Source: ALA


Mar 19
Bite-Sized Reviews of Geekerella, Peasprout Chen: Future Legend of Skate and Sword, and The Crossover and Rebound

Bite-Sized Reviews of Geekerella, Peasprout Chen: Future Legend of Skate and Sword, and The Crossover and Rebound

Reviews 12

I’ve got three reviews for you today: a YA contemporary, a MG fantasy, and two MG verse novels in a series. I hope these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction! I’ve been meaning to read this book for forever because so many of my blogger friends love it. A book about fandoms is pretty much guaranteed to be a win because so many of us have been in that place of adoring a book series or movie or TV show so much that we just can’t bear to see anyone ruin the story for us! Think of all those book to movie adaptations and all the fans who are just begging the producers to be gentle with their favorite story! I loved the focus on geekdom, of course–the title pretty much tells you what you’re getting into. These are people who LOVE their show and they’re not afraid… Read more »


Oct 15
Bite-Sized Reviews of Listen to Your Heart, Warcross & Wildcard, Girls Like Us

Bite-Sized Reviews of Listen to Your Heart, Warcross & Wildcard, Girls Like Us

Reviews 20 ★★★★

I’ve got four audiobook reviews for you today: a YA contemp, a YA science fiction duology and a non-fiction(!). I hope these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction! This book is quintessential Kasie West. A sweet YA romance that sweeps you up and carries you away. The book prominently features a strong family unit (a whole extended family of people who actually care about each other—hard to believe, right?), a well-earned and slow-burning romance, and a friendship that is strong enough to outlast any boy troubles. When everything (inevitably) blows up in Kate’s face at the climax of the book, people in her life are understandably hurt, but none of her relationships are destroyed by it—but it doesn’t feel like the consequences get glossed over; instead, we see how the strength of those relationships has been built up over time and how they can weather a few… Read more »


May 22
Refugee by Alan Gratz: A Dual Review with AJ @ Read All the Things

Refugee by Alan Gratz: A Dual Review with AJ @ Read All the Things

Dual Reviews, Reviews 16 ★★★★½

(No actual dueling—or even arm-twisting—was involved. Don’t worry, this is a dual review, not a duel review. Sorry if you’re disappointed.) AJ @ Read All the Things was the latest winner of my Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up “Make Me Read It” giveaway, and she chose to make me read Refugee by Alan Gratz. I was very happy with the selection since I’d been meaning to read this one for quite a while. I read the book and then bought a copy for AJ (since I wanted to hold onto mine), and we did a dual review together. Read on to see what we thought of the book… AJ and I both loved this book! I will say right up front that the book is sad. That shouldn’t be a surprise, considering the subject matter, but I mention it as a trigger warning, in case you have kids like my daughter, who has a hard time processing… Read more »


Mar 16
Bite-Sized Reviews of I Believe in a Thing Called Love, Deception So Dark and Some Kind of Happiness

Bite-Sized Reviews of I Believe in a Thing Called Love, Deception So Dark and Some Kind of Happiness

Reviews 30 ★★★★½

I’ve got three bite-sized reviews for you today: two YA and a MG. I hope these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction! This middle grade book tackles some very heavy topics, focusing on Finley’s anxiety and depression. It also covers divorce, family schisms, mysterious deaths, and secret-keeping. The result is a somewhat dark, but ultimately hopeful middle grade read. First off, I want to say that I think Legrand does an excellent job of describing Finley’s feelings of depression and her self-doubt and anxiety that often stem from that. She realizes that she shouldn’t feel so sad all the time, and she feels a lot of guilt over that—she feels like there’s something wrong with her and that she doesn’t deserve her family’s love or affection because of it. Then, of course, she struggles with her parents’ broken relationship and a whole mess of secrets that unfold as the… Read more »


Feb 17
Bite-Sized Reviews of The Belles and The Ambrose Deception

Bite-Sized Reviews of The Belles and The Ambrose Deception

Reviews 36 ★★★★

I’ve got two bite-sized reviews for you today: a YA new release and a MG contemp. I hope these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction! The central messages in this book are fabulous! The book highlights our images of beauty and how far we will go to attain them. This is a society that sees itself as “ugly,” so people will endure great pain (and spend tons of money) in order to “fix” themselves. This is such an interesting commentary on our world, and not that far off from the truth. How many people will go to great extents to achieve a certain standard of beauty? We’re sort of obsessed. Camellia’s personal desire to be the Favorite (an official title of the Belle that works for the royal family) leads to a break in her relationship with her best friend (who is basically family). And then there’s… 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 »


Jan 18
Bite-Sized Reviews of Love, Hate & Other Filters, Chaos in Kadoma Ward, and Harry Potter & the Cursed Child

Bite-Sized Reviews of Love, Hate & Other Filters, Chaos in Kadoma Ward, and Harry Potter & the Cursed Child

Reviews 30

I’ve got four bite-sized reviews for you today, and these are pretty varied in theme, genre and format. I hope these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction! I was so excited about it when I got this book at ALA last year that I immediately sat down and started reading it in line. This was the only book that inspired me to do that (even though I was surrounded by books and had plenty of long lines to sit in). And I absolutely loved it. I finished the book upon returning home from ALA and felt like I’d just read something important—a book that opened my eyes to another culture and the struggle that many Muslim Americans face in America. The book is told mostly from Maya’s POV, but we also get short sections interspersed from the perspective of the person who eventually turns Maya’s life upside down…. Read more »


Jan 03
A Distant Heart by Sonali Dev: Review & Giveaway

A Distant Heart by Sonali Dev: Review & Giveaway

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 16

Today I’m participating in the tour for A Distant Heart by Sonali Dev. I’ve been meaning to read her books for years, partly because she’s a local author and partly because I heard her speak on a diversity panel at RT a few years back, and she caught my attention there (I can’t remember anyone else on the panel, but I distinctly remember her). I picked up a copy of her latest at ALA and thought this would be a great way to jump into her books! I’m starting with my review of A Distant Heart, since that’s the book for the tour, but check the blog tomorrow for reviews of the other three books in the series! ***NOTE: This book is the fourth in the series, but I’ve tried to keep the review spoiler-free for all of the other books. The book can easily be read as a standalone,… Read more »


Dec 13
The Evaporation of Sofi Snow: Review and Giveaway

The Evaporation of Sofi Snow: Review and Giveaway

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 6 ★★★★

The Evaporation of Sofi Snow is a fantastic blend of intelligent and unique sci fi that doesn’t get so technical that you get lost in the details. This is my favorite type of sci-fi: there are enough technical details to make it all feel real, but not so many that I feel like my brain is overflowing with it. For me, that makes for an altogether enjoyable sci-fi read! What Fed My Addiction: All the mysteries. This book is filled with mysteries that get unpacked as the book progresses. Who are the Delonese and what do they want with humans? Who took Shilo and what are they doing to him (and why)? Who set off the bomb that almost killed Sofi? What happened between Sofi and Miguel in the past? Who is blackmailing Miguel and what exactly do they have on him? All of these questions kept me turning the pages and made… Read more »


Nov 18
Bite-Sized Reviews of The November Girl, Haven, and The Magic Misfits

Bite-Sized Reviews of The November Girl, Haven, and The Magic Misfits

Reviews 10

I’ve got three bite-sized reviews today. Two YA and a MG. My mom did the review of November Girl for me. (I plan to read it too since she really enjoyed it, but I’m swamped right now.) I hope these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction!     This is the story of Hector and Anda, an abused teenage half-Korean, half-black boy who feels he doesn’t fit in with the people around him and a mysterious girl who lives on Isle Royale year-round, even when everyone else leaves for the winter. First, let me say I was impressed with the way the author was able to draw my attention and make me interested in the story from the very beginning. I didn’t read the blurb before I read the book, so for me the story was more of a mystery than it would have been if I ‘d… Read more »