Publisher: Balzer + Bray


Aug 05
Review: The Cage by Megan Shepherd

Review: The Cage by Megan Shepherd

After finishing “The Cage“, I’m questioning whether this story is actually “otherwordly,” as described in the synopsis, because I unfortunately never really had the sense that we were dealing with aliens on some distant planet.  No, it wasn’t because the aliens intentionally created Earth-like environments in order to put their human captives at ease, as was explained numerous times in the story.  (Yeah, good luck with that.)  There was just no sense of “otherness”; it felt like this book could… Read more »


Apr 20
Review: Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman

Review: Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman

If you’ve been craving a novel that depicts Adolf Hitler in all of his teenager-creeping glory, Prisoner of Night and Fog might be for you.  I can usually count on having good luck with historical fiction, particularly novels set during WWI or WWII.  (This story takes place in the period between the two wars.)  But unfortunately, this book was mostly a miss for me, primarily due to problems with the protagonist. Gretchen is a teenager in Munich, fiercely loyal to… Read more »


Mar 23
Review and Giveaway: Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

Review and Giveaway: Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

There were several times during Cruel Beauty when I felt hopelessly confused.  I know very little about the tale of Beauty and the Beast, and also woven into this fairy-tale retelling was a good deal of Greek mythology and the supernatural.  But even when I was left scratching my head and trying to figure out what I’d missed, I was captivated by this story.  Hodge tried to cover a great deal of territory in Cruel Beauty, and she did it… Read more »


Dec 04
Review: Across a Star-Swept Sea by Diana Peterfreund

Review: Across a Star-Swept Sea by Diana Peterfreund

I have not yet read For Darkness Shows the Stars, the first book in this series, but since Across a Star-Swept Sea was described as a companion novel rather than a sequel, I decided to dive in.  Perhaps this resulted in some details that I didn’t fully appreciate, but I never felt lost.  A big factor in this was that there was a great deal of repetition, particularly around the genetic engineering elements of the plot.  Although I didn’t love this… Read more »


Jul 18
Review: Everbound by Brodi Ashton

Review: Everbound by Brodi Ashton

Nikki is on a rescue mission.  If Nikki can’t get back to the Everneath, her boyfriend, Jack, will be unable to escape the tunnels, and he will eventually die.  She has the small comfort that he visits her in a ghostly form during her dreams at night, but with every visit, Nikki can see that his memories of her are starting to slip away. But Cole is not one to take no for an answer, and he continues to insist… Read more »


May 02
Review: Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris

Review: Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris

There were so many guys in Unraveling, I wasn’t sure if I was ever going to get them straight.  Alex, Ben, Nick, Steve, Kevin, Elijah, Reid.  And those were the guys who showed up in the first few chapters!  But I buckled in, focused like a laser beam, got ’em all sorted out, and then I just enjoyed the hell out of this book. Janelle is a normal teenager until she is run down by a car and somehow brought… Read more »


Mar 25
Review: Partials by Dan Wells

Review: Partials by Dan Wells

No babies have lived more than a few hours after birth in more than a decade.  Only a small percentage of the population is alive, and they are headed rapidly towards extinction if someone can’t figure out how to save the babies.  The morally questionable, yet necessary (as some believe) solution to the low population is to force girls to begin getting pregnant at 18.  The government is on the verge of lowering the age to 16.  All women must… Read more »