Tag Archives: YA

Virals by Kathy Reichs

As a icebreaker question, I’m asking everyone in my 80-person Environmental Science class to give me a book recommendation. This was one of those recommendations. I’m interspersing lighter books with a 1300+ page book I’m also reading, and this seemed to fit the bill.

Published: 2010

Genre: YA science fiction/mystery

Length: 454 pages

Setting: Charleston, SC, present day Continue reading


Leave a comment

Filed under Book review

I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak

I was looking for an X, Y, or Z author (for one last book in my reading the alphabet challenge) and came upon this book. I chose it because Zusak also wrote The Book Thief, which I enjoyed.

Published: 2002

Genre: YA fiction

Length: 357 pages

Setting: I’m guessing England based on some of the nouns (like fish and chips or crisps), present day Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under Book review

Queen of Hearts by Colleen Oakes

I had the second book in this series (Blood of Wonderland) on my reading list for Miss Adventure (she loves fairy tale retellings, and Alice in Wonderland is close enough to fairy tales to count). I thought that was a mistake and she hadn’t read the first book. So, when I needed a longer audiobook for a trip to a gymnastics meet, I picked this one up. Turns out she had read the book, but she doesn’t mind rereading books (or relistening, in this case).

Published: 2014

Genre: YA fantasy

Length: 306 pages

Setting: Wonderland, mainly in the Castle, during the reign of a King of Hearts Continue reading

1 Comment

Filed under Book review

Trickster’s Queen by Tamora Pierce

This is the second book in the series, following Trickster’s Choice. Miss Curiosity requested it via interlibrary loan, so I had to read it now since it was special order for the library. Pierce had a note at the end of the book commenting on the length of the series. She decided on two long books instead of several shorter books after J. K. Rowling showed that kids are willing to read long books.

Published: 2004

Genre: YA fantasy

Length: 444 pages of story, 467 pages total

Setting: Rajmuat, within the Copper Islands, after the events of Trickster’s Choice. Continue reading

1 Comment

Filed under Book review

Pretties by Scott Westerfield

This is the second book in the Uglies series. Mr. Curiosity started reading the series and I decided to try to finish the series while the book was in the house.

Published: 2005

Genre: dystopian YA

Length: 370 pages

Setting: New Pretty Town, soon after the events of Uglies

Font: Berkely Book Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under Book review

Spill Zone by Scott Westerfield

I picked this graphic novel up at the library just because it was written by Scott Westerfield.

Artist: Alex Puvilland

Colors: Hilary Sycamore

Published: 2017

Genre: science fiction graphic novel

Length: 212 pages

Setting: near Po’Town (some random, U.S. city in the woods), near future Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under Book review

Trickster’s Choice by Tamora Pierce

Miss Adventure picked this book up and I decided to read it alongside her because the main character is Alanna’s daughter (Alanna from the Song of the Lioness series). It also includes Daine from Pierce’s Immortals series.

Published: 2003

Genre: YA fantasy

Length: 403 pages of story, 422 pages total

Setting: mostly the Copper Isles, soon after the events of the Immortals series Continue reading

1 Comment

Filed under Book review