Reviews written by Elizabeth Drake, Staff Reviewer

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July 04, 2017
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
A sweet and endearing story

I absolutely adore Becky Albertalli's voice. She has a way of writing teenage characters that feels utterly real and relatable. In Molly, we find a teenager facing the world of first jobs, first kisses, and first goodbyes, while also dealing with anxiety. Her inner monologue is often...

April 09, 2017
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
2.0
Young Adult Fiction
Down with Love!

Becca Williamson has a unique part-time job. She receives requests from jilted friends and then sets out to break up the relationship that caused the issue. She has an excellent track record and few people even know that she exists. Backed up by her sister, a young...

March 05, 2017
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Young Adult Fiction
Freedom or Cult?

Tabitha kissed another girl's boyfriend. The secret is eating her up inside. She can't tell anyone who knows her but she can tell the Life by Committee - a website dedicated to those who have secrets to tell. As a member, she must share a secret and...

March 04, 2017
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
A Maddening Tale

Grace Mae, pregnant and broken, has been locked away in an asylum by the family that is supposed to love and protect her, but which has done neither. She endures the abuse and neglect of the asylum until she meets Dr. Thornhollow, who performs surgery on the more violent...

January 22, 2017
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
The Battle Begins

Three Queens, separated as children and raised under the knowledge that only one may rule while the others must die. Each with a gift that claims them to a particular sector of society; elemental Mirabella, backed by the temple, Poisoner Katherine, held by those who seek to maintain their...

January 05, 2017
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Young Adult Fiction
Solid start to a new series and a must-read for those who love fairy tale retellings.

Full Disclaimer: I adore Danielle Paige's Dorothy Must Die series. The worldbuilding is incredible and I am fascinated by an Oz in which Dorothy becomes the thing she once fought against. While Stealing Snow is not ALL THAT, it is quite a good read. Despite the allusion...

December 13, 2016
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Young Adult Fiction
Go to Prom or Save the World?

"Because there's no air in space, the asteroid hurtled toward Earth in absolute silence." When a giant asteroid is found on a collision course with California, 17 year old Russian Physicist, Yuri, is pulled from his home to join NASA on an impossible mission - save the...

November 02, 2016
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
2.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
For the true horror fans

The Women in the Walls is a perfect book to sink into on a dark fall night as the wind howls outside - but maybe leave the lights on of this one! In the character of Lucy we find a child for whom life has become...

November 02, 2016
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Young Adult Fiction
Will leave you wanting more

The premise of this novel is really interesting. It begs the reader to questions whether or not our own government might be conducting super secret experiments with drugs that might one day change our entire world. And, of course, whether or not we trust our government to use...

June 11, 2016
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
Close to Flawless

I received an eARC of Flawed quite a while ago but didn't get around to reviewing it because of work commitments. Then, like a sign from the reading gods, it showed up in my OwlCrate subscription box. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed the story and...

February 08, 2016
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
A Story Untold

Salt to the Sea tells the story of four teenagers as they experience the last days of WWII. As they travel to the ill-fated Wilhelm Gustloff in an attempt to escape the ravages of war, we learn of the hardships they have already endured and watch as even more...

January 29, 2016
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
2.0
Young Adult Fiction
A new take on the Undead

Shallow Graves features a new and interesting concept of the dead. Breezy is dead, or undead, but not in the 'must have braiiiiiiiiiiins' fashion that has become so popular in fiction today. She seems just like a regular girl, she just can't die. And believe me, she...

November 20, 2015
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Kids Fiction
A fantastic conclusion to a fantastic series.

I have adored this series from the very first book. The world is lush and detailed with classic fairy tale characters who pop up unexpectedly and add an extra layer of whimsy. It is also a world that can be dark and scary and where there are real...

November 20, 2015
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
Will appeal to mystery fans who like a twist.

Two months ago, on "The Night In Question" something horrible happened to Theo Lane, leaving her with a long jagged scar down the side of her face. No one seems to talk about it and even Theo doesn't seem to know what happened. Having distanced herself from her...

October 30, 2015
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
Beautifully written and with some truly unique world building

Marnie has spent her entire life hidden in plain sight. The daughter of a runaway princess and a mystical dragon, she enjoys a quiet life tending flowers on the periphery of her uncle's kingdom. But the forest has started to creep into her world and, for the first...

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