November 27, 2017

“Have you ever wondered what a human life is worth? That morning, my brother's was worth a pocket watch.”

There are some books that everyone - adults and children alike - should read. BETWEEN SHADES OF GRAY is one of those books.

I have always had a special place in my soul for stories from World War II. This probably stems from a very early reading of Corrie Ten Boom's The Hiding Place, and then later readings of The Diary of Anne Frank and Marcus Zusak's The Book Thief. I don't take pleasure...

May 7, 2016

When Jill Charron opens her eyes, she finds herself in a hospital bed, fresh from unconsciousness. She is told that she was involved in a car accident in Italy, and that she was jettisoned back to the United States by a friend of her father’s. Jill can’t remember a thing, and in fact, she is missing the last six weeks of her life. As if losing her memory wasn’t bad enough, it is revealed that Jill’s best friend, Simone, was also in the car -- but Jill is the only one who survived.

 

Soon, Jill is...

May 3, 2016

Frustrated. Irritated. Incredulous.

 

These are the three words that come to mind as I write a review for Frayed by Kara Terzis. It has been a long time since I felt so strongly about a book. I disliked characters and the plot itself so intensely!

 

I won’t bother to go through a synopsis, because you can read it on GoodReads here. Let’s just get to the review, because I feel close to bursting with sheer frustration! If you had Frayed on your reading list, perhaps I can save you some trouble.

 

M...

April 3, 2016

From the mortal world to the Otherworld, Roshani Chokshi's The Star-Touched Queen will take you on a magical adventure, full of exquisite dialogues and passages, witty banter, a heroine you want to root for from the beginning, a romance that will make you swoon, and world-building that will set your imagination ablaze. This is one of my favorite reads of 2016 thus far!

 

As a fan of both Greek and Indian culture and mythology, I was thrilled to receive an Advance Reading Copy of The Star-Touched Q...

March 19, 2016

As an ardent fan of murder mysteries, harboring an obsession for true crime TV shows (Snapped, Forensic Files, The First 48, etc.), I was excited to receive an early copy of The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas. This story is about as dark and twisted as a YA murder mystery can get!  


Tessa has returned to her hometown of Fayette, Pennsylvania to say good-bye to her estranged father, as he lay dying in prison. She hasn’t set foot in Fayette in more than 10 years, and for good reason. When Tessa wa...

March 16, 2016

Lucas is a seventeen-year-old gringo from Houston, who spends his summers in Puerto Rico with his father, a big-shot developer of beachfront hotels. He has grown up hearing the stories of the old señoras about the mysterious, high-walled house at the end of Calle Sol, where a mad scientist lives with his cursed daughter. According to local lore, the girl has green skin and grass for hair, but perhaps most interesting, she is said to grant wishes from behind her wall of stone and poison plants. L...

March 5, 2016

Angela Davis has been an inmate at Brunesfield, a juvenile detention facility, for three years. She’s a tough cookie who has led a hard and fast life of crime. Her time at Brunesfield has been punctuated by borderline poor treatment, but she finds solace in her friendships with Cara and Issie, two other wayward girls with sad stories of their own. When we meet her, Angela is just a few months away from release and being reunited with her little brother, Charlie. All she has to do is keep her hea...

March 2, 2016

Dreaming of Antigone is the story of Andria, the girl who dresses all in black; the girl who has a scary illness; the girl whose outgoing, beautiful, popular twin sister, Iris, overdosed on heroin. Struggling to deal with her loss and confusion, Andria distracts herself by spending time with her friends, counting down the days until she can get her driving license, gazing through her telescope at the constellations above, and writing poetry on her desk in algebra - a class she’s barely passing....

January 15, 2016

Twilight, the first book in the famous Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer, was published in 2005. It swept the bookish world by storm, as I remember, and even ladies in their late 20s were swooning over Bella, Edward, and Jacob. As I usually do with hyped books, I avoided Twilight like the plague, gently scoffing at those who were so obsessed with the series. Though I was around  nineteen and twenty years old at the time, I had long been out of the habit of reading books for young readers. "Real...

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