Quick Shot Book Reviews (10)

Posted 13 April, 2016 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | Review | 1 Comment

23310763The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett

(YA Contemporary, hardcover, 304 pages; published Nov. 3, 2015 by Feiwel and Friends; source: publisher)

Ooh, I really enjoyed this one. Bex was a delightfully interesting main character and I enjoyed how adventurous she was throughout the story. I think that, besides a relatively angst-free story (somewhat rare these days, it seems. At least with many of the YA’s I’ve read recently), I really enjoyed how sex-positive this story was. No shaming, just exploration. That’s really the way it should be — teens are going to do it one way or the other, after all. The connection between Bex and Jack is instant (ah, chemistry…but not insta-love) and it was refreshing to watch them progress in their relationship. Through their adventures, we also get to explore the fabulous city of San Francisco. 4 stars

17973145Dreamstrider by Lindsay Smith

(YA Fantasy, hardcover, 394 pages; published Oct. 6, 2015 by Roaring Brook Press; source: publisher)

Livia is a dreamstrider, a person who can enter another person via their dreams and take control. And she’s the only one, though she’s not very confident in her abilities (probably doesn’t help that she’s the only one and there’s no one to really teach her — it’s all theory before she goes and tries it). The worldbuilding is intriguing, especially the dream world and how it all functions. In this spy-versus-spy tale, Livia uses her ability to get information which will help the Empire win their war. There’s a bit of romance, too, though not a triangle (as was threatened). All of it takes a bit of time to develop but it’s worth the investment of time. 3.5 stars 

22469323Firewalker (The Worldwalker Trilogy #2) by Josephine Angelini

(YA Fantasy, hardcover, 352 pages; published Sept. 1, 2015 by Feiwel and Friends; source: publisher)

I really enjoyed the first book in this series, Trial By Fire. While it took me a while to get back into the story and remember everything that had happened in the first book (a serious issue for those of us who read a ton of books and series), I was quickly immersed back in the amazing world (as with the first story, the worldbuilding is one of my favorite bits). Lily continues to stand out as a young woman who knows her own mind and trusts herself and her gut when it comes to difficult decisions. bad part: it ends on cliffhanger. A biggie. 3.5 stars

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