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 […]

You’ll Weep Following A Dog’s Purpose

You’ll Weep Following A Dog’s Purpose

Warning: Don’t read this book unless you are prepared for all the feels. I don’t even consider myself a ‘dog’ person and I wept several times through this. SUMMARY A dog is born. He lives. He dies. He is reborn. Again. And again. Along the way he learns what his true purpose is. PLOT The […]

Zelah Green: Queen of Clean and Not Much Else

Zelah Green: Queen of Clean and Not Much Else

SUMMARY/PLOT Zelah’s stepmother can’t handle her OCD, so she tries to ship her off to a mental hospital. Zelah ends up in Forest Road House under the care and guidance of a lovely female doctor with some other misfits – an anorexic, a cutter, and a mute. There she learns to face her OCD and […]

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, […]

Broken by Marianne Curley

Broken by Marianne Curley

SUMMARY While Nathaniel is charged with the crime of revealing his power to his enemies and is sent on a mission to redeem himself, Jordan gets to work breaking up Thane and Ebony, only to find that his time has been cut short when the evil Prince Luca, surprise surprise, kidnaps Ebony early to claim […]

Hidden by Marianne Curley

Hidden by Marianne Curley

SUMMARY Ebony is a sheltered, naïve sixteen year old who doesn’t know she is really a kidnapped angel, hidden away in a valley while her real family searches for her. When she bumps into her charge outside a nightclub, the good guys finally find her, and now they have to convince her to return to […]

The Princess Diaries Audiobook

The Princess Diaries Audiobook

SUMMARY Mia Thermopolis’ extraordinarily ordinary American teenage world is thrown upside down when she finds out she is the one and only heir and Princess to the throne of Genovia, a small but rich country bordering France. WORLDBUILDING I have to say, I know Genovia’s totally fake – I mean, what country can afford not […]

Audiobook Review: War Horse by Michael Morpurgo

Audiobook Review: War Horse by Michael Morpurgo

SUMMARY Joey, a beautiful blood-red bay colt, is purchased at an auction out of spite and brought to be a farm horse. There, he develops a relationship with farm boy Albert, a bond that will last even when the two are separated for war. WORLDBUILDING I’m not into war stories, but I’m less into WWII […]

Book Review: The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J Maas

Book Review: The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J Maas

DNF after 2 novellas Managed to read The Assassin and the Pirate Lord. Lord, it was atrocious. I WANT to love this series. Everyone raves about the sequels. I really, really want to love it. There is nothing I like better than a kick-ass girl in a fantasy novel. But there’s some things I can’t […]

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