Reviews written by Heidi Waterhouse

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May 21, 2012
Overall rating
 
3.3
Plot
 
3.0
Characters
 
3.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
Everybody wants to rule the world

Would you give an important leadership position to someone who really wanted it? That question was memorably posed in the Hitchhiker's Guide series, and I thought about it often while reading A Confusion of Princes. In a strange far future, the job of being Emperor goes to...

May 07, 2012
Overall rating
 
3.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
An old-fashioned dark future

I wonder why utopias are so frightening. Jonas has a childhood many people would wish for. He has structure, order, purpose, affection. He is never hungry or frightened. He knows his place in the world, and he is content with it. Then, as he turns 12, he...

May 07, 2012
Overall rating
 
4.0
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
N/A
Healing a country

This is the best YA fantasy I've ever read about the Rwandan genocide. It's a story about Queen Bitterblue, who came abruptly to her throne at age 10. She is now 18 and still trying to deal with the toxic fallout of her father's reign. Her father...

March 26, 2012
Overall rating
 
3.7
Plot
 
3.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
Making a lady into a killer

This is the prequel to Ash, which I have shorthanded as the bisexual Cinderella story. My mental title for this book was "Ask More Questions". We have two viewpoint characters: Taisin, a farmgirl with magical talent, and Kaede, a nobleman's daughter fighting against her conventional marriage-of-convenience fate...

March 15, 2012
Overall rating
 
3.3
Plot
 
3.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
3.0
Young Adult Fiction
Do automata dream of mechanical pianos?

Nimara and Jane Eyre have a lot of similarities. They are both odd ducks who take risky positions in isolated country houses where they discover dark secrets and drama-driven romance. Of course, since this is the modern age, Nimara has a lot more scope for action. She...

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