Books for Everyone, Canadian, Cross over, Days That End in Y, Love is a Four-Letter Word, middle grade, New Adult, News, Personal Faves, Poignant Coming-of-Age Story, Positive Gay Characters, Summer Reads, Words That Start With B, Writing, YA

Read, Write, Blog: 2013 in Review

WHAT I PUBLISHED Not one, but TWO new novels! Bringing my series about Benji and Clarissa to a close in DAYS THAT END IN Y was bittersweet. I love this review in CM Magazine because above all else I aim to be authentic, and if the mother of a teenage daughter who happens to be… Continue reading Read, Write, Blog: 2013 in Review

Bullying, Canadian, Cross over, Events, middle grade, picture book, poetry, Realistic contemporary, Spectacular Illustrations, Uncategorized, YA

Melancholic Perfection: Jane, The Fox and Me Review

At this point Jane, The Fox & Me has collected so many accolades that I am just one more voice in the choir. The story of a girl who feels bullied and so retreats into the world of Jane Eyre only to be enchanted by a fox appeals to me in all possible ways. I… Continue reading Melancholic Perfection: Jane, The Fox and Me Review

Cross over, Historical Fiction, Magic, middle grade, Mystery, Poignant Coming-of-Age Story, Uncategorized, YA

Three Quick & Dirty Reviews

I have been feeling neglectful of the blog these days, but here are three books I've read and loved this fall. ALL THE TRUTH THAT'S IN ME Julie Berry you totally got me. Is this book historical fiction? A poetic literary offering? Mystery? Psychological thriller? The correct answer would be all of these things plus… Continue reading Three Quick & Dirty Reviews

American contemporary, Books for Everyone, Cross over, New Adult, Poignant Coming-of-Age Story, YA

Thoughts on Fan Girl and New Adult: A Cure for the Freshman Ills?

There seem to be two streams of New Adult fiction- the racier, romance narrative  (see Cora Carmack and Abbi Glines), and the darker, grittier narrative about that messy time between 18-24. Fan Girl belongs in the later category, chronicling the freshman year of an introverted fan fiction writer. Cath and her sister Wren represent two… Continue reading Thoughts on Fan Girl and New Adult: A Cure for the Freshman Ills?

Books for Everyone, Cross over, friendship stories, grief, Historical Fiction, Personal Faves, Uncategorized, WWII, YA

Hard to Read, Harder to Put Down: Rose Under Fire Review

Despite being an avid reader of WWII fiction, I had never heard of Ravensbruck or the Rabbits.  After reading Elizabeth Wein's devastating follow-up to Code Name Verity I know I will never forget them. This book is difficult to read at times, but I was unable to tear myself away. American teenager Rose Justice finishes her… Continue reading Hard to Read, Harder to Put Down: Rose Under Fire Review

Award Winners, Books for Everyone, Classics, Cross over, Events, film, Personal Faves, Poignant Coming-of-Age Story, Post-Apocalyptic, Realistic contemporary, Uncategorized, YA

My Favourite Book is Coming to TIFF!

How I Live Now  by YA literary darling Meg Rosoff, who basically bleeds award nominations, is on my top 5 books of all time, regardless of genre. I'm terrible at describing it because I love it too much: haunting, gorgeous, sexy, violent, heartbreaking, spectacular- so many adjectives! It's the only book that I reread on a semi-regular… Continue reading My Favourite Book is Coming to TIFF!

Cross over, Gothic, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Poignant Coming-of-Age Story, Positive Gay Characters, Summer Reads, YA

Once Upon a Time in N’awlins: Out of the Easy Review

Forgive the hiatus. I've been busy summering, and by summering I mean working, writing, reading, and New Yorking (a positively gushy review of Matilda the Musical coming soon!) I have read some fantastic new novels that I can't wait to share with you, including this one. There's something about New Orleans. I seem to have… Continue reading Once Upon a Time in N’awlins: Out of the Easy Review

Author Interview, Books for Everyone, Canadian, Cross over, News, Poignant Coming-of-Age Story, Summer Days Starry Nights, Summer Reads, Writing, YA

Summer Days, Starry Nights in The National Post

What a way to start the weekend! I was so thrilled to be interviewed in The National Post this weekend.  Goodness knows it is like pulling dragon's teeth to get any major media coverage for children's books in Canada, so I am extremely grateful for this opportunity to talk about my beloved Reenie, place in… Continue reading Summer Days, Starry Nights in The National Post

Cross over, Fantasy, Ghost story, Gothic, Mystery, Summer Reads, Uncategorized, YA

Love in the Time of Influenza: In the Shadow of Blackbirds Review

I am a sucker for all things Gothic. The Victorians may have had some weird ideas about things, but they certainly make for excellent fiction. Such is the case in this debut YA novel, In The Shadow Of Blackbirds, which lacked a little in richness and depth but nevertheless was a compelling and original story.… Continue reading Love in the Time of Influenza: In the Shadow of Blackbirds Review

American contemporary, Bullying, Cross over, Poignant Coming-of-Age Story, YA

Love in a Dangerous Time: Eleanor & Park Review

I did not expect to enjoy this book as much as I did. It's been getting flawless reviews, but to be  honest I've just about had my fill of contemporary YA romances starring quirky, intelligent misfits. But what sold me on this book was the unique take on teenage obsession and the truly painful depiction… Continue reading Love in a Dangerous Time: Eleanor & Park Review