REVIEW: Small Steps by Louis Sachar

This is a sequel to Holes! I don’t really remember Armpit, but I DO remember X-Ray and what a creep he is. (Not a surprise to find him much the same in Small Steps, though he’s slightly more sympathetic because he gets a few pet the dog moments.) Small Steps is about finding your way back into normalcy about being outside it for a while. It’s also about friendship and why you shouldn’t let yourself Read More …

Poison Tree by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

Poison Tree, when I first started reading it, seriously confused me. It’s a YA book, but it stars adult protagonists. It reads EXACTLY like an adult urban fantasy book, except for the lack of sex and over-the-top violence. The language is exactly the same as in adult urban fantasies, the story is the same, there’s the same types of characters (including a (literal) Kick-Ass Heroine) and even the setting isn’t all that different. All the Read More …

REVIEW: Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard

I have a deep fondness for books that force teenagers to travel to places they might not have wanted to go to and that, in turn, force them to grow up into better people than they were at the beginning of the book/journey. This is why I had such high hopes for 13 Little Blue Envelopes, and why I had such high hopes for Wanderlove! Luckily Wanderlove does what I wanted 13 Little Blue Envelopes Read More …

Andromeda Klein by Frank Portman (2009)

Realistic, quirky, relatable characters with an intriguing story and a lot of magic. I found this on the New Books shelf at my library on Friday, and after checking to see what sort of book it was I decided to grab it before anyone else could get it and read it immediately. I finished on Saturday and WOW! I love it. It’s long, but it’s totally worth it. The book as a whole is sweetly Read More …