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 ...
  Feiwel and Friends were lovely enough to have sent me an advanced copy of Mortal Danger (always so exciting)! I’d already seen some early reviews, despite trying my hardest not to, and they were MIXED. It was clear that this was a book people either really loved, or just did not connect with, so I went into my reading optimistically, determined to ...
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 ...
Dear hormones: Remember when we were frustrated with that one other series we were reading, because we thought that evil bad guy was really kind of sexy, and then all the chemistry dried up and the character wasn’t nearly so interesting anymore? Yeah, I found you the answer to that. (Ohhh my gooooosh!) Ahem. Shadow and Bone is completely unlike any book I’ve ever read, ever. ...
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 ...
I love crime fiction. My introduction to modern adult literature as a young teenager (i.e., things that were written by non-British people after the 1800s) were John Grisham and Michael Chrichton, and I’ve been in love with intrigue and puzzles ever since. The Body in the Woods is my first April Henry novel, and I wasn’t sure what I thought of the idea of ...
If I had discovered I Capture the Castle in my youth, I’m certain I would have re-read it dozens of times, wrinkling its spine and ingraining its passages into my memory the same way I’ve done with Pride and Prejudice and Rebecca. Instead, I didn’t have the joy of falling in love with Castle until my thirties. Castle is the ...