Saturday, June 22, 2019

Book Haul: Troubled Children



Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews. I get to show off the books I’ve gotten recently. All of the books in this haul are about children with troubles. I’ve already read a few of them. Look at me, being on top of things.

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Review: After Zero by Christina Collins


After Zero by Christina Collins



Genre: Middlegrade contemporary
Pages: 256
Publication date: September 2018
Content warning: Bullying, mental illness, death, family secrets, hunting
Elise carries a notebook full of tallies, each page marking a day spent at her new public school, each stroke of her pencil marking a word spoken. A word that can't be taken back. Five tally marks isn't so bad. Two is pretty good. But zero? Zero is perfect. Zero means no wrong answers called out in class, no secrets accidentally spilled, no conversations to agonize over at night when sleep is far away.

But now months have passed, and Elise isn't sure she could speak even if she wanted to―not to keep her only friend, Mel, from drifting further away―or to ask if anyone else has seen her English teacher's stuffed raven come to life. Then, the discovery of a shocking family secret helps Elise realize that her silence might just be the key to unlocking everything she's ever hoped for.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday: Unpopular Bookish Opinions





Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week, I’m putting on my armor and confessing my unpopular book-related opinions. Please don’t hate me! I swear I’m a good person!






Saturday, June 8, 2019

Review: The Arsonist by Stephanie Oakes

The Arsonist by Stephanie Oakes



Genre: Young adult mystery
Pages: 493
Publication date: August 2017
Content warning: Arson, murder, suicide, war, mental and physical illness, prison, injury, death penalty

Molly Mavity is not a normal teenage girl. For one thing, she doesn’t believe that her mother killed herself three years ago. And since her father is about to be executed for his crimes, Molly is convinced that her mother will return to her soon. Finally, the hole in her heart will stop hurting.

Pepper Al-Yusef is not your average teenage boy. A Kuwaiti immigrant with serious girl problems and the most embarrassing seizure dog in existence, he has to write a series of essays over the summer . . . or fail out of school.

And Ava Dreyman—the brave and beautiful East German resistance fighter whose murder at seventeen led to the destruction of the Berlin Wall—is unlike anyone you’ve met before.

When Molly and Pepper are tasked with finding Ava’s murderer, they realize there’s more to her life—and death—than meets the eye. Someone is lying to them. And someone out there is guiding them along, desperate for answers.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday: Best Modern Dystopian Books




Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week, I’m listing my favorite dystopian and post-apocalyptic books. I’ve read so many novels from these genres that I needed a way to narrow down my list, so I’m keeping it modern. I’m only going to feature books published in the last 40-ish years.