Thumbs up for A Whole New World by Liz Braswell. Young adult fantasy.
I am among the minority of people who thought this book was great. Aladdin is one of my favorite movies (and I’m not a Disney buff in general) so I was curious to see how it could be twisted. This retelling begins at the same place, but skews into alternate-universe ground a few chapters in when Jafar, not Aladdin, is the one who summons the genie.… >> Read more
Thumbs up for Spill Zone, Volume 1 by Scott Westerfeld, illustrated by Alex Puvilland. Young adult sci-fi/horror graphic novel.
A young woman supports herself and her little sister by sneaking into the Spill Zone to take photographs. No one knows exactly what the Spill Zone is, but some bad, bad things live there. Nicely creepy, but not disgusting. Intriguing story but I can’t say I cared much for the art.… >> Read more
Thumbs up for LumberJanes, Volume 1: Beware the Kitten Holy by Noelle Stevenson. Fantasy/graphic novel/young adult.
Very cute.… >> 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
Thumbs up for Waterways by Kyell Gold. Young adult romance.
Sometimes I think I follow my own reading taste in the exception rather than the observance. See, I was at Worldcon and I ended up at a panel for Furry writers…this would make sense if I were a fur but I’m not, long story tell you later…and the moderator spoke glowingly of the works of Kyell Gold, specifically this book.… >> Read more
Moonlight by Ann Hunter. Young adult fantasy.
A retelling of the classic Irish folktale The Children of Lir. No review, because I know the author and reviewing the work of friends is strictly against my blog policy. That said, if you like fairytale retellings, please support an independent author by purchasing her inexpensive e-book and checking out her blog!
Every day Aowyn could see Ciatlllait growing hungrier.
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The Subtle Beauty by Ann Hunter.
A retelling of Beauty and the Beast. No review here, because I know the author and reviewing the work of friends is strictly against my review policy. That said, if you like fairy tale retellings, please support an independent author by trying a free sample of her e-book (no e-reader required) and checking out her blog!… >> Read more