The Cure for Dreaming by Cat Winters

I read The Cure for Dreaming all in one sitting! So that’s good. I love it when that happens. Makes me feel productive, and also kinda bloated. Like eating too much chocolate all at once. Yay suffragists! Yay Portland! Yay hypnotism? Yay a little bit of romance but nothing too overwhelming, so no worries if you don’t like that sort of thing! Downsides: I know people were legit anti-women legislation back in the day (and, Read More …

Dark Metropolis by Jaclyn Dolamore

This was the first book I read coming back from ALA Annual, and YAY! It was so good! First, it has flappers. Stick a flapper in a book and I will read immediately want to read it, no questions asked.1 Because Dark Metropolis is a fantasy-land/dystopian mix, there’s less glitz and glamour than you’d expect from a pseudo-1920s book, but it totally works. It’s a dark metropolis, gritty and hazy with broken promises; these are Read More …

REVIEW: Lookaway, Lookaway by Wilton Barnhardt

The thing about books starring messed-up families is that the families tend to be a) wealthy b) white c) successful by the standards of most of Western society. Their story is all about that being stripped away from them until what’s left is exposed like a recently-sheared sheep in the rain. And some books make it so the families see that and accept their flaws and then maybe they’ll move on, and some books have Read More …

REVIEW: This is W.A.R. by Lisa Roecker and Laura Roecker

You know when you have SO MANY HOPES for something to be amazing because LOOK AT IT and then it just goes in the pooper and everything is terrible and you want to stick your head under the covers and pretend nothing happened? That’s this book for me. Let’s start with the good stuff first: Realistically messed-up teenagers and their parents. Haven’t seen so many messed up families in YA fiction since the 1970s! Each Read More …

Ghost Time by Courtney Eldridge

Amazon’s previous publishing endeavors have left me feeling mostly “meh.” Not that I’ve read a TON of their books. I haven’t been interested before now! However, now they’re starting up a YA imprint (Skyscape) and WE SHOULD ALL BE AFRAID. At Book Expo America they gave away most of the Skyscape books coming out in the next few months– this is the first one I’ve read, and WOW. If this is what we have to Read More …

REVIEW: The Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence

I picked this up from BEA 2013 mostly because of the cover– also I thought it might have some sci-fi elements to it, which turned out to be wrong. However, despite the lack of scifi, I’m still glad I picked up The Universe Versus Alex Woods. PROS: 1. It has an unusual protagonist! Alex was struck on the head by a meteorite, and it’s affected his personality in interesting ways. (Or maybe he was like Read More …

The Rose Throne by Mette Ivie Harrison

Princesses! Princesses who actually understand princess responsibilities re: kingdoms and marrying and having kids. These princesses aren’t the frou-frou, super modern romance princesses you may be used to from other YA books. I found that very refreshing. It was SO NICE to have more realism in a book with royalty and romance and magic! The realism balanced out the fantastical bits, and I think it made the story more exciting than it would have been Read More …

Wednesdays in the Tower by Jessica Day George

When I started reading Wednesdays in the Tower, I was under the impression that I remembered the first book better than I did. Turns out I don’t! Who ARE all these characters? Prince who? Castle what? There’s no background/reminders of things past (except for ocassional “remember when that thing happened but we won’t talk about it more” scenes) so if it’s been a while since you read the first book, I recommend re-reading it before Read More …

River of Stars by Guy Gavriel Kay

This book is super long BUT once I actually started reading it, it flew by pretty quickly. It’s exciting, plot-wise, and it’s lovely, character and story-wise, and there’s some great stuff in it about the nature of stories and people and history. I love it when authors talk about that stuff, and about the impact of the past on the future (even the impact of the NON-past on the future, the way things could have Read More …