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This book literally changed the way I think about what science fiction is. Dana's journey back in time is compelling and totally terrifying. Time trav ...more
Jun 29, 2011
Jun 29, 2011
Reckless (Mirrorworld, #1)
It took me awhile to get into this book. In a way, however, this is a good thing - Funke doesn't spell everything out for her audience, we jump right ...more
Nov 20, 2010
Nov 22, 2010
Giants Beware!
So much fun. And such a fantastically slatebreaking story. Actually, I kept finding myself imagining this as an animated movie while I was reading it ...more
Apr 23, 2012
Apr 23, 2012
Sisterhood Everlasting (Sisterhood, #5)
**spoiler alert** It's so hard to decide how I felt about this book! I genuinely think the first two books in this YA series are great, and the second ...more
Jun 17, 2011
May 04, 2011
The Patterns of Paper Monsters
Really well written, and honest narrative. Didn't give the characters false hope or positivity, but didn't get trapped in moroseness either. Plus the ...more
Nov 13, 2010
Nov 14, 2010
Insatiable (Insatiable, #1)
This book is what it is. And it has that cover, which is unfortunate, seeing as even as this was legitimately catalogued in the ADULT fiction section, ...more
Apr 26, 2011
Apr 29, 2011
Feeling Sorry for Celia (Ashbury/Brookfield, #1)
I've read, and really liked all of Jaclyn Moriarty's other books. Yet somehow, I had missed this one! And it might even be my favorite of all of them. ...more
Dec 28, 2011
Dec 29, 2011
Things You Either Hate or Love
I wanted to read more Australian YA after finishing The Piper's Son, and this one was ok, but nothing exceptional. Likable enough main character, but ...more
Feb 10, 2011
Feb 13, 2011
The Flight of Gemma Hardy
I was truly impressed by how much this felt like its own story, even as it was a pretty close retelling of Jane Eyre. Plot-wise, it stuck almost exact ...more
Mar 09, 2012
Mar 10, 2012
Orphan Train
I always like reading about this moment in history - there's something inherently compelling about it. With this book, I found that the historical nar ...more
Dec 28, 2013
Dec 28, 2013
Daughter of the Forest  (Sevenwaters, #1)
Because it came highly recommended on The Book Smugglers & some other blogs I tried this one, even though it's more genre-specific fantasy than I ...more
Jan 24, 2013
Jan 25, 2013
Not That Kind of Girl
Here we have yet another terrible, misleading cover and title, disguising the fact that this book is awesome, funny and feminist! I love the main two ...more
Jan 12, 2011
Jan 12, 2011
Jessica Darling's It List: The (Totally Not) Guaranteed Guide to Popularity, Prettiness & Perfection
OMG, I am SO GLAD that this prequel was good. I was nervous. I shouldn't have been. I should have put more trust in Megan McCafferty and the amazingne ...more
Sep 11, 2013
Mar 13, 2013
Beauty Queens
This is my book crush of the summer, probably of the year. Libba Bray is an absolute freaking genius. I want Mindy Kaling to adapt this book into a sc ...more
Jun 24, 2011
Mar 06, 2011
Wow. This book is an extraordinary piece of art and literature. I have literally never encountered anything like it, and it took my breath away. There ...more
Sep 29, 2011
Jun 13, 2011
Zora and Me
A little slow to start, but ultimately pretty enjoyable. The authors did a great job of making this story completely about the character of Zora as a ...more
Jan 25, 2011
Jan 25, 2011
How Did You Get This Number
Crosley's essays often literally make me laugh out loud, in public. I want to be her friend, because reading this collection of essays is like hanging ...more
Dec 15, 2010
Dec 16, 2010
Rose Sees Red
Cecil Castellucci is a very hip writer. Not self consciously so, not in the way that the reader is made uncomfortable by overly aware posturing. But t ...more
Oct 16, 2010
Oct 22, 2010
Princess Academy (Princess Academy, #1)
I really like Shannon Hale, because she really knows how to do a non-stupid Princess story. She doesn't write retellings, but instead she creates a fu ...more
Aug 27, 2012
Aug 29, 2012
The Summer Before Boys
I liked this book, and thought it captured emotional moments beautifully. The major flaw, I found, was the voice. It was in a present tense child's vo ...more
May 16, 2012
May 17, 2012
The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox
Sad and disturbing and captivating. An intricately told family story - every detail was important, many of which I didn't even realize until after I h ...more
May 19, 2011
May 26, 2011
The Red Umbrella
Loved the characters and the way the family relationships were written, but was uncertain about the portrayal of 1960s Cuba - it seemed a little black ...more
Jun 26, 2011
Jun 29, 2011
The Illumination
Exquisitely written with a fascinating concept. Two fascinating concepts, actually. The illuminating light of the title, and the book of love notes th ...more
Jun 06, 2011
Jun 08, 2011
Hush, Hush (Hush, Hush, #1)
**spoiler alert** UGH. Like Twilight, but but with fallen angels. Can we please stop with the "I'm drawn to him because he's sexy and I think he might ...more
Sep 15, 2010
Sep 19, 2010
The Thirteenth Tale
I read this book & loved it when it first came out, and I was pleased to find that it still held up for a re-read. Actually, knowing some of the s ...more
Nov 25, 2011
Nov 27, 2011
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
I read this in high school, and loved it a LOT. I re-read it, knowing the movie's coming out and wanting it to be fresh in my mind. It's still good - ...more
Sep 03, 2012
Sep 04, 2012
The Trouble with May Amelia (May Amelia, #2)
**spoiler alert** I love the way Jennifer Holm writes historical fiction. I think she's one of the best writers I've encountered at bringing contempor ...more
Sep 02, 2011
Apr 29, 2011
Cleopatra's Moon
Utterly compelling historical fiction. The research Vicky Shecter put in is obvious and she spins a great story as well. Cleopatra Selene (daughter of ...more
Feb 05, 2012
Feb 05, 2012
REALLY interesting concept, and I was engaged throughout the story, wanting to know what happened next. Stylistically very cool, there were some breat ...more
Jun 15, 2009
Jun 18, 2009
The Thief (The Queen's Thief, #1)
This book and its sequels get such good reviews that I've been meaning to start it for ages. I liked it well enough, but I am hoping that it gets bett ...more
May 25, 2011
May 26, 2011