Misfits [Jen Calonita]

With a gorgeously colorful cover and a rather enticing synopsis, my initial expectation was that Misfits by Jen Calonita had the makings for a fantastic novel. A middlegrade story about a Royal Academy and the fairy tale characters who attend it, the main character Devinarina definitely doesn't feel as though she fits in with the royalty…

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We’ve Got No Time and Holidays are Apparently All Happening in the Same Month; Throwback Thursday

I can't believe it's already Thursday. I legitimately feel as though I was just writing my link-back post yesterday. Do you feel that, as you get older, the weeks seem to go by faster? You had all the time in the world as a kid, as a teenager, and now it slips through your fingers…

Dragon Pearl [Yoon Ha Lee]

At surface level, Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee is an amazing novel. It has some of the most amazing world building I've ever come across, the society and the history thoroughly intriguing. Those who live in this fantastical world of planets and society are increasingly fascinating in a number of ways. As many exist…

The Train to Impossible Places [P. G. Bell]

I can often be somewhat weary of middlegrade novels. Their target audience are those who, most typically, wont be bothered by a lot of things that older readers might. Many of them are fairly simple, with good reason, and thus I usually read them expecting to like but not love the book. It is for…

The Fox Girl and the White Gazelle [Victoria Williamson]

The Fox Girl and the White Gazelle is one of those books that really makes you think. Victoria Williamson has done an absolutely fantastic job capturing the lives and the stories of these two young girls; Reema, a refugee from Syria, and Caylin, the daughter of an impoverished alcoholic who responds to her struggles by…

Taken Away [Cyn Bermudez]

I genuinely feel very torn about Taken Away by Cyn Bermudez. I think this comes down to two things. The book was very short and it was written in e-mail/letter format. Now, I’m not against epistolary novels, but something about this one didn’t really click with me for some reason. Taken Away follows the story of two…