With The Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

This book interested me right away because of the blurb: a poor half-black half Puerto Rican single teen mother trying to complete high school and fulfil her love of the cooking. There is so much conflict just in that elevator pitch, and I think I kind of fell in love right there. I was also […]

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

Beauty Queens was a parody/spoof/comedy book, based on the concept of a plane full of teenage beauty pageant contestants crash landing on a deserted island and how they survive that. Think of a comedy version of Lord of the Flies, but with girls. I like clever parodies, and I really enjoyed Beauty Queens. It was […]

Ice Wolves by Amie Kaufman

Ice Wolves is the story of 12-year-old orphaned homeless boy Anders who, upon finding he can transform into an ice wolf, is separated from his twin sister Rayna, who transforms into the ice wolves’ bitter enemy the scorch dragon. I didn’t know what to expect going in to this. I’ve never read an Amie Kaufman […]

Where Is That Kid From ‘Matilda’ Now?

I don’t really review autobiographies or memoirs on this blog, it’s largely devoted to YA fiction, but these memoirs are written by the child actress who played, among other roles, beloved Matilda, Natalie in Mrs Doubtfire, and Susan from the remake of Miracle on 34th Street. Her name is Mara Wilson and she has some […]

Beautiful Broken Girls

Beautiful Broken Girls

Man, these girls were broken long before anyone even died. Two sisters lead a completely sheltered life and when their promiscuous cousin dies, they seemingly commit suicide by drowning in the local quarry pool shortly afterwards. The younger sister, Mina, left several notes to her ex-boyfriend explaining why they died but in a convoluted way […]

Coraline: A Satisfyingly Creepy Tale

Coraline: A Satisfyingly Creepy Tale

There was a film adaptation of Coraline released in 2009 that was amazing and will be referenced throughout this review. SUMMARY Coraline Jones, a bored tween, finds a more interesting life through a magical portal in her new house’s drawing room where her Other Mother wants to love her and keep her forever and replace […]

Skulduggery Pleasant

Skulduggery Pleasant

Where to begin with Skulduggery Pleasant. It’s an Urban Fantasy about a private investigator with magical powers. Sound familiar? It should because that’s the Dresden Files too. But unlike the decidedly adult tone of Jim Butchers master-works of Urban Fantasy, Derek Landy offers us something just as good, but a little more Artemis Fowl. Set […]

The Princess Diaries 2 by Meg Cabot

The Princess Diaries 2 by Meg Cabot

I found the first Princess Diaries book pretty difficult to review. I think the diary aspect, although somewhat original and gimmicky at the time, really makes it hard to comment on the plot of the book. A lot of the book is introspection, so thankfully Mia’s a really likeable character. The bonus for me here, […]

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