Why Are Parents in YA Books Always Dead?

Seriously. Haven’t you ever noticed the pattern? From children’s chapter books to YA books, the main character seems to always have at least one dead parent. The orphan character has become an archetype that we tend to know and love–Anne of Green Gables, Harry Potter, Orphan Annie. But why is this, and is it necessary?…… Continue reading Why Are Parents in YA Books Always Dead?

A Non-Comprehensive List of Things I Want to See Less of in Books

A while ago I did a post about things I want to see more of in books. You can read that here. I thought I’d do the opposite now. These are things I’m just sick of reading about. “She let out the breath she didn’t know she was holding.” Love triangles between the girl-next-door, the…… Continue reading A Non-Comprehensive List of Things I Want to See Less of in Books

Book Review: Where the Crawdads Sing (Corsair)

For the past couple of years, it seemed like everyone was raving about this book. Last year, I picked it up because it was on sale and I had heard of it, but not knowing what it was about I put it to the side to collect dust. But now the movie is out and…… Continue reading Book Review: Where the Crawdads Sing (Corsair)

Book Lists: Bronte Retellings

I adore retellings and I also adore the Bronte sisters. Emily, Charlotte, and Anne Bronte wrote some well-known classics like Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre. And I bet you that there are loads of retellings of their works. The Madwoman Upstairs by Catherine Lowell Genre: Mystery Average Goodreads Rating: 3.64 When Samantha Whipple’s father dies,…… Continue reading Book Lists: Bronte Retellings

Book Review: The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern (Vintage)

It was time for me to finally read an Erin Morgenstern book, and while I think most people steer towards The Night Circus, I decided to start with The Starless Sea. When Zachary stumbles upon a library book that detailed parts of his life in the middle of other fairy-tales, he follows the clues, sending…… Continue reading Book Review: The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern (Vintage)

Book Review: The Bone Spindle by Leslie Vedder (Razorbill)

I am such a sucker for fairy-tale retellings. I want my hands on all of them–every fairy tale and legend with every twist on it imaginable. Maybe it’s my lifelong love of royalty or my desire to live in a fantasy world or the fact I grew up on Disney. Whatever the case, I knew…… Continue reading Book Review: The Bone Spindle by Leslie Vedder (Razorbill)

Book Review: Beach Read by Emily Henry (Jove)

Book of the Month came through again with one of my May add-on picks: a swoon worthy romcom. My first Emily Henry read, I can honestly say Beach Read lived up to its hype and was the perfect summer read. Emily Henry lives in Cincinatti, and as a fellow Ohioan (albeit the other side of…… Continue reading Book Review: Beach Read by Emily Henry (Jove)

Book Review: The Anthropocene Reviewed by John Green (Published by Dutton)

I’ve been a huge John Green fan since I was sixteen–nearly ten years ago, when I first read The Fault in Our Stars. I have watched many of the Vlogbrothers videos and have all of his books so it was only a matter of time before I read his latest work, The Anthropocene Reviewed, even…… Continue reading Book Review: The Anthropocene Reviewed by John Green (Published by Dutton)

Books for Each Faction

If you were part of the dystopian craze nearly a decade ago, like me, then you are familiar with all the factions from Divergent by Veronica Roth. The factions are Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the kind), Erudite (the intelligent), Abnegation (the selfless), and Candor (the honest). Here are some books that match each faction. Dauntless…… Continue reading Books for Each Faction

Book Tour & Review: The Lightning Tree by Lene Fogelberg

About a month ago, Katie Garland from Howard Marketing Group reached out to me and asked if I wanted to read and review Lene Fogelberg’s The Lightning Tree, the first book in The Natural Intelligence Revolution trilogy. I said yes, of course, and I’m so glad I did! Thank you to Katie, Lene, and the…… Continue reading Book Tour & Review: The Lightning Tree by Lene Fogelberg