5 YA Books for Tweens with Nervous Parents

In my last post, I talked about "age appropriateness" and what we mean by that when choosing books for tweens. In this post, I'm going to highlight some of my favorite Young Adult books that (in my opinion) are appropriate for the 11-14 crowd and why I think they're a good fit. Let's dive in!… Continue reading 5 YA Books for Tweens with Nervous Parents


Review: A Shadow Bright and Burning

Release Date: September 20th, 2016 Author: Jessica Cluess Website: 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: A Shadow Bright and Burning


Review: The Obelisk Gate

Release Date: August 16th, 2016 Author: N.K. Jemisin Website: 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: The Obelisk Gate


Review: Places No One Knows

Release Date: May 17th, 2016 Author: Brenna Yovanoff Website: ISBN: 9780553522631 Review: Brenna Yovanoff is a seasoned author at this point, but Places No One Knows is going to be her break-out hit. People who know me in real life know what a fan I am of the Merry Sisters of Fate, a trio of authors comprised… Continue reading Review: Places No One Knows


Review: Every Heart a Doorway

Release Date: April 5th, 2016 Author: Seanan McGuire Website: ISBN: 9780765385505 Review: I was one of those kids who tested wardrobe walls and kept an eye on looking-glasses, just in case. I devoured The Chronicles of Narnia and Into the Land of the Unicorns and Harry Potter, wishing the whole time that something so marvelous would happen to me.… Continue reading Review: Every Heart a Doorway

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Throwback Thursday: The Last Unicorn

Release Date: 1968 Author: Peter S. Beagle Website: ISBN: 9780451450524 Review: This is my favorite book, and every time I start to waver and think, 'Well, I've read so many other goods things since then...' I pick up the book and read the opening passage again: "The unicorn lived in a lilac wood, and she lived… Continue reading Throwback Thursday: The Last Unicorn

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It’s Queer, It’s Here, It Should Be on Your Bookshelf

I return from a brief hiatus! On my tumblr, someone asked for book recommendations for science-fiction/fantasy/adventure books featuring PoC and LGBT+ characters. Here's what I came up with. All links are to Amazon, but please consider shopping at your local indie bookstore or checking them out at your library instead. It's the best way to… Continue reading It’s Queer, It’s Here, It Should Be on Your Bookshelf