Contemporary Realistic Fiction · Graphic Novel · Review · Young Adult

Kimi ni Todoke: From Me to You, Vol. 1 by Karuho Shiima | Manga Review

I can’t remember where I heard about Kimi ni Todoke, by Karuho Shiima, but the concept of a shy girl who has been dubbed “Sadako,” the name of a horror movie character, by her classmates because of their eerie similarities sounded light but intriguing. I like that this is a light….

Historical Fiction · Review · Young Adult

A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi | Book Review

A Very Large Expanse of Sea, by Tahereh Mafi, takes us back to 2002, a year after 9/11. The turbulent times make life harder for Shirin, the new sixteen-year-old Muslim girl at school where she is regularly stereotyped. She’s built an armor around herself in the turbulence and from having to deal with her parents’ constantly moving to new places. She’s aloof to the world and keeps to herself. Then she meets a boy, named Ocean, who wants to get to know her. The….

Contemporary Realistic Fiction · Review · Young Adult

The Last Girl by Riley Shasteen

Riley Shasteen’s The Last Girl, a contemporary YA novel, is the first book in the Slave Auction trilogy. Synopsis from Goodreads: “The Slave Auction.” “What the heck is the Slave Auction?” I ask. Jenna Brown has just started her freshman year with her two best friends, Jessica and Daisy. They hear a rumor about the… Continue reading The Last Girl by Riley Shasteen

Modern Fantasy · Review · Young Adult

Firespell by Chloe Neill

Firespell was written by Chloe Neill. It is the first novel in the Dark Elite series. Lily Parker is sent to a fancy boarding school in Chicago, because her parents have some special, once-in-a-lifetime work to do in Germany. Her new school is St. Sophia’s School for Girls, a former convent. The only person keeping… Continue reading Firespell by Chloe Neill

Modern Fantasy · Review · Young Adult

Almost Final Curtain by Tate Hallaway

Almost Final Curtain by Tate Hallaway is part of the Vampire Princess Novels. It is the sequel to the first book: Almost to Die For. This is the synopsis on the back of the book. Ever since high school student Anastasija Parker discovered she was vampire royalty, her life has been sort of crazy. The… Continue reading Almost Final Curtain by Tate Hallaway