Review: Summerlost by Ally Condie

4 stars. This is a contemporary middle grade story about a family dealing with grief staying at a summer house. The MC makes friends with a boy working at the Shakespeare festival. They unravel a mystery together and find some surprises along the way. It’s cute and wholesome and was perfect to read in the […]

Review: The Thing about Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin

The Thing About Jellyfish: 5 stars. A contemporary middle grade story about a girl whose friend died while swimming in the ocean. The MC stops talking entirely after that and becomes obsessive about the idea that a deadly Australian jellyfish must have killed her friend, preferring that to her mom’s answer that “these things just […]

Review: Firefight by Brandon Sanderson

  3 stars. I really liked the first book in this series (Steelheart), about a world where some people suddenly start manifesting superpowers but then became evil–so everyone with superpowers is a villain. There were problems with it, but it was a lot of fun to read. And I apparently read the sequel but completely […]

Review: Bluescreen by Dan Wells

2 stars. I got this for Christmas last year, and because I’ve liked or loved everything else I’ve read by Dan Wells, I was excited for it. But I could barely get through it. If it hadn’t been by Dan, I would have given up early on. I thought it would get better, and it […]

Review: Savvy by Ingrid Law

4 stars. A surprisingly similar book to A Snicker of Magic but with less hype (at least that I’ve seen), this is the story of a family with a magical secret: they all get a savvy, or magical ability, on their 13th birthday. It manifests in a way that can be explosive and dangerous, so 13th birthdays […]