DoftheA Reviews

The Fall of House Cabal Book Swap

This year’s epic book swap ends with Alexandra giving Chelsey The Fall of the House Cabal by Jonathan L. Howard. The (supposed) last book in the Johannes Cabal series. With a title like this… you know it’s not...


B+

The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett

It's not hard to relate to Hawthorn's isolation, humor and obsession with Lizzie Lovett's disappearance. The book is strange, unforgettable and unpredictable as it reminds you of exactly what it's like to grow up.


D+

Of Fire and Stars

Of Fire and Stars features a lesbian romance. This should be celebrated. Very little else about this book is noteworthy. As one of our most anticipated books of the year, it was a big disappointment.



B

Evil Librarian

Evil Librarian sounds so cheesy - and it is - but it's also extremely enjoyable. Sweeney Todd, demons, awkward crushes and more all come together perfectly in one funny and surprisingly relatable package.


C+

The Forgetting

The Forgetting will remind you of several books, but it takes on a life of its own. The characters and romance are decent, but the plot is what you'll remember 12 years from now, even if you don't write it down.


C-

Rebel Genius

By one of the writers of Avatar, this book has an interesting world building concept but little else. Giant magical war birds and math = good. Characters and tone = boring. It's a a middle grade book you can skip.



B+
The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid

The Diabolic

S.J. Kincaid's Diabolic has one hell of a heroine and tons of political maneuvering that will keep you on your toes. It's an intense story that keeps you thinking long after you finished the last page.


A-
The Bronze Key by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare

The Bronze Key

The Bronze Key builds up tension and sends the Magisterium down a path there is no coming back from. Black and Clare have done it again. This is a must read.


C+
Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova

Labyrinth Lost

Labryinth Lost is a great representative of the Diverse Books movement. It's a little rocky, but it's a debut novel. Based on spanish folklore and with an unusually interesting love story, we're looking forward to the sequel.