Reviews written by Lorrie

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Young Adult Fiction
LorrieLorrie   July 18, 2017
Overall rating 
 
5.0
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5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
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5.0

A life-affirming, heartbreaking novel

I think we all know what to expect from a book entitled They Both Die at the End; nevertheless, reading the actual novel was an anxious experience: my eyes were glued to every page, waiting for the ball to drop, for something terrifying to happen. You expect the book to...

Young Adult Fiction
LorrieLorrie   June 02, 2017
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Unique and intriguing!

Tara Sim’s debut novel was a delightful, utterly unique tale with a steampunk twist. The story was magical, the characters sweethearts, and the writing simply eloquent. For my first steampunk novel, this was a treat! In an alternate Victorian world where time is regulated by mechanical clock...

Young Adult Fiction
LorrieLorrie   May 24, 2017
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

One word: INCREDIBLE

I am still reeling from the perfection that was this book. One of Us is Lying is a refreshing take on the YA contemporary/mystery, loosely inspired by The Breakfast Club, but with a hint of murder, scandals, and romance. This remarkably well-written novel has fast become one...

Young Adult Fiction
LorrieLorrie   May 24, 2017
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

A fun and surprisingly dark adventure

Royal Bastards was one of my most anticipated releases of 2017. An epic fantasy adventure with a hint of history and a whole lot of magic, Andrew Shvarts debut was a wild, hilarious ride that I could not put down. The novel follows Tilla, the bastard of...

LorrieLorrie   May 17, 2017
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Impressive and wonderful

If These Vicious Masks was an impressive novel, These Ruthless Deeds is an exceptional one. I don’t think it is possible for me to fault the novel in anyway. The storyline is fast and intriguing, the characters lovable and entertaining, and the writing flawless. I think I spot a new...

Young Adult Fiction
LorrieLorrie   May 17, 2017
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

A masterful novel of murder, scandal and romance

I am still reeling from the perfection that was this book. One of Us is Lying is a refreshing take on the YA contemporary/mystery, loosely inspired by The Breakfast Club, but with a hint of murder, scandals, and romance. This remarkably well-written novel has fast become one...

Young Adult Fiction
LorrieLorrie   May 09, 2017
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
2.0

A semi-satisfying conclusion, but mainly disappointed

To invoke Ross Geller, I think Sarah J. Maas and I need to go on a break. A Court of Wings and Ruin is perhaps the most highly anticipated novel of 2017. I know it, you know it, your old neighbour who doesn’t even know what YA...

LorrieLorrie   April 24, 2017
Overall rating 
 
1.7
Plot 
 
1.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
1.0

A disappointing conclusion

The fourth and final book in The Raven Cycle was perhaps one of the most highly anticipated YA novels of 2016. I pre-ordered the novel months in advance and screamed in joy when it finally arrived. My family knows better than to speak to me when I read, so I...

Young Adult Fiction
LorrieLorrie   April 24, 2017
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Unique, tender and sweet

This book was touchingly beautiful. Cath was a perfect protagonist and I connected with her quite intimately. Despite the heartbreak, the book was also funny and I loved the inclusion of quotes from the Simon Snow series and Cath's fan fiction. Also, be prepared to cry a lot. ...

Young Adult Fiction
LorrieLorrie   April 24, 2017
Overall rating 
 
2.3
Plot 
 
2.0
Characters 
 
2.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0

Disappointing

I am definitely going against the grain with my review of The Upside of Unrequited, but hear me out. I enjoyed the novel, but did I like it as much as Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda? Sorry, but no. It’s probably unfair to compare these books...

Young Adult Fiction
LorrieLorrie   April 24, 2017
Overall rating 
 
2.0
Plot 
 
2.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
1.0

Underwhelming and disappointing

The second and final book that began with The Wrath and the Dawn was a underwhelming ending to an intriguing story. In the sequel, Shahrzad and Khalid are separated after a devastating attack on the capital city. Shazi finds herself in the midst of the enemy’s army...

Young Adult Fiction
LorrieLorrie   April 03, 2017
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

A heartbreaking yet hopeful journey ... with aliens

We Are the Ants follows Henry Denton in the worst year of his life. His mother is struggling to keep the family together; his brother is a college dropout with a pregnant girlfriend; his grandmother’s Alzheimer’s is progressively getting worse; his boyfriend committed suicide the previous year, and the guy...

Young Adult Fiction
LorrieLorrie   March 24, 2017
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Fantastical and unique

I was a little hesitant to pick up Strange the Dreamer. It is a hype book: one of those books that generates publicity and becomes immensely popular months before it is even released. In fact, this book was so popular that I thought it was already published. When I found...

Young Adult Fiction
LorrieLorrie   March 12, 2017
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Fantastical, comical and romantic

My Lady Jane was a wholly unique and fantastical sort-of-not-really true story about Britain’s shortest reigning queen, Lady Jane Grey. The 500 page YA novel was a one-of-a-kind work of fantasy, blending comedy, magic and history to create what I consider to be one of the best young adult romance...

Young Adult Fiction
LorrieLorrie   March 08, 2017
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

A tale of hope and heart amidst the threat of war

If there were ever a book that has touched me deeply and irrevocably, it would be Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys. This novel delves into one of the worst maritime disasters in history with poignancy and deference which resulted in me reading this book in one sitting. ...

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