Author: A. Grace

REVIEW: Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

REVIEW: Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

S. Jae-Jones's lush, beautifully written retelling of Labyrinth meets Cruel Beauty is a heart-wrenching and bittersweet tale that, in a good way, leaves you with more questions than answers.

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On STEM Heroines in Young Adult Fiction

I don't normally talk about representation in YA--maybe because I've never had as strong an opinion as some other reviewers who do see rep very significantly--but since I've had STEM women on my mind, and I find they're not a group that reviewers talk about as much as diversity in race or sexual orientation, here goes a (nowhere near exhaustive) list of some of my favourite science-oriented girls in the genre.

REVIEW: The Empress by S.J. Kincaid

REVIEW: The Empress by S.J. Kincaid

The Empress is a bloodbath from start to finish. I think of this book as the Empire Strikes Back of the trilogy. That's one of the lightest ways of introducing it, and when that's true, you should be warned that it's incredibly dark. Eight hours after reading the last sentence, I'm still reeling from the sheer horror of some of the events that take place over the course of the novel.

REVIEW: This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada

REVIEW: This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada

As a YA novel, This Mortal Coil ticks all the boxes, going through the tried-and-tested formula of a gifted heroine, a mysterious deuteragonist-turned-love interest, a quest with a ticking time bomb and multiple shadowy organisations in pursuit, a shattering plot twist at the eleventh hour, and a revelation to set up the sequel. None of that detracts from the fact that wow, it's a clever little gem of a book. Nerdy, angsty and jarringly violent, This Mortal Coil deserves to join the list of the most powerful YA debuts.