Top 19 Books of 2019

One of my 2020 resolution is to get more familiar with Instagram, and to that end, all of my end-of-year top book picks of 2019 are being posted there! Check out my page if you're looking for recommendations for a holiday gift or if you just want a bookseller's perspective on notable fantasy novels for... Continue Reading →

A Book Like Summer

The weather is warm, school is officially over, and the season of lounging in the backyard with a good book and a glass of lemonade is upon us. Summer is a great time for fun, flirty stories that make you feel as bright and happy as a day at the beach. Below you'll find some... Continue Reading →

Review: Now I Rise

    (This review was originally written in November 2016.) I needed this book today. I wrote my review for the first book in this trilogy, And I Darken, a few days before the Pulse shooting in Orlando, FL. The review went live on the book's release date, as scheduled, and I remember looking at... Continue Reading →

Review: A Shadow Bright and Burning

Release Date: September 20th, 2016 Author: Jessica Cluess Website: http://jessicacluess.com/ ISBN:  9780553535914 Review: As soon as I read the name "Henrietta Howell," I knew I was going to like this book. The novel as a whole is a lot like that name -- frank, charming, and old-fashioned, with a big heart and a lot of whimsy. Oh, and... Continue Reading →

Review: Girl in Pieces

Release Date: August 301th, 2016 Author: Kathleen Glasgow Website: http://www.kathleenglasgowbooks.com/ ISBN: 9781101934715 Review: Kathleen Glasgow's debut is one of the hardest books I've read, and at the same time, one of the easiest. It falls firmly on the "Adult" side of "Young Adult" literature, ironically because of its unflinching focus on issues that affect millions of real... Continue Reading →

Review: The Obelisk Gate

Release Date: August 16th, 2016 Author: N.K. Jemisin Website: http://nkjemisin.com/ ISBN: 9780316229265 Review: When a customer comes to me for a science-fiction recommendation, the first thing I pull from the shelf is N.K. Jemisin's The Fifth Season. "It's like Between the World and Me written as an apocalyptic revenge saga," I say with a grin, probably for the... Continue Reading →

Review: And I Darken

Release Date: June 28th, 2016 Author: Kiersten White Website: http://kierstenwrites.blogspot.com/ ISBN: 9780553522310 Review: ETA: I wrote this review after I finished an advanced copy of the book in April, before the Pulse shooting in Orlando that claimed 49 lives. As I've been reflecting on this novel, the political climate, and the impact of the shooting on the LGBT+... Continue Reading →

Review: Doreen

Release Date: June 7th, 2016 Author: Ilana Manaster Website: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25361916-doreen ISBN: 9780762459629 Review: If you've ever wished that Oscar Wilde could have taken a crack at writing Mean Girls, do I have a book for you. Doreen takes place in a New England prep school for the luxuriously wealthy and follows the (mis)fortunes of three students: Heidi Whelan,... Continue Reading →

Review: You Know Me Well

Release Date: June 7th, 2016 Author: Nina LaCour and David Levithan Website: http://davidlevithan.com/ and http://ninalacour.com/home ISBN: 9781250098641 Review: At the end of the day, all you really need to know about this book is that it's a fantastic collaboration between two of YA's best and brightest, Nina LaCour and David Levithan. There is no question of the quality... Continue Reading →

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