Publisher: Scholastic Press

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games is such a happy re-read for me. I mean, come on.  This book has everything.  A realistically devised dystopian future.  Interesting characters with hidden depths!  There’s so much at stake and the balance of action and romance is just A++ good.  I love this trilogy.  The Hunger Games was the dystopia that pushed YA dystopia into the spotlight, and there’s a prequel coming!  What’s not to love? This marks my fifth time reading this book.  I am the type of reader who may remember the format, but will often forget details as I read.  I feel like every time […]

Posted September 14, 2019 in Reviews // 4 Comments //
Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

This book came at me so unexpectedly, and I absolutely loved it. Honestly, I was expecting something a lot darker after reading A Great and Terrible Beauty, but Beauty Queens is downright laugh-out-loud funny!  This book is highly satirical, so I think if it doesn’t tickle your sense of humor early on, you probably won’t like it.  For me, I understood where Libba Bray was going with a lot of her regional stereotypes.  And honestly?  This is one of the best narrated books I’ve ever listened to.  Libba Bray reads this audiobook herself, and she’s got all the regional accents down pat to […]

Posted September 2, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
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 //