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9 01, 2016

Review: Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston

By | January 9th, 2016|Categories: Children's Books, Love & Romance, Myths & Legends, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , , |2 Comments


a thousand nights book coverReviewed by Benish Khan

A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston is a fantasy re-telling of Arabian Nights: Tales from One Thousand and One Nights. Lo-Melkhiin has murdered three hundred girls before he came to the heroine’s village.

The heroine is nameless in the synopsis since the author did not want to reveal the sister that would be taken. Le-Melkhiin is looking for a wife; the heroine knows he will take the loveliest girl in the village, her sister. She will not let that happen and will sacrifice herself if that means saving her sister. Every girl that has been taken before has been murdered, and the heroine knows she is next. Lo-Melkhiin’s court is filled with dangerous, pretty things. However, when the first sun rises and sets, she realizes she is not dead yet. Lo-Melkhiin comes to her every

6 01, 2016

Firebird Series by Claudia Gray

By | January 6th, 2016|Categories: Children's Books, Dystopian, Love & Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Series, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , , , |5 Comments


thousand pieces of you book coverReviewed by Christen Krumm

Spies, mystery, suspense, romance, and time travel—Claudia Gray’s Firebird series has it all.

I’ll admit. I was a little leery going into A Thousand Pieces of You. I was afraid the “science-y” mumbo jumbo would slow me down (I mean I love Doctor Who as much as the next girl, but sometimes when he goes all “timey whimey” I have to scratch my head), but Gray is able to explain it in such a way that it is easy to understand. By the time you reach Ten Thousand Skies Above You, reading about the physics that goes into time jumping is normal.

A Thousand Pieces of You drops you in the middle of the story. Our heroine, Marguerite Caine, has time jumped with the sole purpose of finding and killing her father’s

24 12, 2015

Review: Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone

By | December 24th, 2015|Categories: Children's Books, Depression & Mental Illness, Emotions & Feelings, For Teens, Friendships, Gift Ideas, Love & Romance, Social Issues, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , , , |3 Comments


every last word book coverReviewed by Nina Longfield

What does it mean to be normal? At what point can we stop hiding our true selves to allow others to know our idiosyncrasies? Can we keep our friends once they know we are not perfect? Tamara Ireland Stone addresses these and many more teen angst (or ‘life angst’) questions in her lovely novel Every Last Word.

Samantha (Sam) McCallister is your standard sixteen year old, on the surface. To the casual observer in the school hallway or cafeteria, Samantha is popular, pulled together, appropriately funny, a member of the elite Crazy-8s, and is someone to envy. Sam knows different. The Samantha she presents to the world is like a costume worn throughout the school year. In the summertime, away from the Crazy-8s, Sam is relaxed, in control, and self-assured. Amongst her

10 12, 2015

Review: Wendy Darling by Colleen Oakes

By | December 10th, 2015|Categories: Children's Books, Love & Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , , |3 Comments


wendy darling book coverReviewed by Amanda Farmer

I was excited to be able to read Wendy DarlingI love Colleen Oakes’ Queen of Hearts series and I am impatiently waiting for book three. After reading Wendy Darling, I am not sure how I feel about the book. I didn’t love it or hate it; I definitely have mixed feelings about it. If you love Peter Pan then you will most likely love this story but keep in mind this is a much darker re-telling of the classic story written by J.M. Barrie.

Wendy Darling is a story about the three Darling children, Wendy, John, and Michael. It focuses on their journey to Neverland with Peter Pan. In this version, Peter is a dictator in charge of hundreds of lost boys and wanting to go to war with Captain Hook. Peter isn’t the

5 12, 2015

Review: Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway

By | December 5th, 2015|Categories: Children's Books, Coming of Age, Emotions & Feelings, Family, For Teens, Gift Ideas, Love & Romance, Social Issues, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , , , |6 Comments


emmy & oliver book coverReviewed by Benish Khan

Emmy & Oliver is a coming of age novel about first love, family, and true friendships. The simple cover draws the reader in and shows that a fancy and artistic cover is not required–sometimes a simple font is enough.

Emmy’s best friend Oliver reappears after being kidnapped by his father ten years ago. Emmy hopes to renew her friendship with Oliver, however, things aren’t as easy as they seem. Emmy is a bit of a rebellious heroine except on the sly. She has a love for surfing but her parents seem unwilling to let her grow up after Oliver’s kidnapping. Naturally, kidnapping incidents create a sense of chaos in the community and they live in fear that something might happen to Emmy as well. Readers get clear glimpses into Emmy’s sheltered life and those with smothering parents are

3 12, 2015

Blog Tour: The Golden Braid by Melanie Dickerson

By | December 3rd, 2015|Categories: Children's Books, Christian Literature & Fiction, For Teens, Gift Ideas, Historical, Love & Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , , |5 Comments


the golden braid book coverPlease join Melanie Dickerson, author of The Golden Braid, as she tours the blogosphere with Litfuse Publicity!

Reviewed by Holly Madison

This was the first book I have read by Melanie Dickerson and for the most part, I found it to be a delightful and charming read.

As the title would hint, this is a book about Rapunzel, but unlike any other Rapunzel story I have come across. Rather than being set in a fantasy world full of magic and evil witches, this feels much more like something that could have happened in the real world (with a distinct German feel to the setting).

It centers around the 19+ year old Rapunzel with ankle-length hair, and she is more independent thinking than I imagine her fairy tale counterpart to be. While she does have a mind of her own, she is

10 11, 2015

Review: One by Sarah Crossan

By | November 10th, 2015|Categories: Children's Books, Family, For Teens, Gift Ideas, Love & Romance, Siblings, Social Issues, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , |5 Comments


one by sarah crossan book coverReviewed by Carrie Ardoin

I might have passed One by Sarah Crossan by if I had known beforehand that it was written in verse; I’m glad I somehow missed that fact because I wouldn’t have been able to experience this eye opening story.

Tippi and Grace are sisters, twins, and more than that–conjoined twins. At 17-years-old they have lived well past the life expectancy doctors gave them at birth. And now, they are getting ready to take on a challenge they never thought they would: high school.

The novel is told in verse through Grace’s voice. She is the more passive, quiet twin, while Tippi is quick to let people know exactly what she’s thinking. So while Grace is not quite ready to leave her cozy homeschooled life, Tippi is ready to get out in the world and make friends–and

29 10, 2015

Review: Paperweight by Meg Haston

By | October 29th, 2015|Categories: Children's Books, Depression & Mental Illness, Friendships, Love & Romance, Social Issues, Suicide, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , , , |6 Comments


paperweight book coverReviewed by Benish Khan

Stevie is a 16-year-old who feels trapped at an eating disorder treatment center–she has been there ever since she was involuntary admitted by her father. The treatment is supposed to last 60 days but Stevie has plans of her own. On the 27th day, – the anniversary of her brother Joshua’s death – she plans to escape and end her life so that she can join him. It’s the only way she feels her brother will forgive her, and the only way she can forgive herself.

The premise of Paperweight is fantastic, the title is interesting, and the cover is beautiful. The presentation itself is appealing but the book didn’t completely live up to my expectations.

The book overall is quite dense, told mainly in monologue and with no real sense of action. The constant flashbacks often abruptly take readers from present to past and

25 10, 2015

Review: Under Different Stars by Amy A. Bartol

By | October 25th, 2015|Categories: Children's Books, Love & Romance, Paranormal, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Series, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , , , |3 Comments


under different stars book coverReviewed by Sarah Lelonek

I’m quite well-versed with Amy A. Bartol, having read her Premonition series and still waiting patiently for the next book. When I heard she had a new young adult series in the mix, I was intrigued. Under Different Stars, book one in the Kricket series, took Bartol’s fast-paced writing from her previous series and added the complexities of developing a new world.

Kricket Hallowell is a victim of Chicago’s foster care system. After her parents died when she was a small child, Kricket learned quickly to work hard, trust few, and hold out until she was 18. Unfortunately, a few months before her eighteenth birthday, mysterious tall and rather well-built men come looking for Kricket. One group claims to be her friends while the other says she must pay penitence for her family’s sins. Both

22 10, 2015

Review: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

By | October 22nd, 2015|Categories: Children's Books, For Teens, Gift Ideas, Love & Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Series, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , |3 Comments


illuminae book coverReviewed by Christen Krumm

Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff’s newest young adult offering takes experiencing a novel to a whole new level. Illuminae is not simply a book you just read, but one you experience right alongside the characters.

Illuminae tells the story of Ezra Mason and Kady Grant. On the day of their break-up, their planet is invaded and destroyed. Somehow they make it off the planet and are separated in two of the three rescue ships. With the enemy hot on their trail and a mysterious virus turning its victims into high functioning zombies who run around brutally murdering everyone in their path, Ezra and Kady have to call a truce with each other and form an alliance with the least expected ally in order to survive. It is a love story. Oh, and the entire thing is told through