Category Archives: YA

Dragon Called by Ava Richardson

Dragon Called is a lightly written, easy to digest, YA fantasy romance featuring the usual YA tropes. Those who want a Twinkie type of book will enjoy this tale of derring do and dragons; those who want something more nuanced … Continue reading

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Shade by Mere Joyce

While I did not love Shade, it was a fun read that kept me invested to the end. The author looks to have had fun creating different ways the kids can see the ghosts/dead and the characters were interesting and … Continue reading

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Blood Heir by Amelie Wen Zhao

Blood Heir is a solid YA fantasy with roots in Russian history (specifically, a take on Anastasia Romanov and Rasputin). The story flowed smoothly and the characters were nicely nuanced. The magic system was interesting enough to keep me invested … Continue reading

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The Last Of Her Name by Jessica Khoury

Sadly, this fell into so many cliches and was so shallowly written as to be a real slog to have to get through (especially without rolling my eyes every few pages). Loosely based on the Russian Revolution, the setting is … Continue reading

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Technically, You Started it by Lana Wood Johnson

This hits all the check marks of a great Summer read: cute romance, very funny interactions, light and fluffy read, and two interesting main characters. The ‘gimmick’ here is that the story is told completely through text messages. I admit … Continue reading

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To Best The Boys by Mary Webber

To Best The Boys is a very light read with idealistic (and over-idealized) characters and the typical “girl triumphs over the guys because she is brave and courageous enough to challenge the mores of her society.” Yes, it is a … Continue reading

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Fearless by Sarah Tarkoff

Fearless felt very much like a ‘meh’ experience to me. The logic holes are glaring, our main character is quite bland, and the romance (almost a harem, to be honest) is driving the plot. It feels like there is an … Continue reading

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