Recap of Books Read in January 2018 (29!!)

I'm not joking when I say I live vicariously through books.  I love pretending I'm in a place I've never been or once again visiting somewhere I have been.  I love pretending that I'm a better and brighter version of myself, which I can do by placing myself inside the story.  Of course, some characters … Continue reading Recap of Books Read in January 2018 (29!!)

“Hanna Who Fell From the Sky” by Christopher Meades ★★★★ [Expected Release Date: 9-26-17]

[I received an advanced digital copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.] Hanna is an innocent girl on the cusp of her 18th birthday, unaware of her own beauty and confused by the lascivious looks and hateful glares she receives from the men and women in her small community. Although … Continue reading “Hanna Who Fell From the Sky” by Christopher Meades ★★★★ [Expected Release Date: 9-26-17]

“The Madman’s Daughter” by Megan Shepherd ★★★★

The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd #1 The Madman's Daughter Trilogy Audio narrated by Lucy Raynor 4* setting: 1895, London & an unnamed tropical island somewhere off the coast of Australia My, oh my, oh my. (Picture me rubbing my hands together in glee.) I just happened across this novel while searching for the word … Continue reading “The Madman’s Daughter” by Megan Shepherd ★★★★

“We Were Liars” by E. Lockhart ★★★★★

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart Audio narrated by Ariadne Meyers Poignant story of a group of privileged kids who spend every summer together on a private island off the coast of Massachusetts; their friendship beginning when they are around 8 years old. They are the best of friends during those holidays, and over the years … Continue reading “We Were Liars” by E. Lockhart ★★★★★

“The Maze Runner” (#1 Maze Runner) by James Dashner ★★★

Fairly good premise for a dystopian YA novel.  A group of teenage boys in a dangerous world full of creatures called Grievers that kill anyone who is caught outside of the boys' home base ("The Glade") after the immense walls close up at night.  Each kid is given a different job in the Glade (gardening, … Continue reading “The Maze Runner” (#1 Maze Runner) by James Dashner ★★★

“Flight” by Sherman Alexie ★★★★

Narrated in first person by "Zits," a 15yo half-Irish, half- American Indian boy, we are able to see into the mind of a Native American kid who was abandoned by his father at birth, and then orphaned by cancer when his mother died when he was six.  He desperately feels the loss of both.  He's … Continue reading “Flight” by Sherman Alexie ★★★★

“Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library” by Chris Grabenstein ★★★★

You often see references to this book as a combination of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Night at the Museum, which is an apt description. Luigi Lemoncello, an eccentric, Willy Wonka-type man, builds a new library in Alexandriaville, Ohio.  As a special treat before the grand opening, he offers the opportunity for a select … Continue reading “Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library” by Chris Grabenstein ★★★★

“The Selection” by Kiera Cass ★★★★

  I know this series gets both good and bad reviews, so I am prefacing my thoughts about this book with one request:  Keep in mind that it is a YA novel.  It is meant for a younger audience so we adult readers should give it a break, just like we did with Hunger Games, The Maze Runner, all of John … Continue reading “The Selection” by Kiera Cass ★★★★

“The Outsiders” by S.E. Hinton ★★★★

Bittersweet YA novel centering around three brothers raising themselves after their parents were killed, and their friendship with a group of boys from the wrong side of the tracks. Ponyboy, Sodapop, and Darrel "Darry" Curtis are doing the best they can to avoid being split up into foster homes.  Darry had to pass up a … Continue reading “The Outsiders” by S.E. Hinton ★★★★