Genre: Young Adult

A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab

A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab

Delilah Bard stole my heart. While I am a fan of excellent heroines, very few capture me the way Lila did.  The minute she swooped into this book, speaking of her swashbuckling dreams, I was entirely on board. A Darker Shade of Magic isn’t about Lila, though.  Not really.  It’s about Kell and the Antari who travel through worlds, and a bit of corrupted Black London that has found its way into his unwitting hands.  It’s about danger and sacrifice and courage and stubbornness and Lila is very much just along for the ride.  And who came blame her?  With London […]

Posted December 26, 2017 in Reviews // 4 Comments //
I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore

I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore

I wasn’t really sure what to expect of this book. I know it had something to do with aliens and super powers. I remember seeing the film trailer… but that was about it. This one definitely exceeded my expectations. Four (“John” for the purposes of this novel) is one of the few survivors of his race, hiding on earth from the vicious aliens that wiped out his planet. He and his protector Henri move from town to town, never staying somewhere long enough that they can be found. The survivors cannot be killed out of order. The first three have […]

Posted December 23, 2017 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Juliet knows nothing but hatred and isolation. And yet, she is a sweet kind soul.  Her heart is broken by her past, by the things she has done that were beyond her power.  Her very skin is a poison.  She is locked away for the safety of the people who surrounded her – unwanted my her parents, there is no where for her to go but the asylum. Then, one day, there is Adam.  He is dragged into her cell and awakens life into her.  He is not afraid of her… perhaps only because he doesn’t know how dangerous she […]

Posted December 22, 2017 in Reviews // 6 Comments //
First Test by Tamora Pierce

First Test by Tamora Pierce

Keladry, I have been missing you all my life. First Test is about Kel of Mindelan, the first girl to apply for pageship since Alanna the Lioness became the first lady knight.  Kel is allowed to enter the program on a one year probation to prove herself – not as an individual, but to prove that girls can do whatever boys do.  She trains hard, works hard, and suffers hazing just like the boys – but she is not without her allies. I cannot believe I waited twenty years to read this book.  Yes, twenty.  My first Tamora Pierce book was Wild […]

Posted December 21, 2017 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
The Alchemyst by Michael Scott

The Alchemyst by Michael Scott

Something strange is happening at the bookshop across the street. Sophie watches through the window of the tea shop as a magical battle ensues.  By the end of the hour, her and her twin brother finds themselves wrapped up in an adventure beyond their wildest dreams.  There are warlocks and golems and alchemists and ancient people.  One small problem?  Sophie and Josh just want to go home.  They’re only 15 and a half and this is an awfully big adventure. What they want doesn’t matter, however.  There is something deeper, something far more important going on, and the twins may […]

Posted December 21, 2017 in Reviews // 3 Comments //
The Switch by A.G. Hill & Nathanael Hill

The Switch by A.G. Hill & Nathanael Hill

I had 42 comments on this as I read it because I could not stop pointing out all its failings.  The writing looked like an editor hadn’t even touched it with a 20-foot pole.  The characters were flat as pancakes, the world-building was mostly a scientific, condescending talk-down… just… no? Lets get technical here. The writing. The writing style fluctuates between fragments and run-on sentences.  The author delights in phrases like “But there’s stuff we don’t have an explanation for that will be science someday.” and “It was a perfectly reasonable question, to which I had no answer.” to get […]

Posted December 20, 2017 in Reviews // 0 Comments //