No time to track down full reviews of YA books? Seashell Reviews offers bite-size thoughts to let you know which books you shouldn’t pass up, and which ones you can hold off for another day. Original titled blog feature by Angel @ Mermaid Vision Books.
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Rarely do I encounter novels that have little to no buzz in the blogosphere, but A Brief History of Montmaray was a book that deserved more attention than it got. Sophie Fitzosborne is a wry, perceptive heroine who carries the weight of the story with grace and charm. Reluctant readers who have trouble with historical fiction won’t notice how easily Michelle Cooper will hook their attention and keep them reading.
Kristin Walker’s hilarious debut is followed by an angstier novel in 7 Clues to Winning You. Blythe is a more challenging heroine than Match‘s Fiona Sheehan, and there were a few scenes that could have used more time to fully develop. Walker does succeed in writing another novel that will delight contemporary romance readers, though older teens may not be as enamoured with the younger protagonists.
Melina Marchetta is a magical name in YA fiction, and The Piper’s Son does not disappoint. With the same introspective understanding of adolescence that so enchanted readers in On the Jellicoe Road, Marchetta draws the story of Thomas Mackee with broad, fair strokes that don’t take away from the shadows he possesses. Though this is the companion to Saving Francesca, readers won’t need to pick that book up before getting to know Tom in this brilliant story.