The Crossover is a book about twin 12-year-old boys who love basketball. My boys are 11-year-old twins who love basketball. They’re also always complaining that they can’t find any good fiction about basketball, so when I saw a teaser on HMH’s Twitter feed, I knew my kiddos’ brains would basically explode. My only concern? It’s written in verse, and ...
If there is one single book that I started out this year looking forward to the most, it’s Sunrise. I read Ashfall just about a year ago, and I just fell completely in love with it. I’d read science fiction before, but not realistic sci-fi–nothing like the world Mike Mullin creates. There is just no way not to be engrossed ...
It’s difficult, really, to explain a novel like Peace Like a River. I try to be discriminating about how often I give five stars when I review books, so that when I do, it really means something. Here, five stars doesn’t even feel like enough. Trite quips like “tour de force” and “emotional powerhouse” come to mind as I ...
Phoenix Island is intense. It’s easy to see how it lends itself to a screen adaptation in the new TV show Intelligence: it’s vivid and action-packed, and there are lots of places to go with it–particularly after book one finishes. Having read it, it’s clear that the TV show is springing forward from the very end of the book, so ...
I came late to Unwind and its sequels. I’m not really the kind of person with the restraint it takes to wait until a whole series is out (and this one isn’t, quite) and then read it all in one sitting–I’m far too impatient and in need of good things to read! But for whatever reason, I was busy ...
It’s been a busy week around here, and one of my biggest frustrations has been my inability to sit down and read Robison Wells’ Feedback. I just finished Variant last week, and I was so enthralled by the dang thing that I had to immediately download the sequel. I couldn’t be bothered to track it down at the library. (Thank ...
I really loved this book. Variant is a fast-paced psychological thriller with a good bit of meat on its bones. It boasts a wide cast of nicely varied characters and while there’s lots going on, a clear, strong plot line burns right through the middle of the chaos. Wells is a new-to-me author, and I’m thrilled to have come ...
I was so excited to discover Ashen Winter was finally on the shelves! I was absolutely nuts for Ashfall, Mullins’ first book. It was one of those that I enjoyed when I read it, but it stuck with me, so that I’d find myself thinking about it while my mind was idle. The whole idea of a couple of ...
So, I finally got around to reading The Knife of Never Letting Go. I know everybody loves this book. I kinda hated it. The dog constantly talks about poo (I get it, but…come on. Really?). Everyone is miserable. Throw in the world’s most unsatisfying ending–you almost have to read the next one or be left with a major cliffhanger, ...
Ashfall was a nice departure: it's so nice to read a post-apocalyptic novel based in actual fact! I love fiction, and don't mind at all if something is spun from pure imagination, but I hate it when something is presented as "science" and even an right-brained lay person like me can spot the flaws. This was interesting and well-researched, ...