Short Reviews

Title: The Raven Boys
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Source: Publisher
Genre: Teen/YA, Urban Fantasy
Rating: 4.5/5

The Raven Boys seems like a simple paranormal contemporary novel. It’s about a girl, Blue, whose family has supernatural psychic abilities. She sees the spirit of a boy named Gansey and knows that he will die in the coming year. Things become more complicated when Blue actually meets Gansey and becomes friends with his private school clan. It may seem pedestrian, but The Raven Boys is, quite simply, a work of art. Every word, every sentence is carefully thought out, and the plot is absolutely amazing. The characters are sympathetic, and it’s wonderful that you can’t predict their everythought; indeed, The Raven Boys is full of surprises. This is a novel that blew me away from beginning to end.

Read my full review of The Raven Boys at  The MindHut

Title: Crewel
Author: Gennifer Albin
Source: Publisher
Genre: Teen/YA, Fantasy
Rating: 4/5

Crewel is a difficult novel to describe in such a short review, but I’ll do my best. Adelice lives in a world where spinsters — women who weave and unweave the threads of reality itself — are honored above all others. However, Adelice has always been instructed to keep her weaving abilities secret. When they are discovered, she’s taken away to live with the spinsters and begins to learn the secrets of her world. It’s a unique, interesting premise, and Albin writes it well. The novel kept me interested, the twists and turns were exciting and unexpected. It’s a good choice if you’re looking for new and different in YA plotlines.

Read my full review of Crewel at The MindHut

Title: What’s Left of Me
Author: Kat Zhang
Source: Publisher
Genre: Teen/YA, Fantasy
Rating: 3.5/5

In Addie’s world, every person is born with two souls. Over the course of their youth, the second soul dies away and the dominant soul takes over. But only Addie, and her sister soul Eva, know that two souls still reside in Eva’s body. It’s a dark, dangerous secret, and if it’s revealed, it could destroy everything. What’s Left of Me has a great premise, and it moves faster and more decisively than one would expect. This is good in some ways, because it means the beginning of the novel sucks the reader in, but it also means the middle of the book meanders a bit because too much happens too fast. Still, it’s an interesting read and addresses many thought-provoking issues, and the ending will leave readers clamoring for the next installment in the trilogy.

Read my full review of What’s Left of Me at The MindHut

Comments

  1. The first two books look really good, and are going on my list for future reference. I have read that a lot of others loved The Raven Boys so I am going to be looking for that one when I can. Very nice mini-reviews today, Swapna. I think I need to go visit the library site now.

  2. The first two books look really good, and are going on my list for future reference. I have read that a lot of others loved The Raven Boys so I am going to be looking for that one when I can. Very nice mini-reviews today, Swapna. I think I need to go visit the library site now.

  3. I have basically the same thoughts as you about the first two books-excited for their sequels! However I’m thinking I might skip What’s Left of Me after seeing some middling reviews.

  4. I have basically the same thoughts as you about the first two books-excited for their sequels! However I’m thinking I might skip What’s Left of Me after seeing some middling reviews.

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