Beatrice Giovanni and her best friends, Spencer and Gabe, have been the targets of bullies all throughout high school. Starting their senior year, Bea decides that enough is enough and decides to find a way to reverse the bullying trend. Armed with newly discovered confidence thanks to her new boyfriend Jesse and fresh with the promise of a new start at her dream school MIT, Bea devises a plan that she feels is foolproof. Known not so affectionately throughout campus as “Math Girl”, Bea calculates the ultimate formula, one that will cultivate popularity for her and her friends.
Every once in a while, you are fortunate enough to come across a book – or a book series – that is so captivating, you do not want it to end. Alexandra Bracken’s Passenger series has done this to me.
Wayfarer, just like its predecessor, is jammed packed full of action, excitement, romance, and has enough twists and turns to keep you guessing until the very end. It picks up where Passenger left off (and is one of those sequels that if you have not read the first book, you will be completely and hopelessly lost). Nicholas and Etta have been split up and both are trying to reach the other through the bonds of time and space. I knew how I wanted the book to end, but the more I read, the more my heart clenched wondering if it was even going to be possible. Somehow, in the end, working her brilliant magic, Bracken is able to bring the story, and series, to a close in the most satisfying way.
Some books speak to me. I can relate with every character and I get sucked into the world the author creates. However, for many reasons, I was not enthralled with RoseBlood by A. G. Howard. In fact, I felt like it was a chore to even finish the book.
The novel is a modern day retelling of the Phantom of the Opera. Rune, a siren of sorts, has no idea why music moves her like it does. She feels like melodies, especially operas, need to be “purged” from her body within hours of being heard. After her father’s death and her mother’s decision to remarry, Rune is sent to a school for opera and theater in France. The school inhabits an old opera house, where it is rumored the original phantom of the opera resides. Except it’s
Supremacy, the first in a series written by Christin Lee, is a fantasy young adult novel with a magical twist.
Kate Parker is a seemingly normal teenager. She’s on the swim team, has two very different best friends, is very close with her family, and loves animals.
However, after meeting Lucas – a mysterious exchange student with pain in the depths of his brown eyes – her life becomes anything but normal. As she finds out more and more about Lucas and his past, she realizes that she may have gotten more than she bargained for the day she fixed his motorcycle and their connection formed.
One Half from the East by Nadia Hashimi is an emotional coming of age children’s novel. The protagonist Obayda’s family has issues. Her father has lost one of his legs in a bomb explosion, forcing their family to move away from their home to a small village in Kabul. Her father almost never leaves his room. One day, Obayda’s aunt has an idea to bring the family luck. She dresses Obayda as a boy, a bacha posh. Now she is Obayd. Soon, she meets another bacha posh, and it changes everything. They’re free to explore the village on their own without any restrictions. However, their transformation won’t last forever, and they must figure out a way to make their freedom last.
Eden Moore is on track to become the valedictorian of her high school class, despite the fact that she’s grown up in a trailer park with her often out-of-work father and stepmother. Since her birth mother left her when she was just a child, Eden’s only ever had one goal: to leave her small town and life there behind.
Her classmate Ash Gupta has never quite understood how Eden, with her sharp and sarcastic nature, could possibly become valedictorian. But when the two of them are thrown together to complete a class assignment, they begin to get to know each other for the first time, and Ash recognizes her intelligence and depth.
I’ve always wanted to know more about astrology and horoscopes–not because I believe in star signs, but because I thought the subject to be interesting. Romina Russell’s Zodiac takes astrology to a whole new level by basing an entire civilization off of star signs and constellations. And she does a pretty darn good job at doing so, I might add.
Zodiac takes place in the distant future where humanity has left our solar system and earth for reasons long forgotten and now lives in the Houses of the Zodiac. The story centers on Rhoma Grace, a 16-year-old student from House Cancer.
Mari feels like an outcast among her clan, called Earth Walkers. Like her mother, she has the unique ability to use the powers of the moon to heal. But her father, a man she never knew, was of another clan. Once Mari bonds with a canine Companion, she begins to learn more about the people whom her father belonged to. Mari had always expected to take up her mother’s mantle, but destiny has chosen another path for her. Mari, with the help of her Companion, and Nik, the son of her clan’s rival, may be the one needed to bring solidarity between the two tribes.
P.C. Cast has been a longtime favorite author of mine, with the exception of her co-authored House of Night series. Moon Chosen was an obvious read for me; I was curious to see how P.C. Cast would do solo-penning a YA series, but unfortunately for me, this effort failed on a few fronts.
In 2014, the YA thriller author R.L. Stine relaunched his popular Fear Street series with Party Games. Yesterday, the fifth book in the relaunch series, The Dead Boyfriend, was released, ready to terrorize a new generation of readers. Although I’m not the target audience anymore for R.L. Stine publications, I can’t help but read them every now and then just for the nostalgia.
The Dead Boyfriend is a first-person narrative told in diary format. Caitlyn is over the moon about her new boyfriend Blade, until he stands her up one night. A little overly emotional, Cynthia haunts places she suspects he might hang out and discovers him with another girl. When she confronts him about his betrayal, Caitlyn finds herself with a new title: murderer.