Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Just Ella by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Just Ella by Margaret Peterson Haddix

  Just Ella was one of my FAVORITE books growing up, and the reason is so obvious to me.  There is so much girl power in this book, especially because it’s a middle grade book about princesses. Something to note: the cover rebranding for this book is a hot mess.  The original cover (which I’ve used in this review) shows a medieval-garbed princess with a tearaway to reveal her in common garb.  This tearaway affect so much better exemplifies the book and show Ella’s struggle.  The rebranded version is a modern looking ballerina princess on a pastel cover and is so […]

Posted December 3, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman

The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman

This book is slooooooooooow. It’s not bad, but the pacing is excruciating.  I listened to the audiobook and I feel like Marin Ireland did a really good job narrating.  She gave each character their own voice.  But the story feels like it’s going nowhere fast.  The Rules of Magic introduces us to Franny, Jet, and Vincent – three Owens siblings who fall in love and ruin lives because of a curse put on their family.  Therefore, the storyline follows them from age fourteen (in Vincent’s case, the youngest) up into their twenties as the siblings struggle through love and loss […]

Posted January 26, 2019 in Reviews // 4 Comments //
Sounds Like Me: My Life (So Far) in Song by Sara Bareilles

Sounds Like Me: My Life (So Far) in Song by Sara Bareilles

The first time I remember listening to Sara Bareilles’s “Love Song” was in 2009.  It took about that long for the song to be adopted by Retail Radio, and I heard it while tidying an aisle one particularly slow Sunday morning.  I’m sure I heard the song before that, but it was the first time I has really listened.  I wasn’t familiar with Sara Bareilles before that, but it was the song I needed at the moment.  I was struggling with a boyfriend I hated (whom I still didn’t manage to shake for another two years) and listening her say “I’m […]

Posted November 14, 2018 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll

Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll

Everything that happened to TifAni is terrible.  Really horrifyingly terrible.  There are all sorts of trigger warnings for this book – rape, youth violence, eating disorders, homophobia, severe bullying at the least.  The background story is disgusting and heartbreaking. But – and this is going to sound terrible – it’s really difficult to feel the full effect of the story when the main character is so unlikable.  Her personality doesn’t make any of the things that happened to TifAni any less horrible, but in choosing to make this character so shallow and judgmental and unrelatable, it deadens the blow. The first […]

Posted July 18, 2018 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Wolves of the Calla by Stephen King

Wolves of the Calla by Stephen King

There are two things I dislike about Wolves of the Calla. One: The pacing is insanely slow.  It’s one of the longest books in the Dark Tower series, and yet, it only needs to tell one story.  In fact, it almost feels like filler to pass the time as Susannah develops her little… problem.  That isn’t to say it’s not an interesting story, but it takes an awfully long time to get to the point. Two:  At least 50% of Wolves of the Calla is a retelling and extension of ‘Salem’s Lot.  Why?  When we get to the Calla, we meet Pere Callahan […]

Posted June 24, 2018 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
School for Psychics by K.C. Archer

School for Psychics by K.C. Archer

This book was suuuuch a cliché monster. Everything you can think of happening in Misfit Goes to Magical School and Becomes Hero By Defying the Odds! book is in School for Psychics.  Dropout who has presumed her life cursed turns out to have magical abilities? Check.  Misfit group of BFFs?  Check.  Awkward and inappropriate romantic interest?  Check.  Being the most special at her magical school?  Check. Honestly, I could keep going. But, despite all that, School for Psychics is actually a very readable book.  No twist was surprising, but the characters were likable enough, and it was a fun sort of romp.  It […]

Posted March 29, 2018 in Reviews // 2 Comments //