I read fast. Like, super-fast. A book or two a day fast (when I have time, that is). Because of that superpower, I’m always behind on my reviews, with no chance of ever catching up…except if I do a bunch of short reviews at a time. So, taking inspiration from one of my favorite social media outlets, Twitter, I’m going to cover an entire book in just 140 characters. Now, I’m not the first or only one to do this–check out Karen @ For What It’s Worth’s Short and Tweet reviews and the Twitter handle “Book Review Tweets” run by three librarians.
The Castle Behind the Thorns by Merrie Haskell (MG Fantasy, 336 pages, May 2014, Katherine Tegen Books)
Great setting (split-in-half castle). Slow unfolding of story as boy learns survival. Enter princess & political intrigue, which speeds things along.
House of Ivy and Sorrow by Natalie Whipple (YA Fantasy, 360 pages, April 2014, HarperTeen)
Intriguing witch lore but ew to hair/fingernail pulling. Bit too fluffy & childish for my tastes w/ young-feeling MC. More MG feel than YA.
The Islands of Chaldea by Diana Wynne Jones, Ursula Jones (MG Fantasy, 274 pages, February 2014, HarperCollins Children’s)
Most excellent, smart MC, this future Wise Woman. Impressive writing in this last DWJ story, as finished by her sister. Definitely enjoyable.
A World Without Princes (The School for Good and Evil #2) by Soman Chainani (MG Fantasy, 433 pages, April 2014, HarperCollins)
No such thing as Happily Ever After, even in a girl-run world. Because the boys revolt. Same dark humor, excellent writing as 1st book.
Allies and Assassins (Enemies of the Prince #1) by Justin Stomper (YA Fantasy, 496 pages, May 2014, Little, Brown)
Gorgeous writing, intriguing premise that, sadly, falls short. Didn’t hold my attention despite political intrigue, assassins. More MG than YA.
Sea of Shadows (Age of Legends #1) by Kelley Armstrong (YA Fantasy, 416 pages, April 2014, HarperTeen)
Almost gave up on this, despite fave author status. Dry beginning, TSTL characters, little worldbuilding. Did pick up near end, though.
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