Publisher: Scholastic

Amber & Dusk by Lyra Selene

Amber & Dusk by Lyra Selene

This book has such a pretty cover.  The OwlCrate edition is a beautiful purple and orange gradient and the cover aesthetics are everything I love.  It has perfect purple end pages.  It’s so, so pretty. I wish I liked the book as much as I like the cover. The first word that comes to mind in describing Amber & Dusk is “clunky”.  There are the bare bones here for a decent story.  It reminded me of a cross of Mirage and Red Queen.  There’s an interesting magic system and characters that could be interesting if there was a little more care taken.  There are also a lot […]

Posted July 29, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Holes by Louis Sachar

Holes by Louis Sachar

Holes was required reading when I was in fourth grade, and I gotta be honest, it still holds up 20 years later. This book tells the impossible story of Stanley Yelnats IV, who is sent to prison because he was convicted of stealing a pair of charity auction shoes from a homeless shelter.  He’s put away pretty swiftly, sent to attend Camp Green Lake for juvenile delinquents.  The state hopes it will help him build characters. Of course, it’s really all the fault of his dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-great-grandfather. At Camp Green Lake, the boys each dig a five-by-five foot hole.  Not because they’re looking […]

Posted January 23, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Inkspell by Cornelia Funke

Inkspell by Cornelia Funke

I have a very short list of things that thoroughly inspire me to create, and Cornelia Funke’s Inkworld trilogy is on it. I was first introduced to this world by the 2008 film, even though my brother had beautiful copies of Inkheart and Inkspell that neither of us had read.  Sometime over the years, I stole Inkheart and it lives on my bookshelf, where my brother still has the copy of Inkspell.  And yes, okay, I know that the movie is not the book?  But I honestly can’t imagine anyone but Paul Bethany as Dustfinger and Brendan Fraser as Mo.  I’m not going to argue […]

Posted October 21, 2018 in Reviews // 1 Comment //
The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me by Roald Dahl

The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me by Roald Dahl

This little book was quirky, fun and adorable.  Everything I’d expect from Roald Dahl. I know I don’t often review children’s books, but some just deserve a bit of love.  Silly nostalgic books from silly nostalgic authors.  Between The BFG and Matilda, Roald Dahl ruled my childhood.  And, as I’ve grown into adulthood, I’ve learned he wrote a lot more books than I knew when I was a kid.  Am I going to let being 28 stop me from reading them?  Um, no. The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me is a cute little one-off story about a boy and his three […]

Posted March 4, 2018 in Reviews // 3 Comments //
Quidditch Through the Ages by Kennilworthy Whisp (J.K. Rowling)

Quidditch Through the Ages by Kennilworthy Whisp (J.K. Rowling)

Everything you ever wanted to know about Quidditch! Quidditch Through the Ages is a fun companion book to the Harry Potter series.  Originally sold in 2001 as an effort to raise money for the Comic Relief charity, Quidditch Through the Ages was part of a two-part “Hogwarts Library” series (later joined by The Tales of Beedle the Bard).  If you want to know the history, rules, and teams behind the popular wizarding sport, this book is a must have. At only 56 pages, this is a quick read. This book is not intended to give you the mechanics of how to bewitch […]

Posted October 18, 2017 in Reviews // 4 Comments //
The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough

The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough

 This book is so beautifully written. Seriously, I think I am in love with it?  It’s so flowy and eloquent and the LOVE is beautiful and the DEATH is horrible and seriously Martha Brockenbrough knows her stuff – I’d like more books please.  The characters are all REALLY well done.  I thought Death was the most sabotaging, frustrating soul, but all characters are well written.  Her word choice was gorgeous and I wanted to swoon because even if you don’t like fantasy or love stories you have to read this book just for THE WORDS.  It’s so lovely, really, I’m […]

Posted September 21, 2017 in Reviews // 2 Comments //