Reviews written by Alison Hong, Staff Reviewer and Tumblr Manager

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February 06, 2016
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
YA Fantasy

YA Fantasy, DREAMWIELDER surprises me with a lack of romance. Given that the main character is very young, the book isn't shocking when it doesn't dive into a (possibly cute?) romance plot. Still, the book's synopsis misleads me a little bit and I end up predicting a much different plot...

February 04, 2016
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Young Adult Fiction
Recovery

"A grief novel" is the phrase I will use to quickly and easily sum up this book. Tallie, the narrator, struggles to overcome her brother's death, but she is far from ready to let go of him especially with her feelings, her sadness, and her guilt. The day she gets...

January 31, 2016 (Updated: February 16, 2016)
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
3.0
Kids Fiction
Tragedy

I think "What the?" is my prevailing thought while reading this book. The story involves a 14 years old boy who is a father of a young, young daughter. The narrator is Jack, who is Joseph's foster brother and who agrees to help him find his daughter named Jupiter. ...

January 31, 2016 (Updated: January 31, 2016)
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Young Adult Fiction
Unreliable Fangirls

This is most definitely one of the books where I ask this very important question: Where are the parents? Well, without the parents, the book wouldn't go as far as it did, but still. This book is wild. Beyond humanly possible. Don't say I didn't warn you. ...

January 31, 2016
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
Romance + Art

YA Contemporary Romance, THE ANATOMICAL SHAPE OF A HEART is a mouthful title for a book. But that is how it is. It's a pretty title, don't you agree? Let's start with the plot. Beatrix has a chance meet with Jack, who is doing some illegal stuff....

January 25, 2016
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
From the Evil Queen's POV

DARK SHIMMER tells a retelling of a familiar tale we all know. The Evil Queen from "Snow White" has been hated over and over again in so many adaptations and retellings. (Okay, there is an exception in ABC's ONCE UPON A TIME. I so love Regina Mills even when she...

January 21, 2016
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
Retelling

A THOUSAND NIGHTS is a retelling of the Arabic tale, "A Thousand and One Nights." It's a tale of Scheherazade and a sultan. I have mentioned this tale in my review of THE WRATH AND THE DAWN, but I'll tell it again. Scheherazade was clever, and she, to avoid death,...

January 20, 2016
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Sci-Fi + Romance

Second book in the trilogy. Different main characters. Different planet. But same enemy. THIS SHATTERED WORLD stars Jubilee Chase and Flynn Cormac. Jubilee is a soldier while Flynn is a rebel. They are completely opposites (or so it seems), and they work on two sides that are fighting against one...

January 19, 2016
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Angst.

The story of DID I MENTION I LOVE YOU? continues in DID I MENTION I NEED YOU? It has been a year since Eden has seen Tyler, and the chemistry between them hasn't changed. (But for me, it seems the chemistry is less exciting than before...) They still love each...

January 17, 2016
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
Thriller

Have you ever heard about terrorism? (Shush. There are some who were too young to remember 9/11.) Well, thanks to that event, there is this thing called Islamophobia. It's like arachnophobia, but instead of spiders people are afraid of, it's Muslims. And in this book, that fear is driven up...

January 16, 2016
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Young Adult Fiction
Royalty

How many of us love books with royalty? I know I certainly do. We have a strange obsession with them, and I can't help but be fascinated with them. (I draw a line at real people, because that would be just wrong and I respect people's privacies.) And when a...

January 15, 2016
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Young Adult Fiction
Greek Myths

The story of Orpheus going into the Underworld to get back his dead wife is probably a Greek myth that isn't very popular. Or at least, it isn't as popular as the myth of Persephone and Hades, and the book, which gives a light on Orpheus' story, is like a...

January 14, 2016
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
One
Young Adult Fiction
Conjoined Twins

Told in poetry (specifically, free verse), ONE is an interesting tale of Grace, who is the conjoined twin of Tippi. To me, it's a unique and original story that I haven't read before. I so rarely read poetry, and it was very surprising when I first opened the book and...

January 09, 2016
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Young Adult Fiction
Crisis

I receive a copy in exchange for an honest review. The internet is a scary place for many people. We hear a lot of things about a man selling something on Craigslist and then butchering people when they approach him for a sweet buy. We hear...

January 05, 2016
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Young Adult Fiction
Light Romance

"Everyone hates Donald Trump," says the internal thoughts of the main character, Hazel McCallister. Honestly, at this point I don't care whether or not the book is downright horrible (which it isn't, for your information), I'm giving this book a Five just for saying that. But unfortunately, that's not very...

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