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October 08, 2012
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
Took Me On a Journey I Won't Soon Forget!

At first, I thought the unthinkable. "I'm not going to like this book." I kept looking at Stormdancer's gorgeous cover, dismayed that I just wasn't enjoying the first sixty pages or so. Where was the civil unrest and strong female protagonist I was promised?! But then I met an arashitora,...

October 08, 2012
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Young Adult Fiction
A Dark and Disturbing Story of Sibling Rivalry

A dark and disturbing story of sibling rivalry, All You Never Wanted is unlike any contemporary I've ever read. Both protagonists have their own issues - one is a pathological liar while the other is literally wasting away to nothing because of her anxiety - yet those issues pale in...

October 08, 2012
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
Mystery, Romance, Political Intrigue AND Magic!

Mystery, romance, political intrigue and magic - Mystic City has a little bit of everything! Immediately capturing my attention with Aria's suspicious memory loss, I was hooked from the start. While Aria definitely took too long to realize the truth, her journey of discovery was fascinating. Pair that with vivid...

October 08, 2012
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
Poignant, but Frustratingly Short!

Rape Girl, though almost frustratingly short, is not an easy read. I experienced the full breadth of my emotions - anger, frustration, hate, helplessness, sympathy, happiness, hope - in a little over an hour. Though it's definitely too short, leaving little room to become attached to the characters, I appreciated...

October 08, 2012
Overall rating 
 
2.0
Plot 
 
2.0
Characters 
 
2.0
Writing Style 
 
2.0
Young Adult Fiction
Misleading Blurb

Velveteen started off so promising! A spunky, take-charge heroine hell-bent on seeking revenge on her killer? Yes! But I quickly realized that Velveteen was going to be much more about the inner turmoil of Purgatory than about Velvet's thirst for vengeance. Velveteen's opening scenes were brillant -...

October 08, 2012
Overall rating 
 
2.0
Plot 
 
2.0
Characters 
 
2.0
Writing Style 
 
2.0
Unmemorable Characters & An Overly Ambitious Plot

I struggled to get through most of Dearly, Beloved. The elements I loved from Dearly, Departed - rich detail, a complicated romance and modern technology mixed with Victorian era elements - either were absent or only added to Dearly, Beloved's inability to fully capture my attention. Nearing the end, my...

October 08, 2012
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
Dark and Seductive

Dark and seductive, Monstrous Beauty started out as the perfect mermaid tale - full of immortal beings with razor sharp teeth, claw-like nails and breathtaking beauty. But as the mermaid lore became less important, and the plot centered on Hester and her inexplicable connection to Ezra, I almost lost interest....

October 08, 2012 (Updated: October 08, 2012)
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
Subtle & Hauntingly Dark

The Demon Catchers of Milan was subtle in its hauntingly dark and ominous atmosphere. Descriptions reminiscent of classic horror novels combined with a deliciously teasing air of mystery kept me in suspense for much of the book. A lacklustre and slightly confusing plot with little resolution did lessen my enjoyment...

October 08, 2012
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Young Adult Fiction
Mindlessly Entertaining

Solid was a mindlessly entertaining read, with a witty and sarcastic narrator who kept things on the lighter side with her constant banter. Even though I had several issues with Solid, I really enjoyed the ride of this plot-driven tale! Clio is a likeable protagonist. She's confident...

October 08, 2012
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
Hints of Old Hollywood Glam

With hints of old Hollywood glam, an obsessively controlling and abusive relationship and a shroud of secrecy, Grace Doll is a suspenseful thriller where the possibility of being found constantly waits in the shadows. Though not without its faults - like insta love and a few too many unanswered questions...

October 08, 2012 (Updated: October 08, 2012)
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
Beautifully Moving With a Great Message

Speechless surprised me in many ways. With wonderfully constructed characters, who managed to be appropriately funny even while tackling some tough issues, Speechless is simply beautiful - to both read and with the message it delivers. Chelsea starts off as a completely shallow and unlikable character. Striving...

October 08, 2012
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
Unapologetically Honest & Unflinching

If there's one thing Pushing the Limits has in spades - and there are definitely several things I could mention - it's palpable chemistry. There were several steamy moments between Noah and Echo that had me putting the book down in an attempt to calm my breathing, as another one...

October 08, 2012
Overall rating 
 
2.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
1.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Young Adult Fiction
Pleasantly Surprised!

Initially intrigued by the undertaking that S.A. Bodeen tackled, that of making floating at sea in a dingy not only interesting, but suspenseful, I have to admit that I was pleasantly surprised by The Raft. While not without it's flaws - a selfish, monotone protagonist and a not-so-surprising twist ending...

October 08, 2012
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
2.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Young Adult Fiction
Quick Read With An Intriguing Concept

With a well-paced plot and an interesting spin on reincarnation, Shattered Souls had the potential to be amazing. The insta-love and useless heroine had me cringing internally, but by the end I still found Shattered Souls to be a mostly enjoyable read! I loved Shattered Souls' concept...

October 08, 2012
Overall rating 
 
2.0
Plot 
 
2.0
Characters 
 
2.0
Writing Style 
 
2.0
Young Adult Fiction
Detached Narrative & Jerky Plot

My initial attraction to Touched's promising concept wasn't enough to sustain my interest through a detached narrative, an insta-love romance and a jerky plot. Nick's decision to stay from the script and Emma's subsequent drowning played too strong a role in his inner torment. Had it been...

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