“Blood Rose Rebellion” by Rosalyn Eves

Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves is a young adult dystopian/alt-history novel set in the mid-1800s. Anna Arden is born into high British society. In this book, magic is also tied to social class. The upper class, the Luminates, receive the ability to perform magic at their Confirmation as a child. But Anna is barrenRead more

“Caraval” by Stephanie Garber

If you’re trying to hide under blankets and read a YA novel that’s fun but not too real (cause let’s face it, dystopias are a little too real right now), then Caraval by Stephanie Garber is an excellent choice. It’s kind of like a weird mashup between The Hunger Games, Austenland, Alice in Wonderland, and a circus.Read more

“A Darker Shade of Magic” by V.E. Schwab

My book club selected A Darker Shade of Magic as its October read, and overall, I was impressed with the novel. It’s a young adult fantasy novel about alternate versions of London. The protagonist, Kell, lives in Red London, which is the magical London. There’s also Grey London, which is our London and generally devoid ofRead more

“The Vanishing Throne” by Elizabeth May

The Vanishing Throne is the second book in the Falconer trilogy by Elizabeth May. It’s a series about a young woman who defies societal convention to fight the fae, who aren’t the pretty Disney type, but rather are evil incarnate. If you read The Falconer back in 2014 like I did, you’ll probably have completely forgotten the plot. IRead more

“Children of the Different” by S.C. Flynn

Children of the Different is a young adult post-apocalyptic novel set in a future Australia.  A disease has wiped out most of humanity, and the only people who survived were those who had something different about them mentally–i.e. psychic powers, brain damage, coma, etc.  The protagonists are a set of twins who were born after theRead more

Mini-Review: “The Blessed” by Tonya Hurley

I picked up an ARC of The Blessed by Tonya Hurley at Book Expo a bunch of years back, and finally got around to reading it.  It is by far one of the strangest books I’ve read in 2016. The basic premise of The Blessed is that there are three girls, each of whom ends up in the hospitalRead more

“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” by John Tiffany, Jack Thorn, & J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a screenplay about Harry Potter’s son Albus.  It takes place many years after the previous books, when Harry is a middle-aged man and his son is about to take his place at Hogwarts.  Despite all of his adventures in defeating evil, Harry Potter doesn’t know how to be aRead more