Tag: feminist

“Banana Split For My Baby” Stay Sweet by Siobhan Vivian | 4.5 Star Review

May 11, 2018 / 1 Comment / Posted by Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit in Review
“Banana Split For My Baby” Stay Sweet by Siobhan Vivian | 4.5 Star Review

Review: Stay Sweet by Siobhan Vivian Stay Sweet is a book all about teens and ice cream that belies it’s true feminist nature. Siobhan Vivian has put together a fantastic read that is just fluffy enough, just feminist enough, just romantic enough, and just nostalgic enough to make you feel all the summer feels. Stay Sweet centres on 17 year old Amelia Van Hagen, who’s been working at the local ice cream stand, Meade Creamery, for the last four summers. The stand is run entirely by girls, and steeped in girl-power traditions. Working at Meade Creamery means you work hard, […]

Maud: A Novel Inspired by the Life of L.M. Montgomery by Melanie J. Fishbane | Review

April 25, 2017 / 1 Comment / Posted by Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit in Review
Maud: A Novel Inspired by the Life of L.M. Montgomery by Melanie J. Fishbane | Review

Review: Maud by Melanie J. Fishbane I’ve already told you all about my wild excitement at Maud, as well as my obsession with all things Anne of Green Gables. So let’s dive right into Maud. =p My first thoughts when reading MAUD: This reads like Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House books! There’s something very simple, direct, and 19th century about the prose in Maud, and it instantly brought me back to all my moments learning about pioneer life as a child. Here’s the thing, though: this is not an idyllic time. Unlike L.M. Montgomery’s whimsical Anne of Green Gables, teen Lucy Maud […]

Recently in Romance #6 | New Sarina Bowen, Lucy Parker, and More!

Recently in Romance #6 | New Sarina Bowen, Lucy Parker, and More!

Since becoming a romance reader a few years ago, I’ve struggled to figure out where romance reviews belong on my site. I don’t usually write full reviews of romance books, and I’m not sure if all of you like the X-rated books! Recently in Romance is my mini-review feature where I bundle my recent reads and buys for those of you who are fans. Recently Read: 4 stars. As a lot of you know, I am a huge, ginormous Sarina Bowen fan. I love all of her books, but her male/male romance writing is where she really shines. This romance […]

GIVEAWAY: Here We Are: Feminism For The Real World & Boss Babes | Int’l Women’s Day

March 8, 2017 / 15 Comments / Posted by Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit in Giveaways
GIVEAWAY: Here We Are: Feminism For The Real World & Boss Babes | Int’l Women’s Day

Hi all, happy International Women’s Day! Happy Women’s History Month! I’m so delighted today to be hosting a special giveaway of two amazing, girl-centric, feminist books: Here We Are: Feminism For the Real World edited by Kelly Jensen, and Boss Babes: A Coloring & Activity Book for Grown-Ups by Michelle Volansky! A little background on this giveaway: As a lot of you know, I’m a feminist and a strong supporter of equality. It’s been deeply disturbing to see what’s going on in the US with regards to President Trump and women’s rights. And it’s even scarier to see how threads of misogyny, prejudice, […]

Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart | Waiting on Wednesday

Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart | Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday: Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart If you’ve been in the YA world for awhile, you know that E. Lockhart writes fierce femmes who aren’t afraid to assert their authority over men. See: Ruby Oliver. See: Frankie Landau-Banks. See: Cadence Sinclair (P.S. We Were Liars deluxe edition coming out in May!!) Ms. Lockhart takes her time with her YA books, only publishing every few years. And the books are usually short. But they are packed with perfect diction, brilliant prose, and twists and turns that slay you. In my opinion, it is very, very hard to write a believable, […]

Review: Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

January 31, 2013 / 16 Comments / Posted by Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit in Review, Uncategorized
Review: Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Code Name Verity Author: Elizabeth Wein Publisher: Doubleday Canada Publication Date: May 15, 2012 (first published Feb 6, 2012) Format/Source: eBook borrowed from Toronto Public Library; read for January Toronto Forever Young Adult Book Club meeting Length: 352 pages My rating: 5 out of 5 stars From Goodreads:  Code Name Verity is a compelling, emotionally rich story with universal themes of friendship and loyalty, heroism and bravery. Two young women from totally different backgrounds are thrown together during World War II: one a working-class girl from Manchester, the other a Scottish aristocrat, one a pilot, the other a wireless operator. Yet whenever their […]

Review + Giveaway: Rampant & Ascendant by Diana Peterfreund!

November 25, 2012 / 18 Comments / Posted by Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit in Feature, Review
Review + Giveaway: Rampant & Ascendant by Diana Peterfreund!

Happy Thanksgiving/Black Friday/Cyber Monday to my American friends! For this week’s Birthday Month Author Spotlight on Diana Peterfreund, I have reviews of Diana’s Killer Unicorn books for you – and a couple of signed books to give away! Rampant  Author: Diana Peterfreund Publisher: HarperTeen Publication date: Aug 25, 2009 My rating: 4 out of 5 stars Review: Rampant starts with what I call the classic horror movie sequence – the baby-sitter making out with her boyfriend, then getting attacked – but turned on its head. Because Astrid, our heroine, isn’t some dumb blonde – she’s a teen scientist who wants to […]