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8 08, 2016

Review: The Last Time We Were Us by Leah Konen

By | August 8th, 2016|Categories: Children's Books, Family, Friendships, Love & Romance, Social Issues, Young Adult|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

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last time we were us book coverReviewed by Amanda Farmer

When I read the description for The Last Time We Were Us, I thought it would be right up my alley. I love friendship stories–throw in one of the friends having juvie in their past and I am sold.

This is the story of Liz who wants nothing more than to be popular, have the perfect boyfriend, Innis, and rebuild her friendship with Jason, who has just gotten out of juvie for hurting Innis’ brother, Skip. This book is described as a southern story but there wasn’t a whole lot of southern charm in it. And even though there were a lot of typical teenage issues covered, I didn’t feel that the author handled any of them in the right way.

I struggled with reading this book and had to put it down many times.

19 07, 2016

Review: You Know Me Well by David Levithan & Nina LaCour

By | July 19th, 2016|Categories: Children's Books, Friendships, Love & Romance, Social Issues, Young Adult|Tags: , , , |5 Comments

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you know me well book coverReviewed by Jennifer Jensen

I may have a different sexual orientation and be almost twenty years older than the narrators of David Levithan and Nina LaCour’s You Know Me Well, but they are the most relatable fictional characters I’ve come across in a long time. High school and its drama may be well behind me, but even in adulthood there are still struggles with love, loss, fear, becoming, and moving forward—all things that Mark and Katie face both together and alone.

In an effort to impress his best friend Ryan, the object of his affections, Mark takes a chance and puts himself in the spotlight at a Pride party. But his decision has some unexpected results;

25 06, 2016

Review: Exquisite Captive by Heather Demetrios

By | June 25th, 2016|Categories: Adventures & Thrillers, Children's Books, Love & Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Series, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , , , |3 Comments

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exquisite captive book coverReviewed by Jamie Friddle

Exquisite Captive by Heather Demetrios is a thrilling and sensuous fantasy about a jinni named Nalia who has been sold into slavery. The story rapidly captivates the audience and keeps a steady yet fast pace throughout the novel. Fans of myths, fantasy, and magic will adore this new series that has a modern twist!

Demetrios is an excellent creator of worlds and is very unique, using imagery to create a glorious yet chilling setting. The main protagonist and heroine is Nalia, the only surviving Ghan Aisouri, and the rightful heir to the Arjinni throne. Nalia was the only survivor of a deadly attack that killed nearly everyone she loved, except her young brother who is in a work camp, held captive by the Ifrits.

22 04, 2016

Review: Blest by Blaise Lucey

By | April 22nd, 2016|Categories: Children's Books, Love & Romance, Paranormal, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Series, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , , , |1 Comment

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blest book coverReviewed by Jennifer Jensen

If William Shakespeare had ever written a tale of angels and demons, it might have turned out something like Blaise Lucey’s Blest, the first in a paranormal series (I hope) about a demon girl and an angel boy who fall for each other before learning that they are enemies. Claire is new to town, and Jim is something of an outcast. But they connect and eventually fall in love with one another, until discovering that they are on different sides of an Endless War.

Not only must they learn their respective places within their new “families,” but they must also navigate through high school—the Homecoming Dance, other romantic possibilities, jealousy, lies, and even death.

When Jim accepts his wings, he doesn’t fully understand what his parents felt that they had given up to provide a normal life

15 03, 2016

Review: The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

By | March 15th, 2016|Categories: Adventures & Thrillers, Children's Books, Love & Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Series, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , , , , |5 Comments

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the 5th wave book coverReviewed by Sunny Dawn

Rick Yancey’s book, The 5th Wave, has been positively reviewed by many readers and its film adaption is one of the signs on how the market has received this science fiction thriller book.

The book is marketed for young adults, age 14 and up, telling the story of a suburban teenager named Cassie Sullivan and her quest to find and save her brother, Sam, after their parents died during an apocalypse.

The 5th Wave has plenty of familiar themes but its plot and the way it has captured its target readers sets this book apart from others in the genre. Post-apocalyptic themes are all too common but beautifully written books for young adults are more rare.

Let’s tackle the plot first. Life in suburban Ohio is quite normal for Cassie when one day, a giant metal slab, signaling

4 02, 2016

Review: Darken the Stars by Amy A. Bartol

By | February 4th, 2016|Categories: Children's Books, Love & Romance, Paranormal, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Series, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , , , |4 Comments

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darken the stars book coverReviewed by Sarah Lelonek

I have a problem ending series. I really do. Usually it’s because I love the series so much I don’t want the story to end. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said about Amy A. Bartol’s newest series. While I enjoyed the first book, Under Different Stars, I wasn’t in love with it. I hoped the story would further draw me in as the books progressed, however, this was not the case. By the third installment, Darken the Stars, I was done. I had to force myself to finish the novel, enjoying very little about the story and characters.

Kricket, a half-breed from a world similar to earth but with more advanced technology, finds herself captured by Kyon, who is rather forceful with his pledge to make Kricket his own. What I

28 01, 2016

Review: Light of Day by Allison van Diepen

By | January 28th, 2016|Categories: Children's Books, Love & Romance, Mysteries, Social Issues, Violence, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , |5 Comments

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light of day book coverReviewed by Bethany Kelly

What starts out as a night of fun for Gabby and her friend, Maria, almost turns into a nightmare. If it weren’t for a mysterious guy with blue eyes, Gabby would have never known that their drinks were spiked. This start to Allison van Diepen’s, Light of Day, is what instantly hooked me.

After Gabby gets herself and Maria home, she can’t seem to get how close they came to disaster out of her mind. She also can’t get the blue-eyed cutie that warned them out of her thoughts. With these two things in mind, Gabby talks about her ordeal on her radio show, and subsequently finds out that the man who put drugs in their drinks was actually a pimp planning on making both of them prostitutes.

Gabby’s discovery of this puts her

26 01, 2016

Review: Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready

By | January 26th, 2016|Categories: Children's Books, Drugs & Alcohol Abuse, Horror, Love & Romance, Paranormal, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Series, Social Issues, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , , , , |3 Comments

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shade book coverReviewed by Jennifer Jensen

Like all others born after the Shift, 16-year-old Aura, her boyfriend Logan, and most of their friends can see ghosts. No one exactly knows how or why this is, but Aura is determined to find out and put an end to it. Aura’s world shatters on the night of Logan’s birthday, the night that was supposed to be “the best night ever.” Everything starts out perfectly: Logan’s band is offered contracts from two different recording companies and Aura and Logan are finally going to lose their virginity. In one moment of utter stupidity, Logan makes a rash decision that ends his life.

If Logan hadn’t stuck around as a ghost with a violet hue, Aura would have an easier time moving on with her own life. The presence of Logan’s spirit makes it seem as if

19 01, 2016

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Firsts by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn

By | January 19th, 2016|Categories: Children's Books, Dating & Sex, Giveaways, Love & Romance, Social Issues, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , |6 Comments

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firsts by flynn book coverPlease join Laurie Elizabeth Flynn who is touring the blogosphere with her new book, Firsts

Enter the giveaway below – open to US and Canada residents

Reviewed by Bethany Kelly

When I first started reading Firsts by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn, I questioned whether or not I was going to be able to get through the book or like the main character, Mercedes Ayres, by the end. Let me first tell you that I ended up liking Mercedes much more by the end of the novel than I did at the beginning.

Firsts focused on Mercedes and her service to ‘the virgins’–the boys that she sleeps with so that they can get their awkward first time out of the way in order to give their girlfriends a better first time. She helps them plan their girlfriends’ first times,

15 01, 2016

Review: Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

By | January 15th, 2016|Categories: Adventures & Thrillers, Children's Books, For Teens, Gift Ideas, Love & Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Series, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , , , |3 Comments

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passenger book coverReviewed by Amanda Farmer

I will admit to wanting to review Passenger simply because of its cover–it’s gorgeous. But then, I read the description and fell in love with it. After all, who doesn’t love a book with time travel in it? Passenger by Alexandra Bracken has it all: love, adventure, time travel, mystery, murder, history, danger lurking around every corner, and betrayal all thrown into one. This book will not disappoint the reader. I could not put it down and I am anxiously awaiting for the sequel. I have to find out what happens!

Passenger is the story of Etta and Nicholas and how they are thrown together by the Ironwoods family. Etta finds out that she has inherited a legacy she had no idea about and must find a certain object before the Ironwoods. She has lost everything she loves and knows