Reviews written by Grace Lo

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February 27, 2013
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Plot/Story 
 
4.0
Illustrations (if applicable) 
 
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Characters (if applicable) 
 
4.0
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Kids Indie
Cute MG read

This review was first posted at http://lustforstories.blogspot.ca/2013/02/review-root-bound-by-tanya-karen-gough.html I don't often read Middle Grade books, but I found Root Bound very much enjoyable. It begins the story with Emma moving to her new home and introducing the scary - and quite rude - lady down the hall. Once...

February 16, 2013
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Fantastic not just for MG readers, but also with great YA crossover appeal

This review was originally posted at http://lustforstories.blogspot.com/2013/02/review-cavendish-home-for-boys-and.html The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls was an absolute delight to read. It starts off by introducing Victoria, the protagonist, and her best friend. It is immediately clear that Victoria is a snooty best friend to Lawrence, and constantly...

February 02, 2013
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Didn't blow me away, but still nice

If I had to describe Interred in a single word, it'd be original. I can honestly say I've never read anything like this before. It took the not-often-used idea of controlling time, sprinkle it with a bunch of new ideas, and voila, you've got this wonderful story blooming out of...

February 02, 2013
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
Another fantastic story from Maria V. Snyder

Touch of Power starts off with an introduction of Avry, a healer forced into hiding, healing a child and getting turned in by the family of the child. What does she know would inevitably follow her arrest? A scheduled execution, without trial. But why all the hate? Healers are commonly...

January 17, 2013 (Updated: February 27, 2013)
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
Not among my favourites, but pretty darn good. Jessica Khoury shows promise.

Origin is a story of Pia, a perfect, immortal human created through generations of hard work, discovering how to live life and how much her immortality was worth. Immortality isn't as controversial of a subject as some others are, mainly because it's basically impossible right now. Everyone's...

January 08, 2013
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
Beautiful, yet out of my comfort zone

Originally posted on my blog at: http://lustforstories.blogspot.ca/2013/01/review-uses-for-boys-by-erica-lorraine.html In a nutshell, Uses for Boys is a story of a neglected child who grows up as a teenager who, as the synopsis says, feels the need to have to use her body to get what she feels like she...

December 26, 2012
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Steampunk and zombies . . . what more could a girl ask for?

Dearly, Departed was a delightful read, with alternating perspectives from no less than four characters. Besides, with zombies and steampunk, what more could a girl ask for? Let's just take a moment to take in the cover. Isn't it wonderful? Even more, every other edition looks amazing....

December 26, 2012 (Updated: April 28, 2013)
Overall rating 
 
2.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
1.0
Writing Style 
 
2.0
Young Adult Fiction
*Sigh* Redeeming character qualities? None.

Remembrance has a very interesting background. It was inspired by an artist's music video and burst into this book, which made me extremely intrigued by its origins and wanting to know more. After months of putting this off, I finally borrowed this from the library and finished it. It was...

November 21, 2012
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
Unexpected, but pretty good

Farrah, or rather, Digit is a math prodigy. An absolute genius with numbers. She's trying to live a normal teenager's life, and it's working out great - until some numbers begin to show up randomly on TV. To a normal person, it's just a jumble of random numbers; to Farrah,...

November 17, 2012
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Made up of messed-up-ness, unhappy endings, and a dash of enchantment

Originally posted on: http://lustforstories.blogspot.com/2012/11/review-lies-knives-and-girls-in-red.html To tell you the truth, I wholeheartedly loved this book, despite how purely screwed up it was. Lies, Knives, and Girls in Red Dresses is a picture book, but one that's definitely not meant for children. It includes elements such...

November 15, 2012 (Updated: November 15, 2012)
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
Sci-fi thriller jam packed with action with minimal focus on romance

Originally posted at: http://lustforstories.blogspot.ca/2012/11/review-dont-turn-around-by-michelle.html The opening chapter of Don't Turn Around begins with Noa waking up in a warehouse, on top of a table with an IV in her arm. Ring any bells in your head? It's obvious she's the product a medical experiment of sorts, and...

November 10, 2012 (Updated: November 11, 2012)
Overall rating 
 
1.0
Plot 
 
1.0
Characters 
 
1.0
Writing Style 
 
1.0
Young Adult Fiction
OH MY GOD WHY DID I READ THIS *proceeds to claw eyes out*

Originally posted on: http://lustforstories.blogspot.ca/2012/11/review-beautiful-disaster-by-jamie.html You know what? When I saw the book cover, and read the title, I was smitten. Though I was a little put off by the synopsis (I like more YA romances), I still wanted to read it because of all the hype over...

November 01, 2012
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
Screwed up, creeps, and plain fantastic

Dead to You starts off with our protagonist, Ethan, returning to his parents. Obviously Ethan's family should be ecstatic, and though they are very glad their brother or son is returned, they don't know what to deal with a sixteen-year-old boy who can't remember anything from before he got kidnapped...

October 29, 2012
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Beautiful Story and Wonderful Execution

The Catastrophic History of You and Me starts off with Brie's narration of her life, and whatever led up to her death. And like the synopsis says, her boyfriend breaks her heart. Which made it literally split into perfect halves, therefore killing her. In order for her to move on,...

October 20, 2012
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
Not the best, but still very good

Article 5 is about Ember, a teenage girl, who does everything to live under the radar with her single mother so they wouldn't get picked up by the government. Unfortunately, her mother gets singled out during an overhaul (a through inspection that the government does to find people who violates...

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