REVIEW: The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

If I had to give my review in one word, it would be bravo. Painted with just the right amount of darkness, The Cruel Prince is a beautiful anti-fairytale with a jaded protagonist whose strength nonetheless shines through on every page. Holly Black's writing is as its most brilliant when she takes the luxury of time to explore the messy, tangled, and ultimately revealing relationships between characters.

REVIEW: The Hanging Girl by Eileen Cook

Nothing is as it seems in The Hanging Girl, a claustrophobic intersection of Gone Girl with One of Us Is Lying. Eileen Cook writes plot twists like second nature, artfully using thriller tropes in imaginative ways. Her skill at writing unreliable narration where the POV character deliberately withholds information is amongst the best, so that even when she uses well-known tricks, I couldn't see them coming.