Julie Murphy’s Ramona Blue was criticized for its handling of bisexuality—I explore complicated tropes and narratives Murphy wrestled with in her latest.
Stephanie Garber’s Caraval almost works…but in the end let me down.
A Million Junes is a fantastical, richly imagined novel that delves into the bitterness that can last generations and destroy lives.
Frances Hardinge’s The Lie Tree is a fantastically dark, twisted, and thoughtful novel about the inevitable consequences of secrets and lies.
Still Life with Tornado aims at ambitious storytelling, and it doesn’t quite get there.
Cindy Pon’s Sacrifice integrates elements of embracing the monstrous with Chinese folklore and culture, in an excellent followup to Serpentine.
Aaron Starmer’s Spontaneous is a super fun, silly, grossout read. If you like explosive love stories, you’ll need this book in your life.
Kendare Blake’s Three Dark Crowns would be almost perfect, if it weren’t for the painfully obvious attempt at setting up for a sequel.
Ghostly Echoes was a slightly underwhelming entry in the Jackaby series, but one character stood out.
The tyranny of the manic pixie dream girl in YA must end.