Big Little Lies

Author: Liane Moriarty Rating: 2.5 / 5 stars Verdict: Bury “What if I was a bit overweight and not especially pretty?  Why is that so terrible?  So disgusting?  Why is that the end of the world?” First of all, what’s up with the cover?  Bubble gum, I could have understood.  But a lollipop?  Does anyone … More Big Little Lies

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


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