Posts Categorized: young adult

Mini Review: Legacy Lost (Of Poseidon #0.5) by Anna Banks

2012, Anna Banks, mini review, paranormal romance, short story, Tom Doherty Associates, young adult 3 Comments

Legacy Lost by Anna BanksPublisher: Tom Doherty AssociatesRelease date: May 22, 2012Source: PurchasedSeries: Of Poseidon #0.5 He is a mer-prince, she is the mermaid princess that his family orders him to marry so that their kingdoms unite. Grom dreads this arrangement, until he meets Nalia — both beautiful and smart, she’s everything he ever wanted. But just when their connection grows deeper, tragedy strikes. Legacy Lost is a prequel story to Anna Banks’ debut novel, OF POSEIDON. SPOILERISH REVIEW. IT IS SUGGESTED THAT YOU HAVE READ BOTH OF POSEIDON AND LEGACY LOST BEFORE READING THIS REVIEW. This is just a… Read more »

Review: Of Poseidon (Of Poseidon #1) by Anna Banks

2012, Anna Banks, Feiwel and Friends, first in a series, paranormal romance, review, young adult 10 Comments

Of Poseidon by Anna BanksPublisher: Feiwel & FriendsRelease date: May 22, 2012Source: LibrarySeries: Of Poseidon #1Rating: FOUR STARS I hadn’t really heard much about this book before I read it, nor had I sought out any reviews. I don’t think I’d even read the flap until I was a few chapters in, so I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect with this book. I was pleasantly surprised, and I definitely enjoyed Of Poseidon. I love mermaid stories, and I absolutely love it when I find one that does things a bit different than what you’re expecting. These mermaids can change… Read more »

Review: Kill Me Softly by Sarah Cross

2012, Egmont USA, faerie tales, review, Sarah Cross, stand alone, young adult 6 Comments

Kill Me Softly by Sarah CrossPublisher: Egmont USARelease date: April 10, 2012Source: PurchasedRating: Four Stars Going into this book, I’d read very few, if any, reviews. But I had somehow seen this being compared to that Once Upon a Time show on ABC which looks like a fun show to watch. I must get around to seeing it someday. But I love fairy-tale retellings, and this was a slam dunk book for me. I loved it. I grew up with the Disney versions of these tales, as I’m sure many of you did. I’ve never gotten around to reading the… Read more »

Review: Arise (Hereafter #2) By Tara Hudson

2012, Harper Teen, paranormal romance, review, second in a series, Tara Hudson, young adult 0 Comments

Arise by Tara HudsonPublisher: Harper TeenRelease date: June 5, 2012Source: PurchasedSeries: Hereafter #2 I absolutely adored Hereafter. I totally meant to reread it before reading Arise, but lately with blogging I’ve felt the pressure to read quickly and not focus on rereading things. But honestly, I need to let that go. Especially since rereading books in series as a new one comes out helps keep things fresh and makes the newest book more enjoyable. I honestly think Arise suffered from me not rereading Hereafter. I love Amelia and Josh as much as I did after finishing Hereafter, but this book… Read more »

Review: Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne

2012, Emmy Laybourne, Feiwel and Friends, first in a series, post apocalyptic, review, young adult 1 Comment

Monument 14 by Emmy LaybournePublisher: Feiwel & FriendsRelease date: June 5, 2012Source: LibrarySeries: Monument 14#1 So I have kind of a funny story that goes along with this book. I checked it out from the library on July 20, day 1 of my ten day vacation from work. It’s a hot and humid day, and because of the humidity I knew it was likely that we’d have some kind of storm. Just as I was walking into Walmart with my mom for lunch at the Subway inside there was already rain coming down fairly hard outside. I brought in Monument… Read more »

Review: Tokyo Heist by Diana Renn

2012, contemporary, Diana Renn, review, stand alone, Viking, young adult 1 Comment

Tokyo Heist by Diana RennPublished: Viking Children’s Books (Penguin)Released: June 14, 2012Source: Purchased This was a fun read, especially while on vacation. I love Japan and almost anything to do with Japan, though I’ve never once visited. I’ve been looking forward to reading this book ever since I discovered it a couple months ago, and I was not disappointed. I always love these whodunit mysteries that always leave you guessing. You think it’s character A because it’s so obviously character A, and yet you question your guess because that’s TOO obvious. I’m always unsure of my guesses because of this,… Read more »

Review: Flirting in Italian by Lauren Henderson

2012, contemporary, Delacorte Books, first in a series, Lauren Henderson, review, young adult 4 Comments

Flirting in Italian by Lauren HendersonPublisher: Delacorte BooksRelease date: June 12, 2012Source: PurchasedSeries: Flirting in Italian #1 I could not put this book down. I was in love with Flirting in Italian.Years ago I took a People to People student ambassador trip to three European countries, and Italy was one of them. This book makes me want to go back so much. Lauren Henderson does a great job of writing young sexy Italian men. I couldn’t get enough of Luca. Especially the interactions between Luca and Violet. There was insta-attraction, which I think is better than insta-love. And it felt… Read more »

Review: For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund

2012, Balzer and Bray, Diana Peterfreund, review, stand alone, young adult 3 Comments

For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana PeterfreundPublisher: Balzer + BrayRelease date: June 12, 2012Source: Purchased The only book by Jane Austen that I’ve actually read was Pride and Prejudice, after watching the A&E version with Colin Firth in fifth grade, so it was so long ago I don’t even compare anymore. With Persuasion, obviously I’ve never read the book, but I’ve seen the movie starring Ciaran Hinds, so there were comparisons between that and For Darkness Shows the Stars. Thankfully not many, since this book holds it’s own and only draws inspiration, and doesn’t copy.  Overall I liked all… Read more »

Review: Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore

2012, Dial Books, Kristin Cashore, review, third in a series, young adult 2 Comments

Bitterblue by Kristin CashorePublisher: DialRelease date: May 1, 2012Source: PurchasedSeries: Graceling Realm I’m not gonna lie, it’s been a few years since I read either Graceling or Fire. And since I have so many books I want to read, re-reading books is no longer a priority when new sequels come out, unfortunately. Maybe if I had reread Graceling, and even maybe Fire, I might have loved Bitterblue. As it was though, I only liked it. Fair warning, this review does contain spoilers, so if you have not read it yet, please do not highlight the next paragraph. It has been… Read more »

Review: Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

2012, first in a series, historical fiction, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, review, Robin LeFevers, young adult 3 Comments

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFeversPublisher: Houghton Mifflin HarcourtRelease date: April 3, 2012Source: PurchasedSeries: His Fair Assassin #1 Why be the sheep, when you can be the wolf?Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she… Read more »