Review: This One Summer by Jillian and Mariko Tamaki

 Title: This One Summer Authors: Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki Publisher: First Second Publication Date: May 2014 ISBN: 9781626720947 Synopsis from Goodreads: Every summer, Rose goes with her mom and dad to a lake house in Awago Beach. It’s their getaway, their refuge. Rosie’s friend Windy is always there, too, like the little sister she neverContinue reading “Review: This One Summer by Jillian and Mariko Tamaki”

Review: Peter Panzerfaust Vol. 1 by Kurtis J. Weibe

   Title: Peter Panzerfaust Vol. 1 Author: Kurtis J. Weibe and Tyler Jenkins Publisher: Image Comics Date Published: September 2012 ISBN: 9781607065821  Synopsis from Goodreads: A coming of age tale told through the eyes of a group of French orphans during World War 2 who are saved by a brave and daring American boy named Peter.Continue reading “Review: Peter Panzerfaust Vol. 1 by Kurtis J. Weibe”

Review: The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer

 Title: The Interestings Authors: Meg Wolitzer Publisher: Riverhead Books, published by the Penguin Group Publication Date: 2013 ISBN: 9781594488399  Synopsis from Goodreads: The summer that Nixon resigns, six teenagers at a summer camp for the arts become inseparable. Decades later the bond remains powerful, but so much else has changed. In The Interestings, Wolitzer follows these charactersContinue reading “Review: The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer”

Review: We Are the Goldens by Dana Reinhardt

Advanced copy provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Title: We Are the Goldens Author: Dana Reinhardt Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books Publication Date: May 27, 2014 ISBN: 9780385742573  Synopsis from Goodreads: Nell knows a secret about her perfect, beautiful sister Layla. If she tells, it could blow their world apart.When Nell and Layla wereContinue reading “Review: We Are the Goldens by Dana Reinhardt”

Review: Helen Oyeyemi’s Boy, Snow, Bird

Title: Boy, Snow, Bird Author: Helen Oyeyemi Publisher: Hamish Hamilton, imprint of Penguin Canada Books Inc. Date Published: 2014 ISBN: 978-0-14-318743-1 Released on Monday of this week, Boy, Snow, Bird, a postmodern retelling of the classic Snow White, features Boy Novak who we meet as a fifteen-year-old who is subject to the violence of anContinue reading “Review: Helen Oyeyemi’s Boy, Snow, Bird”

Review of Wiley Cash’s “This Dark Road to Mercy”

  “This Dark Road to Mercy” Wiley Cash William Morrow, HarperCollins Publishers January 2014 It’s not often you pick up a captivating read told mostly from the perspective of a child. Easter Quillby, Cash’s preteen protagonist, is intelligent and sweet. Despite her youth and naiveté, Easter is a compelling character who quickly gains the sympathyContinue reading “Review of Wiley Cash’s “This Dark Road to Mercy””

A Disappointing Read in Stephen Kelman’s “Pigeon English”

It’s always a disappointment to pick up that novel you’ve been excited to read for ages only to have it not live up to those high hopes you had for it. This was my experience with Stephen Kelman’s “Pigeon English.” What drew me initially to buy this book was it’s bright orange and yellow coverContinue reading “A Disappointing Read in Stephen Kelman’s “Pigeon English””

Warming up to “Blankets” on a Chilly Day

Craig Thompson’s “Blankets” is one of the best books I’ve picked up in a long time. Thompson’s black and white images are beautiful in their clarity and detail. I love the lack of any colour in the images. I feel as though colour would have taken away from the telling of Thompson’s story. Coloured inkContinue reading “Warming up to “Blankets” on a Chilly Day”

“Lullabies for Little Criminals” Sings a Sad Song

I finished Heather O’Neill’s “Lullabies for Little Criminals” about fifteen minutes ago and this tragic and beautiful work of prose is one of the best things that I’ve read in a long time. This raw account of a twelve year old girl, trapped in that place between childhood and adulthood, is gut-wrenching and brutally honest.Continue reading ““Lullabies for Little Criminals” Sings a Sad Song”