This is Maiko. She’s liked books since forever, which is how she ended up working in publishing. Her favorite author is now, and forever will be, Tamora Pierce (and not only because Prince Jonathan was her first book crush). She’ll read anything (unless it’s Austen) and especially loves folklore and myth. Her current addictions are radio-drama podcasts, movies starring Domhnall Gleeson and going for extravagantly long walks. She’s based in London and currently works for Hachette.
Reviews by Maiko Lenting:
This is a phenomenal memoir. It was Edith’s choice not to give up on life while in Auschwitz. Instead, she chose to fight and to live.
Epic is the word that describes this book best. It is epic in scope, in physical size, and in vision, and I savored every moment I spent with the Fortuna family.
I loved the comic drawings and the way the boys interacted but what I loved the most was that this is a book about two boys having a relationship.
How Do You Like Me Now? really was an eye-opening book. This was not what I expected to get from an author whose previous works were all YA.
What I loved about Y: The Last Man was the humor. I wouldn’t have thought that an apocalypse could be so entertaining, but Vaughan et al. make it exactly that.
This is a movie about the lengths some people go to in the name of love and the power such feelings hold. The chemistry of the two leads is palpable.
I was drawn to the book for the Indian-American set of characters but I stayed with the book for the will-they-won’t-they-oh-come-on-they-must-get-together moments.
There’s a reason that Tamora Pierce is listed as an inspiration for the fantasy YA queens of the now. She is a master. I love everything she touches.
If you loved the bright and colorful opening number of La La Land the most, then you are going to absolutely love The Greatest Showman.
It’s space at its best, with a diverse cast of characters and love, blood, sex, and robots. But, most of all, it’s the most fun read ever. Period.
What a kickass cast starring Charlize Theron, such action, what a soundtrack and, man, that fashion.
A group of women is kidnapped and left to fend for themselves in the wilderness. Yes, this novel is dark and harrowing but it's also completely compelling.
I read a lot of young adult books and many have blended into one story arch. I had no idea where this plot was headed. It was a breath of fresh air.
An Australian town has been invaded by a faceless enemy and everyone has been taken captive except a group of teens. They need to stay safe and stay alive.
The perfect mix of atmospheric claustrophobia and historical tidbits. I was transported to 1935 and could feel, taste and smell the Himalayas.
It’s not a story of science vs. religion. It’s a tale about people, people who have faced much trauma and have been deeply changed because of it.
Magical, heartbreaking, eerie and magnificent. Stunned with my heart full to the brim, I was tempted to flick back to the beginning and start all over again.
Frankie is the most kickass YA character ever. She strives for what she wants, not what society tells her she should want.
There really is something about a really nice book that makes you happy and keeps making you happy long after the last page has been turned.
It’s dark, poisonous, tough, and unpleasant but it’s also powerful, brimming with love and a story that needs to be read to be understood.
I read An Untamed State in two sittings. It was utterly impossible to put down. Mireille is a marvel. She is fierce. Yet, she is terrified.
If you only read one book this year, let it be this one. I know that is a BIG statement to make but it's breath-taking and lingers far beyond the last page.
It is a book about human nature and how this changes when something devastating threatens to destroy everything we know and hold dear.
Austen’s frustrating standard of completely talking around the point was hilarious instead of irritating. I was stunned.