Review: ‘The Raven Boys’ (‘The Raven Cycle’, #1) by Maggie Stiefvater

"Arbores loqui latine," Ronan replied. "The trees speak Latin." Rating: 4.25/5 paper planes Genre: YA paranormal fantasy Publication: September 2012 Pages: 409 (hardback) Synopsis: It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive. Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees … Continue reading Review: ‘The Raven Boys’ (‘The Raven Cycle’, #1) by Maggie Stiefvater

Review: ‘Yes No Maybe So’ by Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed

All our actions are little drops that collect into a groundswell for change. It's the only way most change happens. Ordinary people doing everything they can. Rating: 3/5 paper planes Genre: YA contemporary (rom-com; activism) Publication: 4th Feb 2020 Synopsis: YESJamie Goldberg's cool with volunteering for his local state senate candidate - behind the scenes. … Continue reading Review: ‘Yes No Maybe So’ by Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed

Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Books I Wish I Had Read As a Child

Today's topic: 10 middle-grade/YA books I wish I'd read when I was younger! These are almost all series on my TBR that are generally considered 'middle-grade' and that I wish I'd gotten round to when I was the target audience! 1. 'Artemis Fowl' by Eoin Colfer Twelve-year-old Artemis Fowl: millionaire, genius and criminal mastermind. But … Continue reading Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Books I Wish I Had Read As a Child

Review: The Tyrant’s Tomb (The Trials of Apollo, #4) by Rick Riordan

How do you tell a dream from a nightmare?If it involves a book burning, it's probably a nightmare. Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ 💫 (3.5/5 stars) Genre: MG/YA fantasy (mythology) Synopsis: In his penultimate adventure, a devastated but determined Apollo travels to Camp Jupiter, where he must learn what it is to be a hero, or … Continue reading Review: The Tyrant’s Tomb (The Trials of Apollo, #4) by Rick Riordan

Review: The Queen of Nothing (The Folk of the Air, #3) by Holly Black

"Tell me what I must slay, what I must steal, tell me the riddle I must solve or the hag I must trick. Only tell me the way, and I will do it, no matter the danger, no matter the hardship, no matter the cost." Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ (4/5) Genre: YA Fantasy (faeries) … Continue reading Review: The Queen of Nothing (The Folk of the Air, #3) by Holly Black

Review: Dread Nation (Dread Nation, #1) by Justina Ireland

I've seen you skulking on the county roads in the dead of night, Miss McKeene. Do you know they call you the Angel of the Crossroads, the people you save? Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ (4/5) Genre: YA Zombie thriller/alternative historical fiction Synopsis: Jane McKeene was born two days before the dead began to walk … Continue reading Review: Dread Nation (Dread Nation, #1) by Justina Ireland

Review: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

I'll be fine, they tell me.I won't die.It'll just hurt a lot. Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ (4.8/5 stars) Genre: YA contemporary/suspense Synopsis: We are liars. We are beautiful and privileged. We are cracked and broken A tale of love and romance A tale of tragedy Which are lies? Which is truth? You decide A … Continue reading Review: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Review: The Belles (The Belles, #1) by Dhonielle Clayton

Beauty is in the blood. Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ (4/5) Genre: Young Adult (YA) Fantasy Synopsis: "I am a Belle. I control beauty." In the opulent world of Orléans, beauty is power. And only through a Belle's abilities can perfection be achieved...though the results always fade. Camellia Beauregard wants to be the favourite Belle … Continue reading Review: The Belles (The Belles, #1) by Dhonielle Clayton

Review: Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManus

"Do you have a better way to tell who's a cold-blooded killer?"... "They're the most messed-up person in the room." ... "That's the problem, though, isn't it? They are, but you can't tell." Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ (4.5/5) What's This Book About? Genre: YA ThrillerSynopsis: Echo Ridge: 1995, Sarah Corcoran vanishes. 2014, homecoming queen … Continue reading Review: Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManus