Fiction Read in 2021

Happy New Year! As always, last year was full of great reads. While I'm not keeping up the blog so actively anymore for individual book reviews, I'm still tracking my reading and excited to discuss the stories I've enjoyed. While I read mostly non-fiction last year, I did make time for 25 novels in various … Continue reading Fiction Read in 2021

Book Review: An Abundance of John Green

I'll start by saying I did not just recently discover John Green. I'd known about him since his guest appearances on PotterCast (going back to around 2008? 2009?), the NerdFighters, and The Fault in Our Stars, which I read and reviewed in 2013. I'd just never kept up with his other works.  I'm not exactly sure … Continue reading Book Review: An Abundance of John Green

Book Review: The Twin by Natasha Preston

*This review contains some mild, non-specific spoilers. The Twin by Natasha Preston is a dark teen novel published in March 2020. My local Barnes & Noble in Shelby Twp, Michigan had signed copies sitting out on a table in the YA section, and the opening pages intrigued me, so I purchased it. With the creepy-twin … Continue reading Book Review: The Twin by Natasha Preston

DNF: Pure by Catherine Mesick

Pure by Catherine Mesick is a 2014 indie-published YA urban fantasy novel. It is Book 1 of the Pure Series by Catherine Mesick. I think I found it on BookBub and was drawn by the absolutely gorgeous cover art. Also, it was free, so that didn't hurt! I found the opening chapters intriguing with the … Continue reading DNF: Pure by Catherine Mesick

Book Review: A Thousand Questions by Saadia Faruqi

Ah, these characters are going to stay with me for a while, I know it. A Thousand Questions (HarperCollins, October 2020) by Saadia Faruqi is one of those books where I so wished I could spend more time with the characters after the pages ran out. Mimi and Sakina are two seemingly very different eleven-year-old … Continue reading Book Review: A Thousand Questions by Saadia Faruqi

Book Review: All-American Muslim Girl by Nadine Jolie Courtney

All-American Muslim Girl is a 2019 YA novel by Nadine Jolie Courtney. This book was one of my random Barnes & Noble finds while perusing the shelves in the store the other day. (Don't worry; I didn't stay long and I had my Scholastic "I ❤ Reading!" mask on.) One fleeting glance at the blurb … Continue reading Book Review: All-American Muslim Girl by Nadine Jolie Courtney

Book Review: The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

As a lifelong lover of "Clue" (both the movie and the board game) and, more recently, a big fan of Knives Out, I was surprised I'd never heard of a little 1978 Newbery Medal winner called The Westing Game. I downloaded it on my Kindle and couldn't stop reading until the end. The Westing Game … Continue reading Book Review: The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

Book Review: The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall by Katie Alender

Title: The Dead Girls of Hysteria HallAuthor: Katie AlenderGenre: YA Horror/SuspensePage Count: 336 pagesPublisher: Scholastic PointRelease Date: August 30, 2016 Publisher’s Summary: Delia's new house isn't just a house. Long ago, it was the Piven Institute for the Care and Correction of Troubled Females -- an insane asylum nicknamed "Hysteria Hall." However, many of the inmates were not insane, just defiant … Continue reading Book Review: The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall by Katie Alender

Book Review: Obsidian (Lux: Book #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Title: ObsidianAuthor: Jennifer L. ArmentroutSeries: Lux (Book 1)Genre: Teen Paranormal Romance/Sci-FiPage Count: 400 pagesPublisher: Entangled TeenRelease Date: May 8, 2012 Publisher’s Summary: Starting over sucks. When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I'd pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring…until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and … Continue reading Book Review: Obsidian (Lux: Book #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Book Review: The Testing (Book #1) by Joelle Charbonneau

Title: The TestingAuthor: Joelle CharbonneauSeries: The Testing TrilogyGenre: YA DystopiaPage Count: 355 pagesPublisher: HMH Books for Young ReadersRelease Date: June 4, 2013 Publisher’s Summary: It’s graduation day for sixteen-year-old Malencia Vale, and the entire Five Lakes Colony (the former Great Lakes) is celebrating. All Cia can think about—hope for—is whether she’ll be chosen for The … Continue reading Book Review: The Testing (Book #1) by Joelle Charbonneau

Book Review: The Ransom of Mercy Carter by Caroline B. Cooney

Title: The Ransom of Mercy CarterAuthor: Caroline B. CooneyGenre: MG/YA Historical FictionPage Count: 258 pagesPublisher: Delacorte Books for Young ReadersRelease Date: August 9, 2011 Publisher’s Summary: Deerfield, Massachusetts is one of the most remote, and therefore dangerous, settlements in the English colonies. In 1704 an Indian tribe attacks the town, and Mercy Carter becomes separated … Continue reading Book Review: The Ransom of Mercy Carter by Caroline B. Cooney

Book Review: Where the Forest Meets the Stars by Glendy Vanderah

Title: Where the Forest Meets the StarsAuthor: Glendy VanderahGenre: Adult Contemporary Fiction, Romantic SuspensePage Count: 328 pagesPublisher: Lake Union PublishingRelease Date: March 1, 2019 Publisher’s Summary: After the loss of her mother and her own battle with breast cancer, Joanna Teale returns to her graduate research on nesting birds in rural Illinois, determined to prove … Continue reading Book Review: Where the Forest Meets the Stars by Glendy Vanderah

Book Review: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Title: Where the Crawdads SingAuthor: Delia OwensGenre: Adult Fiction, Women's FictionPage Count: 379 pagesPublisher: G.P. Putnam's SonsRelease Date: August 14, 2018 Publisher’s Summary: For years, rumors of the "Marsh Girl" have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals … Continue reading Book Review: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Book Review: Genesis Begins Again by Alicia D. Williams

Title: Genesis Begins AgainAuthor: Alicia D. WilliamsGenre: MG/YA Own Voices Contemporary FictionPage Count: 385 pagesPublisher: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy BooksRelease Date: January 15, 2019 Publisher’s Summary: There are ninety-six things Genesis hates about herself. She knows the exact number because she keeps a list. Like #95: Because her skin is so dark, people call her charcoal and … Continue reading Book Review: Genesis Begins Again by Alicia D. Williams

Book Review: What I Saw and How I Lied (*National Book Award Winner) by Judy Blundell

Title: What I Saw and How I LiedAuthor: Judy BlundellGenre: YA FictionPage Count: 300 pagesPublisher: ScholasticRelease Date: February 1, 2010 Publisher’s Summary: National Book Award Winner | When Evie's father returned home from World War II, the family fell back into its normal life pretty quickly. But Joe Spooner brought more back with him than … Continue reading Book Review: What I Saw and How I Lied (*National Book Award Winner) by Judy Blundell

Book Review: The Syrena Legacy Series (Books #1-3: Of Poseidon, Of Triton & Of Neptune) by Anna Banks

Title: Of Poseidon, Of Triton, Of NeptuneSeries: The Syrena LegacyAuthor: Anna BanksGenre: Teen Paranormal RomancePublisher: Feiwel & Friends (Macmillan)Release Date: Book 1: May 22, 2012My Thoughts: The Syrena Legacy is a 3-book series by Anna Banks consisting of the titles: Of Poseidon (Book 1), Of Triton (Book 2), and Of Neptune (Book 3). It is, … Continue reading Book Review: The Syrena Legacy Series (Books #1-3: Of Poseidon, Of Triton & Of Neptune) by Anna Banks

Book Review: Wish by Barbara O’Connor

Title: WishAuthor: Barbara O’ConnorGenre: MG FictionPage Count: 236 pagesPublisher: Farrar, Straus and GirouxRelease Date: August 30, 2016 Publisher’s Summary: Eleven-year-old Charlie Reese has been making the same secret wish every day since fourth grade. She even has a list of all the ways there are to make the wish, such as cutting off the pointed … Continue reading Book Review: Wish by Barbara O’Connor

Book Review: Winterborne Home for Vengeance and Valor by Ally Carter

Title: Winterborne Home for Vengeance and ValorAuthor: Ally CarterGenre: MG MysteryPage Count: 336 pagesPublisher: HMH Books for Young ReadersRelease Date: March 3, 2020 Publisher’s Summary: April didn't mean to start the fire. She wasn’t the one who broke the vase. April didn’t ask to go live in a big, creepy mansion with a bunch of … Continue reading Book Review: Winterborne Home for Vengeance and Valor by Ally Carter

Book Review: Guardian (Book #1) by A.J. Messenger

Title: GuardianAuthor: A.J. MessengerSeries: The Guardian Series: Book 1Genre: Teen Paranormal RomancePage Count: 261 pagesPublisher: Independently publishedRelease Date: May 18, 2014 Publisher’s Summary: Eighteen-year-old Declan Jane is just trying to make it through senior year in San Mar, the Northern California coastal town she's lived in all her life. Perpetually under the radar, she's surprised … Continue reading Book Review: Guardian (Book #1) by A.J. Messenger

Book Review: The Similars Series (The Similars & The Pretenders) by Rebecca Hanover

What happens when you take a futuristic YA dystopia and mash it up with clones and elite kids at a prestigious academy? You get the absolutely flippin’ awesome, unputdownable duet by Rebecca Hanover, The Similars (Book 1) and The Pretenders (Book 2). We meet Emmaline when she’s reeling from the recent suicide of her best … Continue reading Book Review: The Similars Series (The Similars & The Pretenders) by Rebecca Hanover

Book Review: Where the Sea Takes Me (Sea: Book #2) by Heidi R. Kling

Where the Sea Takes Me (Entangled Teen, June 2018) is the sequel to Where I Found You, formerly published as Sea, by Heidi R. Kling. You can view my glowing review of Sea here. Now, I’m not taking credit for this sequel happening. Buuut, back in 2012, I *did* email the author bursting at the … Continue reading Book Review: Where the Sea Takes Me (Sea: Book #2) by Heidi R. Kling

Book Review: The Rose Legacy (Book #1) by Jessica Day George

Title: The Rose LegacyAuthor: Jessica Day GeorgeSeries: Rose Legacy: Book 1Page Count: 288 pagesGenre: MG FantasyPublisher: Bloomsbury Children’s BooksRelease Date: May 1, 2018 Publisher’s Summary: When orphaned Anthea Cross-Thornley receives a letter from a long-lost uncle, she wonders if she will finally find a true home. But she is shocked to learn that her uncle … Continue reading Book Review: The Rose Legacy (Book #1) by Jessica Day George

Book Review: The Storm Runner (Book #1) by J.C. Cervantes

Title: Storm RunnerAuthor: J.C. CervantesSeries: Storm Runner: Book 1Page Count: 449 pagesGenre: MG/YA Mythology FictionPublisher: Disney HyperionRelease Date: September 18, 2018 Publisher’s Summary: A contemporary adventure based on Maya mythology from Rick Riordan Presents and New York Times bestselling author J. C. Cervantes! Zane has always enjoyed exploring the dormant volcano near his home in … Continue reading Book Review: The Storm Runner (Book #1) by J.C. Cervantes

Book Review: Pollyanna by Eleanor H. Porter

I was sick throughout a lot of last winter (2019), and it was the most I could do to lie in bed and listen to audio books. I discovered Mary Anderson’s free reading Pollyanna through LibriVox, and was hooked from Chapter 1. Pollyanna Whittier is an optimistic little girl who has endured great trials in … Continue reading Book Review: Pollyanna by Eleanor H. Porter

Book Review: Song for a Whale by Lynne Kelly

Title: Song for a WhaleAuthor: Lynne KellyPage Count: 224 pagesGenre: MG FictionPublisher: Delacorte Books for Young ReadersRelease Date: February 5, 2019 Publisher’s Summary: From fixing the class computer to repairing old radios, twelve-year-old Iris is a tech genius. But she's the only deaf person in her school, so people often treat her like she's not … Continue reading Book Review: Song for a Whale by Lynne Kelly