Book Review: The Siren by Kiera Cass

The Siren was the first book written by Kiera Cass, author of The Selection series. It was originally self-published, but after the author's success, was bought by HarperCollins, re-edited and re-released in January 2016. I totally devoured this book. I loved every word of it. Light yet deep, haunting but addicting and seriously page-turning. The story follows … Continue reading Book Review: The Siren by Kiera Cass

Book Review: Moonglass by Jessi Kirby

Moonglass (2011) is a beautiful coming-of-age novel for teens by Jessi Kirby. Sixteen-year-old Anna Ryan leaves behind the beach where she grew up... where her mother deliberately drowned herself... to a new California beach, full of old family history. Now living in her mother's childhood vacation spot, on the very shore where her parents had … Continue reading Book Review: Moonglass by Jessi Kirby

Book Review: Sirena by Donna Jo Napoli

Sirena (1998) is a YA novel by Donna Jo Napoli about a mermaid from Ancient Greece. Well-researched and keeping tightly in line with ancient mythology, this haunting, heartbreaking romance is perfect for lovers of Greek myths. Told in the first person, present tense, Napoli writes in beautiful, concise prose to describe the tragic life of Sirena, a mermaid. Contrary … Continue reading Book Review: Sirena by Donna Jo Napoli

Book Review: The Tail of Emily Windsnap by Liz Kessler

The Tail of Emily Windsnap (2003) by Liz Kessler is a middle-grade children's novel about mermaids. Our protagonist, Emily, takes swimming lessons at her new middle school, only to discover that, when fully immersed in water, she becomes a mermaid. Now, despite the fact that she lives on a boat in a beachfront town, she … Continue reading Book Review: The Tail of Emily Windsnap by Liz Kessler

Book Review: Life of Pi by Yann Martel

Life of Pi by Yann Martel begins with a boy named Pi, his family, and their zoo in 1970s India. I loved reading about Pi’s family, teachers, and religious explorations. My favorite aspect of this book was the spirituality. As a teen, Pi finds himself practicing multiple religions simultaneously. He also shares with the reader many … Continue reading Book Review: Life of Pi by Yann Martel

Book Review: To Catch A Pirate by Jade Parker

To Catch A Pirate is a merry, swashbuckling pirate-themed romance/adventure novel, penned by Jade Parker and published in May 2007. The paperback has since gone out of print, but I'm so happy to see it available in the e-market, for this novel was all-around perfect!! Our entertaining story, taking place in the 1720s, follows young heroine … Continue reading Book Review: To Catch A Pirate by Jade Parker

Book Review: Sea by Heidi R. Kling

Sea by Heidi R. Kling is another of my favorite novels. Fifteen-year-old Sienna “Sea” Jones has not been herself since her mother died in a plane crash over the Indian Ocean. Suffering from symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and being treated by her father, a psychologist, Sienna no longer body-boards in the ocean or engages … Continue reading Book Review: Sea by Heidi R. Kling

Book Review: Dear America: A Light in the Storm, The Civil War Diary of Amelia Martin (Fenwick Island, Delaware 1861) by Karen Hesse

Taking place during the onset of the Civl War in Delaware, a border state where both Union and Confederate sympathizers dwell among one another, this story follows sixteen-year-old Amelia ("Wickie") Martin, assistant to her father, an Assistant Light Keeper. Amelia is content with her life and her many chores and duties among family, school, and the … Continue reading Book Review: Dear America: A Light in the Storm, The Civil War Diary of Amelia Martin (Fenwick Island, Delaware 1861) by Karen Hesse