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Book Spine Poetry | Loveathon 2016

February 21, 2016 / 16 Comments / Posted by Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit in Uncategorized
Book Spine Poetry | Loveathon 2016

Hi guys, this is always my favorite post of Loveathon – I love making book spine poetry and half the time I forget it exists! So here we go (the first one is my favorite, it’s almost a haiku and I love that it tells a story). Mostly YA Lit’s 2016 Book Spine Poetry Better off friends We were liars (P.S. I still love you)   When we collided small bones, lost stars This is where the world ends.  Let the sky fall.    Under a painted sky, we all looked up.  Rush.  Ignite me.  Everything…everything.  I was here.  —– […]

All Things Grow With Love | The Runaway Princess by Hester Browne

November 5, 2015 / 4 Comments / Posted by Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit in Review, Uncategorized
All Things Grow With Love | The Runaway Princess by Hester Browne

Review: The Runaway Princess by Hester Browne stars Amy Wilde as an up-and-coming garden designer in London, hailing from small-town Yorkshire. On New Year’s Eve, her fun-loving best friend and roommate throws a party where she meets Leo, a fund manager that she instantly has an attraction to. What she doesn’t know is that he’s a prince, and Amy’s middle-class life is about to be turned upside-down. I really enjoyed the romance of The Runaway Princess. Leo’s fame did seem a bit contrived considering that he came from such a small principality, but I liked how normal he was and […]

Review: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

October 23, 2015 / 10 Comments / Posted by Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit in Review, Uncategorized
Review: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Review: By now you’ve probably heard the flails, the gasps, the “OMG NONONONONOs” that come from reading Illuminae, the 600-page sci-fi brick by Aussie writers Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – if not from me, then hopefully from the rest of the book community. And if you’re coming here looking for an extremely well-written review, well… Reason being that this book is all feels, guys. It starts with a bang, then a character/world building section, and then THE ENTIRE WORLD FALLS APART. Ok, let me rewind. Illuminae, as you probably know, is told all in found documents, sent by a secretive […]

: Review: The Distance From Me To You by Marina Gessner

October 16, 2015 / 2 Comments / Posted by Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit in Review, Uncategorized
: Review: The Distance From Me To You by Marina Gessner

Review: The Distance From Me To You is a book for people who like no-nonsense writing and fast pacing. It’s a straightforward look at stubborn, independent McKenna, a 17-year old who decides to hike the entire Appalachian Trail after high school. Without her parents knowing, McKenna decides to go it alone after being abandoned at the last moment by her best friend. Along the way, she meets and falls in love with thru hiker, Sam, who is trying to outrun his very broken home life. The bulk of this book deals with Sam’s and McKenna’s relationship and his belief that […]

“Like You’re My Mirror”: Ten Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia Gray

October 15, 2015 / 2 Comments / Posted by Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit in Review, Uncategorized
“Like You’re My Mirror”: Ten Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia Gray

Review: Spoilers for A Thousand Pieces of You, the first book in the series. Don’t you dare read on if you haven’t read the first one – go check out my review for ATPOY instead.  Claudia Gray, you brilliant, evil genius, you. In A Thousand Pieces of You, I raced through the different worlds with Marguerite, fell in love with Paul right with her, and learned about how to traverse the universes. Descriptive world-building and a fast-pace kept things going, but left me wanting more character development. Ten Thousand Skies Above You has Marguerite whipping through worlds with a lot more […]

Review: The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

October 2, 2015 / 11 Comments / Posted by Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit in Review, Uncategorized
Review: The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

Warning: There is some profanity in this book and this review – it’s not extreme, but it might be something that puts some parents off.  I’m gonna tell it to you straight: The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness is bit of a roast. It’s funny, it’s snarky, and it doesn’t hold back on making fun of some of the conventional concepts and ideas in YA books right now. This is only my second Patrick Ness book (my first was The Knife of Never Letting Go), but it’s vastly different from the one I read before, which […]

: Juniors by Kaui Hart Hemmings

September 28, 2015 / 2 Comments / Posted by Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit in Review, Uncategorized
: Juniors by Kaui Hart Hemmings

Review: I admit it: I wanted to read Juniors because I fell in love with the movie The Descendants, which is based on Kaui Hart Hemmings’ eponymous novel. I loved the way that the screenplay perfectly captured the conflict of the teenage daughter and the protagonist father, and I liked how we got a glimpse of some of the cultural and class issues in Hawaii. Juniors expands on those issues, this time fully from the perspective of a teenage girl. Lea Lane is a part-Hawaiian girl who has just moved back to Oahu after several years in California. She’s been enrolled […]

“This Slope is Treacherous” Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

August 31, 2015 / 10 Comments / Posted by Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit in Review, Uncategorized
“This Slope is Treacherous” Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon is about a female Bubble Boy. Madeline has had to live most of her life in isolation in her house because she’s allergic to a ton of things. But then new neighbors move in, including a teenage boy named Olly. Slowly, she gets to know him, but that knowledge comes with the recognition that they can never be together…or can they? I fell in love with Madeline as a character immediately. The very first sentence of the book is “I’ve read many more books than you,” which, you know, pretty much is me (challenge: accepted!). […]

“Beauty Beyond Compare” Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

August 24, 2015 / 8 Comments / Posted by Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit in Review, Uncategorized
“Beauty Beyond Compare” Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

Dumplin completely and utterly spoke to me. I cried two times reading it – that, right there, should tell you just how emotional and resonant a book it is. It’s not that it’s sad – it’s that it’s relateable, and the issues that Willowdean was facing were ones I faced as a teen, especially with her mother, her friends, and feeling good enough to be with a guy. Let me explain: When I was eight, my mom showed me an article in the newspaper that showed Princess Diana and how she wore a lot of pink and purple, and told me that […]

“Sad Beautiful Tragic”: Another Day by David Levithan

August 17, 2015 / 0 Comments / Posted by Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit in Review, Uncategorized
“Sad Beautiful Tragic”: Another Day by David Levithan

Spoilers for Every Day – but honestly, I’m not convinced that you should pick up this book without reading Every Day first, even though I know it’s written so that you can. If you haven’t read Every Day yet, please go check out my review of that first! Another Day is definitely going to be one of those books that polarizes people – you’re either going to like it or hate it. I fall more on the side of liking, because I really liked Every Day and I’m a person who appreciates literary exercises, even if they don’t seem to […]