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?

Book Review: City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare (Walker Books)

I finally went on to continue my exploration of the Shadowhunter series! Nope, these are not rereads. I never read these books before, though I have no idea why, except for the fact I just didn’t hear about them. Don’t ask me how. Maybe I was just too caught up in Twilight and The Hunger…… Continue reading Book Review: City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare (Walker Books)

Bookish Halloween Costumes

We are in the midst of October and I’m sure all the parties will start soon if they haven’t already! If you don’t have an idea for a costume yet, might I suggest being a book character? There’s a plethora of ideas out there. Here are some fun ideas–with pictures from Pinterest/Google to give you…… Continue reading Bookish Halloween Costumes

Book Review: Invisible Ghosts by Robyn Schneider (Katherine Tegen Books)

I’m finally starting my spooky season reads! What better way to start than a book about a ghost? Invisible Ghosts by Robyn Schneider, published by Katherine Tegen Books, is a story mainly about grielf and letting go. Rose’s brother died four years ago and in the wake of that bereavment, she isolated herself from her…… Continue reading Book Review: Invisible Ghosts by Robyn Schneider (Katherine Tegen Books)

The Beauty and the Beast Book Tag

Beauty and the Beast has always had a special place in my heart. Belle is my favorite Disney princess, someone who is bookish, nerdy, and odd like me. I feel like she is a kindred spirit to me, so I was happy to find this tag on the blog, This Splendid Shambles. It was originally…… Continue reading The Beauty and the Beast Book Tag

Book List: Mermaids

I am on vacation along the Carolina coast and being so close to the ocean reminds me of books with fantastical sea creatures. Not to mention Disney’s live-action Little Mermaid coming soon which I’m so excited about. So here is a list full of mermaids and sirens if you can’t wait like me. To Kill…… Continue reading Book List: Mermaids

Book Lists: Royalty

Princesscore. Royalcore. Secret Heir. Secret Royal. Prince Charming. We’ve grown up with stories of princesses in locked towers and princes on white steeds. We’ve played video games where queens send us on quests or the royal princess is kidnapped by the beast. Naturally, we’d want to read books with these kind of archetypes–especially those that…… Continue reading Book Lists: Royalty

Book List: Witches

Like I said before, it might be a tad early, but it’s nearly that time of year again. Spooky season is the best season and the perfect time for witchy reads. The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches by Sangu Mandanna Genre: Fantasy Average Goodreads Rating: 4.38 Mika is a witch but she knows to…… Continue reading Book List: Witches

Book List: Werewolves

Happy pumpkin spice season! Autumn (or close enough) is here and it’s my favorite season. It’s time to read spooky books, cozy books, and books with monsters, of course. What kind of monsters do you think of? Some of the monsters I know howl at the moon. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater Genre: YA Fantasy Average…… Continue reading Book List: Werewolves

Book Review: Extasia by Claire Legrand (Katherine Tegan Books)

Last month, I ordered a one-time book box from the Unplugged Book Box. They are a book box focused on self-care, and in it I recieved beautiful smelling lotion and perfume as well as a copy of Extasia by Claire Legrand (published by Katherine Tegan Books). Due to the packaging, it made the read even…… Continue reading Book Review: Extasia by Claire Legrand (Katherine Tegan Books)