Articles from March 2019



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 […]

Review: A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd

3 stars. I chose this book because it showed up on a lot of agents’ lists of favorite books. Turns out it’s similar in ways to mine, so yay, comp title that lots of agents like! The plot follows a family that has been traveling from place to place every few months for their entire […]

Review: Counting by 7’s by Holly Goldberg Sloan

  4 stars. Again, I read this book because of glowing recommendations on Twitter. I did like it. I didn’t love it. Contemporary middle grade, it’s the story of a twelve-year-old genius whose adopted parents die suddenly, after which an assortment of misfits takes her in. There’s a Vietnamese family at the heart of it, […]

Review: A Million Shadows by Janci Patterson

4 stars. This is the sequel to A Thousand Faces, which is about a family of shapeshifters for hire in modern Los Angeles. The main character is their teenage daughter, who ends up in a lot of trouble when her parents go missing while on a corporate espionage mission. There’s romance that I thought was extremely […]

Review: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

3.5 stars. I heard so many amazing things about this book on Twitter that I gave it a shot. At first it seemed like exactly my thing: a cross between Battlestar Galactica and 2001, with space zombies thrown in. It moved at a breathless pace pretty much from beginning to end. There was a lot […]