My rating: 4 of 5 stars Received: PRH Canada Published: May 2019 Publisher: Strange Light Recommended Age: 14+ Genres & Themes: Adult, Fantasy, Mystery, Magical Realism, Dark, Creepy, Short, Family
This is an odd little book that I did not want to stop reading one second. It’s perplexing, confusing and creepy at times, but it has a fairytale-esque atmosphere that gives it a mystical quality, as though you’re lost in a forest, trying to find your way out of it, and the only way you can do that is by getting to the end of this story. Continue reading →
My rating: 3 of 5 stars Received: Bought Publication Date: February 25th 2016 Publisher: Macmillians Kids UK Point of View: 3rd Person & Feminine Recommended Age: 12+ Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Contemporary, Fandom, Short Story
If you broke Elena’s heart, Star Wars would spill out. So when she decides to queue outside her local cinema to see the new movie, she’s expecting a celebration with crowds of people who love Han, Luke and Leia just as much as she does. What she’s not expecting is to be last in a line of only three people; to have to pee into a collectible Star Wars soda cup behind a dumpster or to meet that unlikely someone who just might truly understand the way she feels. Kindred Spirits is an engaging short story by Rainbow Rowell, author of the bestselling Eleanor & Park, Fangirl and Carry On, and is part of a handful of selected short reads specially produced for World Book Day.Continue reading →
My rating: 5 of 5 stars Received: Bought Publication Date: March 10th 2015 Publisher: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen Point of View: 1st Person & Feminine Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Realistic Fiction, Contemporary, Abuse
What do you do if you’re in trouble?
When Michelle runs away from her drug-addicted mother, she has just enough money to make it to New York City, where she hopes to move in with a friend. But once she arrives at the bustling Port Authority, she is confronted with the terrifying truth: she is alone and out of options.
Then she meets Devon, a good-looking, well-dressed guy who emerges from the crowd armed with a kind smile, a place for her to stay, and eyes that seem to understand exactly how she feels.
But Devon is not what he seems to be, and soon Michelle finds herself engulfed in the world of child prostitution where he becomes her “Daddy” and she his “Little Peach.” It is a world of impossible choices, where the line between love and abuse, captor and savior, is blurred beyond recognition.
This hauntingly vivid story illustrates the human spirit’s indomitable search for home, and one girl’s struggle to survive. Continue reading →