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 ...
I’m delighted, today, to have author Nomi Eve on the blog for an interview! Nomi is the author of Henna House, a book that intrigued me from the moment I saw the gorgeous cover. Click here for her answers to my 5 Questions! An evocative and stirring novel about a young woman living in the fascinating and rarely portrayed community of Yemenite Jews ...
It was evening when I picked up Evergreen, and it had been a long, stressful day. I settled into the couch and started reading, and with the first few sentences, I felt all the tension my body start to unwind. Not just any book can perform that kind of magic. Rebecca Rasmussen has that kind of gift with words. On ...
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 ...
Soooo, I dare you not to love this book. Mambo in Chinatown is the story of Charlie Wong, a Chinese-American young woman who feels like she’s stuck in her own life. Her father is a noodle maker at the local noodle restaurant in New York’s Chinatown. Charlie works there too, badly, as a dishwasher. She hates her job, but she’s ...
If you’ve ever looked at my Goodreads list, you’ll know just how much I love Southern fiction, and novels that are located in and around Sullivan’s Island, in particular. I’ve read nearly everything Dorothea Benton Frank‘s ever written, for instance, and there’s nothing quite like a good, lazy, beachy summer read. Whether or not The Summer Wind is a good, lazy, ...
Trying to write a review of We Are the Goldens is giving me fits, and I think it comes down to the fact that it’s not really a book about what I thought it would be about. The synopsis for Goldens talks a lot about two sisters, Nell and Layla, and their relationship–the things they’ve struggled together, and what happens ...
Catching Air is a nice little vacation escape of a read. Kira and her husband Peter set off from their high-stress jobs in Florida to try their hands at running a bed & breakfast with Peter’s brother, Rand, and his wife, Alyssa. None of them has done anything quite like it before, but they each bring their separate talents–and baggage–to ...