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5 04, 2017

Review: Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett

By | April 5th, 2017|Categories: Children's Books, Humor, Love & Romance, New Experiences, Social Issues, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , , |4 Comments

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alex approximately book coverReviewed by Kelly Ferjutz

It was several lifetimes ago that I was a teenager, and a mostly unsuccessful one, at that. My interests were not necessarily those of others of my age. My high school was really, really BIG on diversity in all things, so we all managed to fit in there, somewhere, somehow.

I wasn’t exactly sure I’d be able to successfully climb into Bailey’s head for the length of the book, but I found it surprisingly easy, as a matter of fact.

Bailey’s home life has been truly unusual, especially since her parents were divorced. Mom, a high-powered lawyer, stayed in the Washington DC area, where she joined a new firm, and sort of half-heartedly made a home for Bailey.

19 03, 2017

Review: We Are Still Tornadoes by Michael Kun & Susan Mullen

By | March 19th, 2017|Categories: Children's Books, Dating & Sex, Death & Dying, Family, Friendships, Love & Romance, Social Issues, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , , , |2 Comments

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we are still tornadoes book coverReviewed by Alisha Churbe

We Are Still Tornadoes is written entirely in letters. It is classified as a Young Adult read, but hits on the older end of the spectrum, as the characters have just begun their first year of college after high school, on the edge of turning 19 years old. The novel is set in the early 1980s, making the letter style normal, as the characters do not have much access to technology.

The book is just short of 300 pages, but there is plenty of white space due to the letter format. There is plenty packed into the letters filling out the story nicely. The story is entirely told with letters to and from two characters: Cath and Scott.

19 02, 2017

Review: I’m Not your Manic Pixie Dream Girl by Gretchen McNeil

By | February 19th, 2017|Categories: Children's Books, Dating & Sex, Friendships, Love & Romance, Social Issues, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , |4 Comments

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manic pixie dream girl book coverReviewed by Lauren Cannavino

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.

16 02, 2017

Review: Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken

By | February 16th, 2017|Categories: Adventures & Thrillers, Children's Books, Love & Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Series, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , , , |5 Comments

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wayfarer book coverReviewed by Christen Krumm

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.

10 02, 2017

Review: RoseBlood by A. G. Howard

By | February 10th, 2017|Categories: Children's Books, Love & Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , , |4 Comments

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roseblood book coverReviewed by Sarah Lelonek

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

4 02, 2017

Review: Supremacy by Christin Lee

By | February 4th, 2017|Categories: Children's Books, Love & Romance, Paranormal, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Series, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , , |4 Comments

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supremacy book coverReviewed by Bethany Kelly

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.

13 01, 2017

Review: Three Truths and a Lie by Brent Hartinger

By | January 13th, 2017|Categories: Children's Books, Dating & Sex, Love & Romance, Mysteries, Social Issues, Suspense, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , , |6 Comments

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three truths and a lie book coverReviewed by Meredith Kelly

When I started Three Truths and a Lie, one of my first thoughts was, “this is too young for me.” Unbeknownst to me at the time, I was reading a young adult book–something I hadn’t done in many years. Nevertheless, the characters were well-defined and seemed to be very trendy. The book focuses on two couples heading away to a rural mountain cabin for the weekend. One couple is made up of two gay men in the throes of their first real relationship, and the other is a heterosexual teen couple.

This psychological thriller really starts to simmer when on the first night at the cabin the two bored couples decide to play a game of “three truths and a lie.”

6 01, 2017

Review: The Possibility of Somewhere by Julia Day

By | January 6th, 2017|Categories: Children's Books, Love & Romance, Young Adult|Tags: , , |3 Comments

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possibility of somewhere book coverReviewed by Meg Massey

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.

3 09, 2016

Review: Ruined by Amy Tintera

By | September 3rd, 2016|Categories: Children's Books, Love & Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

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ruined tintera book coverReviewed by Sarah Lelonek

There is a lot of young adult fiction out there. I know, I’ve read a ton of it. However, I prefer YA lit that has a fantasy element and a little magic and war thrown in. If you’re into the same kinds of books, Ruined by Amy Tintera may be a good book for you.

Set in a kingdom on a different planet in a different time, Em Flores is a bit of an outcast. Not only is she from the conquered realm of Ruina, a place where people have magic, but she was born a shell of sorts, meaning she doesn’t possess the same magic as her peers. Even though she was meant to be queen of Ruina, her “useless” self was passed on as royalty. But when her sister is kidnapped and her parents are killed by the ruling kingdom, it is time for Em to assert herself by infiltrating the castle as a princess with wicked fighting abilities. What she didn’t expect was love to be a part of her mission.

15 08, 2016

Review: Girl Against the Universe by Paula Stokes

By | August 15th, 2016|Categories: Children's Books, Depression & Mental Illness, Love & Romance, Social Issues, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , |4 Comments

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girl against the universe book coverReviewed by Christen Krumm

I had no idea what I was in for, going into Girl Against the Universe. Paula Stokes hits on the tough issues—OCD, PTSD, teen stress and anxiety—all with poise and tasteful humor. Girl Against the Universe had me laughing, tearing up (because I cannot remember the last time I cried over a book—shame!), and quickly turning pages all through this year’s summer vacation.

Maguire is cursed. Or at least has horrible case of bad luck. From being the only living survivor in a terrible car wreck to house fires and crashing roller coasters, the universe clearly has it out for her. To keep those she loves—and innocent strangers around her – safe, Maguire decides the best thing is for her to hide her life away in her room.