November 2014 Book Reviews


Catherine Doyle


This is a story inspired by Romeo and Juliet. And if that doesn’t give it enough awesome points, a Mafia family with five brothers moves into town. With feuding families and forbidden love, this one ticked all the boxes for me. I haven’t read a Mafia YA book before and that was not only refreshing, but fit my taste perfectly (as a big fan of shows like Boardwalk Empire). The romance element casts some light on the darker themes of the novel, but nothing is left untouched by the mounting secrets and lies that’ll keep readers guessing until the very end.

There was so much energy in the writing that the pages flew by. I’m so glad it’s a trilogy, but also that it rounded off nicely as a book on its own, making the wait for the second that tiny bit less unbearable. Edgy, twisty, and absolutely brilliant!


Broken by A.E. Rought

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

Deity by Jennifer L. Armentrout

The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen