ARC Review: Fresh Ink (anthology)

Genre: YA contemporary/science-fiction/fantasy/graphic novel/historical fiction Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers Publication Date: August 14, 2018 Synopsis: In partnership with We Need Diverse Books, thirteen of the most recognizable, diverse authors come together in this remarkable YA anthology featuring ten short stories, a graphic short story, and a one-act play from Walter Dean Myers neverContinue reading “ARC Review: Fresh Ink (anthology)”

Mid-Year Book Freakout Tag

I was tagged by Linda over at Linda’s Little Library to do the Mid-Year Book Freakout Tag. I’m a little late for this because I was on vacation, so I’m not going to include anything I’ve read so far in July, since the end of June marked the middle of the year. 1. Best BookContinue reading “Mid-Year Book Freakout Tag”

Review: Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli

Genre: YA contemporary Publisher: Balzer & Bray Publication date: April 24, 2018 Synopsis: Leah Burke—girl-band drummer, master of deadpan, and Simon Spier’s best friend from the award-winning Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda—takes center stage in this novel of first love and senior-year angst. When it comes to drumming, Leah Burke is usually on beat—butContinue reading “Review: Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli”

Review: Echo After Echo by Amy Rose Capetta

Echo After Echo by Amy Rose Capetta Genre: YA contemporary/mystery Publisher: Candlewick Press Publication date: October 10, 2017 Synopsis: Debuting on the New York stage, Zara is unprepared—for Eli, the girl who makes the world glow; for Leopold, the director who wants perfection; and for death in the theater. Zara Evans has come to theContinue reading “Review: Echo After Echo by Amy Rose Capetta”

Review: They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

Genre: YA speculative fiction/contemporary (feels more like the latter than a SFF story) Publisher: Harper Teen Release Date: September 5, 2017 (see what they did there??) Synopsis: On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They’re going to die today. Mateo and RufusContinue reading “Review: They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera”

Pride Month(ish) Wrap-Up

So I’m late to this because I’ve been working a lot. I’ve added the “ish” because the first two books here I read in May, but since they were also Pride themed I decided to include them, especially since I haven’t talked about them yet, either! Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky AlbertalliContinue reading “Pride Month(ish) Wrap-Up”

Review: History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

Last year, I was fortunate to win a Twitter giveaway from Adam Silvera for a signed paperback of More Happy Than Not and ARC of History is All You Left Me. It was very lovely and I immediately jumped at the chance to read History, one of my most anticipated releases of 2017. So since it’s going toContinue reading “Review: History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera”

Rewiew: Bone Gap by Laura Ruby

Bone Gap by Laura Ruby Publisher: Balzer + Bray Publication Date: March 3, 2015 Genre: Young adult, contemporary + magical realism Winner of the 2016 Printz Award for Young Adult Literature Everyone knows Bone Gap is full of gaps—gaps to trip you up, gaps to slide through so you can disappear forever. So when young,Continue reading “Rewiew: Bone Gap by Laura Ruby”

Discussion: What counts as “mature” content?

Today’s discussion was sparked by a recent piece in Publisher’s Weekly, “Middle Grade Books Take on Mature Topics.” It’s a pretty good piece, describing this trend, its history, and its struggles. But the idea of “mature topics” gave me a pause, especially in this description: Though the YA category continues to explore darker and more difficult topics,Continue reading “Discussion: What counts as “mature” content?”