Book Review, YA Contemporary Fiction, ya fiction, young adult

Book Review | WHAT IF IT’S US, by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera

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What If It’s Us, by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera

Publish Date:  October 8, 2018 
Published by: HarperAudio/HarperTeen
Audiobook Narrated by: Noah Galvin & Froy Gutierrez
Length: 9 hrs 48 min (437 pages)
Genre: YA Contemporary Fiction/Romance/LGBTQ+
My Rating: ★★☆☆☆ (2 out of 5 stars)


ARTHUR is only in New York for the summer, but if Broadway has taught him anything, it’s that the universe can deliver a showstopping romance when you least expect it.

BEN thinks the universe needs to mind its business. If the universe had his back, he wouldn’t be on his way to the post office carrying a box of his ex-boyfriend’s things.

But when Arthur and Ben meet-cute at the post office, what exactly does the universe have in store for them . . . ?

Maybe nothing. After all, they get separated.

Maybe everything. After all, they get reunited.

But what if they can’t nail a first date even after three do-overs?

What if Arthur tries too hard to make it work and Ben doesn’t try hard enough?

What if life really isn’t like a Broadway play?

But what if it is?

What if it’s us?

My Review: 

I was sadly unimpressed by this book. I really wanted to like it, and that first chapter really had me hooked and ready to go. But after that, things started to decline.

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Book Review, mg fantasy, mg graphic novel, Middle Grade

Book Review | THE STONEKEEPER, by Kazu Kibuishi

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The Stonekeeper (Amulet #1), by Kazu Kibuishi

Publish Date: January 1, 2008 
Published by: Graphix
Length: 187 pages
Genre: MG Graphic Novel/Fantasy
My Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3 out of 5 stars)


There’s something strange behind the basement door…

After a family tragedy, Emily, Navin and their mother move to an ancestral home to start a new life. On the family’s very first night in the mysterious house, Em and Navin’s mom is kidnapped by a tentacled creature. Now it’s up to Em and Navin to figure out how to set things right and save their mother’s life!

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Adult, Book Review, mystery, Romance, superheroes/vigilantes

Book Review | THE FRAME-UP, by Meghan Scott Molin

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The Frame-Up (The Golden Arrow #1), by Meghan Scott Molin

Publish Date: December 1, 2018
Published by: 47North
Length: 287 pages
Genre: Mystery/Romance
My Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3 out of 5 stars)


By day she writes comic books. By night, she lives them.

MG Martin lives and breathes geek culture. She even works as a writer for the comic book company she idolized as a kid. But despite her love of hooded vigilantes, MG prefers her comics stay on the page.

But when someone in LA starts recreating crime scenes from her favorite comic book, MG is the LAPD’s best—and only—lead. She recognizes the golden arrow left at the scene as the calling card of her favorite comic book hero. The thing is…superheroes aren’t real. Are they?

When the too-handsome-for-his-own-good Detective Kildaire asks for her comic book expertise, MG is more than up for the adventure. Unfortunately, MG has a teeny little tendency to not follow rules. And her off-the-books sleuthing may land her in a world of trouble.

Because for every superhero, there is a supervillain. And the villain of her story may be closer than she thinks…

My Review: 

This is one of those books that pulled me in quickly, but also had a lot of technical issues. I don’t know if it was the editing or something else, but while I had fun reading this book, I ultimately had to give it only 3 stars because I wasn’t completely enthralled with the entirety of it.

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Book Review, mg fantasy, mg graphic novel, Middle Grade

Book Review | THE DEEP & DARK BLUE, by Niki Smith

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The Deep & Dark Blue, by Niki Smith

Publish Date: January 7, 2020
Published by: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Length: 256 pages
Genre: MG Graphic Novel/Fantasy/LGBTQ+
My Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3 out of 5 stars)


After a terrible political coup usurps their noble house, Hawke and Grayson flee to stay alive and assume new identities, Hanna and Grayce. Desperation and chance lead them to the Communion of Blue, an order of magical women who spin the threads of reality to their will.

As the twins learn more about the Communion, and themselves, they begin to hatch a plan to avenge their family and retake their royal home.While Hawke wants to return to his old life, Grayce struggles to keep the threads of her new life from unraveling, and realizes she wants to stay in the one place that will allow her to finally live as a girl.

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Adult, Book Review, theatre

Book Review | NEXT TO NORMAL, by Brian Yorky & Tom Kitt

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Next to Normal, by Brian Yorkey (Book & Lyrics) & Tom Kitt (Music)

Publish Date: May 12, 2009
Published by: Theatre Communications Group
Length: 112 pages
Genre: Theatre/Musical
My Rating: ★★★★★ (4.5 out of 5 stars)


The story centers on a mother who struggles with worsening bipolar disorder and the effects that managing her illness has on her family. The musical addresses grief, depression, suicide, drug abuse, ethics in modern psychiatry, and the underbelly of suburban life.

My Review: 

I’ve only been half-listening to the soundtrack for this musical since it first came out and when I was finally asked to do a lighting design for it and actually paid attention to it for once…wow. Just, wow.

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Book Review, Space, ya sci-fi, young adult

Book Review | STARFALL, by Melissa Landers

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Starfall (Starflight #2), by Melissa Landers

Publish Date: February 7, 2017 
Published by: Disney-Hyperion
Length: 368 pages
Genre: YA Sci-Fi
My Rating: ★★★☆☆ (2.5 out of 5 stars)


When Princess Cassia Rose fled her home world of Eturia to escape an arranged marriage, she had no idea her sudden departure would spark a war. Now after two years hiding as a ship hand, she is finally returning to her beloved home, but not in the way she imagined. Shackled by bounty hunters, she is violently dragged back to account for her crimes. Her only solace is that the Banshee crew managed to evade capture, including Kane Arric, her best friend…with occasional benefits.

Meanwhile, Kane and the rest of the crew of the Banshee plan a desperate rescue mission. But when they arrive on Eturia, Cassia isn’t exactly in need of heroics—she’s claimed her birthright as Eturia’s queen, but has inherited a war-torn planet simmering with rebellion. Cassia must make alliances, and Kane, the bastard son of a merchant, isn’t a choice that will earn her any friends. Kane knows he will never find someone to replace Cassia—and is certain she returns his feelings—but how can he throw away his own promising future waiting on a queen?

When the outer realm is threatened by the dangerous Zhang mafia, Cassia, Kane and the rest of the Banshee crew uncover a horrifying conspiracy that endangers the entire universe. In the face of unspeakable evil, Cassia must confront her own family’s complicated legacy on Eturia and decide once and for all who her real family is.

My Review: 

This was a so-so sequel. I honestly found myself only mildly interested in it, and even at times it felt like I was forcing myself to slog through it. Continue reading “Book Review | STARFALL, by Melissa Landers”