Book Review: Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

Title: Salt to the SeaAuthor: Ruta SepetysPublisher: Philomel BooksPage Count: 391Publication Date: 2016Category/Genre: Fiction, Historical Fiction, WWII, Romance, War, Young AdultGood Reads Rating: ★★★★☆ (4.35)My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4.0) While the Titanic and Lusitania are both well-documented disasters, the single greatest tragedy in maritime history is the little-known January 30, 1945 sinking in the Baltic Sea … Continue reading Book Review: Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

Book Review: The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.L. Klune

Title: The House in the Cerulean SeaAuthor: T.L.KlunePublisher: Tor BooksPage Count: 394Publication Date: 2020Category/Genre: Fiction, Fantasy, Young Adult, Magic, Contemporary, Romance. LBGTQGood Reads Rating: ★★★★★ (4.46)My Rating: ★★★★★ (5.0) A magical island. A dangerous task. A burning secret. Linus Baker leads a quiet, solitary life. At forty, he lives in a tiny house with a … Continue reading Book Review: The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.L. Klune

Book Review: Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

Title: Ruin and RisingAuthor: Leigh BardugoPublisher: Henry Holt and CompanyPage Count: 422Publication Date: 2014Category/Genre: Fiction, Fantasy, Adventure, Magic, Young Adult, RomanceGood Reads Rating: ★★★★☆ (4.05)My Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3.0) The capital has fallen. The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne. Now the nation’s fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the … Continue reading Book Review: Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

Book Review: Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

Title: Siege and StormAuthor: Leigh BardugoPublisher: Henry Holt and CompanyPage Count: 435Publication Date: 2013Category/Genre: Fiction, Fantasy, Adventure, Magic, Young Adult, RomanceGood Reads Rating: ★★★★☆ (3.87)My Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3.0) Darkness never dies. Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in … Continue reading Book Review: Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

Book Review: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Title: Shadow and BoneAuthor: Leigh BardugoPublisher: Henry Holt and CompanyPage Count: 358Publication Date: 2012Category/Genre: Fiction, Fantasy, Adventure, Magic, Young Adult, RomanceGood Reads Rating: ★★★★☆ (3.97)My Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3.0) Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who … Continue reading Book Review: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

December 2020 Reading Challenge: The Fault in our Stars by John Green

Title:  The Fault in our Stars Author: John Green Publisher: Dutton Books Page Count: 313 Publication Date: 2012 Category/Genre: Fiction, Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary, Coming of Age Good Reads Rating: ★★★★☆ (4.20) My Rating: ★★★★☆(4.0) Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final … Continue reading December 2020 Reading Challenge: The Fault in our Stars by John Green

June 2020 Reading Challenge: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Title:  Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe Author: Benjamin Alire Sáenz Publisher: Simon & Schuster for Young Readers Page Count: 359 Publication Date: 2012 Category/Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Fiction, Romance, LGBT, Fiction Good Reads Rating: ★★★★☆ (4.34) My Rating: ★★★★☆(4.0) A lyrical novel about family and friendship from critically acclaimed author Benjamin Alire … Continue reading June 2020 Reading Challenge: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Book Club July 2020: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Title: The Hate U Give Author: Angie Thomas Publisher: Blazer + Bray Page Count: 444 Publication Date: 2017 Category/Genre: Fiction, Young Adult, Contemporary Fiction, Race, Social Justice, African-American Culture Good Reads Rating: ★★★★★ (4.52) Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy … Continue reading Book Club July 2020: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Book Club April 2020: The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

Title: The Lovely Bones Author: Alice Sebold Publisher: Little, Brown, and Company Page Count: 372 Publication Date: 2002 Category/Genre: Fiction, Mystery, Young Adult, Crime, Contemporary Fiction, Drama Good Reads Rating: ★★★★☆ (3.81) The Lovely Bones is the story of a family devastated by a gruesome murder — a murder recounted by the teenage victim. Upsetting, you say? … Continue reading Book Club April 2020: The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

February BookClub: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Title:  The Book Thief Author: Markus Zusak Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Page Count: 552 Publication Date: 2006 Category/Genre: Fiction, Historical Fiction, Young Adult Good Reads Rating: ★★★★☆ (4.37) It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will be busier still. By her brother’s graveside, Liesel’s life is changed … Continue reading February BookClub: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak