Category Archives: YA

Incriminating Dating by Rebekah L. Purdy

Incriminating Dating suffers from a lack of originality and spark. So much of the book feels manufactured, including plot and characters. In using the very tired YA device of ‘fake boyfriend’, author Purdy would have really needed to create some … Continue reading

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Defy The Stars by Claudia Gray

I have to admit to a great deal of ambivalence about Defy The Stars. Yes, as far as YA romantic sci fi goes, I can see why many would enjoy this adventure of our strong-willed heroine and her hunky android. … Continue reading

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My Fairy Godmother Is A Drag Queen by David Clawson

Admittedly, I did not enjoy reading My Fairy Godmother Is A Drag Queen as much I had expected. While the dialogue is crisp, often quite funny, it was also unrealistic and none of the characters ever really felt fleshed out … Continue reading

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Garden of Thorns by Amber Mitchell

It was around 60% that I just had to stop reading Garden of Thorns. What I had hoped would be a darker, edgier, and perhaps deeper YA fantasy ended up being a wooden, unbelievable sop-fest of a romance disguised as … Continue reading

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Secrets of a Reluctant Princess by Casey Griffin

I have to admit I found Secrets of a Reluctant Princess to be far too formulaic to keep my interest. There have been some GREAT geek YA novels lately (e.g.,The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl and the fantastic The Only … Continue reading

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A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi

It is rare that an author manages to exceed expectations in a sophomore novel; and yet, with A Crown of Wishes Chokshi has really honed her writing skills. With a focus more on the action and characters and a bit … Continue reading

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Mer by Joelle Sellner

In trying to sum up Mer, I couldn’t help but think that this is the mermaid verison of Twilight – but dumbed down even further for graphic novel format. The plot is silly, the characters unrealistic, the romance forced, the … Continue reading

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