REVIEW: Good-bye Geist by Ryo Hanada

I picked this book up because of the pink cover. Also, it mentioned a mystery on the back cover and I LOVE mysteries. I don’t remember what I was expecting– maybe something like a high school slice-of-life/mystery crossover thing? And it kind of is that, but it’s also one of those books where all the important stuff lurks under the water, and you’ve gotta read it five times to catch all of it. Which is Read More …

REVIEW: Lookaway, Lookaway by Wilton Barnhardt

The thing about books starring messed-up families is that the families tend to be a) wealthy b) white c) successful by the standards of most of Western society. Their story is all about that being stripped away from them until what’s left is exposed like a recently-sheared sheep in the rain. And some books make it so the families see that and accept their flaws and then maybe they’ll move on, and some books have Read More …

REVIEW: The Gods of Gotham by Lyndsay Faye

I’d loved Lyndsay Faye’s previous book, Dust and Shadow, so I was pretty sure I’d love The Gods of Gotham, too. And hey, I did! I loved reading this book SO MUCH, y’all– it felt a bit like eating a really rich chocolate bonbon, you know? There’s so much to appreciate in it, but it’s best appreciated by eating it yourself. Anyway, here’s what I loved: The details of ye olde NYC were both terrifying Read More …

REVIEW: This is W.A.R. by Lisa Roecker and Laura Roecker

You know when you have SO MANY HOPES for something to be amazing because LOOK AT IT and then it just goes in the pooper and everything is terrible and you want to stick your head under the covers and pretend nothing happened? That’s this book for me. Let’s start with the good stuff first: Realistically messed-up teenagers and their parents. Haven’t seen so many messed up families in YA fiction since the 1970s! Each Read More …

REVIEW: A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz

The problem with reading series out of order is that sometimes you like a later book more than an earlier book. And then it gets awkward! That’s what happened here, because I totally LOVED In a Glass Grimmly (so much so that I couldn’t even REVIEW IT) and I only liked A Tale Dark and Grimm. (Just fyi, though: The series isn’t a series as in “a continuous plot from one book to the next.” Read More …

REVIEW: Blaze (or Love in the Time of Supervillains) by Laurie Boyle Crompton

I wanted to read Blaze mostly because of the comic book angle; also, I really loved the cover. Loving certain aspects of a book, as I should have remembered, does not mean I’ll love the WHOLE book, however, and that’s what happened here. I like bits and pieces of Blaze, but when you stick them all together what comes out is this: Okay, so, it had a really good start. Blaze (the character) is a Read More …

Ghost Time by Courtney Eldridge

Amazon’s previous publishing endeavors have left me feeling mostly “meh.” Not that I’ve read a TON of their books. I haven’t been interested before now! However, now they’re starting up a YA imprint (Skyscape) and WE SHOULD ALL BE AFRAID. At Book Expo America they gave away most of the Skyscape books coming out in the next few months– this is the first one I’ve read, and WOW. If this is what we have to Read More …

REVIEW: Enchanted by Alethea Kontis

This got off to a good start! I really liked the first few chapters. I liked the world, I liked the characters, I liked the fairy tale stuff sprinkled throughout. And then! It took a turn. Sunday and the frog fell in love, the world exploded, and idk what was going on. I mean, okay, in fairy tales it’s not too unusual for people to fall in love in three days (even if one of Read More …

REVIEW: The Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence

I picked this up from BEA 2013 mostly because of the cover– also I thought it might have some sci-fi elements to it, which turned out to be wrong. However, despite the lack of scifi, I’m still glad I picked up The Universe Versus Alex Woods. PROS: 1. It has an unusual protagonist! Alex was struck on the head by a meteorite, and it’s affected his personality in interesting ways. (Or maybe he was like Read More …