Mischling: (German. plural: Mischlinge): "mixed-blood." The legal term used in Nazi Germany to denote persons deemed to have both Aryan and Jewish ancestry. I thought I would be engrossed by Mischling. I have an intense curiosity about the years and people surrounding World War II, particularly those in Germany while the war raged. I have long believed in the complexity of humanity, ...
“I need your help. You see, your friends are hot. And you, darling, are the Duff.” Yep–I’ll admit it, I picked up this book purely based on the title. It got me. It might be hard to see in that cover photo, but DUFF stands for Designated. Ugly. Fat. Friend. I honestly don’t know whether my junior high/high school experiences were entirely ...
  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 ...
There is nothing like a Daphne du Maurier book. You’re probably familiar with her work, whether you know it or not–du Maurier wrote the short story that inspired Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds, and is probably most famous for her novel Rebecca, which was made into a fantastic movie with Lawrence Olivier and Joan Fontaine. (Omgosh, just thinking about it makes me ...
I pretty much adore Sara Zarr. If you’re looking for a contemporary novel with realistic characters and authentic emotions that can portray the beauty of real life without being overly dark, Sara’s your girl. I picked up The Lucy Variations without really knowing anything about the story. The cover, as you can see, implies there’s something about a piano. That’s ...
I loved Roomies. Remember when you were a high-school grad, getting everything ready to go off to college, and you got that letter? The one that told you who your roommate would be? There was so much anticipation wrapped up in that letter, for me. What would she be like? Would she be fun? Would she be weird? Would ...
After a long spate of YA novels these last few weeks, I was rather excited to get my hands on The Irresistible Blueberry Bakeshop & Cafe, a general fiction novel I put on hold a couple of months before it was published, back in July. Blueberry is a nice little book. It’s a predictable little love story, incorporating a little ...