Dark Metropolis by Jaclyn Dolamore

This was the first book I read coming back from ALA Annual, and YAY! It was so good! First, it has flappers. Stick a flapper in a book and I will read immediately want to read it, no questions asked.1 Because Dark Metropolis is a fantasy-land/dystopian mix, there’s less glitz and glamour than you’d expect from a pseudo-1920s book, but it totally works. It’s a dark metropolis, gritty and hazy with broken promises; these are Read More …

The Last Policeman by Ben H. Winters

The Last Policeman caught my eye because it’s not JUST an apocalyptic novel. It’s also a mystery! The mix of scifi DOOM and good old-fashioned police procedural is excellent, and I can’t help but wish that there were more books like The Last Policeman. Having the mystery in there kept me from panicking about the impending destruction of all that humankind has created over the last several thousand years; it also brought up some interesting Read More …

REVIEWS: Rootless, Turn Right at Machu Picchu, The Art Forger

198. Rootless – Chris Howard ARC / ALA 2012 / read Nov. 21, 2012 / Amazon No more trees, no more paper, a corn company runs the world (or at least the US). I wish I was less tired of dystopias than I am because if I’d read this one BEFORE I got into the slump I’m pretty sure I’d have liked it more than I do now. It’s got POC protagonists! Various running-away-from-the-baddies scenes! Read More …

TINY REVIEWS: Deadline & Princess Academy / Currently Reading (1)

Tiny Reviews 169. Deadline – Mira Grant [rating: 3] paperback / library / read September 17, 2012 It’s been a while since I read Feed, but I had really high hopes for this sequel. Maybe it’s because my favorite character is dead in this book, maybe it’s because the conspiracy is so over-the-top ridiculous, maybe it’s because I could see the plot twist from a million miles away: whatever reason, I didn’t like this book. Read More …

MINI-REVIEWS: Sorcery & Cecelia, Rot & Ruin, Peter Pan

165. Sorcery & Cecelia by Patricia C. Wrede & Caroline Stevermer Publication: Graphia (September 1, 2004), Paperback, 336pp / ISBN 015205300X Genre: YA Fantasy Romance Read: September 1, 2012 Source: Library I’ve read and enjoyed books written by both authors before so I had high hopes for this one, not least because it’s an episolary novel and I love those especially. Letters! Telling a story! It’s almost as good as a diary book– well, usually. Read More …

REVIEW: Quarantine: The Loners by Lex Thomas

111. Quarantine: The Loners by Lex Thomas Publication: EgmontUSA (July 10, 2012), eARC, 416pp / ISBN Genre: YA Sci-fi Read: June 28-29, 2012 Source: NetGalley Summary from Amazon: It was just another ordinary day at McKinley High—until a massive explosion devastated the school. When loner David Thorpe tried to help his English teacher to safety, the teacher convulsed and died right in front of him. And that was just the beginning. A year later, McKinley Read More …

MINI-REVIEWS: Fracture, Legend, The Carter Girls’ Mysterious Neighbors

099. Fracture by Megan Miranda Publication: Walker Childrens (January 17, 2012), ARC, 264pp / ISBN 0802723098 Genre: YA Fiction (slightly paranormal) Read: June 7, 2012 Source: BEA 2011 Mini-Review I got this ARC way back in 2011 at BEA, which is slightly embarrassing until I remember that I’d packed away all my books for about six months or so and then it’s alright. There was an intro at the beginning of my copy that said Read More …

MINI-REVIEWS: The Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld

086.-088. Uglies, Pretties and Specials by Scott Westerfeld Publication: Simon Pulse, Paperback(s), 1167pp total / ISBN 1442419814, 1442419806, 1442419792 Genre: YA Sci-fi Read: May 17-19, 2012 (rereads) Source: Bought Unfortunately, these aren’t as good as I remember them. They’re still enjoyable to read (otherwise I wouldn’t have read them!), but I think that Scott Westerfeld’s writing has gotten so much better since this series came out that remembering the better books is keeping me from Read More …