Very quick reviews: November 2015, part 1 (picture books)

I read 28 books in November! And it was mostly a combination of romances and children’s picture books, which, uh…would make for a very strange (and long) post. So instead I’ll divide them roughly by type and split them into multiple posts! Here’s part 1: picture books. Btw, definitely recommend picking up a picture book or two if you ever get the reading blahs. They’re quick, they have pretty pictures, and the good ones are Read More …

A Long, Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan

Sleeping Beauty with a scifi twist! I love fairy tale retellings, especially ones that don’t just retell the same old story with modern characters. A Long, Long Sleep also did that thing I love where it diverts from the original fairy tale in ways that give the female character(s) more agency than they originally had! YAY for books that do that– it keeps it from being the same old boring fairy tale, and it ALSO Read More …

REVIEW: Operation Red Jericho by Joshua Mowll

Things I love: historical fiction, secret societies, stories where kids travel around the world having adventures. This series? Has all of that! And more! It’s got sword fights and pet tigers and Davinci Code things that don’t really make sense if you look at them too closely, and, best of all, it’s got maps and diagrams and illustrations peppered throughout. If you really like the Indiana Jones movies and YA adventure books, you’d LOVE this Read More …

REVIEW: Bluefish by Pat Schmatz

April at Good Books and Good Wine called this book understated, and I agree with her. It’s a quiet book, one of those stories that sort of lurk at the back of the library waiting for you to stumble upon it when you’re randomly searching from something to read one afternoon. Some of my favorite books are sleepers, and this one is so good it’s no surprise I enjoyed it whole-heartedly. I mean, sure: it’s Read More …

REVIEW: The Naming by Alison Croggon

I found this mis-shelved at the library when I was looking for more Kevin Crossley-Holland books, and as soon as I saw “Pellinor” I thought “it’s an Arthurian thing!” So I grabbed it (along with a KC-H book). But no, it’s not an Arthurian thing. Instead, it’s a high fantasy in the vein of Lord of the Rings, with bards and magic and an entirely alternate world with monsters and magic and sword fights and Read More …

REVIEW: The Uninvited by Tim Wynne-Jones

Challenges: R.I.P. IV (#2) Note: I do talk about some potentially spoiler-ish things in this review, but I’ve tried to keep it to just stuff that happens in the first half of the book. If you’re really sensitive to spoilers, read the book first and then read my review. I’m not entirely sure how I feel about this book. I liked it, but at the same time I’m not really feeling all that positive about Read More …

REVIEW: Triskellion 2: The Burning by Will Peterson

I read Triskellion back in January and have been eagerly waiting for the sequel to come out. It’s just as exciting as the first book, just as strangely compelling while not being that well-written, and thankfully it does in fact answer some of the pesky questions left over from Triskellion #1. I’m not sure what it is about these books, but I think the combination of X-Files plotlines, compelling characters and high-wire excitement makes them Read More …