Articles from May 2019



Review: The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

5 stars This would be such a great book to read aloud to younger kids (I’m thinking 5-7 years old). It follows a silverback gorilla in a seedy animal show off the highway. He understands human speech and loves to make art but can’t communicate. His friends are a stray dog, an old, wise elephant […]

Review: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

2.5 stars While this had a cool concept (Cinderella, except she’s a cyborg in the future! And there’s a plague and a horrible queen of a Lunar colony trying to take over the earth!), I wanted more depth in just about every arena. I didn’t love the main character or her love interest, the villains […]

Review: Nothing Left to Lose by Dan Wells

4.5 stars The conclusion to the series, this did what it needed to to end everything on a high note. My only regret is that it wrapped up with too much of a happy ending. I don’t know what else I wanted. It is bittersweet, but John is so messed up that I kind of […]

Review: Coraline by Neil Gaiman

5 stars Full disclosure: I really don’t tend to like books by Neil Gaiman. I’m pretty sure it’s a personal thing, since lots of other people love his work. I read Stardust after loving the movie based on it, and I preferred the movie almost from start to finish. I tried to read The Graveyard […]

Review: Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale

5 stars I love this book. It’s just all the things I want a book to be. It’s YA but approachable to late tweens and early teens, I’d say. A lady’s maid is locked in a tower with her lady because the lady refuses to marry a horrible man, claiming she’s already engaged to another […]