Washing Ashore, by Ginna Moran

And here I am, finishing Ginna Moran’s Spark of Life series. Before I start this review, here’s a reminder: Though I’m spoiler-free for the book I’m reviewing, I cannot (and will not) guarantee that for previous parts in a series. In the first book, Diving Under, narrator Ava Adair was accidentally knocked overboard into the […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

Diving Under, by Ginna Moran

I found another YA mermaid series! If you follow my reviews, you know that as an author of a YA mermaid series, I’m always looking for such books. I mean, those authors and I are inspired by the same folklore and mythology, yet we create vastly different worlds and circumstances. I enjoy the stories even […]

The Cage, by Megan Shepherd

I’m not entirely sure when I came across this 2015 release, but I know I purchased it—along with two other books—last summer using an Amazon gift card I was given. I read those other two books pretty much right away, but this one sat on my bookcase for over a year. There really wasn’t a […]

This Is Where It Ends, by Marieke Nijkamp

In the past few years, I’ve added a lot of YA books to my to-read list that I doubt I’ll get to them all. One of the advantages of having a to-read list at Goodreads is that I receive notifications whenever there’s a discount on the eBook edition of one of those books. And that’s […]