Full Books & Audiobooks
The Girl at Midnight (The Girl at Midnight #1) by Melissa Grey [Audiobook]
I had been somewhat skeptical about this book, but when I got the opportunity to listen to it on audio, I figured why not. And I’m really glad I did because this book was thoroughly enjoyable! Each character was quite well fleshed out, especially Echo (I loved her spunk and sarcasm!). I think the things that knocked a star off of this one are that I wanted to see more of the supposed best friendship between Echo and Ivy (although I have read other reviews that seem to think it was explored quite well), and I want to know more about the Ala. Maybe in the next book?
Nightshade (Nightshade #1) by Andrea Cremer
This was the second book I was dared to read by my sister, and sadly it did not turn out quite as well as the first dare did. The story was entertaining enough, I suppose; the lore and magic of the world Creme created is interesting. But there was way too much teen angst for me, and way too many… annoying things? The only character I really related to was Shay, because he was the only person questioning ANYTHING. So: it was okay, but just not for me, I guess. I don’t think I’ll continue the series. :(
The Immortal Heights (Elemental Trilogy #3) by Sherry Thomas
Once again, Sherry Thomas has scratched my fantasy itch in the best way. The ending to this series took Titus and Fairfax to places (and heights — teehee) that I wouldn’t even have expected! The mood in this book was definitely darker and heavier than the previous two, but there were still so many brilliant, wonderful, tender, and hilarious moments between these characters. I especially enjoyed how each character, main or side, got his/her story told with plenty of care and time. This was a fantastic ending to one of my favorite fantasy YA series ever.
Novellas & Short Stories
The Demon in the Wood (The Grisha Trilogy #0.1) by Leigh Bardugo
As expected — just like everything Leigh Bardugo writes — this was brilliant. I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed getting this glimpse into the Darkling’s past. Into his childhood (especially after finishing the whole series)! I loved every word of it and I really wish there had been more. I truly would have read a whole full-length novel from this perspective!