This is the book that made me eat my words. I think I’ve mentioned a couple of times before that usually I really dislike short stories. I mean, I’ll read the occasional, well-written short story on its own and enjoy it. And it’s not like I dislike short-form writing–I’m an essayist, at heart, and I like things succinct. But there’s ...
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 ...
Are you a road-trip kind of person? I know I am. Or I used to be. I grew up taking road trips with my family, but when I went to college, that’s when the bug really hit me. I absolutely love to drive, and when you live in an apartment with five other girls, like I did, sometimes the car is your ...
  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 ...
Aren’t we all a little nutty when it comes to a really great read? And, you guys, Isla is a REALLY GREAT READ. For starters: though Isla and the Happily Ever After is part of a series, it stands all on its own, which as a blogger/book recommender, I really appreciate. I can shove this book at people Imean You can pick ...
Thank goodness for Leigh Bardugo. I love to read (obviously), and I enjoy all kinds of genres, but from the moment I read the first few pages of the Grisha series, I knew I was embarking on an entirely new sort of adventure. Ruin and Rising finishes Alina’s story powerfully. Like the rest of the Grisha novels, the writing is filled with strong ...
I just got asked, yesterday, which three books I think everyone should read, and while I ended up putting two kind of heavy adult novels on there, guess what else ended up on the list? GRISHA. I just can’t get over how much I love these books. Why? Heroine I actually admire: check Amazing worldbuilding: check (omgosh, this setting!) Evocative writing: check ...
  I’ve been trying to write this review of Infinite, now, for three days, and I just can’t seem to get started. For me, that’s a sign of MAJOR book hangover–I’m just still so stuck in the world of the book that I can’t even process how I felt about it. Can I just post **LOVE!** and call it good? Ha. You guys ...