Review: Everywhere You Want to Be by Christina June

Review: Everywhere You Want to Be by Christina June

Everywhere You Want to Be by Christina June is a fairy tale retelling with a modern twist. Following a dancer who is given a second shot at pursing her dream, this one contains plenty of drama and a passionate main character. I especially enjoyed the direction Christina June has taken modernizing Little Red Riding Hood, choosing to focus on paths for the future. Those looking to experience the magic of fairy tales, but in a modern setting, will enjoy this one. Continue reading

Review: The Silence Between Us by Alison Gervais

Review: The Silence Between Us by Alison Gervais

The Silence Between Us by Alison Gervais is an unforgettable read spotlighting Deaf culture. There are so few books out there with Deaf main characters, so I was happy to see the confident and witty protagonist in this one. This book also respects the syntax of ASL as the author narrates Maya’s signs, and the many nuanced discussions about current debates in the Deaf community make it a must-read. Continue reading

Review: The Thing with Feathers by McCall Hoyle

Review: The Thing with Feathers by McCall HoyleTitle: The Thing With Feathers
Author: McCall Hoyle
Publisher: Blink
Genres: Contemporary
Publication Date: September 5, 2017
Rating: three-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

Emilie Day believes in playing it safe: she’s homeschooled, her best friend is her seizure dog, and she’s probably the only girl on the Outer Banks of North Carolina who can’t swim.

Then Emilie’s mom enrolls her in public school, and Emilie goes from studying at home in her pj’s to halls full of strangers. To make matters worse, Emilie is paired with starting point guard Chatham York for a major research project on Emily Dickinson. She should be ecstatic when Chatham shows interest, but she has a problem. She hasn’t told anyone about her epilepsy.

Emilie lives in fear her recently adjusted meds will fail and she’ll seize at school. Eventually, the worst happens, and she must decide whether to withdraw to safety or follow a dead poet’s advice and “dwell in possibility.”

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Review: The Thing With Feathers by McCall Hoyle

The Thing with Feathers by McCall Hoyle is a novel that depicts this condition in a realistic way. I loved the complexity of the story and the main character’s personality. I haven’t seen too many books out there about epilepsy, so I was so glad to discover this one. However the book would have been much better without the insta-love and clichés. This is still an enjoyable story, though, and I would recommend it to those interested in learning about what it’s like to live with epilepsy. Continue reading

Review: It Started With Goodbye by Christina June

Review: It Started With Goodbye by Christina JuneTitle: It Started With Goodbye
Author: Christina June
Also by this author: Everywhere You Want to Be
Publisher: Blink
Genres: Contemporary
Publication Date: May 9, 2017
Rating: four-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

Sixteen-year-old Tatum Elsea is bracing for the worst summer of her life. After being falsely accused of a crime, she’s stuck under stepmother-imposed house arrest and her BFF’s gone ghost. Tatum fills her newfound free time with community service by day and working at her covert graphic design business at night (which includes trading emails with a cute cello-playing client). When Tatum discovers she’s not the only one in the house keeping secrets, she finds she has the chance to make amends with her family and friends. Equipped with a new perspective, and assisted by her feisty step-abuela-slash-fairy-godmother, Tatum is ready to start fresh and maybe even get her happy ending along the way.

A modern play on the Cinderella story arc, Christina June’s IT STARTED WITH GOODBYE shows us that sometimes going after what you want means breaking the rules.

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Review: It Started With Goodbye by Christina June

It Started With Goodbye by Christina June is a touching story about a girl who is falsely accused of a crime and tries to strengthen her relationship with her stepmother and stepsister. I loved the main character’s independence and the focus on family and friendship instead of romance. Fans of authors like Sarah Dessen will definitely enjoy this book! Continue reading