Archive for July, 2015

let’s review: vanishing girls

Friday, July 31st, 2015

[note: this review contains spoilers. To read spoiler-free, go here.] Reading Lauren Oliver’s Vanishing Girls starts out with a “meh,” leads to a “hmmm” and ends with an “oh!” Sisters Nick and Dara have danced between inseparable, jealous, and barely speaking—their layered relationship affected even more by a traumatic car accident that shatters their sisterhood [...]

let’s review: the diviners

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

Well, if this book isn’t just the bee’s knees. Libba Bray’s The Diviners summons the glittering world of New York City in the 1920’s and throws in a spirit of mystery, murder, and mysticism–and a good case of the heebie jeebies. Evie O’Neill can see others’ secrets through an object’s touch—a gift that gets her into trouble [...]

leaving the middle (miles traveled & roots remembered)

Saturday, July 25th, 2015

All of the years I have spent here I have never wandered I live in the middle The way you sing unlocks my heart just like a key And brings you right back home to me –Lily & Madeleine I’ve only ever lived in the middle, where the land is flat and the rising action [...]

let’s review: skim

Friday, July 24th, 2015

Having loved This One Summer by cousins and author/illustrator duo Mariko and Jillian Tamaki, I got a hold of their earlier work, Skim. Kim, called Skim (“because she’s not”) is seen as the quiet goth girl at her all girls’ private school. She and her best friend Lisa are into Wicca and not joining in [...]

let’s review: saint anything

Friday, July 24th, 2015

I’ve read Sarah Dessen books off and on since high school, and some are better than others. Something about reading them is nostalgic, I suppose, although I’m finding the writing to be less sophisticated. Saint Anything tells the story of Sydney, dealing with a shifting family dynamic as her older brother serves a jail sentence [...]

let’s review: paper towns

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

[disclaimer: this review contains a spoiler. to read spoiler-free, go here]. Margo Roth Spiegelman, the ultra cool, adventurous, beautiful, mysterious girl next door, has been just out of Quentin’s reach for most of his life. One night, she crawls through his bedroom dressed in black, summoning Q on a mission as her partner in crime. [...]

let’s review: i’ll give you the sun

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

This book made me feel like exclamation points, in a good way. I’ll Give You the Sun is dynamic YA writing at its best, like every sentence is supercharged with full-throttle feeling. Jandy Nelson captures not just an adolescent’s perspective, but two sides to the story of twins Noah and Jude, supremely connected and then [...]

let’s review: the book of speculation

Saturday, July 11th, 2015

“I may never again hold another book this old, or one with such a whisper of me in it…” Simon Watson, an archival librarian about to be unfunded out of a job, lives in his family’s old crumbling house on a cliff by the sea, tip-toeing around the ghosts of his parents and worrying about [...]

let’s review: a darker shade of magic

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

(warning: this review contains spoilers. Read the spoiler-free version here). I’m surprised this book was shelved under the adult science fiction/fantasy section–everything about this novel reads as a teen book. Young protagonists, slightly less sophisticated writing (no offense), and lots of other teen/YA novels include a supernatural element without being singled out as SciFi/Fantasy. So [...]