2020 releases · YA

90s Radio Show, a Play-Pretend Game & All the Feels: Lucky Caller by Emma Mills

"That's still valid, even if it wasn't built to last. It's not any less significant." All of you already know that I am a huge Emma Mills fan. I think it's pretty much impossible for me to not like her novels. Contemporary YA isn't really a genre I reach that much for anymore, but her… Continue reading 90s Radio Show, a Play-Pretend Game & All the Feels: Lucky Caller by Emma Mills

2019 releases · fantasy

Stories, Doors and Other Worlds: The Ten Thousand Doors of January

I remember seeing the proofs for this book online and thinking, this is the most gorgeous review copy I have ever seen. And then I saw that this was about a girl who opens Doors (capital D) to another world, and I was completely sold. I requested a review copy from Orbit UK, thinking they… Continue reading Stories, Doors and Other Worlds: The Ten Thousand Doors of January

2019 releases · fantasy · YA

Promising, But Ultimately Too Generic: Nocturna by Maya Motayne

“The magic poured life into the images, showing his people swathed in bright colors, prospering and using magic freely.”  When I first saw this book on Edelweiss, I immediately knew I needed to read it. I mean, this is a Latinx inspired Fantasy (yay!) with a prince and a faceless thief (Arya Stark vibes???), which… Continue reading Promising, But Ultimately Too Generic: Nocturna by Maya Motayne

2018 releases · YA

Destiny, New York and even some Hamilton: What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera

“I don’t know if we’re in a love story or a story about love.”  I remember when this book was announced how excited I got. I am a huge fan of Becky Albertalli's (I was blown away by Simon vs.) and I've always wanted to read an Adam Silvera book. SO when they announced a… Continue reading Destiny, New York and even some Hamilton: What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera

2018 releases · YA

Spaceships, War and Reaching for the Stars: Skyward by Brandon Sanderson

"Claim the stars, Spensa." As you may or may not know - Brandon Sanderson is my favorite writer ever. I am constantly amazed by the worlds he creates and moreover, the way he makes his stories intricate and compelling. I have talked on and on about how much I love his books (especially Mistborn) and… Continue reading Spaceships, War and Reaching for the Stars: Skyward by Brandon Sanderson

2018 releases · thrillers · YA

Missing Girls, Podcasts and Darkness: Sadie by Courtney Summers

"And it begins, as so many stories do, with a dead girl." It's been a while since I was as mesmerized with a book as I was with Sadie. At one point in time, everyone had this on their TBR or they were reading it and everyone was talking about it. So I immediately wanted… Continue reading Missing Girls, Podcasts and Darkness: Sadie by Courtney Summers

2017 releases · thrillers · YA

Impersonation, Unlikeable Narrators and No Suspense: Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart

"For anyone who has been taught that good equals small and silent, here is my heart with all its ugly tangles and splendid fury." I had an ARC of this for so long, I decided to just go ahead and read it, since it was just staring at me from my Kindle. I read We… Continue reading Impersonation, Unlikeable Narrators and No Suspense: Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart

2018 releases · YA

Magic, Oppression and Rebellion: Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

“I teach you to be warriors in the garden so you will never be gardeners in the war.” I am sure you've heard of this book - it's one of the biggest releases of the year, and rightfully so. I have seen nothing but rave reviews for this ever since it came out, and I… Continue reading Magic, Oppression and Rebellion: Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

YA

Slavery, Forbidden Romance and a Great Heroine: The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

Ah, YA Fantasy.  It's been known that I struggle with YA Fantasy. I keep comparing it to Adult Fantasy and in comparison, YA stands no chance. But still, I keep picking up YA Fantasies left, right and center, in search for one that will blow me away and come close to some of my beloved… Continue reading Slavery, Forbidden Romance and a Great Heroine: The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

2017 releases · YA

Flat Characters, Clunky World Building and a Somewhat Fulfilled Promise of Dragons: The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli

This book checks all the reasons I hate YA Fantasy.  I wrote about this one in one of my Judging Books By Their Covers post (pretty sure it was October) and when I heard it was about dragons, I immediately wanted to read it. We don't see a lot of dragons, which is confusing, because… Continue reading Flat Characters, Clunky World Building and a Somewhat Fulfilled Promise of Dragons: The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli