Do It in 140: Tweet-Short Reviews (36)

Posted 24 May, 2016 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | Review, Tweet-Short Reviews | 3 Comments

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24574656Kingdom of Ashes (A Wicked Thing #2) by Rhiannon Thomas

YA Fantasy, hardcover, 368 pages; February 23, 2016 by HarperTeen; source: publisher

A princess on the run, Aurora is much less spineless in this story than book 1. Lack of forward motion in the romance is made up for by plenty of dragons. I’m a sucker for dragons. 3 stars

25582556Titans by Victoria Scott

YA Science Fiction, hardcover, 320 pages; February 23, 2016 by Scholastic Press; source: publisher

Solidly entertaining story about a girl and her mechanical horse. Plus, a standalone! Rare in the world of YA. Scott’s writing draws a reader into the story, makes us root for the MC. 3.5 stars

17973145Dreamstrider by Lindsay Smith

YA Fantasy, hardcover, 394 pages; October 6, 2015 by Roaring Brook Press; source: publisher

Truly wish I’d liked this more but between Livia’s Special Snowflake status (and her bottom-of-the-rung social class) and the love triangle, I just didn’t. Not a bad read–the writing’s there but the story just didn’t do it for me. 2.5 stars

22038811Dead Investigation by Charlie Price

YA Paranormal Mystery, hardcover, 256 pages; October 20, 2015 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux; source: publisher

Another wish-I’d-loved-it story. Was hoping for a Hardy Boys + ghosts story…almost got it but for the wooden dialogue and matching characters. *sigh* Alas. 2.5 stars

24751478Soundless by Richelle Mead

YA Fantasy, hardcover, 266 pages; November 10, 2015 by Razorbill; source: publisher

Read very much like a Chinese folk tale handed down through the ages. Would have liked to see more depth to the character development and worldbuilding. Liked the *idea* of the story better than the story itself. 3 stars

25440127Endure (Defy #3) Sara B. Larson

YA Fantasy, hardcover, 320 pages; December 29, 2015 by Scholastic Press; source: publisher

Very satisfying ending to a great series–and it’s not one that can be read on its own because it brings things that have been brewing to a head and wraps up plotlines. A great heroine in this series. 4 stars

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