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The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon | Review

December 6, 2016 / 3 Comments / Posted by Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit in Review
The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon | Review

Review: The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon You guys. I don’t usually like insta-love books. I don’t normally like books where characters meet and immediately know that they are going to be together forever. Hopeless romanticism often frustrates me. But look, if you’re going to write an insta-love book, then it should damn well be written like The Sun is Also a Star. It should have layered, complex characters with crystallized beliefs who banter super well. Characters who are influenced by more than just each other, and who, in one extraordinary day, share their vulnerabilities and their […]

Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld | Book Review

April 21, 2016 / 4 Comments / Posted by Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit in Review
Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld | Book Review

Review: Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld is a witty and enjoyable, if long, retelling of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Clocking in at 512 pages, Sittenfeld takes her time establishing the characters, the city of Cincinnati, and the society in which they live. This is a book for people who like to fall in love with a city and who, like Elizabeth Bennet herself, tend to hold onto first impressions of books and characters. At first glance, Liz Bennet and her family seem like pretty despicable people. They’re old money Cincinnati folk, born with and continuing […]

The High Mountains of Portugal by Yann Martel | Book Review

March 23, 2016 / 1 Comment / Posted by Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit in Review
The High Mountains of Portugal by Yann Martel | Book Review

Hi all, today I have a review from my fantastic husband, Evan, of an adult fiction book by acclaimed writer Yann Martel, author of Life of Pi. Evan reads a lot of sci-fi and literary fiction (mostly Philip Roth and other contemporary authors), and he and I both enjoyed Life of Pi (the book AND movie) so he’s in the perfect position to take a closer look at this latest release from this literary giant. Please welcome Evan! Review: The High Mountains of Portugal by Yann Martel With The High Mountains of Portugal, Life of Pi author Yann Martel delivers another beautifully […]

Five Reasons to Read 5 to 1 by Holly Bodger

May 11, 2015 / 2 Comments / Posted by Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit in Review, Uncategorized
Five Reasons to Read 5 to 1 by Holly Bodger

5 To 1 Author: Holly Bodger (website | twitter) Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers Source/Format: ARC provided by Random House of Canada in exchange for an honest review (thank you!) Publication date: May 12th 2015 (today!) My rating: 3 out of 5 stars. Buy It: Indigo.ca | Amazon.com | Amazon.ca | IndieBound | Barnes & Noble | Apple iBooks | The Book Depository | Google Books In the year 2052, after decades of gender selection, India now has a ratio of five boys for every girl, making women an incredibly valuable commodity. Tired of marrying off their daughters to the highest bidder […]

Waiting on Wednesday: I’m Glad I Did by Cynthia Weil

Waiting on Wednesday: I’m Glad I Did by Cynthia Weil

“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 can’t-wait-for-it book is a super-fun sounding historical! I’m Glad I Did  Author: Cynthia Weil Publisher: Soho Teen Expected publication: January 27, 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and songwriting legend Cynthia Weil’s extraordinary YA debut opens the secretive doors of the Brill Building-the hit factory that changed history. Part Mad Men, part Grace of my Heart, part murder mystery, I’m Glad I Did is a coming-of-age story at an unforgettable cultural tipping point: the summer […]

Early Review: The Here and Now by Ann Brashares

March 31, 2014 / 8 Comments / Posted by Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit in Review, Uncategorized
Early Review: The Here and Now by Ann Brashares

The Here and Now Author: Ann Brashares (twitter | website) Publisher: Delacorte Press Format/Source: eARC from publisher on Netgalley Expected publication date: April 8, 2014 (tomorrow!) My rating: 2 out of 5 stars My synopsis:  Prenna James is a teenager from a terrible, disease-ridden future who has come to 2010 with a group of other refugees. Prenna’s group has a ton of rules, the biggest being that they shouldn’t be changing very much in this time, and that they can never be intimate with any “time natives” – that is, people from 2010. But Prenna is having trouble with that, because she’s […]

Waiting on Wednesday: The Thousand Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham (aka Veronica M..

Waiting on Wednesday: The Thousand Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham (aka Veronica Mars #1!)

“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 was a no-brainer:   The Thousand Dollar Tan Line (Veronica Mars #1) Authors: Rob Thomas, Jennifer Graham Publisher: Vintage Expected publication: March 25th 2014 The first book in an original mystery series following popular television sleuth Veronica Mars, all grown up and back in action after the feature film funded by a record-breaking Kickstarter campaign. Twenty-eight-year-old Veronica Mars is back in the game after the events of Veronica Mars: The Movie. With the help of […]

Review: Being Sloane Jacobs by Lauren Morrill

January 27, 2014 / 7 Comments / Posted by Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit in Review, Uncategorized
Review: Being Sloane Jacobs by Lauren Morrill

Being Sloane JacobsAuthor: Lauren Morrill (website | twitter) Publisher: Delacorte Press Source: Bought from Chapters/IndigoFormat: Hardcover, 352 pagesPublication date: January 7, 2014  My rating: 4 out of 5 stars Meet Sloane Emily Jacobs: a seriously stressed-out figure-skater from Washington, D.C., who choked during junior nationals and isn’t sure she’s ready for a comeback. What she does know is that she’d give anything to escape the mass of misery that is her life. Now meet Sloane Devon Jacobs, a spunky ice hockey player from Philly who’s been suspended from her team for too many aggressive hip checks. Her punishment? Hockey camp, now, when […]

Waiting on Wednesday: The Here and Now by Ann Brashares

Waiting on Wednesday: The Here and Now by Ann Brashares

The Here and Now Author: Ann Brashares (website | twitter) Publisher: Delacorte Press Expected publication date: April 8th 2014 Goodreads synopsis: Follow the rules. Remember what happened. Never fall in love. Thrilling, exhilarating, haunting, and heartbreaking, The Here and Now is a twenty-first-century take on an impossible romance. Ann Brashares’ first novel for teens since The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants is about a girl from the future who might be able to save the world . . . if she lets go of the one thing she’s found to hold on to. Meet seventeen-year-old Prenna James, who immigrated to New York […]

Guest Review: Black Swan Green by David Mitchell

August 22, 2013 / 3 Comments / Posted by Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit in Review, Uncategorized
Guest Review: Black Swan Green by David Mitchell

Hey, everyone! Today is a special day, because you’re getting a review from my husband, Evan! In case you don’t know the background…Evan is a very smart sci-fi, film, and comic book aficionado who usually reads literary stuff like Michael Chabon and Salman Rushdie. Recently, he read and reviewed Red Moon by Benjamin Percy for MYAL.  This time, he’s checking out a YA novel written by acclaimed British author David Mitchell – you might know him as “that guy who wrote Cloud Atlas.” Take it away, Evan (gifs courtesy of me again)! Black Swan Green Author: David Mitchell (website | facebook) Publisher: […]