REVIEW: The Apothecary by Maile Meloy

Book cover of The Apothecary by Maile Meloy

I’ve become fond lately of YA books set during the Cold War, probably for the same reason that I’m so fond of YA book set during the Interwar period. Besides the fact that the books are excellently written, of course, the period between wars is always full of terrifying emotions and, if you’re lucky, some really great adventures. In The Apothecary we get all of that plus some wonderful characters and the “stranger in a Read More …

Sirenz by Charlotte Bennardo & Natalie Zaman

I feel really bad for not liking this book more, because the authors were SO nice at BEA and I really wanted to enjoy reading their book. The basic premise of the book is okay– I mean, I like Greek mythology and it’s done in an interesting/up-to-date way in Sirenz, so that’s nice. Also, it’s set in NYC and there’s fashion things and, really, it’s not a terrible book. It’s not. It’s just also really Read More …

REVIEW: First Descent by Pam Withers

I picked this up from Tundra Books at BEA 2011, lured by the bright red ARC cover. This book, I thought, looks hardcore. This book looks exciting and interesting and like it’ll punch me in the throat with awesomeness. The actual cover is fine, but I’m really fond of the stark design of the ARC cover (not that it’s properly a design). It doesn’t give you any hints as to the story or the writing Read More …