Publisher: Simon Pulse

The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

Remember that post I did a few weeks about about beachside reads and I’m not a beachside person, but here are some books? I wish I had read this book back then because The Wicked Deep is such a perfect summer read. Seriously, this book has everything: Love story? Check. Secluded island? Definitely. Witches? Of course. Ghosts? The best! And it’s predictable as anything, but in a good way, you know?  When you want something to happen, then it does, and you’re all like HAH.  IN YOUR FACE UNIVERSE I WAS RIGHT.  And then you keep reading fervently until you are done with […]

Posted July 9, 2018 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
American Panda by Gloria Chao

American Panda by Gloria Chao

First and foremost, this is an #OwnVoices novel.  American Panda follows the story of Mei, a first generation Taiwanese-American, in her first year at MIT.  Her parents was her to be a doctor, but she has no stomach for the human body, and germs make her sick.  What we must understand about Mei is that her culture is different than American culture.  Her culture promotes obedience and respect, reveres tradition and errs to the side of caution when it comes to superstition.  When Mei’s parents say she is going to be a doctor, it isn’t a suggestion.  It is her […]

Posted February 19, 2018 in Reviews // 6 Comments //
Wolf Speaker by Tamora Pierce

Wolf Speaker by Tamora Pierce

If someone asks me what my favorite books were when I was younger, why I want to be a writer, why I love fantasy or why I still – as a 25 year old adult working in Finance – have an imagination, all fingers must be pointed at Tamora Pierce. I started reading her books when I was 9 or 10, and they have stayed with me and I am happy to keep up with her writing even now, and I have gone back a re-read her series many times.

Posted June 30, 2015 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Skinned by Robin Wasserman

Skinned by Robin Wasserman

This book has just enough dystopia in it to get me excited. Lia Kahn is not a likable protagonist. She is that stereotypical popular bitch that is too pretty, too rich, too perfect. Until she got into a life-changing car accident that killed her body and her memories have been downloaded into an android – her parents’ last futile hope of saving their daughter. The idea is brilliance. I even relatively enjoyed the writing style. What I didn’t enjoy was the preachiness. All dystopia books have a level of preachiness; it comes with the territory. There are, however, different ways […]

Posted March 2, 2012 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Wake by Lisa McMann

Wake by Lisa McMann

Wake was refreshing as a short book, but even then on some counts it failed to deliver. The characters remained rather flat and a little stereotyped, and really, how many of us are taking Cabel’s sudden and magical transformation very seriously? But if you can get past the stories, McMann’s got a very interesting concept. And Janie’s best friend Carrie? She’s the worst. Getting past the intellectually shallow characters, McMann does have a very interesting concept. There are not a lot of books that delve into the dream world, and even fewer that do so without tying themselves to Alice […]

Posted August 26, 2011 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Witch Season – Summer & Fall by Jeff Mariotte

Witch Season – Summer & Fall by Jeff Mariotte

I feel responsible to let it be known that I read books for characters. Mariotte’s novel is charming in a Young Adult Fantasy sort of way, making it an easy read. On the flip side, the characters are also relatively flat. Still, being the optimist I am, I found three characters to cling to. They are the characters of Daniel Blessing, Rebecca, and Josh. Note: none of these are the main character. Not abnormal for me. I tend to loathe main characters, for some indescribable reason. The main character is a girl named Kerry Profitt. Strong-willed and stubborn, she is […]

Posted July 30, 2009 in Reviews // 0 Comments //