Most Recent Young Adult Reviews

These are the most recent Young Adult reviews, sorted by date. You might also want to look at the index of all Young Adult reviews.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Okay. I will be honest. This is a paranormal/fantasy romance. It has pounding hearts, love-at-first-sight, and you-are-my-soul passion. It is ridiculously melodramatic. And I loved it. Now, this may have been partly because certain elements in the story and the characters seem pretty much tailored to my personal tastes and designed to win me over. […]

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Across the Universe by Beth Revis

Amy doesn’t want to leave behind her boyfriend, her life, and the planet Earth itself. But to be with her parents, she joins them in cryogenic sleep aboard the generation ship Godspeed, which will colonize Centauri-Earth in three hundred years. When she wakes, though, it’s fifty years too early — and the Godspeed has changed. […]

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The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

Elisa is a princess, but she has always been plagued by a sense of insecurity and inadequacy, leaving the complexities of state affairs to her father the king and her confident and beautiful older sister. Instead of officiating at court functions, Elisa is more likely to be found in the kitchens eating pastries. However, she […]

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This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel

Amidst all of the horrible classic literature spin-offs out there in both the YA and adult markets, this book stands out as, if nothing else, actually readable. A teenaged Victor Frankenstein sets out to discover the alchemical Elixir of Life in a desperate quest to save the life of his identical twin brother, Konrad, who […]

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Alex Van Helsing: Vampire Rising by Jason Henderson

In its concept, this book earns major nerd points. It’s a vampire-hunter action novel with a modern setting, but the concept is inspired by the Villa Diodati summer (during which Mary Shelley conceived the concept behind Frankenstein), and the book features Lord Byron as an evil vampire wreaking havoc on the environs of Lake Geneva. […]

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Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

It’s tempting to write this book (and indeed the entire series) off as a thriller, and there’s certainly the evidence to back it up: high-adrenaline action, shocking twists, gruesome violence, and a disturbingly dark tone. But I can’t help but feel there’s something more going on here. Even though it’s hard to put down and […]

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The Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman

If you had the chance to mess around with artifacts straight out of Grimm’s fairy tales – a talking mirror, dancing slippers, a table that sets itself – would you be able to resist? In this delightfully entertaining novel, Elizabeth Rew – a misfit at her new high school – finds herself working at a […]

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Ancient, Strange, and Lovely by Susan Fletcher

As a kid, I loved Susan Fletcher’s “Dragon’s Milk” books, so I was pleased to see that she’d revisited the series in her newest novel.  The books tell complete stories and can be read in any order, but this one is definitely the last chronologically; it’s set in the near future, which means that in […]

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The Indigo King by James Owen

Two Caretakers of the Imaginarium Geographica, John and Jack–better known to history as Tolkien and Lewis–have just discovered a message in a medieval manuscript . . . signed by their friend Hugo Dyson. Then Hugo accidentally walks through a mystic doorway and apparently changes history. Suddenly England is a wasteland ruled by dark forces, and […]

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Here, There Be Dragons by James Owen

It’s a dark and stormy night in 1917, and a kindly Oxford professor has just been murdered. Three young men–John, Jack, and Charles–all end up at professor’s home, where they meet a strange old man who tells them that they are destined to be the new caretakers of the Imaginarium Geographica: an atlas of the […]

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