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”

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”

5 stars · Fantasy · graphic novel · Young Adult

Bonus Mini Review!: Wires and Nerve #1 by Marissa Meyer

published: January 31st 2017 by Fiewel & Friends

pages: 240

genre: YA fantasy; graphic novel

series: Wires and Nerve #1 (and a continuation of the Lunar Chronicles)

I really loved this book (well, technically graphic novel)! Iko from the Lunar Chronicles is the main character in this series and is helping take care of wolf-hybrids that have gone rogue on Earth, but all of the favorite characters from before are present too. For those who have read the previous series, this takes place after Winter and before the short stories in Stars Above. It fills in some holes, has it’s own interesting plot, and gives some more details for the events those who’ve read Stars Above know are coming! Continue reading “Bonus Mini Review!: Wires and Nerve #1 by Marissa Meyer”

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”

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”

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”

5 stars · Fantasy · Young Adult

Review: Hunted by Meagan Spooner

published: March 14th, 2017 by HarperTeen

pages: 352

genre: YA fantasy; Beauty and the Beast retelling

Hunted was beautiful. It was breathtaking. If all books could make my heart soar the way this one did, I would be in heaven. This is very much the story of Beauty and the Beast. It contains all of the familiar elements, with some changes that I actually like better than the original. Beauty and the Beast is one of my favorite fairy tales, and I think that played a large role in my love for this book. If you’re not a fan of the original tale, you probably won’t like this one much better. Continue reading “Review: Hunted by Meagan Spooner”