Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, by John Tiffany, Jack Thorne, and J.K. Rowling

About a year ago, this eighth story in the Harry Potter series came out, set nineteen years after the events of the original series. With the recent celebration of the twenty-year anniversary of the first book’s release, that makes last year the nineteenth anniversary. Hmm…the number 19 appears twice in one sentence. Nothing’s a coincidence […]

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, by Michelle Hodkin

This book has such a fantastic hook. Narrator Mara Dyer wakes up in the hospital with no recollection of how she got there. After sneaking into an abandoned asylum with her boyfriend and two friends, the building collapsed, and she’s the only one who not only survived but is physically unharmed. Why was she spared? […]

The Love That Split the World, by Emily Henry

I added this book to my to-read list over at Goodreads shortly after it came out in January 2016. I don’t remember the exact circumstances why I added it, so I’ll take an educated guess. The cover is absolutely gorgeous, and the plot includes main character Natalie Cleary getting visions of things that aren’t there. […]

The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak

So it’s that time of year, when my school chooses a summer reading book that the entire student body will read. Though it’s not summer vacation yet, teachers were asked to come up with activities—from all different subjects—to accompany the students’ reading of the chosen book. This summer, the students will be reading The Book […]

A Death’s Awakening, by C.E. Wilson

It doesn’t take a lot of lurking throughout my reviews to see that I’m a big fan of indie-author C.E. Wilson. Maybe it’s because I know from following her on social media that like me, she’s a big fan of The Twilight Zone. That being said, she’s rolling out a clever series of books, which […]

Gemina, by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

You know when you read an awesome book that totally blows you away? And then you know that there’s a second part to that book series, yet you’re a little skeptical that the second book can live up to the sheer awesomeness of the first book? Well, that’s how I went into Gemina, the second […]

Caraval, by Stephanie Garber

I’m a big fan of scavenger hunts—whether they’re about finding items or finding clues from location to location. Way back in middle school, high school, and into college, I created such games for my friends to play. I’m also a big fan of the current “Escape Room” craze—being locked in a room trying to solve […]

Cruel and Unusual, by C.E. Wilson

As a fellow self-published author, I am both awestruck and envious of C.E. Wilson. Her output of work since I’ve started blogging is impressive to say the least, and I wish I could be as prolific as she is. I’m just as amazed by her imaginative plots and characters as I am by their integration […]

Corrupt Me, by Jillian Quinn

Every now and then, you have to step a little bit outside your comfort zone. That sentiment applies to readers as well. It’s sometimes educational and sometimes eye-opening to read a book outside the typical genre(s) you enjoy. As a YA writer, I read a lot of YA fiction to keep up with what’s out […]

Illuminae, by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Mind-blowing. This book is absolutely mind-blowing. There’s no other way to say it. I’ve never read a book like it before. I became aware of the book just by seeing it reviewed at a lot of book blogs. I didn’t read any of those reviews because I didn’t want my opinion swayed in anyway, but […]