Around this time last year I had given three books five stars and I have yet to do so this year. Is this a bad year for YA? Am I being too critical?
What 2017 books have you given five stars?
I only read five books this month which is a travesty for me. I try to read at least eight. Part of it was lack of enthusiasm about the books I was reading- I’d much rather watch TV than read my book. The other part was trying to find the next book-there were a few gaps in days where I was deciding on the next title. Click the titles to see my full reviews.
3/4 Face Like Glass by Frances Hardinge-I was very exited about this because of The Lie Tree. I also read and kinda didn’t like Cuckoo Song so I was also weary of this. Unfortunately the latter rang true. I think the reason is that Face Like Glass was written before Lie Tree during Hardinge’s need for a better editor stage. Hardinge has great world building but tends to loose track and go all over the place-this is what happened in Cuckoo and Face. The Lie Tree had a focus.
The Upside of the Unrequited by Becky Albertalli-I loved Simon but I didn’t love Upside as much. I’m not nor have I never been a gay teen boy so Simon added a new perspective. I have however been an insecure 16-year-old girl and as a 40-year-old, I was bored by all the things going on in this girl’s head. 16-year-old me would have love this but not 40-year-old me. This book was just not written for me and it was a bit predictable.
The Next Together by Lauren James- I reviewed this for SLJ (School Library Journal) and you can catch my rating in the May issue.
The Violet Grenade by Victoria Scott-Domino’s monster was supposed to make this book stand out of a basic plot about a coming of age homeless girl but it didn’t land. The romance was blah, she gets bullied by other girls-Big Whoop; and she grows in the end-okay, I’ve read that a million times.
Traitor’s Kiss by Erin Beaty-This started off well but a third of the way through it fell apart. There are many things that annoyed me in YA fantasy (listen to our podcast below) and Traitor violated several-The Lonely Island (one female among a bunch a dudes); The Gwenevere Complex (in this case, Sage is plain but everyone loves her); The War Strategist (sheltered girl knows more than generals/captains and wins the war).