Book Review: Hope and Other Punchlines

Abbi Hope Goldstein is like every other teenager, with a few smallish exceptions: her famous alter ego, Baby Hope, is the subject of internet memes, she has asthma, and sometimes people spontaneously burst into tears when they recognize her. Abbi has lived almost her entire life in the shadow of the terrorist attacks of September…

Book Review: Yes No Maybe So

This is a teen Rom-Com type book with an unusually meaningful plot. Jamie and Maya start out canvassing for a political race mostly for something to do. I thought this would sort of a light novel full of funny situations and teen shenanigans. Instead, I found it to be realistic and relevant to our current…

Book Review: Keystone

This story should be a classified dystopia, but we’re on our way to it being our legit reality.You’ve heard of “influencers,” well, imagine being accountable to your investors, every minute of every day of your life. Yeah. Ella’s Mom and Dad are full-time influencers after giving up acting for this new, more profitable career. They…

Book Review: Tweet Cute

This contemporary YA novel is also told in alternating points of view. It seems to be a 2020 trend. Anyway, I’m all there for it. This cute story has the two main characters in a Meg Ryan/Tom Hanks You’ve Got Mail type situation. The twist is that their parents each own a competing burger joint…

Book Review: The Night Country

Shop your local indie bookstore Here we are back in The Hinterland universe. Little mouse Scratch scratch Hasten to your home Lock and latch, do up the catch And pray that you’re alone… The Night Country Delightfully ominous, the prose creeps up on you until you aren’t sure whether to be proud of Alice or scared for…

Book Review: The Hazel Wood

Shop your local indie bookstore I don’t know what happened to my original review- but luckily it was over on Goodreads so I’m moving it here so that I can post my review of The Night Country next week. Self-rescuing princess for the win and not in a frilly pink princess way- but a dark…

Book Review: Sorcery of Thorns

All sorcerers are evil. Elisabeth has known that as long as she has known anything. Raised as a foundling in one of Austermeer’s Great Libraries, Elisabeth has grown up among the tools of sorcery—magical grimoires that whisper on shelves and rattle beneath iron chains. If provoked, they transform into grotesque monsters of ink and leather….

Book Review: Echo North

Echo Alkaev’s safe and carefully structured world falls apart when her father leaves for the city and mysteriously disappears. Believing he is lost forever, Echo is shocked to find him half-frozen in the winter forest six months later, guarded by a strange talking wolf—the same creature who attacked her as a child. The wolf presents…

Book Review: We Set The Dark On Fire

Ah, this novel checks all my boxes: Own Voices? Check LGBTQ Rep? Check Smashing the Patriarchy? Check Cool Dystopian, yet realistic setting? Check Dani hides her poor background/illegal immigration status to get accepted into a sort of Wife Training Academy (Medio School for Girls) for high-class women. While they are there, they study to be…