Book Review: Atlantia by Ally Condie

Atlantia (2014) is a standalone YA dystopian fantasy by Ally Condie. I selected this book based on my fondness for mermaid- and oceanic-themed stories, and because I thoroughly enjoyed Condie's debut, Matched, back when my son was born. While the rest of the Matched series didn't hold me, I've still kept an eye out for Condie's … Continue reading Book Review: Atlantia by Ally Condie

Book Review: Everlasting by Angie Frazier

Everlasting (2010) by Angie Frazier is an adorable teen adventure/romance. The year is 1855, and seventeen-year-old Camille Rowen of San Francisco is the daughter of a successful widowed sea captain… or so she thinks. Camille is shocked to discover that her mother is not really dead, but alive somewhere in Australia, having abandoned the family for reasons … Continue reading Book Review: Everlasting by Angie Frazier

Book Review: Beautiful Creatures (Book 1) by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Beautiful Creatures (2009) by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl is a contemporary paranormal teen romance. It's a lot like Twilight, but set in the U.S. south, and told from the boy’s perspective. Ethan Wate is a good southern boy in Gatlin, South Carolina, when a mysterious new girl arrives to his high school. With her strange abilities to break windows with … Continue reading Book Review: Beautiful Creatures (Book 1) by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Book Review: Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow by Jessica Day George

Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow (2008) is an original YA fairy tale written by children’s author Jessica Day George. In this once-upon-a-time, a little Norwegian girl with no name, simply called “the lass,” is granted a special gift - to speak to animals - by a magical white reindeer. The lass is a woodcutter’s daughter, … Continue reading Book Review: Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow by Jessica Day George

Book Review: Lady Macbeth’s Daughter by Lisa Klein

Another hit from Lisa Klein, Lady Macbeth's Daughter retells the famous Shakespearean tragedy of Macbeth from the point of view of a female character– Macbeth's secret lost daughter, Albia. When Lady Macbeth gives birth to a baby girl with a clubbed foot, her husband Macbeth considers the babe cursed, and demands she be left outside to die. … Continue reading Book Review: Lady Macbeth’s Daughter by Lisa Klein

Book Review: Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

Inkheart is a fun, lighthearted YA fantasy by Cornelia Funke. The story is about a girl named Meggie and her father. Her father, a book conservationist, has a magnificent yet dangerous talent: anything he reads comes to life! Many years ago, this led to the villains of one novel capturing Meggie’s mother, and imprisoning her within … Continue reading Book Review: Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

Book Review: A Great and Terrible Beauty (The Gemma Doyle Triolgy, Book 1) by Libba Bray

Libba Bray is the author of this supernatural teen fantasy, entitled A Great and Terrible Beauty. At the turn of the twentieth century, sixteen-year-old Gemma Doyle relocates from India to Spence Academy, an English young ladies’ boarding school, after the death of her mother. Together with her new girlfriends at Spence, Gemma uncovers an old school … Continue reading Book Review: A Great and Terrible Beauty (The Gemma Doyle Triolgy, Book 1) by Libba Bray