REVIEW: (George) by E.L. Konigsburg

Maybe I just read too many fantasy books, but when George first showed up I totally thought he was some kind of ghost. One of the ways Ben describes him is as his concentric twin, and that totally makes sense to me in the context of a SFF story. But (George) is not SFF– it’s a contemporary, and I’m pretty sure E.L. Konigsburg didn’t mean for it to be even a magical realism sort of Read More …

REVIEW: The View From Saturday by E.L. Konigsburg

The ultimate in “real life” books, where all the excitement is emotional and there are no car chases or spies or vampires needing slaying. It’s also kind of slow and boring. But I love it anyway! Maybe it’s because the story’s told from the POV of all the kids and their teacher, and each section really FEELS like it was written by an intelligent sixth grader and/or adult. E.L. Konigsburg is SO good at doing Read More …

The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper

I skipped rereading the first book, Over Sea Under Stone, because it’s such a summer book and I wanted something wintery. Winter means The Dark is Rising! It takes place over December, with Christmas and big snow storms and omg, I wish I lived somewhere where it snowed. I miss snow. I miss the feeling of possibilities and adventures that snows brings with it. A standard “young boy comes into power” story, The Dark is Read More …

REVIEW: The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann

I was really excited when I got this book, mostly because I had tried to get it during BEA but was scared off by the truly massive line leading up to LM’s table. When I DID get it later, and when I read the first two chapters or so, I was thrilled. This is an awesome book, I thought. Those first few chapters were terrifying and exciting and really chilling, just like all good dystopian Read More …