Category: YA

Aug 10
Tuesdays at the Castle (Castle Glower #1) by Jessica Day George (review)

Tuesdays at the Castle (Castle Glower #1) by Jessica Day George (review)

I loved the idea of a sentient castle. One who would add on rooms when bored, or just because. I also liked how it seemed to love Celie, and added things or changed where things were in the castle to help her. I liked Celie’s siblings, though Celie was my favorite of the characters. I also liked the intrigue, and how the bad guys tried to take over the castle. It was believable, and made perfect sense as to why they were doing it. Sometimes it was hard to remember how old Celie was supposed to be, as some scenes… Read more »

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Jul 28
The Invisible Library (The Invisible Library #1) by Genevieve Cogman (review)

The Invisible Library (The Invisible Library #1) by Genevieve Cogman (review)

I loved the idea of a spy network made out of librarians. And the book grabs your attention from the first pages, because Irene is in the middle of a mission to steal a book from a boys school when the book opens. There are elements of Sherlock Holmes, as well as the 007 movies in the book. Not because the book is using either as a reference exactly, but because there is a great detective in Vale. And lots of narrow escapes, assistants who are more than what they seem, double-crosses and mysteries. Besides all that, there’s also the… Read more »

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Jul 27
The Shadow Cadets of Pennyroyal Academy (Pennyroyal Academy #2) by M.A. Larson (review)

The Shadow Cadets of Pennyroyal Academy (Pennyroyal Academy #2) by M.A. Larson (review)

The first book concentrated a lot on what was happening inside the Academy. On the lessons, friendships, intrigue and day-to-day. This one had a little of the school day stuff, but mostly skimmed over that to focus on the friendships, things that happened before school started, and the mysteries Evie was trying to solve. For a lot of the book, the four friends were separate from each other a lot. Not in physical distance, but emotional. From hiding away, to finding other friends to hang out with, it didn’t have the closeness of the previous book. They do eventually work… Read more »

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Jul 21
The Door by the Staircase by Katherine Marsh (review)

The Door by the Staircase by Katherine Marsh (review)

Witches. Firebirds. Rusalka. Friendship and magic. I love how Baba Yaga was portrayed, and how you’re never quite sure who is the bad person and who is the good one. Mary and Jacob’s friendship is one of the central plot threads. I liked getting to see how it developed during the book. I also liked how we were shown instead of told, a lot of the important information. We discovered things right along with Mary. Learning about magic and her new life, and getting to see all the changes that happened just because she had been picked instead of some… Read more »

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Jul 20
Princess of Thorns by Stacey Jay (review)

Princess of Thorns by Stacey Jay (review)

I like when a girl pretending to be a boy is done well. This book does it well. In part because Aurora never actually means to pretend she’s a boy with Niklaas. It happens by accident while she’s still under the influence of the drugs the slavers gave her. And when she’s in her right mind again, she’s afraid to tell Niklaas that she’s not her brother. Partly because he’s a big guy and she isn’t sure if he won’t try to capture her himself. And partly because she needs him to help her save her brother. I like that… Read more »

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Jul 13
Bastion (Valdemar: Collegium Chronicles #5) by Mercedes Lackey (review)

Bastion (Valdemar: Collegium Chronicles #5) by Mercedes Lackey (review)

There were a number of flashbacks in this book. Which is good if it’s been a while since you read the first book in this series, but if you mostly remember what happened, there are quite a few pages to skip over. This book wasn’t as slow as some of the earlier books in this series, but it wasn’t as suck you in as the previous book either. It was a mixture of both. I liked the mention of Tayledras and their vales in the book. I also liked the circuit bits, and how not all the towns Mags and… Read more »

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Jul 07
The Skeleth (The Nethergrim Trilogy #2) by Matthew Jobin (review)

The Skeleth (The Nethergrim Trilogy #2) by Matthew Jobin (review)

I liked the first book a little more than this one. But I still really enjoyed this book as well. One of the things I loved about the last one was the strong friendship between Edmund, Katherine and Tom. And how they worked together to save the children stolen by the Nethergrim. In this book they’re separated for a great deal of the story. Tom is away with Katherine’s father, and then ends up on a quest of his own. Edmund and Katherine are in the same village still, but they’re kept apart by various things. This book had a… Read more »

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Jul 06
A Ghost Called Dog by Gavin Neale (review)

A Ghost Called Dog by Gavin Neale (review)

This was such a fun book! The characters were all interesting, the children were believable, and I liked figuring out the mysterious bits. You don’t get a lot of magic right away (other than the ghosts), but you do get a little bit of history as to why magic is mostly gone from the world. I liked the ghost animals, though I didn’t like how cats are portrayed. The ghost T-Rex was a fun surprise. The book is apparently set in the UK somewhere, as there were a few phrases that were different than what we would say in America…. Read more »

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Jun 30
A True Princess (Fairy Tale Princesses) by Diane Zahler (review)

A True Princess (Fairy Tale Princesses) by Diane Zahler (review)

I loved how devoted Lilia, Kai and Karina were to each other. Even though Lilia was basically adopted (found floating down the river in a basket as a baby), they all love each other like siblings. I was expecting the reveal about who Lilia’s parents were, but it was still interesting to find out how she was lost all those years ago. There was a good bit of world building for such a short book. I liked the elves, Odin and the Wild Hunt. I also liked the bit about the Royal Beds. There is a tiny hint of romance… Read more »

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Jun 29
Heroine Complex by Sarah Kuhn (review)

Heroine Complex by Sarah Kuhn (review)

This sounded like it was going to be a really funny and cute read! Unfortunately the characters were a little too juvenile for me. Evie kept making it a point to mention that she had learned such-and-such when writing a paper in college. Only, she and Aveda acted like angsty teens for most of the book. So I really couldn’t see her as the intended age. Evie spends the first half of the book allowing Aveda to bully her into doing things she doesn’t want to do. She also has bottled her emotions up so tight, that it appears she… Read more »

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