Do It In 140: HarlequinTeen Edition

Posted 8 May, 2015 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | Review, Tweet-Short Reviews | 3 Comments

I’m trying to broaden my reading horizons a tad and explore a bit broader than I’ve been reading lately (most of this year has been trying to find enough awesome urban fantasy to fill my endless desire…with not enough success). Yeah, many of the books are still within my preferred genres but I’m trying out books that I might not normally pick up or giving a series another chance. Sometimes, I’m surprised in a good way. Sometimes…not so much.

P.S. This was scheduled to post Friday! Grr. I didn’t have time to check and what happens? Oh, well. Enjoy!

20579291LIES WE TELL OURSELVES by Robin Talley
YA historical, hardcover, 384 pages; published September 30, 2014 by Harlequin Teen; source: publisher

Recommended this to our HS librarian. Diversity, history, gay rights swirled together into a strong story. Not something I generally pick up but glad I did.

YA paranormal, hardcover, 288 pages; published March 31, 2015 by Harlequin Teen; source: publisher

Oh, such potential that didn’t come completely to fruition. Underdeveloped world, too many fuzzy secondary characters, rushed ending.

23168406ROGUE (Talon #2) by Julie Kagawa
YA paranormal romance, hardcover, 464 pages; published April 28, 2015 by Harlequin Teen; source: publisher

Second try series: this one’s better despite large Triangle of Doom (dammit). Lots of action and crack-y writing style but minimal character development.

21859363BREAKING THE RULES (Pushing the Limits #1.5) by Katie McGarry
YA Romance, ebook, 304 pages; published December 8, 2014 by Harlequin Teen; source: purchased

Adore Katie McGarry’s writing but Ishould have let Echo and Noah live w/ the first HEA, despite their problems (hey, they’re young). Too much drama.

22668917THE EMPTY THRONE (Heirs of Chrior #2) by Cayla Kluver
YA fantasy, hardcover, 464 pages; published January 27, 2015 by Harlequin HQN; source: publisher

Enjoyed the first but Anya doesn’t do enough growing, moving past her sullenness to do what has to be done. But of a soggy middle but I wanna know how it all ends!

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