Books in Discussion - Round 1

I’m a slow reader of late, and an even slower reviewer, but I still hold to my goal of reviewing each book I read (with the exception of the giant piles of picture books we borrow from the library and read over and over every two weeks!), and the reading experience now feels eerily unfinished […]

Review: The Demon Catchers of Milan

The Demon Catchers of Milan by Kat Beyer Demon Catchers of Milan #1 Egmont 2012 E-book galley 288 pages YA Fantasy; Horror

Mia’s ordinary life as a teenager doing her homework takes an unexpected turn one night when she is suddenly possessed by a demon. After four days of violently harrasing her family and […]

Review: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin Mara Dyer #1 Simon Pulse 2012 (2011) Trade Paperback 452 pages YA Romance/Horror/Urban Fantasy/Mystery

Mara Dyer isn’t her real name. In a letter at the beginning of the story, Mara explains that it’s a pseudonym, and that without her, “no one would know that a seventeen-year-old […]

Review: Dearly, Departed

Dearly, Departed by Lia Habel Gone With the Respiration #1 Del Rey 2011 E-book galley 467 pages YA Paranormal Romance; Horror; Science Fiction: Post-Apocalyptic Fiction; Steampunk

It’s 2195 and the world is a very different place. Climate change has driven the surviving human population to the land on the equator, and in New Victoria – […]

Review: The Splendor Falls

The Splendor Falls by Rosemary Clement-Moore Delacorte Press 2011 (2009) Trade Paperback 513 pages YA Horror; Mystery/Suspense

Sylvie was a promising young ballerina who’d just started on her professional career when a broken leg stops it short. Her mother has married a psychiatrist Sylvie can’t stand, and so a trip to stay with her cousin […]

Review: The Forest of Hands and Teeth

The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan Forest of Hands and Teeth #1 Delacorte Press 2009 Trade Paperback 310 pages YA Horror; Post-Apocalyptic Fiction

For a long time I had no interest in reading this book, not until the paperback came out (making it look like a new book with its different cover) […]

Review: Need

Need by Carrie Jones Need #1 Bloomsbury 2009 Trade Paperback 306 pages YA Horror; Paranormal Romance

Well, so continues my YA slump. I don’t know exactly what sub-genre to lump this in with – it’s not very romantic, it’s not terribly scary … urban fantasy? Seems to do the genre no favours. In short, this […]

Review: Beautiful Creatures

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl Little, Brown & Company 2009 Hardcover 563 pages YA Horror; Paranormal Romance

This is another book I bought for the pretty cover, and was ultimately disappointed by. I try not to think of star ratings while I’m reading a book, but with this one I would oscillate […]