Book Review: The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead

Publisher: Razorbill Publishing Date: June 12 2012 Genre: Paranormal, YA, Romance Format: Paperback Page count: 418 My rating: Sydney and co are back in The Golden Lily, the highly anticipated sequel to the Vampire Academy spin-off, Bloodlines. I say highly anticipated because those fangirls just can’t leave Adrian alone and are desperate for Sydney to become romantic with him, even […]

Book Review: Virtuosity by Jessica Martinez

Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK Publishing Date: October 27 2011 Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance Format: Paperback Page count: 292 My rating: Carmen Bianchi, world-famous violins child prodigy, is competing for a prestigious prize: a four year performing contract, oodles of cash, and the loan of a violin worth as much as a small country. Probably. It’s worth a ridiculous […]

Audio Book Review: The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman

Publisher: Listening Library Publishing Date: November 2003 Genre: Children, Fantasy Format: Audio Book (unabridged) My rating: The Subtle Knife is Book 2 of the His Dark Materials trilogy, and the audiobook is an unabridged version narrated by the author and performed by a full cast. Lyra has left her world and stumbled into a strange, adult-less city called Citagazze, […]

Book Review: Ash by Malinda Lo

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Publishing Date: September 1 2009 Genre: Fantasy, YA, Romance Format: Hardcover Page count: 264 My rating: When Ash’s mother, full of fairy tales and knowledge of the old ways, dies, her father remarries a woman who brings two horrendous daughters to the household. Well, Ash is a Cinderella retelling, so that bit should […]

Book Review: Poison Study by Maria V Snyder

Publisher: Mira Books Publishing Date: June 1 2004 Genre: Fantasy Format: Paperback Page count: 409 My rating: When Yelena is saved from execution only to become the General’s new food taster, captive in this position by a poison due to kill her in two days if she does not regularly take the rare antidote, she acknowledges this only chance to […]

ARC Book Review: League of Strays by L.B. Schulman

Publisher: Amulet Publishing Date: October 1 2012 Genre: YA, thriller, contemporary Format: e-ARC Page count: 288 (paperback) My rating: League of Strays delivers an interesting, twisted concept that leaves a distinct impression of distaste in one’s mouth all wrapped up in a nicely decorated book cover. The cover art is intensely accurate – from the pose of the two models, the uncertain, […]

ARC Book Review: Shift by Kim Curran

Publisher: Strange Chemistry Publishing Date: September 4 2012 Genre: YA, sci-fi Format: e-ARC Page count: 416 (paperback) My rating: Shift’s opening pages did not endear itself to me. I read the prologue, which was a huge hypothetical ‘have you ever wondered?’ and frankly said NO, I HAVE NOT. PISS OFF, BOOK. So I put it down for a few weeks. […]