Book Review: The Lobster Kings by Alexi Zentner

Star Ratings: Characters: *****  (5 stars) Character Development: ***** (5 stars) Plot: **** (4 stars) Writing: ***** (5 stars) Overall: ***** (5 stars) Age range recommendation: 16+ (language, violence including sexual violence) I’m mostly on vacation right now, but I couldn’t wait to review this book. (I say “mostly” because I drove back from AcadiaContinue reading “Book Review: The Lobster Kings by Alexi Zentner”

Mini Review: Three Parts Dead by Max Gladstone

Star Ratings: Characters: *****  5 stars Character Development: **** 4 stars Plot: **** (4 stars) Writing: ***** (5 stars) Overall: ****1/2 (4/12 stars) Age range recommendation: 14 + Let me just say that after several months without reading any “grown up” Fantasy, this book reminded me how awesome it could be!  I was incredibly impressedContinue reading “Mini Review: Three Parts Dead by Max Gladstone”

Thoughts on Some Stories in Rogues (ed. George R. R. Martin)

Earlier this week, I was hit with a fantasy craving. I needed to read something completely engrossing, something with really cool magic and characters full of surprises.  But I didn’t know exactly where to start.  Should I try an author I’d never read before?  Should I return to an old favorite?  Did I want to read fantasy setContinue reading “Thoughts on Some Stories in Rogues (ed. George R. R. Martin)”

Book Review: The Young World by Chris Weitz

I intended to review The Young World a month ago, but it seems to have slipped my mind.  Oops!  Then, last night I went to see The Purge 2: Anarchy. I must say that it was a surprisingly enjoyable film.  Lots of violence and a scary concept, but there wasn’t too much gore and itContinue reading “Book Review: The Young World by Chris Weitz”

Book Review: Conversion by Katherine Howe

Star Ratings for Conversion: Characters: **** (4 stars) Character Development: **** (4 stars) Plot: **** (4 stars) Writing: ***** (5 stars) Overall: **** (4 stars) Age range recommendation: 12 and up This YA novel by Catherine Howe (author of The Physick Book Of Deliverance Dane) is about quite a few subjects I like. Catholic school! TeenageContinue reading “Book Review: Conversion by Katherine Howe”

Book Review: Thorn Jack by Katherine Harbour

Star Ratings for Thorn Jack Characters: ***** (5 stars) Character Development: *** (3 stars) Plot: **** (4 stars) Writing: *** (3 stars) Overall: **** (4 stars) Age range recommendation: 13 and up Thorn Jack first caught my eye because I liked the title and the skull on the front. But, lest I be accused of judgingContinue reading “Book Review: Thorn Jack by Katherine Harbour”

Summer Camp Rec: A Snicker Of Magic (if you liked Rooftoppers)

I may be cheating a little with this recommendation, because I don’t know if Rooftoppers is such a smash hit at other bookshops. I’ve been recommending it non-stop ever since we got it last year. It was one of my favorite gift ideas for the holidays, what with the read-aloud appeal and enchanting atmosphere. Now, aContinue reading “Summer Camp Rec: A Snicker Of Magic (if you liked Rooftoppers)”

Summer Camp Rec: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (moving up from Diary of a Wimpy Kid)

Last post, I recommended Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern to anyone who loved The Fault In Our Stars and wanted a similar book to read this summer. But how about something for younger readers who are into faster, sillier books? There’s frequently a disconnect between the kids themselves and the Parents On A Deadline (gottaContinue reading “Summer Camp Rec: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (moving up from Diary of a Wimpy Kid)”

Summer Camp Rec: Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern (if you liked The Fault In Our Stars)

Oh, right, summer camp is a thing… And the season is upon us! All of a sudden, school is out and young people are being shipped off to learn how to despise teamwork, or shoot arrows at hay bales, or bathe in bugspray to no avail. At least, that’s what I remember about my ownContinue reading “Summer Camp Rec: Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern (if you liked The Fault In Our Stars)”

Book Review: Queen Of The Tearling by Erika Johansen

Star Ratings: Characters: *** (3 stars) Character Development: ** (2 1/2  stars) Plot: *** (3 stars) Writing: **1/2 (2 1/2 stars) Overall: **1/2 (2 1/2 stars) Age range recommendation: 14 and up (Medieval violence including sexual violence.) Let it thus be known: I read an advanced copy of this book, and some details may haveContinue reading “Book Review: Queen Of The Tearling by Erika Johansen”