Winterwood puts style over substance, but I don’t mind when the style is this good. A creeping, atmospheric romantic mystery from Shea Ernshaw, perfect for witchy moods and frosty weather.
The Grace Year is the best of old-school dystopia. Kim Liggett serves up suspense and gore alongside sharp ideas on the paradoxes of female power.
The Last True Poets of the Sea sets high drama in an idyllic seaside town. Julia Drake’s send-up to Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night is romantic, hilarious, and full of heart.
Rules For Vanishing is old-school paranormal horror: suspense, gore, and sinister threats from unexpected directions. Kate Alice Marshall orchestrates a strong ensemble and perfectly plotted twists.
The (Other) F Word takes on modern fatness with an intersectional eye and a spirit of joyful defiance.
Frankly in Love isn’t the fake-dating romance you might be expecting. It is, however, an outstanding YA debut: a loving look at identity, family, and growing up.
The Lady Rogue is a clever, exciting bit of historical fun. I worry that it will fly under the radar, but pick it up if you’re in the mood for a treat.
Surprisingly extensive, Broken Throne reminded me why I loved Red Queen in the first place (while skillfully avoiding the series’ weak spots). Four stars.
Inventive, heartfelt, and surprisingly quiet, Opposite of Always uses the time-loop plot to zoom in on personal relationships and character journeys.
Thoughtful, compassionate, and quietly moving. Four stars for a celebration of faith, love, and other marvels.
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.
What a strange little book. I mean that (mostly) in a great way.
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.
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.
Four stars for a fresh, sweet, uplifting children’s adventure.
Fresh, engrossing, and romantic with a sci-fi twist. Four stars!
Sandhya Menon’s debut, When Dimple Met Rishi, got wonderful reviews last year, so I heard some buzz leading up to this, her second novel. I’ll have to add Dimple to my ever-growing TBR, because Menon’s style is so readable and engaging and honest. Such a joy to read.
My goodness, Feyre. This is becoming a rather troubling pattern for you, isn’t it? The second book in the Court of Thrones and Roses series picks up several months after Feyre’s book one trauma. Since this is a sequel review, I’m going to be a bit more spoilerey than usual—and since the…
Even if you haven’t read much Young Adult lit, you’ve already read this story. If you have read a lot of YA, you’ve read this story many times. This isn’t going to be the first book you’ve read about a nerdy high-schooler with an ill-advised crush on a taken classmate. If you…