I discovered recently that people really aren’t a fan of Patrick Ness, and I was baffled: he’s one of my favorite YA writers. I loved how dark and weird the Chaos Walking trilogy got, and I will never stop being disappointed that Charlie Kaufman is no longer involved in the movie adaptation of it. I thought what he did with the bare bones of A Monster Calls was lovely and touching. I thought More Than This was very weird, but interesting. I even liked Release okay. So it’s not surprising that I love this, and that it’s one of my […]
Mikey is about to graduate from high school and head off to college, escaping his small town and irritating parents, but leaving behind some amazing friends. His anxiety is through the roof, trapping him in loops of hand washing and counting, and that’s before the indie kids start dying. There’s something strange happening in this town. Again. There’s been soul eating ghosts and vampires and gods and now there’s something else lurking in the woods causing the deer to freak out and the police force to act shady. And all Mikey wants to do is keep his head down, protect […]
Seth drowns. His body is beaten against rocks, bones broken, and he dies. He wakes up in the street outside his old house in England. He’s lived in the US for almost a decade. And the world around him is crumbling. Food is moulding on the shelves, a sinkhole has opened in the middle of the road. And he is alone. Until he meets The Driver, a seemingly unstoppable force that’s out to kill Seth. But can he die when he’s already dead? Is this some version of hell? A personal one, just for him? Is it real, or just […]
I think this is the last one? I hope this is the last one. This book took all the gains that were made in book 2 and retreated waaaaaay back behind the starting line. It’s the super stylized writing that gets me, the page after page of stunted, one-line paragraphs repeatedly truncated to show rapid action. I mean, sure, it helps the book move quickly, but it feels like reading a seizure. Again, this book picks up right where the previous one left off. A scout ship from the incoming settlers has landed, bringing with it heightened weaponry that could […]
Normally book 2 is where a series starts to lose its way, but not only is The Ask and the Answer as good as The Knife of Never Letting Go (oh god please better titles), it is so so much better. If the first book looks at altered history in isolated communities, this one is almost a psychological study in what humanity is capable of in the name of keeping your head down. This book, moreso than the first one, is what has me recommend the series only for more mature YA readers. There are some legitimately dark scenes of torture and […]
The review title is mostly in jest – if you’ve read my previous reviews, you know I love me some YA . In this case I’ve done myself a disservice because I’m reviewing it late and I’m most of the way through the second novel and they’re starting to blur together. I’m going to try to stick to The Knife of Never Letting Go (ugh, awful title). We start in a small village in a New World. Our narrator, Todd, is nearly 13 and his village of 146 people is entirely made up of men, and everyone can hear everyone else’s […]
Not everyone has to be the Chosen One. Not everyone has to be the guy who saves the world. Most people have to just live their lives the best they can, doing the things that are great for them, having great friends, trying to make their lives better, loving people properly. All the while knowing that the world makes no sense but trying to find a way to be happy anyway. (The Rest of Us Just Live Here, p. 216) It’s only fitting that I start 2018 with a review of a book that I began in 2017 and finished […]
Earlier this year, when someone posted an article on Facebook about the Icelandic tradition of Jolabokaflod (Yule book flood), my mom, sister, and I were like, “We’re so doing this.” What’s not to like about hunkering down on Christmas Eve, drinking cocoa, giving each other books, and then spending the evening reading. Thanks to Caitlin, I now have both the books and a mug to start this tradition. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!