Reviews written by Tara Gonzalez

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May 14, 2013
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
Hobbitsies Reviews: Very interesting story, a bit meh romance

A Temptation of Angels by Michelle Zink was completely different than what I was expecting. The concept was super interesting and I really enjoyed the fast paced story, although I never really connected with the characters. I think it's super hard to create an original and interesting...

May 13, 2013
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
Hobbitsies Reviews: Great combination of a fun plot and realistic characters

I really, really enjoyed How My Summer Went Up in Flames by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski. I thought it was a fun story full of flawed and realistic characters and it was exactly what I was hoping for when I picked it up. I've read that some people...

May 13, 2013
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
Hobbitsies Reviews: Fresh air to the dystopian/sci-fi genres

Alright, I really, really liked Reboot by Amy Tintera. I thought the concept was super awesome and Amy's storytelling skills are superb. I was just totally sucked in. I am a slow reader lately (sigh), but Reboot was one that I just had to finish the same day I picked...

May 13, 2013
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
Hobbitsies Reviews: Emotional and Important

I am a massive fan of Terra Elan McVoy's books - they're relatable and realistic and fun and moving. So was I a little bit worried at first before I started Criminal. I knew right away that it was going to be vastly different from her previous books and I...

April 10, 2013
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
Mixed Feelings

My feelings for Requiem are mixed. It’s been months since I read it, and I’m still not sure how I feel. I put down Requiem and felt satisfied. I was content with the ending – I’m a firm believer that there was no perfect way to end this series and...

April 10, 2013
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Breath of Fresh Air to the YA Paranormal Genre

Okay, I seriously loved The Art of Wishing by Lindsay Ribar. It was cute and fun, but also engaging and very tense, especially towards the end. I liked Margo. I really, really liked her. She was exactly the kind of protagonist I hope for when it comes...

April 10, 2013
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
Unique Twist on the Furies

I really enjoyed Vengeance Bound by Justina Ireland. I’ve read a few books that have the furies in them, but I thought Vengeance Bound was a really unique. Even if you’re exhausted by Greek Mythology in YA, I definitely recommend picking up Vengeance Bound – it wasn’t like any Greek...

April 10, 2013
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Young Adult Fiction
Enjoyable Greek Myth Retelling

I’ve been kind of on a paranormal kick lately, which almost never happens to me. And Furious by Jill Wolfson is a great addition to my latest reads because not only is it paranormalish, it’s a Greek mythology retelling, so bonus points for that. I recently read...

December 22, 2012
Overall rating 
 
2.0
Plot 
 
2.0
Characters 
 
1.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Young Adult Fiction
Hobbitsies Reviews: Interesting world, meh romance

My feelings on Black City by Elizabeth Richards are a little hard to explain. Black City is an interesting dystopian kind of book, but with a vampire population (although they’re called darklings rather than vampires). And I loved the first hundred pages or so of Black City....

December 22, 2012
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
Hobbitsies Reviews: Cute, fun, and moving

I’m a huge Sarah Ockler fangirl, and while Bittersweet wasn’t as heartwrenching as her previous books, it was adorable and moving and a lot of fun. As someone who has never seen snow before, reading a book about ice skating and winter and snow and all of...

December 22, 2012
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
Hobbitsies Reviews: Risk-taking really pulled off

Between You & Me by Marisa Calin is a kind of a ballsy book. There were a lot of risks taken with Between You & Me – and a lot of subjects discussed – that are usually overlooked in young adult literature and I really admire Marisa Calin for that....

December 22, 2012
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
Hobbitsies Reviews: Such a moving story

Oh my, Between Shades of Gray is an absolutely stunning book. It left me so utterly drained. It’s not an easy book to read, but one that’s certainly worthwhile. Lina’s story broke my heart. She went through so much and Between Shades of Gray kept piling it...

December 22, 2012
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Young Adult Fiction
Hobbitsies Reviews: A bit slow, but interesting

I’m a big, big fan of historical fiction. But I’ll be honest – I don’t know much about the history of Scotland. I haven’t even seen the movie Braveheart (although I’ve heard that’s not historically accurate, so, you know). So I was pretty excited about The Betrayal of Maggie Blair...

December 22, 2012
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
Hobbitsies Reviews: Great contemporary, better than expected

I went into Belles by Jen Calonita expecting it to be a light, cheesy book that had been done a few times before, but still expecting to enjoy it. I mean, I read her other series and while I enjoyed it, there wasn’t much to it. But guys, colour me...

December 22, 2012
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
Hobbitsies Reviews: An awesome contemp with a heavy dose of romance

If you’re a fan of fun, romantic contemporaries with a huge focus on music (and who isn’t?), definitely do not miss Being Friends With Boys by Terra Elan McVoy. I loved Charlotte, the protagonist. She was snarky and hilarious and talented. And while I was COMPLETELY overwhelmed...

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