Legendary, by Stephanie Garber

When I read Caraval last year, I suspected that I’d enjoy it. The idea of a magical scavenger hunt embedded within a five-day-long Renaissance Faire environment was too awesome to pass up. Needless to say, it appeared pretty high on my year-end list of favorite books. And the epilogue’s teaser for the sequel Legendary had […]

Obsidio, by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

This was one of my two most anticipated books of this year, and I made sure to preorder a copy so I could start reading it as soon as it came out. I was a little over a year late to the party for the first part, Illuminae, but I almost immediately jumped into the […]

Origin, by Dan Brown

First off, a note to all my followers: I read more than just YA. I also enjoy a good thriller, and I’ve read all of Dan Brown’s books—the four previous Robert Langdon books and his other two, Digital Fortress and Deception Point. All of those came out before I started posting reviews here, and maybe […]

A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares, by Krystal Sutherland

I added this book to my to-read list as soon as I first learned of it, and as soon as it was available at a local library, I checked it out. I’m going to start by saying that I absolutely loved this book, and then I’m going to present a semi-definitive list of awesome reasons […]

Haunting the Deep, by Adriana Mather

Last year, I read Adriana Mather’s stunning debut How to Hang a Witch and declared it my favorite book of 2016. I loved the mash-up between the Salem Witch trials and Mean Girls, with its subtext about persecution and bullying not only in 1692 but in present-day high school. As soon as I learned there’d […]

Submerge, by Tobie Easton

After finishing Tobie Easton’s incredible debut Emerge, which I loved and placed at #5 in my favorite books read last year, I couldn’t wait for the sequel. The story was simply lots of fun, and the plot and conflict were wrapped up so nicely, that I wasn’t sure what a sequel could even look like. […]

I Am Princess X, by Cherie Priest

Sometimes, a book just finds you, almost as if someone left it there for you to lead you on a journey if you follow the clues. I’m convinced that happened to me with this book. Apparently, I added it to my Goodreads to-read list sometime in the past year or so—not sure when—and forgot about […]

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, by John Tiffany, Jack Thorne, and J.K. Rowling

About a year ago, this eighth story in the Harry Potter series came out, set nineteen years after the events of the original series. With the recent celebration of the twenty-year anniversary of the first book’s release, that makes last year the nineteenth anniversary. Hmm…the number 19 appears twice in one sentence. Nothing’s a coincidence […]

Gemina, by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

You know when you read an awesome book that totally blows you away? And then you know that there’s a second part to that book series, yet you’re a little skeptical that the second book can live up to the sheer awesomeness of the first book? Well, that’s how I went into Gemina, the second […]

Caraval, by Stephanie Garber

I’m a big fan of scavenger hunts—whether they’re about finding items or finding clues from location to location. Way back in middle school, high school, and into college, I created such games for my friends to play. I’m also a big fan of the current “Escape Room” craze—being locked in a room trying to solve […]