Reviews written by Christina Franke, Editor

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Young Adult Fiction
Reviewed by Christina Franke, Editor     May 09, 2014
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Perfect Example of Why We Need Diverse Books

As ever with audio, I can’t really say whether I would have enjoyed the book as much in print. All I know for sure is that the audiobook was perfect. I listened to it in just two days, which speaks to its quality. J. B. Adkins does a completely brilliant...

Young Adult Fiction
Reviewed by Christina Franke, Editor     May 07, 2014
Last updated: May 20, 2014
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Fantastic Use of Multiple POVs

Marthe Jocelyn’s What We Hide was a completely unknown quantity when I picked it out. I’d never heard of it before it appeared in the YABC book haul, the cover tells me nothing, and no one I know has read it. Books like this don’t come along often, but it’s...

Young Adult Fiction
Reviewed by Christina Franke, Editor     April 14, 2014
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Free to Fall in Love with Miller's Books

What I Liked: Free to Fall takes place 20 years in the future. The world’s not all that different. Apple has been replaced in cell phone dominance by a company called Gnosis, most famous for their Lux App. Lux does Siri one better. Lux doesn’t just look things up for...

Young Adult Fiction
Reviewed by Christina Franke, Editor     April 14, 2014
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Don't Miss It!

What I Liked: Jennifer L. Armentrout is one of the few super popular YA authors I’d actually never read. Actually, I was a little scared (okay, a lot scared) to try her books, because I wasn’t sure if they would be my thing. Then Don’t Look Back showed up on...

Reviewed by Christina Franke, Editor     April 08, 2014
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Extraordinarily Cute!

What I Liked: THE CUTE. That is what this book is. So freaking adorable. I’ve read one Robin Benway book before this, but I tried the audio, and I feel like the adorbs did not translate quite as well to the audiobook format. Anyway, I totally understand why people...

Young Adult Fiction
Reviewed by Christina Franke, Editor     April 08, 2014
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Heads Up!

What I Liked: With Noggin, I really wasn’t sure what I was getting into and I was a little worried that I was heading for a non-Christina book. Would I wonder if I had my head screwed on straight when I chose to read this? Should I just head a...

Young Adult Fiction
Reviewed by Christina Franke, Editor     April 08, 2014
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Actually, I Would Recommend Keeping This Book Near To You

What I Liked: I’ve mentioned this before but props to Dahlia (The Daily Dahlia) for first putting this book on my radar. Since I’m not big on the mystery genre, I’d initially not been interested, but then she pitched it to me with LGBT and suddenly I NEEDED IT IN...

Young Adult Fiction
Reviewed by Christina Franke, Editor     April 08, 2014
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0

Ambitious and Emotional

What I Liked: Earlier this year, I read my first Ellen Hopkins and I liked it enough to want to read more of them. It’s funny, though, how much more daring and dark this later book can be. I feel like this is a sign of publishers broadening the sort...

Kids Fiction
Reviewed by Christina Franke, Editor     April 08, 2014
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
N/A

Clever, Quirky, Beautiful Middle Grade

What I Liked: Middle grade novels are often quite hit or miss with me. Either they’re charming, clever and beautifully insightful or they’re painstakingly obvious and full of jokes that aren’t much fun past a certain maturity level. Both have their place, of course, but they won’t all be hits...

Young Adult Fiction
Reviewed by Christina Franke, Editor     April 08, 2014
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0

This Book Has ESPN or Something

What Left Me Wanting More: Back in the day, when I was obsessed with chick lit, Sarah Mlynowski was one of the authors I loved to read. Seems like she followed me over to YA, but I’d actually not read any of her YA novels until now. I was actually...

Young Adult Fiction
Reviewed by Christina Franke, Editor     April 08, 2014
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Powerfully Resonant Novel

What I Loved Was Everything: Much of the time, I know, give or take a star, what I’ll be rating a book when I finish within the first fifty pages or so. Depending upon what point you talked to me while I read Love Letters to the Dead, you would...

Young Adult Fiction
Reviewed by Christina Franke, Editor     April 08, 2014
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Genrebending Fun

What I Liked: The Well’s End by Seth Fishman is rather an odd book, one that goes through several genre changes as you read through it. I know that’s something that doesn’t work for a lot of people, so I think this book will be pretty hit or miss with...

Reviewed by Christina Franke, Editor     April 08, 2014
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
N/A

Slow to Start But Moving Portrayal of the Effects of War

What I Liked: Putting it all out there, I actually really struggled with this book in the beginning. It’s slow-moving, not particularly character-driven, and there’s something about the narrative style that just made me feel sort off somehow. One hundred pages in, I was toying with DNFing, not because it’s...

Reviewed by Christina Franke, Editor     April 08, 2014
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Strange and Beautiful, Indeed

My love affair with magical realism continues. There is just something that’s more fantastical about the real world we live in being filled with these odd strains of magic than the most epic of fantasy worlds. Magical realism sends my mind into paroxysms of joy and imagination. The Strange and...

Young Adult Fiction
Reviewed by Christina Franke, Editor     April 08, 2014
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Plot 
 
2.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Made Me a Fan

SURPRISE! You’re all (well, those of you who know me well anyway) looking at my rating and going “what the eff? I came here for a ranty review; this is a prank, right?” Nope, it’s not a prank. In fact, I would like to hold up this review as proof...

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