A Classic, Updated: A Review of the Innocents by Frances Segal

I discovered Edith Wharton my sophomore year of college when I took an English course called Major Women Writers. We met once a week on Wednesday evenings to dissect Virginia Wolf and Willa Cather and Zora Neale Hurston. It was one of my favorite classes of my entire career—and I went to college for a long… Continue reading A Classic, Updated: A Review of the Innocents by Frances Segal

Don’t Be Fooled by the Cover: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

I put off reading this book because the cover underwhelmed me. The cool light painting wasn’t what turned me off—it was the girl in a white dress. Is she trying to survive in a post-apocalyptic dystopia or walking down the aisle on her wedding day? But several of my patrons who love paranormal romance and… Continue reading Don’t Be Fooled by the Cover: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Sci-Fi + Jane Austen: For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diane Peterfreund

Pride and Prejudice isn’t my favorite Jane Austen novel. Neither is Emma. It’s not even Sense and Sensibility or Northhanger Abbey. For the record, it’s Mansfield Park, but a close second is Persuasion. So when a new book came into the library and was described on the jacket as a dystopian/post-apocalyptic spin on Persuasion, I… Continue reading Sci-Fi + Jane Austen: For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diane Peterfreund

6 New & Forthcoming Young Adult Novels I’m Excited to Read

The Forsaken by Lissa M. Stasse Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy, with dystopia Release date: July 10, 2012 Synopsis: As an obedient orphan of the U.N.A. (the super-country that was once Mexico, the U.S., and Canada), Alenna learned at an early age to blend in and be quiet—having your parents taken by the police will do… Continue reading 6 New & Forthcoming Young Adult Novels I’m Excited to Read

Summer Love: My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

A boy. A secret. A summer. When I first read advance reviews and the synopsis of My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick, I immediately requested the library order it. Sometimes contemporary young adult synopses make me roll my eyes, but this one sounded like a sweet story, perfect for summer reading. It definitely met… Continue reading Summer Love: My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick