The Bermudez Triangle, by Maureen Johnson

book-bermudeztriangle220For about a year, I’ve been trying to work my way through all of Maureen Johnson’s novels. So when I found The Bermudez Triangle, by Maureen Johnson at the library last week, I knew it would be a perfect book for my first 2014 LGBT Reading Challenge review. The story switches points of views between three female best friends as they approach the summer before their senior year. Nina Bermudez has always been the leader of their threesome, and pretty much everything else (straight A student, class president, etc.). To hone her leadership skills she leaves her two best friends, Mel and Avery, for the first time to go to a pre-college program for ten weeks. During the program she makes a whole new life for herself, with an “eco-warrior” boyfriend and a roommate who steals her underwear. She expects Mel and Avery to be the same when she returns, but they make a new life for themselves as well. A life where they are more than just friends. When Nina finds out her two best friends are in love, she knows their trio will never be the same, but she’s unsure if their friendship will survive senior year.  Continue reading “The Bermudez Triangle, by Maureen Johnson”

Marry, Date or Dump: Cather, Wren & Reagan from FANGIRL


As many of you know, or have guessed, I’m a little obsessed with this book. I even reviewed it twice, I had so many good things to say about it. I read it again the weekend for the zillionth time. So even though I’ve done one of these for Rainbow Rowell characters, I thought I would narrow it down to the three main ladies in Fangirl. Let me know who you would marry, who you would date, and who you would dump in the comments!

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Marry, Date or Dump: Sarah Dessen Characters

Sarah Dessen WallpaperI’ve gotten more than a little obsessed with reading my way through all of Sarah Dessen’s novels. This week, I’m not going to give you the choices. You can choose male characters. You can choose female characters. Heck, if you want to you can choose parents. Just let me know in the comments who you would marry, who you would date, and who you would dump. Continue reading “Marry, Date or Dump: Sarah Dessen Characters”

Fangirling for FANGIRL, by Rainbow Rowell


Once a friend told me that she measured how much a book meant to her by how long she attempted to prolong the reading experience after she’d finished a novel. This week, I’ve been thinking (and agreeing) with that assessment after reading Fangirl, by Rainbow Rowell, and finding myself completely unwilling to let go of the story. Instead of starting a new book, I’ve been rereading my favorite scenes and looking up reviews and author interviews on the Internet. And from these blog posts, reviews, and interviews I definitely get the feeling that I’m not the only one that’s reacting to the book this way.  Continue reading “Fangirling for FANGIRL, by Rainbow Rowell”

The Madness Underneath: A Strong Sequel

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*** This review contains no spoilers for The Madness Underneath, but does have spoilers for The Name of the Star (the first book in the series)

When I started The Madness Underneath, by Maureen Johnson (Book 2 in the Shades of London series) I knew the book wouldn’t be bad … but I also didn’t expect much. Maureen Johnson is definitely a good writer, as well as being one of Alison Lee’s favorite young adult authors. Still, the first book in the series, The Name of the Star, left me feeling kind of mehh about continuing the series.

Where the Name of the Star seemed to be doing too much and contained abrupt shifts between contemporary YA romance to paranormal historical paranormal, The Madness Underneath seemed to be as consistent as the wit of main character Rory  Devereaux.

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Marry Date or Dump: Beautiful Creatures

ridley-beautiful-creatures-11255539-324-2161We read “Beautiful Creatures” by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl for the blog last week, I just saw the movie (side by side reviews coming this weekend) and I’m quickly working my way through the sequels. Like any good young adult romance, the young men in the novels have been on my mind – even though that is beginning to feel creepy since they are like eight years younger than me.  In this world of southern manners, dark magic, and good intentions who would you marry, date, or dump? Let me know in the comments!

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