This book is going to be beloved by some readers–just not me. Two stars for an erratic, half-baked sci-fi adventure.
Sharp, sweet, and gloriously fun. Five stars for the laugh-out-loud, must-listen audiobook version.
The Gilded Wolves has everything I could possibly want. It’s perfect on paper, but just didn’t work for me. Three stars for an interesting but convoluted tale of colonialism and identity.
A windswept, youthful YA romance in cowboy boots. Five stars for reminding me how fun contemporary can be. “Holy mother, it’s gonna be a summer, isn’t it?”
I binged the three published entries in the AEITA quartet at the speed of sound, so I’m going to review them all together. If this is your thing, you will be VERY into these books. It’s only 80% my thing, so I’m only 80% into it.
A heartrending, character-driven tale that is spectacular in the truest meaning of the world: a show-stopping spectacle. Five stars.
A riveting, gut-punch of a thriller with a must-listen audio production.
I have five books here that aren’t going to get full reviews but deserve at least a mention. I’ve got a three, two fours, and two fives coming in one post. Here we go!
A perfectly serviceable action-fantasy that gives new life to a classic short story. Predictable and thin. Three stars.
What a strange little book. I mean that (mostly) in a great way.
Internment reaches for lofty subject matter, but is more like a Twitter thread than a story: a collection of rants straight from the author, funneled through stick-figure characters so it can pretend to be a novel. Poorly written and frustrating. One star.
Three stars for a fascinating, enlightening work of war biography that suffers from dry writing and a flawed premise.
This will make me sound biased (and of course I am) but Heretics Anonymous was exactly what I expected: a hilarious little contemporary romance with interesting themes and terrible, terrible Catholic rep.
Lovely and enlightening but a little thin. Four stars for this compassionate historical portrait.
Four stars for a mercifully fresh YA fantasy that kept me always uncertain and uncomfortable, usually (but not always) in a good way.
An engrossing tale of community and motherhood that devastated and healed my little Clevelander heart. Five stars for this subtle, dangerous little book.
Fresh, inventive, and surprisingly sweet. Three stars for a fun (though laborious) MG read with an unfortunate scene of street harassment.
I was expecting wonderful things from this inventive YA fantasy, which seemed to have such a fresh perspective. Unfortunately, I barely got through it. Two stars for a bland, clunky read.
I may be just warming up my MG game, but I know that this book is special. Don’t let the cover fool you–Front Desk is sweet, but it’s also razor-sharp and unflinchingly raw.
Compassionate, brave, beautifully written. Five stars for an engrossing, literary YA tale.
I wasn’t expecting to love this, but it was surprisingly clever and cute. Four stars for the first installment in The Lunar Chronicles, which I will definitely continue soon.