Book Reviews by Title

A quick word on my rating system: My ratings are entirely subjective, based solely on my own thoughts and opinions and observations of the books. I do not receive anything for reviewing these books, monetary or otherwise. I rate the books on a scale of 1–10, with 1 being worst and 10 being best. These reviews include both ARCs and completed novels.


The Accidental Apprentice (Wilderlore, book 1) by Amanda Foody
After the Dam by Amy Hassinger
The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand
Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
The Alienist by Caleb Carr
American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins
Ariadne by Jennifer Saint
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
Artemis by Andy Weir
Artemis Fowl (Artemis Fowl, book 1) by Eoin Colfer
Aru Shah and the End of Time (Pandava Quartet, book 1) by Roshani Chokshi
Aru Shah and the Song of Death (Pandava Quartet, book 2) by Roshani Chokshi


The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, book 4) by Rick Riordan
Battle Royal by Lucy Parker
Beach Read by Emily Henry
The Beast and the Bethany (Beast and the Bethany, book 1) by Jack Meggitt-Phillips
Becoming by Michelle Obama
Before We Disappear by Shaun David Hutchinson
Better Together by Christine Riccio
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Big Red Tequila by Rick Riordan
The Black Elfstone (Fall of Shannara, book 1) by Terry Brooks
Black Was Not a Label by Kathryn H. Ross
The Blood of Olympus (Heroes of Olympus, book 5) by Rick Riordan
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall
Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak
Bridge of Souls (Cassidy Blake, book 3) by Victoria Schwab
Burn by Patrick Ness
The Burning Maze (Trials of Apollo, book 3) by Rick Riordan


Calamity (Reckoners, book 3) by Brandon Sanderson
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Circe by Madeline Miller
City of Ghosts (Cassidy Blake, book 1) by Victoria Schwab
City of Secrets (City of Secrets, book 1) by Victoria Ying
Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo
Clark and Division by Naomi Hirahara
Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr
Code Girls by Liza Mundy
Conan Doyle for the Defense by Margalit Fox
Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas
A Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic, book 3) by V. E. Schwab
Coraline by Neil Gaiman
The Corpse Queen by Heather M. Herrman
The Cost of Knowing by Brittney Morris


Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Dark and Shallow Lies by Ginny Myers Sain
The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White
A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic, book 1) by V. E. Schwab
The Dark Prophecy (Trials of Apollo, book 2) by Rick Riordan
Daughter of Sparta by Claire M. Andrews
The Deep by Rivers Solomon
The Defiant (Valiant, book 2) by Lesley Livingston
Displacement by Kiku Hughes
Dreyer’s English by Benjamin Dreyer
Dry by Neal Shusterman and Jarrod Shusterman


The Echo Wife by Sarah Gailey
An Ember in the Ashes (Ember Quartet, book 1) by Sabaa Tahir
An Emotion of Great Delight by Tahereh Mafi
Eva Evergreen and the Cursed Witch (Eva Evergreen, book 2) by Julie Abe
Eva Evergreen, Semi-Magical Witch (Eva Evergreen, book 1) by Julie Abe
Everyone Wants to Be Ambassador to France by Brian Hurt


Falling by T. J. Newman
Fault Lines by Emily Itami
Fearless by Mandy Gonzalez
The Fellowship of the Ring (Lord of the Rings, book 1) by J. R. R. Tolkien
The Final Empire (Mistborn, book 1) by Brandon Sanderson
Firefight (The Reckoners, book 2) by Brandon Sanderson
The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah
The Fowl Twins by Eoin Colfer
Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi


Gallant by Victoria Schwab
Garlic and the Vampire by Bree Paulsen
A Gathering of Shadows (Shades of Magic, book 2) by V. E. Schwab
The Gentleman’s Guide to Getting Lucky (Montague Siblings, book 1.5) by Mackenzi Lee
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue (Montague Siblings, book 1) by Mackenzi Lee
Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust
Girl Squads by Sam Maggs
Goddess in the Machine by Lora Beth Johnson
Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
Great Goddesses by Nikita Gill
Gris Grimly’s Frankenstein by Gris Grimly and Mary Shelley


The Hammer of Thor (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, book 2) by Rick Riordan
Happily Ever Afters by Elise Bryant
Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead
Heartstopper (volumes 1-3) by Alice Oseman
The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar
The Hero of Ages (Mistborn, book 3) by Brandon Sanderson
Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
The Hidden Oracle (Trials of Apollo, book 1) by Rick Riordan
Hold Back the Tide by Melinda Salisbury
Hollowpox: The Hunt for Morrigan Crow (Nevermoor, book 3) by Jessica Townsend
The House in the Cerulean Sea by T. J. Klune
The House of Hades (Heroes of Olympus, book 4) by Rick Riordan
How to Train Your Dragon (How to Train Your Dragon, book 1) by Cressida Cowell


I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak
I Killed Zoe Spanos by Kit Frick
In Deeper Waters by F. T. Lukens
The Infinity Courts by Akemi Dawn Bowman
Invictus by Ryan Graudin
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V. E. Schwab


Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke


Kiki Kallira Breaks a Kingdom (Kiki Kallira, book 1) by Sangu Mandanna
Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann
Kill the Farm Boy (Tales of Pell, book 1) by Delilah S. Dawson and Kevin Hearne


The Ladies of Grace Adieu and Other Stories by Susanna Clarke
A Lady’s Guide to Mischief and Mayhem by Manda Collins
The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy (Montague Siblings, book 2) by Mackenzi Lee
The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, book 5) by Rick Riordan
Legendborn (Legendborn, book 1) by Tracy Deonn
The Liar’s Dictionary by Eley Williams
The Library of the Dead (Edinburgh Nights, book 1) by T. L. Huchu
The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, book 1) by Rick Riordan
The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James
The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner
The Lost Hero (Heroes of Olympus, book 1) by Rick Riordan
Love & Other Natural Disasters by Misa Sugiura
The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood
Loveless by Alice Oseman


Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey
The Magnolia Sword by Sherry Thomas
Making the Monster by Kathryn Harkup
The Mark of Athena (Heroes of Olympus, book 3) by Rick Riordan
The Martian by Andy Weir
Mary Jane by Jessica Anya Blau
The Meet-Cute Project by Rhiannon Richardson
Melmoth by Sarah Perry
The Memory Collectors by Kim Neville
The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave
Monster, She Wrote by Lisa Kroger and Melanie R. Anderson

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
Muse of Nightmares (Strange the Dreamer, book 2) by Laini Taylor
Mythos by Stephen Fry


Nessie Quest by Melissa Savage
Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend (Nevermoor series, book 1)
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
The Night of Knives (Shades of Magic graphic novels, book 2) by V. E. Schwab
No Country for Old Gnomes (Tales of Pell, book 2) by Delilah S. Dawson and Kevin Hearne
Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman


Oddity by Eli Brown
Olympus, Texas by Stacey Swann
One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston
Open Mic Night at Westminster Cemetery by Mary Amato
Outlawed by Anna North


People of Abandoned Character by Clare Whitfield
A Pho Love Story by Loan Le
Piranesi by Susanna Clarke
Plain Bad Heroines by Emily M. Danforth
The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
Poison for Breakfast by Lemony Snicket
The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang (Poppy War series, book 1)
The Postscript Murders by Elly Griffiths
Pride by Ibi Zoboi
Pride and Premeditation by Tirzah Price
The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang
Princess Princess Ever After by Katie O’Neill
The Princess Saves Herself in This One (Women Are Some Kind of Magic, book 1) by Amanda Lovelace
The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir


The Queer Principles of Kit Webb by Cat Sebastian


The Reading List by Sarah Nisha Adams
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
The Rebel Army (Shades of Magic graphic novels, volume 3) by V. E. Schwab
Recommended For You by Laura Silverman
Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
The Rehearsals by Annette Christie
Remote Control by Nnedi Okorafor
Renegades (Renegades, book 1) by Marissa Meyer
The Return of the King (Lord of the Rings, book 3) by J. R. R. Tolkien
Reverie by Ryan La Sala
The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs by Steve Brusatte
Rise to the Sun by Leah Johnson
The Ruin of Kings (Chorus of Dragons, book 1) by Jenn Lyons


The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy
Scythe by Neal Shusterman
The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, book 2) by Rick Riordan
The Shadow in the Glass by J. J. A. Harwood
The Ship of the Dead (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, book 3) by Rick Riordan
Shuri by Nic Stone
Slay by Brittney Morris
The Son of Neptune (Heroes of Olympus, book 2) by Rick Riordan
Song for a Whale by Lynne Kelly
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
The Sorcerer’s Daughter by Terry Brooks
The Sound of Stars by Alechia Dow
Spin the Dawn (The Blood of Stars, book 1) by Elizabeth Lim
A Spindle Splintered by Alix E. Harrow
The Splendor by Breeana Shields
Stargazing by Jen Wang
The Starless Sea
by Erin Morgenstern
Steelheart (Reckoners, book 1) by Brandon Sanderson
The Steel Prince (Shades of Magic graphic novels, volume 1) by V. E. Schwab
The Storm Runner (Storm Runner, book 1) by J. C. Cervantes
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Other Stories by Robert Louis Stevenson
Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer, book 1) by Laini Taylor
Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid
Sugar Land by tammy lynne stoner
The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, book 1) by Rick Riordan


Tarnished Are the Stars by Rosiee Thor
The Tea Dragon Festival by Katie O’Neill (Tea Dragon series, book 2)
The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill (Tea Dragon series, book 1)
That Way Madness Lies by Dahlia Adler
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
They Called Us Enemy by George Takei
Things in Jars by Jess Kidd
This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone
This Time Will Be Different by Misa Sugiura
The Thousand Crimes of Ming Tsu by Tom Lin
A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes
Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman
Time Travel for Love and Profit by Sara Lariviere

The Titan’s Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, book 3) by Rick Riordan
Today Tonight Tomorrow by Rachel Lynn Solomon
To Have and To Hoax by Martha Waters
Tokyo Ever After by Emiko Jean
The Toll by Neal Shusterman
The Tower of Nero (Trials of Apollo, book 5) by Rick Riordan
The Traveler’s Vade Mecum by Helen Klein Ross
Tunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab (Cassidy Blake, book 2)
The Two Towers (Lord of the Rings, book 2) by J. R. R. Tolkien
The Tyrant’s Tomb (Trials of Apollo, book 4) by Rick Riordan


The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
Under the Whispering Door by T. J. Klune
Unnecessary Sorrow by Joe Hight
Upright Women Wanted by Sarah Gailey


The Valiant (Valiant, book 1) by Lesley Livingston
Vengeful (Villains, book 2) by V. E. Schwab
Vicious (Villains, book 1) by V. E. Schwab
Victories Greater Than Death by Charlie Jane Anders


Well Met (Well Met series, book 1) by Jen DeLuca
The Well of Ascension (Mistborn, book 2) by Brandon Sanderson
Well Played (Well Met series, book 2) by Jen DeLuca
Where the Rhythm Takes You by Sarah Dass
Winter’s Orbit by Everina Maxwell
The Wisteria Society of Lady Scoundrels by India Holton
The Witch Haven by Sasha Peyton Smith
With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo
Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend (Nevermoor series, book 2)





The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
9 From the Nine Worlds (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, book 3.5) by Rick Riordan