The third story in A Series of Unfortunate Events is “The Wide Window” and it’s…fine. It is good at points, but never achieves any greatness. The pacing problems from “The Reptile Room” continued, and got worse. *Spoilers ahead* Overall, I liked “The Wide Window”, but I liked it less than “The Reptile Room”, which I […]

  Saiya Floyd

A Series of Unfortunate Events continues to delight with “The Reptile Room”. While this adaptation of the second book of the series was fun, some pacing issues and gaps in logic made it a little less solid than “The Bad Beginning” parts 1 and 2. *Spoilers ahead* Much of the success of “The Reptile Room […]

  Kelly Bedard

For the past three years, I’ve been ranking every film I see- just the new releases, from January 1st to December 31st. The rankings are subjective, based entirely on how much I enjoyed and/or connected with or appreciated the film rather than on some sort of objective artistic criteria. Basically, this is a list of […]

  Kelly Bedard

Do you remember that play you saw when you were a kid? The one that captured your imagination and convinced you that there was no magic quite like the magic of the theatre? You remember it; it’s the reason you grew up to be someone who would find their way here, reading this review. For […]

  Zach Adler

Editor’s Note: For six years running, contributing author Zach Adler has spent the month of April putting out a poem a day. By turns earnest and wry, these poems are based on prompts (and often forms) chosen at random using a deck of cards. The prompts range from “The Grandfather Paradox” to “Emotional Adultery” to […]

  Kelly Bedard

For the past two years, I’ve been ranking every film I see- just the new releases, from January 1st to December 31st. The rankings are subjective, based entirely on how much I enjoyed and/or connected with or appreciated the film rather than on some sort of objective artistic criteria. Basically, this is a list of […]

  Kelly Bedard

For the past two years, I’ve been ranking every film I see- just the new releases, from January 1st to December 31st. The rankings are subjective, based entirely on how much I enjoyed and/or connected with or appreciated the film rather than on some sort of objective artistic criteria. Basically, this is a list of […]

  Rachael Nisenkier

You already know the biggest problem with the newest installment of the Hunger Games, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1. It’s right there in that ridiculously long title. They took the last movie of the Hunger Games saga, and split it in half. This means that the finished film is half the final story, half […]

  Rachael Nisenkier

Sometimes, a gal likes a good sob. It’s not all the time. I’m not really a Terms of Endearment kind of gal. The thing is, my tears (like my laughs or my smiles or my shrieks of horror) come easy. Often. Occasionally brought on by a particularly pretty melody in a car commercial. So opening […]

  Joe Modzelewski

The incredible success of the Twilight series made room for The Hunger Games. Now, the incredible success of The Hunger Games has made room for Divergent. Lionsgate’s next big bet for a giant breakout success based on a trio of adventure novels primarily aimed towards young adults by Veronica Roth. The film was directed by […]

  Borah Coburn

Glen Duncan’s The Last Werewolf series is a powerful, engrossing, delicious delivery of violence, sex, musings on the why’s of life, questions about the nature of humanity (and monstrosity, as the case may be), and of course, werewolves. What’s not to love? And this is not your average paranormal novel. Naturally, to like the books […]

  Borah Coburn

Gosh. The Basic 8 is one of those books I wish I’d read in high school. I mean, half a decade later it’s still amazing, I just know though, that especially at that age The Basic 8 would have sent me spinning, would have blown my mind, would have been an utter gift. Let’s be […]

  Rachael Nisenkier

I don’t know that I can speak objectively about reading The Raven Boys, or its follow up The Dream Thieves. Since long commutes are a fact of life in southern california, and reading while driving a car tends to end badly, I listened to both on audiobooks. And they enraptured me. I fell deeply into […]

  Amanda Sawyer

A few weeks ago when I was browsing through new releases online, one caught my eye, Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. The book’s description alone made me run to my bookstore the next day and pick it up because I was that college freshman with Harry Potter posters on her dorm room wall (looks around sheepishly). […]

  Borah Coburn

Wow. I am super not qualified to objectively talk about this book in even a pseudo opinions-are-never-really-objective way. I have zero distance from this thing. I am in it, it’s all up in my grill, welcome to patient 0/the point of impact. Have a nice day. But I really want you to know about Eleanor […]

  Borah Coburn

I. Wow. E.E. Charlton-Trujillo’s Fat Angie is a triumph and a mess and funny and brutally honest and gimmicky and clichéd and wonderful and a freaking thousand volts straight to the chest. It’s quite flawed and I could nitpick some of the style for years but. Dang. This book could be a lifeboat. I mean. […]

  Rachael Nisenkier

To say that I love Ender’s Game would be an understatement. It is one of the books (along with The Giver, Asimov’s Foundation Trilogy, and The Prydain Chronicles) that really defined books to me back when I was a young budding nerd and JK Rowling was still an unemployed single mom living on the dole. […]

  Rachael Nisenkier

In honor of the upcoming release of the cinematic rendition of Divergent (a book series I really enjoy, but don’t quite love), I figured I’d point out some under-explored gems of the Young Adult community for you to explore, preferably on a beach this summer with a margarita in one hand, an amazon kindle in […]

  Rachael Nisenkier

The Fault In Our Stars is a book that goes exactly how you expect it to, and yet breaks your heart in ways you never could have guessed. In that way, it’s a lot like life. These are the kind of deep-but-not-really-but-also-kind-of sentiments the book makes you have. John Green’s highly publicized novel tells the […]

  Rachael Nisenkier

Young adult romance is an art form like any other, and despite the lack of respect it often gets from mainstream audiences, it is certainly capable of being just as awesome as any other genre. What I’m saying is that just because it looks like Twilight and kind of smells like Twilight, doesn’t mean it […]

  Kelly Bedard

Having devoured the books in a matter of days, I was more than excited about the film adaptation of The Hunger Games. With the inevitable elimination of that all-too-troublesome first person narrative, thoughtful and promising casting, a director who is a sworn fan and oh-so-welcome authorial input on the screenplay, I was pretty convinced that […]

  Borah Coburn

I Love You, Beth Cooper is Larry Doyle’s first novel (he also wrote Go, Mutants!, the subject of my first review here at My Books). I Love You, Beth Cooper’s about a boy—Denis Cooverman, captain of the debate team and valedictorian of BGHS (Buffalo Grove High School), to be precise—and his ill-advised attempt to make […]

  Borah Coburn

Americus is a YA graphic novel by MK Reed and Jonathan Hill, and IT’S FRIGGIN’ WONDERFUL. It has book wars, humorous depictions of various authority figures, unpretentious but nuanced characters, simple but expressive artwork, and a heck of a lot of heart. I love the crap out of this book. I just used all caps—you […]

  Rachael Nisenkier

I read Matched, the first in the trilogy that includes Crossed, in a sort of breathless blur. Left yearning as I was after finishing The Hunger Games, Matched seemed like its heir apparent. But Crossed actually makes me think retrospectively less of Matched, while still admitting that I’m definitely going to read the third installment […]

  Kelly Bedard

If there’s one thing we’ve learned from Hunger Games fever it’s that YA readers were desperate to move on from the Bella Swan heroine model. Feminists, hipsters and tween girls alike have flocked to the stubbornly flawed but undeniably kickass Katniss Everdeen like she was a breath of fresh air; which, after years of a […]

The official Hunger Games trailer hit the world like a flaming District 12 tribute today after Josh Hutcherson (who plays fan favourite Peeta Mellark) introduced it on Good Morning America. The superb, pulse-pounding teaser kicks off with the serene Jennifer Lawrence as heroine Katniss Everdeen meeting her tried and true best friend Gale (Liam Hemsworth) […]