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Book Review: The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

Posted January 18, 2017 // 1 Comment
Book Review: The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

It’s a rare thing to reach the final page of a book and simply think: “This is perfect.” Neither is it typical that every single scene of a book is exactly what the story needs, every line of dialogue perfectly attuned to the mood and personality of the speaking character, and ever image perfectly aligned to add to the text’s overall message. More, it’s unusual that a book gives me, […]

Book Review: Diva by Jillian Larkin

Posted May 9, 2014 // 0 Comments
Book Review: Diva by Jillian Larkin

As a fan of Anna Godbersen’s Luxe books, but not of her Bright Young Things series, I figured Jillian Larkin’s attempt in the same vein was worth reading. The end result? Godbersen does it best. Larkin’s Flappers series has its happy moments, but by and large the drama is the kind that really strains credulity. “…how young they all were. Publishing articles? Chasing after mobsters? Capturing killers? What normal seventeen- […]

Book Review: Ingenue by Jillian Larkin

Posted May 9, 2014 // 0 Comments
Book Review: Ingenue by Jillian Larkin

As a fan of Anna Godbersen’s Luxe books, but not of her Bright Young Things series, I figured Jillian Larkin’s attempt in the same vein was worth reading. The end result? Godbersen does it best. Larkin’s Flappers series has its happy moments, but by and large the drama is the kind that really strains credulity. “…how young they all were. Publishing articles? Chasing after mobsters? Capturing killers? What normal seventeen- […]

Book Review: Vixen by Jillian Larkin

Posted May 9, 2014 // 0 Comments
Book Review: Vixen by Jillian Larkin

As a fan of Anna Godbersen’s Luxe books, but not of her Bright Young Things series, I figured Jillian Larkin’s attempt in the same vein was worth reading. The end result? Godbersen does it best. Larkin’s Flappers series has its happy moments, but by and large the drama is the kind that really strains credulity. “…how young they all were. Publishing articles? Chasing after mobsters? Capturing killers? What normal seventeen- […]

Book Review: Anatomy of a Boyfriend by Daria Snadowsky

Posted October 23, 2013 // 7 Comments
Book Review: Anatomy of a Boyfriend by Daria Snadowsky

I can’t really decide of Anatomy of a Boyfriend is hopelessly clichéd or surprisingly original. The book features a tired, overdone storyline, but I almost feel that Snadowsky managed to tackle the plot in a new style. But I’m not exactly sure. It’s a tough book to talk about because I didn’t exactly like it, but at the same time I feel that I did. I don’t know. My feelings […]

Book Review: Burning by Elana K. Arnold

Posted August 18, 2013 // 5 Comments
Book Review: Burning by Elana K. Arnold

Set over a three or four day timespan in the middle of the Nevada desert, Burning is a different kind of coming-of-age novel that nonetheless proves a powerful point. Lately (due to my massive summer reading project) I’ve been feeling a bit burnt out on YA contemporaries, but in this book Elana K. Arnold managed to tell a story that felt very new and outside the box. I think this […]

Book Review: Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard

Posted February 4, 2013 // 7 Comments
Book Review: Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard

Books like Wanderlove are the reason I started reading young adult in the first place. Vampires, oppressive governments, and dark and mysterious boys aren’t really my thing, and sometimes I try too hard to make them my thing. But they’re not. I dig contemporary/realistic fiction, and this book was just what I need at just the right time. Kirsten Hubbard’s sophomore novel follows the Central American adventures of Bria, a […]

Book Review: The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray

Posted January 13, 2013 // 0 Comments
Book Review: The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray

There were several points while I read The Sweet Far Thing that I rolled my eyes, grew frustrated, and wondered why I was bothering to read this. Five years ago, someone spoiled the end of the Gemma Doyle trilogy for me, and I more or less lost interest in reading the final book. I have a thing for seeing series through to the end, though, so in spite of my […]

Book Review: Romeo Redeemed by Stacey Jay

Posted January 9, 2013 // 8 Comments
Book Review: Romeo Redeemed by Stacey Jay

After the mixed feelings I had for Juliet Immortal, I picked up its sequel, Romeo Redeemed not entirely sure of what I was walking into. I liked the first book quite a bit—Juliet was a surprisingly strong, proactive character, and I enjoyed Jay’s prose. In the sequel, however, things didn’t work out nearly as well. In Romeo Redeemed, the entire premise is that Romeo has to make a girl fall […]

Book Review: Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay

Posted January 8, 2013 // 14 Comments
Book Review: Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay

Juliet Immortal made some pretty valiant attempts toward being a compelling novel. And the majority of those attempts worked pretty well. Unfortunately, when one is writing a book that’s a spin-off of the most infamous case of isntalove ever, there might be more problems. Namely: more instalove. Say what you like, but I don’t believe that real, lasting love happens after 1 hour of acquaintance. I also don’t personally believe […]

Book Review: The Opposite of Hallelujah by Anna Jarzab

Posted January 7, 2013 // 4 Comments
Book Review: The Opposite of Hallelujah by Anna Jarzab

I started reading The Opposite of Hallelujah with only a very basic idea of what I was in for. This was in part because the jacket blurb is misleading (as usual) and also because I haven’t come across many reviews or opinions. I was hoping for a family drama featuring religious themes, and that’s what I got, though it wasn’t as good as I’d expected. Describing this novel as a […]

Book Review: Rebel Angels by Libba Bray

Posted January 3, 2013 // 6 Comments
Book Review: Rebel Angels by Libba Bray

Taken on its own merit, Rebel Angels is a very good book. The paranormal aspect is extremely compelling and unique, Libba Bray’s prose is lush and atmospheric, the characters, while hard to understand and not easy to like, are interesting at the very least. Where my problems came in was that, as far as series continuity goes, this book didn’t work well with its prequel. It was really like embarking […]