As usual, I’ve blown through a big ole pile of books and, as usual, am behind in my reviews. Let’s face it, I’m never going to catch up. My Tweet-short reviews are a way for me to highlight some recent or upcoming releases while also keeping track of what I read (I *try* to keep up via Goodreads but…yeah.).
Anyway, featured in this edition of Tweet-Short Reviews are Macmillan Teen books of all flavors — Swoon Reads, Fierce Reads, contemporary, romance, fantasy and paranormal — a total mixed bag of treats.
THE WINNER’S CRIME (The Winner’s Trilogy #2) by Marie Rutkoski
(YA fantasy; hardcover, 402 pages; published March 3, 2015 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux; source: publisher)
HOLY COW! What did I just read? Rutkoski put Kestrel and Arin through such pain heart-wise, politically…wow. Raised stakes, indeed. And that ending!! *clutches heart*
THE QUEEN OF BRIGHT AND SHINY THINGS by Ann Aguirre
(YA contemporary; paperback, 328 pages; published April 7, 2015 by Feiwel & Friends; source: author)
Adored Sage. She worked to make the best of bad situations, to help people (loved the post-its!). Romance was cute, bit too much time building tension. Story made me cry!
DREAM A LITTLE DREAM by Kerstin Gier
(YA paranormal; hardcover, 336 pages; published April 14, 2015 by Henry Holt and Co.; source: publisher)
Enjoyed the dream sequences; the IRL bits a bit less. Excellent voice carries the story, though there are language quirks (translated from German). Sweet romance.
I’LL MEET YOU THERE by Heather Demetrios
(YA contemporary; hardcover, 379 pages; published February 3, 2015 by Henry Holt and Co.; source: publisher)
This romance is painful, truthful and emotional. Tackles some tough issues extremely well incl. PTSD and poverty. Another story that made me cry.
VELVET by Temple West
(YA paranormal romance; paperback, 416 pages; expected publication: May 12, 2015 by Swoon Reads; source: publisher)
Love the cover, didn’t love the story, which is sad b/c this was my first YA vamp book in a long while. I had hope! Still, too many tropes, felt too similar to other stories.
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