Either way, I'll round-up all three months in one convenient post for your reading pleasure!
Some Kind of Fairy Tale, by Graham Joyce. Fantasy, Contemporary. A-
Pros: Fantastic writing, well-developed characters, great use of themes. Cons: The actual fairyland scenes pale in comparison to the rest of the novel.
Last Summer at Mars Hill, by Elizabeth Hand. Fantasy, Anthology. C-
Pros: "The Have-Nots" and "Engels Unaware." Cons: Everything else.
Fathomless, by Jackson Pearce. YA, Fantasy. C-
Pros: Interesting adaptation of "The Little Mermaid" story. Cons: Silly world building, ridiculous characterization, more victimization of women, weak story.
Reconstructing Amelia, by Kimberly McCreight. Mystery, Contemporary. B
Pros: Interesting examination of mothers and daughters, excellent use of alternate POVs. Cons: First half of the novel is really slow, main character is rather terrible at crime solving.
A Woman Entangled, by Cecilia Grant. Romance, Historical. B-
Pros: Lovely writing, as always. Unconventional set-up. Cons: Lame pay-off, too little conflict, passive heroine.
Can't Buy Me Love, by Molly O'Keefe. Romance, Contemporary. A+
Pros: Lively characters, great conflict, gorgeous writing style. Cons: Some repetitive angst, a couple of bone-headed hero decisions here and there.
Burn for Burn, by Siohban Vivian and Jenny Han. YA, Contemporary. A+
Pros: Excellent characters, fantastically intricate and well-realized smalltown setting, great writing. Cons: Weeeird psychic powers out of nowhere, total cliffhanger ending.
Far, Far Away, by Tom McNeal. YA, Fantasy. D
Pros: A connection to fairy tales. Cons: Awful manic pixie dream girl heroine, non-entity hero, stilted writing and dialogue, wildly uneven tone.
Openly Straight, by Bill Konigsberg. YA, Contemporary, LGBT. B
Pros: Interesting concept, original discussion, good characters. Cons: Main character is a bit whiny and privileged, ultimate pay off a little too obvious.
Review Round Up: The Sweet Dead Life (YA, Fantasy, B), The Governess Affair (Romance, Historical, B-), The Third Angel (Fiction, Contemporary, B+)
Dragon Keeper, by Robin Hobb. Fantasy, High. C+
Pros: Interesting world building. Cons: Too much fanservice and repetitive exposition, too little actual story. Incredibly slow set-up and abrupt ending.
The Hidden Heart, by Laura Kinsale. Romance, Historical. B
Pros: Exotic settings, developed villains, good heroine. Cons: Meandering plot, too-angsty-to-live hero.
The Universe Versus Alex Woods, by Gavin Extence. YA, Contemporary. B
Pros: Humorous writing style, interesting subjects. Cons: Unfocused plotline.
Everything and the Moon, by Julia Quinn. Romance, Historical. F+
Pros: The heroine is pretty awesome. That poor, poor, heroine... Cons: She winds up with a misogynist narcissistic hero who kidnaps her, assaults her, restricts her movements - and is baffled that she assumes he's going to be just as bad when they're married.
Hot Under the Collar, by Jackie Barbosa. Romance, Historical, Novella. B-
Pros: Mature, reasonable characters. Some nice drama. Cons: Conflict is solved too easily.
The Son, by Philipp Meyer. Fiction, Historical. C
Pros: Detailed setting and history. Cons: Distant characters, unfocused plot.
Forever and a Day, by Jill Shalvis. Romance, Contemporary. C
Pros: Decent writing, good plot set up. Cons: Incompetent heroine, unbelievable and cutesy small-town setting.