XVI Julia Karr ***** (reread) I reread this so I could have the characters and story fresh in my mind when I read Truth, the sequel. I liked it even better the second time around. I was able to connect with the characters even more and had a greater appreciation for the world building. I’m really looking forward to reading Truth next.
Truth Julia Karr ***** I liked this one even better than XVI. It had a really fast pace with tons of tension that made it impossible to put down. I loved seeing how much Nina has grown—and Dee too. They’ve both become so strong. I’m not quite sure how I feel about the end though. It wasn’t at all what I thought it was going to be. It’s definitely bittersweet. I think it fits though and it feels like an end, though I wish I could read more about what happens next.
A Tale Dark and Grimm Adam Gidwitz *** A very interesting retelling of Hansel and Gretel. I enjoyed the author’s interjections a lot. It reminded me of The Princess Bride. It was fun and I found myself laughing often.
The Name of the StarMaureen Johnson **** I read this right after watching the new season of BBC’s Sherlock (my new obsession!) and it fit my mood perfectly. It had the right atmosphere, London, a cool mystery, great writing, a very interesting story. Everything I was looking for to fill in that gap left behind from Sherlock.
Magic Under Glass Jaclyn Dolamore **** (reread) I liked this even better the second time around. The world building is very well done and I like the character development. I had an even greater appreciation for Nimira and Erris’ relationship and the challenges they faced.
Magic Under Stone Jaclyn Dolamore **** I was so excited to receive an ARC for this so I wouldn’t have to wait until April to find out what happens next. I wasn’t disappointed at all. I liked the way the world building expanded beyond what we saw in Magic Under Glass. I also liked how complex the relationship between Nimira and Erris became. Given their circumstances, it felt very realistic. I also liked having an extra POV character in this one. I thought the two POV’s went very well together.
Between the Sea and Sky Jaclyn Dolamore **** Really liked this one too. I really connected with the characters and loved the world building. I liked how the story had a very unique yet at the same time familiar and classic feel to it.
Divergent Veronica Roth **** I liked several things about this: the world building, writing, pacing, tension, and most of all, the characters. I adored Four and loved seeing how much Tris grew. I especially liked how her growth was so evident all throughout the story rather than saved for the end. I really can’t wait to see what happens next.
Wildwing Emily Whitman *** I enjoyed this because it had some of my favorite things: time travel, medieval world, and a love story. I also liked how even though Addy kept managing to get herself into interesting predicaments, she was always able to come up with some very clever and creative solutions.
The Way We Fall Megan Crewe ***** I loved this for many of the same reasons that I loved Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer. I liked the journal format, the way the story and characters stuck with me long after reading the final page, and just how real it felt. The pacing and tension are very well done and I didn’t want to put it down because I just had to find out what happened next. I can’t wait for the next book.
Wisdom’s KissCatherine Gilbert Murdock *** This was a fun story and I thought its structure was pretty creative. It’d told through letters, journal entries, memoirs, encyclopedia entries, and even excerpts from a play. While it was fun and original to read, the format did make it more difficult for me to connect with the characters as much as I’d have liked to. But I still enjoyed reading it. I read the kindle version which came with a ton of extras like author commentaries, deleted scenes, etc. I found those pretty fascinating to read, especially since it gave me a peek inside the author’s head. It was interesting to see why she made of the choices she made and what she was thinking at the time she wrote the book.