Riding the Bus with My Sister by Rachel Simon

With this pandemic lockdown in full swing, most if not all of the public libraries in my area are closed. In their absence, I've started enjoying the offerings of several Little Free Libraries that popped up around my neighborhood in the last few years: cute, birdhouse-like boxes, often decorated with hand-painted designs and inviting colors, … Continue reading Riding the Bus with My Sister by Rachel Simon

Review: Subway | Palliatopia by S.W. Lothian

I was offered an Author Review Copy of Subway | Palliatopia in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions listed below are my own. Title: Subway | Palliatopia (Subway #1) Genre: YA Dystopian Thriller Length: 265 pages Blurb: EVERYTHING HAS A PRICE. In a world that’s self-obsessed, every moment is shared, and every move is … Continue reading Review: Subway | Palliatopia by S.W. Lothian

Review: Scythe by Neal Shusterman

Scythe follows two teenagers, Citra and Rowan, through their apprenticeship to the Honorable Scythe Faraday.  (All Scythes take on new names, after "Patron Historics," aka historical personalities, when ordained.)  Neither want to join the next generation of population-controlling killers, which is why they are deemed perfect to be trained; however, only one year of training … Continue reading Review: Scythe by Neal Shusterman

Book Review: Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry [MINIMAL SPOILERS]

Gathering Blue is one of four sci-fi / utopian stories by Lois Lowry, known informally as The Giver Quartet.  The Giver, I'd say, is the most well-known of these books, and for me, it was a mixture of disturbing, fascinating, and thought-provoking content.  The way it handled human emotions, even the beginnings of puberty, was … Continue reading Book Review: Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry [MINIMAL SPOILERS]

Review: Jelly Bean Summer by Joyce Magnin (courtesy of NetGalley)

I recently joined NetGalley, a website which provides professional readers (I guess I'm one now) and bookish bloggers (I guess that's more like it) with advance reader copies of upcoming releases.  By the time I got my Jelly Bean Summer ARC, it was already a few days after the book was released (May 2nd, 2017), … Continue reading Review: Jelly Bean Summer by Joyce Magnin (courtesy of NetGalley)

Great Resource: A Parent’s Guide to Anime from Anime Cafe

Truth be told, I don't watch anime.  I love the art form and I enjoy the soundtracks to many well-known animes, but I don't actually watch much of it.  RWBY and Avatar are really the only anime-style cartoons I've been able to enjoy. It's a cultural thing, really.  Japanese culture advocates for exposure to mature … Continue reading Great Resource: A Parent’s Guide to Anime from Anime Cafe