October 16, 2018

This excellent retelling of Pride and Prejudice takes place in current day Brooklyn.  Zuri lives in a divided brownstone with her mom and dad, an older sister, Janae (home from college for the summer), and three younger sisters (two of whom are straight up silly).  Zuri’s neighborhood is very close. Block parties, stoop sitting, struggling to make ends meet, and looking out for one another are all a part of their culture. Zuri’s family and the rest of the neighborhood are all in a tizzy over the new neighbors moving in.  The brownstone across the street has been rehabbed into a mini-mansion so...

January 29, 2018

Girls Made of Snow and Glass is an absolute must-read for anyone who enjoys fairytale retellings or reimaginings.  Along with Heartless by Marissa Meyer, this is the best one I’ve ever read.  What author, Melissa Bashardoust, does in this book that is really cool and different from other reimaginings is that she gives the story some major feminist twists and makes the two main characters (the Snow White and Evil Queen characters) so dynamic that they are barely recognizable by the end of the story.

Lynet is sick and tired of being told how much she looks like the dead Queen, her mother.  S...

August 28, 2017

Look to the Stars. Aim. Ignite!  Welp, the totes adorbs factor is absolutely off the charts on this one.  It’s an absolute must-read for any boy, girl, man, or woman who considers him or herself to be a part of any fandom.  Is it predictable?  Well, duh.  But that’s more than okay.  Let’s look at the title and analyze the cover.  GeekERELLA.  A pumpkin (okay, it’s a food truck instead of a coach).  Girl in ball gown (wearing all-access pass to a comic-con event).  One missing shoe.  Could it be a Cinderella retelling?  You bet.  Is it unlike one you’ve ever read before?  Again, you bet....

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