Category Archives: YA

Whisper by Lynette Noni

Reading Whisper was one of the most frustrating experiences: it started intruiguingly enough but then greatly went down hill with each subsequent chapter. A simple unreliable narrator first person tale that might have been edgy turned into a low grade … Continue reading

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Dread Nation by Justina Ireland

Dread Nation is an enjoyable read – Pride, Prejudice, and Zombies but exchanging an historic for a literary inspiration. In other words, this is your typical YA alternative universe, with instalust, kickbutt heroine who is unfortunately highly unrealistic, and plenty … Continue reading

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Not Now, Not Ever by Lily Anderson

Anderson’s previous book, The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You, was a pleasant surprise last year and one of my favorites. A wonderfully nerdish take on Much Ado About Nothing, there were so many Easter eggs of geekdom to … Continue reading

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Nancy Drew And The Hardy Boys The Big Lie by Anthony Del Col, Werther Dell’Edera

I have to be honest: I had a very hard time slogging through this dark and very boring mashup of of Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys with noir. I know it is an interesting concept: meld crime noir with the … Continue reading

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One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake

I enjoyed Three Dark Crowns and have to say that One Dark Throne is even better. It is obvious that author Blake has carefully plotted out all aspects of the story in advance – there are very smart character and … Continue reading

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Nyxia by Scott Reintgen

I did not go into Nyxia with any expectations. Sure, from the description, I could guess it would go either Ender’s Game or Hunger Games in Space. But Ender’s Game was dense and uncompromising; Hunger Games was a riff on … Continue reading

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Prince in Disguise by Stephanie Kate Strohm

Prince in Disguise is a fluffy, light, guilty pleasure kind of read. It felt like a watered down John Hughes movie – 16 Candles but with British royalty instead of high school royalty. You won’t believe any of it but … Continue reading

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