REVIEW: Poison by Bridget Zinn

I’ve had this book since last summer (ALA Annual, holla) but I wasn’t planning on reading it until I saw this Kirkus review: Don’t let the title or cover fool you! No grimdark teen fantasy or angst-y heroines here; just a frothy confection of a fairy tale featuring poisoners, princesses, perfumers and pigs, none of whom are exactly what they appear (except maybe the pigs). I TOTALLY judge books by their cover, and so does Read More …

REVIEW: The Liar Society by Lisa Roecker & Laura Roecker

This was a light and fluffy read– fluffier than I was expecting, tbh, but perhaps that was because I read it so close to two serious books. Anyway! Kate is an unfortunately stupid teen detective; definitely not a Veronica Mars or Nancy Drew. More like a Shaggy, if anything– only she’s more fashionable, soooo: Daphne? Yeah, definitely Daphne. This made for a slightly frustrating reading experience, because I could SEE that Kate was being dumb, Read More …

April Lady by Georgette Heyer

My first Georgette Heyer book, a mystery, did not go so well. April Lady, on the other hand, is a regency romance and it was SO. MUCH. BETTER! Huzzah! Thanks so much to the nice lady at the Sourcebooks booth who recommended April Lady to me at ALA Annual last year. I did indeed enjoy it! Yes! An interesting thing about this romance is that the hero and heroine are already married. But! They are Read More …

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

I have NEVER read a Maggie Stiefvater book before, which you’ll understand if you consider her previously published books. Paranormal romance trilogy with werewolves and a love triangle? Eh. Dystopian thingy? Eh. Not really anything that personally interests me at the moment, so even though lots of people love her books and there’s tons of hype about everything she does, I have neglected to actually read any of her stuff.1 Then came ALA, and there Read More …

REVIEW: Wicked Plants by Amy Stewart

I have been wanting to read this book FOR AGES. Because look at it! Just the cover alone tells you this is a really good book. And once you read what’s inside those– aha! Yes, it’s a really good book. What makes it so darned good, you ask? Well, to start with it’s all about deadly/intoxicating/dangerous plants! How exciting is THAT? I’m not talking just about poison ivy or anything (although that’s in here); I’m Read More …

REVIEW: The Wednesdays by Julie Bourbeau

This is a cute MG fantasy book with an interesting premise: creatures called Wednesdays show up in a certain village on the day of the same name, and they cause major trouble. Shoelaces snap, souffles collapse inward, people get stained blue, etc. etc. The protagonist, Max, is the sort of adventurous hero you need to lead this sort of story forward– he’s curious and intelligent and just a little bit too trusting. Those very things, Read More …