Girls of Storm and Shadow leaves behind the setting, stakes, and everything great about the first book to wander a half-baked fantasy world. A shallow, directionless middle book: pure filler.
If there's any justice in the world, The Ten Thousand Doors of January will soon be a YA classic. My favorite read of 2019 so far.
The Babysitters Coven doesn't have the story to back up its fun hook. A shallow series-starter that might have been more successful as upper-Middle Grade.
The Young Adult rewrite of Anderson and Bolden's award-winning One Person, No Vote never justifies its existence. Read the original instead.
It's a Whole Spiel uses its all-star lineup of Jewish YA authors to maximum impact, painting a nuanced, intersectional picture of the joys and pains of contemporary teenage Jewish identity.