• YA Paranormal Romance Book Review

    I Wish I Weren’t a Djinni

    My Thoughts I Wish I Weren’t a Djinni is a run-of-the-mill genie story with a touch of romance. A young man finds a lamp, he gets three wishes, and the djinni wishes to be free. It’s a pretty standard genie story that is very predictable but still manages to be sweet. There is a little humor as the genie tries to figure out 21st-century life. After a while, though, it got a little tiring. “What happens to you once I make my third wish?” For a young adult story with mild hints of romance, there was no instalove and I found that to be refreshing. The connection between James and…

  • Book Review

    The Quiet Boy

    My Thoughts After seeing the trailer for the movie Antlers, which is set to be released next year, I was excited to find out that there was an accompanying short story that was published for free online. I decided to give it a read and it made me both excited for and dread the new movie. A majority of the students that I work with are aspiring teachers, and this little story is every new teacher’s worst nightmare. “She just wasn’t sure she loved being a teacher. Especially not here, in this town.” Julia Grey is a new teacher that is participating in the Teach for America, a nonprofit program…

  • Book Review

    A Human Stain

    Warnings: Gore My Thoughts What a wild ride this story was, I read it in a single sitting before bed and I couldn’t put it down. The opening of A Human Stain reminds me of The Turn of the Screw; a young woman is enlisted by a wealthy gentleman to care for his recently orphaned nephew. The young woman goes to a remote castle and finds something strange is going on. It is a beautifully written gothic mystery with a healthy dose of body horror. I loved the main character, a brash lesbian with an eye for the beautiful and quiet nursemaid. Everything about the castle and the people that…