Reviews written by Steph Sinclair, Staff Reviewer

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Steph Sinclair, Staff ReviewerSteph Sinclair, Staff Reviewer   July 28, 2015
(Updated: July 28, 2015)
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0

Sweet Nostalgia

When I was asked to join the the Dr. Seuss blog tour, I had no idea I Can Lick 30 Tigers Today! even existed. Dr. Seuss has more books out that I can keep track of and I shamefully have only read his more popular works like The Cat in...

Young Adult Fiction
Steph Sinclair, Staff ReviewerSteph Sinclair, Staff Reviewer   April 09, 2015
(Updated: April 09, 2015)
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0

An Eye-Opening Read

"Life is full of sadness. It's part of being a woman. Our lives are lived for the sake of others. Our happiness is never factored in." I'm not sure what I expected from Written in the Stars, but it definitely wasn't what I received. Naila's story of...

Young Adult Fiction
Steph Sinclair, Staff ReviewerSteph Sinclair, Staff Reviewer   March 04, 2015
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Raw and Real

I did not enjoy this book. In fact, I’m not sure how anyone could given the subject matter, but it’s probably one of my favorites of the year. Little Peach is raw and unflinching story of how one girl finds herself knee deep in the world of child prostitution. The...

Young Adult Fiction
Steph Sinclair, Staff ReviewerSteph Sinclair, Staff Reviewer   March 04, 2015
(Updated: March 04, 2015)
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Beautiful Writing and Fascinating Cast of Characters

Writing reviews for contemporaries are the hardest for me, especially the ones that involve Important Topics About Life. Mosquitoland is such a novel, so if this review seems lacking, it's because of my inability to properly convey thoughts. But I'll humor you. The running motto of Mosquitoland...

Steph Sinclair, Staff ReviewerSteph Sinclair, Staff Reviewer   February 18, 2015
(Updated: February 18, 2015)
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

A Strong Start to a Promising New Series

The Wrath and the Dawn has all the elements of an amazing story. It has a strong heroine, intriguing plot, moral ambiguity, a complex cast of characters that inspire all sorts of internal emotional turmoil. Basically, set phasers to LET ME LOVE YOU. Even for those like me who haven't...

Young Adult Fiction
Steph Sinclair, Staff ReviewerSteph Sinclair, Staff Reviewer   October 29, 2014
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Dark Humor with a Powerful message

This is the book I wish received more attention than The Fault in Our Stars. Unlike the aforementioned novel, it doesn't glamorize a terminal illness and try in any way to make light of the situation. In case that offends anyone, keep in mind that I did enjoy TFIOS, but...

Steph Sinclair, Staff ReviewerSteph Sinclair, Staff Reviewer   October 29, 2014
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Clever and Smart

Christine Heppermann handles female issues in such a unique and interesting way in Poisoned Apples. Her poetic style is quirky, witty and deeply real, highlighting numerous problems with gender inequality girls face throughout their pubescent stage into adulthood. Keep in mind, however, that she also somehow manages to infuse these...

Young Adult Fiction
Steph Sinclair, Staff ReviewerSteph Sinclair, Staff Reviewer   October 29, 2014
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Left Me Wanting MORE!

I don’t usually do short stories and I’ve frequently find myself saying that every time I read a short story I actually like. But it’s true, I don’t. In this case, Huang’s story immediately hooked me and by the time it was over, I was wishing for more. The pacing...

Young Adult Fiction
Steph Sinclair, Staff ReviewerSteph Sinclair, Staff Reviewer   October 29, 2014
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0

Coming Of Age Story with Second Chances

What I loved: I loved how it wasn’t necessarily a love story — though, there is the cutest romance between Noah and the boy next door that I wanted so much more from — but a story about second chances and the relationship between siblings. I also...

Young Adult Fiction
Steph Sinclair, Staff ReviewerSteph Sinclair, Staff Reviewer   October 29, 2014
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Dark and Twisted!

I’m not sure the right words even exist to describe this, but I’ll try. It’s dark, twisted and strange. On some level, I knew what the twist was — which is my only criticism — but the final one at the very, very end? WHOA. What did I just read?!...

Young Adult Nonfiction
Steph Sinclair, Staff ReviewerSteph Sinclair, Staff Reviewer   October 29, 2014
(Updated: October 29, 2014)
Overall rating 
 
3.5
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0

Quirky!

The Isobel Journal doesn't really tell a story, but rather is collection of random thoughts from an 18-year old girl. Some of these are personal drawings from the author, photographs and magazine clippings. It's an interesting book if you're looking for something different and it did make me laugh out...

Young Adult Fiction
Steph Sinclair, Staff ReviewerSteph Sinclair, Staff Reviewer   October 29, 2014
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Real and Honest

If you are looking for an audiobook that features a diverse group of characters and awesome narrator, this is it! When I Was the Greatest was a pleasant surprise for me. It was real and honest and made me remember my own childhood. It's always nice to be able to...

Young Adult Fiction
Steph Sinclair, Staff ReviewerSteph Sinclair, Staff Reviewer   October 29, 2014
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

A promising start to new series

What I Loved: The Jewel had good pacing and even better anticipation, and I ended up enjoying it quite a bit. It's a light read and I sped through pretty fast and none of the characters irritated me too much. This might have something to do with...

Young Adult Fiction
Steph Sinclair, Staff ReviewerSteph Sinclair, Staff Reviewer   October 29, 2014
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Grim, Heartbreaking, Horrifying and Tragic

WOW. It’s no secret how strongly I loved Fault Line, so when I saw Bleed Like Me go up on Edelweiss, I knew I had to read it. I was not disappointed. The other day I found myself in a conversation with a few people who...

Young Adult Fiction
Steph Sinclair, Staff ReviewerSteph Sinclair, Staff Reviewer   July 07, 2014
(Updated: July 08, 2014)
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

A Strange, Wild Thing

I went into We Were Liars one cocky son of a biscuit eater, feeling above it all right from page one. I’d seen this book talked about so heavily by other bloggers and how some never saw the twist coming or how others totally saw that twist coming. All the...

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