Category: YA

Feb 03
The Masterharper of Pern (Pern #15) by Anne McCaffrey (review)

The Masterharper of Pern (Pern #15) by Anne McCaffrey (review)

I’ve always loved Robinton, so getting a look into his life before he was the MasterHarper was fun! Petiron was an awful father, I can see better why he and Robinton don’t get on well. But his mother was such a sweet woman. She easily made my favorite character list. I also loved seeing the characters we know as old or middle-aged, as children and young adults. We get to meet Lord Groghe before he became a Lord. C’gan as a young dragonrider, Lessa as a toddler, Jerint, Shonagar, Silvina, Manora, Sebell, and a host of others I’ve already forgotten…. Read more »

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Jan 28
Invisible (The Twixt #2) by Dawn Metcalf (review)

Invisible (The Twixt #2) by Dawn Metcalf (review)

I didn’t love this one quite as much as the first book. I still really liked it, but there were some slow bits in the beginning. And while I totally understand why Joy did that one thing, I still wanted to hit her over the head with something. I also need to take a moment and squee! (without spoilers!) because I totally knew something was going to happen eventually! And it DID! And I didn’t know how it was going to happen or when, but finally? *laughs* We get to see more of Filly in this book, as well as… Read more »

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Jan 21
Princess of the Midnight Ball (The Princesses of Westfalin Trilogy #1) by Jessica Day George (review)

Princess of the Midnight Ball (The Princesses of Westfalin Trilogy #1) by Jessica Day George (review)

I really liked this fairytale retelling. I haven’t seen that many retellings of the 12 Dancing Princesses. And I liked that the story was from Galen’s point of view as well as Princess Rose’s. I would have liked the pronunciation guide in the front of the book instead of in the back, past the knitting patterns and such. I had ideas in my head about how some of the names and things were pronounced, and then once the book was finished I found out I was wrong on a few of them. I’m sure I’ll continue to be wrong when… Read more »

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Jan 20
Gateway to Fourline (The Fourline Trilogy #1) by Pam Brondos (review)

Gateway to Fourline (The Fourline Trilogy #1) by Pam Brondos (review)

I liked this book. However the prologue? Not so much. We didn’t care about the characters at that point, didn’t have a clue what was going on or how the world worked. So having that be the first thing you read turned me off. I loved it once we met Natalie in chapter 1, she was easy to like and her money and family problems felt true to life. But I almost didn’t read that far because of not clicking at all with the prologue. It’s the first in a series, so there was a lot of setting up in… Read more »

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Jan 14
The Orphan Queen (The Orphan Queen #1) by Jodi Meadows (review)

The Orphan Queen (The Orphan Queen #1) by Jodi Meadows (review)

I really loved Wil. She was smart, and really cared about the people around her. She wasn’t perfect, but she admitted her mistakes and tried to be a better person. I also really liked the Black Knife. I had a suspicion as to who he was early on, then thought it might actually be someone else. But his duality was a neat twist to read about. The good and bad wasn’t as clearly defined as in some books. Even though the kingdom Wil was infiltrating, was responsible for the downfall of her own kingdom. And even though that king had… Read more »

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Jan 13
The Girl Who Could Not Dream by Sarah Beth Durst (review)

The Girl Who Could Not Dream by Sarah Beth Durst (review)

I loved Monster and Sophie! I really liked how the magic in the book was unique. I don’t think I’ve ever read about a person who could drink other people’s dreams and make elements appear in reality. I also liked how close Sophie was to her parents. A lot of books tend to have the parents more of an after-thought almost. With not much of a relationship between the kid and the adults. But Sophie’s parents were involved in her life, and included her in some of the running of the Dream Shop. The ending of the book was a… Read more »

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Jan 07
Rapunzel’s Revenge (Rapunzel’s Revenge #1) by Dean & Shannon Hale (review)

Rapunzel’s Revenge (Rapunzel’s Revenge #1) by Dean & Shannon Hale (review)

I had no idea this was some kind of comic strip/graphic novel mix when I requested the book from the library. And now after reading it, I can’t imagine the story having been told any other way! I loved getting to see Rapunzel use her hair as weapons, as well as see the characters and obstacles she had to overcome. Reading it on my Kindle, I have no idea if the pages were colored, but it worked really well in black/white/grey. This book was really fun to read, had a number of funny moments, and I loved the Old West… Read more »

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Jan 06
Splintered (Splintered #1) by A.G. Howard (review)

Splintered (Splintered #1) by A.G. Howard (review)

The synopsis sounded so good! And parts of the book lived up to it. Unfortunately it just didn’t grab me as a whole the way I was expecting it to. There is the dreaded love triangle in the book. Made worse by the fact that one of the boys Alyssa is crushing on is dating another girl. I loved the fact that while she didn’t like the girlfriend, she also wasn’t going to try to steal the boy out from under the other girl, or try to date him at the same time or anything. And then once in Wonderland… Read more »

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Dec 30
Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass #4) by Sarah J. Maas (review)

Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass #4) by Sarah J. Maas (review)

I swear this is one of those series where every book just feels so much better than the last one. And the last ones weren’t bad books! I totally wanted to hit Chaol over the head with a heavy and hard object again for a good bit of this book. But, Manon! And Lysandra! And of course Rowan, Aedion and Aelin herself. When I saw the size of this book I was both happy and a bit scared. Would it live up to the other books? Was it too long? What all could you fit into 650 pages?! And then… Read more »

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Dec 24
An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes #1) by Sabaa Tahir (review)

An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes #1) by Sabaa Tahir (review)

I loved the world and all the twists and turns in the book! It shifted from Laia’s point of view to Elias and back, but always in a way that wasn’t confusing and easy to understand. I really liked how strong Laia was, even when she thought she wasn’t. She grew a lot from the scared girl we first met, into a woman who was able to see her mother in herself. I also loved reading about Elias. How he presented multiple faces to the world depending on who he was with and what role he had to play. I… Read more »

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