Source: BEA 2013


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 »


Dec 15
Review: These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

Review: These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

These Broken Stars is one of those books that seemingly every blogger I know has read and loved.  This kind of praise sometimes makes me approach a book more critically.  The story didn’t bring out a major flood of emotions in me as it seemed to do with a lot of other readers, but I still found it greatly enjoyable. Tarver Merendsen and Lilac LaRoux are an unlikely pair to be stranded together on an uninhabited planet after their spacecraft… 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 »


Sep 13
Review and Giveaway: Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein

Review and Giveaway: Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein

I haven’t yet read Code Name Verity, Elizabeth Wein’s companion novel to Rose Under Fire, but now I absolutely must.  If you haven’t read CNV, then I’m sure you’ve at least heard the raves, and based on Wein’s writing in Rose Under Fire, the raves are warranted. I feel like I have a decent knowledge of WWII, but I wasn’t aware that American women piloted planes for the Allies during the war.  Rose Justice, the fictional narrator of the story,… Read more »


Aug 26
Review: Just Like Fate by Cat Patrick and Suzanne Young

Review: Just Like Fate by Cat Patrick and Suzanne Young

Pivot Point, by Kasie West, is one of my top reads in 2013 and is a stand-out among books with a parallel lives focus.  (You can see my review of Pivot Point here.)  Just Like Fate is just like Pivot Point’s wanna-be little sister. Caroline’s story heads down two paths when her beloved grandmother is near death.  Caroline’s family is visiting her grandmother in the hospital to say their goodbyes.  Caroline’s best friend, Simone, encourages Caroline to get out for… Read more »