Tag Archive for YA Novel Reviews

You Have a Match

You Have a Match by Emma Lord

While You Have a Match is cute, it wasn’t quite as cute and fluffy as Tweet Cute was. It’s a lot more angsty and drama-filled, which makes sense for the circumstances of the novel, but it definitely wasn’t the kind of book I was expecting because the romance definitely takes a backseat to the family drama. Lord does a good job of exploring the complications and questions that come up from finding full, and presumably half, siblings or other family members via a DNA test. Moreover, it’s a timely book because this kind of thing is happening more and more often as DNA testing becomes ubiquitous in society. Read more →

Into the Heartless Wood

Into the Heartless Wood by Joanna Ruth Meyer

Monstrosity becomes something that you choose to be, not something that you are innately. And it’s not something that correlates to one’s physical appearance—even human beings can be monsters if they have an evil intention or actions. That said, it’s not as simple as Owen changing his perspective. In addition, Meyer uses Mary Shelley’s trick from Frankenstein by allowing Seren to tell part of the story through her own POV. By giving Seren a voice and an internal monologue, Meyer ensures that the audience will develop sympathy for the tree siren at the same time that Owen begins to sympathize with her. Read more →

Monsters Among Us by Monica Rodden

Monsters Among Us by Monica Rodden

The dedication to this novel hit me right in the feels. I don’t want to say anything more so it can have the same effect on anyone who does decide to pick it up, but just know that it’s the kind of dedication that will sing for survivors of sexual assault and those who know someone who was sexually assaulted. And with good reason. Read more →

I Hate You, Fuller James

I Hate You, Fuller James by Kelly Anne Blount

I haven’t read a Crush title in several years, but when Kelly Anne Blount asked whether I’d like to read I Hate You, Fuller James, I knew I had to say yes. In the past, the short and sweet YA romance novels that characterize the Crush brand were the kind of cotton candy reads that I delighted in picking up. After reading a particularly dark book for review, I knew that Blount’s novel would be exactly what I needed to get back to my happy place, and I was right. Read more →