Category: YA

May 11
The Mirror King (The Orphan Queen #2) by Jodi Meadows (review)

The Mirror King (The Orphan Queen #2) by Jodi Meadows (review)

This starts right where the first book left off. Which is good, because that cliffhanger in the first book? So huge! So I was happy to see we wouldn’t have to wait long to find out what happened next. I loved how Tobiah and Wil changed and grew in the book. So many near tragedies and some actual bad things happen. And the way they reacted to them were believable. We got to learn a little more about their world, and came into contact with old and new friends. I loved how insecure Wil was about becoming Queen. It was… Read more »

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Apr 28
Under Their Skin (Under Their Skin #1) by Margaret Peterson Haddix (review)

Under Their Skin (Under Their Skin #1) by Margaret Peterson Haddix (review)

This sounded so much better than it ended up being. Unfortunately, most of what ended up irking me I can’t explain due to the fact it’s so spoilery that it would ruin the surprise/suspense of the entire book. So let’s see… I was expecting something creepy, something completely different as the reason for why Nick and Eryn weren’t allowed to meet their stepsiblings. It was a little interesting at first, once we find out what the reason is. But then it just got uninteresting to me. There were lots of mentions about how dangerous such-and-such a thing would be, if… Read more »

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Apr 27
Princess of Glass (The Princesses of Westfalin Trilogy #2) by Jessica Day George (review)

Princess of Glass (The Princesses of Westfalin Trilogy #2) by Jessica Day George (review)

I really enjoyed getting to know Poppy in this book. We didn’t get to learn a lot about any of her other sisters, since Poppy was sent to another kingdom by herself. But the characters we did get to meet I quite enjoyed. All except Eleanor. She was entirely disagreeable and I kept hoping she would fail and not end up with any boy at the end of the book. Once we found out why she was such a horrible person, it made a lot more sense for her to act that way. But by that point in the book,… Read more »

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Apr 18
The Secret of Dreadwillow Carse by Brian Farrey (review)

The Secret of Dreadwillow Carse by Brian Farrey (review)

I can honestly say, this book wasn’t what I was expecting. It was better! I went in thinking it would be a fairytale story about friendship and magic. And while it was, it was also so much more. Princess Jeniah and Aon were very well-developed. We got to see not only how they became friends, but also hopes and fears. Jeniah is afraid she won’t be as good a Queen as her mother was. Aon thinks she’s a failure because she isn’t happy all the time. The mystery surrounding the Carse was more complex than I had expected. I loved… Read more »

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Apr 14
Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4) by Marissa Meyer (review)

Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4) by Marissa Meyer (review)

I loved that Scarlet calls Winter “crazy” as a nickname, and that Jacin calls her “trouble.” She is both, knows she is both, and isn’t bothered in the slightest. While Cress daydreams to psych herself up to be able to do things that scare her, Winter has visions. None of them are real, and they are caused by her refusal to use her Lunar gift. So she sees the walls of the palace bleeding, feels herself turn into “a girl of ice and snow”, and is never 100% sure if the things she is seeing are real or just figments… Read more »

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Apr 13
Red: The True Story of Red Riding Hood by Liesl Shurtliff (review)

Red: The True Story of Red Riding Hood by Liesl Shurtliff (review)

This was full of interesting twists on fairy tales I read as a child. Like, Red’s granny is actually Rose Red (though her sister is called Snow White instead of Rose White, but she still married a bear…?) You get to meet Beauty and the Beast, Goldilocks, dwarves, gargoyles and various magical forest creatures. Red’s journey to find a cure for her granny is both funny and at times almost unbelievable. I didn’t like Goldie at all at first. She was pushy and chattered, and messed up a lot of things for Red. But as the story went along, I… Read more »

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Apr 06
Flawed (Flawed #1) by Cecelia Ahern (review)

Flawed (Flawed #1) by Cecelia Ahern (review)

I didn’t realize this was a first in a series when I requested it. So when I got to the end of the book and saw it only wrapped up some of the story, and one of the major plot lines was still going, I wanted to go out and grab the next book immediately! Which is good, because it means I really liked this book. And also bad, because book 2 doesn’t come out until 2017! The world building was amazing. Though not in the ‘completely different world’ way. This world is basically our world, but with a few… Read more »

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Mar 30
The Demon King (Seven Realms #1) by Cinda Williams Chima (review)

The Demon King (Seven Realms #1) by Cinda Williams Chima (review)

I loved Raisa. She’s smart and stubborn, she wants to be a good queen one day. And when she realized that things are being kept from her that she needs to know, so she can BE a good queen, she goes out and starts finding answers. She may not always have the best ideas on how to do things, and some of the scrapes she gets into could have been avoided if she had been less headstrong. But over-all, I really liked her as a character. And I really like her and Amon together. I liked Han just as much… Read more »

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Mar 29
Red Queen (Red Queen #1) by Victoria Aveyard (review)

Red Queen (Red Queen #1) by Victoria Aveyard (review)

(No actual spoilers I don’t think! I’m discussing the love interests a bit, but I don’t think I’ve given anything away.) I wasn’t sure if I’d end up liking this book, but all my friends kept raving about it. I was afraid it would end up too much like The Selection, which I didn’t like so much. I’m glad I finally read it! It was a lot better than I thought it would be. I loved Mare. Her interactions with her family, as well as the Silvers were great. And the intrigue and twists! I thought she was going to… Read more »

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Mar 24
The Hidden Twin by Adi Rule (review)

The Hidden Twin by Adi Rule (review)

The cover is gorgeous, and the description sounded so good! Unfortunately I just couldn’t click with the book or the characters. There were a lot of slow bits in the beginning of the book. Some of it was interesting and I read those parts quickly. And then there would be more bits to slog through. I don’t understand why, if her father loved her so much that he didn’t kill her like he was supposed to at birth. And hid her away from the public to keep her safe, and pretty much did everything a loving father should, why he… Read more »

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