Favorite Reads of 2017 (So Far)

Being that we have reached the halfway mark of the year, I figured I ought do a quick roundup of my favorite reads of the year. This list won’t be all literary fiction, of course (I’m not that much of a snob!) and it won’t include many of the year’s breakouts (I haven’t read them…

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Book Review: American Street

Ibi Zoboi’s American Street is very nearly exactly what a YA novel should be. The protaganist, Fabiola Toussaint, boards a plane from Haiti to the US along with her mother, planning to move to Detroit to live with family members. During a routine security check while changing planes in New York, Fabiola’s mother is detained by immigration…

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Book Review: The Sun is Also a Star

A while back, I read Nicola Yoon’s The Sun is Also a Star. By “a while back”, I mean I finished it in the first few days of January. Yeah. It’s been a while. I enjoyed Yoon’s debut Everything, Everything – it was a bit too sweet and a bit too syrupy and so not…

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Book Review: 3 YAs

About 3 months ago, I was lucky enough to be approved for several YA ARCs. While I’ve read several of them, I’ve been incredibly remiss in actually getting down what I think about the lovely books publishers have allowed me to read. First, I started with Becky Albertalli’s The Upside of Unrequited. I was pretty…

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Book Review: Miss Treadway and the Field of Stars

Sometimes, a novel will surprise you. That in and of itself isn’t really a surprise. What is a surprise is how the novel surprises you. Do you hate it when you thought you’d love it? Was it not as wonderful as you heard? Or was it better than your friends told you it was? And,…

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Book Review: A Kiss From Mr. Fitzgerald

I recently read Natasha Lester’s A Kiss for Mr. Fitzgerald and I thought it was a pretty is fun, frothy ride. Yes, it so very, very soap opera-ish, but damn if it wasn’t a great soap opera. I feel glad, I guess to have read A Kiss for Mr. Fitzgerald as it brought me some…

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Book Review: Red Queen

AKA: I’ve Made a Huge Mistake There is often much handwringing regarding adults reading YA novels. As someone who reads YA for kicks but who mostly reads classics and literary fiction, I can understand both sides. There is interesting, clever and fairly well done YA. There’s also a lot of terrible YA. I do think,…

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Book Review: Sweetbitter

  AKA: Navel-Gazing Ennui After finishing Sweetbitter and thinking on it for a while, I think I understand why there’s such a sharp divide in how people feel about it. People seem to absolutely love or loathe this book. I feel both feelings at the same time. There’s a lot of beauty in Sweetbitter. Danler…

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Book Review: A Small Indiscretion

A few months ago, I won a Goodreads Giveaway. I’d been waiting to read Jan Ellison’s”A Small Indiscretion” for months – it was simply something which kept getting pushed back to the back of my To Be Read list. So, I was excited when I won and pleased as I’d now move the book farther…

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In Defense of Suzanne Collins’ ‘Mockingjay’

It’s been years since Suzanne Collins’ “The Hunger Games” trilogy ended. As such, it’s been a while since the final book, “Mockingjay”, was released. If I remember correctly, upon it’s release, “Mockingjay” received a fairly mixed reception. Many hardcore fans felt nothing but hatred and disdain for the book, along with a healthy dose of…

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