TITLE: For All Time
AUTHOR: Shanna Miles
PUBLISHER: Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
RELEASE DATE: September 28th, 2021
GENRES: YOUNG ADULT FICTION—Fantasy, Contemporary, Romance
The introductions to multiple Tamars and Fayards was something I easily got used to. They each have characteristics that got carried over through the different time periods, making their relationship evident, and simply inevitable. Also, in every life we get a glimpse of the push and pull between the two of them: one clearly being all in, and the other constantly hesitant. I also appreciated the little moments of recognition, because at some point it was the one thing I was waiting for.
From William C. Morris Finalist Nafiza Azad comes a thrilling, feminist fantasy about a group of teenage girls endowed with special powers who must band together to save the life of the boy whose magic saved them all.
Meet the Wild Ones: girls who have been hurt, abandoned, and betrayed all their lives. It all began with Paheli, who was once betrayed by her mother and sold to a man in exchange for a favor. When Paheli escapes, she runs headlong into a boy with stars in his eyes. This boy, as battered as she is, tosses Paheli a box of stars before disappearing.
What I enjoyed the most about this book are the nods to the fairytales and children’s story we all grew up with: Little Red Riding Hood, Aladdin, Hansel and Gretel, The Three Little Pigs to name a few. It’s fun seeing these on the first time Filomena steps into Never After. Even the name of the place, Never After, seems like a reference to Neverland from Peter Pan (or that could be just me, haha!).
TITLE: Life in the Balance
AUTHOR: Jen Petro-Roy
PUBLISHER: Feiwel & Friends
RELEASE DATE: February 16th, 2021
GENRE(S): Middle Grade Fiction
Life In The Balance also dealt with more mature things that I would’ve expected. It talked of alcoholism and what it does to a family, and to a person. It talked of friendship and the different ways people could become friends. It also showed what pressure to perform and to fulfill a legacy can do to a kid.
You are Charlotte Holloway. And that means something. Unchosen by Katharyn Blair Unchosen follows Charlotte Holloway as she tries to keep her sisters safe in a world infected with the Crimson: a disease that pretty much turns you into some form of a zombie. Only when we finally meet present day Charlotte and her sisters, we also find out these “Vessels” (or the people who are infected with the Crimson) are evolving as we met a few who were able to keep their mind and person in one piece. We were so ready for the fall of mankind. But, when […]
Welcome to my stop for How To Remember Everything by Jacob Sager Weinstein, Illustrated by Barbara Malley!
Reading this, I realized I used some of the techniques presented in this book growing up: I still recite ROYGBIV to my kids when I’m telling them the colours of the rainbow; a teacher once introduced us to PEM-DAS; and a few weeks ago, in an effort to help my daughter remember directions, my husband taught her “Never Eat Soggy Weiners” (North, East, South and West).
In You Know I’m No Good, we follow Mia through her stay at Red Oak Academy as a result of being a troubled teen. We also know from the beginning the last straw that pushed her father and stepmom to have her admitted. What we don’t know however, until a little further to the story, is the reason that started her spiral out of control. In Red Oak Academy, we get a glimpse of who Mia really is: a smart and caring person who needed to have such a tough facade in order to mask the pain and hate that’s […]
According to the lore, the legend involved two brothers, both gods. One brother Gugurang, was pure, and the other, Asuang, was flawed. Growing up in the Philippines, I remember being more frightened than usual nearing November 1st and 2nd. These are the days when we mostly visit our dead relatives. I’ve always felt as if the pull of the supernatural is weirdly strong during these two days — I am also 150% scaredy-cat so, what do I know? Haha! I also remember news segments dedicated to ghosts, white ladies, and weird unworldly sightings. In addition to that, we live in […]
One day, when a girl was born in Rosario, the earth would shake with anticipation for her future and not dread. It’s release day!!! Set in Argentina, Furia follows Camila, a girl who has big dreams of becoming a professional soccer player. With a budding-soccer-star for a brother, it’s easy to say that Camila’s talent runs in the family. However, her family’s expectations of her lead her to hide her love and talent for the sport. I found the pacing in the beginning a bit difficult to get into. However, once I got used to it, it flowed beautifully. Méndez […]
Human and goblin brothers Cole and Tinn are finding their way back to normal after their journey to the heart of the Oddmire. Normal, unfortunately, wants nothing to do with them. Fable, the daughter of the Queen of the Deep Dark, has her first true friends in the brothers. The Queen allows Fable to visit Tinn and Cole as long as she promises to stay quiet and out of sight—concealing herself and her magic from the townspeople of Endsborough. But when the trio discovers that humans are destroying the Wild Wood and the lives of its creatures for their own […]