TIFF 2012: Review of Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing

September 27, 2012 / 3 Comments / Posted by Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit in Movies, Personal
TIFF 2012: Review of Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing

I haven’t had a chance to blog about books in awhile because real life is getting in the way. Real life including the three movies I recently saw at the Toronto International Film Festival! So, lucky you, you get a few movie mini-reviews before I get back to our regularly scheduled YA features: Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing Look, if you like Shakespeare, you should totally watch this movie. If you don’t like Shakespeare? You should still totally watch this movie. If you’re a Whedon fan? You should DEFINITELY watch this movie. This is Joss Whedon and Shakespeare stripped […]

Dear blog…

September 27, 2012 / 0 Comments / Posted by Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit in Blogging Life, Personal

…I apologize for ignoring you. I have been very busy at my day job, making money so that I can buy books to read and review for you. I have also been very busy learning many copy-editing skills so that I can maybe, possibly get a job in publishing where I can spend lots of time reading more books, and then posting on you. I have been even more busy trying to figure out ways to save money for my upcoming wedding and homeownership so that I can have a house with bookshelves to fill with books that I’ve reviewed. In […]

The Fine Art of Truth or Dare by Melissa Jensen

September 14, 2012 / 6 Comments / Posted by Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit in Review, Uncategorized
The Fine Art of Truth or Dare by Melissa Jensen

The Fine Art of Truth or Dare by Melissa Jensen My rating: 3 of 5 stars Review: The Fine Art of Truth or Dare was one of the 2012 releases I was most looking forward to. Unfortunately, I felt that its peculiar structure and its pacing made it a confusing and frustrating read. Plot: Ella Marino is a smart, sassy, 16-year old who is interested in art and art history. In particular, she’s obsessed with Edward Willing, a post-Impressionist artist who was the nephew of the lady who founded her school, the Willing School. Ella comes from a large Italian family […]

Waiting on Wednesday: Perfect Scoundrels by Ally Carter

September 12, 2012 / 6 Comments / Posted by Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit in Book Memes, Waiting on Wednesday
Waiting on Wednesday: Perfect Scoundrels by Ally Carter

  “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 pre-publication, “can’t-wait-to-read” book is the third book in the Heist Society series! Author: Ally Carter Edition: Hardcover, 304 pages Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children Publication Date: February 5, 2012 From the author’s website: Katarina Bishop and W.W. Hale the fifth were born to lead completely different lives: Kat comes from a long, proud line of lovable criminal masterminds, while Hale is the scion of one of the most seemingly perfect dynasties in the world. If their families […]

Currently Reading…a few thoughts on Possession by A.S. Byatt

September 11, 2012 / 1 Comment / Posted by Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit in Feature
Currently Reading…a few thoughts on Possession by A.S. Byatt

Hi y’all – sorry I’ve been so remiss in posting reviews lately. I’ve been really busy getting my schedule organized and haven’t had a moment to work on my blog. But rest assured, I’m still here, and I’m still working on my Fall TBR list! Just so you know what I’m working on, I’ve got a new feature called “Currently Reading” that I’m introducing to the blog. This will be a once-in-awhile meme that I’ll post when I’m behind on reading and don’t have time to do a full review. It will feature a book I’m currently reading and a […]

Waiting on Wednesday: My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century by Rachel Harris

Waiting on Wednesday: My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century by Rachel Harris

  “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 pre-publication, “can’t-wait-to-read” book is coming out next week!    My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century Author: Rachel Harris     Expected publication date: September 11, 2012 From Goodreads: On the precipice of her sixteenth birthday, the last thing lone wolf Cat Crawford wants is an extravagant gala thrown by her bubbly stepmother and well-meaning father. So even though Cat knows the family’s trip to Florence, Italy, is a peace offering, she embraces the magical city and all it offers. […]

Toronto’s first Fashion’s Night Out – Thurs, Sept 6th!

August 30, 2012 / 1 Comment / Posted by Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit in Fashion, Personal
Toronto’s first Fashion’s Night Out – Thurs, Sept 6th!

I know this is a mostly YA lit review site, but that “mostly” allows me to occasionally post some really great stuff that I love.  Some of you might know that I’m kind of obsessed with fashion. I used to be a fashion blogger for TorontoStreetFashion.com, I have an enormous wardrobe, and I’m still a bit of a nonstop shopper. I love beautiful clothes and accessories, and I love finding out about new designers (especially local ones).  This year, Toronto is hosting its first ever Fashion’s Night Out. FNO is a big shopping celebration that happens all over the world. There […]

Waiting on Wednesday: Winter White

Waiting on Wednesday: Winter White

“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 pre-publication, “can’t-wait-to-read” book should be no surprise for those of you who read yesterday’s review of BELLES by Jen Calonita. Obviously, I can’t wait to sink my teeth into the next one! Winter White (Belles #2) Author: Jen Calonita  Publication Date: October 9, 2012 From Goodreads:  Isabelle Scott and Mirabelle Monroe are still reeling from the revelation that they share more than just the roof over their heads. The media has pounced on their story and […]

Belles by Jen Calonita

August 29, 2012 / 7 Comments / Posted by Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit in Review, Uncategorized
Belles by Jen Calonita

Review: Jen Calonita has a way of getting into your head and making her books can’t-put-down-ers. Belles is no exception. While the premise is a predictable fish-out-of-water story (poor girl suddenly gets rich and has to deal with snobby people), Calonita never lets that stop her from creating a rich characters or a world that is easy to believe in. Izzie and Mira feel real even if the Emerald Cove world that they live in is a fantasy for most people. Izzie is smart, determined and fights for what she wants. Mira is smart, sweet, and a little confused about […]

The Selection by Kiera Cass

August 24, 2012 / 19 Comments / Posted by Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit in Uncategorized
The Selection by Kiera Cass

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in the palace and compete for the heart of the gorgeous Prince Maxon. But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by […]