I know that there are a lot of adult readers who have strong (and possibly negative) feelings young adult literature. Let me say this: if you read just one YA book in your entire life, may I suggest you consider this one? Jellicoe Road is the kind of book that has teenage protagonists, but they have mature voices and experiences, and ...
I feel like Raging Star mostly lived up to my hopes for an end to this series. I honestly had forgotten a lot of what happened in these books (and maybe thought that they happened in a different series don’ttellanybody), but as it all came back to me, I got really excited. I’ve grown to love these characters over ...
Sia has just 15 days to live. 15 days to cram in whatever she still wants to do with the rest of her life. Or…15 days to figure out how to save her family. I love novels like Dark Days–the pressure’s on because there’s a finite amount of time to work with, and the characters have to really move. Sia and her family ...
World War III has left the world ravaged by nuclear radiation. A lucky few escaped to the Alaskan wilderness. They’ve survived for the last thirty years by living off the land, being one with nature, and hiding from whoever else might still be out there. At least, this is what Juneau has been told her entire life. The thing I loved ...
I was feeling really badly about not loving Lola and the Boy Next Door until I started reading other reviews, and discovered I’m not alone, here. Some people adore it every bit as much as Anna, but a good chunk, across the board, feel like I did: it was okay. I started off reading Lola completely in love with the concept. Lola is ...
OK, so I totally get, now, why everyone (EVERYONE) on the blogosphere geeks out every time Anna and the French Kiss comes up. It is unequivocally, entirely, absolutely adorable. Anna is a high-school senior who’s sent–unwillingly–off to Paris to attend boarding school. She’s frustrated to be leaving her friends, and feels like her father, a famous schmaltzy novelist, just wants her to go ...
If you’re looking for something that’s a change from the constant wave of dystopian blather in YA literature, The Peculiars is it. It’s an adventurous story with a likeable heroine, set in a quirky historical time period. Steampunk fantasy? Sure, why not? McQuerry is a natural writer, and I delighted in every last page, here. Her characters are colorful and ...
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 ...
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 ...
I heart these books. I never would have discovered Jodi Meadows if it hadn’t been for the blogging community on Twitter, and thank goodness for it! I really can’t say enough lovely things about Jodi’s writing. After starting a series of books I didn’t finish, recently, what a joy it was to pick up Asunder and be swept away by its ...