Horror

Evil Librarian by Michelle Knudsen

“Musical theater can save you, even if only for two or three hours at a time.” – Evil Librarian by Michelle Knudsen

This book is perfection. It’s strange, because I had originally dismissed it as “not my cup of tea.” After all, it’s horror of the demon-hunting variety, and it’s campy, and it’s compared to Buffy the Vampire Slayer which I LOVE but do not necessarily want to read. I agreed to read it for work, and I am so very glad I did. Why did I think that I wouldn’t want to read Buffy-esque book? I don’t even know now, after reading this. Continue reading “Evil Librarian by Michelle Knudsen”

Contemporary

Everything Must Go by Jenny Fran Davis

“When you think of yourself as so different, you become so different. All you’ll be able to think about are the ways that you’re an outcast.” – Everything Must Go, Jenny Fran Davis

I started this book knowing absolutely nothing about it, other than the fact that it’s YA, it’s contemporary/mimetic fiction, and that I love the cover. One of the things I didn’t know was that it’s an epistolary novel. The whole story is told in a series of letters, emails, blogs and journal entries.

Another thing I didn’t know was this story is about Flora Goldwasser, a rich kid who loves vintage clothes, who falls in love with up-and-coming artist Elijah Huck. Elijah told Flora about Quare Academy, a Quaker school where he would be teaching, causing her to change schools to be closer to him.

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Romance · Science Fiction

The Last Beginning by Lauren James

I was very eager to start on The Last Beginning, which is a companion novel to, rather than a sequel of The Next Together. While the first book was a reincarnation/romance SF story, this one focuses on time travel, which I am more into. The main character is Clove Sutcliffe, someone from a future where The Next Together‘s “present-time” Katherine and Matthew had long ago vanished without a trace.

A relation of theirs, Clove was determined to find Katherine and Matthew, especially when she discovered that they had been reincarnated at key moments in history. As her scientist parents’ experiments in building a working time machine was pending for approval for human trials, Clove decided to sneak away to become the first time traveler, and find out what really happened to Katherine and Matthew. Continue reading “The Last Beginning by Lauren James”

Yearly Wrap-Up

ghostgrrrl’s Best of 2017

(Previously Marineko Book Awards!)

It’s time for all the year-end lists, and I have to say, this is one of the hardest years, list-wise. In fact, I cheated and gave myself an up-to-three books per category leeway so that more favourites can be listed. Still, a lot of the books I listed as favourites around the middle of the year didn’t end up in my new list. Continue reading “ghostgrrrl’s Best of 2017”