Book Review: The Places We Sleep

Caroline Brooks DuBois's The Places We Sleep is an evocative middle grade book written in verse. Abbey is, once again, the new girl. This time, her family isn't living on base. As she adjusts to a new house, a new school, and new potential friends, her world is rocked by the September 11, 2001 attacks. [...]

Book Review: The Last House on the Street

I read Diane Chamberlain for the first time just two years ago, when I devoured and adored her novel, The Dream Daughter. It has stuck with me, becoming one of those books that I continue to think about long after I've closed the cover. Her latest novel, The Last House on the Street, is going [...]

Book Review: Violets are Blue

Barbara Dee's Violets are Blue follows Wren, a twelve-year old going through a series of massive changes. Wren's whole world has been shaken up, first with her parent's divorce and then with a move, a new step-parent, and new siblings. Through it all, she turns to Cat FX on YouTube, a special effects makeup artist [...]

Book Review: This May End Badly

Samantha Markum's This May End Badly is a delicious treat of a read, full of memorable characters, a hilarious plot, and just the right amount of heart-tugging realizations to give it some depth, too. Doe waltzes in to her senior year at her beloved boarding school ready to continue the ongoing prank war with their [...]

Book Review: Some Mistakes Were Made

Kristin Dwyer's novel Some Mistakes Were Made is an intricate look at first love, found families, and the struggle of finding your place in the world. Ellis Truman has lived her life bouncing between two separate worlds: the world of her family, and the world of her best friend Easton's family. Easton's brothers are like [...]

Book Review: The Santa Suit

Mary Kay Andrews’s The Santa Suit is the book equivalent of cradling a steaming cup of cocoa while seated in front of a blazing fire while snow softly falls outside. It is cozy, warm, and the perfect Christmas book. Ivy Perkins has just uprooted her life and moved to a small North Carolina town, buying [...]

Book Review: Holy Hot Mess

Mary Katherine Backstrom's Holy Hot Mess can switch from laugh out loud funny to deep introspection to teary eyed all in the snap of your fingers. Her witty voice and relatable stories are perfect conduits for sharing her faith, reminding us that while we were fearfully and wonderfully made, we can still be a mess. [...]

Book Review: The Last Guest

Tess Little's The Last Guest is a provocative mystery dripping with intrigue, perfect for armchair detectives. The morning after an elite Hollywood director's birthday party, he's found dead by his own party guests. When the police rule his death a murder, all eight guests are under suspicion. Each has a motive and opportunity-- who is [...]

Book Review: Gold Spun

Never fear, there are no spoilers here! *There is a trigger warning after the final image at the bottom of this post.* Brandie June's debut novel, Gold Spun, is a whirlwind of a read. This utterly enchanting novel swept me away to a world unlike anything I've ever imagined, with incredibly well developed characters in [...]

Book Review: Golden Girl

A lyrical coming of age story told in a verse, Golden Girl is sure to pull at your heart. Reem Faruqi's middle grade novel follows Aafiyah Qamar, a Pakastani-American seventh grader who loves tennis, her family (even her sometimes annoying baby brother), and reading Weird But True Facts. Sometimes she doesn't feel like she fits in, [...]