Young Adult

Melancholy and Eccentricity

The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya – Nagaru Tanigawa, Little, Brown, 2009, 208 pages “With that said, Haruhi reached under Asahina’s uniform and began to grope her. Hel-lo? “It’s starting to piss me off. Such a cutie’s sporting bigger ones than me!” Asahina struggled and kicked, her face bright red, but she couldn’t overcome the difference […]

It’s all in the names

Graceling – Kristin Cashore, Harcourt, 2008, 480 pages Finished August 2012 Here we have yet another adventurous, slightly fantastical piece of young adult fiction with a strong female character, some romance, and lots of evil plotting that must be overcome. In a kingdom where some people are “graced” with special gifts or powers, Katsa bears […]

What’s up with the Mockingjay?

Mockingjay – Suzanne Collins, 2010 Finished May 21, 2012 Some books, no matter how suspenseful, I read slowly to make them last. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, for instance. I knew its end marked the finite limits of Harry, Ron, and Hermione’s world. I suppose there’s Pottermore, but it’s not the same as having another […]