Say buh-bye to Twilight and The Mortal Instruments, because you're in for a treat with Christina Bauer's new series. For me, it was like expecting knock-off Gucci and then being hit in the face with the real deal. This is PNR as written by Julie James or Janet Evanovich.
Without a doubt, Post-Truth is well-researched and authoritatively written, but I fear it suffers from being another of at least hundreds of populism-focused books in the wake of recent events. Compared to the rest of the crop, it doesn't stand out enough or offer enough distinct material to make you see things in a new light. Even more disheartening is the reality that the people reading Post-Truth and similar books are probably going to be the polar opposite of those who need to be reading it.
Engel's adult fiction debut is a captivating portrait of a fucked up family stuck in a cycle of abuse and the inner voice of its last descendant who attempts to break free.
I have read few more convincing vindications of humanity's imperfection than An Enchantment of Ravens. Some reviews liken Rogerson's debut to A Court of Thorns and Roses, but I don't really find it a fair comparison. Similarities between the two books are mostly superficial and lie on the aesthetic side of things: When it comes to the message that each book is trying to say, Ravens effortlessly takes the cake.
If all the teenagers of r/WritingPrompts got together and wrote a sci-fi opus, Otherworld is probably something along the lines of what they'd come up with. It's entirely told from the perspective of an 18-year-old asocial nerd with mad gaming chops and an affinity for dick jokes. The totally casual tone (think Percy Jackson if Percy was an adult instead of a MG hero) makes Otherworld easy to read and alleviates much of the gloom-and-doom subject matter but also causes some of the heavier emotional moments to fall flat.
New month, new post. I'm back with another roundup of the YA novels to look out for this month. First off we have The Hanging Girl by Eileen Cook, which already came out on October 3 in the United States and will follow shortly on October 19 here in the U.K. I had the pleasure of reading an ARC from … Continue reading Most Anticipated YA Releases of October
The Language of Thorns turns out to be a gentle rendition of trope subversion, producing essentially a rewrite of fairy tales and fables to capture the nuances in the morals they impart. Bardugo's style maintains the spark to it that's served her well over four series and counting.