Tag Archives: YA

Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Angel (2010)

Sometimes I remember that Cassie Clare exists and that she can be relied upon to turn out reams of entertaining fluff. The book is on loan from my fifteen-year-old sister, who is a huge fan – she owns the “Mortal … Continue reading

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Eva Ibbotson, A Song for Summer (1997)

Well, this is it, I’ve finished Eva Ibbotson’s YA ouvre. Eva Ibbotson writes romance novels set in the early twentieth century, and they are invariably heartwarming, brimming with sensational goings-on and dramatic reversals. My god, I make it sound like … Continue reading

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Kat Zhang, What’s Left of Me (2012)

I was taking a break from YA dystopias and then my library got this book and I went OH WELL. The premise is that everyone is born with two souls in one body, and by age six or so the … Continue reading

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Frances Hardinge, The Lost Conspiracy (2009)

[Posting the UK cover because it is SO MUCH PRETTIER] There is an island with volcanoes. Here some few individuals – “the Lost” – are born with a gift for astral projection, by which they are able to cast all … Continue reading

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Elizabeth Hand, Illyria (2010)

Illyria is a slim volume about a pair of adolescents trapped in their own claustrophobic world. Which is my favorite kind of story, obviously – the Flowers in the Attic kind of story! They’re first cousins – their fathers were twins, … Continue reading

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Laini Taylor, Daughter of Smoke and Bone (2011)

There’s been so much buzz about this book and its sequel, Days of Blood and Starlight. Also it’s set in Prague so I was sold. This review will contain spoilers – not, like, major revelations that will indelibly mar your enjoyment … Continue reading

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Eva Ibbotson, various

I read my second Eva Ibbotson novel, and it was a pure concoction of delight. It was A Countess Below Stairs, and the heroine, Anna, is a fabulously rich, privileged scion of Russian nobility who nonetheless does not possess a … Continue reading

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