Thumbs up for The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang.
An incredibly charming tale of a young dressmaker with a dream, and a prince who likes to wear dresses. So, so adorable. If you’ve ever enjoyed a Disney film, I can guarantee you’ll love this.… >> Read more
Thumbs up for Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant. Graphic novel.
Fun enough, cute art, but not much plot or character development.… >> Read more
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 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