Thirteen Reasons Why

Author: Jay Asher Rating: 4.5 / 5 stars Verdict: Buy I locked out the stars and I never saw lightning again. Hannah Baker lives a typical teen life.  She goes to school.  She works a minimum wage job.  She isn’t the most popular kid in school, but she isn’t a complete outcast.  She’s likeable enough, … More Thirteen Reasons Why

Wild

Author: Cheryl Strayed Rating: 4 / 5 stars Verdict: Buy “I think it’s neat you do what you want.  Not enough chicks do that, if you ask me – just tell society and their expectations to go fuck themselves.  If more women did that, we’d be better off.” Cheryl’s life has never been easy.  An … More Wild

Abaddon’s Gate

Author: James S.A. Corey Series: Expanse #3 Rating: 2.5 / 5 stars Verdict: Borrow “Ever wonder what we did wrong that got us here?” A little context (it took me a few beats to realize that the titles of these books always have some context behind them) for the title:  Abaddon is a place of … More Abaddon’s Gate

Show, Don’t Tell

Author: William Noble Rating: 3.5 / 5 stars rating Verdict: Borrow “Show don’t tell.”  Every novice writer has been given this advice.  I heard it over and over at the writers’ conference I went to last year.  Yet no one took the time to explain how one goes about showing instead of telling.  This is … More Show, Don’t Tell

The Frog Princess

Author: E.D. Baker Series: The Tales of the Frog Princess #1 Rating: 2.5 / 5 stars Verdict: Bury The Frog Princess is a vanilla fairy tale retelling.  Emma is a magical princess afraid of practicing magic because she makes a mess of it (the anecdotes shared in this respect with her aunt were actually quite … More The Frog Princess

This is Not a Test

Author: Courtney Summers Rating: 4 / 5 stars Verdict: Buy Zombies.  Oh, how I have missed you so.  It’s hard for me to find the perfect zombie novels, especially in young adult, to snuggle into and devour.  It’s a genre I’ve abandoned lately, but I’ve been working on the next installment of my zombie novella … More This is Not a Test