“I thought she was stealing my life, but in truth she opened its compartments and let me look inside.” The Miniaturist is a sheer oddity of a novel–every bit as curious in its workmanship as the miniature figures described in the novel; as delightfully artistic as it is thought-provokingly disconcerting. To say I enjoyed The Miniaturist would be to go too far, and yet, I didn’t ...
It just occurred to me this weekend that I haven’t recommended These Is My Words on the site, yet, and that needs to be remedied, right away. I have to be honest: though I grew up reading the Little House books, and I do have a strange idealistic dream that I might live in a farmhouse someday (but maybe not have to ...
  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 ...
Dear Kasie West: Please never stop writing real girls with real insecurities and real family relationships! Oh, how I love a Kasie West novel. I pre-ordered On the Fence a gazillionty years ago because I knew it would make me every bit as happy as each of her other three has, but little did I know it would be delivered on ...
I know that there are a lot of adult readers who have strong (and possibly negative) feelings young adult literature. Let me say this: if you read just one YA book in your entire life, may I suggest you consider this one? Jellicoe Road is the kind of book that has teenage protagonists, but they have mature voices and experiences, and ...
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 heart these books. I never would have discovered Jodi Meadows if it hadn’t been for the blogging community on Twitter, and thank goodness for it! I really can’t say enough lovely things about Jodi’s writing. After starting a series of books I didn’t finish, recently, what a joy it was to pick up Asunder and be swept away by its ...
I’m not sure I ever would have picked up the Everneath books if it hadn’t been for Brodi Ashton, herself. I went to a book signing for Cynthia Hand back in 2011, not realizing that Brodi was with her. I’d never heard of Brodi Ashton before, but after hearing her talk and answer questions, I was totally sold–not just ...
Truth? I was a little disappointed by Perfect Lies. I loved Mind Games, the first book in this duo. I love these characters, Fia and Annie, and the sisterhood they share. I love their connection to each other, and the way they keep each other sane and moving forward in impossible situations. I adore the premise of the books: ...
f you’re from Boise, Idaho, you have to read this book. Love and Leftovers is not quite like anything I’ve ever read before: a novel written in verse. No, no! Don’t go away! I promise it’s not as weird/boring/intimidating as it sounds. More on that in a minute. Not at all a book of poetry, instead, Love and Leftovers is a coming-of-age ...