Upcoming March YA Titles

Spring is right around the corner (sooooo soon!) and we all need a good book (or two or three or ten) to pick up while we wait for the weather to get warmer and the sun to shine just a little bit brighter.

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Check out the Booked All Night podcast. Once a month, Jess and Maggie talk about a new young adult book.

NYT Bestselling Quotes

Going along with our five-star quotes we also love many of the books occupying the New York Times bestsellers list. In honor of Leigh Bardugo's King of Scars, we offer up this debut post for book #1 in the Nikolai Duology! The monster is me and I am the monster. If men were ashamed when they should … Continue reading NYT Bestselling Quotes

S2E1: Welcome Back & The Hate U Give

https://open.spotify.com/episode/5NnE0vej3ZpIE6zS1Pr63P We're back, book nerds! After a lengthy and well-earned break, we have finally recorded a new episode! We relive the nitty and gritty details about finishing a grueling MFA program, talk parenting tips for some strange reason (it's totally logical and prompted, we swear), and then finally remember that we watched an AMAZING adaptation … Continue reading S2E1: Welcome Back & The Hate U Give

Upcoming February YA Titles

You can lie to yourself if you want, but we all pick books by their covers. Here are few we've chosen for February 2019. How shallow are you when it comes to covers?

B&N Coupons and Hangouts

Happy Saturday, Book Nerds! We're excited to announce Barnes and Nobles' next B&N Kids' Book Hangout Event, coming up on February 9th! Go hang out at your local Barnes & Noble store to meet other readers, enjoy games and activities, and get free book swag. Get More Info .  Sign Up Here Valentine's Day is around the corner and B&N … Continue reading B&N Coupons and Hangouts

Mera: Tidebreaker ~DNF~

Princess Mera is teenage royalty and heir to the throne of Xebel, a penal colony ruled by the other no-so-lost land under the sea, Atlantis. Her father, his court and the entire kingdom are expecting her to marry and introduce a new king. But Mera is destined to wear a different crown….When the Xebellian military … Continue reading Mera: Tidebreaker ~DNF~

You Are The Everything ★★★☆☆

An unusual, often confusing tale of a boy and a girl who are the sole survivors of a plane crash, and the relationship that blossoms afterwards. Can you want something—or someone—so badly that you change your destiny? Elyse Schmidt never would have believed it, until it happened to her. When Elyse and her not-so-secret crush, … Continue reading You Are The Everything ★★★☆☆

Chameleon Moon Review ★★★★★

Before I get into my (hugely delayed) review of Chameleon Moon by RoAnna Sylver I have to talk about how I found this book first. I'm a big fan of tumblr, specifically, I enjoy wasting time on tumblr. It's a great source of procrastination. Sometime in early 2014 or late 2013, I saw a post go … Continue reading Chameleon Moon Review ★★★★★

What If It’s Us ★★★★☆

A sweet, co-authored meet-cute that takes you on a roller coaster ride of emotions from some amazing heart-breaker writers What If It's Us is sure to leave you wanting more--and crying just a lot a bit. Arthur is only in New York for the summer, but if Broadway has taught him anything, it’s that the universe can deliver … Continue reading What If It’s Us ★★★★☆

🎧 Ep 30: Double Feature

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🎄 Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 🍾

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, Book Nerds! We'll be back in 2019! Enjoy the season regardless of what you celebrate and may all you gifts be books.

Happy Thanksgiving!

As we get into the holiday season, we just want remind you that the best gift is a follow!

🎧 Ep 33: An Interview with Ava Dellaira

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Most Anticipated November Releases

Happy Hallo-week Book Nerds! With November just on the horizon it's time to cast your votes, both at your local polling place and right here at Booked All Night. Vote on your top three once a day and we'll take the top five to add to our giveaway jar. 

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Most Anticipated Oct 2018 YA

It's October, Book Nerds! Time to weigh in the book your most excited for. That's right. Book. Singular. Let's get voting! And hey, if we missed your title, just add it at the bottom!

October Coupons!

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The Best Literary Book Gifts

If you're a fan of Out of Print, you'll really enjoy Literary Bok Gifts. We took a look at her products and put together a list of our favorites. As an added bonus, you can get 20% off using code BOOKEDALLNIGHT20!

5 Star Quotes: Furyborn

Nine ★★☆☆☆

I requested Nine because I was intrigued by the world: people literally killing themselves to better themselves (where am I familiar with this concept?). But it all just fell short. In an alternate world startlingly close to our own, humans have nine lives—and they can’t wait to burn straight through them. As you shed lives, you shed … Continue reading Nine ★★☆☆☆

Episode #36: Reaper at the Gates

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-beush-943805 This week we discuss Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir!

Episode #35: Bruja Born UNCUT

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-rr4nw-936360 Join us this week as we discuss Zoraida Cordova's Bruja Born, the sequel to Labyrinth Lost. Eat your heart out Lula Mortiz, we've got some opinions. This episode is the uncut episode for our patrons. Want to listen to the whole shebang AND a whole bunch of awesome interviews we have coming up? Visit patron.podbean.com/bookedallnight and support the … Continue reading Episode #35: Bruja Born UNCUT

Episode #34: The Illuminae Files UNCUT

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-ndpu4-93635b Viruses... IN SPACE! War... IN SPACE! Psychotic AIs... IN SPACE! You know Jess loves this series and now we're finally talking about The Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. The uncut discussion of the Illuminae Files.

Episode #34: The Illuminae Files

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-xjaw4-919179 Viruses... IN SPACE! War... IN SPACE! Psychotic AIs... IN SPACE! You know Jess loves this series and now we're finally talking about The Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff.

Episode #35: Bruja Born

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-ccupy-9259c1 Three sisters. One spell. Countless dead. Lula Mortiz feels like an outsider. Her sister's newfound Encantrix powers have wounded her in ways that Lula's bruja healing powers can't fix, and she longs for the comfort her family once brought her. Thank the Deos for Maks, her sweet, steady boyfriend who sees the beauty within … Continue reading Episode #35: Bruja Born

Tips for BookCon!

In past years, many of books for signings were free. You didn't need to drop $30-$40 on a new copy of a book you've read so often it doesn't have a spine any more. Not so much any more.

Episode #34: The Illuminae Files

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-bnzy8-918c90 Viruses... IN SPACE! War... IN SPACE! Psychotic AIs... IN SPACE! You know Jess loves this series and now we're finally talking about The Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. And we have some thoughts... IN SPACE!  .  Subscribe to the podcast on Podbean Follow Jessica Twitter . Facebook Follow Maggie Twitter . Facebook … Continue reading Episode #34: The Illuminae Files

5 Star Quotes: Labyrinth Lost

WE’VE MOVED THE PODCAST!

Hey there BookNerds! We've moved the podcast from WordPress to Podbean. Depending on how you subscribed you may have lost connection to our feed. Make sure to update it with the information at https://bookedallnight.podbean.com/ Make sure to subscribe to the podcast and leave a review to let us know what you think of the show!

5 Star Quotes: Dread Nation

5 Star Quotes: The Lie Tree

The Lie Tree ★★★★☆

I'm always enamored by girls in stories that seem innocent and invisible but use that to their advantage to carve their own path -- which is exactly what Faith Sunderly does in The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge. It's impossible to put down this historical mystery, set just after the advent of Darwin's On The … Continue reading The Lie Tree ★★★★☆

Beyond the Red ★★★★★

When it comes to the broad sibling genre of Sci-Fi and Fantasy, I've always been more in the favor of Fantasy. But Beyond The Red by Ava Jae showed me a whole new world within the Sci-Fi realm, and I have fallen in love. Alien queen Kora has a problem as vast as the endless crimson … Continue reading Beyond the Red ★★★★★

Maggie’s March TBR

I finished Children of Blood and Bone the other night, and it was my most anticipated March release, so now I get to go through all the new March releases, and even work on some of my April release ARCs! The Wicked Deep Releases: March 6th, 2018 Welcome to the cursed town of Sparrow… Where, two centuries … Continue reading Maggie’s March TBR

Jessica’ March TBR

For Review Title: Children of Blood and Bone Author(s): Tomi Adeyemi Pub Date: March 6, 2018 Publisher: Henry Holt Books for Young Readers Buy Links: Amazon . B&N Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zelie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls. But everything changed … Continue reading Jessica’ March TBR

Giveaways

Unfortunately, we didn't meet our goal to giveaway an ARC of Children of Blood and Bone. Make sure to tune in March 8th, 2018 for our discussion on Tomi Adeyemi's debut novel. And make sure to get your pre-orders in so you can read before we spoil it.

5 Star Quotes: Sightwitch

5 Star Quotes: Truly Devious

 

Maggie’s February TBR

I keep making the mistake of requesting more and more ARCs even though I haven't finished the ones on my list... But with The Belles coming out in a few days and Reign of the Fallen out already, I can hopefully breeze through my February ARCs so I can get to the ones I'm most excited … Continue reading Maggie’s February TBR

Jessica’s February TBR

A few titles are back on my TBR after the holidays and with the semester starting. I'm trying to read more middle grade this semester since I feel like I haven't touched a lot of it. And I have three ARCs on the list. If anyone has any good, recent, sci-fi bookrecs, please leave them … Continue reading Jessica’s February TBR

5 Star Quotes: A Court of Wings and Ruin

Between the Blade and the Heart EXCERPT

When the fate of the world is at stake Loyalties will be tested Game of Thrones meets Blade Runner in this commanding new YA fantasy inspired by Norse Mythology from New York Times bestselling author Amanda Hocking. As one of Odin's Valkyries, Malin's greatest responsibility is to slay immortals and return them to the underworld. … Continue reading Between the Blade and the Heart EXCERPT

Maggie’s January TBR

First TBR of the new year! The one with the most hope attached to it! Reign of the Fallen Publishes January 23rd, 2018 Odessa is one of Karthia's master necromancers, catering to the kingdom's ruling Dead. Whenever a noble dies, it's Odessa's job to raise them by retrieving their souls from a dreamy and dangerous … Continue reading Maggie’s January TBR

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Jess and Maggie at Booked All Night.

5 Star Quotes: Windwitch

5 Star Quotes: The Hate U Give

Winter Break!

I have finally turned in my last packet of the semester. It might be crap but it's done. Now on to my plans for winter break. Sleep! Put at least an extra 10,000 words into my work in progress. Read a bunch of books to front load next semester. Plan out the end of my … Continue reading Winter Break!

5 Star Quotes: Warcross

Jessica’s December TBR

Children of Blood and Bone Author: Tomi Adeyemi Series: Legacy of Orïsha Publication Date: March 6, 2018 Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zelie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls. But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji … Continue reading Jessica’s December TBR

December TBR

Tess of the Road In the medieval kingdom of Goredd, women are expected to be ladies, men are their protectors, and dragons get to be whomever they want. Tess, stubbornly, is a troublemaker. You can't make a scene at your sister's wedding and break a relative's nose with one punch (no matter how pompous he … Continue reading December TBR

Happy Holidays!

Merry Christmas Season BookNerds! The best way to support us this holiday season doesn't cost you any money. Simply follow us and our little project and make sure to share you favorite posts and podcasts! Follow Magdalyn Ann Blog . Twitter . Facebook . Instagram Follow Jessica M Tuckerman Blog . Twitter . Facebook . … Continue reading Happy Holidays!

No Episode This Week

Sorry BookNerds! Our lives got real busy, real fast. This week Jess and Maggie are on vacation, living it up with the books--er--boys in their lives. Check back next week when we hopefully resume with our crazy-ass book talk.

No Episode This Week!

Just a reminder that Jessica is getting married tomorrow! And since Maggie is also in the wedding, there will be no episode this week. We'll be back next week with all sort of bookish fun though! Make sure to enter your favorite titles for a Night Owl! We will (hopefully) be adding winning titles into … Continue reading No Episode This Week!

Get Your Nominations In Now

It's time to start voting in your favorite books of the year for the coveted Night Owl. We will be taking nominees in a variety of categories for the duration of October. Polls will close on Halloween while we tabulate the entries and voting will re-open in December for final voting. Tune into the Booked … Continue reading Get Your Nominations In Now

Jessica’s October TBR

Strange the Dreamer The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half … Continue reading Jessica’s October TBR

Maggie’s October TBR

I got approved for two new ARCs recently, Between the Blade and Heart and Tess of the Road. I've been meaning to get through The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding and Six of Crows too, so no better time than now! Meet Tess, a brave new heroine from beloved epic fantasy author Rachel Hartman. In the medieval kingdom of Goredd, … Continue reading Maggie’s October TBR

5 Star Quotes: They Both Die at the End

Waiting on Wednesday #12

Shadowhouse Fall Publication Date: September 12th, 2017 The extraordinary sequel to the New York Times bestseller Shadowshaper is daring, dazzling, defiant. Sierra and her friends love their new lives as shadowshapers, making art and creating change with the spirits of Brooklyn. Then Sierra receives a strange card depicting a beast called the Hound of Light … Continue reading Waiting on Wednesday #12

5 Star Quotes: The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding

   

Waiting on Wednesday #11

Starfish Publication Date: September 26th, 2017 Pre-order it here! Kiko Himura has always had a hard time saying exactly what she’s thinking. With a mother who makes her feel unremarkable and a half-Japanese heritage she doesn’t quite understand, Kiko prefers to keep her head down, certain that once she makes it into her dream art … Continue reading Waiting on Wednesday #11

Maggie’s September TBR

I'm still reading a lot of the same ARCs; but I've been approved for Adam Silvera's They Both Die At The End so expect that review up soon! I'm also finally starting Six of Crows and finishing up my all time fave The Savage Dawn, book 3 of Melissa Grey's The Girl at Midnight series. I won't include the … Continue reading Maggie’s September TBR

Jessica’s September TBR

Going to be a slow September apparently. I'm super excited that I was approved for the second Mice of the Round Table by Julie Leung. I've had This Darkness Mine for a little bit now and I really need to get it off my review list since it comes out this October. The Stolen Child is an old one but my teacher recommended it to me. Here's all the back copy:

Waiting on Wednesday #10

One Dark Throne Publication Date: September 19th, 2017 Pre-order it here! The battle for the Crown has begun, but which of the three sisters will prevail? With the unforgettable events of the Quickening behind them and the Ascension Year underway, all bets are off. Katharine, once the weak and feeble sister, is stronger than ever … Continue reading Waiting on Wednesday #10

Waiting on Wednesday #9

Warcross Publication Date: September 12th, 2017 Pre-order it here! From #1 New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu—when a game called Warcross takes the world by storm, one girl hacks her way into its dangerous depths. For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession … Continue reading Waiting on Wednesday #9

Waiting on Wednesday #8

A Reaper at the Gates Publication Date: April 10th, 2018 Pre-order it here! Beyond the Empire and within it, the threat of war looms ever larger. The Blood Shrike, Helene Aquilla, is assailed on all sides. Emperor Marcus, haunted by his past, grows increasingly unstable, while the Commandant capitalizes on his madness to bolster her … Continue reading Waiting on Wednesday #8

Waiting on Wednesday #7

Mask of Shadows Publication Date: August 29th, 2017 Pre-order it here! I Needed to Win. They Needed to Die. Sallot Leon is a thief, and a good one at that. But gender fluid Sal wants nothing more than to escape the drudgery of life as a highway robber and get closer to the upper-class—and the … Continue reading Waiting on Wednesday #7

Maggie’s August TBR

Jessica’s August TBR

Maggie’s July TBR

Jessica’ July TBR

Waiting on Wednesday #6

The Gentlemen's Guide to Vice and Virtue Publication Date: June 27th, 2017 Buy it here! An unforgettable tale of two friends on their Grand Tour of 18th-century Europe who stumble upon a magical artifact that leads them from Paris to Venice in a dangerous manhunt, fighting pirates, highwaymen, and their feelings for each other along … Continue reading Waiting on Wednesday #6

The Podcast Starts This Week!

Starting this Thursday at 11pm, Booked All Night will be posting podcasts talking about YA (specifically the reading and writing there of). We will be talking about YA books at large, specific titles, our own work, and we'll be doing it all with a healthy dose of adult language. We will be adding the podcast … Continue reading The Podcast Starts This Week!

Waiting on Wednesday #5

Want Publication Date: June 13th, 2017 Buy it here! From critically acclaimed author Cindy Pon comes an edge-of-your-seat sci-fi thriller, set in a near-future Taipei plagued by pollution, about a group of teens who risk everything to save their city. Jason Zhou survives in a divided society where the elite use their wealth to buy … Continue reading Waiting on Wednesday #5

BookCon 2017

Maggie and I went to BookCon this weekend. It was a lot of fun and, as always, a lot of strife. ARCs were really hard to come by this year. I didn't see any that weren't attached to a LONG autograph line-and on the note of autograph lines-can we talk about how PRH seemed grossly … Continue reading BookCon 2017

Bring Your Own Book #3

Bring Your Own Book

Happy Weekend Booknerds! It’s time to play Bring Your Own Book! Here are the rules! I post a target: Famous Last Words, Currency in a Dystopia, Wedding Toasts, etc You post an answer that you find in the pages of your nearest or dearest book in the comment You cite your answer so that everyone can […]

Jessica’s June TBR

I have taken soooo long to get through A Court of Wings and Ruin that I barely made any progress on this list. I'm willing to bet it's just my usual Summer slump, when I read slower because nothing is due and everything is done on my time. Buy Them Here (Affiliate Links) Dividing Eden The … Continue reading Jessica’s June TBR

Waiting on Wednesday #4

Dividing Eden Publication Date: June 6th 2017 Buy it here! Twins Carys and Andreus were never destined to rule Eden. With their older brother next in line to inherit the throne, the future of the kingdom was secure. But appearances—and rivals—can be deceiving. When Eden’s king and crown prince are killed by assassins, Eden desperately … Continue reading Waiting on Wednesday #4

B.Y.O.B. #2

Bring Your Own Book

Happy Weekend Booknerds! It's time to play Bring Your Own Book! Here are the rules! I post a target: Famous Last Words, Currency in a Dystopia, Wedding Toasts, etc You post an answer that you find in the pages of your nearest or dearest book in the comment You cite your answer so that everyone can … Continue reading B.Y.O.B. #2

WoW: House of Furies

Publication Date: May 30th 2017 Get it here! After escaping a harsh school where punishment was the lesson of the day, seventeen-year-old Louisa Ditton is thrilled to find employment as a maid at a boarding house. But soon after her arrival at Coldthistle House, Louisa begins to realize that the house’s mysterious owner, Mr. Morningside, … Continue reading WoW: House of Furies

Bring Your Own Book #1

Bring Your Own Book

Happy Weekend Booknerds! It's time to play Bring Your Own Book! Here are the rules! I post a target: Famous Last Words, Currency in a Dystopia, Wedding Toasts, etc You post an answer that you find in the pages of your nearest or dearest book in the comment You cite your answer so that everyone can … Continue reading Bring Your Own Book #1

Social Badges for BookCon

Not every bookworm is a social butterfly. As of yet, BookCon does not have social badges for their event. So I made some. Feel free to download these badges, print them, fold them in half, laminate them, and hang them from your lanyard to help make your con a little easier. Green: I like making … Continue reading Social Badges for BookCon

WoW: The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora

That's mah teachah!! I'm not going to lie, I'm mainly excited for The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora because Pablo Cartaya was my mentor last fall at Sierra Nevada College and he was the #Best. Pablo is ridiculously talented and I'm 100% psyched for everything he does. And since, technically, Epic Fail is already out, I'm just … Continue reading WoW: The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora

BookCon Newbie Guide

Hi there Booknerds! BookCon season is upon us! Badges are in the mail! Badges are in hands! And the official I-Really-Can't Waiting Game has begun! If you're on the BookCon App (and I highly recommend that you are) then you've probably seen all sort of questions about how things work at BookCon and questions about … Continue reading BookCon Newbie Guide

Magdalyn’s May TBR

Affiliate Links Strange the Dreamer A Court of Mist and Fury The Seafarer's Kiss Star-Crossed Apartment 1986 A Court of Wings and Ruin Passenger

WoW: Cold Summer

So admittedly, I was drawn to this one 100% by its cover. Just from the description, I was like-meh-time travel. But I want to see how the PTSD is approached and I’m even more curious about Kale stopping his own death in the future…past… Plus I love the cover. Today, he’s a high school dropout … Continue reading WoW: Cold Summer

Jessica’s May TBR

Affiliate Links A Court of Wings and Ruin The Hate U Give Hunted Spindle Fire Dividing Eden A Thousand Pieces of You Ten Thousand Skies Above You

The Cresswell Plot ★★★☆☆

It's dark, it's creepy, it's coming out today... and I just don't know how I feel about The Cresswell Plot. The woods were insane in the dark, terrifying and magical at the same time. But best of all were the stars, which trumpeted their light into the misty dark. Castella Cresswell and her five siblings—Hannan, … Continue reading The Cresswell Plot ★★★☆☆

The Wolf in the Attic ★☆☆☆☆

The Wolf in the Attic by Paul Kearney is the long winded tale of Anna, a Greek refugee living in London with her father in the early 20th century. There was exactly one exciting, plot driven scene in the first quarter of the book and everything else is countless pages of details, descriptions and character … Continue reading The Wolf in the Attic ★☆☆☆☆

The Outliers ★★★☆☆

Getting panic attacks makes you special? Count me in! It all starts with a text: Please, Wylie, I need your help. Wylie hasn’t heard from Cassie in over a week, not since their last fight. But that doesn’t matter. Cassie’s in trouble, so Wylie decides to do what she has done so many times before: … Continue reading The Outliers ★★★☆☆

Lions in the Garden ★★☆☆☆

I was severely disappointed by the stereotypical romance and on and off strong female character in Luna's Lions in the Garden. Ludmila Novakova--Mila--has barely set foot outside Prague Castle in her seventeen years. But with the choice between braving the bandits and wolves of Bohemia's uneasy roads or being married off to a disgusting old baron, … Continue reading Lions in the Garden ★★☆☆☆

Akarnae ★★☆☆☆

I always thought I loved portal fantasy stories; after all, I did spend ten years writing one, but Akarnae proved that I did not love portal fantasies as much as I thought I did. Dreading her first day at a new school, Alex is stunned when she walks through a doorway and finds herself stranded in … Continue reading Akarnae ★★☆☆☆

Hunter ★☆☆☆☆

Lackey gives us just another anti-social "no I don't want to" heroine. Doesn't anyone ever actually want to save the day? They came after the Diseray. Some were terrors ripped from our collective imaginations, remnants of every mythology across the world. And some were like nothing anyone had ever dreamed up, even in their worst nightmares. … Continue reading Hunter ★☆☆☆☆

The One and Only Ivan ★★★★★

I was so pleasantly surprised by The One and Only Ivan, I just had to give it all five stars. This is what a middle grade novel should be. Ivan is an easygoing gorilla. Living at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade, he has grown accustomed to humans watching him through the glass … Continue reading The One and Only Ivan ★★★★★

The Lie Tree – ★★★★☆

I'm always enamored by girls in stories that seem innocent and invisible but use that to their advantage to carve their own path -- which is exactly what Faith Sunderly does in The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge. It's impossible to put down this historical mystery, set just after the advent of Darwin's On The … Continue reading The Lie Tree – ★★★★☆

Mean Margaret ★★☆☆☆

Question: What do a pair of newlywed woodchucks, a squirrel, a testy snake, a skunk, and a couple of bats have in common with a family of pudgy human beings named Hubble?Answer: Their lives are all turned topsy-turvey by a tyrannical toddler named Margaret. Question: Will Margaret ever realize that there's more to life than … Continue reading Mean Margaret ★★☆☆☆

Asteroid Made of Dragons ★★★☆☆

If you gave me the option to read a book with dragons, versus one without, I will pick the dragons over everything else. I love dragons that much. So, of course, being promised an asteroid made of dragons, I was pretty excited. And Asteroid Made of Dragons by G. Derek Adams was pretty exciting--at first. When a … Continue reading Asteroid Made of Dragons ★★★☆☆

Undertow ★★☆☆☆

My official verdict on Undertow is: Meh. Seventeen-year-old Eila Walker's new home has defied the brutal Atlantic for over 160 years. Abandoned since her 4th great grandmother Elizabeth vanished, the town legend declared that she drowned. Unbeknownst to the town and Eila however, is that someone does know what really happened to Elizabeth and he has … Continue reading Undertow ★★☆☆☆

Shadowhunters Episode 12 ★☆☆☆☆

I think this is the last episode of Shadowhunters that I'm forcing myself through. Once again, we fly through story arcs and subplots. We are introduced to Magnus Bane's old friend Ragnar Fell on the off-chance he might know how to awaken Clary's mom from the weird potion induced coma that she is currently floating in. I … Continue reading Shadowhunters Episode 12 ★☆☆☆☆

Beyond the Red ★★★★★

When it comes to the broad sibling genre of Sci-Fi and Fantasy, I've always been more in the favor of Fantasy. But Beyond The Red by Ava Jae showed me a whole new world within the Sci-Fi realm, and I have fallen in love. Alien queen Kora has a problem as vast as the endless crimson … Continue reading Beyond the Red ★★★★★