Reviews written by Lorrie

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September 20, 2016
Overall rating 
 
5.0
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5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
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5.0
A gripping and compelling sequel

I did not expect The Rose Society to be this amazing. Everyone told me that it was, both on Goodreads and in my social circle, but I took their reviews with a grain of salt because it’s so hard to trust reviews anymore, especially with sequels. I was terrified it...

September 15, 2016 (Updated: September 15, 2016)
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
2.0
Highly anticipated but disappointed

I think it is safe to see that Empire of Storms was probably the most anticipated YA novel of 2016. I know it was for me. When I finally got my hands on a copy, returning to this familiar universe felt like sitting down for coffee with an old friend....

September 14, 2016 (Updated: September 14, 2016)
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
A dark, sensuous fantasy

Three Dark Crowns is one of the most highly anticipated novels of the year and one I was particularly looking forward to reading. With an incredible premise, astounding world-building and twists no one will see coming, how could I not be drawn into such a story? Every...

September 13, 2016 (Updated: September 14, 2016)
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
2.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Young Adult Fiction
A Shakespearean revival with assassins that disappointed

Assassin’s Heart had the markings of an exceptional novel: loosely inspired by Romeo and Juliet, the novel follows seventeen year old Lea Saldana, daughter of one of the nine ruling assassin families, who seeks vengeance after her family is murdered by a rival family. I was immediately drawn to this...

September 10, 2016 (Updated: September 14, 2016)
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
An amazing series starter with a badass protagonist

I was so impressed with this novel, by the sheer scale of it and what Jay Kristoff successfully attempted to do. Nevernight is ripe with rich and fascinating historical aspects that would impress even George R.R. Martin. I devoured this novel in just a few days and am now disappointed...

September 06, 2016 (Updated: September 14, 2016)
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
An exciting starter to what it sure to be an amazing series

This year I have fully immersed myself in the creative world of Leigh Bardugo. I binge-read her Grisha trilogy in a week and couldn’t wait to delve into her newest series featuring a rag-tag team of thieves and delinquents led by a criminal prodigy. The book has six main characters...

August 31, 2016 (Updated: September 14, 2016)
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
A fantastic conclusion to an incredible trilogy

Leigh Bardugo’s Ruin and Rising, the third and final book in her Grisha trilogy, was the finale the series needed. The characters experience a wide range of development; the plot was intriguing; and the ending was magnificent. I want to go cry on Bardugo’s shoulder for what she made me...

August 27, 2016 (Updated: September 14, 2016)
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
A great sequel to a fabulous series

Siege and Storm is the perfect sequel to Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha series, heightening the tension and upping the stakes. Flying ships, an ice dragon, a sea battle, man-eating volcra, and religious fanatics are just a few of the epic things you can expect from Siege and Storm. ...

August 16, 2016 (Updated: September 14, 2016)
Overall rating 
 
1.3
Plot 
 
2.0
Characters 
 
1.0
Writing Style 
 
1.0
Young Adult Fiction
A promising story that fell short

I wanted to like this book. I really wanted to like this book. The concept is so incredibly unique and distinct that I was immediately drawn to it. While there are many YA books that focus on the afterlife, there are none that approach it in the same manner...

August 15, 2016 (Updated: September 14, 2016)
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
Beautiful to look at, wonderful to read

The story follows exes Kady and Ezra after two rival corporations decide to go to war, resulting in the destruction of their home planet, Kerenza. As refugees, Kady and Ezra are taken in by two separate rescue spaceships, the Alexander and the Hypatia, with the enemy warship the Lincoln in...

August 15, 2016 (Updated: September 14, 2016)
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
An ironic take on Harry Potter that got so popular it was published

Rainbow Rowell’s standalone/sequel to Fangirl is one of the best books of 2016. I bought the novel not too long after it was published, and it stayed on my bookshelf for months until I finally got around to reading it. I wish I had done so sooner. ...

August 15, 2016 (Updated: September 14, 2016)
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
A YA retelling of 1001 Arabian Nights

Renee Ahdieh’s debut novel was experienced through a haze of excitement, joy, shock, horror and astonishment. It was one of those highly anticipated books that had everyone talking about it, months before its release date, and I can safely say, it lived up to the hype. What...

August 15, 2016 (Updated: September 14, 2016)
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
A YA fantasy take on Ancient Rome

The first book in what is sure to be an incredible fantasy series was an historical adventure from the perspective of two very different people. Based on Ancient Rome, the evil Martial Empire has conquered almost the entire known world and Laia is one of the latest victims. Her grandparents...

August 15, 2016 (Updated: September 14, 2016)
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
An feminist twist on Vlad the Impaler

The first book in a new trilogy by author Kiersten White has been on my “waiting-to-be-released” list for some months, and I would stare at this list for minutes at a time, wishing that time will go faster so I could finally read it. I was so ecstatic when I...

August 15, 2016 (Updated: September 14, 2016)
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
Poignant and unforgettable

More Happy Than Not is a powerful and poignant rollercoaster ride of a novel. This book had been recommended to me by several people who all told me I would weep buckets of tears. I thought they were exaggerating. They were not. For a good two-thirds, the...

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