Book Wake

Following good stories wherever they lead

Book Trails: Providence Athenaeum

I love visiting book havens when I travel — bookstores, libraries, and the like — so I’ll start sharing a few impressions from the road. If you’ve been here too, … Continue reading

January 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

Top 5 Books I Read In 2014

It’s the start of a new year — a good time to look back on past reads and reflect on the highlights. It’s devastatingly cold here in the Northeast, so … Continue reading

January 7, 2015 · Leave a comment

Clockwork Ballet: Winterspell

A bold re-imagining of The Nutcracker, this story crackles with magic and adventure, with a fair dose of deception and desire tossed into the mix. Overall rating: 3.5 out of … Continue reading

January 6, 2015 · Leave a comment

Teachers and Lies: The Girl With All the Gifts

A new take on the zombie tale with a complex protagonist, this grim world is illuminated with surprising lights and woven with strange threads.  Overall rating: 4 out of 5 mugs … Continue reading

December 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

Crowns and Swords: The Queen of the Tearling

A fantasy centered around an untested, exiled queen in the making, this first novel has an engaging narrative and some strong elements. Don’t be fooled, though: it’s not The Hunger Games … Continue reading

November 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

Knives and Shadows: Death Sworn

Ileni never expected to die this way. We meet her walking underground, entering a cave of assassins, readying herself for the inevitable. Because this is where her people have sent … Continue reading

November 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

Dreams and Mirrors: Blue Lily, Lily Blue

[WARNING: This review is for the third of a series, and contains spoilers for previous works. If you haven’t read The Raven Boys or The Dream Thieves yet… you should … Continue reading

November 6, 2014 · 1 Comment

Glimpses and Lists

Inspired by Sarah Andersen’s post on YA Love, I’m sharing a shot of my home library, looking appropriately creepy in time for Halloween. This does not include the stacks of … Continue reading

October 31, 2014 · 2 Comments

Blank Spaces: Don’t Look Back

I’d like to introduce you to our protagonist, but she doesn’t know her own name. Or why she’s walking down a gravel road, barefoot and battered, in an area she … Continue reading

October 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

Ghosts and Acrylic: Liv, Forever

It starts off decently enough: Olivia Bloom, poor orphan and gifted artist, is accepted to Wickham Hall, an elite preparatory school tucked away in the hills of New Hampshire. Liv, … Continue reading

October 23, 2014 · Leave a comment