The Gauntlet by Karuna Riazi (2017, Middle Grade)

The Gauntlet is Karuna Riazi's debut middle-grade novel from the Salaam Reads imprint of Simon and Schuster.  I won an autographed (!!!) copy of this book from a giveaway earlier this summer by the Chapter One Young Writers Conference, and it's one of the loveliest middle grade stories I've read this year. It's Farah Mirza's … Continue reading The Gauntlet by Karuna Riazi (2017, Middle Grade)

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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)