REVIEW: MARESI, BY MARIA TURTSCHANINOFF, TRANSLATED BY ANNIE PRIME (2016)

From the start, we know not everything will be alright. Maresi, the novel's eponymous young narrator, tells us that she does not want to bring it all up again--the smell of blood, the sound of crunching bone--and that it is difficult to talk about death. Nevertheless, she must write, so that the events she witnessed, … Continue reading REVIEW: MARESI, BY MARIA TURTSCHANINOFF, TRANSLATED BY ANNIE PRIME (2016)

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BOOK REVIEW: THE SERPENT KING, BY JEFF ZENTNER (2016)

I should read Young Adult books more often. Whenever I hear or read that a particular YA book is good, I make a note of it, but, when I'm at the library and I'm about to borrow it, I often decide not to. It's probably, partly, a form of snobbery. But also--my teenage years weren't … Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: THE SERPENT KING, BY JEFF ZENTNER (2016)

BOOK REVIEW: THIS ONE SUMMER, BY MARIKO AND JILLIAN TAMAKI (2014)

Some works of art are so delicate, so simple in their beauty, that any words you use to describe them feel clumsy and oafish in comparison. But you want to tell other people about them, so they too will experience them and fall in love with them. And it's hard to tell people about stuff … Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: THIS ONE SUMMER, BY MARIKO AND JILLIAN TAMAKI (2014)