YA Fantasy, hardcover, 416 pages; published January 5, 2016 by Tor Teen; source: publisher
Holy cow, this book totally lived up to the hype for me. I’ll be honest–it sat on my TBR shelf for quite a while before I convinced myself to pick it up and read it, mostly because I was afraid of that hype. (Actually, I tend to become resistant to doing said hyped thingmeabobber.) However, I was hugely satisfied with this story…and want more. I’ll even ask nicely. My favorite part of the story, besides the amazing worldbuilding and fantastic story, was the friendship between the two girls. In fact, my only big quibble with this book is that we didn’t get enough of them (seriously, let’s ditch the POVs of the boys and stick with the girls. That would make me ecstatic.). Excellent YA fantasy. 4.5 stars.
YA Fantasy, hardcover, 496 pages; published January 5, 2016 by Disney-Hyperion; source: publisher
Have I mentioned how much I usually dislike time travel books? Well, I do. But, somehow, I keep picking them up. (I’m a glutton for punishment, obviously.) However, in this story’s case, it was a good move on my part. I actually liked this book! Initially, I picked it up because of the gorgeous cover and author. Bracken has a way of creating such an amazing believable world, populated with strong characters, and this book is no different. Plus, Nicholas. Yeah. Awesome character. 4 stars.
YA Fantasy, hardcover, 391 pages; Published March 10, 2015 by Katherine Tegen Books; source: publisher
Okay, I get that this is a duology but…a cliffhanger of doom?!? Why. No. Why. That aside, I did like how the characters had multiple identities and atypical jobs (like the MC as royalty, a street gang member, and a spy who likes to travel the rooftops dressed in black with her knives for company). Now, that aside, I was left with way too many questions regarding, well, everything. Magic is banned because of bad magic and now people can’t even use good magic because they theorize that maybe the use of any magic at all brought about the bad magic and so, now, no magic is good magic (Whaaaa?). Plus, things were a little too conveniently solved via deus ex machina. 3 stars.
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