Genre: Young Adult

The Fever by Megan Abbott

The Fever by Megan Abbott

My initial feelings about The Fever were pretty lukewarm.  While conceptually interesting, this book doesn’t get very good ratings on Goodreads and nobody has really been talking about it.  In short, the buzz about The Fever has been (if anything) that it’s just “fine”.  And after reading it, I agree. There are a lot of things that could have happened in this novel.  Megan Abbott is not a bad writer.  There was a minute when I thought this was going to end up a gruesome swamp-thing-esque horror novel and damn I was there for it because that would have been SO unique and […]

Posted November 13, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
The Ruby in the Smoke by Philip Pullman

The Ruby in the Smoke by Philip Pullman

The Ruby in the Smoke called out to me not because of any merit of its own, but because it was written by Philip Pullman, author of His Dark Materials.  Usually, when I enjoy an author’s work as much as I enjoyed The Golden Compass, it only makes sense to try some of his other series, yeah? I have some mixed feelings about The Ruby in the Smoke. On the one hand, I really liked the characters as a general rule.  Each had his or her own quirks.  They were a little bit stereotyped to what would have been common to their class, […]

Posted November 11, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Saints and Misfits by S. K. Ali

Saints and Misfits by S. K. Ali

I think I may have added Saints and Misfits to my TBR on a whim just before it came out (two years ago) and then promptly forgot about it. … Until it popped up at the head of my TBR!  I’ve been in a bit of a reading rut lately – I’ve been reading and listening, but haven’t really been able to fully immerse myself in anything, even old favorites.  Little did I suspect that Saints and Misfits would pull me in so thoroughly! I would like to take this moment for the traditional aside – I am a white woman and […]

Posted November 4, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Sapphire Blue by Kerstin Geir

Sapphire Blue by Kerstin Geir

I am so so utterly delighted to have finally read book two of the Precious Stones trilogy. It’s been a couple years since I read Ruby Red, but I LOVED it.  Gwen took me completely by surprise and I hadn’t been expecting a time travel book (I love time travel) so it became one of my favorite books of 2017 … et voila! Now Sapphire Blue is here and I am excited. From a purely sensible and logical point of view, Sapphire Blue is not as good as Ruby Red.  And that’s to be expected – middle books in trilogies tend to be a means to […]

Posted November 1, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

I’m glad I read We Are Okay because it was a good-to-read book.  However, it’s not a memorable book. There are scenes, particularly at the beginning of this novel, that stood out to me aesthetically. Marin sitting in her desk chair at the top of her dorm building, staring out the window at the empty expanse below.  The pottery shop just as the storm was about to hit.  There are nuances in the writing that were quite good.  Generally speaking, I thought Nina LaCour’s writing style was good.  She kept the pacing very consistent, and the book was the right length. […]

Posted October 31, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez

I didn’t add this book to my TBR for the longest time. I dunno, it just didn’t seem like I would like it?  I finally put it on my TBR earlier this year, and I wasn’t in a rush to get to it, except that Dani from Perspective of a Writer reached out to do a buddy read, and this was one of the books she offered to choose from. So, I figured – eh, why not? As I turns out, I really appreciated I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter.  There’s a lot going on in this book that it […]

Posted October 29, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //