Category Archives: YA

Spin The Dawn by Elizabeth Lim

This ticks a lot of boxes for YA readers: a protagonist with strength of character, an intriguing emo love interest, and a fascinating world that mixes bits of Aladdin and Mulan. What starts as a standard “Project Runway” type of … Continue reading

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The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

As soon as you find out that the main quest is the search for a mystical alchemical cure-all that takes our characters across Europe, you get the idea that this isn’t your typical Georgian romance. In fact, this bucks nearly … Continue reading

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A Dress For The Wicked by Autumn Krause

I can see the appeal of this book: it reads like a Project Runway season, has the typical YA overidealized heroine and hero, a strong Christian underpinning, undemanding writing, girls being catty with each other for ‘drama’, and current “Lifetime … Continue reading

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The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich

The premise of this particular book sounded so intriguing and I remember being greatly disappointed when I was not able to get my hands on an ARC. Eventually, it came out in Audible format and I bought it and saved … Continue reading

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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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