All in all, a decent contemporary YA book, with heavy topics that are easily digestible by YA readers.
Pride is a fantastic modern retelling of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, a flirtation of characters who are richer, and those who are poorer.
Six high school students, some of them friends, some former friends, are locked in a hotel dinner hall with a syringe, a bomb, and one hour to escape. But to escape, they have to kill one of them, or they all die.
A beautiful, atmospheric read, and my favorite book this month! Witchy, dark, and moody, Winterwood had all the elements I wanted this winter.
It was too contrived. What could have been a promising book fell flat both in character portrayal and in plot.
What is so thrilling about Tahir's writing is that everything, and I mean everything plays a role - every tidbit of information scattered either in Ember or in Torch, every simple line a character says. Nothing is left unused. And it makes the writing as sharp as a Teluman sword.
Sabaa Tahir has a kehanni's skill in weaving a story. An Ember in the Ashes writhes with emotion, tension, and a world so built out, scenes are vivid.
Emily Carroll again delivers a disturbing and gory narrative, complete with illustrations that drink from a well of the macabre.
Folkloric and atmospheric, The Bone Houses was one of the better books I've read this year.
If there was a musical equivalent, it would be a hint of Myrkur's haunting vocals coupled with the feel of the moors in Wuthering Heights.