Posts Categorized: Reviews

Jun 04
Review and Giveaway: The Bees by Laline Paull

Review and Giveaway: The Bees by Laline Paull

Bee society is pretty amazing.  With their tiny brains, they manage to form a complex society, with a strict hierarchy and rules and functions.  Every bee knows its role.  In The Bees, we go one giant leap beyond the real life of these insects to one in which bees talk and socialize with an intelligence comparable to humans. The bee characters in The Bees are highly anthropomorphized, which I expected.  Their society looks and sounds like medieval England, which I did not… Read more »


Jun 03
Review: Dear Killer by Katherine Ewell

Review: Dear Killer by Katherine Ewell

This might be one of the hardest books I’ve ever had to rate, because on one hand, the plot is completely, thoroughly, and endlessly ludicrous, and it features one of the most distasteful (and not in a fun way) narrators I’ve ever come across.  On the other hand, once I picked it up, I also could not stop myself from turning the pages.  DNF’ing was never an option.  There might have been a bit of a “can’t turn away from this… Read more »


May 22
Review: Noggin by John Corey Whaley

Review: Noggin by John Corey Whaley

Loved, loved, loved.   I’m glad that Noggin is getting great reviews on Goodreads, because I think people who might be inclined to love this book may overlook it due to the wonderfully bizarre cover.  The cover screams, “This book is quirky,” but in reality, Noggin is thoughtful and heart-warming and heart-breaking.  There’s actually nothing quirky about it.  Yes, a cancer-stricken boy has his head removed, frozen, and transplanted five years later onto another body.  But while the cover and… Read more »


May 18
Review: A Girl Called Fearless by Catherine Linka

Review: A Girl Called Fearless by Catherine Linka

A Girl Called Fearless is one of the more disturbing dystopian novels that I’ve read.  As with any dystopia, while reading it, I ask myself, “Could this actually happen?”  I had a hard time accepting the reality of the society in this story, and while it disturbed me, I didn’t enjoy it as much as I might have otherwise. Ten years ago, a synthetic hormone in the U.S. food supply wiped out the vast majority of women of child-bearing age…. Read more »


May 13
Review and Giveaway: Saving Lucas Biggs by Maria de los Santos and Davis Teague

Review and Giveaway: Saving Lucas Biggs by Maria de los Santos and Davis Teague

Confession: I don’t read much middle grade.  OK, any.  Including Harry Potter.  (I know, I KNOW.)  But I’m a sucker for a good time travel story, and I loved the synopsis of Saving Lucas Biggs, a book that proved to be both moving and thought-provoking. Margaret comes from a long line of time travelers.  When the story begins, her father has been sentenced to a death by the crooked judge, Lucas Biggs, for a murder he didn’t commit.  Margaret lives in Victory,… Read more »


May 11
Review and Giveaway: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Review and Giveaway: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

If you’ve already read We Were Liars, you can appreciate how crazy this is is: I read the book yesterday, and earlier that day, I finished another book (which shall remain unnamed to prevent spoilers in either case) that had the SAME twist ending as We Were Liars.  Go ahead and digest that, because what are the chances?  Both stories were pretty good, but I think the other one pulled off the twist better.  Part of the problem, or perhaps,… Read more »


May 06
Review: After the End by Amy Plum

Review: After the End by Amy Plum

Writing thrillers and horror movies and books must have been a lot easier prior to the late 90’s/early 2000’s, before everyone over the age of ten had a cell phone.  Think of a film like The Blair Witch Project.  It would have been a much different (and much shorter) film if the characters had been able to whip out their phones to call for help or to open up their GPS. Phones play a big role in After the End,… Read more »


Apr 30
Review: Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins

Review: Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins

Imagine that you’re about to be crowned Homecoming Queen, and as you do a few last-minutes preparations in the school restroom, the janitor bursts in.  He’s mortally wounded, he makes some bizarre comments, and as he’s dying, he presses his mouth to yours, and a strange…energy fills your body.  You now have superhuman strength and the ability to kick some major ass. This is the awesome opening of Rebel Belle, the new series by Rachel Hawkins.  I’ve only previously read… Read more »