Genre: Young Adult

Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Posted June 22, 2018 in Reviews // 0 Comments

  Neil Gaiman is remarkably good at creepy-crawly stories.  He writes worlds that you are curious about, but perhaps don’t want to live in (but maybe you do, just a little).  I read The Graveyard Book last year and it was amazing.  In reaching for another of Gaiman’s childrens books, I was hoping for the same.  I know lots of people who love Coraline, and I wanted to be one of those people too.  However, with Neil Gaiman I tread carefully, because his books are very hit-or-miss for me. Coraline… was somewhere in the middle. There are moments in this book that […]

A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray

A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray

Posted June 20, 2018 in Reviews // 2 Comments

  Usually, I sit down and write a review within twelve hours of finishing a book.  It just works better that way – the story is still fresh in my mind. With A Great and Terrible Beauty, I’m writing this review two days later.  I’m still thinking about it.  There’s a lot to say on certain things, but for me, my thoughts on the book are incredibly simple.  I liked it.  I just liked it.  I know there are some problematic areas, but enjoyed listening to this one and was invested in the characters and the story.  Simple as that. I’ll […]

Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Posted June 17, 2018 in Reviews // 2 Comments

  This book is a really difficult one for me to review. It’s not because of mixed feeling or any qualms I had with the story itself – no, I loved this book and now have so much respect for Kristin Cashore as a writer – but because this book really made me think about how female leads are characterized in YA literature, about reading levels and character relationships, about high fantasy as a genre… so much.  I have so many thoughts about this book. After deliberating about it for a while, I’ve decided I’m going to talk about the romance […]

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

Posted June 10, 2018 in Reviews // 7 Comments

  Disclaimer: I received this book for free from LibraryThing Early Reviewers and HarperTeen in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. The Poet X dropped into my life at just the point when I needed a beautiful lyrical novel.  It is written in prose, which is not the type of novel that normally draws me in.  This book?  This is beautiful.  I really like Elizabeth Acevedo’s voice.  Her poetry is simple and emotive.  Best of all?  It doesn’t rhyme. I have this thing about rhyming poetry.  Mostly? […]

Talon by Julia Kagawa

Talon by Julia Kagawa

Posted June 6, 2018 in Reviews // 4 Comments

  DNF @ 47%. Talon is the story of a girl who is also a dragon, but works for an organization that isn’t as pretty as she hoped it would be.  Like in Bloodlines, she believes she is doing the right thing until faced with an authority figure and a situation she doesn’t respect and she starts digging a little on her own.  Like so many other books, this is about an attractive sixteen-year-old who just moved to the California area and is in awe of the beach and a boy. The instalove kills me.  It’s not bad from Ember’s POV, […]