Category Archives: YA Novels

The Archived (The Archived #1) // The Memories Running Around and Those Who Catch Them

the archivedAuthor: Victoria Schwab

Published: January 22nd 2013 by Hyperion

Pages: 321

Genres: young adult // supernatural > kind of ghosts

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:: Forgive my lull in blog action. My laptop crashed and I had a crisis trying to get it to turn back on again so I could save files – specifically the photos from Japan. Those’re important to me! All is well, now. So back to schedule! ::


I am now officially a member of the Schwab Squad! (I’m making that a thing.) I’m so glad and this was a fantastic book to start with. And then I hear her more recent books are even better? I can’t wait.

Recommended if you like:

  • fantastic characters and growth
  • some sass
  • psychometry and “bodies” made of memories escaping their library
  • baked goods
  • guyliner
  • keys that lead to different realms that are awesome

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The Raven King (The Raven Cycle #4) // The Finale to a Magical Mystery – I’ll Miss Blue & Her Raven Boys!

the raven kingAuthor: Maggie Stiefvater

Published: April 26th 2016 by Scholastic Press

Pages: 439

Genres: young adult // mystery // supernatural

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::THERE ARE NO SPOILERS FOR TRK, BUT WILL BE FOR PREVIOUS BOOKS::


OK. First, I want to get it off my chest that I liked it, but…I was also disappointed… *hides face* No, no, I shouldn’t be ashamed of it. Everyone is different!Black-Sheep resize I will say, however, that if I EVER sound like I am bashing on a book/someone with a differing opinion, PLEASE, PLEASE tell me. Because that is SO far from my intentions. I just like having discussions and sharing thoughts, seeing different opinions and such. So I will explain my disappointments below. BUT THIS IN NO WAY MEANS I DIDN’T LIKE IT AT ALL. Because I still did. I loved how the magic got scary in this one. It was so dark and grotesque. Our group has grown so much throughout this series and we see them at their finest here! Continue reading The Raven King (The Raven Cycle #4) // The Finale to a Magical Mystery – I’ll Miss Blue & Her Raven Boys!

Morning Star (Red Rising #3) // A War-Torn Climax…in Space!

morning starAuthor: Pierce Brown

Published: February 9th 2016 by Del Rey

Pages: 524

Genres: young adult // dystopian // science fiction

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::THIS REVIEW CONTAINS NO SPOILERS FOR THIS BOOK, BUT MAY CONTAIN SOME FROM PREVIOUS ONES::


A bloodydamn excellent finale.

Damn, that was exciting. And heart-stuttering at times. This really was a fantastic ending to the series.

Now, I realized that I am extremely stingy with giving out 5 scale ratings… I’m trying to loosen up a little bit. I think it’s pressure to have the rating perfectly represent all my thoughts on the books and…that will just never happen. This book has small flaws, but I would really only knock it down by half a scale if I was being technical. SO! Since I also just seriously enjoyed it, I’ll mention any dislikes/flaws, but I’m giving it *drum roll* 5 scales! We’ll see how this loosening up goes, heh. And trying a slightly different review format so I don’t throw word blocks at you.

Red Rising: ascension

Golden Son: politics

Morning Star: war

Continue reading Morning Star (Red Rising #3) // A War-Torn Climax…in Space!

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda // An Adorable Contemporary Mystery (of Love)

simon vs thsaAuthor: Becky Albertalli

Published: April 7th, 2015 by HarperAudio

Length: 6 hours & 45 minutes

Narrator: Michael Crouch

Genres: young adult // LGBT+ // contemporary


This has so many realistic aspects! The characters were so real. It was such an adorable read and quite a suspenseful mystery for a contemporary! OMG, seriously… I LIKED IT SO MUCH. 5 scales, all the way.

Recommended if you like:

  • real characters, real high school drama done so well
  • an identity mystery that keeps you guessing!
  • a fantastic main character
  • flirting at cuteness (and sometimes awkwardness) level 9000
  • oreos

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Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle #3) // Pynch?? and Epic Cavern Adventures!

blue lily, lily blueAuthor: Maggie Stiefvater

Published: October 21st 2014 by Scholastic Press

Pages: 391

Genres: young adult // mystery // supernatural


THINGS HAPPENED. Shit got realer. Those first 2 books were definitely to set things up and events have taken place at a faster pace (heh, rhymed) in this one! Magic, tragedy, suddenness, songs, fear… New facets to this mystery. And the cliffhanger… I guess there’d be no 4th book if a huge PROBLEM doesn’t arise! Stupidity… I was very happy with the jump in pace and magical occurrences in this installment. I can’t wait to get my hands on The Raven King and see how this all ends…

DON’T DIE, GANSEY.

(And is this cover not GORGEOUS? It’s really quite simple, but green and blue are my 2 favorite colors, you can see the paint strokes, it’s all nature-y, gah! One of my favorite covers, ever.) Continue reading Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle #3) // Pynch?? and Epic Cavern Adventures!

An Ember in the Ashes (AEitA #1) // A Brutal Desert Adventure

an ember in the ashesAuthor: Sabaa Tahir

Published: April 28th, 2015 by Listening Library

Length: 15 hours & 22 minutes

Narrators: Steve West & Fiona Hardingham

Genres: young adult // dystopian? historical? historical dystopian? // a smidge of fantasy

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If you couldn’t tell by the “length” hint, I listened to my first audiobook, ever! And I came across a book that I had been seeing everywhere, recently, so I thought I’d start my audio journey with An Ember in the Ashes! Though, no one warned me that once it’s over, it’s like you’ve lost a friend (or friends) telling you an awesome story… *draws in the sand, somberly* Like, when I reached the very end and Steve West read out the publisher stuff, I realized how comfortable I got with his voice! One downside, though, is not knowing how things are spelled! The characters are easy to find, considering they should be listed in the blurb, but I don’t know how to spell the town’s name, for example… Continue reading An Ember in the Ashes (AEitA #1) // A Brutal Desert Adventure

The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle #2) // More on Ronan and a Romance with a Hitman??

the dream thieves coverAuthor: Maggie Stiefvater

Published: September 17th, 2013 by Scholastic Press

Pages: 437

Genres: young adult // mystery // supernatural


What a ride. The mystery grows ever larger. But we have new character development and another step closer to Glendower. Blue and her raven boys still make this story some to life. I really like all the different perspectives, even though that’s hard to pull off. I can’t say too much about the plot for this one due to its focus was on dreams, on Ronan and figuring out why Cabeswater disappeared, that’s basically it. Which is fine! It just doesn’t leave much room for various plot discussion. (I also am still trying to work on my own analyzing skills…very unskilled.) And this cliffhanger was bigger, but just as unexpected as the last! (Also, technically, I read this a couple of years ago, but I literally forgot everything except names. So we’re glossing over that detail.) Continue reading The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle #2) // More on Ronan and a Romance with a Hitman??

Golden Son (Red Rising #2) // Action-Packed Gut Puncher in Space!

golden son by pierce brownAuthor: Pierce Brown

Published: January 6th, 2016 by Del Rey

Pages: 430

Genres: young adult // science-fiction > dystopian // slight romance


Holy shit, that was awesome. Awesome in the politics & war & Darrow being a badass department. Not as heavily in the character development department. Darrow is thrown into the deep waters of civil war and political battles, betrayals and death in this second installment. He is such an intelligent, adaptive person. You can’t see plots until they are happening in front of you, even Darrow’s. I’ve been hearing amazing things about the next book and its ending, so I can’t wait to get there after the ending to this one! Ugh, that ending. WHAT A CLIFFHANGER. My poor Darrow just needs a break! Continue reading Golden Son (Red Rising #2) // Action-Packed Gut Puncher in Space!

The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1) // Magic and Adventure Waiting to be Discovered

the raven boys coverAuthor: Maggie Stiefvater

Published: September 18, 2012 by Scholastic Press

Pages: 409

Genres: young adult // mystery // supernatural


Hey there, worms (of books)!

Okay. I’m late to the party, I know! I am just now reading The Raven Cycle, but sometimes with books I think I will enjoy, I like to wait until all books are available…bookworms are impatient worms. Though, I have a secret… I did read this book a few years ago… BUT I forgot, literally, everything that had happened aside from names of MCs, so it was like reading new all over again and I have plans for books I choose to re-read later, but for now! I just wanted to pretend I hadn’t read it in preparation for the finale. And I can’t wait to continue!

Read this if you like:

  • awesome characters with distinct personalities and a penchant for mischief & adventure
  • mystery & suspense
  • MAGIC (or at least the hint of a lot in this book)
  • sleeping, centuries-old kings
  • camaros
  • ravens

Continue reading The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1) // Magic and Adventure Waiting to be Discovered

The Song of Achilles // A Beautiful Take on an Old Tale

Author: Madeline Miller

Published: September 20th, 2011 by Bloomsbury Publishing

Pages: 352

Genres: young adult // LGBT // historical fiction > Greek mythology


A beautifully written perspective on the love between Achilles and Patroclus in the old Greek tales. If you know anything about the Iliad or at least seen the movie Troy, you’ll know the story of Achilles. Many people are required to learn about him in high school. But a good friend of his usually seems put off more to the side except for his effect near the end. Well, welcome to a different perception of that strong relationship here in this book! I’m surprised the story from this POV hasn’t been done, so far, what with the beautiful relationship. Continue reading The Song of Achilles // A Beautiful Take on an Old Tale