Reviews written by Colleen (C.M. McCoy) North of Normal Book Reviews

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March 13, 2017
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Young Adult Fiction
Dark, edgy, thrilling!

Dark, edgy, thrilling! ROYAL BASTARDS by Andrew Shvarts is a stand-alone teen epic fantasy, suitable for readers aged 16 and over due to graphic violence, alcohol consumption, and one sexual situation. What in the frozen Hell did I just read? I...

March 08, 2017
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
This was everything I could want from a YA book!

Panic by Lauren Oliver, a standalone YA novel about girls and friendship. In the small town of Carp, there wasn’t much for high school students to do. For years, the seniors have been participating in a game called Panic as a source of adventure. The game involves...

March 07, 2017
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
A dark and surprising treat!

* Reviewed for North of Normal Book Reviews BEAUTIFUL BROKEN GIRLS by Kim Savage is a dark YA stand-alone mystery with some elements of suspense and fantasy. Kim Savage is a new author to me. I first saw this book as a recommendation to...

March 06, 2017
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
An amazing and haunting read!

VIOLENT ENDS by Shaun David Hutchinson and 17 other authors is a young adult contemporary fiction, standalone novel. I chose this book to read because I have previously read WE ARE THE ANTS and TH FIVE STAGES OF ANDREW BRAWLEY by the Hutchinson. Since I considered both...

March 06, 2017
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
Mystery, cool powers, and uncertain romance

*This is a first pages review by North of Normal Book Reviews I really enjoyed the first page – the mystery, the cool powers, the competition, and the uncertainty left hanging in the air. I mean Liam is obviously going to win the...

March 06, 2017
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
Hutchinson does it again and does not disappoint!

The Deathday Letter by Shaun David Hutchinson is a young adult standalone novel. This is not the first book by Shaun David Hutchinson that I have read; in fact it’s the third one. Since the first two books I read by this author did not disappoint, I...

March 06, 2017
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
A beautiful world and thrilling adventure!

CARAVAL by Stephanie Garber is a YA/Fantasy standalone novel that has me hoping for a sequel ? Sometimes, I judge a book by its cover. That was definitely true when I picked up Caraval. I honestly had no idea what the story was about, but the exquisite...

March 06, 2017
Overall rating 
 
1.7
Plot 
 
1.0
Characters 
 
2.0
Writing Style 
 
2.0
A vividly descriptive high fantasy

THE BONE WITCH by Ren Chupeco is a YA high fantasy (witches) novel with a cliffhanger that promises a sequel. The eye-catching cover and the ironic opening line of the blurb piqued my curiosity and excited my inner nerd. I requested and received an advance copy eBook...

December 26, 2016
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
I’m in love with all the places my gray matter has gone, and I’m sold on this book.

Confessions of a First-Page Whore (by Colleen) I grab a book from the shelf and devour its first page. Some sentences wind up on my Post-It Note Wall of Great-Line Fame and some get rewritten inside my head as I read. I love them all. I am...

February 02, 2016 (Updated: February 10, 2016)
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
If you liked The Crucible, you’ll love this YA re-imagining of the Salem Witch Trials.

If you liked The Crucible, you’ll love this YA re-imagining of the Salem Witch Trials. Elizabeth is sixteen, and she and her family have been hiding the fact that she’s a witch her entire life. There’s a good reason: they live in Salem, and it’s the late...

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