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The Impossible Knife of Memory...

<i>The Impossible Knife of Memory</i> by Laurie Halse Anderson

  The Impossible Knife of Memory is a whopper of a book. I don’t mean that in terms of length – it’s a fairly standard YA length. I mean it in terms of content. I felt pummeled by this book. Dealing with themes of childhood giving way to adulthood without a stop at adolescence, how to […]

Pretending to Dance by Diane C...

<i>Pretending to Dance</i> by Diane Chamberlain

  Pretending to Dance is listed as a psychological thriller on Amazon and I’m not quite sure I’d go there. You know that the main character, Molly, is hiding things both from herself and from her husband, but I didn’t think the author was hiding anything from the readers. I figured out the “big mystery” within […]

A Bollywood Affair by Sonali D...

<i>A Bollywood Affair</i> by Sonali Dev

  As I grow older, I am less subject to hype around works of art. I like reviews and I pay attention to critical mass of opinion, but I’m more likely to wait until the furor dies down after a release of something so that I make sure I come to the work fairly fresh […]

Everything, Everything by Nico...

<i>Everything, Everything</i> by Nicola Yoon

Everything, Everything is an arresting YA novel from Nicola Yoon that is both a completely conventional YA (girl is shy and in her shell, boy brings girl out of shell, etc.) and a surprising subversion of the genre.  When we first meet Maddie, she’s the girl in the bubble. She hasn’t left her house since […]

Has to Be Love by Jolene Perry

<i>Has to Be Love</i> by Jolene Perry

  Has to Be Love is a YA releasing in September and one worth putting on your list. Clara is an aspiring writer who lives in Knik, Alaska – which sounds to be in the middle of absolutely nowhere – with a dream of going to Columbia University. She has a lovely sounding boyfriend, Elias, a doting […]

The Queen’s Vow: A Novel of ...

<i>The Queen’s Vow: A Novel of Isabella of Castile</i> by C.W. Gortner

  The Queen’s Vow is the latest book in my on-going project of trying to read as much as I can about women leaders throughout history. I am slowly realizing, as I move through adulthood, how little I know about the women who have gone before me that have shaped the world. I know more […]

The Wild Queen by Carolyn Meye...

<i>The Wild Queen</i> by Carolyn Meyer

So I’m Scottish. Well, partially. But enough that I should know things about the history of the place. My mom and I went on a trip through our ancestral homelands a few months back and both of us were increasingly ashamed how often we had to Google information and stories. When we climbed back into […]

A School for Unusual Girls by ...

<i>A School for Unusual Girls</i> by Kathleen Baldwin

Oh my gosh was I gripped by this book. I adored Baldwin’s writing and how she wove her characters. I would recommend this one to readers interested in strong women and early 19th century history, whether they’re in the YA genre or not. While I wouldn’t use it as lecture material (there are a few […]

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