Hello. My name is Krys and I love books.
Not just love books… but unhealthily obsess about books.
For the past 8 years I have worked in an independent bookstore in mid-Michigan. I work in the Children/Young Adult books as well as the Science Fiction. I managed the Manga section for a number of years as well. I grew up an avid reader and it seemed only natural that I would make a good fit in a book store. My primary reading interests are Science Fiction/Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Steampunk, Historic Fiction, Fiction, Classics, Young Adult and Intermediate/Middle Grade reading. I do also read Manga and Graphic Novels, just not very much of them lately.
I grew up reading the likes of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. I’ve reread the Oz books by Baum so many times I can’t count. I also spent my youth reading (and rereading) Lloyd Alexander’s Chronicles of Prydain.
I did Amazon reviews for several years prior to working at the book store. I also have a Goodreads account and have had reviews published in the Indiebound Kids Next newsletters. This blog is just another step.
I’m not a writer, I’m a gusher. I can gush with the best of them about what I know and love… and I know and love books. I like to talk about them to anyone who will listen to me.
This blog is for me, but those of you who want to come along for the ride are most welcome to join.
I have a self-imposed 75 page limit rule. If a book is not doing it for me by this point in the story I abandon. I rate books based on this:
5 stars: Absolutely adored it. Want it in my library, want it in my friends library, will read it over and over again. Will read other books by the author.
4 stars – really liked it but something was off just enough to bug me. Will usually read more by this author to see if it was just bad timing/me.
3 stars – Liked it but not enough to read again. May try other things by the author but not in a hurry.
2 stars – are rare for me. It means I finished the book out of loyalty to the author, or curiosity, but didn’t particularly care for it.
1 star – is even rarer. I don’t usually finish books I dislike this much. If that is the case I will 1 star it to remind myself that I tried.
No Rating – This has only ever happened a few times. I claim NO RATING on the books that I absolutely have no idea how I feel about them… in a good OR bad way. This usually means I have to mull it over for 6 months or so before deciding if I enjoyed it or not.
Submissions for review – I am open to reviewing books and e-books from authors and publishers. However, I cannot promise anything. I am currently on nine different publishers ARCs/Galleys lists, several of which send me everything in the seasonal YA catalog, and a few from several sources. You read that right… EVERYTHING. I receive a lot of books… A LOT. I simply cannot guarantee when (or if) I would get to yours. There is no need to contact me multiple times. I will contact you if I am interested in reading your book.
I am not currently accepting review requests for independently published books or anything published through Amazon.
I have a genre list available to give you an idea of the books I prefer to read. You might find it helpful if you are planning on submitting anything for review.
Please send all queries to
Krys via email@example.com
– Bond Villain –
Peter and the Secret of Rundoon, by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson.
“This is an inventive conclusion to the trilogy that redefines the history of Peter Pan – it’s satisfying and creative. I do believe that if J.M. Barrie were alive today he would have read this series. – Krys Tourtois, Schuler Books and Music, Lansing MI.
– Winter 2007/2008 Children’s Book Sense Picks.
Mothstorm: The Horror from Beyond (Uranus) Georgium Sidus! By Philip Reeve and David Wyatt.
“When a rescue mission to Georgium Sidus yields a new foe, the Mumbys must save the Emprie from certain peril – again. This thrilling and rewarding conclusion to Reeve’s Larklight trilogy is exactly what I wanted from this masterful storyteller.” – Krys Tourtois, Schuler Books and Music, Lansing MI.
– Winter 2008/2009 Indiebound Kids Next List –
City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
“The time has come for the Clave to oppose Valentine, but he has no intentions of submitting, putting both the Shadowhunters and the Downworlders on edge. Clare’s concluding volume of The Mortal Instruments trilogy is complex and striking. Not to be missed.” – Krys Tourtois, Schuler Books and Music, Lansing MI.
– Spring 2009 Indiebound Kids Next List –
Eyes Like Stars, by Lisa Mantchev
“This is one of the most inventive stories I have come across in a long time. Bertie lives in a theatre where the casts of plays are real, bound by a magic book. This sweet and brilliant debut will jae readers yearning for more.” – Krys Tourtois, Schuler Books and Music, Lansing MI.
– Autumn 2009 Indiebound Kids Next List –
Beautiful Creatures, by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
“Ethan Wate has fallen into an impossible relationship with the beautiful outcast, Lena Duchannes. But Lena has a secret that may prove more challenging than not fitting in at school. Combining the atmosphere of a Tennessee Williams drama and the bigotry of To Kill A Mockingbird, this gorgeously composed debut novel is a rare treat.” — Krys Tourtois, Schuler Books and Music, Lansing MI.
– Winter 2009 Indiebound Kids Next List –
Bloodrose by Andrea Cremer
“While everything else in Calla’s life has fallen apart, she has always been able to count on her friends, but now the stakes are much higher. Their journey takes them to all ends of the earth in search of the Elemental Cross, a weapon that is the only hope of destroying their enemies. Calla’s survival rests squarely on the shoulders f two men she cannot choose between, who continue to fight over her. The final book in Cremer’s epic Nightshade trilogy will stun readers until the very last syllable.” — Krys Tourtois, Schuler Books and Music, Lansing MI.
– Spring 2012 Indiebound Kids Next List –
Born Wicked: The Cahill Witch Chronicles, book one by Jessica Spotswood
“Born Wicked is set in 1899, in a small New England town called Chatham. There are three sistrs in the Cahill family who have been gifted with magical abilities. Since their mother’s death some years ago, Cate has been keeping an eye in the girls, making sure their magic stays a secret, but the Brotherhood, an oppressive religious patriarchy, sees all. This is a glorious book, lush and provacative, and Gothic – and the love interest is spectacular. “– Krys Tourtois, Schuler Books and Music, Lansing MI.
– Spring 2012 Indiebound Kids Next List –
The Letter Q: Queer Writers’ Notes to Their Younger Selves. Edited by Sarah Moon
“Here are 64 of the most provacative, sad, enlightening, inspiring tales you may ever read. The stories touch upon many social issues that teens are faced with from day to day – peer pressure, bullying, unrequited love, rejection, the stress of college applications and achievement, ambivalent parents, fight-or-flight friends, love, and sex. The authors succeed in pointing out that these are not just queer experiences but, rather, human experiences. “– Krys Tourtois, Schuler Books and Music, Lansing MI.
– Summer 2012 Indiebound Kids Next List –
Catherine by April Lindner
“Following Jane, a new look at the classic Jane Eyre, the second Bronte retelling by Lindner is Catherine, a contemporary version of the masterpiece Wuthering Heights. Lindner reinvents the mystery of the original, and many of its odd, unanswered questions are addressed and overcome. Lindner cuts to the heart of the original story, pulling out the themes and character dynamics that make up the foundation and then expertly twists them. I absolutely love it! “– Krys Tourtois, Schuler Books and Music, Lansing MI.
– Winter 2012-2013 Indiebound Kids Next List –
– My first published blurb that can be found in the advanced reader’s editions of The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey –
…I have also been a painter in another life. I hope to return to it someday…
Thank you for reading.
(Semi-professional fangirl, ever-present bookgeek)