Anglet "Ang" Sutonga may be the best steeplejack in Bar-Selehm, but for a Lani girl from the Drowning, that doesn't guarantee an easy life. Rejected by her Lani community, who live on the outskirts of the city, Ang doesn't really fit anywhere: not in the dangerous, male-dominated world of the steeplejacks, who repair the chimneys … Continue reading Review: Steeplejack
In the ancient Chinese Kingdom of Xia, Skybright has been a handmaid and companion to Zhen Ni her whole life. Despite Skybright's role as a servant, her relationship with Zhen Ni has been closer to that of a sister. They've spent their days together, sharing their thoughts and secrets. Now that they are sixteen years … Continue reading Review: Serpentine
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews Review originally published on TFW’s sister blog, The Book Academy. October 2015. Greg Gaines is a teenage boy who lives his life on the edges: the edge of social groups, the edge of family relationships, and the edge of his own emotions. He expends so much mental … Continue reading Review: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
Rapture Practice by Aaron Hartzler (Review originally published on TFW’s sister blog, The Book Academy. October 2015.) Rapture Practice is Aaron Hartzler's memoir about growing up gay in an evangelical family. Aaron is a boy who is ready to "blastoff" straight up to heaven when Jesus returns to reward his faithful servants. Along with the rest of his … Continue reading Review: Rapture Practice
Red Rising by Pierce Brown Author's Website (Review originally published on TFW’s sister blog, The Book Academy. September 2015.) Darrow is a Helldiver of Lykos. As a colonist of Mars, he lives below the surface and mines the helium-3 that will be used to terraform the planet and make it habitable for future generations. He and … Continue reading Review: Red Rising
A School for Unusual Girls (Stranje House Novel #1) by Kathleen Baldwin Buy it at Cavalier House Books: Hardback | Kobo eBook Author's Website (Review originally published on TFW’s sister blog, The Book Academy. September 2015) In Regency England there is no room in polite society for girls who are interested in science. Girls must fit the mold of all … Continue reading Review: A School for Unusual Girls
Laura Jean Covey has a secret. She used to have a crush on her older sister Margo's boyfriend, Josh. But she got over that crush the same way she gets over all of her crushes...by writing a letter to the boys. Granted, she never mails the letters. Instead, she tucks them away in her mother's old hatbox, thereby bringing closure to the relationships that never were.
Who among us hasn’t developed a literary crush and wished the character could step into the real world? If only Gilbert Blythe were real! If only every other boy didn’t pale in comparison to Henry Tilney or Mr. Darcy! In Between the Lines by Jodi PIcoult and Samantha Van Leer, Delilah’s literary crush, Oliver, is very real. Well…real to Delilah while still being trapped in the pages of his book.