BOOK REPORT for Iceling (Book 1) by Sasha Stephenson
Cover Story: Two Girls and a Buoy (Theme)
BFF Charm: Yay!
Swoonworthy Scale: 2
Talky Talk: Many Monologues
Bonus Factors: Conspiracy, Dog Calling
Anti-Bonus Factor: Confusing Geography
Relationship Status: Passing Ships in the Night
Cover Story: Two Girls and Buoy (Theme)
Something about Anthony Elder's illustration is a little throwback and nautical, resulting in a cover that's rather eye-catching and – wait for it – cool.
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Last week, I started my annual roundup of favorite books of the year with my standout reads from January to March.
Today, I’ll be looking at April through June.
Let’s jump right in!
April: The Lie Tree, by Frances Hardinge
While I don’t know if I’ve ever been able to name a NUMBER ONE FAVORITE BOOK of any given year, The Lie Tree is the closest I’ve come in recent memory. It’s a historical, it’s a mystery, it’s a dark ...
The end of the year approacheth, and I have so very great books to share with you!
This year, I’m picking my favorite book of each month—my favorite book that I read in each month, not necessarily published in that month (or even in 2016!)—as well as mentioning a few other bonus books here and there.
Let’s dive right in!
January: If I Was Your Girl, by Meredith Russo, and Burn Baby Burn, by Meg Medina
One month in ...
BOOK REPORT for Alterations by Stephanie Scott
Keeping Me In StitchesBFF Charm:
Project Runway: MiamiBonus Factors:
Retelling, DiversityRelationship Status:
Cover Story: Keeping Me In Stitches
This is a truly adorable cover—between the colors, the needles and stitches, and the skyline, it’s eye-catching and cute.
Amelia lives with her mother and abuelita on the Laurenti family estate—her mother and grandmother work for the Laurenti ...
While the multiple sexual harassment lawsuits make him a somewhat problematic figure now, Bob Barker was a hugely iconic figure in my childhood. I was really only allowed to watch daytime television when I was home sick from school, so I associate him—and The Price is Right—with lying on the couch with the flu. A weird treat for a kid when she’s feeling rotten, but these are the things that stick with us, right?
He was born on December ...
BOOK REPORT for Teach Me to Forget by Erica M. Chapman
In the CloudsBFF Charm:
Let Me Love YouSwoonworthy Scale:
Heavy, Yet HopefulAnti-Bonus Factor:
Here For You
Trigger Warning: Teach Me to Forget deals with attempted suicide, suicidal thoughts, cutting, severe depression, how suicide affects the people who are left behind, and feelings of helplessness that come after tragic accidents.
Cover Story: In the Clouds
This looks like a ...
Oh, December. Why must you be so cold, so dark, so withholding when it comes to new book releases? Sigh. Here are the two—I know, right? ONLY TWO!—that I’ve got my eye on:
The Secret of a Heart Note, by Stacey Lee
A contemporary romantic fantasy? IN DECEMBER? Yes, yes, yes, PLEASE. This sounds like EXACTLY what I need to get me through the tail-end of 2016.
Aromateurs—love witches—have noses so sensitive that they can make personalized love potions ...
BOOK REPORT for The Boomerang Effect by Gordon Jack
Viking CuteBFF Charm:
Roger MurtaughSwoonworthy Scale:
Real BoyBonus Factor:
Unexpected FriendshipsRelationship Status:
Maybe in a Few Years
Cover Story: Viking Cute
A cutesy viking is kind of an oxymoron when you think about the actual history of vikings, but this one with his too-big hat that’s slightly askew is pretty dang adorable. (It also fits in nicely with the story, but that ...