All posts tagged: young adult books

Week of Reviews: The Walled City by Ryan Graudin [5]

Before picking up this book, I had extremely high expectations regarding what I was about to read, so for that reason my thoughts on this aren’t quite as positive as I would have liked them. I’m sorry. That’s my own fault. I shouldn’t have set my expectations so high. I had heard nothing but brilliant things about Ryan Graudin before picking this book up. Mainly things about her book Wolf by Wolf, but I had also heard a high amount of praise for The Walled City. So I dove into this book expecting a masterpiece in YA literature – and to be honest, I was very disappointed. Don’t get me wrong – The Walled City is an oddly refreshing and gritty novel with fast paced action. I was completely engaged in this book… for about the first 20 pages. And then things began to simmer down. While I loved the premise for this story and the idea of Dai and Jin Ling working as partners in crime, I found that the story and relationships between characters were never fully developed. As much as …

YA books I want to read soon.

I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve been out of the Young Adult book bubble for at least a couple of months now. I’m not saying I haven’t read any YA, because it’s what I automatically go to during a reading slump, however I’m really not up to date on as many books I’d like to be so today’s blog post is all about that: a list of the top YA books on my TBR.   Title: A Court of Mist and Fury Author: Sarah J. Maas Release Date: May 3rd 2016 I’m sure everybody and their mother has read this book by now; but if you’re like me and behind on the bandwagon you probably haven’t had a chance to yet. It’s not just the size of this one intimidating me (it is fucking big) but I have heard that is very… descriptive per se, and I want to make sure I am in the right mood to enjoy this one. I don’t want to read it because I have to, I want to read it when I want to! Title: The …

Book Review: More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

Trust me when I say you have got to pick up this book. After hearing so much praise about this debut novel and even hearing it compared to Benjamin Alire Sáenz’ Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (one of my favourite books of 2015!), I finally got myself around to picking up my own copy on kindle and you can guarantee I don’t regret it. While it doesn’t appear at first, More Happy Than Not is a dark, sad book that deals with class, race, homophobia, depression and suicide. I heard a few reviewers mention just how sad this book was before I picked it up but I shook it off as them exaggerating, because it couldn’t be as sad as they were describing, right? But it was and I should have listened. This is a story about Aaron who is trying to move on after both his father’s suicide and his own attempted suicide. He spends his days hanging out with his guy friends at his apartment complex where he lives in a one-bedroom apartment with his mum and brother and spends his …