Short Reviews

Title: Unholy Night
Author: Seth Grahame-Smith
Source: The MindHut
Rating: 4/5 stars

A retelling of the Nativity, of the tale of the three wisemen who went to see Jesus after his birth? Really?? Yes, really. Grahame-Smith takes this classic story and turns it upside down on its head. It’s full of humor, but also surprising character development and a deep sadness running through the novel. One of the best features of Unholy Night, though, is the respect it shows for the traditional religious beliefs underlying the story. It’s not likely to offend (unless you think retellings/reinterpretations are sacrilegious, in which case you should stay away), but it is definitely entertaining.

See my full review of Unholy Night at The MindHut

Title: Partials
Author: Dan Wells
Source: The MindHut
Rating: 4/5 stars

It’s the future, and there are less than 50,000 humans left after a war with our robotic progeny, called Partials. Now, the human race is slowly dying out, unable to reproduce after being infected with a virus called RM by the Partials. Kira is a medic determined to cure RM, whatever the cost may be. Though Partials has much in common with its fellow post-apocalytpic/dystopian YA novels, a few things set it apart. It’s not overly concerned with romance, which is refreshing, and the story has some great (and some predictable) twists and turns. Kira is an appealing character, and though the story suffers from some clunky writing and dialogue, overall, it’s a book you should seek out if you enjoy the YA dystopian trend.

See my full review of Partials at The MindHut

Title: Shadow and Bone
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Source: The MindHut
Rating: 4/5 stars

Yet another first book in a YA trilogy, Shadow and Bone is set in a fantasy world called Ravka, which is culturally similar to Russia. Alina is a mapmaker with the army and they are mapping the Fold, a dark, impenetrable area that slices Ravka in two and is full of monsters. When Alina’s company is attacked, she unwillingly unleashes a power that brings her to the attention of the royal court. Shadow and Bone is full of mysteries, and readers will be clamoring to know more as they devour this book. Alina’s a great character, and her growth is enjoyable to witness over the course of the book. Overall, this is one of the better new YA fantasy trilogies out there, so if you’re looking for something new in that vein, you should check Shadow and Bone out.

See my full review of Shadow and Bone at The MindHut

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