Genre: Romance

Sapphire Blue by Kerstin Geir

Sapphire Blue by Kerstin Geir

  I am so so utterly delighted to have finally read book two of the Precious Stones trilogy. It’s been a couple years since I read Ruby Red, but I LOVED it.  Gwen took me completely by surprise and I hadn’t been expecting a time travel book (I love time travel) so it became one of my favorite books of 2017 … et voila! Now Sapphire Blue is here and I am excited. From a purely sensible and logical point of view, Sapphire Blue is not as good as Ruby Red.  And that’s to be expected – middle books in trilogies tend to be a means […]

Posted November 1, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

  I will not by any means say this is a masterpiece of a book.  I see flaws in the love story, in the … likelihood of situations I guess?  But I also really, really liked it because it had a lot of things that I feel like I don’t see very often, particularly in YA Fantasy. First of all, we have a protagonist who is very unsure of herself.  Listen guys, I’m all for fierce, confident heroines.  I love me a strong female protagonist.  But after a while, it gets old, you know?  Lia constantly struggles with her decisions and worries […]

Posted October 22, 2019 in Reviews // 4 Comments //
Vortex by Julie Cross

Vortex by Julie Cross

  It’s been a couple years since I read Tempest, but the story pulled me in again so quickly.  I have never felt overwhelmed by all the information she gives about the mechanics of time travel, and I never feel like the romance really takes over the story. Also?  This is what should be a New Adult book – a book where the story revolves around a protagonist who is out of high school, but newly into college or embarking on a career.  It feels so perfectly what I want New Adult to be.  … But that’s an aside. Now that I have […]

Posted October 15, 2019 in Reviews // 4 Comments //
Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

  Snow Like Ashes was… exhausting.  This book gets a 3.93 star rating on Goodreads, which is very good for a book that people do not talk about ceaselessly and have intense fandoms for.  There was a lot of promise here, but I cannot in good conscience agree with the masses that this is an almost 4-star book. I’ll start with the good:  the worldbuilding was really cool.  If not for the worldbuilding, I would have DNF’d this novel early on.  In Snow Like Ashes, Sara Raasch has built an interesting, magical world.  The closest comparison I can come to this […]

Posted October 9, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
The Beautiful by Renée Ahdieh

The Beautiful by Renée Ahdieh

Vampires and YA have a history.  In the early 2000s, Twilight took the world by storm and everyone and their mom was reading vampire YA.  In fact, Twilight is one of the things that helped solidify YA as a genre.  But the vampire waved burned up in the sun quickly (sparkled up in the sun?) and I think plenty of us look back on that era and cringe.  It’s been taboo ever since. Renée Ahdieh took a risk with The Beautiful. This book was well approached – if I had to compare it with any pre-existing vampire story, I’d say it comes the […]

Posted September 26, 2019 in Reviews // 4 Comments //
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

At first, I was hesitant going into Illuminae for two reasons: it is a very hyped book, and it was mixed media, which may/may not work in audiobook format.  I kept my expectations pretty low, because a lot of the super hyped books don’t really work for me. Going into the early chapters of Illuminae, I was glad I protected myself with low expectations.  The world was interesting, and the action started right away, but the characters?  Meh.  Especially in the early chapters, they’re all quite vague and flirtatious.  There are moments that are good mixed in, like the initial battle between the […]

Posted September 9, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //