Book Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Star Ratings: Characters: *** (3 stars) Character Development: *** (3 stars) Plot: **** (4 stars) Writing: *** (3 stars) Overall: *** (3 stars) Age range recommendation: 15 and up.  (Definitely not for anyone who isn’t in high school yet, as there’s sex and other grossness.  I would actually recommend this to a lot of twenty-somethingsContinue reading “Book Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas”

The Darkest Part Of The Forest is out today! Here’s why I love it.

I am a foolish mortal.*  When I read (and re-read) the galley of The Darkest Part Of The Forest a couple of months ago, I was full to bursting with things to say about it.  The effort it took to not wildly bang my keyboard with exclamation point and dreadful heart symbols may have causedContinue reading “The Darkest Part Of The Forest is out today! Here’s why I love it.”

Book Review: Among Others by Jo Walton

Star Ratings: Characters: **** (4 stars) Character Development: ***** (5 stars) Plot: *** (3 stars) Writing: **** (4 stars) Overall: **** (4 stars) Age range recommendation: This isn’t really YA, but could (and should) be read by teenagers, too. This book tripped me sideways and tossed me back into the world of vintage SciFi andContinue reading “Book Review: Among Others by Jo Walton”

Book Review: Jackaby by William Ritter

Star Ratings: Characters: **** (4 stars) Character Development: *** (3 stars) Plot: **** (4 stars) Writing: **** (4 stars) Overall: ***1/2 (3 1/2 stars) Age range recommendation: 13 + (some scares, but nothing wildly inappropriate) A tenacious young Brit takes on a job as assistant to an awkward-but-brilliant private detective in 19th century New England.Continue reading “Book Review: Jackaby by William Ritter”

Book Review: Thorn Jack by Katherine Harbour

Star Ratings for Thorn Jack Characters: ***** (5 stars) Character Development: *** (3 stars) Plot: **** (4 stars) Writing: *** (3 stars) Overall: **** (4 stars) Age range recommendation: 13 and up Thorn Jack first caught my eye because I liked the title and the skull on the front. But, lest I be accused of judgingContinue reading “Book Review: Thorn Jack by Katherine Harbour”

Book Review: Tam Lin by Pamela Dean

Star Ratings Characters: *** (3 stars) Character Development: ** (2 stars) Plot: ** (2 stars) Writing : *** (3 stars) Overall: ** (2 stars) Age range recommendation: 15 + (Mostly because the academic subject matter might be boring to many younger readers, not due to any particular graphic unpleasantness.) I was so excited to finallyContinue reading “Book Review: Tam Lin by Pamela Dean”

Thoughts About Ballads: “Tam Lin” Re-tellings

“Tam Lin” is a Scottish ballad which has been adapted into a great many songs and stories. There are many different versions of the ballad, all of which follow the same general plot and central characters. My favorite musical recordings of the song are probably those by Fairport Convention and Tricky Pixie, though there areContinue reading “Thoughts About Ballads: “Tam Lin” Re-tellings”

Book Review: Chime by Franny Billingsley

Star Ratings Characters: **** (4 stars) Character Development: **** (4 stars) Plot: ***** (5 stars) Writing : ***** (5 stars) Overall: ****1/2 (4 1/2 stars) Age range recommendation: 13 + Nancy Werlin recommended Chime to me way back in the fall when I met her at the Boston Teen Author Festival. I was one ofContinue reading “Book Review: Chime by Franny Billingsley”

Archived Review: The Curiosities by Maggie Stiefvater, Tessa Gratton, and Brenna Yovanoff

Originally posted to Dark Lady Reviews on March 26, 2013.   Since this is an anthology of short stories, the star ratings will be slightly different. Star Ratings: Writing: *** (3 stars. The authors chose to present their stories in their raw and largely unedited forms: notes in the margins point out what they wouldContinue reading “Archived Review: The Curiosities by Maggie Stiefvater, Tessa Gratton, and Brenna Yovanoff”

Archived Review: Little Grrl Lost by Charles De Lint

Originally posted to Dark Lady Reviews on September 9, 2012 Star Ratings Characters: **** (4 Stars) Character Development: *** (3 Stars) Plot: **** (3 Stars) Writing: ***** (5 Stars) Overall: ***** (4 Stars) I found this book in the library by my old high school, when I was looking for a book by the sameContinue reading “Archived Review: Little Grrl Lost by Charles De Lint”