4 out of 5 stars. I picked up Erin Bow’s Plain Kate after hearing it compared to The Last Unicorn (which, as you probably know by now, I’m kinda sorta obsessed with). Though it didn’t ring in my heart quite as true as The Last Unicorn, Plain Kate was a beautiful read with fable qualities […]
4 out of 5 stars. Neal Shusterman’s Unwind starts with a bang. It hooked me hard, and then the action stayed high until the end. In this book’s frightening future, teenagers can have their bodies “unwound”. This means their bodies are harvested for parts — it’s organ donation to the extreme. Kids who don’t behave […]
Celebrating the Freedom to Read: Banned Books Week (BBW) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment. Held during the last week of September, Banned Books Week highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings […]
5 out of 5 stars. I happened upon M.K. Hobson’s The Native Star quite by chance, and as a steampunk fan and steampunk writer, I gave it try. Then I fell in love — with the world, with the main character, with the contagonist, with the plot… Emily is a California backwoods witch trying to […]
5 out of 5 stars. I thought I’d bring back an old classic: Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonsong. It was one of the first novels I read in which I truly connected with the protagonist. I didn’t just sympathize or care about Menolly’s story, I understood it. No, I didn’t live with dragons growing up. And no, […]
5 out of 5 stars. Lauren Oliver’s Before I Fall is amazing, amazing, amazing. One of the most powerful book I’ve read this year, and easily the most satisfying ending of the year. It’s Donnie Darko meets Groundhog Day. I know — you’re thinking WTF? How does that work? Well trust me. It works.
5 out of 5 stars. Susan Beth Pfeffer’s Life As We Knew It was a read-in-one-sitting, stay-up-until-3-AM book. Though it’s classified as science fiction, it’s more a survival tale than anything else. A survival tale where I really didn’t know if the main character and her family would live or die.
5 out of 5 stars. If I could give this book 6 stars, I would. Well, since it’s my rubric, I suppose I can. So make that 6 out of 5 stars. Not since Peter S. Beagle’s The Last Unicorn has a book touched me in quite the same way as Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book. […]
4 out of 5 stars On Anne Osterlund’s site, she describes her novel Academy 7 as Stars Wars meets The Outsiders. I like The Outsiders; I obsess over love Star Wars; and I thought “cool, I’ll read that next.” Yeah, it’s not like The Outsiders. It’s nothing like Star Wars. I’m not entirely sure where Osterlund […]
4 out of 5 stars The first of Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy series, Vampire Academy, was a highly entertaining, fast-paced read. I’m not big on vampires, but I enjoyed this vampire world — Mead did a good job making it unique, tangible, and dark, but still 100% high school. Rose Hathaway is a 17-year-old Dhampir […]