Whether you're Jewish or not, whether you have a sister or not, whether a close family member or friend is affected by a neurological disorder or not, You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone will speak to you like few other contemporary YA/NA novels.
Kiersten White's book is going to rule the world.
Every now and then, we get reminded that fairytales aren't the sugar-sweet Disneyfied versions we're fed as children. The Hazel Wood takes us back to the Grimm Brothers roots of all those "once upon a time"s--and it's pretty grim.
So I started thinking some more about which YA universes, in particular, would have the shittiest life expectancy/standards of living. And while this is by no means a definitive list, these are definitely some deadly, oppressive societies that I'd rather not find myself in.
Spastic writing style aside, half of Ella Black's plot beggars belief, while the other half that does make some sort of sense from a realistic perspective is about as interesting as watching paint dry.
I read Batman: Nightwalker in probably the best setting to read this kind of novel, on a flight with nothing else to do. It's an okay book without glaring flaws, but little more than that. Marked by Marie Lu's dry writing and signature tropes, Nightwalker is an unmemorable novel that leaves the reader with the feeling of "been there, done that."
Our Dark Duet traverses much darker territory than its predecessor to mixed levels of success, sacrificing the phenomenal character development that made the first book amazing in its dedication to stay brutal and explore its protagonists' ugly sides.