3 stars · Fantasy · Young Adult

Review: Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh

published: May 16th, 2017 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

pages: 416

genre: YA historical fantasy

series: Book 1

I was super excited to read this, since it’s been hyped for months. Even though it wasn’t a bad read, it really wasn’t worth all the hype.

Summary from Goodreads:

The daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has long known her place—she may be an accomplished alchemist, whose cunning rivals that of her brother Kenshin, but because she is not a boy, her future has always been out of her hands. At just seventeen years old, Mariko is promised to Minamoto Raiden, the son of the emperor’s favorite consort—a political marriage that will elevate her family’s standing. But en route to the imperial city of Inako, Mariko narrowly escapes a bloody ambush by a dangerous gang of bandits known as the Black Clan, who she learns has been hired to kill her before she reaches the palace. Dressed as a peasant boy, Mariko sets out to infiltrate the ranks of the Black Clan, determined to track down the person responsible for the target on her back.” Continue reading “Review: Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh”

3 stars · Fantasy · Young Adult

Review: Unhinged by E.G. Howard

published: 2014 by Amulet Books

pages: 387

genre: YA fantasy; alternate fairy tale

series: book 2 of 3 in the Splintered series

The beginning of this book was AWFUL. I was worried that the series was done for. 100 or so pages of the real world without Wonderland, oodles of sappy descriptive make out scenes between Alyssa and Jeb, and “I’m saving myself for prom night” comments. It was so dull and almost sickenly bad. Continue reading “Review: Unhinged by E.G. Howard”

3 stars · Dystopian · Young Adult

Review: Perfect by Cecelia Ahern

published: April 4th, 2017 by Feiwel and Friends

pages: 352

genre: YA dystopian

series: Book 2 of 2 in the Flawed series

I’m so glad that the author decided to make this a duology instead of a trilogy. It ended up being a good fit for the story. The first book managed to feel fresh despite its typical dystopian storyline. The second book falls more into the patterns of the usual story arc, but managed to keep the action moving by completing the story in this sequel. I think that’s one of the big reasons that made this series one that’s worth a reread, rather than a series that will not be read to completion. Continue reading “Review: Perfect by Cecelia Ahern”

3 stars · Fantasy · Young Adult

Reveiw: King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard

published: February 7th, 2017 by HarperTeen

pages: 528

genre: YA dystopian fantasy

series: Book 3 of 4 in the Red Queen series

I’m a bit torn about King’s Cage. First of all, I found the beginning to be extremely dull. Mare is trapped and can’t really do anything. She mopes about how useless she is. She keeps saying how much she hates Maven, but it’s not entirely convincing. She’s supposedly tortured by the death of her brother, but it’s not believable. There was a whole lot of “telling instead of showing” going on, where the author has to repeatedly tell us how the character feels because their actions sure don’t show it. Continue reading “Reveiw: King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard”

3 stars

Review: Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

published: February 2nd 2016 by Philomel Books

pages: 393

genre: Historical fiction

While this is technically considered a Young Adult novel, it doesn’t really feel like one. The main characters are young people, but at many times over the course of the story it doesn’t feel that way. It has a really slow beginning, but in the end it was a good read. Continue reading “Review: Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys”

3 stars · Children's Fiction

Bonus Review!: The Blue Moon Narthex by N.J. Donner

published: February 7th, 2017 by Steel Page Press

pages: 360

genre: children’s/ middle grade; sci fi/fantasy

series: 1st book of more to come

First of all, it’s important to mention that this is a children’s or middle grade novel, and definitely not a YA. If the reading audience you’re looking for is around 10-12, then this may be the book for you! Otherwise, it has little appeal to an older audience. Continue reading “Bonus Review!: The Blue Moon Narthex by N.J. Donner”

3 stars · Contemporary · Young Adult

Review: By Your Side by Kasie West

Published: January 31st, 2017 by HarperTeen

pages: 352

genre: contemporary romance

Wow. Umm… I really didn’t like this one. When I think of Kasie West, I think of a fun, bubbly fluff read that will leave me smiling most of the way through. This isn’t that kind of book. While I think that there will be others that will love this book, I was almost bored.

The main character, Autumn, gets locked in the library for the weekend with the mysterious “bad boy” from her school. Continue reading “Review: By Your Side by Kasie West”