The Ice Dragon by George R.R. Martin

Another short story that I didn’t enjoy that much. Nothing new, it’s probably all on me again. This middle grade novel tells a story about Adara and her struggles, or at least, the struggles of people around her. Every winter, the ice dragon comes to the place she lives in. Lucky for her, winter is…

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

I got an arc from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Most of my friends here know that I dislike reading most YA books. I find most of them shallow and repetitive, but the premise of This Savage Song made me want to give the genre another chance. I’m glad that I did, because…

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

What is the best way to make your YA book standout? Change the format of the novel. That was the first thing that made me even look at this novel. Most of the time if it’s YA and people are talking about it, I tend to stay away. Props to the authors for coming up…

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

Contemporary YA is not my genre, but this novel was an exception. I prejudged it based on the first few chapters, but as the plot developed, I started to like it. This is a novel about a group of friends who wants to have a normal life. They just want to graduate before the school…

Taken by Erin Bowman

Based on the premise, I thought this could be the novel that would change my perception of the YA genre. Unfortunately, it only further degraded the genre for me. Predictable, underdeveloped characters, and weak plot. After the first 50 pages or so, the novel started going downhill. It’s a surprise that I managed to reach…

Full Tilt by Neal Shusterman

What happens when you are suddenly pulled away from the real world, and plunged into a carnival where your soul can be claimed? Blake needs to decide between his own safety, or his brother’s. Every decision counts, as the carnival awaits for his defeat. Most YA horror are formulaic, and this novel proved no different….

The Vampire’s Assistant by Darren Shan

I didn’t know what to read next, even though Blood Song was already on my currently reading list, so I decided to rearrange a part of my bookshelf. I noticed book 3 lying around with a couple of other random books. I then had a slight feeling of wanting to continue on with the series….

The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd

Juliet Moreau is living a somewhat normal teenage life in London. The rumors of her father’s past never left her, but they made her a stronger and smarter woman. With a genuine interest in science, she can indeed call herself her father’s daughter. Everything was going normal until she once again meets Montgomery, her father’s…