Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children's


Jul 30
Review: Hold Me Like a Breath by Tiffany Schmidt

Review: Hold Me Like a Breath by Tiffany Schmidt

This poor book.  It’s a mess.  The first 20% of the book could have been an article in a women’s magazine titled, “My Rare and Potentially Fatal Illness,” by Penelope Landlow.  I learned more than I cared to know about Penny’s illness which results in her bleeding internally at the slightest bump and requires regular monitoring and treatment.  It goes on and on: Don’t touch Penny!  Don’t let Penny go outside!  Keep treating Penny like a helpless infant!  When it… Read more »


Jul 01
Review: The Devil You Know by Trish Doller

Review: The Devil You Know by Trish Doller

Before reading The Devil You Know, I read a few reviews that stated that the plot of this book was a lot like Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick, a book that received a rare one star rating from me.  This was a big red flag, because Black Ice was ridiculous and nonsensical and just plain awful. But this is Trish Doller!  The woman who wrote the wonderful Where the Stars Still Shine.  Surely this book had to be better than Black Ice,… Read more »


Nov 14
Review: Hostage Three by Nick Lake

Review: Hostage Three by Nick Lake

Hostage Three is one of Publisher Weekly’s best Children’s/YA books of 2013, and I get it.  Along with the other books on the list that I’ve read (Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock, Rose Under Fire, and Reality Boy), it’s IMPORTANT and it has THINGS TO SAY. Amy’s father is rich.  Rich, as in, “Hey, let’s take my beautiful yacht and go sail around the world” rich.  Spoiled, sullen, surly Amy is reluctantly dragged along.  She hates everything, especially her stepmother who… Read more »


Oct 28
Review: After Eden by Helen Douglas

Review: After Eden by Helen Douglas

I enjoy stories about time travel, but one of my big challenges can be trying to wrap my mind around the science.  Often, an author’s explanation can be so complex that I eventually give up trying to figure out whether the author has covered all the bases involving the paradoxes of time travel.  In After Eden, Helen Douglas keeps the science simple and accessible, but there were some plot points that didn’t make sense.  For just one example that happened… Read more »


Sep 19
Review: Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller

Review: Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller

Where the Stars Still Shine is set in Tarpon Springs, Florida, and after reading this book, I had to do a bit of research, because I wanted to visit this Gulf Coast town NOW.  Throughout the story, Doller made me feel like I was right there with Callie, viewing this town through her eyes. Callie had a childhood that was unconventional, at best.  Her mother kidnapped her at a young age from her father, and the two spent Callie’s childhood… Read more »