My Dark Vanessa Reviewed | Definitely Worth the Read

Published: March 10 2020 Pages: 384 Format: eBook (Library Copy) Tags: Fiction, Contemporary, High School, Realism, Abuse | Synopsis From the Publisher | 2000. Bright, ambitious, and yearning for adulthood, fifteen-year-old Vanessa Wye becomes entangled in an affair with Jacob Strane, her magnetic and guileful forty-two-year-old English teacher.2017. Amid the rising wave of allegations against … Continue reading My Dark Vanessa Reviewed | Definitely Worth the Read

A Castle in the Clouds Reviewed | Definitely Worth the Read

Published: January 28 2020 Pages: 336 Format: Ebook (ARC copy) Tags: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Mystery | Synopsis From the Publisher | Way up in the Swiss mountains, there's an old grand hotel steeped in tradition and faded splendor. Once a year, when the famous New Year's Eve Ball takes place and guests from all … Continue reading A Castle in the Clouds Reviewed | Definitely Worth the Read

A Thousand Beginnings and Endings Reviewed | Definitely Worth the Read

Published: June 26 2018 Pages: 336 Format: Hardcover (Library copy) Tags: Short stories, Compilation, Young Adult, PoC, Diverse, Re-tellings | Synopsis From the Publisher | Star-crossed lovers, meddling immortals, feigned identities, battles of wits, and dire warnings. These are the stuff of fairy tale, myth, and folklore that have drawn us in for centuries.Fifteen bestselling … Continue reading A Thousand Beginnings and Endings Reviewed | Definitely Worth the Read

Momentous Events in the Life of a Cactus Reviewed | Definitely Worth the Read

Published: September 17 2019 Pages: 310 Format: Hardback (Personal copy) Tags: Middle-Grade/Juvenile Lit, Realistic, Contemporary, Disability Representation, Diverse, High School, Growing Up, Love, PoC, School Life | Synopsis From Publisher | Just as Aven starts to feel comfortable in Stagecoach Pass, with her friends and schoolmates accustomed to her lack of “armage,” everything changes once … Continue reading Momentous Events in the Life of a Cactus Reviewed | Definitely Worth the Read

The Silence of Bones Reviewed | ARC Review

The Silence of Bones by June Hur Published: April 21st 2020 Pages: 336 Format: e-ARC Tag: Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Mystery, 19th Century, Class-Disparity, Korean History/Culture, Realism, PoC, Murder Mystery | Synopsis From Publisher | 1800, Joseon (Korea). Homesick and orphaned sixteen-year-old Seol is living out the ancient curse: “May you live in interesting times.” … Continue reading The Silence of Bones Reviewed | ARC Review

They Called Us Enemy | Mini Review

They Called Us Enemy by George Takei (co-writer), Justin Eisinger (co-writer), Steven Scott (co-writer) & Harmony Becker (artist) Synopsis: From Goodreads: A graphic memoir recounting actor/author/activist George Takei's childhood imprisoned within American concentration camps during World War II. Experience the forces that shaped an American icon -- and America itself. Long before George Takei braved … Continue reading They Called Us Enemy | Mini Review

Frankly In Love Reviewed | Definitely Worth the Read

Frankly In Love by David Yoon Published: September 10 2019 Pages: 432 Format: E-book/Hardback library copy Tags: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Realistic Fiction, Korean Culture, Bittersweet, High School, Nerd Life, Diverse | Synopsis From Publisher | High school senior Frank Li is a Limbo–his term for Korean-American kids who find themselves caught between their parents’ … Continue reading Frankly In Love Reviewed | Definitely Worth the Read

How Quickly She Disappears Reviewed | Ok, But Not My Cup of Tea

How Quickly She Disappears by Raymond Fleischmann Published: January 14th 2020Pages: 320Format: E-Book (ARC)Tags: Mystery/Thriller, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Realism, Missing Persons, Mothers & Daughters, Sisters, Twins | Synopsis From the Publisher | It’s 1941 in small-town Alaska and Elisabeth Pfautz is alone. She’s living far from home, struggling through an unhappy marriage, and she spends … Continue reading How Quickly She Disappears Reviewed | Ok, But Not My Cup of Tea

The Testaments Reviewed | Definitely Worth the Read

The Testaments - Margaret Atwood Published: September 10 2019Pages: 422Format: Library Copy (Hardcover)Tags: Fiction, Science Fiction (Dystopia), Feminism, Future, Multiple POV, Mothers & Daughters, Sisters | Synopsis From the Publisher | In this brilliant sequel to The Handmaid's Tale, acclaimed author Margaret Atwood answers the questions that have tantalized readers for decades. When the van door slammed … Continue reading The Testaments Reviewed | Definitely Worth the Read

Nothing to Envy Reviewed | Definitely Worth the Read

Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea - Barbara Demick Published December 29 2009Pages: 338Format: Library Copy (Hardcover)Tags: Nonfiction, History, Politics, Korean History | Synopsis From the Publisher | Nothing to Envy follows the lives of six North Koreans over fifteen years—a chaotic period that saw the death of Kim Il-sung, the unchallenged rise to … Continue reading Nothing to Envy Reviewed | Definitely Worth the Read