Tag: YA for adults

A Very Literary Review: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

June 13, 2014 / 10 Comments / Posted by Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit in Review
A Very Literary Review: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

We Were Liars Author: E. Lockhart (website | twitter) Publisher: Delacorte Press (Random House of Canada) Source: Finished copy from BEA14 Format: Hardcover, 227 pages Publication date: May 6, 2014 My rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars.  A beautiful and distinguished family. A private island. A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy. A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive. A revolution. An accident. A secret. Lies upon lies. True love. The truth. We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart. Read it. And if anyone […]

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: […]

Review: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

April 12, 2013 / 28 Comments / Posted by Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit in Review, Uncategorized
Review: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

The Raven Boys Author: Maggie Stiefvater Publisher: Scholastic Press Format: eBook Source: Bought on Amazon Publication date: September 18, 2012 My rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars “There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.” It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive. Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks […]

Waiting on Wednesday: Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein

Waiting on Wednesday: Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein

“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 a companion to one of my 5-star books this year: Rose Under Fire (Code Name Verity companion) Author: Elizabeth Wein Publisher: Doubleday Canada (Hyperion Books in USA/UK) Expected publication date: September 17, 2013 While flying an Allied fighter plane from Paris to England, American ATA pilot and amateur poet, Rose Justice, is captured by the Nazis and sent to Ravensbrück, the notorious women’s concentration camp. Trapped in horrific circumstances, Rose finds hope in the impossible […]

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: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

December 31, 2012 / 19 Comments / Posted by Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit in Review, Uncategorized
Review: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The Fault in Our Stars Author: John Green Publisher: Dutton Books Format: Hardcover, 313 pages Source: Belated birthday present from my soon-to-be sister/brother-in-law My rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars Goodreads synopsis: Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 13, Hazel was prepared to die until, at 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumours in her lungs… for now. Two years post-miracle, sixteen-year-old Hazel is post-everything else, too; post-high school, post-friends and post-normalcy. And even though she could live for a long time (whatever that means), Hazel lives tethered to an oxygen tank, the tumours tenuously kept at bay with a […]

Throwback Thursdays: Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty – review!

October 4, 2012 / 7 Comments / Posted by Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit in Review, Uncategorized
Throwback Thursdays: Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty – review!

Throwback Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by The Housework Can Wait and Never Too Fond of Books. It’s the nature of book blogging to focus mainly on new releases, but there are thousands of great books out there that haven’t seen the “New Releases” shelf in years. We hope to be able to bring attention to some older titles that may not be at the top of the current bestseller list, but still deserve a spot in your To-Be-Read pile. This week’s oldie-but-goodie is one I’ve mentioned several times in the last few weeks: Review: This book is part […]