I’ve never read any of Danielle Vega’s books, but I’ve heard she writes some pretty scary stuff. I decided to give her newest book a shot to see if it scared me. Unfortunately (Or should I say fortunately?), the book was not very scary for me. Hendricks and her family- mom, dad, and baby brother- just moved to their very small town. Her parents flip old houses for a living, sell them, then move on to the next. Something about Steele House makes them decide to stay. For Hendricks, it’s a chance to start over. We find out through the […]
It’s the summer before senior year, and Elouise/Lou is determined to make it the best, most epic summer yet. This plan centers on winning over long-time crush Nick. They work together at Magic Castle Playland, a small local amusement park. Nick is one of the diving pirates, but Lou has spent her two years serving as a hot dog outside the food stands. Unfortunately, Nick has a girlfriend, the pretty, nice, literally-plays-Cinderella Jessa. How is a hot dog supposed to compete with that? Other than her tragic lack of love life, Lou has to face the unfortunate truth that Magic […]
“I believe in love at first sight. Fate, the universe, all of it. But not how you’re thinking. I don’t mean it in the our souls were split and you’re my other half forever and ever sort of way. I just think you’re meant to meet some people. I think the universe nudges them into your path.” Arthur is staying in New York for the summer while interning at his mom’s law office. While out getting coffee one day, he runs into the boy of his dreams at the post office. This boy is going to send a package back […]
Two things: 1. Not really sure why this is called Shadow and Bone? Sounds very dramatic, but not super relevant to actual plot or theme. Things with “bone” in the title were very in in 2012, I guess? 2. Very glad this series wasn’t my first exposure to Bardugo’s writing. I said this in a Goodreads status update, but although it’s not badly written, it’s nothing special either. Pretty standard YA fantasy with attending tropes and such, with flairs here and there of interesting worldbuilding. I’m giving it a little slack for being published in 2012 before I OD’ed on […]
Here is the start of my Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicles volumes 1-6 journey if you’re curious as to how this started. The manga is rated 13+ but when I let my seven year old start reading it I couldn’t think of anything that would be inappropriate. However, on this re-read I believe the rating is due to alcohol consumption. It doesn’t happen often but the characters do indulge from time to time. And as the ages of Syaoran and Sakura are not stated, and they seem to be in their teens, it would appear that there is underage drinking. Volume 7 […]
I began reading and collecting Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle when it was first released in 2004. It is written and drawn by my favorite manga collective, CLAMP, a four woman team of artists and writers. Over the years I slowed down my collecting but always intended to get the entire series. When Borders went out of business, I grabbed as many of my missing volumes as they had but was four short of all twenty-eight. Fast forward quite a few years later and my eight year old started reading the series and was very put out that I didn’t have all the […]
The US has been ravaged by war and disease (and war over disease) and Noam Álvaro is sixteen and the child of Atlantean (Georgia, that is, not Atlantis) illegal immigrants to Carolina who is involved in the Atlantean Rights movement — until he, too, falls sick with the Fever. Unlike most of the population, however, Noam survives — and wakes up a technomancer, with the ability to talk to computer systems and all manner of technology. And then things get worse.
I’ve confessed before that I have a habit of buying books based on their covers. I totally bought this book based on the cover. I read the summary and I was like “hm.. it’s probably YA” and I don’t tend to buy YA these days, but then I said “I don’t care- that cover art!” So, it is YA, and like the cover, it’s very, very good YA. I’d say it wears it’s inspiration from Jeff VanderMeer’s Annihilation trilogy proudly, and does a lot of the things his books did successfully but with it’s own spin. This deserves to be […]