Songs from the Deep tries hard to be something it’s not, resulting in a shallow read stripped of fantasy and wonder. A boilerplate romantic mystery.
Girls of Storm and Shadow leaves behind the setting, stakes, and everything great about the first book to wander a half-baked fantasy world. A shallow, directionless middle book: pure filler.
The Babysitters Coven doesn’t have the story to back up its fun hook. A shallow series-starter that might have been more successful as upper-Middle Grade.
The Young Adult rewrite of Anderson and Bolden’s award-winning One Person, No Vote never justifies its existence. Read the original instead.
Swipe Right For Murder shoots high, aiming for satire, action, comedy, and drama all at once. Unfortunately, it falls short of all, ending up as an incoherent, unpleasant read.
I read the sequel to last year’s Grace and Fury mostly out of morbid curiosity and got exactly what I figured I was in for. Queen of Ruin makes a few improvements on the first installment but still doesn’t have the depth its subject matter demands.
All of Us With Wings is a gorgeous, inventive work of magical realism. Unfortunately, the beauty and empowerment are marred by a romanticized relationship between a teen and her employer, 10 years her senior.
An intriguing idea dragged down by flat characters and an unpleasant protagnist: a case of autobiographical fiction gone wrong. Two stars.
I had high hopes for The Hazel Wood but ended up confused, frustrated, and worst of all, bored. Two stars for incoherent execution on a wonderful urban fantasy concept.
This book is going to be beloved by some readers–just not me. Two stars for an erratic, half-baked sci-fi adventure.
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.
As part of my mission to cover all major YA fantasy backlist titles, I soldiered through this entire book. There were some interesting ideas, but nothing that made the 300-page trudge worth it. Two stars.
I’m keeping this one to a quick mini-review because, frankly, I don’t have much that’s interesting to say.
As one of my most anticipated July releases, the much-hyped Grace and Fury was especially disappointing to dislike.
“Today is my last day as Violet Lasting. Tomorrow I become Lot 197.” The Jewel is a shocking and compelling new YA series from debut author, Amy Ewing. Sold for six million diamantes, Violet is now Surrogate of the House of the Lake in the centre of the Lone City, the Jewel. Her sole purpose…
Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left…