With a big name like Margaret Atwood, I was expecting something a bit more profound from Angel Catbird, even with the ridiculous title and premise. Unfortunately, I was left incredibly disappointed in what was a predictable, preachy book that although marketed to adults, I wouldn’t recommend to anyone over 13.
Genre: Young Adult
While the best of Urban Fantasy can balance character growth and enthralling world building, sometimes a book puts all its eggs in one basket. TELL THE WIND AND FIRE has a world, and though the politics and geography can be a bit odd, the magic is well developed. None of this matters a whit, however, when compared to how much I loved Lucie.
I was so excited to read THE MOUNTAIN OF KEPT MEMORY that I barely got past the comparison to Robin McKinley in the description. And while I loved it, I didn’t quite love it, if you know what I mean. I had a few complaints, but overall, this is a beautiful standalone fantasy with intrigue, action and a little bit of sweet romance.
SCHOOLED IN MAGIC is a book that’s been on my to-read list for a long time, so I was thrilled when I saw it pop up in my Audible feed and instantly purchased it. SCHOOLED IN MAGIC is everything I’d hoped the Merchant Princes series would turn into combined with Harry Potter but with a real magic system.
THE GRACES pulled me in with its intriguing description and lovely cover, but ultimately didn’t deliver. Though the writing was lovely, the plot wasn’t as good as it could have been and the ending was, to me, a complete let down.
Romeo and Juliet has never been my favorite. It’s like teenage angst at its best, something which I’m not generally a fan of. BRIGHT SMOKE, COLD FIRE at least didn’t have nearly as much angst as Romeo and Juliet, but it also wasn’t an amazing story either. Hodge seemed to bite off a little more than she could chew, and the result was a scatterbrained story with zombies, magic, and tons of weird stuff going on.
I love fairy tale retellings, and the Snow Queen isn’t a tale you see retold often (not like Beauty and the Beast…) so I was super intrigued by STEALING SNOW. While it had it’s good points, it was unfortunately a little disjointed and seemed to be trying a little too hard at times.
A SHADOW BRIGHT AND BURNING was one of my most anticipated books of the fall. I’ve been looking forward to it since March. So you can imagine how happy I was that it lived up to my high expectations. Honestly, this book just killed me. There were moments that were like a kick to the stomach. There were moments where I was so happy for Henrietta. It was an up and down rollercoaster of emotions that I loved every second of.
LOTUS AND THORN is one of those rare stand-alone young adult books in a sea of trilogies and series, and it is so full of awesome and crazy that it left me almost speechless at the end. (Almost, because obviously I have to write this review.) LOTUS AND THORN has fascinating world-building, a wide variety of well-developed characters and did I mention the awesome and crazy?
RUINED was a fun young adult book, that while enjoyable, fell a little flat for me. With some interesting aspects, and the beginnings of a sweet romance, I think that RUINED could have been a better read for me with some more details and fleshed out characters.