Book Review: “The Rest of Us Just Live Here” by Patrick Ness
Book Reviews / October 5, 2015

Entering the world of Patrick Ness’ warmhearted and tongue in cheek pastiche of young adult fiction is to find yourself in the midst of two stories, that of the Indie Kids whose days are numbered as they battle the mysterious Immortals, and of Mikey and his friends, who just want to graduate and get the heck out of dodge. What happens when the background actors in the superhero world get to lead the show? When “Hufflepuff student B, eating pie” is the central focus of the book. You get a brilliantly funny, stunningly intuitive story that explores an exposition of friendship and a narrative of muddling along as best you can. The trick is to do it before the high school explodes. Again.

Book Review: “The Land of Stories: Beyond the Kingdoms” by Chris Colfer
Book Reviews / July 10, 2015

The next book in Chris Colfer’s The Land of Stories series takes twins Conner and Alex beyond the fairy kingdom and into the realm of classic children’s literary worlds. Beyond the Kingdoms is a funny and moving addition to Colfer’s magical tale, which sees the twins maturing into independent teenagers without the guidance of their fairy godmother. With Robin Hood, Peter Pan and the Tin Man thrown into the mix, talk about a whirlwind adventure! There are danger and villains around every topsy turvy corner and the stakes are raised to the most dangerous battle yet.

Book Review: “The Accident Season” by Moïra Fowley-Doyle
Book Reviews / July 1, 2015

BEWARE! This story will creep under your skin, make you fall in love, and won’t leave your thoughts. “The Accident Season” is a danger-laden trip through a family’s unspoken fears. With the sense that peril is around every corner, I was utterly gripped and had to keep reading even with a distinct sense of unease. Filled to the brim with secrets, hidden love, and dark pasts – you never quite know where you stand with Cara and her family. Not quite contemporary, not quite fantasy, this story tiptoes the borders of genre like a girl balancing on a slippery log over a fast-moving river.

In celebration of #GLAADSpiritDay: Ten LGBTQ* books
Book Reviews / October 16, 2014

From Daniel Radcliffe’s work for Trevor Project and portrayal of Allen Ginsberg, to Jessie Cave’s recent role as Zoe in the film “Pride”, the “Potter” cast has shown their support for LGBTQ* individuals over the years, and today millions go purple for Spirit Day in a stand against bullying. Observed annually since 2010, purple symbolizes “spirit” on the rainbow flag. Charlie recommends ten books that celebrate diversity and include LGBTQ* main characters.

Book Review: “The Sleeper and the Spindle” by Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell
Book Reviews / October 13, 2014

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Book Review: “A Little Something Different” by Sandy Hall
Book Reviews / September 14, 2014

“A Little Something Different” is a romantic comedy for anyone who dabbles in drabbles, a college age meet cute split up into 14 different points of view. When Lea and Gabe bump into each other at the beginning of the semester, their chemistry is obvious to everyone around them, from their best friends, their creative writing teacher, the local Starbucks baristas, to the park bench and a squirrel. With a shared love of “Buffy”, a joint class, and an instant attraction, getting together should be easy. If only Gabe could get over his issues and crippling shyness and Lea could get over her trepidation to make the first move.

Book Review: “Darkness Hidden” by Zoë Marriott
Book Reviews / September 13, 2014

A dazzling continuation of Marriott’s urban fantasy series. Previously, in “Name of the Blade”, three teens in London battled a terrifying creature straight out of Japanese mythology. In “Darkness Hidden”, the second book of the series, a whole new level of terror is unleashed from the underworld on to the streets, and Mio, Jack, and Shinobu will have to sacrifice even more to keep the world safe. All to protect the mysterious ancestral katana sword – that has a deadly agenda all of its own.

Book Review: “The Land of Stories: A Grimm Warning” (TLoS3) by Chris Colfer
Book Reviews / July 8, 2014

Published today, Chris Colfer’s third installment of his magical “The Land of Stories” series comes with a Grimm Warning! Now age 14 and stuck living in the Otherworld, Conner Bailey must navigate across the globe to decipher a clue left from the world’s most famous storytellers. With a little help from some friends along the way, he must race through time and across dimensions to warn his twin sister Alex that the Fairy Kingdom is in grave danger. Full of surprises, secrets, and sorcery, the series is perfect for fans of fairy tales with a twist.