Book Review: Love is the Higher Law

This was my second David Levithan book, and again I really liked it! And again it got a little effusive, but I easily forgave it because of the enjoyment I had while reading. Love is the Higher Law is about 9/11. Perhaps you inferred that from the cover. I don’t know about you, but thisContinue reading “Book Review: Love is the Higher Law”

Book Review: Wolves of Mercy Falls (Series)

So I’m not an urban fantasy book lover, but I do enjoy some great fantasy books like Melinda Lo’s Ash. I chose to read Maggie Stiefvater’s Wolves of Mercy Falls series (Shiver, Linger, and Forever) because I wanted to compare these books with the Twilight Saga. I wasn’t in the crowd that loved those books,Continue reading “Book Review: Wolves of Mercy Falls (Series)”

Book Review: Ten Miles Past Normal

I love slim books but this one just didn’t grab me the way I wished it would. I love the concept, and the writing was strong, but the emotion just didn’t resonate with me. I’ll be trying other books by this author. I wondered if the reason it didn’t grab me was because the protagonistContinue reading “Book Review: Ten Miles Past Normal”

Book Review: Boy Meets Boy

This was my first Levithan book. I really liked it. On romance: Paul and Noah was charming and gooey, rich with the grand gestures that teens think are necessary, and maybe are necessary. It got pretty Hallmark Card there at the end but I can’t resist a good romantic ending. Sue me. On character: PaulContinue reading “Book Review: Boy Meets Boy”

Book Review: Nothing

Whoa! The descriptions on the back of this book include blurbs from starred reviews. Those words are: Chilling Provocative Shocking All the marks of a classic I could leave it at that and it would be accurate. I could compare this to Lord of the Flies. Also accurate. Like Battle Royale? This book is forContinue reading “Book Review: Nothing”

Book Review: A Curse Dark as Gold

This book was so rich with story that it took me twice the time to read it as usual.I almost gave up at 50 pages in, because either it was slow or I was sleepy, but I’m glad I kept on! I ended up really enjoying it! I loved the author note at the back,Continue reading “Book Review: A Curse Dark as Gold”

Character Worksheet – Chart

So a while back I talked about doing the thing I always poo-pooed: Work through a character worksheet. I only did it because doing the things that Cheryl Klein says (in terms of editing — probably in other areas of life too, but I don’t know her that way) make So. Much. Sense. Her talksContinue reading “Character Worksheet – Chart”

If My Life Were a Book Cover (7)

Title: Hippie Van! During our recent family trip to Seattle and Portland it became Eleanor’s (and consequently Magnolia’s and my) mission to shout HIPPIE VAN every time we saw one. There were a lot — something you don’t get much in Indianapolis, even when you live close to Broadripple. Counting up all the occurrences ofContinue reading “If My Life Were a Book Cover (7)”

Book Review: Please Ignore Vera Dietz

This was a terrific book.I’ve been wanting to read it for so long, but wasn’t sure if I was going to cry, so I saved for a time where I was ready to tear up and could be alone. I didn’t cry, but the book was definitely heart-wrenching, and worthy of the Printz award. I’mContinue reading “Book Review: Please Ignore Vera Dietz”

Book Review: The Big Crunch

Pete Hautman is one of my favorite writers. He won my heart with GODLESS, fed my curiosity with HOW TO STEAL A CAR, and satisfied me once again with THE BIG CRUNCH. I generally dislike books about destiny. I wasn’t even a big fan of Slumdog Millionaire. Partly this is because I don’t believe inContinue reading “Book Review: The Big Crunch”