Category: YA

Feb 15
Sinful Cinderella (Dark Fairy Tale Queen Series) by Anita Valle (review)

Sinful Cinderella (Dark Fairy Tale Queen Series) by Anita Valle (review)

This was actually not quite what I was expecting. And that isn’t a bad thing at all! It’s a mix of Cinderella and Snow White, with a twisted Cinderella, and a funny and crazy Godmother. Nothing is quite what you remember from the fairy tale, or quite like any other retelling of Cinderella that I’ve read so far. I loved how nothing was quite what it seemed, and there were a lot of twists for such a short book. The story and characters are a bit dark and twisted, which just sucked me in further. I wanted to know what… Read more »

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Feb 08
Heartless by Marissa Meyer (review)

Heartless by Marissa Meyer (review)

I liked a number of things about the book. Like how many Wonderland characters I recognized, and felt true to themselves. (Like Cheshire!) I also liked reading about the various confections Cath made, and how when she dreamed about Jest, things would appear in her room, grown by the dreams. Jest was by far my favorite character. He was charming and sweet, mysterious and had so many magic tricks up his sleeve. (Can’t say much more due to spoilers…) The friendship between Cath and Mary Ann was really good too. They dreamed together about opening up their own bakery. And… Read more »

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Nov 16
Foxheart by Claire Legrand (review)

Foxheart by Claire Legrand (review)

I’m not sure what it was about this book, but it was kind of a chore to get through it. It’s not that I disliked the characters or the story, but I just kept coming up with all kinds of things to do other than read. When I was reading it, I really liked most of what was happening, and wanted to know what would happen next. But the moment my attention wandered, it was like pulling teeth to pick the book back up again. I loved Quicksilver and Fox, they really were the best parts of the book. I… Read more »

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Oct 27
Wait Till Helen Comes by Mary Downing Hahn (review)

Wait Till Helen Comes by Mary Downing Hahn (review)

Technically a re-read, but as I haven’t read it in 10 years or more and I wanted something spooky for October… This totally scared the crap out of me as a teenager. It isn’t as scary as an adult, but there are a number of spooky moments in the book. Heather is a horrible brat, constantly trying to get her step-siblings in trouble with her father, and trying to split up her Dad’s new marriage. But she is fairly well redeemed in the end, and the reason she was such a little terror is both believable and sad. I liked… Read more »

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Oct 26
Quanta (The Shadow Ravens #2) by Lola Dodge (review)

Quanta (The Shadow Ravens #2) by Lola Dodge (review)

This was just as good as the first book. I was slightly confused at first, because this book deals with entirely new characters. But after a while we hear a bit about Cipher and Knight again. Quanta is a really interesting character, and I was soon lost in her story. Just like the first book, I fell in love with Quanta from the first pages. Tair pulled me in quickly as well, and his sister too! The bad guys in this are really twisted and evil. Though I’m sure they don’t think of themselves that way. And I liked getting… Read more »

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Oct 11
The Red Ghost (Ghost #2) by Marion Dane Bauer (review)

The Red Ghost (Ghost #2) by Marion Dane Bauer (review)

Technically a series, but each book deals with different characters and different ghosts. This was actually creepier than I had expected for a kids book. Not too much so, but the creepiness factor was definitely there. It probably doesn’t help that I have a porcelain doll that has an outfit very similar to the one in this book! I liked how the kids discovered there was something not quite right about the doll. And how each of them had a slightly different experience, even if the voice was eventually a shared one. We do get to find out who was… Read more »

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Sep 28
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children #1) by Ransom Riggs (review)

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children #1) by Ransom Riggs (review)

This sounded good, and since my friends have been raving about it, and the movie based on it is coming out this month I decided to finally read it. And it was good, but it also wasn’t… Let me explain. You know those first-in-a-series books that spend so much of the book setting up the story that it doesn’t really feel like an actual story? Yeah. That was this book. Some parts of it were interesting. Some parts dragged like crazy. Almost the entire first half of the book is about Jacob and growing up on his grandfather’s stories. And… Read more »

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Sep 14
The Last Phoenix (Genie #2) by Linda Chapman (review)

The Last Phoenix (Genie #2) by Linda Chapman (review)

I didn’t like this one as much as the first book. I still liked it, but there were a number of cringe-worthy moments that made me want to skim past them. Like the first book, the 4 siblings stumble upon something magical. And they go on various adventures to help the phoenix hatch her egg. I liked Fenella, she didn’t act like I expected a phoenix to in my head, but she was a fun character if a bit ditzy. I liked how the kids had to work together in order to get each item that Fenella needed. And while… Read more »

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Sep 07
The Changelings by Christina Soontornvat (review)

The Changelings by Christina Soontornvat (review)

I really liked how the story started off in the modern world, but with Izzy’s fascination for faerie tales and folklore. Their next door neighbor is an old woman who is said to be a witch, and knows even more about the Fae than Izzy does. And then Hen is stolen away, and Izzy chases after her and falls down a rabbit hole like Alice in Wonderland. Only she ends up in a faerie realm. You know immediately that the bottle she takes from Mariam is going to be important in the story. But the way it’s actually used was… Read more »

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Sep 01
The Graces (The Graces #1) by Laure Eve (review)

The Graces (The Graces #1) by Laure Eve (review)

I really wanted to like this book. And I did like some parts of it. But River felt a little too stalker-y, and she pretty much re-made herself in the image she thought was most likely to get her what she wanted. It was apparent early on that River is broken. And soon after she gets in with the Graces, you realize that all of the Graces are broken too. All of them are good at hiding it, and all are broken in different ways. I liked Summer the best of all the characters. She was the most human one… Read more »

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