Contemporary Realistic Fiction · Review · Young Adult

American Panda by Gloria Chao | Book Review

Through a combination of reading the synopsis and several reviews, I decided that I wanted to borrow American Panda, by Gloria Chao, from the library and read it. Having graduated high school a year early, Mei is starting her first semester at MIT on the pre-med path her Taiwanese parents chose for her. She struggles….

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Modern Fantasy · Review · Young Adult

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi | Audiobook Review

After reading very little young adult fantasy for a while, it was wonderful to read Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi, read by Bahni Turpin. Inspired by West African mythology, Adeyemi created a world where the magic-users, Magi, have been oppressed and magic has been almost wiped off the face of the earth. Zélie….

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5 YA Books Where Letters Are Important to the Plot

*This post contains links to book reviews on this blog. Letters tend to be personal messages to oneself or to someone important to them. In the case of literature, they can make up the entire story, drive the plot, show character development, and many other things. Today I am listing five young adult books where letters… Continue reading 5 YA Books Where Letters Are Important to the Plot

Modern Fantasy · Review · Young Adult

The Mortal Instruments: The Graphic Novel, Vol. 1 by Cassandra Clare and Cassandra Jean | Book Review

I’ve been a fan of Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments for years now, though I can’t get into the spin-off series or enjoy the TV show. Another adaptation has been added to the world with The Mortal Instruments: The Graphic Novel, Vol. 1. Once I spotted this graphic….

Contemporary Realistic Fiction · Review · Young Adult

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas | Audiobook Review

In February I saw several glowing reviews for the audiobook version of The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas, and I decided to put myself on the waitlist. It was worth the wait to read this powerful book. One night Starr Carter finds herself the only witness to the fatal shooting of her childhood friend, Khalil, at the hands of a police officer. As the story….

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Reviewing Recommended YA Short Stories in Literary Magazines

As a reader and reviewer of young adult books, I’ve mostly focused on novels, but there are also young adult stories. They haven’t typically been my forte, but I’ve learned to appreciate short stories from a creative writing class and from being an undergraduate reader for Blue Mesa Review. This has gotten me thinking about… Continue reading Reviewing Recommended YA Short Stories in Literary Magazines

Contemporary Realistic Fiction · Review · Young Adult

Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali | Book Review

Janna Yusuf is a high school sophomore and hijabi who is dealing with a crush and a monster. Beyond this, the three main types of people in her life are saints, misfits and monsters. I was more sold by the first scene of the book than the synopsis. In this scene, she wears a burkini to the beach despite her father’s criticisms, and shortly after we learn about the monster. S.K. Ali’s Saints and Misfits visits the crushes, friendships and struggles of a Muslim girl.

Modern Fantasy · Review · Young Adult

Happily by Chauncey Rogers | eARC Review

I received this electronic Advanced Reader Copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

I’m late to publishing this review, but better late than never. Happily, by Chauncey Rogers, is clever retelling of Cinderella. Instead of a helpless goody two shoes, this protagonist is no stranger to crime and taking advantage of incompetence.