BriefINK Review: Five Title Round-Up Review

Book cover Unhinged by A. G. HowardUnhinged by A. G. Howard

Briefly: Volume 2 of the Splintered series, Unhinged is a continuation of the Alice in Wonderland-inspired story of Alyssa Gardner and her link to an unusual family and world.

Defeating the Red Queen was over, and Alyssa wants to focus on graduating from high school and moving with her artist boyfriend to London. But as she makes her own art, disturbing images made from her own blood surface, and she knows that Wonderland won’t leave her alone for long. When her old friend, Morpheus, returns to warn her, is it already too late to save her world and those she loves? And will her father ever trust her again and believe that she’s not struggling with what’s real and what isn’t?

Didja Like It?: I devoured the first book of this series, and wondered how the second would stack up. It is such an unusual type of story, very gruesome and dark and macabre, but still with the quirks and oddities that make Wonderland what it is. Though I had this book for a few weeks, it took me a while to settle down and read it. These days, with the number of books I am committed to reading, series have become sort-of my albatross.

Anything Else to Mention?: Unless one waits until a series has been completely published and binge-reads it in its entirety, having to wait between volumes (and reading many books during that in-between time), I never know how much I am going to remember about the previous book. I am happy to say that I thoroughly enjoyed the second volume and had no problem getting into the story.

To Read or Not To Read: Another home run by Ms. Howard.

Unhinged (Splintered #2) by A. G. Howard was published January 7, 2014 by Amulet. Ink and Page picked this book up from the library for review. In addition, a free chapter sampler of this book was given to Ink and Page in return for an honest review. Big thanks to NetGalley/the Publisher/the Author.

Rating: 4

Genre: Young Adult Fiction Fantasy Paranormal Romance Series
Ages: 13 and up
You Might Want to Know: Nothing of note

Book cover Every Day by David LevithanEvery Day by David Levithan

Briefly: Can you imagine existing in a different person’s body each and every day? Male, female, rich, poor, all sizes, shapes and colors. This is how A lives; how he/she always has. Part of the puzzle is figuring out who the body belongs to, while the other is how to disrupt that 24-hour period as little as possible. But one extraordinary day, A inhabits the body of a boy who has the most amazing girlfriend. This time, it’s completely different. This time, he wants to stay.

Didja Like It?: Amid all of the noise out there, from dystopian to sexy “romance” to the paranormal beast of the month, this little gem sits like a royal crown on a pillow. There’s nothing like it that I’ve read. So unusual and unique; full of wonder, the unknown and pure love.

Anything Else to Mention?: I hate to sound trite in any way, and while I don’t particularly want a whole story about the ending, having these characters appear in another story, a la Stephanie Perkins, would be awesome. I just need a little check-in, you know?

To Read or Not To Read: There would definitely be a hole in your mental bookshelf if you skipped this one.

Every Day by David Levithan was published August 28, 2012 by Knopf Books for Young Readers. Ink and Page picked this book up from the library for review.

Rating: 5

Genre: Young Adult Fiction Fantasy Romance
Ages: 13 and up
You Might Want to Know: Nothing of note

Book cover Shatter Me by Tahereh MafiShatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Briefly: Juliette has been jailed for almost two years because of what she did. Even though she didn’t mean to kill anyone, much less a child, she did. Her parents willingly give her up, probably happy that they don’t have to worry about her any longer. Well, worry about themselves is more like it.

Then, out of nowhere, she has a roommate. A male roommate. As they warily get to know each other, Juliette realizes that she knows him. But does he remember her? He was the only person at school who was ever nice to her. Should she trust him?

When everything changes, Juliette sees the truth for the first time. Does the Reestablishment want to use her and her powers? Does she have to go along with this plan? Can she see her power as a gift instead of a curse?

Didja Like It?: I have seen this series all over the interwebs, and my usually awesome library didn’t have it for a long time. I stopped and started this book a couple of time, and, the third time being the charm, was glad I stuck with it. I alternated between loving and hating this book for reasons contained within the covers.

Anything Else to Mention?: It was a very claustrophobic book; one where the main character(s) always seem to be inside somewhere. This added to the feeling of urgency and imprisonment in the novel, but also made it feel like I had blinders on.

To Read or Not To Read: Yes.

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi was published November 15, 2011 by Harper. Ink and Page picked this book up from the library for review.

Rating: 3

Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction Fantasy Romance Series
Ages: 13 and up
You Might Want to Know: Contains violence

Book cover Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg MedinaYaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina

Briefly: Piddy Sanchez and her mother moved, so she’s going to have to go to a new school. Piddy’s best friend, has moved as well, so she’s on her own. So what’s Piddy, a soft-spoken academic with no friends, supposed to do when she’s told that the school tough, Yaqui Delgado, is going to beat her up? Piddy has no idea what she did or who Yaqui is. She can’t tell anyone, either, or she’ll look like a baby. Her former best friend has a whole set of new friends and doesn’t seem to have time for Piddy.

Piddy is scared, and tries every way she can to avoid Yaqui. But when Yaqui and her friends finally catch up to Piddy, not only does she suffer a horrible beating, but she is humiliated as well when a video of the fight is posted online.

On top of all of this, Piddy’s mother refuses to speak about Piddy’s absent father. As Piddy descends further into her new hard persona, will she finally demand some answers?

Didja Like It?: This is not a funny tale, which is what I thought when I first saw the title on the cover. It’s a story we’ve all heard (nerd catches the eye of a bully) but it is told in a fresh way, showing us that this theme isn’t limited to a certain culture or to boys, for that matter.

Anything Else to Mention?: The surrounding story is touching as well. There’s a lot going on in this book.

To Read or Not To Read: Yes

Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina was published March 26, 2013 by Candlewick. Ink and Page picked this book up from the library for review.

Rating: 4

Genre: Young Adult Fiction Contemporary
Ages: 13 and up
You Might Want to Know: Underage drinking/smoking; violence

Book cover The List by Siobhan VivianThe List by Siobhan Vivian

Briefly: Every year, a list is posted anonymously all over school, listing two girls from each grade as the prettiest and the ugliest. Some have never considered themselves ugly, while instant popularity awaits those deemed prettiest. The List chronicles how each of the girls handles their appearance on the list…and if they can find out, once and for all, who posted it.

Didja Like It?: It was OK.

Anything Else to Mention?: I didn’t care about any of the people, really.

To Read or Not To Read: Read other reviews, and you decide.

The List by Siobhan Vivian was published January 7, 2014 by Amulet. Ink and Page picked this book up from the library for review. In addition, a free chapter sampler of this book was given to Ink and Page in return for an honest review. Big thanks to NetGalley/the Publisher/the Author.

Rating: 3

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Fiction
Ages: 13 and up
You Might Want to Know: Underage drinking/smoking

4 thoughts on “BriefINK Review: Five Title Round-Up Review”

  1. My daughter loves the Splintered series and I absolutely love the Shatter Me Series. I loved Every Day and agree I would love a check in. The other books are new to me, and I am glad you shared!

    1. So you would recommend that I continue with the Shatter Me series, I assume! Good to know. I planned on reading at least one more to see if I liked the direction it was taking. Thanks for commenting, K!

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