Source: LibraryThing Early Reviewers

Summer of ’69 by Todd Strasser

Summer of ’69 by Todd Strasser

I did not think I was going to like this book?  Right off the bat, I’m not saying it’s the best book ever, but I requested this ARC on a whim because I like the publishing house and I haven’t really read much about the ’60s.  A lot of the reviews leading up were talking about the focus on drugs and for some reason I thought there was going to be a lot of focus on Woodstock. While the drugs were a constant presence, I think Summer of ’69 was mostly about the fear of the future in a time where […]

Posted March 25, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
The Bigfoot Files by Lindsay Eagar

The Bigfoot Files by Lindsay Eagar

The Bigfoot Files is an easy book to get wrapped up in. Lindsay Eagar tells us the story of twelve-year-old Miranda, who feels like she can’t have any friends, because when she brings them home and they discover her cryptozoologist mother, they’ll be mortified.  As she’s grown out of the stories of faeries and Bigfoot, she’s built herself a comfortable academic career – straight As, president of the student body, and a hopeful on the list of candidates to attend an exclusive leadership conference in DC.  But she can’t maintain any of that if her mother doesn’t get her act together. […]

Posted October 3, 2018 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

The Poet X dropped into my life at just the point when I needed a beautiful lyrical novel.  It is written in prose, which is not the type of novel that normally draws me in.  This book?  This is beautiful.  I really like Elizabeth Acevedo’s voice.  Her poetry is simple and emotive.  Best of all?  It doesn’t rhyme. I have this thing about rhyming poetry.  Mostly?  I just like it better when it doesn’t rhyme.  Personal preference. This is more than a book of poetry.  It’s the story of a young Latino girl, first generation American, whose family comes from the […]

Posted June 10, 2018 in Reviews // 7 Comments //
The Story Girl by L.M. Montgomery

The Story Girl by L.M. Montgomery

I know I should know better, but I have such high expectations of authors.  If I loved one of their books, I expect I should love all of them.  This was very much my experience with L.M. Montgomery’s The Story Girl. I adore Anne of Green Gables.  I love Anne’s spirit.  With a novel called The Story Girl – a nickname that would have fit Anne so well – I expected nothing less than the same bubbling genius in writing.  And it wasn’t bad, it really wasn’t.  But it wasn’t Anne Shirley. In The Story Girl, you have a larger cast of regular characters who […]

Posted May 27, 2018 in Reviews // 1 Comment //
The Price Guide to the Occult by Leslye Walton

The Price Guide to the Occult by Leslye Walton

It has been snowy and gloomy and dull and my loves, everything in my heart has been dying for something dark and witchy and alive.  In that matter, The Price Guide to the Occult was everything I wanted.  It was earthy and malevolent and brought me to life. The Price Guide to the Occult introduces the reader to Rona Blackburn – a powerful witch who comes to the island in its founding days and wishes to be left in peace.  Unfortunately, frightened people make rash, irrational decisions.  When the eight “founding fathers” of the island fail to kill Rona, she sets […]

Posted April 14, 2018 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Blue Window by Adina Rishe Gewirtz

Blue Window by Adina Rishe Gewirtz

Hmm.  Mixed feelings about this book.  On one hand, Blue Window was a really neat idea about five siblings who fall through a window and end up in a strange world where they have to find their way home and also not get destroyed by the strange looking humanoid inhabitants of that world.  It was a fun ride with nuances of The Chronicles of Narnia and A Wrinkle in Time. On the other hand, this book was almost 600 pages long, and told the story in each of the childrens’ POVs.  I actually love multiple POVs, but with this book, the formatting was […]

Posted February 28, 2018 in Reviews // 0 Comments //