I have always loved Little Women, from when I first read it in third grade, and its 2019 adaptation rekindled my inner fangirl. Retellings of this beloved classic are few and far between, but Jo and Laurie was a fun and unexpectedly emotional reimagining of what might have happened if Jo had accepted Laurie’s proposal.Continue reading “Review: Jo and Laurie by Margaret Stohl & Melissa de la Cruz”
Siege and Storm was a fantastic sequel that I definitely enjoyed more than the first book. All of our original characters go through a lot of character development, and the addition of one infamous privateer to the crew considerably upped the sass levels.Continue reading “Review: Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo”
Hello, everybody! I’m back with a new theme and a new book to review. I finished reading The Tempest pretty quickly, thanks to SparkNotes’s wonderful plain English translation. And, oh boy, was it a storm (PUN INTENDED) of drama.
While I was reading, I kept thinking that if this were a book published in the 21st century, it would get slammed really hard for its slightly (?) outdated plot elements. So today, I’m trying something new by marketing The Tempest by William Shakespeare as a YA book.Continue reading “Contemporary Classics: The Tempest as a YA Book”
I had heard so many great things about Patrick Ness’s books before picking up The Rest of Us Just Live Here, so my expectations were considerably high. This book did not disappoint me, and I’m definitely going to be picking up more of Ness’s books.Continue reading “Review: The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness”
Jennifer A. Nielsen’s books just have that perfectly wholesome blend of politics, friendship, romance, and brilliance. This three-in-one volume of the Ascendance Series was no exception. I had an incredible time in Carthya with Sage as he navigates affairs of state, first love, and betrayals all while war brews in the background.
Let me set the scene.
I am reading the final chapter of They Went Left by Monica Hesse at the kitchen table. Tears are trickling from my eyes when suddenly my mom bursts out laughing from the kitchen. She says watching me read a book is nothing short of a comedy show.
… thanks, Mom.
I sacrificed my dignity and my dinner time to finish They Went Left, and it was so, so, so worth it.Continue reading “Review: They Went Left by Monica Hesse”
Despite its barely-over-200 page count, Dear Martin was such a powerful book. Reading about the struggles that Justyce — and so many people of color in the United States — go through made me frustrated, furious, stunned, and hopeful all at once.
The deed has been done. I have officially fallen in love with A Song of Ice and Fire. A Storm of Swords was, in my opinion, the best of the series so far, and the plot twists and (OMG) THE DEATHS were up there in terms of quantity.Continue reading “Review: A Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin”
You know those books that warm your heart and seem to fill you up to the brim with something you didn’t know you were missing? Yes or no, What I Carry by Jennifer Longo is one of those books. There were some things that kept it from a 4-star rating, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.Continue reading “Review: What I Carry by Jennifer Longo”
I had absolutely no intention of starting the Song of Ice and Fire series, until a well-meaning teacher of mine oh-so-casually handed me a 835-page copy of the first installment, saying the series was one of his favorites. I still probably wouldn’t have read it, if not for the sword on the cover staring accusingly at me whenever I was in my room. And so my journey with the Starks began.Continue reading “Review: A Game of Thrones & A Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin”