Genre: Short Stories


Nov 29
Bite-Sized Reviews of Sick Kids in Love, Slay, Look Both Ways, Parker Looks Up, & Missions to Mars

Bite-Sized Reviews of Sick Kids in Love, Slay, Look Both Ways, Parker Looks Up, & Missions to Mars

Reviews 12 ★★★★½

  I’ve got five reviews for you today: two YA contemporaries, a MG book of contemporary short stories, a picture book and a non-fiction kids’ book. I hope these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction! This book shines a (glaring) spotlight on ableism. The main characters, Isabel and Sasha both have chronic illnesses that aren’t life-threatening (at least not directly) but are serious. Isabel has rheumatoid arthritis and lives in near-constant pain. She decided long ago that she didn’t want to be in a relationship—her life is just too complicated, and she knows darn well that she’s not always the most cheerful companion. But when she meets Sasha, her feelings start to change. Sasha has Gaucher Disease, an illness that puts him in the hospital often. Isabel relates to Sasha in a way she hasn’t with anyone else—he understands her, and he understands the challenges of… Read more »


Aug 03
Bite-Sized Reviews of Bring Me Their Hearts, The Mermaid, and A Thousand Beginnings and Endings

Bite-Sized Reviews of Bring Me Their Hearts, The Mermaid, and A Thousand Beginnings and Endings

Reviews 22 ★★★★½

I’ve got three reviews for you today, one YA fantasy, one historical fantasy (or paranormal, I guess?), and one collection of short stories. I hope these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction! I wasn’t sure what to expect with this book, but I knew I liked it right from the start. Zera is full of snark—just the way I like my YA MCs. I loved the fact that she was a sort of reluctant hero. She’s badass, but we also saw her truly genuine goodness underneath the mask that she holds up to hide her pain. Some of the elements of the story were predictable, I have to admit (hmmm… Zera’s supposed to make the prince fall for her and then steal his heart, I wonder how that’s going to turn out for her?), but I still enjoyed pretty much every minute of the journey. And… Read more »


Feb 07
Bite-Sized Reviews of Dare Mighty Things & Welcome Home

Bite-Sized Reviews of Dare Mighty Things & Welcome Home

Reviews 16 ★★★½

I’ve got two bite-sized reviews for you today: a YA audiobook and a YA anthology. I hope these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction! I had high hopes for Dare Mighty Things, but when I started reading it originally, I was in a reading slump and couldn’t get into it. I eventually put the book down and then got the audiobook from the library. This was a good choice for me for this book. I enjoyed the narration by Soneela Nankani—I thought it enlivened the story since the MC’s (Cass’s) voice can be a little dry (she is a very logical thinker and, especially at the beginning of the book is a bit detached from others and from her own emotions). The story was somewhat similar to Nyxia, and I’ll confess that I had a hard time not comparing the two in my mind (often). But this… Read more »


Dec 19
Meet Cute: Some People Are Destined to Meet: Anthology Review

Meet Cute: Some People Are Destined to Meet: Anthology Review

Reviews 12 ★★★★

This fun anthology gives us the genesis of fourteen different relationships (or, at least, possible relationships). Most of the stories are contemporaries, but there are a few fantasy/sci fi stories to tempt those of us who like to escape reality now and again! I wrote down a quick review of each story as I read the anthology because they’re all so different, it’s hard to review the book as a whole. Here are my thoughts on my favorites: “Siege Etiquette” by Katie Cotugno This little story was a surprise, told in second-person POV. The story centers around two characters who’ve known each other their whole lives but find a connection while hiding out from the police at an underage party (in the bathroom). The story was a lot less “cute” than bittersweet, but I loved how much story Cotugno managed to stuff into such a small package! “Click” by Katharine… Read more »


Apr 15
The Daydreamer Detective by S.J. Pajonas – Review (Plus Bite-Sized Reviews of Her Short Stories)

The Daydreamer Detective by S.J. Pajonas – Review (Plus Bite-Sized Reviews of Her Short Stories)

Reviews 6 ★★★★

I don’t really read Cozy Mysteries, but when I heard that Pajonas was writing one, I knew that I’d be jumping into the genre – I’ll pretty much read anything Pajonas writes because I LOVE the Japanese culture that she infuses into her bo0ks. Anyone out there who’s looking for diverse books for a challenge (or just because) should check out hers! (Here’s a list of Pajonas’s books I’ve reviewed, which is most of them.) This book followed Mei, whose life is at a bit of a crossroads. She’s lost (another) job and has to move back home with her mother to work on their farm in a small Japanese village. She’s not thrilled at the prospect. But once she gets there, she finds that things are not as boring as she imagined they’d be. First off, her best friend’s father is murdered, and Mei makes it her mission to find… Read more »


May 07
Review – Sucker Literary Volume III by Hannah R. Goodman

Review – Sucker Literary Volume III by Hannah R. Goodman

Reviews 0

Title: Sucker Literary Volume III Editor: Hannah R. Goodman Published: April 15, 2014 Pages: 204 Goodreads Rating: 4.00 Stars My Rating: 4.5/5 Stars My Content Rating: Mature YA (Some mature themes such as sex, abuse, LGBT, death, etc.) Summary from Goodreads: Bullied and alone, Ainsley seeks refuge in the arms of a strange boy. Time is slipping away for overachieving Sadie Lin, but reigniting an old flame might help. Scarred by a pressuring ex, Alexandra finally faces the rain. “Pasty and chubby” Charlotte makes a public play for the “Tan and Smooth” king. The beautiful girl in the black, lacy push-up bra says that it’s time for Brenn to stop lying . . . at least to herself. A halfway house is no home for Dawn—or is it? How will Dana survive knowing everyone at school thinks she’s a monster, when they just may be right? JJ and her crush finally get a moment alone—at his girlfriend’s hottest… Read more »