The Chaos by Nalo Hopkinson

I really wanted to like this book more than I did! The first third of the story is kick-ass: contemporary setting with wonderful characters, strong protagonist voice, and mysterious foreshadowings. Then the rest of it happened, and I lost the plot. Part of the problem is that the first third is so VERY strongly rooted in contemporary YA language/style. It’s Real Life and it’s totally convincing. And then the Chaos incident happened and things got Read More …

A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin

First book finished in 2014! And what a great book to start the new year with. I’ve read other Ursula K. Le Guin books (see here), but none of them blew me away like A Wizard of Earthsea did. I loved the world of Earthsea, which is kind of like a medieval-ish magical ocean-based society. I loved the characters, though they weren’t as fleshed-out as they might have been had the story been less focused Read More …

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 …

Crusader by Edward Bloor

I’ve been a fan of Edward Bloor ever since I read his novel Tangerine six or seven years ago, so when I saw this lurking at the library where I work, I thought I’d pick it up. While, unfortunately, I don’t think it’s as good as Tangerine, I still enjoyed reading it and ended up liking it a lot. (I don’t necessarily agree that that’s what the book is about– I don’t think Roberta was Read More …