young adult

Thumbs up for The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee. Young adult historical romance.

It’s 17– and Monty’s in love with his best friend Percy. Joined by Monty’s sister Felicity, they go on the Grand Tour of Europe. Everything that happens after that would be spoilers. I was expecting a sarcastic teen romance with historical trappings which I would put down after ten pages.… >> Read more


Thumbs down for Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. Young adult fantasy.

I am tempted, so very tempted, to go all teenage girl and write a review that consists of nothing but “It was ok I guess.” This book has much okay about it. The writing is okay, the characters are okay, the worldbuilding is okay, the plot was okay, the love triangle was okay.… >> Read more

Thumbs up for Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers. Young adult fantasy.

A teenage assassin nun kicks ass in medieval Brittany. Yes, you read that right. Enormous good fun—lots of assassining, some romance, a surprising amount of politics that sounded entirely believable. Also, I think there were some very witty bits; but I read this in one evening after just discovering martinis (thanks, Eunice!), so I may not be the best judge.… >> Read more