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Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee by Jeff Zentner | Review

February 25, 2019 / 3 Comments / Posted by Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit in Review
Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee by Jeff Zentner | Review

Review: Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee by Jeff Zentner Note: I received this advanced reader’s copy free from Indigo Teen for review, but I promise, that in no way influenced my review! Thoughts and opinions are my own.  Quirky trivia-filled humour and perfect teen voices keep Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee by King of Tears Jeff Zentner from being too melancholy. Josie and Delia are best friends who are so close that people often mistake them for sisters. Brought together by a mutual friend who moved (Jesmyn from Goodbye Days), Josie has the goal of being on television, while Delia […]

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 […]

Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner | Review

March 7, 2017 / 3 Comments / Posted by Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit in Review
Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner | Review

Review: Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner To read Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner is to go through the entire grief process. To mourn, to rage, to laugh, to remember, and to hold and release. It’s a reading experience that I’ve not had with many books, and I’m not sure I’ll have again. Carver Briggs just lost his three best friends, Mars, Blake, and Eli, in a car accident – one that he might have accidentally caused by texting his friend who was driving. Some of the families of his friends feel the accident is his fault; there’s a possibility that […]

Maud by Melanie J. Fishbane | Waiting on Wednesday

Maud by Melanie J. Fishbane | Waiting on Wednesday

Guys. Gather round. Let me tell you a story. So it’s no secret that Anne of Green Gables is one of my favorite heroines of all time. I’ve been fascinated with her and with author L.M. Montgomery for a very long time. So when I first heard about MAUD, a YA novel based on Montgomery’s teen life a few years ago? I freaked out. Not only did I hear about it, but I heard about it from a friend. My friend Melanie Fishbane, who I met through book blogging. And the reason she was telling me about it? Because she wrote […]

Waiting on Wednesday: Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner

Waiting on Wednesday: Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner

A few months ago, I read and fell completely in love with The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner. It’s one of those books that you don’t expect to be a contemporary or even a YA book, and even then, I didn’t expect it to be MY book. It was. It totally, totally was. I loved the characters, the writing, the banter in The Serpent King SO much, and I’ve been shoving it into people’s hands all over. When I gushed about it to my contact at Penguin Random House Canada a few months ago, her response? “Just wait for Goodbye Days. It’s […]

The Season by Jonah Lisa Dyer & Stephen Dyer | Giveaway + Author Guest Post

The Season by Jonah Lisa Dyer & Stephen Dyer | Giveaway + Author Guest Post

Hello all! Today I am honoured and delighted to be promoting THE SEASON by Jonah Lisa Dyer and Stephen Dyer. Guys, when I first heard about this book several months ago, I was basically salivating. I am all about the summer fluff books, and I love sporty girl books so the two combined into a Pride & Prejudice retelling? SIGN ME UP. THE SEASON is coming out on July 12th, and to whet your appetite, the Dyers have stopped by with a special (and HILARIOUS) post from their protagonist, Megan, with some pro-tips on how to be a Texas deb […]

Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee | Review

June 1, 2016 / 4 Comments / Posted by Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit in Review
Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee | Review

Review: Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee Mercy Wong has a dream. A seventeen year old Chinese girl living in San Francisco’s Chinatown at the turn of the 20th century, she’s desperate to gain more learning and prestige and find a way to save herself and her little brother from spending the rest of their lives working for her father’s laundry business. The key? Gaining entry to St. Clare’s School for Girls, the most prestigious school in San Francisco. But it’s 1906 and an earthquake is looming on the horizon… I’d like to preface this review by saying that I […]

Mini-Reviews: Illustrated Fantasy, Dark Realities

April 7, 2016 / 4 Comments / Posted by Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit in Mini-Reviews, Review
Mini-Reviews: Illustrated Fantasy, Dark Realities

Beautifully illustrated and executed, this latest (and possibly last?) installment of the Griffin & Sabine series really belongs somewhere within the third book of the trilogy, The Golden Mean. It is, as described, additional letters and correspondence between Griffin and Sabine as they try to make their way towards each other to Alexandria. For those who have not read the series, I think it will be a little difficult to follow this piece – it’s almost like an added novella to the series. That said, since the reading experience of these books is so delightful, I would go ahead and […]

Waiting on Wednesday: Tumbling by Caela Carter

Waiting on Wednesday: Tumbling by Caela Carter

I feel like I’ve been waiting for Tumbling by Caela Carter forever; I first heard about it last year and it immediately made my must-have list because GYMNASTICS YA. Have I mentioned I’m a huge fan of Make It Or Break It, the short-lived ABC Family series, and sports YA in general? The synopsis makes me think this is definitely going to be a lot like that show when the stakes get high. And as we know…when the stakes get high, that’s when the competition really gets fierce. Is Tumbling on your TBR? Are you a fan of sports in your books? […]

2 YA Books To Read On Sexual Assault : The Way I Used To Be & Exit, Pursued by a Bear

March 25, 2016 / 9 Comments / Posted by Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit in Discussion, Review
2 YA Books To Read On Sexual Assault : The Way I Used To Be & Exit, Pursued by a Bear

Hi everyone, today I have reviews of two recent YA books to read on sexual assault: The Way I Used to Be by Amber Smith and Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E.K. Johnson.If you’ve read this blog recently or follow me on Twitter at all in the last year, you know that consent and sexual abuse are issues that I care very deeply about. I’ve chosen to bundle these reviews together because they deal with the rape of teenage girls in two vastly different, but equally honest and thought-provoking ways. It’s fascinating to read them together and to see just how wide the range of […]