Genre: Young Adult

Season of the Witch by Sarah Rees Brennan

Season of the Witch by Sarah Rees Brennan

Nope, nope, nope. Let’s be honest here, media tie-ins are always a risk.  First of all, most the time they make the assumption that you’re already a big fan and that’s why you’re reading the book.  I personally believe they’d be a more effective resource if the two could stand alone, and make you want to seek out the other.  Season of the Witch made me want to avoid The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. I think it’s in part because of the complications of this story.  Season of the Witch is being marketed as YA because Sabrina is fifteen and the […]

Posted June 27, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim

Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim

I really, really, really like this book. I was so surprised by it.  At the time of writing this review (January 29th! I’m dying, waiting for everyone else to be able to read it!) it’s currently at a well-deserved 4.53 stars on Goodreads.  I’m so happy for Elizabeth Lim and I hope the rating stays high.  This book is pitched as Mulan meets Project Runway, and that description is doing it a huge disservice.  It is Mulan in as far as she’s a girl disguised as a boy, and it’s Project Runway only because she makes dresses.  So know that, then […]

Posted June 26, 2019 in Reviews // 7 Comments //
The Storm Crow by Kalyn Josephson

The Storm Crow by Kalyn Josephson

I am absolute trash for a good high fantasy. The Storm Crow is built in an incredible world… and really, you can always tell when the world building is going to be awesome in high fantasy, because there are appendices.  Throughout the course of The Storm Crow, we’re introduced to half-a-dozen different kingdoms, each with unique histories and climates.  If this already sounds intense, fear not!  This is not Tolkien-esque and we don’t delve into the art and culture and royal genealogies.  The world is developed enough to be fascinating, but it has room to grow as the series continues. They […]

Posted June 23, 2019 in Reviews // 4 Comments //
Enclave by Ann Aguirre

Enclave by Ann Aguirre

There are pluses and minuses to listening to audiobooks.  In the case of Enclave I think I would enjoy this better in paperback than audio.  Emily Bauer’s narration is high-pitched and adds a childishness to the story that made me cringe a bit.  Like The City of Ember and The Giver, this is an interesting dystopia led by children.  The world is rich and fascinating, but the childish edge makes it easy to disregard.  So, unless you’re passing this forward to a middle grade reader, I’d strongly suggest the book over the audiobook. Even though the dystopia genre is a bit tired, I […]

Posted June 22, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

Ender’s Game is one of those books that I’ve been aware of for as long as I can remember, but I’ve never read it.  I’ve been reading science-fiction for just about as long as I’ve been reading anything.  I was raised on Star Wars and Star Trek and Logan’s Run and Planet of the Apes.  Give me 70s and 80s sci-fi until the day I day and I’ll be happy as a clam (problematic bits aside, see: Logan’s Run).  In the last few years, I’ve revisited a lot of the older-style science fiction that I loved when I was younger… and I’ve […]

Posted June 6, 2019 in Reviews // 14 Comments //
Storm and Fury by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Storm and Fury by Jennifer L. Armentrout

First of all, I want to share that Storm and Fury is a spin-off series from Jennifer’s The Dark Elements series.  While I felt like this could be read as a standalone without a great deal of confusion, many other do suggest reading The Dark Elements first.  Just wanted to throw that out there. Okay.  Where to begin? There are a few aspects of Storm and Fury I want to discuss, the first fundamentally being that this book was NOT for me.  I read the summary and thought this was going to be a fantasy action novel with light tones of romance […]

Posted May 29, 2019 in Reviews // 6 Comments //