Genre: Young Adult

Ignite the Stars by Maura Milan

Ignite the Stars by Maura Milan

I am going to do my darnedest to explain why I didn’t like this book, but a lot of other people will.  Perhaps you will love it!  Ignite the Stars is a space-based, science-fiction novel that will appeal to a lot of readers.  There were just some things that didn’t work for me.  That doesn’t make it bad.  It just made it … disappointing. There are some spoilers, y’all, so be wary.  Mostly character-related, but I wanted to warn you. To start off, I like the concept of following a young rebellion leader through the cosmos while she rescues the galaxy from an […]

Posted August 29, 2018 in Reviews // 6 Comments //
Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury

Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury

Ray Bradbury’s Green Town series feels like a poetic response to L. M. Mongomery’s Anne of Green Gables.  They’re both beautiful, lyrical works of art, and they both wrap you up in stories of growing up and growing older. Both follow children through mundane, magical adventures.  Both wrap you up inside them until you are hopelessly lost and enchanted. Dandelion Wine has been on my TBR for years because of how iconic the sequel is – a few of you may be familiar with Something Wicked This Way Comes?  I wasn’t sure what to expect – Something Wicked is introspective and spooky – […]

Posted August 10, 2018 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Catching Stars by Cayla Keenan

Catching Stars by Cayla Keenan

An unprecedented number of chapters in this book end with the character losing consciousness. I know that’s an odd way to begin a review, but stick with me here.  It’s just one of the many ways Catching Stars irked me.  I don’t typically notice patterns like that when I’m reading – I’m more of the sort of person to get pulled into the story and get annoyed with the characters or something like that.  When something breaks the flow, I notice, and it crawls under my skin.  The writer needs to be exceptional in some way afterwards to pull me back in. […]

Posted August 8, 2018 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Small Steps by Louis Sachar

Small Steps by Louis Sachar

In 2017, we all went head-over-heels for the Black Lives Matter rep in the (truly phenomenal) The Hate U Give… but did anyone know that this rep has been out there before?  And, of all books, in the sequel to the iconic Holes? I had no idea what to expect from Small Steps, knowing only that it was a sequel to one of the beloved books I read as a child, and that it would be following Armpit instead of Stanley Yelnats and Zero.  I honestly barely read the summary – I was all in by the legacy.  I love Holes and I think it’s […]

Posted August 3, 2018 in Reviews // 3 Comments //
Not the Girls You’re Looking For by Aminah Mae Safi

Not the Girls You’re Looking For by Aminah Mae Safi

My expectations for Not the Girls You’re Looking For were so high, they were halfway to the moon.  I can’t explain it.  I think it was the title – a subtle nod to Obi Wan Kenobi and “These are not the droids you’re looking for.” It’s a stupid reason to latch on to a book, but it’s my reason and it happened. Not the Girls You’re Looking For has nothing to do with Star Wars by the way.  It’s a contemporary romance (ish?) with a Muslim main character who actually observes the Muslim holidays.  Written by a Muslim author.  I can’t really speak […]

Posted July 28, 2018 in Reviews // 6 Comments //
The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare

The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare

With the exception of a few passages about the Native Americans (typical era stuff – raids and scalping) this book is utterly fantastic.  I wasn’t really sure what I was getting into with The Witch of Blackbird Pond.  Was it a witch hunt book?  The girl on the cover looked like a colonist, so that seemed to align with what I thought I was getting.  I suppose it is a witch hunt book, but in the most minor way.  In its greater parts, The Witch of Blackbird Pond is a fantastic story to teach children about the dangers of fear and prejudice. Katherine […]

Posted July 25, 2018 in Reviews // 2 Comments //