Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Not for the faint of heart. Then again - would you expect anything else from a book about 4 high school "it girls" and the damage they cause? It's real. Uncomfortable. In your face. There were parts of it I didn't enjoy - a particular awful moment springs right to mind. But there's a draw… Continue reading Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

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The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There by Catherynne Valente

Diving in the Bahamas. Surrounded by warm clear water. Fish so beautiful and bright that your chest aches. Something vivid and alive. You are literally immersed in another world. That's what Catherine Valente gives you. Sure, you can sit on the surface and look down at the fish and the coral. You can stand on… Continue reading The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There by Catherynne Valente

The Lightning-Struck Heart by TJ Klune

4.5 stars, but we'll round up to 5 bc it's the holidays. This was a juvenile, awkward, teenage-boy-pervy, laugh-out-loud good time. Gay Shrek. Monty Python and the Holy Grail as a cabaret. Listen, either you have a huge, ridiculous, immature sense of humor or you will hate this book. It's about a young wizard('s apprentice… Continue reading The Lightning-Struck Heart by TJ Klune

The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North

Excellent! This is my second Claire North. There's a clear pattern in her writing, and I love it. This book starts out with a large concept. It's complex, and comprehension was touch and go for a bit. And then she weaves this big idea into a particular story of good versus evil. The last half… Continue reading The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North