Any Bangs in March?

NO, DAMMIT!!!

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.

bombbombbomb 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.

bombbombbombbomb 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.

bombbomb 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.

bombbomb 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).

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4 thoughts on “Any Bangs in March?

  1. The only 5 star, for a 2017 publication, I’ve given was to Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team by Steve Sheinkin. All my other 5 star awards were to 2016 publications. I have high hopes for Strange the Dreamer though.

  2. I had two 5-star reads in March: Alex, Approximately and When Dimple Met Rishi. Alex was sort of a fun rom-com and I liked they way Bennett portrayed the MC’s sexuality in a very positive way. Dimple & Rishi was just so adorable. I loved every second of it.

    Sam @ WLABB

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