1 & 2 stars · Contemporary · Young Adult

Review: The Whole Thing Together by Ann Brashares

published: April 25th, 2017 by Delacorte Press

pages: 304

genre: YA contemporary

This book was really not my cup of tea. I’ve liked other books by Ann Brashares in the past, so I was a bit disappointed with this one.

The story has a unique family dynamic. Sasha and Ray are not related, but share 3 half-sisters. The story tells the perspectives of Sasha, Ray, and the 3 sisters, and their experiences in their family. Continue reading “Review: The Whole Thing Together by Ann Brashares”

1 & 2 stars · Science Fiction/ Steampunk · Young Adult

Mini Review!: Rebel Magisters by Shanna Swendson

published: July 12, 2016 by NLA Digital

pages: 238 pages

genre: YA Historical Steampunk

series: Rebel Mechanics #2

This book was kind of meh. The author does a great job of writing an exciting climax that is clean and family friendly, but the rest of the book moves kind of slow.

Verity and her employer spend most of the book traveling the countryside with the governor, hoping to recruit some fellow magisters toward the cause. Unfortunately, this didn’t make for a very action packed story. Verity and Henry are fun characters, but there’s not hardly any further character development present.

Rating

This book gets a 2.5 out of 5. It has a decent ending, but the book as a whole left me disappointed. I don’t think I’ll be reading the next one.

1 & 2 stars · Fantasy · Young Adult

Bonus Review: Wanted by Betsy Schow

published: February 7th, 2017 by Sourcefire Books

pages: 320

genre: YA fantasy, fairy tale retelling

series: Book 2 in the Storymakers series

This book was so disappointing. It was not anywhere near the sequel I had hoped for after reading Spelled. All of the things from the last book I enjoyed were gone. Further adventures with characters like Dorthea and Kato form the last book? Nope, not really. Funny fairy tale quips throughout? Nope. An upbeat, fun take on another wild ride? Not at all. Instead, we’re stuck with a moody, pessimistic teen, a deadbeat father who sells his kid into slavery, and a convoluted mess of a story that switches between dull and chaotic. Continue reading “Bonus Review: Wanted by Betsy Schow”

1 & 2 stars · Science Fiction/ Steampunk · Young Adult

Review: Timekeeper by Tara Sim

Time Keeper by Tara Sim

published November 8th, 2016 by Sky Pony Press

pages: 424

genre: YA science fiction/steampunk

In this world, clocks are a magical thing that keep time in order. If there’s something wrong with the clock, it can cause time to slow, or skip, or even stop a town in the same time forever. While mechanics are people that have the skills to be able to maintain and repair the clocks, the knowledge of how to create them or repair a clock once it has completely stopped has been lost.

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1 & 2 stars · Children's Fiction · Young Adult

Review: A Mortal Song by Megan Crewe

published: September 16th, 2016
pages: 382
genre: YA fantasy (middle grade)

It’s always harder to write a poor review than it is a good one, but there’s a huge difference between not enjoying a book and being disappointed with the writing. This book started out with what sounded like a good premise. The main character thinks she is the foretold hero to save everything, only to find out that it’s someone else and she’s more normal than she ever imagined. Unfortunately, that is where the interest ends.

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1 & 2 stars · Dystopian · Fantasy · Young Adult

Review: Eon by Alison Goodman

published: August 2008 by Viking Books

pages: 544

genre: YA fantasy

series: This is the 1st book in a 2 book series.

 

I wanted to like this book. I really did. I was so excited to read it, but I just couldn’t get enthralled in it. I think this book will be easiest to describe in a pro and con format. Continue reading “Review: Eon by Alison Goodman”