Young Adult

A
Catfishing on Catnet

Catfishing on CatNet by Naomi Kritzer is a YA suspense tech thriller with strong romantic elements, and it’s electrically good at every single element. Steph Turner and her mother have been on the run for almost as long as Steph can remember. Her father tried to kill them both via arson and has ...

C+
Not Your Average Hot Guy

Not Your Average Hot Guy is an amusing fantasy romance with a sense of humor and a charming heroine and hero. The tone of the book skews pretty young; it never figures out if it’s Young Adult or New Adult, and Callie feels younger than her years, but it’s an inoffensively light-hearted and funny ...

B-
Dark Roads

I haven’t read much YA suspense, but Dark Roads is a novel that reads like a young adult mystery. The youthful protagonists provide a unique perspective into a series of crimes that target teenage girls and highlight how it feels for those young women to know that the adults around them offer no p ...

B+
The Silvered Serpents

“If there were stairs to hell, would you venture down those?” one character asks another in The Silvered Serpents. “It would depend on what was inside hell and if I needed it” the other answers. This is the perfect descriptor of the issue at the heart of this novel. Our team needs The Divine ...

A
The Cruel Prince/The Wicked King

The Cruel Prince and The Wicked King are the first two books in a fantasy series by Holly Black. I advise you to quit reading this review and, instead, find a way to get your hands on both books. Still here? OK. That's on you. Prior to reading these cracktastic books, I'd read one other Black ...

A-
The Gilded Wolves

Combining the cleverness and action of a heist movie with a touch of fantasy and whole lot of charm,  The Gilded Wolves is a story of colonialism, power and corruption. But mostly, it’s a tale of friendship and finding a place for ourselves in a world that has no room for us.# When God destroy ...

A+
Navigating the Stars

Much as I’ve enjoyed Ms. Snyder’s work in the past, I don’t follow her release schedule very closely. But when I do find out about a new release, I’m ready to dive right in. It didn’t even take ten pages of Navigating the Stars to have me hooked and desperate to read more. The premise o ...

A
Empire of Sand

Empire of Sand is a fantasy début which showcases a young woman who defeats an ancient evil by embracing her heritage. Drawing from the rich, turbulent history and vibrant culture of India's Mughal Empire this is a tale of magic, mayhem and true love. Mehr is the eldest daughter of the governor ...

A-
Eternity in an Hour

Eternity in an Hour is a delightful start to this fantasy series by new author, Matthew Merendo. It’s an interesting and intriguing story that I’d place somewhere between the YA and NA genres, with an enjoyable, intelligent plot and storyline to interest all adults. Here's the blurb (from Amaz ...

B-
Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew’d

Whenever anyone asks what my favorite mystery series is, I respond, without hesitation, the Flavia de Luce series!  Set in the early 1950s, the books center around the activities of Flavia de Luce, a pigtailed, twelve-year old with a love of chemistry (poisons in particular) and an uncanny knack fo ...