Contemporary, Fiction, New Adult

Royally Matched by Emma Chase

I'm a hopeless royalist, so when the sequel to Royally Screwed was announced, and that the main female lead would be named Sarah and the prince, Henry (FYI, did you know Prince Harry's real name is Henry?), my seventeen year old self emerged after a decade to jump up and down excitedly. Synopsis Some men are born… Continue reading Royally Matched by Emma Chase

Book Club, History, Non-Fiction

Dead Wake by Erik Larson

Every month, the Modern Readers discuss what types of books we collectively would like to be reading. In February 2016, one of our number mentioned that Erik Larson would be doing a talk in a nearby town, so we figured Dead Wake would make a great book club choice! Synopsis On May 1, 1915, with World War… Continue reading Dead Wake by Erik Larson

Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult

The Young Elites by Marie Lu

First : Marie Lu is coming to the book store that I work at in less than a month!!! Second : At BookCon in the spring of 2015, I listened to a bunch of teenage girls tell Marie Lu during a panel how much they loved her books and how her characters were so relateable.… Continue reading The Young Elites by Marie Lu

Essays, Memoir/Autobiography, Non-Fiction

Medium Raw by Anthony Bourdain

Seven years ago I made a remarkable discovery - Anthony Bourdain. I was, by America's standards, ten years late to the Bourdain party, but at least I got there eventually. I have now obsessively watched just about every episode of No Reservations, The Layover, and Parts Unknown and most of them repeatedly. In circumstances in which my sister… Continue reading Medium Raw by Anthony Bourdain

Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Clearly I'm on a YA fantasy role here with reviews... Sometimes I get so thoroughly immersed in a genre it can be hard to pull myself out to switch to something else, something new and different. As I get to the end of a genre jaunt, however, my reviews tend to become a bit skewed,… Continue reading Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Fantasy, Fiction, Historical, Young Adult

Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh

Time for another beauty by Renee Ahdieh! She is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors and when the ARC  (advanced reader copy) of Flame in the Mist came into the store, my coworkers were nice enough to make sure it wound up in my hands! Synopsis There was only ever one expectation for Mariko,… Continue reading Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh

Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

It's been nearly two years since I read my first Leigh Bardugo book, Shadow & Bone, and was introduced to the Grishaverse. I enjoyed it greatly, but when I was reading it, everyone was talking about her newest book, Six of Crows, and how spectacular it was going to be. Well, two years later, I finally made… Continue reading Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Fantasy, Fiction, Historical, Young Adult

The Wrath and the Dawn duology by Renee Ahdieh

The Wrath and the Dawn was a book I picked up after seeing/listening to a panel about diversity in books. Along with Sabaa Tahir, Marie Lu and Aisha Saeed, Renee Ahdieh shared some very insightful points about diversity in books. I've now covered three of the four author's debut books and I look forward to reading… Continue reading The Wrath and the Dawn duology by Renee Ahdieh

Fantasy, Fiction

Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Uprooted came to me highly recommended by a former coworker - she and I have very similar tastes (we call each other book-twins), so I figured it would be a sure thing. Synopsis Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border,… Continue reading Uprooted by Naomi Novik