Genre: Young Adult

Shadow Frost by Coco Ma

Shadow Frost by Coco Ma

The first word that pops into my mind to describe Shadow Frost is “indulgent”. This isn’t, strictly speaking, a bad book.  It’s relatively entertaining, but it’s extreme and predictable.  It has that Disney-esque quality of good triumphing over evil.  The characters are highly powered with limited training and few consequences.  There were some pretty cool ideas in the skeleton of this novel, but I just didn’t believe it.  At all. And, yeah, okay, this is a fantasy and requires suspension of disbelief.  I get that, I really do.  But I also have a problem with characters who achieve the highest levels of […]

Posted September 16, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Flawed by Cecelia Ahern

Flawed by Cecelia Ahern

As the risk of starting this review with a bit of a bad pun… Flawed is inherently… flawed. I’ll start with the good.  The concept of this dystopian world is fascinating and not so outlandish it couldn’t be possible.  There’s a great pressure to fulfill a sort of expectation as human culture evolves, and with with rise of social media, the pressure to keep up with others and to be perceived as perfect grows and grows.  So why not take it a step further – create visible brands for those who are imperfect, so they can’t hide it and we know? […]

Posted September 15, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games is such a happy re-read for me. I mean, come on.  This book has everything.  A realistically devised dystopian future.  Interesting characters with hidden depths!  There’s so much at stake and the balance of action and romance is just A++ good.  I love this trilogy.  The Hunger Games was the dystopia that pushed YA dystopia into the spotlight, and there’s a prequel coming!  What’s not to love? This marks my fifth time reading this book.  I am the type of reader who may remember the format, but will often forget details as I read.  I feel like every time […]

Posted September 14, 2019 in Reviews // 4 Comments //
Who Put This Song On? by Morgan Parker

Who Put This Song On? by Morgan Parker

I would like to open this review by touching briefly on how much I liked Morgan Parker’s writing style.  This novel is poetic without being flowery and it all flows together so well.  There was such an amazing balance of description, dialogue, and events and I never felt like I was being “told” something. There’s a lot of pop culture references here, as the book is partially autobiographical.  Morgan Parker also has a great, if subtle, sense of humor that comes through in the constantly-falling-flat jokes.  Nobody in the book seemed to think she was being funny, but I thought […]

Posted September 13, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Steel Crow Saga by Paul Kreuger

Steel Crow Saga by Paul Kreuger

The first major takeaway I have about Steel Crow Saga is that it’s unnecessarily long. To steal a phrasing from one of the characters, it was a long walk to a very anime battle scene. The way this book is written falls into very detailed descriptions.  There’s not a lot of room for the reader’s imagination in way characters think, feel, or how the world works.  Steel Crow Saga is written from four perspectives and by the time you reach the end of the book, you know pretty well how each of them thinks, multiple stories from their past, how they feel […]

Posted September 12, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Six Goodbyes We Never Said by Candace Ganger

Six Goodbyes We Never Said by Candace Ganger

It took me a little while to untangle the threads of this book, but once I did, I thought it was wonderful. Six Goodbyes We Never Said is a story about grief and growth.  Both characters have a mental health condition – Naima has generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) while Andrew “Dew” has PTSD.  Both characters are orphans.  Both characters are trying to process the loss of their parents.  Candace Ganger opens up in the introduction to say that these mental health conditions are one she is or has experienced, and she’s split them into the two […]

Posted September 11, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //