten around to picking up one of her books. Don’t ask me why; Hale ...