Genre: Young Adult

We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

Posted October 31, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments

  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 […]

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

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

Posted October 29, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments

  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 […]

Tom Sawyer Abroad by Mark Twain

Tom Sawyer Abroad by Mark Twain

Posted October 24, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments

  Did you guys know that there are four books in the Tom Sawyer/Huck Finn saga?  Well, five, if you count the unfinished story…. I think that most people have read The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn here in the States, because it’s a pretty common required reading in high school English.  Pop culture (and Disney World) itself made me well aware of Tom Sawyer and his fence-painting, treasure-seeking shenanigans.  But I wasn’t aware of Tom Sawyer Abroad or the fourth book, Tom Sawyer, Detective, until earlier this year, and as a general fan of Mark Twain, I was in. Tom Sawyer Abroad […]

The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

Posted October 22, 2019 in Reviews // 4 Comments

  I will not by any means say this is a masterpiece of a book.  I see flaws in the love story, in the … likelihood of situations I guess?  But I also really, really liked it because it had a lot of things that I feel like I don’t see very often, particularly in YA Fantasy. First of all, we have a protagonist who is very unsure of herself.  Listen guys, I’m all for fierce, confident heroines.  I love me a strong female protagonist.  But after a while, it gets old, you know?  Lia constantly struggles with her decisions and worries […]

Eragon by Christopher Paolini

Eragon by Christopher Paolini

Posted October 17, 2019 in Reviews // 4 Comments

  Eragon is one of those books I feel a strong connection to, because I read it over and over again in my youth.  I grew up with both Eragon and Eldest, even though I didn’t finish the cycle until I was an adult.  The story of the dragon rider and the evil king captured my imagination, as tales of good and evil are wont to do. There is a bittersweet sadness to coming back to a book I loved so much as a high schooler only to find it riddled with flaws.  I want so desperately to be in love with Eragon […]