Adding myself to the list of fellow Cannonballers who have already reviewed One of Us is Lying recently (a few of said reviews made me want to push it further up my to-read pile!) and I must say, it was quite enjoyable! A little mystery involving a setup of various high school students from different groups all ending up in detention together, when suddenly one of them dies and the rest are now suspects in his apparent murder. Right from the start you get a sense that something is fishy about all this, and that those 4 other students in […]
I loved this book. It’s a wonderful exploration of misfit growing up. It’s hilarious and sweet, but not too sweet. I devoured it in one sitting, and stayed up way too late because of that. This is a couldn’t put it down book, and those are just the best kinds of books. Willowdean Dickson isn’t the skinniest kid in her small Texas town, where beauty pageants and football reign supreme, but she’s happy. She’s got her best friend, a decent job, and a crush who may be reciprocating her crush feelings. And even though her aunt, a second mother, passed […]
More than one million immigrants come to the United States each year. Half of them, like me, come from Latin America. What unites us is that we all have a dream. Before the end of the school year in my new American school, I thought I wanted to go back home. It was, I would learn, a common wish. But life offers so many surprises, and it’s not always easy to know the best way to make a dream come true. Can your heart and loyalties be in two places? A dream can change. Camilla del Valle has it all. […]
I’ve gotten to the point of CBR where I’ve got too many books banked, and I haven’t written any of the reviews for them, which means that by the time I get around to writing the review, I barely remember what the book is about. MUST BE MARCH. The Iron Fey is one of those YA series that I picked up because I ran across it on Goodreads, and it had goodish reviews, and I was bored, and MAGIC, but I’m not sure I’ll continue with the series. The first book in the series, The Iron King, is about a […]
As you might guess from some of my other posts, I am enough of an Internet Old that this was a re-read for me. I thought it held up beautifully.
Last week I came across one of those irresistible quizzes that pop up on social media. This one promised to give you something to read based on the types of TV shows you choose to watch. Naturally, I took the quiz and then I retook and retook, because I can’t stand not knowing what other books might be out there for me. Anyway, one of the recommendations was A Girl Like That by Tanaz Bhathena. The blurb sounded pretty good, and as it turns out, this YA/teen novel is really excellent. Bhathena, in her debut novel, writes about the experience […]
The best way to explain myself as a person is to say that Raymond Chandler and Rainbow Rowell are two of my favorite writers. Chandler captures mood and cool so well, and Rowell captures growing up and heartbursts/breaks better than anybody that I can think of. Those are my two favorite things to read about. Cool people and normal people. (Does anyone have any recommendations combining Chandler and Rowell?) My first foray into the world of Rowell was Attachments because it was recommended by y’all Cannonballers. It was fantastic. I picked up Eleanor & Park simply because it was a downloadable audiobook at […]
Spoiler warning! This is book 2 in a series, and as such, the review will contain some spoilers for the plot of book 1. If you want to remain unspoiled, start at the beginning with Air Awakens. Left no choice after her trial and sentencing, Vhalla Yarl, former librarian apprentice is marching to war for the Solaris empire. She’s considered property of the empire and has to use her new and unfamiliar Windwalker powers to help the Emperor and his forces win their conquest of the rebellious north. Two of her new friends from the Tower of Sorcery, her mentor Larel and […]