I read fast. Like, a-book-a-day-fast. Because of that superpower, I’m always behind on my reviews. But, taking inspiration from Twitter, I realized I can talk about a lot of books in just 140 characters. (Of course, I’m not the first or only one to do this: check out the awesome Karen @ For What It’s Worth’s Short and Tweet reviews.)
The Perilous Sea (The Elemental Trilogy #2) by Sherry Thomas
(YA Fantasy, 414 pages, Sept. 2014, Balzer + Bray)
Fabulous follow-up to a fave from last year w/ strong worldbuilding, intriguing characters. Dual timelines help develop plot, move it forward.
Firebug (Firebug #1) by Lish McBride
(YA Paranormal Fantasy, 336 pages, Sept. 2014, Henry Holt and Co.)
Props for a strong heroine with bit of snark and the ability to take care of herself even though she’s forced to kill with her power. D’oh!
(Don’t You) Forget About Me by Kate Karyus Quinn
(YA Paranormal, 336 pages, June 2014, HarperTeen)
Love/hate relationship with unreliable narrators but Skylar is intriguing. Need more worldbuilding, less flipping from present to past, though.
Waterfell (The Aquarathi #1) by Amalie Howard
(YA Paranormal Romance, 350 pages, Oct. 2013, Harlequin Teen)
Hard time connecting w/ extremely difficult characters (Nerissa), esp. when there’s great potential (mermaid mythology). Romance didn’t work for me, either, sadly.
Not a Drop To Drink (Not a Drop to Drink #1) by Mindy McGinnis
(YA Post-Apocalyptic, 320 pages, Sept. 2013, Katherine Tegen Books)
Yet another post-apocalyptic world in which I would die a horrible death. Lynn, on the other hand, kicks ass in the survival department.
Let the Storm Break (Sky Fall #2) by Shannon Messenger
(YA Paranormal, 381 pages, March 2014, Simon Pulse)
Enjoyed but didn’t blow me away. V. cool mythology but sappy love story took away from plot as did saggy middle book syndrome. *sigh*
Eat, Brains, Love (Eat, Brains, Love #1) by Jeff Hart
(YA Humorous Horror, 352 pages, Oct. 2013, HarperTeen)
Wanted this to be funnier, faster-paced than it was. Key lesson: avoid cafeteria food at all costs (check!). Lots of gore, one-liners from Jake.
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