Don’t Be So Grim

Matthew Jobin’s The Nethergrim faced an uphill battle when I began reading. It’s classified as a children’s book, instead of the YA book that it is. It’s got a weird looking cover and even stranger back cover. The title is offputting. Honestly, after all that, I only gave it a try because I got the free…

YA Sci Fi / Fantasy Round-up

So I’ve read a lot of YA sci fi or fantasy books lately – as has most of the world – and I had the best of intentions about writing a great blog post for each one. That clearly didn’t happen, so I’ve decided the best approach is to write a short and sweet YA…

Maskmaker Mara Makes Masks

Sorry, I couldn’t resist a little alliteration. I was introduced to E.C. Blake’sMasks through a short sampler of SciFi stories. The first chapter looked promising – our protagonist, teenager Mara Holdfast, lives in Aygrima, where all adults must wear masks based on the type of magic and jobs they have. Mara is the head Maskmaker’s…

Firefly: The Early Years

The blurb describes Mindee Arnett’s Avalon as “FireFly for teens” – that’s spot on. The story takes place in a world full of spaceships and quirky characters and there is just enough comedy combined with a hint of the seedy underbelly of the world to evoke thoughts of Whedon’s Firefly. The main character, Jeth, is…

The Island – for teens

Vitro by Jessica Khoury is what I imagine you would get if you took the movie The Island and threw in a little of the setting and comedy of Journey 2: The Mysterious Island for effect. This is another ARC I got at NewYorkComiCon – yes, it is secretly the best book event ever –…

Why Ann Aguirre Is My Hero

So I have this blog because I read a lot. Seriously, I mean A LOT. Like a book a night A LOT. And in the past few years there have been maybe 10 to 20 books that I have basically fangirled out over and tried to recommend to all my friends. Honestly, I’ll recommend them…