YA Book Reviews

Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven

I’ve had excellent luck with sophomore novels lately, and while this technically isn’t Jennifer Niven’s second book, it’s her second YA title, so I’m counting it. The streak continues! I loved Holding Up the Universe, and even though it wasn’t what I expected, it was somehow even better. I put off reading it for months… Continue reading Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven

YA Book Reviews

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

In a deftly written fantasy world interwoven with Middle Eastern history, culture, and lore, two teenagers on opposing sides of an empire join forces to find hope, strength, and courage to do what’s right in the face of a brutal fascist regime. I expected to love An Ember in the Ashes for the same reason… Continue reading An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

MG Book Reviews · Novels in Verse

Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai

I know I’m late to the party, but I went looking for Inside Out and Back Again for a reason, and after I’d read it, I was so moved that I haven’t been able to think about anything else. I like to read middle grade books when I’m feeling really sad, because the simple and… Continue reading Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai

YA Book Reviews

The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon

In my review of Nicola Yoon’s debut novel, Everything, Everything, I called her “a promising new author” and ranked her book “among the best young adult debuts I’ve ever read.” Suffice it to say, I had high hopes for her sophomore novel, and let me tell you, she absolutely delivered. The Sun Is Also a Star (get… Continue reading The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon

YA Book Reviews

The Haters by Jesse Andrews

You know those wildly inappropriate but uproariously funny guilty pleasure movies you watch to turn off your brain and just have fun for a while? I’m talking about movies like 21 Jump Street, Neighbors, or maybe Bridesmaids? The Haters was just like that, but in young adult novel form. Jesse Andrews, bestselling author and screenplay writer of Me and Earl… Continue reading The Haters by Jesse Andrews

Graphic Novel Reviews

Lumberjanes, Vol. 1: Beware the Kitten Holy by Noelle Stevenson

This was my first serial-type graphic novel, and it absolutely hooked me. I’ve read everything else I could find by Noelle Stevenson, and the rest of this series is an auto-buy for me. For my introduction to graphic novels, I really couldn’t have picked a better book. Lumberjanes Vol. 1: Beware the Kitten Holy is a… Continue reading Lumberjanes, Vol. 1: Beware the Kitten Holy by Noelle Stevenson

YA Book Reviews

The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

Full disclosure: I’ve operated a The Raven Cycle-themed fan blog for two years or so now. The only reason I don’t have a TRC tattoo is because I’m paralyzed with the thought of picking just one thing from these books to get tattooed on my body forever. My best friend and I went to see Maggie Stiefvater… Continue reading The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater