YA Fiction Review

The Dark Unwinding by Sharon Cameron My rating: 4 of 5 stars I received a copy of The Dark Unwinding at BEA this past spring and I was eager to read it. Mine didn't have the pretty cover, but I had a postcard with what it would look like. I defintely really enjoyed reading this [...]

Banned Books Week

Here's this year's Teen Banned Books display. I used the same board from last year but updated the display books with quotes on the covers to show why they were banned or challenged. Also, I took some old books from the book sale room (ones that were headed for the dumpster anyways) and re-purposed them [...]

YA Fiction Review

Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore My rating: 5 of 5 stars I really enjoyed Kristin Cashore's third book in the - well, I'm not sure exactly what to call it. Realm Trilogy? I don't know. Regardless, it was good! It made me want to re-read Graceling and Fire to remember some of the history of the [...]

YA Fiction Review

The Diviners by Libba Bray My rating: 5 of 5 stars Loved reading Libba's newest novel. I loved the Gemma Doyle trilogy, and The Diviners is along the same vein. The fun and excitement of the 1920's time period made an interesting contrast to the frightening plot. Characters are well-developed and the story kept me [...]

BEA is Almost Here!

Super excited to be traveling to NYC to attend BEA (BookExpo America) bright and early Tuesday morning! Unfortunately, I will not be able to see Stephen Colbert at the Tuesday Author Breakfast (boo) but I have tickets to the Wednesday Children's Author Breakfast (with 2 of my favorite authors: John Green and Lois Lowry!) and [...]

YA Nonfiction Review

Charles and Emma: The Darwins' Leap of Faith by Deborah Heiligman My rating: 4 of 5 stars I enjoyed listening to this book and I learned a lot about Charles Darwin that I never knew before - actually, I really never knew much about him except that the idea of Evolution came from him. I [...]

YA Audio Book Review

Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly My rating: 4 of 5 stars Definitely an original story - and one that had me captivated until the very end. I really enjoyed listening to this one. I could feel what Andi was feeling, and I think hearing the voice of Andi played a big part in that. I loved [...]

YA Book Review

Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King My rating: 5 of 5 stars Really amazing story. Voice, characters, plot, style - all of it just works and I could hardly put it down. Vera is such a strong, honest main character and her story is heartbreaking. You can feel everything she is going through. I [...]

Sunday Quiz

Can you name the Harry Potter fact based on the previous answer? Good quiz! I didn't get to finish it because I was watching SNL on demand. Definitely will be attempting it later 🙂 http://www.sporcle.com/games/crookshanks/harrypotternamechain

YA Audiobook Review

Abandon by Meg Cabot My rating: 2 of 5 stars Slightly disappointed in Abandon. The premise is definitely a good idea and I would like to read the rest of the trilogy just to see what happens (and hope it gets a little bit better.) I wasn't crazy about the main character - I felt [...]