Aug 132014
 
Review: Across the Universe

I feel like I’m one of the last people to read this book. I found it to be a interesting dystopian set in an enclosed space ship. There are several layers of mystery that Amy and Elder try to solve. I liked the heavy sci-fi feel of the book. There is space and space travel, cryogenics, genetic manipulation, and lots of technology. It was all presented as integrated into the story, without info dumping or sidebars. I liked the approach, and while I didn’t find it all believable, it was interesting. Since this was a YA story, I was surprised […]

Jun 262014
 
Genevieve Reviews: Nameless

After tearing through Wayfarer, which was the second book in this series (I accidently read it out of order) I was really excited to read Nameless. I wasn’t disappointed. This one is very loosely based on Snow White. Cami, the main character, doesn’t remember where she came from and she struggles to feel like she belongs in her family and still wants to know what happened to her in her past. This series features one of the more interesting, weird systems of magic I’ve seen. Cami was adopted by the Family, which are, as close as I can tell, mafia […]

Jun 062014
 
Genevieve Reviews: Wayfarer

There were lots of things to like about Wayfarer. I’m a fan of reinventing fairy tales, and this one is definitely puts an original twist on Cinderella. Her take on the fairy god mother was fantastic. The book is dark and funny at the same time, and I really enjoyed the author’s quirky and descriptive writing style. Ell as a character is likeable, despite the fact that sometimes she misreads things so badly I just want to shake her. I ended up liking the fact that she was determined and trying to do things on her own. Also, I think […]

Mar 102014
 
Review: Rebel Spring

This second book was a mix of unexpected deaths, multiple viewpoints and exciting developments. The death toll in this book was similar to the first, in that there are quite a few deaths, especially for a YA story. Some of the deaths were totally unexpected, which made for interesting reading. I love when authors aren’t afraid to kill beloved characters, and this series certainly fits that bill. This book focused on four main characters, and they all had chapters from their viewpoints. I think this multiple narrative had a few too many narrators. I found the constant narrator changes to […]

Sep 022013
 
Review: The Gypsy King

This was an exciting story featuring a strong heroine. There was always something happening, and yet nothing felt forced. The action seemed to move fast in a very natural manner. Persephone is a strong girl. She has endured much, and yet has grown from the experiences, not letting them defeat or kill her spirit. Her interactions with Azriel were delightful to read. The tension between them is entertaining. Their attraction was slow and natural, yet quite forceful to watch. While I loved the story and the characters, the ending partially ruined it. It was the dreaded nonending. The action just […]

Jun 182013
 
Review: The Opposite of Tidy

This was a typical YA storyline featuring a new and fresh situation. The storyline follows the standard girl has secret and doesn’t tell boy, boy finds out and leaves mad, girl tries to fix things for a happy ending. But the situation involving a hoarder and reality show is interesting and unusual. I have always has a fascination with hoarding, and all hoarder reality shows. Seeing it in print, including lots of “behind the scenes” sides was quite entertaining. I especially love the “dirty” side of reality shows that is revealed. It felt quite real, and while it was uncomfortable […]

Dec 122012
 
Review: Falling Kingdoms

This book reminded me very strongly of Game of Thrones. The story revolves around multiple characters who are part of different countries. There are power struggles and war and lots of conflict. The story still manages to be very YA, even with the mature themes. The main characters are all in their late teens, and family plays a strong role in the book. I noticed a theme that while love is a motivater for a few of the characters, it seems that only the teens actually seemed to experience it. The adults all seem motivated by darker emotions, mostly greed. […]

Oct 042012
 
Review: Breakaway

This was a very masculine story that had a surprising amount of emotion to it. With both strong hockey and mystery elements, this book will appeal to many guys, and yet it has enough emotional story hidden inside to satisfy most girls. Nick spends his time trying to deal with the tragedy of his dad being convicted of murder, even though he is certain his dad is innocent. Nick goes through many ups and downs, and seems almost to be grieving at time. It is quite interesting and sad to see everything that he does, or doesn’t do, while trying […]