Lightlark by Alex Aster

I didn’t really feel like Lightlark was a YA courtesy of the suggestive content which had more in common with indie smut than trad YA fantasy: as it happens, those two genres happen to be my favourite and I read a fair bit in both. I didn’t go into it expecting it to be YA, […]

The Counselors by Jessica Goodman

I really enjoyed Jessica Goodman’s previous novel They’ll Never Catch Us, though I haven’t yet read her debut They Wish They Were us, so when The Counselors (with one L because American spelling) became available on audio at my local library, I went straight to the waiting list. I love listening to thrillers or suspense […]

The Dog Runner by Bren MacDibble

I absolutely loved this book. A climate dystopian, this book is more Middle Grade than YA, but I’m reviewing it anyway. I read this book a few months ago after my darling little cat passed away, and I needed to read something with a pet relationship to help me process my grief. This book is […]

Dog Driven by Terry Lynn Johnson

I have been dealing with the passing of my beloved sweetheart kitty, so I wanted to bury myself in a book about beloved animals. My first thought was, what’s better than the reliable companionship of a sled dog? So I sought out this book from my local library. This boo is about a 14 year […]

Night Spinner by Addie Thorley

I will admit that I was a bit apprehensive about this book at first. I thought the blurb sounded really good as a fantasy novel in itself, but then when I saw it was a Hunchback of Notre Dame retelling I hesitated a bit.  It’s not that I don’t like the story: I do, at […]

The Bone Charmer by Breeana Shields

WOW. Just wow. I didn’t quite know what I was expecting, but it wasn’t that. And funnily enough, although I specifically don’t like zombies, I don’t mind magic based on bones? I guess the difference there is whether the corpse is rotting or the bones are clean. Sorry for that mental image. I got from […]

Bone Crier’s Moon By Kathryn Purdie Hits Every Target

Très magnifique! Bone Crier’s Moon is a really good example of why, even if you didn’t enjoy the author’s first book, sometimes giving a chance to their next series can show remarkable improvement. I was a little reluctant to read the book only because I hadn’t enjoyed Burning Glass and I was a little put […]

What We Devour by Linsey Miller

Linsey Miller is a very special author who produces books that can never be described as generic YA fantasy. This book had so much going for it: incredible worldbuilding, unforced yet passionate diversity, a ruthless yet moral lead character, disability rep, a gender-fluid character whose pronouns kept changing with no explanation (which I found really […]

You Must Not Miss by Katrina Leno

I quite enjoyed this book. It was suspenseful, probably even bordering on horror, with a sprinkling of magical realism. I liked the atmospheric writing style. It was suspenseful and evocative, and I found it engaging and entertaining. I like the word choices and how the author kept the audience in suspense for most of the […]

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