Tag: ARCs for Review

Battle of the Bands: Edited by Lauren Gibaldi and Eric Smith

Battle of the Bands: Edited by Lauren Gibaldi and Eric Smith

Posted August 31, 2021 in Reviews // 0 Comments

  Disclaimer: I received this book for free from LibraryThing and Candlewick Press in exchange for an honest review. Battle of the Bands feels a lot like a chain story where one author wrote a scene and then the next author had to write another scene and so forth.  I’ve never read a short story collection that was both  short story collection and a complete story all at once, and it was really interesting.  Sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn’t.  I felt certain stories to be stronger than others.  Sometimes they flowed really well from one story to the next, […]

Small Favors by Erin A. Craig

Small Favors by Erin A. Craig

Posted July 12, 2021 in Reviews // 0 Comments

  Disclaimer: I received this book for free from NetGalley and Delacorte in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. I sat down to read a couple of chapters of Small Favors and ended up reading the entire book. Erin A. Craig has a way of doing that, a way of weaving her spell around her readers so throughly with her compelling worlds and duplicitous characters that one more chapter becomes two, then ten, and then you’re reading the acknowledgements and wondering where the day went.  The same […]

My Contrary Mary by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows

My Contrary Mary by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows

Posted June 11, 2021 in Reviews // 2 Comments

  Disclaimer: I received this book for free from NetGalley and HarperTeen in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. My Contrary Mary was not what I expected.  In the best way possible. If you’re looking for solid historical fiction, this book is far more fiction than historical.  Also?  It’s clever and funny.  There are so many pop culture references woven in – I caught multiple references from The Princess Bride and Ever After but there were also bits from Terminator and other popular films.  And I’m sure there were loads […]

Baby & Solo by Lisabeth Posthuma

Baby & Solo by Lisabeth Posthuma

Posted April 26, 2021 in Reviews // 0 Comments

  Disclaimer: I received this book for free from LibraryThing and Candlewick Press in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. I had very mixed feelings about Baby & Solo for the duration of the book, up until the last ~50pgs. I’ll start with the good stuff! This book is overflowing with 90s nostalgia, particularly of the cinematic variety.  I knew every film mentioned and delighted in it.  ROYO Video reminded me immediately of the small town privately owned video rental storesI went to as a kid (we didn’t do […]

Namesake by Adrienne Young

Namesake by Adrienne Young

Posted March 3, 2021 in Reviews // 0 Comments

  Disclaimer: I received this book for free from NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Namesake was, in a word, underwhelming. I loved the atmosphere and the edge of adventure in Fable – it’s what made the book such a winner for me in 2020.  Namesake suffered from a lot of quick turns and shallow plot lines.  I got the overall sense that there was a lot of different things that Young wanted to do in this book, and rather than just […]