“Please don’t confuse love and logic, Charlie. They aren’t even remotely related.” OK, so: first, let me just say that I have been watching for this book for a *long* time. Ages ago, Mike Mullin–whom a lot of you will know from the Ashfall series–mentioned that one of his writing group friends had had her book picked up, and that it was ...
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 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 ...
“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 ...
“No matter how much I want it to be true, I can’t be dead and alive all at once.” I just read over all the things I highlighted while reading Words and Their Meanings, trying to choose a good one to start off my review. The problem is, they’re all spectacular. I finished the book less than a week ago, and after ...
The first line of the synopsis for Of Monsters and Madness says, “A romantic, historical retelling of classic Gothic horror featuring Edgar Allan Poe and his character Annabel Lee, from a New York Times best-selling author.” So…that pretty much sealed the deal for me right there. Gothic? Check. Romantic? Historical? Check-check. POE? JUST HAND IT OVER, PLEASE. I’ve been in ...
This has been the week of the beach novel, and it all started with Jenny Han. There is so much about The Summer I Turned Pretty that’s absolutely perfect summer reading. If you’re in love with the ocean, as I am, Han’s descriptions will evoke the warmth, freedom, and elation of being on vacation at the beach so flawlessly, you’ll ...
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 ...
Aren’t we all a little nutty when it comes to a really great read? And, you guys, Isla is a REALLY GREAT READ. For starters: though Isla and the Happily Ever After is part of a series, it stands all on its own, which as a blogger/book recommender, I really appreciate. I can shove this book at people Imean You can pick ...
  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 ...