Pure fun. That’s what Natalie Whipple’s TRANSPARENT is. Universal themes regarding identity and independence are explored alongside twisty fun supernatural abilities like flight, the protagonist’s invisibility, and all the way down to seemingly trivial powers like fear induced stink. More series issues arise thanks to Fiona’s crime lord father and ‘jobs’ he literally charms her into carrying out for him.
Genre: Science Fiction
Ok, ok, I admit it. When PARALLEL was offered to me for review I picked it solely because I thought the cover was awesome. I should stop doing this. Or I should at least read the blurb too. Oops.
Whereas UNRAVELING was a character driven story dealing with family heartache and the blissful agony of first love mixed up with plenty of mystery and sleuthing, UNBREAKABLE is a nonstop action adventure that downplays character for the sake of adrenaline. The sci-fi elements that were revealed at the end of debut dominate the sequel to such a degree I probably wouldn’t have thought it was the sequel to UNRAVELING if the names hadn’t been the same.
Romantic sci-fi YA has been gaining popularity recently thanks to series like Jennifer L. Armentrout’s Lux series (super awesome btw) and even Pittacus Lore’s I AM NUMBER FOUR. THE RULES isn’t as action packed as the later nor as romantic as the former, and there are some issues with it, but Stacey Kade does know how to hook readers and in her new Project Paper Doll series, she does exactly that.
I was really excited to see Neil Gaiman’s name attached to THE SILVER DREAM, and very surprised to see it lean more towards science fiction than the fantasy I’m used to reading in Gaiman’s work. Aside from that small shock THE SILVER DREAM is a quick,
A vampire dominated post apocalyptic world is hard to top as a setting for a book series. In THE IMMORTAL RULES we followed a street smart teen turned vamp on her quest to safeguard a group of humans to the fabled city of Eden and locate a cure to a devastating plague. In THE ETERNITY CURE, she’s forced into an unlikely alliance in her continued search for a cure and to rescue her maker.
I don’t even know where to start with this review. I knew that STUNG was a work of YA fiction when I selected it for review, but I didn’t expect to be childish. Does that make sense? Probably not, so let me explain a little further.
SHARP, the second book in the Mindscape Investigations series feels like a mash-up of a noir detective series with supernatural elements. Being a big mystery fan I was surprised at just how much the pacing mirrored a mystery series with a lot more methodical detective work and occasional bursts of action.
If you’re a big fan of The Hunger Games, but wanted to read a book that featured Gale as the protagonist, you’re going to like Gray Weathersby. Gray, the main character in Erin Bowman’s TAKEN, is trapped in a walled town that is impossible to escape from, he hunts for food with a bow, wants to protect his brother at all costs, and is counting down the days until his brother is Heisted and taken from the town forever.
WHEN WE WAKE is a very political book, and, to a lesser degree, a very religious book. Those aren’t necessarily bad things. But when the politics and religion are preachy, it becomes much harder to enjoy the story hiding underneath.