Young Adult

C
I Believe in a Thing Called Love

I used to be hooked on Korean dramas. I would stay up late watching them, foregoing sleep for one more episode.  For a while, they were all I wanted to watch, and when I heard that Maurene Goo had a Young Adult book coming out that featured K-dramas, I was instantly sold. Unfortunately, I Believe i ...

A
Autoboyography

I stayed up late to read this book. I woke up early to read this book. I was late to appointments because I was reading this book. I read it in the car (while waiting on someone), and if I could have read it in the shower, I would have read it there. Can you tell? I absolutely loved Christina Lauren ...

C+
Coming Up for Air

This was a tough one to grade. I loved Miranda Kenneally’s first book, Crossing Jordan, and ever since then, I’ve wanted to love her subsequent titles. I keep giving them a try, and they keep falling short of the mark. So while Coming Up for Air isn’t a bad book, it isn’t great either. It ju ...

B+
The Dazzling Heights

The Dazzling Heights is the sequel to Katharine McGee's spell-binding The Thousandth Floor. It's a young adult dystopian novel set in a futuristic New York City completely different from anything I've ever imagined. McGee's NYC is encased in an enormous tower with a thousand stories, and the higher ...

B+
Defy the Stars

The planet Genesis has tried to secede from Earth’s ring of colony planets in order to create an ethical, environmental and religious utopia, but Earth isn’t letting it go without a fight. Thirty years earlier, a vicious war ended in stalemate, but the conflict has resumed. Noemi Vidal is one of ...

B
Caraval

Scarlett Dragna has dreamed of attending the magical and immersive fantasy adventure called Caraval for nearly as long as she's dreamed of escaping life on her colonial-era island, where her brutal father, the governor, keeps Scarlett and her sister Donatella under lock and key. On the eve of her ar ...

A
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue

I enjoyed every bit of this book and I need/want to convince you to read it too!  Delightful, charming, funny, addictive and entertaining, The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue is chock full of both vice and virtue.  The Grand Tour of Europe planned by our protagonist quickly goes awry and ev ...

A-
The Reluctant Queen

Earlier this year, I fell head over heels in love with The Queen of Blood, book one in Sarah Beth Durst's Queens of Renthia series. When I first heard about it, I figured it would be like the many young adult fantasies out there in which a young woman with extraordinary power saves the world from a ...

A
When Dimple Met Rishi

Adorable book alert! If you need something cute, funny, and romantic to read this summer that will also introduce you to a new, diverse voice in fiction, I have to wholeheartedly recommend When Dimple Met Rishi. Honestly, I have been trying to nudge everyone I know into reading it for the last week. ...

C-
Follow Me Back

My grade for Follow Me Back bounced up and down like a dysfunctional pogo stick. One minute I felt a C would be a fair grade for what seemed to be not much more than grammatically correct fanfiction. A hundred pages later a particularly insightful moment bounced it back up to a B. I then reconsider ...