Publisher: Candlewick Press

What Makes Us by Rafi Mittlefehldt

What Makes Us by Rafi Mittlefehldt

I ended up liking this book more than I thought I would. You know, I never really ended up connecting with the characters and the setting didn’t really stand out, but I feel like the story it told was really well done.  It was a little cluttered at times, but it was a good message and what I felt was a realistic – if relatively tame – portrayal of what would happen in this situation. The world is a complicated place, my loves.  People are not always as nice as you think they will be.  Humanity itself is not as […]

Posted October 1, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Mother Tongue by Julie Mayhew

Mother Tongue by Julie Mayhew

I respect what Julie Mayhew was trying to do with this book, but I don’t think it worked. Mother Tongue is a fictional account of the family of one of the victims of the Beslan school siege in 2004.  I will admit my ignorance – before reading this book, I was entirely unfamiliar with the event.  Also, I was 14 and admittedly not following the news.  The Beslan school siege was a three-day siege at a Russian school where approximately 1200 people were held hostage on the first day of school for three days.  Over three hundred people were killed, […]

Posted July 31, 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 //
The Lost Coast by Amy Rose Capetta

The Lost Coast by Amy Rose Capetta

I really, really enjoy Amy Rose Capetta’s writing style.  If you’ve been around this blog before, you’ve heard me babble about how much I enjoyed Echo After Echo.  This book has a similar feel in its characters, but the aesthetic of a town among the Redwoods feels so vibrant and alive.  Amy Rose Capetta is a master of atmosphere, and I fall into her books so easily.  I am here for anything she writes.  Even when the story or the characters aren’t amazing, her writing style gets me to the end easily. With the same characteristic as Echo After Echo, The Lost Coast was a […]

Posted May 2, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Starworld by Audrey Coulthurst and Paula Garner

Starworld by Audrey Coulthurst and Paula Garner

Right off the bat, I’m in love with Starworld.  This unexpected novel pulls so many of my heartstrings. I am absolutely one of those humans who likes finding people in books I can relate to, and from page one, Sam Jones was my girl. Things I like about Sam: She hides in Art Class. She’s terrified of humans and still texts like the most amazing nerd ever. She hides in bathroom stalls for peace and quiet when the world is too much. If that were all there was to it, I’d be a fan of this book, because already I’m […]

Posted April 4, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Summer of ’69 by Todd Strasser

Summer of ’69 by Todd Strasser

I did not think I was going to like this book?  Right off the bat, I’m not saying it’s the best book ever, but I requested this ARC on a whim because I like the publishing house and I haven’t really read much about the ’60s.  A lot of the reviews leading up were talking about the focus on drugs and for some reason I thought there was going to be a lot of focus on Woodstock. While the drugs were a constant presence, I think Summer of ’69 was mostly about the fear of the future in a time where […]

Posted March 25, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //