Waiting on Wednesday: Being Henry David by Cal Armistead

Waiting on Wednesday: Being Henry David by Cal Armistead

  “Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that book bloggers are eagerly anticipating. This week’s WoW pick is inspired by classic American literature: Being Henry David by Cal Armistead Publisher: Albert Whitman Teen Expected publication: March 1, 2013 From Goodreads: Seventeen-year-old “Hank” has found himself at Penn Station in New York City with no memory of anything –who he is, where he came from, why he’s running away. His only possession is a worn copy of Walden, by Henry David Thoreau. And so he becomes Henry David-or “Hank” and takes […]

Review: Eldritch Manor by Kim Thompson

November 19, 2012 / 7 Comments / Posted by Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit in Review, Uncategorized
Review: Eldritch Manor by Kim Thompson

Eldritch Manor Author: Kim Thompson Publisher: Dundurn Press Format: Paperback, 176 pages (a finished copy was provided by Dundurn Press) Publication date: October 23, 2012 My rating: 3.5 stars out of 5 stars. From Goodreads:  Twelve-year-old Willa Fuller is convinced that the old folks in the shabby boarding house down the street are prisoners of their sinister landlady, Miss Trang. Only when Willa is hired on as housekeeper does she discover the truth, which is far more fascinating. Eldritch Manor is a retirement home for some very strange beings indeed. All have stories to tell — and petty grievances with one […]

Review: My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher

November 15, 2012 / 9 Comments / Posted by Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit in Review, Uncategorized
Review: My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher

My Sister Lives On The Mantelpiece Author: Annabel Pitcher Format: Hardcover, 211 pages Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Publication date: March 2012 My rating: 4 of 5 stars From Goodreads: Ten-year-old Jamie hasn’t cried since it happened. He knows he should have – Jasmine cried, Mum cried, Dad still cries. Roger didn’t, but then he is just a cat and didn’t know Rose that well, really. Everyone kept saying it would get better with time, but that’s just one of those lies that grown-ups tell in awkward situations. Five years on, it’s worse than ever: Dad drinks, Mum’s gone and […]

Waiting on Wednesday: Janie Face to Face by Caroline B. Cooney

Waiting on Wednesday: Janie Face to Face by Caroline B. Cooney

“Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that book bloggers are eagerly anticipating. This week’s WoW pick is the culmination of series that was huge when I was a teen: Janie Face to Face  Author: Caroline B. Cooney Expected publication date: January 2013 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers From Goodreads: In this riveting and emotional conclusion to the thriller-romance Janie series, that started with The Face on the Milk Carton, all will be revealed as readers find out if Janie and Reeve’s love has endured, and whether or not the person […]

Birthday Month Author Spotlight: Review and Giveaway of the Secret Society Girl series by Diana Pete..

November 14, 2012 / 22 Comments / Posted by Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit in Favorites, Feature, Review
Birthday Month Author Spotlight: Review and Giveaway of the Secret Society Girl series by Diana Peterfreund!

Hi guys, welcome to Part 2 of my Birthday Month Author Spotlight on Diana Peterfreund! Today I have a review of the Secret Society Girl series for you, which includes: 1. Secret Society Girl 2. Under the Rose 3. Rites of Spring (Break) 4. Tap & Gown Ok, caveat: These are some of my favorite books EVER. Basically, if you like any combination of old-school college/university settings, secret societies, feminism, and really sexy romantic scenes, I can pretty much guarantee that you’ll be sold on this. How it starts: Amy is a junior at elite Eli University (clearly modelled after Yale University, where Diana […]

Personal Friday: I think I might want to be a florist…or a party planner.

November 9, 2012 / 1 Comment / Posted by Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit in Personal
Personal Friday: I think I might want to be a florist…or a party planner.

Check out the decor and the food for my BFF’s baby shower last weekend (And yes, Ontario book bloggers, this was the day after the Meet-Up – it was a crazy weekend)! Flowers to greet the guests – this was my favorite arrangement that I did. Each guest also brought a baby picture of themselves. I photocopied each picture, and the copy was pasted into the guestbook along with a message from the guest in question. The photo there is of me, by the way. =)   Flowers for the coffee table, along with gifts! The flowers looked better in […]

Waiting on Wednesday: Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality by Elizabeth Eulberg

Waiting on Wednesday: Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality by Elizabeth Eulberg

“Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that book bloggers are eagerly anticipating. This week’s WoW pick sounds like a great contemporary novel with a lot of pizzazz! Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality Author: Elizabeth Eulberg Publisher: Point Expected publication date: March 1, 2013 From Goodreads: A hilarious new novel from Elizabeth Eulberg about taking the wall out of the wallflower so she can bloom. Don’t mess with a girl with a Great Personality. Everybody loves Lexi. She’s popular, smart, funny…but she’s never been one of those girls, the […]

Birthday Month Author Spotlight: Diana Peterfreund, tons of giveaways & an interview with Ellio..

Birthday Month Author Spotlight: Diana Peterfreund, tons of giveaways & an interview with Elliot North from For Darkness Shows the Stars!

Guess what? It’s my birthday today! I’ve been hinting for the last few months that I was going to have something big for my birthday…so here’s the scoop: this month, I’ll be spotlighting one of my favorite authors, Diana Peterfreund. I’ll be doing giveaways of a bunch of her books and swag, reviews, and a special interview with her with lots of details about her Fall 2013 release ACROSS A STAR-SWEPT SEA! Author Diana Peterfreund Why am I doing this? Because Diana is one of the coolest authors of YA and New Adult writing today. I really believe this. I […]

Review: For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund

November 6, 2012 / 18 Comments / Posted by Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit in Feature, Review
Review: For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund

  This is my second time reading this book, and it was such a different experience than the first. I had mixed feelings the first time because of my obsession love of all things Austen. I spent a lot of time trying to figure out who was who and what matched up with what. Not the best way to approach a new book – as an aside, I think that’s often the reason why a lot of people end up not liking movies of books. It’s important to have a little distance from the work at hand.I promised myself I […]

Recap: The best book blogging event ever, or the Ontario Book Bloggers Meet-Up 2012!

Recap: The best book blogging event ever, or the Ontario Book Bloggers Meet-Up 2012!

What can I say that that title doesn’t say for itself? This was hands-down the most fun event ever for a newbie book blogger. I’ve never experienced that much excitement and squealing about books. For me, the best part of the Ontario Blog Squad’s 2nd Annual Blogger Meet-Up was getting to put faces to the names of bloggers that I’ve been following for years. Yes, meeting the authors and the publishers was great, but getting to actually talk, IN PERSON with people who love YA and have read the same YAs as me? I CAN’T. EVEN. The raffle table with […]