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Demons of the Ocean (Vampirates, #1)
This was a dumb book. The setting made no sense--they were supposed to be in the 26th century with 18th century technology, but that disjunction was n...more
Mar 02, 2009
Mar 02, 2009
Tithe (Modern Faerie Tales, #1)
"A Modern Fairy Tale," says the cover. Apparently 'modern' means the teenagers drop out of school, drink and smoke. Not that I have a problem with thi...more
Aug 2007
Aug 15, 2007
The Murder Of Bindy Mackenzie (Ashbury/Brookfield, #3)
This is a strange book. As much as Feeling Sorry for Celia is a superlative text, I suppose I believe that authors should try to write different novel...more
Sep 2006
Jun 12, 2007
Un Lun Dun
This is an awesome book. There are some books that make me squee in girlish delight(Kiki Strike In the Shadow City), some that make me cackle with ins...more
Aug 2007
Jul 05, 2007
Princess Academy (Princess Academy, #1)
This is a great book. Imagine a fairy tale that doesn't need magic, just intelligence, and can say something about both people and societies.

Quick set...more
Dec 2006
Jul 05, 2007
The Ghosts of Ashbury High (Ashbury/Brookfield, #4)
Another Moriarty blows my mind book. I'm not really sure how to describe it without giving too much away, but it's part genre satire, part character s...more
Jul 2010
Dec 03, 2010
The Forest of Hands and Teeth (The Forest of Hands and Teeth, #1)
A paranormal romance of the post-apocalyptic horror variety. The characters were slightly better than average and for large portions of the book I rea...more
May 31, 2011
Jun 01, 2011
Peeps (Peeps, #1)
Another very fun book by Scott Westerfeld. I guess it's technically sci-fi, but the only science that changes this NYC from ours is one random parasit...more
Nov 08, 2010
Nov 08, 2010
Tortall and Other Lands: A Collection of Tales
Here's what Tamora Pierce does well: Girl-power YA fantasy (with significant improvement in quality the more she writes). Also, she's pretty good with...more
Apr 21, 2011
Apr 21, 2011
In the Hand of the Goddess (Song of the Lioness, #2)
Having neither invented a new world for this sequel, or even temporary setting, I can only give 2 stars to this book. It picks up a plot line from the...more
Jul 2007
Jul 05, 2007
Treasure Island
I was surprised by how much I liked this book, and by how little it differed from current YA offerings. It was exciting, fast-paced, and quite satisfy...more
Dec 09, 2010
Dec 09, 2010
Fallen (Fallen, #1)
There was a point in which I thought this book was going to be in the 'like Twilight, but better category'. Unfortunately, it's significantly worse th...more
Apr 20, 2011
Apr 21, 2011
Twilight (Twilight, #1)
This is a very interesting book, at least for me--certainly it's not for everyone. It's cloying at times, it's predictable at others, it strays fr...more
Sep 2007
Aug 13, 2007
The Sons of Liberty #1
I wanted to like this, but it just did too much wrong. Making someone as awesome as Benjamin Lay into some kung-fu master misses the point of his lega...more
Oct 27, 2010
Dec 01, 2010
White Cat (Curse Workers, #1)
Much more interesting than other Black I've read, White Cat had both exciting action and psychological intrigue. The setting was surprisingly visceral...more
May 2010
Dec 01, 2010
Alanna: The First Adventure (Song of the Lioness, #1)
I gave very good reviews to the Pierce's Trickster series. Those are fun, intelligent, and imaginative books set in a very well developed, believable,...more
Jul 2007
Jul 05, 2007
Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1)
Another great book by Cassandra Clare.

The Infernal Devices trilogy is a prequel to her also excellent Mortal Instruments trilogy and its first instal...more
Oct 13, 2010
Oct 19, 2010
Wake (Dream Catcher, #1)
2.5 The protagonist starts out not liking the power to see into others' dreams, so by the end of course she's into it. Which is cool, but the book mad...more
Jun 20, 2010
Jul 17, 2010
The Battle Of The Sun
After a stellar start, the book gets lost halfway through trying to be a sequel to Winterson's first and less proficient YA novel, Tanglewreck. It...more
Oct 20, 2012
Oct 23, 2012
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)
The brilliance of the first novel is that, much more than the others, it's actually quite absurdistly funny. The most highly esteemed school is "Hogwa...more
Oct 2001
Jun 12, 2007
Silver Phoenix (Kingdom of Xia, #1)
This might be just another pretty good YA fantasy, except that the fantasy tropes come from Eastern not Western mythology. As such, it's fascinating a...more
Sep 2010
Jan 07, 2011
The Will of the Empress (Circle Reforged, #1)
So the Circle of Magic kids are 18. And spending the first half of the book in a Harry Potter 5 kind of stupor.

To Pierce's credit, however, it is...more
Aug 2007
Aug 15, 2007
Red Glove (Curse Workers, #2)
Another great book in what could turn out to be a 5-star series. It's exciting, it's funny, it's heartbreaking, it's deep, and its fantastical element...more
Jul 18, 2011
Jan 07, 2011
The Goose Girl (The Books of Bayern, #1)
Like Princess Academy, to which this book almost stands up, The Goose Girl is a beautiful, exciting, yet subdued folktale, set in a not quite fantasy...more
Jul 2007
Jul 20, 2007
The Roar (The Roar, #1)
A better than average YA sci-fi in the mold of Ender's Game and Hunger Games, though not quite as dark as either and without the fun survivalist b...more
Feb 08, 2011
Feb 10, 2011
Stormbreaker (Alex Rider, #1)
Fun for what it is: James Bond for young teens. And there's certainly some advantage of pitching over-the-top spy thrillers to that age: realism is ev...more
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Sep 22, 2013
Behemoth (Leviathan, #2)
Behemoth more than lives up to Leviathan's quality in its setting, characters, adventure and hunour. Steampunk plus biopunk in crazy WWI setting? Can'...more
Oct 17, 2010
Oct 19, 2010
River Secrets (The Books of Bayern, #3)
This is a better book than Enna Burning, in plot cohesion, interest in characters, substance of mystery, and the depth of reader emotion while reading...more
Jul 2007
Jul 30, 2007
Dash & Lily's Book of Dares
A fun little YA romance. This isn't the masterpiece of Nick & Nora, nor the slight disappointment of Naomi & Eli. Somewhere in between lies a...more
May 19, 2012
Jun 19, 2012
Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List
4.5 Stars really. This book is a great companion piece to Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, a quick, witty, compassionate, and occasionally moving s...more
Aug 2007
Aug 26, 2007
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