Category: YA

Mar 23
The Girl in the Tower by Lisa Schroeder (review)

The Girl in the Tower by Lisa Schroeder (review)

I started reading this book and couldn’t put it down until the end. It was sweet as well as funny and Violet was endearing. I loved how she looked at the world. She was a prisoner, but she never let that fact break her spirit. I liked her mother Nuri,  and the servants George and Maggie. Queen Bogdana was evil without being scary to read about for young children. The illustrations were fun to see. The characters all looked younger than you expected, but the almost whimsical feel fit very well with the story. It has the fairytale feel to… Read more »

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Mar 17
Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3) by Marissa Meyer (review)

Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3) by Marissa Meyer (review)

I loved Cress! She was such a cute mix of naive wonder, and super hacker! She was constantly using daydreams to get her through situations that would otherwise send her screaming. Stranded in the middle of a desert with no idea where you are? No problem, she is now a brave explorer. Lots of people staring at her? She becomes a famous actress in her head. And yet, she is also a super brilliant computer wiz. Hacking into top secret places, learning access codes and other information known only to a handful of people or less. I loved how her… Read more »

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Mar 09
The Inn Between by Marina Cohen (review)

The Inn Between by Marina Cohen (review)

I loved this book! I was pretty sure what the twist was early on, but that didn’t detract at all from the story. I liked the flashbacks we got to see about what happened the day Emma disappeared. I also really liked how Quinn and Kara’s friendship was shown. By the end of the book you felt like you had seen them growing up together. The illustrations in the book were perfect. I liked getting to see some of the things the characters saw, and they were well-drawn. They fit the vibe of the book well. The Inn itself was… Read more »

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Mar 03
Becoming Alpha (Alpha Girl #1) by Aileen Erin (review)

Becoming Alpha (Alpha Girl #1) by Aileen Erin (review)

I picked this up free months ago, and then forgot about it. Added it to my Kindle during my Cali trip, but didn’t expect a whole lot from it. And then once I started reading it, I totally kicked myself for waiting so long to start this series! I loved Tessa! Most of her reactions were pretty believable for the situations she found herself in. I liked the way she dealt with being a werewolf. A lot of PNR series have the main character stress over being a werewolf a little bit, but then they get over it and end… Read more »

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Feb 25
The Last Ever After (The School for Good and Evil #3) by Soman Chainani (review)

The Last Ever After (The School for Good and Evil #3) by Soman Chainani (review)

I loved getting to meet some of the ‘famous’ fairy tale characters. And the twists their stories took. (Though I could have done without a geriatric Peter Pan… Poor Peter!!) Merlin was hilarious, and spot on if you like the way he’s portrayed in The Sword In The Stone. I also liked the surprise twist with Hort, as well as the fact the witch coven played big roles in this book again. All the books have been a fun read, but this one was a little bittersweet too since it’s the last one. Agatha did a lot of worrying about… Read more »

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Feb 24
The Lost Twin (Scarlet and Ivy #1) by Sophie Cleverly (review)

The Lost Twin (Scarlet and Ivy #1) by Sophie Cleverly (review)

The synopsis is slightly misleading, in that it says Ivy is invited to take Scarlet’s place and she agrees. She gets a letter telling her a place has opened up for her, and that her school fees have already been paid. So she really doesn’t get a choice about going to the school or not. And once there, she is told point blank that she is going to pretend to be Scarlet. She agrees to do so in order to find out what happened to her sister. However, since she was basically threatened into doing it, the synopsis description sounds… Read more »

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Feb 18
The Haunting of Sunshine Girl (The Haunting of Sunshine Girl #1) by Paige McKenzie (review)

The Haunting of Sunshine Girl (The Haunting of Sunshine Girl #1) by Paige McKenzie (review)

I loved the ghostly elements in the book. The way Sunshine interacted with the child ghost. And how the story unfolded. I didn’t expect most of the twists around why it was happening to her after their move. And while there is a minor romance thread, it is super minor. The strongest theme was the focus on family between Sunshine and her mother. They are best friends for most of the book, and do things you don’t always see in YA. Things like have movie nights, cook dinner together, poke fun at each other, and Sunshine raids her mom’s closet… Read more »

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Feb 17
Lament: The Faerie Queen’s Deception (Books of Faerie #1) by Maggie Stiefvater (review)

Lament: The Faerie Queen’s Deception (Books of Faerie #1) by Maggie Stiefvater (review)

So I picked up this book at the library, because Cait is always going on and on about how wonderful the author is. I love fae books, so thought I’d give this one a try as my first introduction to the author. It was not-so-surprisingly good! I loved all the fae lore and mythology that popped up in the book. Everything from four leaf clovers helping you to see the fae, to Thomas the Rhymer. From the synopsis, it makes it sound like there are two bad fae out to kill Deirdre. But it doesn’t actually unfold that way. I… Read more »

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Feb 10
It’s a Wonderful Death by Sarah J. Schmitt (review)

It’s a Wonderful Death by Sarah J. Schmitt (review)

This was such a fun book! RJ starts out as the kind of self-absorbed popular girl we all hate. But by the end of the book she had become the best version of herself. It was full of snarky humor, which I adore. As well as just fun things in general. Like, Death Himself (yes, it’s always capitalized like that!) wears tacky Hawaiian shirts and is a bit of a surfer dude. We also get to meet a number of angels, as well as Cerberus (and his handler). I loved all the characters in this book, even the ones we… Read more »

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Feb 04
Pennyroyal Academy (Pennyroyal Academy #1) by M.A. Larson (review)

Pennyroyal Academy (Pennyroyal Academy #1) by M.A. Larson (review)

There are dragons in this book! As well as witches, knights and princesses. Only, these princesses are unlike what you’re used to. Princesses in this book are not the daughters of Kings and Queens. They are from all levels of birth, from the poorest peasant girl right up to actual royalty. So what makes them princesses? Courage. Compassion. Humility. Kindness. And… the fact that they exist to defeat evil witches. There is a small element of romance, but it’s more like background to the central storyline of Evie finding out who she really is, and trying to make it through… Read more »

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