There’s been a huge crop of new arrivals on the young adult book scene already this year and there’s no better time to pull up a comfy chair and check them out.
However, it’s hard to know which books are worth your time, and I don’t know about you but looking at Goodreads reviews can be a) exhausting and b) super confusing. There’s a ton of opposing views out there! All I really want to know is if the book is worth reading or not with a few reasons why.
So that’s what I’m doing here. A few books, a few short words on my thoughts, no BS. Let’s get to it.
Read these Now. Like, right now. Get thee to the library: Brightly Burning – The Cruel Prince
Brightly Burning is what you would get if Star Trek and Jane Eyre had a baby. Sounds freaky but it turns out that the classic romance actually can make a good transition into science fiction. Jane Eyre is one of my favorite books so I knew I needed to read this one ASAP. And I was pleasantly surprised that it didn’t completely ruin the romance for me. The story building is good, the romance isn’t sickly sweet and there’s a few good twists and turns. My only complaint is that the ending wrapped up awkwardly fast, though I suppose one could argue the original Jane Eyre has the same fault.
The Cruel Prince, a story about a human girl living and rising to power in deadly Fairy land, is amazing because I’ve never read anything like it. The characters surprise you and lead you on. You’re never quite sure how things will end up. This is the first book in the planned trilogy so there’s plenty of time to read it before the second book rears its head.
Don’t waste Your time unless you’re a huge fan and/or like major disappointment: A Court of Frost and Starlight – Flame in the Mist
I really wish I had loved A Court of Frost and Starlight because I love Sarah J. Maas. The original 3 books in the Court of Thorns and Roses series were SPELLBINDING. Haters are calling it new adult because it’s marketed as YA but contains adult themes, including lots of sexy time. Personally, I don’t see the problem. I fell in love with the characters in the series and had a crazy need to know what happened next. And then we got this novella, which essentially just is a bridge between the next arc of the series. Now I have no problems with bridges, but I do have a problem with no plot and pointless smut scenes. Seriously this novella is a sandwich of smut, touchy feely talks and smut. I haven’t given up on Maas but this book just felt like a money grab until the real book comes out.
I also really wanted to love Flame in the Mist because Renee Ahdieh’s The Wrath and the Dawn series was awesome and the premise of the book sounded neat. But in practice? The plot fell flat with me and I found myself not really caring about any of the characters or whatever happened to them. The romance fell flat as an overcooked pancake. The only scene that made me feel anything was when a monster tree sucks the blood out of a poor boy. Not good.
Read it, but don’t go into it expecting the wrong things: Children of Blood and Bone
Yes, if you’ve heard anything about this book, you know it has an important message. And it really is a great first book for a young author. I would be impressed with myself if I wrote a book like this. That said, it didn’t blow my socks off or live up to the hype. Personally, I blame George RR Martin. It’s hard to appreciate average world building after Westeros has blown your mind. I won’t even start with Tolkien. Anyway, I think most people will enjoy the story, but it just didn’t light my fire.
So, have you read any of the books I reviewed? Do you agree with me? (or think my opinions are poo, that’s okay too.) Any book suggestions are always welcome too!