If you thought THRONE OF GLASS was action packed- you better put your seatbelt on, because you’re liable to get whiplash from CROWN OF MIDNIGHT. Full of mystery, conspiracies, secrets and betrayals, CROWN OF MIDNIGHT covered so much ground that I’m still reeling, three days later.
Genre: Young Adult
Dante Walker is back with swagger for days. What is it about this cocky, brash, reformed player that makes me crave more and more of him? Or did I just answer my own question? In THE LIBERATOR, he’s everything I remember and a whole lot of stuff I thought I’d imagined in this follow up to Victoria Scott’s THE COLLECTOR.
Starting out, it was very hard for me to keep reading DOON. Probably not the best way to start out a review, but bear with me here, because it does get better. While not perfect, once I got settled in, DOON was enjoyable and fun, with a very satisfying true love and goodness triumph over evil plot-line, not to mention more references to musical theater than I could count!
Most YA series follow the same protagonist throughout the series, or they expand to include additional POVs. The Hourglass series has featured different protagonists for each book with increasingly minor cameos by the preceding protagonists. Whereas Emerson completely captivated in HOURGLASS, and to a lesser degree Kaleb in TIMEPIECE, neither Hallie nor Dune were compelling enough to finish this series on a high note in INFINITYGLASS.
The best moments of DARKER DAYS, the first book in Jus Accardo’s The Darker Agency, are like an early episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer with snappy one-liners, balancing supernatural smackdowns with homework, and impossible romance. The weaker moments, however, are a little more prevalent and reveal Jessie’s grating immaturity and the worst case of insta-love I’ve read all year.
While THE SWEETEST DARK brought Abe’s Drakon into the twentieth century, marrying the poetry and mystery of their magic with bombings and black-outs and Europe at war, THE DEEPEST NIGHT took that springboard and lept to the next level. A strengthening heroine, a tender love story, and daring midnight flights over war-torn Europe, this book gave me all the tenderness and adventure and strength and magic I could have hoped for, all in a neatly paced story that leaves me anxious for more.
THE WEIGHT OF SOULS read like Gossip Girls with a paranormal twist- a high brow school in London, a mysterious club with secrets, and a girl with the ability to get vengeance for murder victims. What originally drew me in to THE WEIGHT OF SOULS was the striking cover, and what kept me hooked was action that started from page one, the mystery that Taylor has to solve and the sweet romance that develops throughout.
When I claimed UNDER THE EMPYREAN SKY for review I had no idea this was a young adult novel. I simply saw Chuck Wendig’s name and, since I absolutely loved THE BLUE BLAZES, I quickly claimed it.
INDELIBLE starts off with a vivid flourish, claiming old fairy anew. I was quickly enthralled with the story, both for Joy and Ink and their fragile association, and the way Metcalf fearlessly began remaking all of magic and myth and folk into something modern, without losing any of their original wildness and danger.
There is a wonderful sense of mystery and intrigue throughout EARTHBOUND that perfectly compliments the utterly unique mythology that Aprilynne Pike has created. It is a complex story with a robust supernatural world that is as elusive to readers as it is Tavia for most of the book, but even though my head was spinning with questions while reading, all the answers were provided by the end.