Tagged with YA books

February Book Haul

February Book Haul

February may be the shortest month, but with all of the arctic temperatures and blizzards we’ve been experiencing here in the Hudson Valley, it felt interminable! Those wintry feelings probably have a large part to do with my amazing book haul for this month, yay for silver linings! There are three categories of books that … Continue reading

Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Uprooted by Naomi Novik

It’s so tempting to get stuck in a particular pattern of reading, to follow a trail of books you like, that are fun, lighthearted, not too challenging; you can dip in and out of them easily because they don’t demand that much from you, but the flip side is that they don’t really give you … Continue reading

Waiting on Wednesday: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Waiting on Wednesday: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

“Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly event, hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating. In honor of Leigh Bardugo (mistress of all wonder and inspiration that is the magic of the Grisha Trilogy), moving the release date of her forthcoming Six of Crows up to September 29th, I’m … Continue reading

Happy Spring!

Happy Spring!

At long last we’ve arrived at that wondrous day, which officially marks an end to Winter and the slow beginnings of Spring! Although it’s currently snowing outside, and I’m nestled under a blanket, in my studio in front of a smoldering fire AND my trusty space heater, I can’t help but frantically search the branches outside my … Continue reading

Tsarina by J. Nelle Patrick

Tsarina by J. Nelle Patrick

Growing up like many of my fellow die hard readers, I came to have a bit of a ‘Matilda’ reputation with the elementary school librarians because I was one of the few 9 year olds with a penchant for biographies. I devoured these real life stories of men and women who’d composed symphonies, traveled the world, … Continue reading

Top Ten: Books on my Summer TBR List

Top Ten: Books on my Summer TBR List

Holy Crow, there are soo many amazing books coming out this summer that I just had to spread the love/proselytize their greatness! Series Closers! Assassins! Supernatural Creatures! Mystery! Oh my! Cassandra Clare (along with Kristin Cashore) was pretty much my ‘gateway drug’author to YA, thus it’s with baited breath that I reunite with the ole shadowhunter/downworlder … Continue reading

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

There’s a a spectacularly eerie song, called “Danse Macabre” composed by Camille Saint-Saëns, that is woven through the narrative of Samantha Shannon’s The Bone Season. You should definitely listen to it if you’re thinking about reading this book. It’s fevered, emotional, dark, at times frenzied, rich and innovative; a tone poem set for orchestra that is … Continue reading

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

Reading Leigh Bardugo’s writing is like sinking your teeth in to the most decadent macaron. Your palette is submerged in tantalizingly complex flavors and textures, your imagination is lit when your taste buds are left tingling. How is the shell at once crispy and feather light? What witchcraft is it that makes this palm-sized sweet, … Continue reading

Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor

Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor

Wow. Laini Taylor has really raised the bar for writing series with her follow up to the original show stopper, Daughter of Smoke and Bone. It was sincerely one of the best sequels I’ve ever read. I was stunned with Daughter of Smoke and Bone, when Taylor blew the hinges off the dynamic world she’d set … Continue reading