Origin, by Dan Brown

First off, a note to all my followers: I read more than just YA. I also enjoy a good thriller, and I’ve read all of Dan Brown’s books—the four previous Robert Langdon books and his other two, Digital Fortress and Deception Point. All of those came out before I started posting reviews here, and maybe […]

The Fake Boyfriend (Werewolf High Book Seven), by Anita Oh

After how much I enjoyed The Time Loop, Author Anita Oh’s previous installment in her Werewolf High series, I couldn’t wait to get into junior year at the titular magical Amaris High to see what Lucy O’Connor and the werewolf (lycanthrope!) pack are up to. It’s immediately apparent that this book looks different than the […]

My Top 10 Winter Olympic Events

This month, the twenty-third Winter Olympic Games are behind held in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Whenever the Olympics come around, it’s always exciting, and just like most of the world, I tune in. I tend to see more of the Summer Olympics because I’m home most of the summer, but I tune into the Winter Olympics […]

Deception (Son of a Mermaid Book Three), by Katie O’Sullivan

Back when I first started reviewing books on my blog, I reviewed the first two books in Katie O’Sullivan’s Son of a Mermaid series. I’ve searched for other YA mermaid series to see the similarities and differences from my own. Diving into very different mermaid worlds and mythologies has been an interesting experience, especially when […]

Treading Water, by Ginna Moran

I had the pleasure of diving into Diving Under, the first part of Ginna Moran’s Spark of Life series, back in November. It tells the story of Ava Adair, recently graduated from high school, whose life changes when she’s accidentally knocked overboard into the ocean and saved by a hunky and sweet merman named Carter. […]

My Top 10 Books Read in 2017

It’s time to kick in the New Year with not just any Top 10 list, but by annual tradition, it’s the Top 10 Books I read in 2017. Remember, the actual release date of the book doesn’t matter; all that matters is that I read the book in 2017. I read ten fewer books in […]

My Top 10 Songs of 2017

I’m gonna start this special year-end list by saying that 2017 was a wonderful year for pop music. This is my fourth year posting this countdown on the blog (and my 34th year doing it), and I don’t think I’ve had a more challenging time choosing the top song—or even narrowing it down to ten […]

Invisible, by Jeanne Bannon

As a father of three daughters, I want my girls to grow up with a strong sense of self-image, and thus, I’ve become interested in YA fiction that tackles this theme. Since I also enjoy contemporary fantasy, I’m intrigued when the genre is used in a creative way to illustrate the theme. That’s what drew […]

A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares, by Krystal Sutherland

I added this book to my to-read list as soon as I first learned of it, and as soon as it was available at a local library, I checked it out. I’m going to start by saying that I absolutely loved this book, and then I’m going to present a semi-definitive list of awesome reasons […]

Author Spotlight: Ginna Moran

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I don’t hide the fact that I’m a big fan of mermaids in movies, television, and literature. After all, I write YA mermaid fiction. So I’m always on the lookout for new and interesting mermaid stories, and today, I have the pleasure of featuring a new mermaid series by an author I recently discovered. Ginna […]