The White Magic Five and Dime by Steve Hockensmith and Lisa Falco

I’ll be honest: I was drawn to this book because of the cover and the tarot theme. It’s a cozy mystery set in a tarot shop! So cute, right? It’s also got a tinge of paranormal to it. But it’s not really fantasy? Kinda magical realism maybe? But not really. But kinda? Who knows. Anyway, I really liked The White Magic Five and Dime. Not only because of the tarot stuff,1 but also because I Read More …

Vicious by V.E. Schwab

So I knew Vicious was about an anti-hero (or even a villain) who did something with superpowers. I knew it had it amazing cover. I also knew several of my blog friends had read and loved it, so it seemed like a safe bet that I’d like it, too. And I did! Superhero stories about people who aren’t actually heroic are great because they make you think about things. Like, what makes a hero? Are Read More …

The Cure for Dreaming by Cat Winters

I read The Cure for Dreaming all in one sitting! So that’s good. I love it when that happens. Makes me feel productive, and also kinda bloated. Like eating too much chocolate all at once. Yay suffragists! Yay Portland! Yay hypnotism? Yay a little bit of romance but nothing too overwhelming, so no worries if you don’t like that sort of thing! Downsides: I know people were legit anti-women legislation back in the day (and, Read More …

Dark Metropolis by Jaclyn Dolamore

This was the first book I read coming back from ALA Annual, and YAY! It was so good! First, it has flappers. Stick a flapper in a book and I will read immediately want to read it, no questions asked.1 Because Dark Metropolis is a fantasy-land/dystopian mix, there’s less glitz and glamour than you’d expect from a pseudo-1920s book, but it totally works. It’s a dark metropolis, gritty and hazy with broken promises; these are Read More …

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 …