In a nutshell, this book is what I had hoped The Mortal Instruments series would have been, and as you know from my review of City of Bones, I was less than happy with the cliches, teenage drama, and terrible love triangle. I’m happy to report that literally NONE of that exists in The Raven Boys. Even though the characters are all high schoolers, and they do believable high school things, this was a mature plot with mature characters. It tackled big issues in comprehensive ways, and even though there is a bit of a cute-meet and some cliche sounding destiny, nothing in this book […]
I have always enjoyed YA and Middle Grade novels, a good book is a good book regardless of its target audience. However, I keenly felt all through reading 7th Grade Revolution that I was most definitely not the target audience and that a younger person would have enjoyed the book a lot more then I did. That’s not to say that it’s a bad book, it’s not, it’s just not one that crosses the demographic from young reader to adult reader well. It’s a perfectly fine book for younger people, and I despite feeling like I was too old for […]
Shatter Me is a silly, overblown book that reads like the literary journal the kids in your 1990’s middle school published out of the public library and distributed in front of a local Hot Topic. I’m not going into a lot of plot detail here, because if you’ve read any dystopian YA novel in the past five years, you’ve read this one. I’m also going to be mildly spoiling the book, so, you know, beware. Juliette has been locked up in a solitary psych ward for nearly a year because she has a killing touch. Literally, she touches people and […]
Guys, I had a really scary couple of days. I somehow started reading Pretty Little Liars and before I knew it, I was finishing book four. While I don’t exactly regret what I’ve done I’m also very aware that that’s about six hours of my life I’m not going to get back. I feel weird and uncomfortable and I’m dealing with the fact that there’s no way to purge after a book binge. I now bring to you, humble reader, reviews eight through eleven: Books one through four of the Pretty Little Liars universe. *clears throat* Each book starts with […]
Looking for a modern-day YA paranormal book that doesn’t involve vampires and werewolves? Anomaly by Tonya Kuper has teens with the ability to bend reality and a good old-fashioned Evil Consortium vs. Tenacious Resistance power struggle, with some pretty kick-ass fight sequences.
Goodreads summary: “Exiled from her home, the enclosed city of Reverie, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland–known as The Death Shop–are slim. If the cannibals don’t get her, the violent, electrified energy storms will. She’s been taught that the very air she breathes can kill her. Then Aria meets an Outsider named Perry. He’s wild–a savage–and her only hope of staying alive. A hunter for his tribe in a merciless landscape, Perry views Aria as sheltered and fragile–everything he would expect from a Dweller. But he needs Aria’s help too; she alone holds the key to […]
Goodreads summary, for the lazy (me): “Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. The only problem is, once you pass through Coldtown’s gates, you can never leave. One morning, after a perfectly ordinary party, Tana wakes up surrounded by corpses. The only other survivors of this massacre are her exasperatingly endearing ex-boyfriend, infected and on the edge, and a mysterious boy burdened with a terrible secret. Shaken and determined, Tana enters a race against the clock to save the three […]
Every Day is the story of “A” a teen who wakes up every day in the body of a different teenager. Male, female, gay, straight, rich, poor… anyone is fair game to be possessed for 24 hours. David Levithan is male, the love interest is female and for the sake of pronouns I will refer to “A” as a “he” although it is made clear that “A” is genderless. At the opening of the book “A” awakens in the body of Justin and falls in love with Justin’s girlfriend Rhiannon. For the last sixteen years “A” has made rules to […]