The Devil’s Only Friend
This is the fourth book in the John Cleaver series by Dan Wells, which starts off with I Am Not a Serial Killer. Definitely YA, it deals with demons and a sociopathic kid who grew up working in a morgue, now searching for the rest of the demons that have fed off of humanity for centuries with the help of one of their victims. This book is tied for my favorite in the series with the first book, but they’re all pretty good. I love how the series as a whole–and this book in particular–deals with questions of good and evil and all the shades of gray in between. Very thought provoking while also being a fun read.
The Bitter Side of Sweet
This was a YA book about children and teens trying to escape exploitation on a cocoa farm. Absolutely gut-wrenching, especially considering a lot of it is actually happening in the world. It was imperfect in terms of plotting (a little all over the place, and the girl’s story was somewhat implausible but necessary for the rest of the plot), but despite that, it remained compelling all the way through and has definitely changed how I think about chocolate. I think everyone should read it.
As a middle-grade and YA writer, I strive to be very well read in these age ranges. I write speculative fiction but read a bit of everything. Except vampires. I’m not into vampires.
I figured I’d share my reviews in case anyone is looking for recommendations and whatnot. I read a lot, so I’m hoping to post one at least once a week. They’ll be short and sweet. Each will have a rating on a scale of 1-5 stars.