4 stars · Fantasy · Young Adult

Review: Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

published: February 28th, 2017 by Feiwel & Friends

pages: 320

genre: YA fantasy

series: Daughter of the Pirate King #1

Wow did I love this book! It was so fast paced and fun! While the book starts out in a historical sort of pirate world, there is some magic that comes to light around mid book. It turns out some of the lore pirates have heard is true. It caught me a little off guard because I wasn’t expecting it, but I liked the shift once it was in place. Continue reading “Review: Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller”

4 stars · Fantasy · Young Adult

Bonus Review!: Ensnared by E.G. Howard

published: January 2015 by Amulet Books

pages: 420

genre: YA fantasy; alternate fairy tale

series: Book 3 of 3 of the Splintered series

First off, what’s up with this cover? Aly’s cover was beautiful, and they just seem to be going downhill from there. That aside, this is the final book and the conclusion to what started in book 2. There’s no way to discuss this book without giving at least minor spoilers, so I wouldn’t advise reading this if you don’t want some spoilers about the ending.

This book goes back to more of the magic from the first book, Continue reading “Bonus Review!: Ensnared by E.G. Howard”

4 stars · Fantasy · Young Adult

Review: Splintered by A.G. Howard

published: 2013 by Amulet Books

pages: 371

genre: YA fantasy; alternate fairy tale

series: Book 1 of 3

This book was great! It was fast paced adventure with a darker side of Wonderland. I had so much fun reading it, and it kept my attention from beginning to end.

A Brief Summary from Goodreads:

Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers—precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now.

When her mother’s mental health takes a turn for the worse, Alyssa learns that what she thought was fiction is based in terrifying reality. The real Wonderland is a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on.” Continue reading “Review: Splintered by A.G. Howard”

4 stars · Contemporary · Young Adult

Bonus Review!: Geekerella by Ashley Poston

published: April 4th, 2017 by Quirk Books

pages: 320

genre: YA contemporary romance; Cinderella retelling

I LOVED this story! It was so well done, from beginning to end. It gave me that same awed, swept away feeling I felt the first time I watched Ever After with Drew Barrymore. Even though it very strongly Cinderella’s story from the get go, this modern take was so well done that I couldn’t put the book down.

There were so many things to like about this story. The first is the fandom and how Elle relates to it. The story circles around her favorite fandom that is getting a movie remake, and the comicon ball that will be held shortly before the movie premiere. The fandom is so much more than the premise for the plot though. Elle has such a passion for the show. She takes its wisdom points and relates it to her life. In many ways, she tries to live by the principles found in the show. Not only that, but it was a show that bonded her and her now deceased father. He loved the show as much as she did, and she still feels connected to him through it. Not only was it a shout out to all of us that have our own fandoms we live and breathe, but it was also a powerful element of the story that couldn’t have been done better.

I also loved that the story was told from two perspectives, and we got insight into the thoughts of the “prince” from the very beginning. It helped the reader to get to know both characters well, and slowly builds up the sweet romance so that it makes sense at the end (unlike the actual cinderella story). It also gave it the feeling of a contemporary romance as well as a cinderella retelling.

The whole feel of the story was great. Even when there were obviously fake scenarios, the author somehow managed to make it all feel like it could be real. It was so easy for me to get sucked into the reality of the world.

The only way I could have loved this story more is if it was less obviously a cinderella story. Series like the Lunar Chronicles, A Court of Thorns and Roses, and Throne of Glass all have an initial fairy tale base, but it’s hardly there unless you’re looking for it. It’s not glaringly obvious that it’s a fairy retell. Those stories also take paths and leaps that make their story their own that travels down its own path. While Geekerella is a great retelling that is its own story, it is also very clearly a version of cinderella and follows the same storyline.

Rating

I’d rate this book a 4 out of 5 and I will definitely read it again! It was so well done, and I would highly recommend it to anyone who likes retellings or contemporary romance.

4 stars · Dystopian · Young Adult

Review: Flawed by Cecelia Ahern

published: April 15th, 2016 by Feiwel and Friends

pages: 336

genre: YA dystopian

series: Book 1

I really enjoyed this book. It starts out following a typical dystopian story arc, but it felt fresh enough to keep me interested and different enough by the end to make me want to read the sequel. I have a soft spot for dystopian novels, and this one definitely fits the bill. Continue reading “Review: Flawed by Cecelia Ahern”

4 stars · Fantasy · Young Adult

Review: A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir

published: August 30th, 2016 by Razorbill

pages: 452 pages

genre: YA dystopian fantasy

series: An Ember in the Ashes #2

The last quarter of this book was amazing. It was a full of suspense, twisted turn of events, and interesting plots for all three characters involved. The beginning, not so much.

The book takes off right where the last one left off. It tried to keep the action rolling, but it didn’t work for me. Frankly, I was bored. I think part of the problem was that I just don’t like Laia as a character, and she kind of has a central role. She doesn’t stand up for herself and she’s always asking others to solve her problems for her. She’s not a very admirable character. More like a whiny young girl. Continue reading “Review: A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir”

4 stars · Dystopian · Fantasy · Young Adult

Bonus Review!: An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

published: April 2015 by Razorbill

pages: 446

genre: YA dystopian fantasy

series: Book 1

This book does have a bit of a slow start, but the two stories that unfold are well worth it.

Laia has grown up fearing the brutality of the Masks, the Empire’s best military fighters. When one arrests her brother for treason and murders the rest of her family, she can only think of one place to turn. She asks the Resistance to free her brother. In return, she must become a slave for the high Commandant of the military school as their undercover spy. Her slaves don’t usually last a week. Continue reading “Bonus Review!: An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir”