Review: Death Sworn

Review: Death Sworn

Title: Death SwornAuthor: Leah CypessPublished: March 4, 2014Publisher: Greenwillow I feel like I should not have enjoyed this book as much as I did. It had many flaws, for sure, but the narrator’s personality and voice were so solid, along with other characters, that I read this one all the way through without putting it […]

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Review: Golden Boy

Review: Golden Boy

Title: Golden BoyAuthor: Abigail TarttelinPublished: May 2013Publisher: Atria Books The first few chapters of this book were so difficult to read. Whether I’m watching it happen in a movie or reading about it in a book, sexual assault is hard to stomach in fiction. Because if you’re investing yourself in a story, placing yourself in […]

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Review: Into the Still Blue

Review: Into the Still Blue

Title: Into the Still BlueAuthor: Veronica RossiPublished: January 2014Publisher: Harper Collins Early reviews of this book had me worried, so the main thing I want to impart to other anxious readers is that reading this book is safe.I can trace my dislike of YA trilogy finales toMockingjay, which emotionally devastated me and left me feeling […]

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Review: All the Truth That’s In Me

Review: All the Truth That’s In Me

Title: All the Truth That’s In MeAuthor: Julie BerryPublished: September 2013Publisher: Viking Juvenile I enjoyed this so much. And I give it five stars, even though I have one major quibble. I went into this book pretty blind. As in, I thought I was reading a contemporary YA. I attribute this totally to the cover model’s […]

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Review: Cruel Beauty

Review: Cruel Beauty

Title: Cruel BeautyAuthor: Rosamund HodgePublished: January 28, 2014Publisher: Balzer + Bray The fairytale retellings just keep coming, but I don’t necessarily think that’s a bad thing. Fairytales are, after all, archetypal — they are perfectly suited for variation and reinterpretation. To the best of my knowledge, Robin McKinley really kicked off the reinterpretation trend in […]

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Review: The Girl With All the Gifts

Review: The Girl With All the Gifts

Title: The Girl With All the GiftsAuthor: M.R. CareyPublished: June 19, 2014Publisher: Orbit This was a great read. Well-written, compelling, and fun. It first came to my attention when a number of my favorite reviewers gave it five stars and glowing reviews, and then when I saw that Orbit was its publisher. Orbit, a science […]

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Review: Alienated

Review: Alienated

Well, this was a pleasant surprise. Coming into this story, I was expecting something silly and over-romantic on the Twilight level. What I got was a reasonably romantic, frothy, and funny read with the potential to be an interesting series.So, here’s a breakdown. Very recently, extraterrestrials made contact with Earth. Surprisingly, their DNA is almost identical to homo […]

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Review: Fire and Flood

Review: Fire and Flood

Instead of Fire & Flood, this book should be named Mish & Mash. Trying to make sense of this story was like unpacking a fever dream…Why was this person I met five years ago at summer camp escaping the apocalypse with me and my family? And why were we all so happy and chipper the whole time? […]

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Love Letters to the Dead » Review

Love Letters to the Dead » Review

YA books that deal with death and grief aren’t exactly thin on the ground. As I write this, I’m looking over one of my bookshelves and picking out the Children’s and YA titles. In almost every one, there is a dead parent, a dead sibling, a dead friend. This frequency of death and absence in […]

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