Publisher: Scholastic Press

All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater

All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater

All the Crooked Saints was such a rollercoaster ride for me.  Going into it, I really wanted that same atmospheric magic I found in The Raven Boys but I was a bit hesitant because I’ve read quite a few “I was disappointed” reviews.  After I got a little while in – maybe 20% – I decided I wasn’t crazy about the narrator. Then, the Sorias swallowed me whole. This novel is so utterly unique in that it is in many ways a familiar story, but embracing a sort of magic in the world that makes it feel completely fresh.  It doesn’t […]

Posted May 9, 2019 in Reviews // 4 Comments //
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander

Full disclosure:  I’ve never been crazy about the book version of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. I’m talking the original version, the wee little paperback published to support Comic Relief back in 2001.  Although if I’m being completely honest, I also think that the published scripts from the films are a bit of a money grab.  But they’re selling and people like them, so what do I know? This little book is the first one in the Hogwarts Library series, a little sub-series of companion books to Harry Potter to raise money (well, except for Tales of Beedle the Bard) for charity. […]

Posted January 21, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

While I fell completely into The Raven Boys and wanted more of this strange and unusual world, The Dream Thieves left me decidedly unsatisfied.  My understanding of the fan community is that The Dream Thieves is often a favorite in the bookish community, so this is probably a bit of an unpopular opinion…but it just didn’t do it for me.  I’m sorry, but there you have it. This isn’t to say that The Dream Thieves is an inherently unenjoyable book.  It’s still entertaining, and for fans who like Ronan’s character, this book will be a holy grail of awesome.  I’m here for Richard Gansey III and […]

Posted December 10, 2018 in Reviews // 1 Comment //
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

What can I possibly say about The Raven Boys that hasn’t already been said?  This novel enchanted me.  I know that the YA bookish community loves the Raven Cycle, and now I see that they love it with good reason. Going in, I really thought that this would end up being one of those mushy books where the girl falls in love with a gaggle of boys and has to choose, and two of the boys fall in love with each other, and it’s adorable if that’s the sort of thing you like.  I was ready for romance.  I wasn’t looking […]

Posted November 8, 2018 in Reviews // 9 Comments //
Lincoln’s Grave Robbers by Steve Sheinkin

Lincoln’s Grave Robbers by Steve Sheinkin

So.  This is a middle grade book, and I don’t think I realized that when I added it to my TBR.  I left it because, darn it, the topic seemed interesting.  And it was!  Though I Googled it, and MG is ages 8-12 and I don’t know that it’s a good idea for an 8-year-old to read this book. Here’s the scoop.  A bunch of counterfeiters wanted to get their buddy out of jail, so one of them decided it would be a good idea to steal Abraham Lincoln’s body and ransom it.  Because, obviously, that would be my first thought as […]

Posted February 7, 2018 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

I read this book for the first time when the craze was only just beginning. The book had been out and about in the world for a couple years, but I daresay it only really caught on with the release of Mockingjay. Not to say it wasn’t popular… it just wasn’t a worldwide phenomenon. But I digress. I chose specifically to read this book again after the release of the movie because I spent far too many of the Harry Potter movies griping over every little missing piece that I forgot to enjoy the movie in and of itself. But […]

Posted May 2, 2012 in Reviews // 1 Comment //