New YA: February 15-22.
New in hardback:
New in paperback:
Darkest Mercy (Wicked Lovely), by Melissa Marr:
Darkest Mercy brought everything together, and I loved it. No reservations at all. At all. It's just as passionate and heartbreaking and joyful and surprising a conclusion as the series deserved. It brought the story to a close -- there was real, actual closure on all fronts -- and it's exactly the sort of series-ender that makes me want to go back and re-read the whole series again, to take the journey again and to see it from a different perspective.
Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro:
Deadly was the darling of the blog world a while back, and I was glad to finally read it. There were certain aspects that definitely made me understand the buzz -- Prudence's desire to follow her intellectual passions rather than her romantic ones, the story of Mary Mallon, the line drawings and captions that pepper Prudence's journal, and OH, the lovely cover art -- but over all, I didn't love it quite as much as some readers.
Inside: Inside Out\Outside In (Harlequin Teen: Insider), by Maria V. Snyder:
Trella's a reluctant heroine, prickly and even unlikable at moments -- as well as being QUITE the misanthrope, she thinks of herself as being superior to her fellow workers -- which makes her a more interesting heroine, and one who feels much more real than a Bella Swan (blank slate) or a Lucie Manette (revoltingly perfect).