Category Archives: Contemporary

Review: ‘Wink Poppy Midnight’ by April Genevieve Tucholke #SRC

You know something’s afoot when the tagline for the book is “A hero. A villain. A Liar. Who’s Who?” Wink Poppy Midnight spins you around like a kid playing Pin the Tail on the Donkey and does not disappoint. Falling into my... Read More | Share it now!

Review: ‘The Great American Whatever’ by Tim Federle #COYER #SRC

I love it when you can tell that a book is going to be great right away. Such is the case here, with wonderful writing and a fresh approach. Quinn Roberts has basically been in his bedroom for six months. When his sister and movie-making partner,... Read More | Share it now!

Review: ‘Peas and Carrots’ by Tanita S. Davis #COYER #SRC

Told from alternating points of view, Peas and Carrots is the story of two teen girls, different in just about every way, who have to learn how to get along while in a foster care situation. Odessa “Dess” Matthews has had it rough. Living... Read More | Share it now!

Review: ‘Far From You’ by Tess Sharpe #COYER #2016HW

Everyone, from the detective to her own parents, know that it was Sophie’s fault that Mina was killed. After all, Sophie is the one who’s hooked on Oxy, not Mina. Booker’s Point is not a place you go without wanting to score. And when... Read More | Share it now!

Review: ‘Don’t Even Think About It’ by Sarah Mlynowski #COYER #2016HW

One homeroom at a New York City public high school is given a contaminated batch of a flu vaccine which allows them to hear everyone’s thoughts. Imagine knowing what everyone thinks of you. While there are definitely some perks (you know if that... Read More | Share it now!

Review: ‘Saving Wishes’ by G.J. Walker-Smith #COYER

As soon as I picked this up, I thought it sounded super familiar. Then I realized that I had read at least half of this book before. First off: like the cover. It’s nice. The rest? How do you say “meh” in Aussie? REMAINDER OF REVIEW... Read More | Share it now!

Review: ‘Summer Days and Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories’ ed. by Stephanie Perkins #COYER #SRC

Twelve stories about summer told in twelve different styles by twelve of the most wonderful Young Adult authors. I was really excited to see this compilation when I was looking for books to read for my Summer Reading Challenge. And while it is a good... Read More | Share it now!

Review: ‘Too Fast’ by Alexia Haynes #COYER

College girl Savannah works two jobs and studies for her classes. She’s got no time for a relationship, but for some reason, has decided that a one-night stand sounds perf. There’s no discussion about whether  it’s because the girl... Read More | Share it now!

Review: ‘The First Time She Drowned’ by Kerry Kletter #COYER #SRC

Is it possible to think that a book is both extraordinarily profound and trite? Told in alternating chapters of present day and the past, you slowly learn why Cassie was left by her parents at the mental institution and why she chooses to leave it... Read More | Share it now!

Review: ‘The Last Time We Were Us’ by Leah Konen #SRC

I love stories that don’t give up all of the inside information immediately. It’s like the difference between those people who have no filter and tell you everything right after you say “nice to meet you,” and the ones who wait... Read More | Share it now!