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: 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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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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Book Review: Everything, Everything

As an adult, I’ve really come to enjoy reading YA novels. Don’t get me wrong, I — Literary Fiction tends to still be my favorite and I still do love getting lost in the classics. It’s just that, after years of either refusing to read YA or denying that I read YA, I’m over that…

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Book Review: Paper Towns

Last summer, I agreed to house/pet sit for one of my mom’s co-workers while she and her family went on a cruise. I had been doing this for years — they paid me, they were easy going and all it really consisted of was bringing in the mail, putting out the trash, watering some plants…

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Book Review: Bright Lights, Dark Nights

So. Bright Lights, Dark Nights by  Stephen Emond. Can we talk about this? I need to talk about this. If you’ve not heard of this book, I’ll give you a really short synopsis: The protagonist  a white kid named Walter Wilcox meets a black girl, Naomi Mills and they’re basically perfect for each other. It’s…

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Book Review: Armada

You know, I’m not really a huge fan of the science fiction / fantasy genres. I’ve never really enjoyed reading those works and I’m not entirely sure why. I’m fairly a bit better with watching movies in those genres – they’re not my first choice, but I have enjoyed some. As I said, I’m not…

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Book Review: The Edge of Me

With The Edge of Me, Jane Brittan has crafted an interesting tale which centers around Sanda, a young woman who has grown up in England after her family fled Serbia during the Bosnian War. Sanda’s world is shattered as she comes to realize that everything she thought she knew about herself and her family is utterly…

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