The Lightning Queen by Laura Resau
MG Historical Magical Realism, 336 pages, hardcover; published Oct. 27, 2015 by Scholastic Press; source: publisher
One of those unexpected reads that just works. Beautiful storytelling, sprinkled with magical realism. Enjoyed the look into rural Mexico, Rom connection. 4 stars.
Frosted Kisses (The Cupcake Queen #2) by Heather Hepler
YA Contemporary, 272 pages, hardcover; published Oct. 27, 2015 by Point; source: publisher
Cute story: not too deep, though it tries to be. Didn’t really see it as YA — would work better as an MG romance. Second in a series but could be standalone. 2.5 stars.
Sanctuary by Jennifer McKissack
YA Gothic, 304 pages, hardcover; published Sept. 27, 2015 by Scholastic; source: publisher
Creepy, gothic feel (though a bit more Heathcliff-broody than scary). Liked the romance and mystery that surrounded the MC.
The Voyage of the Basilisk by Marie Brennan
Fantasy, 352 pages, hardcover; published Mar. 31, 2015 by Tor; source: publisher
Definitely enjoying the ongoing travels of Lady Trent and her scientific research. Gorgeous illustrations accompany intriguing exploration and lots of dragons!
I Am Her Revenge by Meredith Moore
YA Contemporary, 336 pages, hardcover; published April 7, 2015 by Razorbill; source: publisher
Sweet baby Jesus, I wanted to smack both the mother and daughter. He broke your heart. Get over it. Don’t ruin your daughter for a “noble purpose”. It’s not noble. It’s crazy. 1.5 stars.
Althea and Oliver by Christina Moracho
YA Contemporary, 336 pages, hardcover; published Oct. 9, 2014 by Viking; source: publisher
I was hanging in there until Althea made the most horrible decision to do what she did. Excellent writing but the subject matter…no.
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