Category Archives: YA

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins

Taking place 64 years before the events in the first Hunger Games novel (and featuring the 10th Hunger Game), this book only includes two people from the original trilogy: Coriolanus Snow and his cousin Tigris (the genetically altered woman who … Continue reading

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Rent A Boyfriend by Gloria Chao

Rent A Boyfriend is a very well written book that explores Taiwanese identity in America through a wonderful romance. The book is nuanced and filled with characters that are relatable for their fallacies and contradictions. The personalities of both main … Continue reading

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Shine by Jessica Jung

Although promising a lot of inside info about the K-Pop industry, Shine skirts any kind of heavy-hitting commentary in favor of a few thoughts on gender inequality, the pressure of big business on the young hopefuls, and examples of how … Continue reading

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A Crash of Fate by Zoraida Cordova

Crash of Fate is listed as a YA Star Wars novel. That a product in a universe as PG as Star Wars is given a “YA” tag should give an indication that this skews very young – more middle school … Continue reading

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The Friend Scheme by Cale Dietrich

While this was better than Dietrich’s debut effort, I had a hard time with the amount of suspension of disbelief needed to justify the plot as well as yet again, more weak characterization and world building. Most of the book … Continue reading

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Scarlet Gaze by Foster Bridget Cassidy

I had a hard time liking any aspect of this book. The characters were poorly developed, the setting and events unrealistic, and everything about the plot was there to further a rather improbably romance. It was also one of the … Continue reading

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Rebel by Marie Lu

Although it felt that the last book ended in an appropriate place, I was still receptive to another book in the series. Unfortunately, I don’t feel this is the book we wanted or the series needed. Most problematic for Rebel … Continue reading

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