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.

A

After the Dam by Amy Hassinger
Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
The Alienist by Caleb Carr
Artemis by Andy Weir
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

B

The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, book 4) by Rick Riordan
Big Red Tequila by Rick Riordan
The Black Elfstone (Fall of Shannara, book 1) by Terry Brooks
The Blood of Olympus (Heroes of Olympus, book 5) by Rick Riordan
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak
The Burning Maze (Trials of Apollo, book 3) by Rick Riordan

C

Calamity (Reckoners, book 3) by Brandon Sanderson
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Circe by Madeline Miller
City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab (Cassidy Blake, book 1)
Code Girls by Liza Mundy
Conan Doyle for the Defense by Margalit Fox
A Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic, book 3) by V. E. Schwab

D

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
The Defiant (Valiant, book 2) by Lesley Livingston
Dreyer’s English by Benjamin Dreyer
Dry by Neal Shusterman and Jarrod Shusterman

E

An Ember in the Ashes (Ember Quartet, book 1) by Sabaa Tahir
Everyone Wants to Be Ambassador to France by Brian Hurt

F

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 Fowl Twins by Eoin Colfer

G

A Gathering of Shadows (Shades of Magic, book 2) by V. E. Schwab
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue (Montague Siblings, book 1) by Mackenzi Lee
Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
Gris Grimly’s Frankenstein by Gris Grimly and Mary Shelley

H

The Hammer of Thor (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, book 2) by Rick Riordan
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
The House of Hades (Heroes of Olympus, book 4) by Rick Riordan

I

I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak
Invictus by Ryan Graudin

J

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke

K

Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann
Kill the Farm Boy (Tales of Pell, book 1) by Delilah S. Dawson and Kevin Hearne

L

The Ladies of Grace Adieu and Other Stories by Susanna Clarke
The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, book 5) by Rick Riordan
The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, book 1) by Rick Riordan
The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James
The Lost Hero (Heroes of Olympus, book 1) by Rick Riordan

M

Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey
The Magnolia Sword by Sherry Thomas
The Mark of Athena (Heroes of Olympus, book 3) by Rick Riordan
The Martian by Andy Weir
Melmoth by Sarah Perry
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

N

No Country for Old Gnomes (Tales of Pell, book 2) by Delilah S. Dawson and Kevin Hearne
Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

O

Open Mic Night at Westminster Cemetery by Mary Amato

P

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang (Poppy War series, book 1)
Pride by Ibi Zoboi
The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang
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

Q

R

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
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
The Ruin of Kings (Chorus of Dragons, book 1) by Jenn Lyons

S

The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy
The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, book 2) by Rick Riordan
The Ship of the Dead (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, book 3) by Rick Riordan
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
Spin the Dawn (The Blood of Stars, book 1) by Elizabeth Lim
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
Sugar Land by tammy lynne stoner
The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, book 1) by Rick Riordan

T

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
They Called Us Enemy by George Takei
This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone
The Titan’s Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, book 3) 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

U

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
Unnecessary Sorrow by Joe Hight

V

The Valiant (Valiant, book 1) by Lesley Livingston
Vengeful (Villains, book 2) by V. E. Schwab
Vicious (Villains, book 1) by V. E. Schwab

W

The Well of Ascension (Mistborn, book 2) by Brandon Sanderson
With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

X

Y

Z

0-9

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