Posts Categorized: Reviews

Apr 24
Review: Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

Review: Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

When you hear the title, Dorothy Must Die, and you picture pretty Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz with her cute pigtails and sweet gingham dress, you know you are in for a twisted ride.  In Dorothy Must Die, the characters and the world we know and love are flipped upside down and turned inside out.  This Dorothy is a power-hungry, murderous psychopath. She does still have the cute pigtails and the gingham dress, though.  The Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Lion,… Read more »


Apr 22
Review: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

Review: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

When I read the synopsis of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, I felt so much sympathy for Lara Jean, the main character.  Lara Jean has written letters to a number of her crushes over the years, never intending to actually send them.  She pours her heart out in the letters, telling each guy what she loves about him and what she hates.  She recounts events in painstaking detail.  And then, horror of horrors, those letters are somehow taken from her room… Read more »


Apr 20
Review: Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman

Review: Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman

If you’ve been craving a novel that depicts Adolf Hitler in all of his teenager-creeping glory, Prisoner of Night and Fog might be for you.  I can usually count on having good luck with historical fiction, particularly novels set during WWI or WWII.  (This story takes place in the period between the two wars.)  But unfortunately, this book was mostly a miss for me, primarily due to problems with the protagonist. Gretchen is a teenager in Munich, fiercely loyal to… Read more »


Apr 17
Review: The Bear by Claire Cameron

Review: The Bear by Claire Cameron

This is not my first encounter with a book narrated by a 5-year-old – I read and loved Room by Emma Donoghue.  But with The Bear, the narration was awkward and frustrating.  Perhaps the problem is that I don’t know many (or any) 5-year-olds, and perhaps this book accurately depicts how they think and speak, but after 200 pages of: “I am crying and there is a lake in my body that all the tears come from and it is getting… Read more »


Apr 13
Review: Don’t Even Think About It by Sarah Mlynowski

Review: Don’t Even Think About It by Sarah Mlynowski

The last time I had a flu shot, back in 2009, something went wrong, and I had a good deal of pain in my arm for about six months, and I was unable to lift it more than 90 degrees.  (This also explains why I have not had a flu shot in nearly five years.)  The characters in Don’t Even Think About It have a much odder reaction to their flu shots.  Approximately twenty students in one high school class… Read more »


Apr 09
Review: The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa

Review: The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa

Let’s start off by talking about the ending of The Forever Song, the last book in the Blood of Eden trilogy.  It ended perfectly, without an ounce of surprise, with every character’s fate wrapped up exactly as you’d expect.  That’s not a complaint, because it was all immensely satisfying.  Less satisfying, however, was the middle section of this book, which felt bloated and repetitive. OK, now let’s back up to the beginning.  Allie is in just as much shock as… Read more »


Apr 03
Review: A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller

Review: A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller

I want to hug this book.  If you like historical fiction, you need to read A Mad, Wicked Folly.  Hell, even if you don’t, I’m going to order you to read it anyway.  I’ll even say that it would be a mad, wicked folly for you to skip this book.  Heh heh.  I’m sorry.  That was terrible.  I’ll try to make it up to you by sharing all of the reasons I loved this book. A Mad, Wicked Folly is… Read more »


Apr 01
Review: The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon

Review: The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon

The Winter People asks readers to imagine how they’d far go to try to connect to a loved one who has died.  If you think you might do anything to make that happen, The Winter People might make you reconsider.  This is a good old-fashioned ghost story that is alternately spooky and scary and eerie and heartbreaking. The story is told from different view points and in different eras, beginning with the diary of Sara Harrison Shea, written in 1908…. Read more »