Title: The Raven Boys (2012)
Series: The Raven Cycle – Book 1
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Extent: 464 pages
Release Date: September 19, 2012
Even if Blue hadn’t been told her true love would die if she kissed him, she would stay away from boys. Especially the ones from the local private school. Known as Raven Boys, they only mean trouble.
But this is the year that everything will change for Blue.
This is the year that she will be drawn into the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys. And the year Blue will discover that magic does exist.
This is the year she will fall in love.
This is actually my second read of The Raven Boys, the first being all the way back in 2012, right in the middle of my three-year reading slump. I loved it then, but I wasn’t much in the mood to read anything so I quickly forgot about it. It took me a while to want to pick it back up, but I am so, so glad I did.
Title: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (2012)
Author: Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, LGBT
Extent: 359 pages
Release Date: February 21, 2012
Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common.
But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.
Aristotle and Dante is about two boys who couldn’t be more different but found themselves connecting in ways they didn’t think were possible. Ari is a quiet, angry, inexpressive boy who doesn’t know how to express or communicate his emotions. Aptly named, his counterpart Dante is a sensitive, brave boy who knows how to and does so quite often. When they meet and become fast friends, their lives change for the better.
Title: My Life Next Door (2012)
Author: Huntley Fitzpatrick
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Extent: 394 pages
Release Date: June 14, 2012
“One thing my mother never knew, and would disapprove of most of all, was that I watched the Garretts. All the time.”
The Garretts are everything the Reeds are not. Loud, messy, affectionate. And every day from her rooftop perch, Samantha Reed wishes she was one of them . . . until one summer evening, Jase Garrett climbs up next to her and changes everything.
As the two fall fiercely for each other, stumbling through the awkwardness and awesomeness of first love, Jase’s family embraces Samantha – even as she keeps him a secret from her own. Then something unthinkable happens, and the bottom drops out of Samantha’s world. She’s suddenly faced with an impossible decision. Which perfect family will save her? Or is it time she saved herself?
Wow. Wow. I went in expecting fluffy and cute, and while there were definitely some fluffy and cute, I found My Life Next Door to be quite a bit heavier than the cover and title make it seem. It has all the elements of a light-hearted contemporary: Perfect Rich Girl meets Boy Next Door and embarks on a beautiful Forbidden Summer Romance, but Family Drama ensues, breaking them apart, but the characters in this book also deal with alcoholism, family and friendships, people’s perception and judgments, and even the moral distinction between right and wrong. ❤
Title: Throne of Glass (2012)
Series: Throne of Glass – Book 1
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Extent: 404 pages
Review: In the dark, filthy salt mines of Endovier, eighteen-year-old Celaena Sardothien is serving a life sentence for being an assassin. This was until the Crown Prince offers her a deal: if she fights for him in a tournament to the death and serves his kingdom for a certain period of time, she will be free.
Unfortunately, I must be one of those very rare people who didn’t find this book ~*TOTALLY AMAZING*~ (all caps). I think the reason for my relatively low rating (and by that I mean low in comparison to the ones I’ve seen in the blogosphere) is the characterisation of the main character. This review is going to read more like a rant at some parts, so please bear with me.
Before starting Throne of Glass, I was already afraid that Celaena was going to be a Mary Sue, and I wasn’t wrong—she ticked off many of the characteristics of one, including but not limited to:
Series Title: The Hybrid Chronicles
Author: Kat Zhang
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian Fiction
Books: What’s Left of Me (2012), Once We Were (2013), Echoes of Us (2014)
Overall Rating: ★★★☆☆
Like everyone else, Eva and Addie were born sharing a body, two souls woven together. As they grow older, one of them—the recessive soul, in this case Eva—was meant to disappear in a process called ‘settling’ so the dominant soul can fully take over the body. Those who never settled are known as hybrids and considered a threat to society.