The Immortal Heights (The Elemental Trilogy #3) by Sherry Thomas (YA Fantasy, hardcover, 432 pages; published Oct. 13, 2015 by Balzer + Bray; source: publisher)
Awesome series. Seriously. I’m terrible about finishing YA trilogies but this one kept my attention all the way through. Go Titus and Fairfax! 4 stars.
Ice Like Fire (Snow Like Ashes #2) by Sara Raasch (YA Fantasy, hardcover, 479 pages published Oct. 13, 2015 by Balzer + Bray; source: publisher)
Amazing worldbuilding, solid story foundation. Meria and Mather drove me nuts. Too many angsty moments, poor decision-making (yes, I know they’re teens. But they’re also leaders so get over it and do your part). Bit of a soggy middle book, though it does finally get moving. 3 stars.
The Shadow Queen (Ravenspire #1) by C.J. Redwine (YA Fantasy, hardcover, 387 pages; published Feb. 16, 2016 by Balzer + Bray; source: publisher)
Seems I’m a black sheep with this one but…*yawn*. Sad that this did not perk me up. Snow White retelling but characters were pretty generic. Wanted more from this story. 2 stars.
The Great Hunt (Eurona Duology #1) by Wendy Higgins (YA Fantasy, hardcover, 416 pages published March 8, 2016 by HarperTeen; source: publisher)
Another black sheep moment. Writing/tone was so different than Higgins’s other series (which I loved) that it threw me off. Great premise that just didn’t work for me. 2 stars.
Mirrored (Kendra Chronicles #3) by Alex Flinn (YA Fantasy, hardcover, 384 pages; published Sept. 15, 2015 by Harper Teen; source: publisher)
Despised Violet, who evolved from the “ugly” girl into the wicked stepmother. She was both cardboard and overblown with her beauty obsession. And Greg. Uhg. Jackass. Really liked Goose, though. Minor part but by far my fave. 2 stars.
A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis (YA Historical Mystery, hardcover, 376 pages; published Oct. 6, 2015 by Katherine Tegen Books; source: publisher)
Amazingly horrific beginning (can’t even imagine the “madhouses” of old). Kind of devolved into odd mystery with disjointed storylines that intersected in confusing ways. Alas. 2 stars.
The Witch Hunter (The Witch Hunter #1) by Virginia Boecker ( YA Fantasy, hardcover, 368 pages; published June 2, 2015 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; source: publisher)
Great premise…but it was not to be. MC was TSTL (too stupid to live) and I really try not to say that but she kept making these life-threatening mistakes! (Getting drunk, almost revealing your undercover profession to complete strangers, getting arrested, getting saved, revealing your powers to those you’re actually hunting…just…no.) 2 stars.
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