Nina O'Daniels

Shannon Grieshaber

Created in 2017

February 26, 2019

How am I just now learning about Dr. Rose Brock??  She’s a self-professed “Audiobook Evangelist” (same, girl, same), a professor of Children’s & YA Lit and “library stuff,” and co-founder of the North Texas Book Festival (a bucket-list event for me).  I’m her latest Twitter follower and I can’t wait to continue to be inspired by her. My first time being inspired by her was when I read (listened to) Hope Nation, her collection of essays written by the best of the best YA authors.

I mean, how cool are you, Dr. Rose Brock, standing here with Libba, David, Jason, Alex, Brendan, and Gayle???  #...

February 22, 2019

Bri Jackson’s family is struggling HARD.  Her mom, Jay, is an eight-year recovering drug addict and she just lost her job.  Her older brother, Trey, is a college graduate without a “real” job who has to work at the local pizza joint for money.  Jay can’t apply for food stamps because, apparently, you can’t get food stamps if you’re taking college classes?? (btw, is that really a thing because if it is that is MESSED UP).  The family has to decide which bills to pay, like do we want heat or do we want to eat? This is how talented a writer Angie Thomas is, despite how hard this family is struggl...

January 9, 2018

What do you do when your parents are brutally murder right in front of you? Go live with the guy who did it, obviously. Jude, her twin sister Taryn, and older sister Vivienne do just that, but they don’t have much choice. Madoc, the man who murdered Jude’s parents, happens to be Vivienne’s real father, and Vivi’s pointed ears she's had her whole life are starting to make a lot more sense. He came to reclaim his daughter and wife, but ended up with two human children instead and vows to raise them on his own. And, he’s a man of his word. A high -ranking warrior fae, who feels more comfortable w...

January 5, 2018

I am loving what I am hoping is not a trend and is just a long-overdue change in the publishing of Young Adult Fiction, in this case, YA Science Fiction - diversity.  The protagonist and hero of the book Nyxia is Emmett, a hardworking, intelligent, African-American young man living in poverty with both of his loving parents.  His mother has long been suffering from a kidney disease that will eventually kill her.  When the Babel Corporation approaches him with an opportunity to travel in a lightship to a new and the secret planet, Eden, to mine a priceless resource called Nyxia, he feels like h...

January 5, 2018

Cammi lives in Mexico City with her ultra-famous, gorgeous, Telenovela-actress mom and her voice-actor dad (he was Buzz Lightyear in the Spanish version of Toy Story).  On one hand, life is amazing for Cammi.  She is insanely rich, her parents are loving and fun, and her every want and need are attended to by a large staff.  On the other hand, it’s often difficult to tell which of her friends are true and which are only interested in her famous mother.  When Cammi’s mom gets an opportunity to co-star in an American drama that could eventually lead to her own spin-off show, she jumps at the opp...

November 19, 2017

This instant YA classic was on my TBR long before its release date of February 2017.  Since my book club wasn’t scheduled to read it until November of 2017, I decided I would wait until then (now) to read it.  I’ve been waiting, wanting, and excited to read this book for a long time.  To say it was worth the wait is the understatement of the year.  My wait was serendipitous.  My book club meets today, November 19, the day that author, Angie Thomas, is speaking at one of our local libraries and we will be there.  I cannot wait to hear from and meet the woman that wrote this book.  I know it’s a...

November 8, 2017

I’ll be honest with you; I can’t identify that one thing that made me love this book, especially since it was a mere 210 pages long (or less than a five-hour audio). Usually, this leaves a lot to be desired in the way of character development and story, but Nic Stone just might be a genius. She managed to pack one hell of a story in those few pages without sacrificing quality. This story can easily be compared to Angie Thomas’s The Hate U Give, in fact, there is mention of the “thug life” in Stone’s book and a shout out from her on the cover, but this can easily stand on its own two feet,...

September 21, 2017

Can I tell you a secret? I was thinking that Maas was crazy for dedicating an entire book to a character we didn’t even hear a peep from in the last one. And Chaol? Let’s be honest; he’s not the most exciting of her characters. BUT, wholly Swoony McSwoonersen, Batman. If there is anything I love in a book (fantasy or otherwise), it’s a slow burn of a romance and an Alpha male.  Was that my expectation going into this? Absolutely not, but that’s exactly what it was. Truth be told, not a lot happens in this book. The plot moves along at a pretty good clip, but it took awhile for some action to h...

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