Book Review, Books, Fantasy, YA

5 Reasons I Thought I would Love the Scorpio Races

  The first book I read by Maggie Stiefvater was the Raven Boys, book one in the Raven Cycle series. It was pretty much an instant hit for me; atmospheric, dreamy, and a whole cast of complex and intriguing characters. I read the entire series three times. The next book I read by Stiefvater was… Continue reading 5 Reasons I Thought I would Love the Scorpio Races

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Book Review, Books, fiction

Quickie Review: Johnny Allan by John M. Keller

This Johnny Allan is magnetic, not just to the characters in the book, but to the reader as well. The screen on his cell phone breaks one day, and he decides he isn't going to replace it. He starts noticing more details around him, and he finds that he likes not being able to be… Continue reading Quickie Review: Johnny Allan by John M. Keller

Book Review, YA

Quickie Review: Fifteen Lanes by S.J. Laidlaw

  This book about two young girls growing up in vastly different worlds (one growing up in a brothel, the other dealing with bullies) is an engrossing novel about the harsh realities of human trafficking, and rising above obstacles. When Grace becomes the victim of an online attack, she has nowhere to turn to; she… Continue reading Quickie Review: Fifteen Lanes by S.J. Laidlaw

Book Review, Books, Fantasy, fiction

Book Review: Alias Hook by Lisa Jensen

  I was only accompanying a friend at the book store when I saw this on the shelves, and I knew I had to have it. As a lover of Barrie’s Peter Pan, I felt the most compassion for two characters: poor Wendy who wanted adventure, only to end up playing a never ending game… Continue reading Book Review: Alias Hook by Lisa Jensen

Book Review, YA

Quickie Review: Mammoth by Jill Baguchinsky

Natalie Page has two passions: Paleontology, and fashion. She runs a blog called Fossilista which has a great following. Then she lands scholarship to intern at an Ice Age dig site near Austin, Texas. Things go well until her hero, famous paleontologist Thomas Carver steals credit for her discovery. After that, Natalie starts taking some… Continue reading Quickie Review: Mammoth by Jill Baguchinsky

Book Review, Books, YA

Review: Us Kids Know by JJ Strong

Cullen Hickson, a delinquent teen whose reputation proceeds him, sets his sights on Brielle O'Dell, who tries to fit in at school, but doesn't quite manage it. Cullen puts himself in a situation that results in a broken wrist, just to get Bri's attention. And then there is Ray, Brielle's small, freshman brother who comes… Continue reading Review: Us Kids Know by JJ Strong

Book Review, Books, fiction

Review: The Adults by Caroline Hulse

Picture it: an ex married couple going in holiday with their 7 year old child, as well as their new partners. Sounds like a nightmare, right? Well that is exactly what happens in Caroline Hulse's novel "The Adults." Though no one can agree on whose idea it was, ex married couple Matt and Claire book… Continue reading Review: The Adults by Caroline Hulse

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Review: The Biggerers by Amy Lilwall

  You know how you meet someone, they don't give you the best first impression, but after a while you realize that they are actually fantastic? That's me with Amy Lilwall's The Biggerers. At first, I was bombarded with various character names and different  points of view. I felt as though I'd opened up the… Continue reading Review: The Biggerers by Amy Lilwall

fiction, Lists, Nonfiction, YA

Books I Have Read so Far in 2018

For the first time in four years, I have decided to skip my usual 75 books a year challenge. This year has been trying for me, with illness, and lots of changes. This time last year I'd read 34 books. This year so far I have read 14. But it's not about quantity, it's about… Continue reading Books I Have Read so Far in 2018

Book Review, YA

Review: How Far we go and How Fast by Nora Decter

Jolene, named after the woman in the Dolly Parton song, has one best friend in life - her older brother Matt. Their parents are not together, and their mother, a wannabe singer, isn't the most stable parent around; Jolene doesn't even call her "mom," but by her name. When Matt leaves, Jo finds trouble navigating… Continue reading Review: How Far we go and How Fast by Nora Decter