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. ...
  I’ve been trying to write this review of Infinite, now, for three days, and I just can’t seem to get started. For me, that’s a sign of MAJOR book hangover–I’m just still so stuck in the world of the book that I can’t even process how I felt about it. Can I just post **LOVE!** and call it good? Ha. You guys ...
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 ...
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 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 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 ...
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 ...
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 ...