Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers


Sep 01
Review: Court of Fives by Kate Elliott

Review: Court of Fives by Kate Elliott

I have to start this review by talking about the world-building in Court of Fives.  It was perfection.  I totally bought into this world, and I felt fully immersed in it.  There were no “Huh?  What?  Why?  That makes no sense” moments.  The basis for and the rules of society were established early on, and it was accomplished without an info dump.  This is a rigid, two class, patriarchal society – the Patrons and the Commoners.  Jes comes from a… Read more »


Jun 26
Review: I Am the Mission by Allen Zadoff

Review: I Am the Mission by Allen Zadoff

I really enjoyed the first book in this series, I Am the Weapon, although I read it under its previous title, Boy Nobody.  In this sequel, the assassin, nicknamed Boy Nobody, is sent on a new mission.  My main problem with the story is that this felt so similar to the previous book – he is to assassinate a powerful man, but allows himself to get too close to the target’s child(ren), a major violation of his training.  It also… Read more »


Dec 29
Review: Roomies by Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando

Review: Roomies by Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando

The summer before my freshman year in college, my roommate-to-be called me out of the blue.  I was surprised by the call, and perhaps I wasn’t feeling particularly sociable, so I kept the conversation short and business-like, primarily discussing who was going to bring what.  I didn’t give the conversation another thought, and we did not speak again until we met in our dorm room.  We became friends quickly, and she eventually told me that that initial conversation had worried… Read more »


Nov 01
Review: Reality Boy by A.S. King

Review: Reality Boy by A.S. King

Reality TV makes a business out of exploiting people.  Sometimes, the people on these shows seem perfectly fine with it.  They’ll happily reveal their messed-up lives for the world to see in their desperate bid for fame.  For the most part, I feel no sympathy for these people.  I have very different feelings, however, for the children on these shows.  They can’t consent to the exploitation, but there are unfortunately parents out there who can and will.  The late Anna… Read more »


Oct 11
Review: The 100 by Kass Morgan

Review: The 100 by Kass Morgan

The 100 was a pretty big disappointment.  I’m all for great cliff-hangers that leave you desperate for the next book, but this felt like a commercial or a movie trailer.  In other words, not a whole hell of a lot happened.  Yes, it’s the first in a series, but there was a lot of build-up with very little payoff.  The “cliff-hanger” ending was a huge, “Um, was that really supposed to be shocking?” moment. But this wasn’t the story’s only… Read more »


Sep 20
Review: Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick

Review: Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick

Leonard Peacock is a high school student on a mission: He brings a gun to his school with the intention to kill a guy named Asher and then himself.  Throughout most of the book, Leonard doesn’t express much emotion.  He approaches his intended date with murder and suicide very methodically.  But before he can complete his final mission, he has a few tasks he must complete.  Leonard seeks out four people to give each a gift to symbolize what that… Read more »


Jun 26
Review: Zom-B Underground by Darren Shan

Review: Zom-B Underground by Darren Shan

Note – This review contains spoilers of Zom-B, the first book in the series.  (Check out my review of Zom-B here). I give Darren Shan credit for trying something different in the zombie genre.  Unfortunately, Zom-B Underground didn’t work that well for me.  B barely meets the definition of a zombie.  Yes, she craves brains, but all of her mental abilities are intact.  Where is the fun in that?  It felt like a bit of a cheat, to be honest…. Read more »


Apr 28
Review: Zom-B by Darren Shan

Review: Zom-B by Darren Shan

This is one zombie book that doesn’t hold back.  When the apocalypse hits, it hits hard, and the majority of the brain-gorging happens to kids trapped in a high school.  They die in a variety of gruesome ways, occasionally with limbs their ripped off.  B attempts to lead a group of kids to freedom, and the group is slowly getting picked off. But before we get to the good stuff in this short (180 page) book, we’re first introduced to… Read more »