Young Adult

B-
Evernight

I think that Claudia Gray’s new young adult vampire series can’t help but be compared to Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series. Unfortunately, there were a couple of details that were too similar for comfort, but that’s pretty much where the likeness ends. And actually, those initial similaritie ...

B-
The Dragonfly Pool

I've heard good things before about Eva Ibbotson, and I am partial to tales set during World War II, so I thought The Dragonfly Pool looked like fun. For the most part it was. Tally Hamilton is a special girl, the kind who likes to help, who cares for others, and who sees what could be clearer th ...

B+
Eclipse

No doubt most of you have heard of the immensely popular Twilight series, of which Eclipse is the third installment. My mother-in-law insisted that I read her copies and then pass them along to another of her daughters-in-law. As I started talking to more and more people about this series, it seem ...

B+
Pants on Fire

Pants on Fire is one of Meg Cabot’s stand-alone titles and was published in Great Britain as Tommy Sullivan Is a Freak. While it does not quite achieve the near-perfection of Teen Idol, my all-time favorite stand-alone YA title by Cabot, it is still a compelling read with a remarkably imperfect he ...

A
The Thief Series

I follow book recommendations to discover new authors and books on the Internet all the time. However, it is rare that a book recommendation leads me to a treasure so perfect that it leaves me breathless with awe and rather frightened at how easily I might have missed it. This is what happened with ...

C-
Anatomy of a Boyfriend

Anatomy of a Boyfriend wants to be like Judy Blume’s Forever, but it just ends up being a kind of boring novel where the reader gets the sense that the author is only writing in order to describe a sexual relationship. Dominique is a senior at a private school and has never met ...

B
General Winston's Daughter

Sharon Shinn’s Archangel is an all-time favorite of mine. I love her world-building, her characters and their romance. So I was curious about reading a Young Adult novel of hers. I was not disappointed in General Winston’s Daughter. This is a very good book, even if it does not quite achieve th ...

B-
Girls that Growl

You thought being a teenager was difficult? Try living Rayne McDonald's life. As Girls that Growl opens, her life as a vampire slayer for Slayer, Inc. has become ever more precarious because she's been turned into a vampire herself. And if that weren't enough, a virus in her bloodstream renders h ...

B-
The Boys Next Door

The Boys Next Door is a cute story with adorable teenage characters who brought me back thoughts of the first boy I fell in love with, and all the incredibly embarrassing things I said and did to get him to fall in love with me. This is a light, funny read that will warm your heart. Lori has li ...

A+
Howl's Moving Castle

I first read and loved Howl's Moving Castle when it was published twenty years ago. In my umpteenth re-reading of the book for this DIK review, I realize I still love it as much as ever. It is, in my opinion, one of the best novels ever about finding yourself and about the nature of love. It begi ...