Do It In 140: Tweet-Short Reviews (37)

Posted 31 May, 2016 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | Review, Tweet-Short Reviews | 1 Comment

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18743370Front Lines (Soldier Girl #1) by Michael Grant

YA alt-history, hardcover, 576 pages; January 26, 2016 by Katherine Tegen Books; source: publisher

Really enjoyed how the author reimagined this dark time of WWII to be fully inclusive (though there were about 500k women who served during WWII, just fyi). Follows 3 very different but intriguing characters. 4 stars

25573701Remembrance (The Mediator #7) by Meg Cabot

YA paranormal, paperback, 388 pages; February 2, 2016 by William Morrow Paperbacks; source: publisher

Enjoyed this series, excited for this continuation…but it didn’t live up to my expectations (which were too high, no doubt). Still highly enjoyable. Suze hasn’t changed much (lying to BFF, fiance…not good), the crew is still awesome. 3.5 stars

25796019Harmony House by Nic Sheff

YA horror, hardcover, 304 pages; March 22, 2016 by HarperTeen; source: publisher

After a promising start, the story devolved into horror cliches that wouldn’t surprise anyone familiar with the genre. Beyond the cliches, the story itself was not cohesive and the ending was an untidy mess. Sadness. 2 stars

23203106Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke

YA mystery, hardcover, 247 pages; March 22, 2016 by Dial Books; source: publisher

Love this cover. It’s what first drew me to the book. But I didn’t enjoy the characters (wanted to smack Poppy. Hard.) or the story. Unfortunately, it tried to be too whimsical/fairy-tale like, without capturing that essence. DNF 36%

25893822Masks and Shadows by Stephanie Burgis

YA historical w/ paranormal elements, paperback, 300 pages; April 12, 2016 by Pyr; source: publisher

Much darker than I expected. Interesting blend of history and paranormal (but I wouldn’t have wanted to live back then!). Needed a bit more character development to fully flesh out the world. 3 stars

24807186Wolf by wolf (Wolf by Wolf #1) Ryan Graudin

YA alt-history, hardcover, 388 pages; October 20, 2015 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; source: publisher

Picked up the second in this series at BEA so I just had to read this one–glad I did, too. It’s an intriguing blend of reimagined history and fantasy with a folk-tale feel to it all. Top it off with a great heroine, Yael. 4 stars

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