Thursday, June 28, 2012

REVIEW: Everybody Sees the Ants, by A.S. King

I absolutely loved this book. The non-linear format of this novel was handled better than any other I've seen. Lucky Linderman is one of the most compelling main characters in YA today, and A.S. King is a writing force to be reckoned with. I'm pretty sure I'll be reading everything she's written to date and beyond.

At first, this seems like a story about bullying and Lucky's dysfunction in the family. But as I read on, I found it was more about taking a stand for yourself, and believing in your strengths. A great lesson for anyone, age 12 to 112. Lucky's situation is similar to the stories my daughter comes home from school with, but his wit, conviction, and vulnerability had me cheering for him the whole way through.

If you're truly looking for something different, something that makes you feel something that is atypical of swooning YA contemporary, I urge you to read Everybody Sees The Ants. Because, they do? Don't they?

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If you don't love her books. I'll eat ants. Promise. : )

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Handmade Pendant for SHADOW AND BONE Author Leigh Bardugo

Handmade Pendant for YA Author Leigh Bardugo. Tried to get a Shadow and Bone vibe for her on this one. : )

CONGRATULATIONS to Leigh Bardugo for making the NYT bestsellers list. For those of you have—and even those of you haven't—already read SHADOW AND BONE, I can't wait to finishing reading this so I can review it, and hopefully interview Author Leigh Bardugo. Prying it from my 16 year-old daughters hands was feat. I have a feeling this one is going to take up residence on my top ten list.