YA Fiction

Turtles All The Way Down by John Green

The thing about a spiral is, if you follow it inward, it never actually ends. It just keeps tightening, infinitely.”

Turtles All The Way Down is the newest release by John Green, who happens to be one of my favorite authors (but isn’t he everyone’s?). The second this book was release in stores, I hopped right over to my local bookstore and grabbed one. I’ve loved John Green’s books since high school and So far, I’ve read every single book published by John Green, with the exception of Will Grayson, Will Grayson.

In Turtles All The Way Down, Aza Holmes and her best friend Daisy begin to pursue the mystery of disappearing fugitive billionaire Russell Picket when they stumble upon and befriend his son, Davis Pickett. All the while, Aza battles with anxiety while also trying to be everything she is expected to be by her mother and friends.

I absolutely fell in love with this book, though I went in skeptically. How could an author that I enjoyed so much manage to push out another book that I would enjoy? But I loved it. I love the way Aza’s mental illness was portrayed, in a way that didn’t romanticize it as other novels always seem to do. I love the way the relationships between characters function, and the way they have their ups and downs as no relationship is ever perfect. And I absolutely love the way in which everything comes together at the end from the title to the disappearance.

John Green has done it yet again, I definitely give it 5/5 stars.

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YA Fantasy, Young Adult

City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

Or maybe it’s just that beautiful things are so easily broken by the world.”

City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare is the fourth book in the Mortal Instruments series. Originally, the series was meant to end with the third book, so this last trilogy is a bit of a reboot.

In this first installment to the ‘second trilogy’ (as Cassandra Clare calls it), Simon is trying to cope with life as a vampire while juggling two girlfriends along with the Mark of Cain, Clary is trying to keep her relationship with Jace afloat while a demonic force is invading his dreams and tearing them apart, and the Clave is investigating the mysterious deaths of several Shadowhunters.

When I first started reading it, it really did feel like a bit of a jumbled reboot. There was so much focus on Simon with Clary and Jace and the other characters as an afterthought (though it was a relief to not have another book centered around their ‘tragic’ love story) and the events that took place didn’t really make sense. But then, things really came together in the last 100-150 pages and really made it worth sticking it out to the finish. It was an extremely entertaining book, even though it felt like it’s sole purpose was to upstart the series again.

The Mortal Intruments is one of my favorite young adult series, and this book somewhat struggled to live up to City of Glass but kept my interest nonetheless in a fantasy world that I was familiar with. Overall, I would give it 4/5 stars.

YA Thriller, Young Adult

Unbelievable by Sara Shepard

There’s a lot you can’t tell about people, looking in from the outside.”

Unbelievable by Sara Shepard is the 4th book in the Pretty Little Liars series (Not including Ali’s Pretty Little Lies). This series is split up into 4 arcs, this one being the final book in the first arc.  It focuses around 4 friends Aria, Hanna, Spencer, and Emily who are dangerously close to discovering who A is after Hanna was hit by a car in the previous book.

Hanna and Mona’s friendship is revived after her near murder, Emily’s parents ship her off to Iowa to straighten her out, Spencer thinks she might have killed Ali, and Aria’s illegal relationship with her teacher sent him to jail.

This book is definitely geared more toward teenagers, but they’re my guilty pleasure. They aren’t the most amazing thing I’ve ever read but they are such a fast read and the plot is entertaining, no matter how many times you want to jump in the book and tell them to just go to the police. I guarantee the only thing I’ll remember about this book years from now is who A is in this arc. It’s an easy, mindless read (that still has a great plot) best suited for the beach or by a pool, so if you’re looking for something a little deeper to inspire some profound epiphany, I don’t suggest any book in this series. But if you’re looking for a couple of days of easy entertainment from a book that’s a little more plot driven, these could be the books for you.

Ultimately, I would give this book 3/5 stars. It was a fun read, but could be predictable at certain plot points, along with the characters seeming a little one-dimensional.

With that being said, the books are most definitely better than the TV show.