I'm a bookseller both in-store and at events. I enjoy reading essay collections, science/medicine related books, literary fiction, and YA fantasy for fun.
Beautifully written. Hauntingly and hilariously realistic. Red Clocks has been my favorite read of 2019 so far. Leni Zumas weaves together the lives of five very different women and mananges to perfectly capture so many aspects of what it is like to be a woman in our current social and political climate.
This was the first graphic novel I've read start to finish and I loved it. Nowak's portrayal of women is messy, beautiful, and completely authentic. She explores the complexities of female relationships with truth and vulnerability that is both heartwarming and refreshing. Girl Town is a beautiful destination that I will certainly be visiting again.
With compelling characters and relateable characters as its foundation, Vox is a powerful novel that hits uncomfortably close to home. I was torn between being unable to put it down and having to force myself to pick it up again. It has become increasingly difficult to read dystopian fiction in the current social and political climate because it is no longer an outlandish possibility, but an inevitability. This book shows us how important it is for us to stop looking the other way and hoping things will get better. If we don't speak up now, we may not be able to in the future.
For the middle aged men in your life. Or people who like laughing at middle aged men. Or just laughing in general.
A dark and gritty read with plenty of gore, suspense, and adventure. Underneath the horror and excitement is a thought provoking discussion of the value of morality and how it is developed amidst trauma and abuse.
This book was hard to put down, not because of a thrilling plot or suspenseful tone, but because the words just felt so good. The narrator is a highly intelligent yet somewhat delinquent teenage girl living in a remodeled garage with her elderly aunt. She copes with the recent traumatic loss of her parents by setting things on fire in attempts to join her school’s Arson Club. This unique novel is wrought with jagged, off-beat humor and subtle devastation that will almost convince you to become an arsonist yourself.
I kept having to remind myself that this was a memoir and not a work of fiction. Jeannette Walls's recounting of her childhood of poverty and neglect blurs the lines between parental love and child abuse. Walls's narrative starts as a young child, blissfully ignorant to the fact of her family's poverty and enjoying the freedom and excitement of living in the wild desert. However, as she gradually gets older and the veil of fun and innocence falls away she begins to see and feel the debilitating emotional and physical damage of growing up in poverty. She soon realizes that her parent's love and good intentions are not enough to keep her and her siblings safe. This book will thaw your heart and freeze it over, often at the same time.
Albert's writing is both hauntingly familiar and refreshingly off-kilter. This is a dark and lovely story with elements of horror and magic that bridge the world of reality with that of fairy tales. Definitely recommend to those drawn to the macabre and who appreciate a story that takes its time.
Holly Black has a knack for taking stale fantasy tropes and presenting them in the most charming, refreshing ways. Her characters are strong and imperfect and wrought with moral ambiguity. If you're a fan of dark fantasy, political intrigue, badass heroines, and the occasional angsty teenage drama, then this is the book for you.
Could not put this book down. It's a rare thing to find a teen vampire novel with a strong female lead and a plot not entirely driven by a creepy romance. And it's not a trilogy!
I couldn’t put this book down. This YA fantasy manages to be both thrilling and incredibly multi-layered and complex. Legrand’s character development is rich and nuanced and her ability to tell multiple stories at once without losing momentum or focus is unparalleled in YA fiction.