The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand Rating: Release Date: October 24, 2017 Genre: YA Contemporary On Christmas Eve five years ago, Holly was visited by three ghosts who showed her how selfish and spoiled she'd become. They tried to convince her to mend her ways. She didn't. And then she died. Now she's stuck working … Continue reading The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand // Swoony romance + surprising emotions // + hiatus?
Even the Darkest Stars by Heather Fawcett Rating: . 5 Release Date: September 5, 2017 Genre: YA Fantasy Kamzin has always dreamed of becoming one of the Emperor’s royal explorers, the elite climbers tasked with mapping the wintry, mountainous Empire and spying on its enemies. She knows she could be the best in the world, … Continue reading Even the Darkest Stars by Heather Fawcett // Wintry mountainous setting and almost villains.
The Glass Town Game by Catherynne M. Valente Rating: Release Date: September 5, 2017 Genre: MG Fantasy Inside a small Yorkshire parsonage, Charlotte, Branwell, Emily, and Anne Brontë have invented a game called Glass Town, where their toy soldiers fight Napoleon and no one dies. This make-believe land helps the four escape from … Continue reading The Glass Town Game by Catherynne M. Valente // Magical writing and ageless stories.
Prince of Shadows by Rachel Caine Rating: Genre: YA Retelling Release Date: February 4, 2014 In the Houses of Montague and Capulet, there is only one goal: power. The boys are born to fight and die for honor and—if they survive—marry for influence and money, not love. The girls are assets, to be spent wisely. Their … Continue reading Prince of Shadows by Rachel Caine // Intrigue!! Thieves!! Politics!! Murder!! Romance!!
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys Rating: 4 Stars Release Date: February 2, 2016 Genre: YA Historical Fiction World War II is drawing to a close in East Prussia and thousands of refugees are on a desperate trek toward freedom, many with something to hide. Among them are Joana, Emilia, and Florian, whose paths … Continue reading Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys // Prussian spies, stressful tension, and many tears.
The Queen of Blood by Sarah Beth Durst Rating: 4 Stars Release Date: September 20, 2016 Genre: YA Fantasy Everything has a spirit: the willow tree with leaves that kiss the pond, the stream that feeds the river, the wind that exhales fresh snow . . . But the spirits that reside within this land want to rid … Continue reading The Queen of Blood by Sarah Beth Durst // Villages made of trees + forest spirits that want to kill you.
Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao Rating: 1.5 Stars Release Date: October 10. 2017 Genre: YA Fantasy Eighteen-year-old Xifeng is beautiful. The stars say she is destined for greatness, that she is meant to be Empress of Feng Lu. But only if she embraces the darkness within her. Growing up as a peasant in a … Continue reading Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao // Flat characters, dull plot, and one disappointed me.
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente Rating: 4 Stars Release Date: May 10, 2011 Genre: MG Fantasy Twelve-year-old September lives in Omaha, and used to have an ordinary life, until her father went to war and her mother went to work. One day, September is met at her … Continue reading The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente // Wyverarys and Soap Golems.
These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly Rating: 4 Stars Release Date: October 26, 2016 Genre: YA Historical fiction Jo Montfort is beautiful and rich, and soon like all the girls in her class she ll graduate from finishing school and be married off to a wealthy bachelor. Which is the last thing she wants. Jo … Continue reading These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly // Victorian murder mysteries + swoony reporters = heaven.
Wicked Like a Wildfire by Lana Popovic Rating: 2 Stars Release Date: August 17, 2017 Genre: YA Fantasy All the women in Iris and Malina’s family have the unique magical ability or “gleam” to manipulate beauty. Iris sees flowers as fractals and turns her kaleidoscope visions into glasswork, while Malina interprets moods as music. But … Continue reading Wicked Like a Wildfire by Lana Popovic