“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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
A Death-Struck Year is Makiia Lucier’s debut novel and I hate to say it, but here and there, it  shows. I didn’t dislike this book–far from it. I thought the plot was interesting, the characters were mostly well-done, and the setting was great. I just wanted a little…more. Firstly: the characters. Cleo, the heroine, is lovely. She’s brave, thoughtful, and ...
Perfect Ruin has been on my “to-read” list for months, now, and even after I bought it, it sat on my Kindle, unread, for a long time. I’m not sure why it took me so long to get around to it, but I finally had a break in my schedule long enough to choose my own reading adventure, and ...
I’ve been finished with Allegiant for three or four days, now, and I still have no idea what to write. So…here are my jumbled thoughts? Roth is an exceptional writer. She’s one of the strongest recommendations for this series (and there are many), and considering that she got her start so relatively young, I cannot wait to see what ...
I enjoyed Prized every bit as much as Birthmarked, the first in the series. I was thrown, here and there, by O’Brien’s writing style; there were a couple of conversations that confused me a little, because the characters were expressing emotions that we were supposed to understand they’d been feeling, when they hadn’t been clear at all. I found ...