2012 Quickie Wrap-Up Reviews: Young Adult Novels

Posted 22 December, 2012 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | | 4 Comments

This week, I’m going to do my best to clear out the 2012 reviews I have hanging around. (Y’all. Somehow I wound up with about 20 to-reviews in my pile. Granted some are 2013s that I can hold off on but so many are 2012s that I just didn’t get to! Bad blogger. No cookie.)

FLUTTER by Gina Linko
YA Science Fiction (Paranormal? I still can’t decide)
352 pages, hardcover
Available now (October 2012)
Publisher: Random House for Young Readers
Review copy provided by publisher via NetGalley

Seizures that disguise time travel? Sign me up. Emery’s stuck in a hospital because if she leaves, the seizures will probably kill her. But she has to leave and travel to the town in her visions. There, she meets Ash, a mysterious boy with secrets of his own.

While I couldn’t really connect with the characters or the romance between them — I needed a bit more depth and information, I still enjoyed this story. With its unusual plotline and character facing certain death, there’s plenty of action to be had and plenty of twists and turns to keep the story moving forward.

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THE LOST PRINCE by Julie Kagawa
YA Paranormal
379 pages, hardcover
Available now (October 2012)
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Review copy provided by publisher via NetGalley

As an Iron Fey spin-off, this one reads so much better if you’ve actually read the original series. Which, of course, I have. At this point, Meghan is the ruler of the Iron Fey and Ethan is an older, more capable teen. And quite the bad boy. He’s bitter. He’s resentful. And he’s very standoffish because anyone who gets involved with him risks contact with the Fey and, yanno, death. All quite understandable considering what he went through as a youngster. Despite his hatred of the Fey, when a new breed of Fey makes an appearance and half-Fey disappear, he hooks up with Kenzie (human) and stumbles into Faerie, hoping to help.

Kenzie wasn’t a favorite character, though she did grow on me after a while. Ethan’s very abrasive, especially when he confronts his sister — who we have grown to love and who he resents terribly — but he’s brave and smart. Favorite characters (Grimalkin!) from The Iron Fey series make an appearance…always a good thing. And a new series in a wonderfully complex world is born.

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4 Responses to “2012 Quickie Wrap-Up Reviews: Young Adult Novels”

  1. I would classify Flutter more as paranormal but it’s a difficult categorization. I found the characters hard to connect with as well but was blown away by the ending.

  2. I haven’t heard much about Flutter. The Lost Prince is still waiting for me to pick it up and give it a read. Hopefully soon!