Category Archives: 2014 Books Read

Quiet…A Little Too Quiet: ‘Gracefully Grayson’ by Ami Polonsky

Briefly: Have you ever felt like an outsider? Or maybe that you aren’t living the life you should? What if that was because you feel like a girl…but nature tells you you’re a boy? Grayson Sender lives with this secret every day. He... Read More | Share it now!

Droll and Intense: ‘Anatomy of a Misfit’ by Andrea Portes

Briefly: Anika is the third most popular girl at school. In order to keep her position, she has to put up with the whims and barbs and outright ugliness of the most popular girl, Becky Vilhauer. Because if she didn’t, she’d have no one.... Read More | Share it now!

BriefINK Review: ‘Starry Night’ by Isabel Gillies

This is the story of Wren, her relationship with her best friends, meeting the love of her life, and learning how to deal with growing up. Normally, I don’t read reviews before I write my own. I don’t want to be unduly influenced by someone... Read More | Share it now!

Prepare To Be Gutted: ‘We Were Liars’ by E. Lockhart

Briefly: Cadence Sinclair Eastman. Child of those Sinclairs. They are strong, athletic and unburdened. They are suspicious, close and liars. Cady is returning to summer on the island after having to go to Europe with her father the summer before.... Read More | Share it now!

BriefINK Review: ‘3:AM Kisses’ by Addison Moore

Genre: Barely Not Porn. Or Porn-Ish. Or Porn Lite. As I was reading this book, I just rolled my eyes and tried to understand why anyone would enjoy reading this. I mean, if you take out all of the sexual references, comments, descriptions, innuendos,... Read More | Share it now!

Do You Like Your Spies…Historical?

Completely by happenstance, it seems that I have disappeared into a wormhole that has taken me back to times, both real and imaginary, where female spies rule. This niche of YA fiction has really been a delight to discover. I do hope that other authors... Read More | Share it now!

Review + GIVEAWAY: ‘Tomboy: A Graphic Memoir’ by Liz Prince

GIVEAWAY EXTENDED THROUGH THURSDAY, 11/13!!! Oh no. I feel a philosophical post coming on…be warned! Briefly: I’m not a huge (or middle-sized, even) reader of graphic novels. But when I was offered a chance to read Tomboy: A Graphic... Read More | Share it now!

Nothing Bugged Me About ‘The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls’ by Claire Legrand

Recently, somewhere, I came across Winterspell by Claire Legrand. It was published at the end of September, and when I read the synopsis of the story, it sounded like something I’d want to read. Of course there is a waiting list at my library... Read More | Share it now!

More Jared than Tiffany: ‘Being Audrey Hepburn’ by Mitchell Kriegman

Briefly: What happens when your average girl with below average finances and a Jersey accent gets stuck in that infamous black Givenchy from Breakfast at Tiffany’s? At the Metropolitan Museum of Art? During a hoity toity soirée? And people see... Read More | Share it now!

‘Bellman & Black’ by Diane Setterfield: Where Was It Going?

You have to agree, the summary from the publisher makes this book sound very intriguing: As a boy, William Bellman commits one small cruel act that has unforeseen and terrible consequences. By the time he is grown, with a family of his own, he seems... Read More | Share it now!