Genre: Fiction

Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Graceling by Kristin Cashore

This book is a really difficult one for me to review. It’s not because of mixed feeling or any qualms I had with the story itself – no, I loved this book and now have so much respect for Kristin Cashore as a writer – but because this book really made me think about how female leads are characterized in YA literature, about reading levels and character relationships, about high fantasy as a genre… so much.  I have so many thoughts about this book. After deliberating about it for a while, I’ve decided I’m going to talk about the romance in Graceling.  […]

Posted June 17, 2018 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
The Field Guide by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black

The Field Guide by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black

I’ve been meaning to pick up the Spiderwick books for ages.  Even though they’re children’s books, they’re staples in children’s fantasy… like Harry Potter or The Magic Treehouse.  They’re so short, though!  There’s not a lot to say! The sibling relationship was great and interesting.  I love that they are all so changeable, like children are, and I like the little tips about fae creatures and what to do about them.  I needed this guidebook when I was six. The only thing I wasn’t crazy about was their mum, who seemed very grumpy and disagreeable all the time.  Though, I […]

Posted June 12, 2018 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

The Poet X dropped into my life at just the point when I needed a beautiful lyrical novel.  It is written in prose, which is not the type of novel that normally draws me in.  This book?  This is beautiful.  I really like Elizabeth Acevedo’s voice.  Her poetry is simple and emotive.  Best of all?  It doesn’t rhyme. I have this thing about rhyming poetry.  Mostly?  I just like it better when it doesn’t rhyme.  Personal preference. This is more than a book of poetry.  It’s the story of a young Latino girl, first generation American, whose family comes from the […]

Posted June 10, 2018 in Reviews // 7 Comments //
The Anatomist’s Wife by Anna Lee Huber

The Anatomist’s Wife by Anna Lee Huber

Ahhhh guys guys guys. I found a romance that didn’t make me want to puke. #notaromantic Lady Darby was accused of murder and acquitted.  Since the trial, she has fled to her sister’s country estate and has managed to avoid the worst of social gossip.  When her sister throws a dinner party and someone is brutally murdered, Lady Darby is the first to be blamed by the guests.  The only way to prove her innocence and protect her sister’s family is to find the real killer. Okay, so there’s a few things to know right off the bat: This is […]

Posted June 7, 2018 in Reviews // 1 Comment //
The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

This book was rough.  In so many ways. It took me a bit to get into The Lies of Locke Lamora.  The perspective darts back and forth between the very intense current events, and historical events that inform whatever is about to come.  I have a history of disliking this type of storytelling, and I didn’t love it here.  Both lines were interesting – the current events were so stressful.  Left to themselves, I don’t honestly think I could have made it through, because Aie!  I probably would have had a sympathetic heart attack.  The backstory was interesting, but would not have […]

Posted May 31, 2018 in Reviews // 13 Comments //
The Story Girl by L.M. Montgomery

The Story Girl by L.M. Montgomery

I know I should know better, but I have such high expectations of authors.  If I loved one of their books, I expect I should love all of them.  This was very much my experience with L.M. Montgomery’s The Story Girl. I adore Anne of Green Gables.  I love Anne’s spirit.  With a novel called The Story Girl – a nickname that would have fit Anne so well – I expected nothing less than the same bubbling genius in writing.  And it wasn’t bad, it really wasn’t.  But it wasn’t Anne Shirley. In The Story Girl, you have a larger cast of regular characters who […]

Posted May 27, 2018 in Reviews // 1 Comment //