Reviews written by Jennifer Bardsley

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February 14, 2015
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Southern Gothic Fun

I stayed up all night to read Compulsion by Martina Boone. The result? A very scary nightmare where I was trapped in a Southern Gothic mansion! Yeah, this book left an impression. Compulsion tells the story of a teenage orphan named Barrie who ships off to an...

February 14, 2015
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Funny and deep

Curveball: The Year I Lost My Grip, by Jordan Sonnenblick, is one of the funniest, sweetest books I’ve read all year. Yeah, it’s only February, but I bet if you ask me again in December I’ll say the same thing. If you know and love anyone with Alzheimer’s Disease, you’ve...

February 14, 2015
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
Cli-Fi Terror

Based on recommendations from my Facebook page, The YA Gal, I checked out Ashfall by Mike Mullin–and then spent the next 24 hours being scared out of my mind. Ashfall is cli-fi at its best. The hook is that a super-volcano underneath Yellowstone explodes causing apocalyptic conditions...

February 14, 2015
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
Clever and Fun

Two chapters into Hex Hall Book One I was worried it was another hackneyed reshuffling of witches, werewolves and vampires, but Rachel Hawkins’s expert character development made this book a winner. Characters you think are two dimensional turn out to have real depth (like Elodie) and there’s a big twist...

February 01, 2015
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
A page turner!

Call Me Grim by Elizabeth Holloway is the perfect book for a misty October night. Libi should be dead right now, except for creepy-stalker-guy Aaron saved her moments before a truck would have ended her teenage life. The catch is that Aaron is a local Grim Reaper...

February 01, 2015
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
N/A
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
Merlin Meets Werewolves

Merlin’s Nightmare by Robert Treskillard is the third book in his Merlin Spiral series. (For my review of book #2, Merlin’s shadow, click here. ) The premise of Merlin’s Nightmare is that Arthur is now 18 and just discovering that he is the rightful heir to Britain....

February 01, 2015
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Great for Celtic History fans!

I was expecting to be entertained–but not educated when I picked up the YA book Merlin’s Shadow by Robert Treskillard. Lucky for me I got both! The premise of Merlin’s Shadow is that Merlin, his fiancé, a baby Arthur, and a few Druid and Christian tagalongs,...

February 01, 2015
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Young Adult Fiction
More Frothy Fun

Destined for Doon by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon is the second book I’ve read in the Doon series. (See my previous review here.) Both books are YA meets Brigadoon the musical. Two modern girls from Indiana, Veronica and Mackenna, are magically transported to the world of Doon where dancing,...

February 01, 2015
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
Beware of Birds!

Firstborn: A Novel by Lorie Ann Grover is Dystopian Fantasy meets giant birds. It reminded me a lot of The Golden Compass. The hook is that Tiadone, a declared male in a society that kills firstborn females, must join the army, suppress her femininity, prove her worth...

February 01, 2015
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Young Adult Fiction
Frothy Fun

Any Brigadoon fans out there? I just had a fun time reading Doon, by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon. The hook is that two teen girls discover ancient rings and find themselves mysteriously transported to the magical land of Doon. The problem is, there’s an evil...

February 01, 2015
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
Girl Power!

Two ninjatas, two worlds, two sisters, two princes; The Almost Girl by Amalie Howard is full of dualism. The hook is that seventeen-year-old Riven is an alien bounty hunter searching Earth for a lost prince. But perhaps “bounty hunter” isn’t the best word to describe Riven’s capabilities. She is a...

February 01, 2015
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
Creepy in a good way

I was blown away by how much I loved A Murder of Magpies by Sarah Bromley. It’s “Wuthering Heights” meets present day Wisconsin. Sixteen-year-old Vayda Silver’s life is full of secrets: the truth about her mother’s death, the terrible deeds her twin brother Jonah might do, and...

February 01, 2015
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
Can't wait for the movie!

If you’ve ever been freaked out by something on the Internet, then Nerve by Seattle author Jeanne Ryan is the book for you. Written for a young adult (YA) audience, it tells the story of a teenager named Vee who gets chosen to play a game about...

February 01, 2015
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
Mix of Myths

Daughter of Chaos by Jen McConnel features a teenage heroine with a very bad attitude problem–which is what makes Darlena so much fun to root for. Darlena pretty much has everything a modern-witch could wish for, reasonable parents, tuition at a fancy private school, a...

February 01, 2015
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Refreshing

I’ve been excited to read The Counterfeit Family Tree of Vee Crawford-Wong, by debut author L. Tam Holland, ever since I saw it listed in the Stanford alumni magazine. You might even say I had outrageously high expectations for the book. Luckily, Holland did not disappoint! The Counterfeit Family Tree...

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