Young Adult

B+
Missing

Here in the Northern Midwest the weather is warming up, the sun has finally come out from the clouds it’s been hiding behind, flowers are blooming and it seems as though summer may actually be just around the corner. I had my doubts there for a while. And of course, thoughts of summer immediately ...

B
A Crown of Wishes

Roshani Chokshi weaves a narrative of legend and magic based on Indian folklore in her latest novel A Crown of Wishes. This rich look at an ancient culture is full of lush, vivid imagery that will pull you into a story that is truly one from a long time ago in a place far, far away. This is the s ...

D-
Hunted

In Hunted, Megan Spooner, author of the Skylark and Starbound trilogies of books, attempts to restyle the popular tale of Beauty and the Beast as an action romp, with, unfortunately, little success. Set in ancient Russia, our heroine is Yeva, daughter of a rich merchant, who is at court as a lady ...

B
One Blood Ruby

One Blood Ruby is the follow-up to Melissa Marr's Seven Black Diamonds, published in early 2016. This second installment picks up shortly after book one ended, and I definitely recommend starting at the beginning of the series in order to have a full understanding of the characters, the world they i ...

B+
A Northern Light

The combination of cheap and "sounds intriguing" has lured me into buying many a book. And since I'm fairly dangerous in used bookstores, I have a massive TBR pile. So, when prompted to pick out a book by a new-to-me author, my dilemma was something along the lines of which new-to-me author to liber ...

B-
Fall Far From the Tree

I recently found out that one of my very favorite books of this decade was unlikely to be made into a movie because “How do we mitigate the financial risk without a white, male lead?” I’ve been a reader of novels with ethnically diverse characters for years, but reading that statement reminded ...

B+
If I Was Your Girl

Amanda Hardy is starting over in a new town, where nobody knows her big secret - she used to be Andrew Hardy. After a suicide attempt, she completed a full transition (including hormones and surgery) to female. When, as part of trying to establish herself in a new female life, Amanda also falls in l ...

B
Forever, Again

A couple of years ago while browsing through one of my favorite bookstores I stumbled across a novel by an author I’d never heard of. The book was When, the author Victoria Laurie. I was intrigued by the premise, the novel was on sale and so I bought it, read it and loved it. Naturally, I jumped a ...

C-
The Rift: Uprising

I'm not sure why I decided I needed to start another YA series, but something about The Rift: Uprising caught my attention. It was a slow start, and the end result was not terrible, though I doubt I would have finished it if I hadn’t been reading it for review. The book opens with Ryn, a teenag ...

C+
Twisted Palace

It’s hard to know where to start this review.  On the one hand, I enjoyed the series as a whole and could never have skipped Twisted Palace.  Unfortunately, this instalment - after all the double crosses, angst, murders and red herrings - was anticlimactic.  As usual, the story entertains and I ...