Category Archives: YA

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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The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

The Bear and the Nightingale is a very well written and well researched story of the change from paganism to Christianity in historic Russia. In fact, I had a hard time discerning if this was more historical, magical realism, or … Continue reading

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Alone by Scott Sigler

With this book three, author Sigler nicely ratchets up the action while also answering quite a few of the questions lingering from the previous two books in the series. Some characters will die, some will change, but all will have … Continue reading

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The Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall

I think this is aimed squarely at the less demanding YA readers – perhaps those that enjoy Dan Brown or the Twilight series. Because honestly, it’s all pretty silly and with some majorly obvious and really bad logic holes. I … Continue reading

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Long May She Reign by Rihannon Thomas

Although this may look like YA fantasy, what we have with Long May She Reign is more murder mystery than action/adventure as our heroine seeks to solve crimes through science and beakers. The worldbuilding makes for an uncomfortable melange of … Continue reading

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Hunted by Meagan Spooner

Author Spooner made several smart choices with this retelling of Beauty and the Beast: Russian folklore is mixed with hard fantasy to give a very unique story. The Beast is feral, the sisters good hearted, and the suitor for our … Continue reading

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The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

With this second book, author Albertalli assuredly demonstrates that she deserves all the accolades and plaudits from last year’s Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda. Her writing is assured, snappy, and with an endearing romanticsm that almost borders on magical … Continue reading

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