Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children

Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs   Judging a book by its cover, in this case, worked in Ransom Riggs’ favor because it looks so creepy and mildly disturbing that I was curious to pick it up off the shelf. It’s quirkiness definitely followed through til the end. What I liked most about reading this book was the author’s writing. Riggs emphasized voice from the main character, Jacob. His one liners I found to be humorous and Jacob’s personality resembled that of an average teen, which was fitting. However, at the same…

Red Queen

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard Such a brilliant idea for a storyline. Mare, is introduced to us in a seemingly dystopian society as a Red. Her blood type, determining her low level in society as compared to the elite Silver bloods. The Silver, have supernatural abilities that make them close to godlike. Their powers make for a tangible plot, dividing the two types of people in social class. I love the way Aveyard set up the class system according to their blood (Reds & Silvers). It is easily relatable and manifested in real life. So what happens when you&#8217…

Ready Player One

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline Gamer nerd alert! 80’s babies raise your hands. Now, I wasn’t born until 1986, however, I love all 80’s & 90’s geek genre pop culture. And I’m a huge Star Wars fan, so I figured…..maybe I would like this book. Even though it was completely different from Star Wars, I enjoyed this cyber -punk dystopia. As the back of the book says, “In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place,” which is where this adventure starts. Ernest Cline does…

The Unexpected Everything

The Unexpected Everything by: Morgan Matson Alright, alright, another gushy- mushy summer story to add to the list. I mean, it is the perfect time for park & beach blanket reads anyhow. This 500+ YA contemporary novel is sweet and simple. (Just like the cute ice cream truck on the cover). I love Morgan Matson’s books and found this one to be yet again…. summer funzies! There are many aspects of this plot I enjoyed. The relationship between Andie and her father, the distracted congressman, whose campaign has sideswiped him through the years from raising his daughter…

Love & Gelato

Love & Gelato by: Jenna Evans Welch Wait. A summer in Tuscany? Yes, please! Oh No! Wait. Gelato? Gelato! Ok, I’m hooked! Who could not judge a book by its cover with this title? Another easy breezy, enjoyable, summer fluffy read, (I don’t mind these sometimes after stressful days of thinking too hard). I’ve read a few books set in Paris, but not yet in Italy, which is where Lina begins her journey. She sets off to find her father in Tuscany after a battle with cancer takes her mother’s life. Welch…

November 9

November 9 by: Colleen Hoover Well, aren’t we in for a twisty treat. That’s not even a question…… because you are. I started this book with the hopes of a quick read I could enjoy by the pool this summer. Happily, I did just that. I finished this book on my days off, engaging in the unexpected plot twist, the innocent turned not- innocent romance and the narrative voice of the characters. I mean, come on, two characters who decide to only see each other once a year? Note: on the same date, same…

Cookie Dough Tips

All desserts vary in the way they are handled before popping in the oven. I won’t prep for baking a scone the same way I would for a pie. Most desserts require various methods and different forms of caregiving when mixing. So here are Cookie Dough Tips to help you bake the best batch of simple cookies. Butter & Eggs As we learned in my Baking Basics tutorial, butter and eggs are best to bake with at room temp. However, I know what it’s like to be on a time crunch to make a cozy batch…

The Awakening of Sunshine Girl

The Awakening of Sunshine Girl by : Paige McKenzie Returning Sunshiners are ready for another creepy journey into the life of a luiseach. This time around, we get to know more about Sunshine’s past. Her father, who abandoned Sunshine when she was young, (relatable to teens and their conversive family issues) has invited her to Mexico where she ends up learning more about how to become a true luiseach. Her intensive training leads Sunshine to learn about the history of being a luiseach and why she was chosen to become one. Some new friends come into the plot as well…

The Haunting of Sunshine Girl

The Haunting of Sunshine Girl by: Paige McKenzie If you’re unfamiliar with one of the most popular YouTube mini-series sensations, known as The Haunting of Sunshine Girl Network, then you don’t yet know Paige McKenzie. She is the intelligent young creator of The Haunting of Sunshine Girl Series. Although her show continues to grow into one of the first mega – eerie sensation dramas of today, with over ten million followers, her first novel isn’t bad either. What it’s About Sunshine Griffin moves with her mother to a new city where she must adjust like…

The Girl Who Chased the Moon

The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen Surprise, Surprise! Sarah Addison Allen (my favorite modern day author) baked another enjoyable and fragrant read that I fell in love with. The Girl Who Chased the Moon: A Novel can take to the beach to read and appreciate the yummy descriptive language with its curiously romantic plots. This may not per-say be categorized as Young Adult, however, for higher level readers, who still like to enjoy youthful storylines, this is a great read. Also, I found great enjoyment in reading this book my summer before college. Eighteen-year…