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”

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.

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”

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.

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”

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”