Review: Children's Fiction · Review: Fantasy

Book Review: The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

At the San Francisco Writer's Conference 2017, I heard this book repeatedly recommended by the agent Mary C Moore whenever discussing middle grade fantasy. After the conference, I put it on my reading list. In the past, I had the opinion that the best books are children's books: an opinion that had faded of late.… Continue reading Book Review: The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

Review: Fairy Tale · Review: Fantasy · Review: Historical Fiction · Review: Romance · Review: Teen Fiction

Book Review: Beheld by Alex Flinn

I'm not sure if I'm growing into Alex Flinn with age, or if her books are developing into works that are more to my taste with time. Either way, I enjoyed this. It's my second favorite of her books, after Bewitched (but I also adored that book, so it would be hard to top). Beheld… Continue reading Book Review: Beheld by Alex Flinn

Review: Historical Fiction

Movie Review: Hidden Figures and How It Evaded Hollywood Whitewashing and Opened a Whole Other Can of Worms

Hidden Figures received a lot of accolades this year, and with good reason. Unfortunately, I found myself personally underwhelmed and disappointed in the movie. Don't get me wrong: I'm happy that the movie exists, and that it got a great deal of attention and praise. I recognize that it broke a lot of outdated Hollywood… Continue reading Movie Review: Hidden Figures and How It Evaded Hollywood Whitewashing and Opened a Whole Other Can of Worms

Review: Comedy · Review: Romance · Review: Teen Fiction

TV Show Review: Violetta Season 1

I have a soft spot for music-themed stories. No matter how cringe-worthy the general public deems a movie or a show, if it's music based, I will probably watch it. So it shouldn't come as any surprise that in addition to the traditional musical fare, I've seen not only the likes of Once and Begin… Continue reading TV Show Review: Violetta Season 1

Review: Adventure · Review: Historical Fiction · Review: Teen Fiction

Book Review: Silver Stars by Michael Grant

This is the second book in the Front Lines series, following the first book of the same name. We pick up in 1943 where the last book left off and continue to follow Rio, Jenou, Frangie and Rainy through the invasion of Italy as they grow more accustomed to war and military life. Okay, here's… Continue reading Book Review: Silver Stars by Michael Grant

Review: Memoir

Book Review: Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt

I attended the 2017 San Francisco Writer's Conference in February, and kept on hearing praise of Angela's Ashes. I vaguely remembered the title as something my mother used to own. I remembered it being a large-ish book that would throw off my attempts to alphabetize the biography section of my parents' home "library". Later, on… Continue reading Book Review: Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt