I went through a period with books where it seemed like absolutely everything I picked up with a chore. I'm the type of girl who gets excited by covers, and usually leaves a library with a stack of seven or eight, but for a long while, not much even looked good. But last December, All We Have Left caught ...
Unexpected Everything | Fefferfit
"From Morgan Matson, the bestselling author of Since You’ve Been Gone comes a feel-good story of friendship, finding yourself, and all the joys in life that happen while you’re busy making other plans." I love Morgan Matson. I love her thoughtful, intelligent, heroines and their true-to-life emotions. I love their friendships. I love their smart-girl approaches to dating. I also ...
When We Collided | Fefferfit
There's no other way to put this: When We Collided is the first novel that I've read concerning mental health that didn't depress the crap outta me. It's real, and vibrant, and necessary. I don't mean that in a "take up the cause" kind of way. I mean it like, "Do you really want to understand this? Because this book might help you ...
“Please don’t confuse love and logic, Charlie. They aren’t even remotely related.” OK, so: first, let me just say that I have been watching for this book for a *long* time. Ages ago, Mike Mullin–whom a lot of you will know from the Ashfall series–mentioned that one of his writing group friends had had her book picked up, and that it was ...
Confession: I’ve never read Cyrano de Bergerac, but I’ve seen Roxanne, so that counts, right?   Sway is a retelling of Cyrano, from a modernized, YA point of view. For those who don’t know the basics: boy uses friend to woo girl for him. Friend falls for girl, and everything falls apart. Sway, aka Jesse Alderman, is the “friend” in this story. He’s a ...
“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 ...
I know, I know, I’ve been dragging my feet about writing these reviews! There’s no real reason for it, really; sometimes it just takes me a little longer to process a book, and figure out what I want to say about it. Sometimes, that’s a sign that a book made a deep and lasting impression on me. For the ...
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 ...
I was feeling really badly about not loving Lola and the Boy Next Door until I started reading other reviews, and discovered I’m not alone, here. Some people adore it every bit as much as Anna, but a good chunk, across the board, feel like I did: it was okay. I started off reading Lola completely in love with the concept. Lola is ...