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
Aces Wild by Amanda Dewitt
The Adventures of Amina al-Sirafi (Amina al-Sirafi, book 1) by Shannon Chakraborty
After the Dam by Amy Hassinger
The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand
Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
Alice Austen Lived Here by Alex Gino
The Alienist by Caleb Carr
American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins
Arch-Conspirator by Veronica Roth
Archenemies (Renegades trilogy, book 2) by Marissa Meyer
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
The Beast and the Bethany: Battle of the Beast (Beast and the Bethany, book 3) by Jack Meggitt-Phillips
The Beast and the Bethany: Revenge of the Beast (Beast and the Bethany, book 2) by Jack Meggitt-Phillips
Becoming by Michelle Obama
Before We Disappear by Shaun David Hutchinson
Ben and Beatriz by Katalina Gamarra
Better Together by Christine Riccio
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Big Red Tequila by Rick Riordan
Big Tree by Brian Selznick
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 Bodyguard by Katherine Center
The Book Eaters by Sunyi Dean
Book Lovers by Emily Henry
The Book of Living Secrets by Madeleine Roux
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
Call Us What We Carry: Poems by Amanda Gorman
Calling for a Blanket Dance by Oscar Hokeah
The Cartographers by Peng Shepherd
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
The Clackity by Lora Senf
Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo
Clark and Division by Naomi Hirahara
The Cloisters by Katy Hays
Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr
Code Girls by Liza Mundy
The Color of Magic (Discworld, book 1) by Terry Pratchett
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
The Crane Husband by Kelly Barnhill
Cult Classic by Sloane Crosley


Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
The Dance Tree by Kiran Millwood Hargrave
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
Daughter of the Moon Goddess (Celestial Kingdom duology, book 1) by Sue Lynn Tan
Dead Romantics by Ashley Poston
The Deep by Rivers Solomon
The Defiant (Valiant, book 2) by Lesley Livingston
The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams
Displacement by Kiku Hughes
A Door in the Dark (Waxways, book 1) by Scott Reintgen
A Dreadful Splendor by B. R. Myers
Dreyer’s English by Benjamin Dreyer
Dry by Neal Shusterman and Jarrod Shusterman
Dust & Grim by Chuck Wendig


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
Epically Earnest by Molly Horan
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
Fenris & Mott by Greg Van Eekhout
The Final Empire (Mistborn, book 1) by Brandon Sanderson
The Final Gambit (Inheritance Games, book 3) by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Firefight (The Reckoners, book 2) by Brandon Sanderson
The Four Treasures of the Sky by Jenny Tinghui Zhang
The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah
The Fowl Twins by Eoin Colfer
Frances and the Monster by Refe Tuma
Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi
Frankie & Bug by Gayle Forman


Gallant by Victoria Schwab
Garlic and the Vampire by Bree Paulsen
Gastro Obscura by Dylan Thuras and Cecily Wong
A Gathering of Shadows (Shades of Magic, book 2) by V. E. Schwab
Gender Queer by Maia Kobabe
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
Goblin Market by Diane Zahler
Goddess in the Machine by Lora Beth Johnson
Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
Great Goddesses by Nikita Gill
Greenwich Park
by Katherine Faulkner
Gris Grimly’s Frankenstein by Gris Grimly and Mary Shelley
Grounded for All Eternity by Darcy Marks
The Guardian Test (Legends of Lotus Island, book 1) by Christina Soontornvat


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
The Hawthorne Legacy (Inheritance Games, book 2) by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Hazel Hill Is Gonna Win This One by Maggie Horne
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
Hide by Kiersten White
Hold Back the Tide by Melinda Salisbury
Hollowpox: The Hunt for Morrigan Crow (Nevermoor, book 3) by Jessica Townsend
Hotel Magnifique by Emily J. Taylor
The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune
The House of Hades (Heroes of Olympus, book 4) by Rick Riordan
How to Be Perfect by Michael Schur
How to Train Your Dragon (How to Train Your Dragon, book 1) by Cressida Cowell


I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak
The Ice House by Monica Sherwood
I Killed Zoe Spanos by Kit Frick
I Kissed Shara Wheeler by Casey McQuiston
Immune by Phillip Dettmer
In Deeper Waters by F. T. Lukens
The Infinity Courts by Akemi Dawn Bowman
The Inheritance Games (Inheritance Games, book 1) by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
The Inheritance of Orquidea Divina by Zoraida Cordova
In the Lives of Puppets by TJ Klune
Invictus by Ryan Graudin
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V. E. Schwab


Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke


The Keeper of Night (Keeper of Night, book 1) by Kylie Lee Baker
Kiki Kallira Breaks a Kingdom (Kiki Kallira, book 1) by Sangu Mandanna
Kiki Kallira Conquers a Curse (Kiki Kallira, book 2) 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 Heir to Blackwood Library by Hester Fox
The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, book 5) by Rick Riordan
Legendborn (Legendborn, book 1) by Tracy Deonn
Legends & Lattes by Travis Baldree
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 Littlest Library by Poppy Alexander
Loki: A Bad God’s Guide to Being Good (Loki, book 1) by Louie Stowell
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 and Other Disasters by Anita Kelly
Love & Other Natural Disasters by Misa Sugiura
The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood
Loveless by Alice Oseman
A Lullaby for Witches by Hester Fox


Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey
A Magic Steeped in Poison (The Book of Tea duology, book 1) by Judy I. Lin
The Magnolia Sword by Sherry Thomas
The Maid by Nita Prose
Making the Monster by Kathryn Harkup
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
The Mark of Athena (Heroes of Olympus, book 3) by Rick Riordan
The Martian by Andy Weir
A Marvellous Light by Freya Marske
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
Mika in Real Life by Emiko Jean
A Million to One by Adiba Jaigirdar
The Mimicking of Known Successes by Malka Older
A Mirror Mended (Fractured Fables, book 2) by Alix E. Harrow
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
Murder Your Employer by Rupert Holmes
Muse of Nightmares (Strange the Dreamer, book 2) by Laini Taylor
Mythos by Stephen Fry


Nessie Quest by Melissa Savage
Nettle & Bone by T. Kingfisher
Never Ever Getting Back Together by Sophie Gonzales
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
The Nobleman’s Guide to Scandal and Shipwrecks (Montague Siblings, book 3) by Mackenzi Lee
No Country for Old Gnomes (Tales of Pell, book 2) by Delilah S. Dawson and Kevin Hearne
Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
Not Good For Maidens by Tori Bovalino


Oddity by Eli Brown
The Ogress and the Orphans by Kelly Barnhill
Olympus, Texas by Stacey Swann
One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston
One True Loves by Elise Byrant
Only A Monster by Vanessa Len
Open Mic Night at Westminster Cemetery by Mary Amato
Outlawed by Anna North


The Pearl Hunter by Miya T. Beck
People of Abandoned Character by Clare Whitfield
A Pho Love Story by Loan Le
Piranesi by Susanna Clarke
A Place at the Table by Laura Shovan and Saadia Faruqi
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
A Prayer for the Crown-Shy (Monk and Robot, book 2) by Becky Chambers
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
The Problem With Prophecies (Celia Cleary series, book 1) by Scott Reintgen
Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir
A Psalm for the Wild-Built (Monk and Robot, book 1) by Becky Chambers


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
Recitatif by Toni Morrison
Recommended For You by Laura Silverman
Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
Reggie and Delilah’s Year of Falling by Elise Bryant
The Rehearsals by Annette Christie
Remote Control by Nnedi Okorafor
The Renaissance of Gwen Hathaway by Ashley Schumacher
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
A Rover’s Story by Jasmine Warga
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
Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel
The Secret Life of Albert Entwistle by Matt Cain
See You Yesterday by Rachel Lynn Solomon
The Shadow in the Glass by J. J. A. Harwood
She Is a Haunting by Trang Tranh Tran
The Ship of the Dead (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, book 3) by Rick Riordan
Shuri by Nic Stone
The Sign for Home by Blair Fell
Sign Here by Claudia Lux
Sir Callie and the Champions of Helston by Esme Symes-Smith
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 (Fractured Fables, book 1) 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
Supernova (Renegades, book 3) by Marissa Meyer
Sweet and Sour by Debbi Michiko Florence
The Swifts by Beth Lincoln
The Swimmers by Julie Otsuka
The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, book 1) by Rick Riordan


Tarnished Are the Stars by Rosiee Thor
A Taste for Love by Jennifer Yen
Taste: My Life Through Food by Stanley Tucci
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)
Tell Me An Ending by Jo Harkin
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
The Monstrous Thing by Mackenzi Lee
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
Troublemaker by John Cho
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 One Roof by Ali Hazelwood
The Undertaking of Hart and Mercy by Megan Bannen
Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune
Unnecessary Sorrow by Joe Hight
Upright Women Wanted by Sarah Gailey


The Valiant (Valiant, book 1) by Lesley Livingston
Vampire Weekend by Mike Chen
The Vanquishers (Vanquishers, book 1) by Kalynn Bayron
Vengeful (Villains, book 2) by V. E. Schwab
The Verifiers by Jane Pek
Vicious (Villains, book 1) by V. E. Schwab
Victories Greater Than Death by Charlie Jane Anders
The Villa by Rachel Hawkins


Waxing On by Ralph Macchio
Well Matched (Well Met series, book 3) by Jen DeLuca
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
Wildoak by C. C. Harrington
What Moves the Dead by T. Kingfisher
When Women Were Dragons by Kelly Barnhill
Where the Rhythm Takes You by Sarah Dass
Wild is the Witch by Rachel Griffin
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
Wretched Waterpark by Kiersten White
The Writing Retreat by Julia Bartz
Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend (Nevermoor series, book 2)



You Only Live Once, Danny Bravo by Mark Oshiro


Zachary Ying and the Dragon Emperor by Xiran Jay Zhao


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