I haven’t read much this year, or last semester. Why? Stress and being busy./. I keep forgetting/ putting off reading, even though I know it’s a major stress reliever and it’s incredible. I put off things that are good for me, okay? It’s inexplicable and stupid.
So here we are. I’m going to talk about the last five YA books I read and what I thought about them, to shake things up from my recent rambling/complaining/wrap up posts that I’ve been writing.
I originally rated this like 3.5 stars but I can’t stop thinking about it. So that’s something.
Pros: This was a really cool story and like I said, I can’t stop thinking about it. Probably because it ends very… at odds and in a cliff hanger. It’s SUCH an interesting concept, turning blood into coins and those coins are currency and people can melt that currency down to add to tea and extend their lives… Whether or not that’s a new idea, it was a really cool plot concept and it was executed well.
Cons: There are a lot of tropes in this book but I was kinda able to look past them. Lots of things felt… convenient or contrived. There is of, course, the chosen one trope, and the whole “lost princess” sort of thing. (but not literally a lost princess. XD) There were also a lot of talk of blood and hearts, so if that’s not your thing or you’re squeamish… then this book probably isn’t for you.
Eliza and her Monsters-
Pros: this book is so dang good. It tells the story of Eliza and her wildy popular web comic and how it’s destroying her life. It’s fascinating to look into this side of the internet and culture… and it’s done really, really well. It also deals quite well with anxiety and depression and what it feels like to pull away from most all social interaction with IRL people.
Cons: some cursing and edginess if you’re not into that, though. It was a while back that I read this, but I feel as if I recall her parents getting on my nerves They were so inexplicably naive and clueless and *sigh-shrugh-groan*
Pros: SO SO GOOD but edgy. It takes place in the future but it’s not quite a dystopian and there’s really cool video game tech and gahhh it was really cool. I desperately need.
Cons: a little… flat in places, but the main story is v good. The world building felt a little empty, but that maybe have been because I was speeding through because the pLoT was so good and I needed more.
The Pearl Thief-
5 stars. or like, 4.5.
Pros: UHM QUE TEARS AND AMAZEMENT GO READ THIS SERIES RIGHT NOW WHAT ARE YOU DOING. Then come back and we can squeal cry about Julia Beaufort Stewart, who in this book is just 15 and come home for the summer in Scotland… but her grandad’s estate, is being auctioned off and THERES A MYSTERY AND SOCIAL ISSUES AND SO MANY GOOD CHARACTERS.
This book creeped me out and perplexed me and delighted me and made me cry and man, it’s a whole rollercoaster of emotions. You should read Code Name Verity first, of course, and then this one will hurt EVEN MORE. *cries*
Cons: Literally hardly anything. I mean… there was some edginess and a minor plot rabbit trail that didn’t feel all that necessary. But I can over look that.
The Girl From Everywhere
Pros: This book had a crazy cool plot concept, a set of diverse characters, and was written pretty well. It was basically time traveling pirates and Hawaii and wondering if the MC would disappear into nothing if a certain time traveling event took place.
Cons: I just don’t like time-travel books. It messes with my head. I’m a wimp, alright? I wasn’t the hugest fan of this book. Sometimes YA books feel like they’re trying to hard? And it’s evident? And little old me sees that and frowns. I dunno man. I dunno. It was still a really cool book.
So those are my most recent YA reads! I think it’s clear which is my favorite, hah.
What are some of your more recent YA reads? Have you read any of the above books? What are your thoughts?