Genre: Middle Grade

Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George

Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George

What a well done middle grade novel. 🙂 A lot of middle grade novels feel a bit overly ridiculous for no reason, throwing any sensible storyline to the wind, preferring ridiculous humor to a sensible plot.  Tuesdays at the Castle maintains a more-or-less clever storyline, but doesn’t sacrifice the troublesome wink of humor so common in middle grade. In Tuesdays at the Castle we have three main characters and a variety of friends and villains.  The characters do lack a bit of depth, becoming more and more shallows the more minor their role.  Even Princess Cecelia if not very well fleshed […]

Posted September 27, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Homerooms and Hall Passes by Tom O’Donnell

Homerooms and Hall Passes by Tom O’Donnell

This is definitely not the type of book I would normally pick up for myself.  Even as this ARC has been sneaking closer and closer to the top of my TBR, I’ve found myself dreading it.  It’s just so… solidly… not something I would have chosen, based on the cover and the description? But I gotta be honest, y’all.  Homerooms and Hall Passes was actually pretty entertaining! At no point did this book take itself seriously, and thank goodness for that because if this took itself seriously, it would have been intolerable.  There were a lot of chuckle moments.  Now, right off the […]

Posted September 25, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente

Although I have seen some shining reviews for The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, this book landed on my TBR because of a album by folk singer S.J. Tucker.  Folk music can be really hit or miss, and I feel like those who enjoy it particularly latch on to certain artists and I love S.J. Tucker.  So first of all, if you like the Fairyland series, check out her album Wonder, which is inspired by the series and created with Cathrynne M. Valente’s blessing.  My particular favorite song on the album is “Ask Me Anything”. Okay! […]

Posted July 25, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Pirate Queen:  The Legend of Grace O’Malley by Tony Lee & Sam Hart

Pirate Queen: The Legend of Grace O’Malley by Tony Lee & Sam Hart

So on the one hand, I appreciate the existence of this book because Grace O’Malley is super cool and her story isn’t widely shared. On the other hand, I’m still not 100% on board with how it was done here. There’s not a whole lot of definitive fact out there about Grace – and this is my historian showing through.  It’s not like we have her letters or a private journal or anything like that to lean on.  Rather, Grace is one of those figures who has become renown through stories and legends  There are some very basic facts we […]

Posted May 18, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Solving for M by Jennifer Swender

Solving for M by Jennifer Swender

I’ve never seen a book quite like Solving for M, and frankly?  It was fantastic. Solving for M is a very specific type of story.  It’s about Mika, a fifth-grader nervous about going to a new school and being in different classes than her best friend.  The story starts with Mika in her new math class, and the teacher tells them to bring a “math journal”.  And then he eats a candle.  The story in itself is about change and adaptation and courage.  I didn’t expect this book to confront cancer, especially not in Mika’s immediate family.  So not only do […]

Posted May 15, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Nightmares! by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller

Nightmares! by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller

After really disliking Otherworld, I was a bit hesitant about borrowing Nightmares!.  This book has been on my TBR for about three years now, added around the same time as Otherworld.  I was hoping that, because most my issues were related to the worldbuilding, I may still enjoy this one.  Add in the fact that Jason narrates this audiobook… and yeah, okay, this one may be alright. *sigh* I still wasn’t a fan.  And that’s a lesson learned – no more of Jason Segal and/or Kirsten Miller for me.  Two of my criticisms with Otherworld were the cartoon-esque villains and poorly researched […]

Posted April 27, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //