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
All The Truth That's in Me by Julie Berry Rating: 4.5 Stars Release Date: September 26, 2013 Genre: YA Historical Fiction Four years ago, Judith and her best friend disappeared from their small town of Roswell Station. Two years ago, only Judith returned, permanently mutilated, reviled and ignored by those who were once her friends … Continue reading All The Truth That’s In Me by Julie Berry // Harrowing, hopeful, and beautiful.
The Lost Kingdom of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine Rating: 4 Stars Release Date: Genre: MG/YA Fantasy In this compelling and thought-provoking fantasy set in the world of The Two Princesses of Bamarre, Newbery Honor-winning author Gail Carson Levine introduces a spirited heroine who must overcome deeply rooted prejudice—including her own—to heal her broken … Continue reading The Lost Kingdom of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine // Fairies, Rapunzel, and nostalgia.
Because I'm super behind on reviews, I thought it'd be fun to do some mini reviews for some contemporary romances I've read lately! Love and Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch Rating: 4 Stars Release Date: May 3, 2016 Lina is spending the summer in Tuscany, but she isn’t in the mood for Italy’s famous sunshine … Continue reading Mini Reviews: The Love Letters Edition
The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry Rating: 5 Stars Release Date: April 12, 2016 Genre: YA Historical Fiction Dolssa is a young gentlewoman with uncanny gifts, on the run from an obsessed friar determined to burn her as a heretic for the passion she refuses to tame. Botille is a wily and charismatic peasant, … Continue reading The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry // Please excuse me while I cry in this corner.