Steel by Carrie Vaughn (2011)

Pirates! Magical swords! Swashbuckling adventures! Gross historical details that add flavor and color while also grounding it in realism! Steel has everything one could want in a book about time travel, fencing, and being confident in oneself. What I liked best about Steel was that the protagonist, Jill, was unapologetically skilled at something. She wasn’t a special snowflake, she didn’t magically just KNOW how to use a sword. She worked hard at it, and it Read More …

Mini-Reviews: Sushi for Beginners, Firebird, Dig, Abhorsen

Home again! The trip went well; I’ll be writing more about it here and at my travel blog later. For now, you can check out Finchagogo for some pictures I took. As for Birdbrain(ed)– I need to catch up on reviews! Don’t want to be posting January reviews in March (again). So, here we are. Yay! Guess what? I haven’t read a Marian Keyes book written after 2004! Which is really weird. Rereading Sushi also Read More …

Lirael by Garth Nix

Look! I wrote a full review! And hopefully more will come. I figured I couldn’t depend on review notes since I don’t know WHEN I’ll be getting internet, so I might as well just carry on as best I can until then. They won’t have as fancy a format as I usually do, since I don’t have enough time to search for other reviews and whatnot, but I hope you like them anyway. Sorry I Read More …

REVIEW: 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

Cover image of 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

This is my first Maureen Johnson book. Can you believe it? Of course I knew who she was way before I downloaded this book, but I just hadn’t gotten around to reading anything of hers before now. And now? Yeah! I think I’ll probably read more of her books. 13 Little Blue Envelopes reminds me a lot of John Green’s books, although obviously with a female protagonist instead of male. I also want to say Read More …

REVIEW: Gone by Michael Grant

I had no idea what Gone was about when I picked this book off of the shelf at my local library, but the first page made it seem really, really good. And it was! I love it when that happens. I love the premise of Gone, especially since it features one of my favorite things in YA fiction: a group of kids fending for themselves without adult helping or guiding them. There’s so much potential Read More …

The Secret Hour by Scott Westerfeld

Continuing on through Scott Westerfeld’s bibliography, this is the first book of a trilogy. I ended up really liking it! This was a quick, fast-paced read, which was nevertheless chock full of interesting characters and mysterious paranormal events. A lot is introduced in such a small amount of pages, but I didn’t feel overwhelmed or confused. I liked most of the characters, especially Rex (though that may be because he’s the nerdy bookish character with Read More …