Monday, June 6, 2011

Ten new mini-reviews!

Only in YA can you find demon hunters, brain transplants, ghost sightings, brotherly love triangles, sassy flappers, dystopic factions, gritty realism, talking heads, AND zombie hordes. Awesome, right?

In order to keep my sanity in the last weeks before the wedding, I've been reading a ton and having a blast! Nothing like some YA escapism to relax and forget about bustles and seating charts! I've been on a roll, too, so I've compiled a list of the latest books I've enjoyed and exactly why you should check them out!

Divergent - Veronica Roth
Why? This buzzed-about book is deliciously fun to read, with excellent action and a romance to really root for.

Strange Angels - Lili St. Crow
Why? Reluctant demon hunter a la Buffy. Lili St. Crow doesn't hold back on the tough stuff, either.

Being Nikki and Runaway (Airhead trilogy #2 and #3) - Meg Cabot
Why? The Airhead trilogy is like cotton candy, and I'm addicted. The novels are entertaining, funny, and just a little bit outrageous. Love it!

Shade - Jeri Smith-Ready
Why? The question is, why not? This book has it all -- amazing plot, phenomenal worldbuilding, kickass MC, and a love triangle to drool over. Read it NOW! (Full review HERE.)

The Summer I Turned Pretty - Jenny Han
Why? Everything I love about a contemporary novel. I felt such a connection to the main character, the romantic tension was authentic, and the voice was spot-on. I can't wait to read the rest of the Summer books!
Audio Files: So perfect! Highly recommended.

Vixen - Jillian Larkin
Why? Jazz, flappers, and the Prohibition, with a multiple-POV narration. Yum!
Audio Files: Engaging narration, definitely worthwhile.

Speak - Laurie Halse Anderson
Why? This incredible book is part of the YA canon for a reason. Raw and moving, without being preachy or overdone. I can't believe I waited so long to read it.
Audio Files: Great, great narration.

Hold Me Closer, Necromancer - Lish McBride
Why? Refreshing, funny, and a little bit twisted. Characters so awesome that you hope for a sequel because you want to hang out with them again. I'll recommend this to anyone. Check out the Forever YA review that convinced me to read it.

The Dark and Hollow Places - Carrie Ryan
Why? The final book in the Forest of Hands and Teeth trilogy, and my favorite by far. I LOVE Annah as narrator, the romance is spot-on, and the Dark City is my most-loved setting of the three books.
Audio Files: I would get to work and sit in the parking lot for five more minutes to keep listening.


Tell me... Have you read any of these? Tell me what you think in the comments, or leave a link to your full review. Or recommend a recent favorite read of yours in your own mini review. I love adding to my TBR pile!


  1. I'm reading Divergent right now and loving it. As soon as I get off the internet, I'm going to read it.

    You are so funny escaping into books before your wedding. It makes me smile. Enjoy your time until your special day. So excited for you.

  2. I love mini reviews and these were all great! DIVERGENT was amazing! :-0


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