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: Origin (Robert Langdon #5) by Dan Brown

Origin (Penguin Random House, October 2017) is the latest installment of the Robert Langdon series by Dan Brown, following bestsellers Angels & Demons, The DaVinci Code, The Lost Symbol, and Inferno. However, the books can more or less be read out of order, as each adventure is separate and none really build upon the others … Continue reading Book Review: Origin (Robert Langdon #5) by Dan Brown

Book Review: Uncommon Criminals (Heist Society #2) by Ally Carter

Kat and the team are back in Uncommon Criminals (Disney-Hyperion 2011), the second installment of Ally Carter's Heist Society series. Now that Kat has established her line of thievery as a noble "Robin Hood" sort, she can't resist when a kind, elderly lady approaches her, begging Kat to right a decades-old wrong. Constance Miller beseeches Kat to … Continue reading Book Review: Uncommon Criminals (Heist Society #2) by Ally Carter

Book Review: Heist Society (#1) by Ally Carter

"...[T]his might be, in every way, a ghost hunt, a fool’s errand. The greatest con the greatest con man to never live had ever pulled." - 57% Since I so thoroughly enjoyed her Embassy Row series, I've embarked up Ally Carter's Heist Society trilogy. Heist Society (Disney-Hyperion, 2010) is the first book in this fun, YA … Continue reading Book Review: Heist Society (#1) by Ally Carter

Book Review: Amazon Lily by Theresa Weir

Another FAVORITE! Twenty-five years old and engaged, Corey is a Midwestern farm girl on an assignment from her church to visit the Amazon jungle and help out the natives there. Little does she know that her week in the Amazon will turn out to be edgier, steamier, and more dangerous than she could've ever expected. Asher Adams, … Continue reading Book Review: Amazon Lily by Theresa Weir

Book Review: Pretty Face by Mary Hogan

Pretty Face (2008) by Mary Hogan is a short teen fiction about Hayley, a teen who's self-conscious about her weight. Although people say she has a pretty face, being overweight in the vain land of Southern California isn't easy. Hayley’s family is also a little dysfunctional, with her overbearing mother constantly pressing Hayley to lose weight. … Continue reading Book Review: Pretty Face by Mary Hogan

Book Review: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

I adore this book, Anna and the French Kiss, by Stephanie Perkins! If you're looking for a fun teen romance involving international travel and lovable characters, this is it! Anna is an earnest, spunky Atlanta teen with a love for cinema. She dreams of becoming a film critic. She's also an endearing germophobe. Her BFF is a girl … Continue reading Book Review: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Book Review: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The Fault in Our Stars (2012) is a teen novel written by bestselling author John Green. Our narrator, Hazel, is a seventeen-year-old young woman coping with terminal thyroid cancer. At heart, Hazel is a reader, philosopher, and introspective person, wise beyond her limited years. But not unrealistically so (in her parents’ words, she can also … Continue reading Book Review: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Book Review: 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

13 Little Blue Envelopes (2005) by Maureen Johnson is a summer teen adventure about backpacking through Europe. Ginny is a shy teenager guided through a zigzagged tour of Europe by 13 letters her deceased Aunt Peg had left for her. Ginny is awkward and quiet, the opposite of her late aunt, a vivacious, eccentric artist. Aunt Peg wished for … Continue reading Book Review: 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

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: Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer

Everything is Illuminated, by Jonathan Safran Foer, is narrated in three alternating sections. First, by Jonathan Safran Foer (who shares the same name as the author but is not, in fact, the same person as the author). Jonathan is a young, Jewish aspiring novelist who sets off to Russia to find the woman who saved his grandfather … Continue reading Book Review: Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer