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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.”

20 05, 2016

Review: Girl Last Seen by Heather Anastasiu & Anne Greenwood Brown

By | May 20th, 2016|Categories: Children's Books, Friendships, Mysteries, Social Issues, Suspense, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , |3 Comments

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girl last seen book coverReviewed by Sarah Lelonek

Girl Last Seen is one of those books you just want to speed read to know the ending. I had to stop myself from reading the book in one sitting so I could fully enjoy the writing, but I could have easily devoured the novel in one sleepless night.

Kadence Mulligan and Lauren DeSanto are, or were, high school BFFs who became Internet celebrities. After one of their homemade music videos went viral, Kady and Lauren spent the next year trying to keep the fame alive and turn themselves into the real deal. Unfortunately, when Lauren lost her voice due to an illness, their friendship turned toxic. Now, the two not only have a mixture of animosity and jealously against them, but after one of Kady’s solo concerts, the teenager goes missing. Soon, all

5 02, 2016

Review: Diary of a Haunting by M. Verano

By | February 5th, 2016|Categories: Children's Books, Family, For Teens, Gift Ideas, Mysteries, New Experiences, Paranormal, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Social Issues, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , , , , |4 Comments

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diary of a haunting book coverReviewed by Nina Longfield

Young Paige Blanton, a junior in high school, seems to have the perfect life. She is popular, well liked, and has a decent family life. Until reality hits. Her father leaves them for a younger woman. Her parents fight through a bitter high profile Los Angeles divorce. If that wasn’t enough, Paige’s mother uproots Paige and her younger brother and relocates to a small college town in western Idaho.

Suddenly, Paige is living a broken life. Diary of a Haunting is Paige’s record of her life in the aftermath of her parent’s divorce. Despite the drafty old house, no furniture (the moving van is delayed), cold weather, and new school, Paige is trying to make the best of her situation. Or is she? Her mother is willingly going back to college

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

7 01, 2016

Review: Life on Base by Tom & Nancy Wise

By | January 7th, 2016|Categories: Adventures & Thrillers, Children's Books, Coming of Age, Mysteries, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , |1 Comment

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life on base book coverReviewed by Nina Longfield

For a child growing up on a military base, life is different from that of the outside “ordinary” world. The children follow order and rank just as their military serving parent or guardian does. Authors Tom and Nancy Wise show this unique military up bring in their highly readable and engaging middle grade novel Life on Base: Quantico Cave.

Stephen is a determined twelve-year-old boy. He strives to live up to his father’s esteem and plant himself as a leader amongst his peers. He is no longer the new kid at Quantico Base, Virginia, but he’s not one of the old kids either. His family transferred from California to Virginia with the beginning of a new school year. Stephen is a kid used to changing schools and finding new friends. When his

12 12, 2015

Review: Velvet Undercover by Teri Brown

By | December 12th, 2015|Categories: Children's Books, Historical, Mysteries, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , , |4 Comments

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velvet undercover book coverReviewed by Bethany Kelly

Keep your friends close…and your enemies closer. That is what Samantha, the main character in Velvet Undercover by Teri Brown, must do. Sam, a seventeen year old member of the Girl Guides, is suddenly recruited to join a secret, all-women spy organization known as La Dame Blanche. Her mission? To extract a British spy—Velvet—who is undercover in the court of Kaiser Wilhelm. The catch? No one knows who Velvet is except for Velvet’s handler, and said handler has gone missing.

As Sam—now known as Sophia Thérèse—tries to blend in at the German palace by working in the schoolroom as a governess to the children staying at the royal palace, she must not only uncover Velvet’s identity, but must also keep herself out of danger while doing so. On top of all of this, she

16 03, 2015

Review: Since You’ve Been Gone by Mary Jennifer Payne

By | March 16th, 2015|Categories: Bullying, Children's Books, Mysteries, Social Issues, Young Adult|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

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since you've been gone book coverReviewed by Sarah McCubbin

For the past five years, fifteen year old Edie Fraser and her mother Sydney have been living on the run. Living each day with an anxious tension has become their normal. Edie’s abusive father has a knack for tracking them down, so the two of them move from place to place trying to hide and stay safe.

When they finally move from Canada to London, they both hope the distance will provide an extra cushion of safety for them to start over. Edie starts yet another new school and her mother finds a position cleaning in a office building during the night shift. But after her mother, Sydney, doesn’t come home after her shift, Edie is immediately suspicious…has he found them? Being new in town, Edie doesn’t know who to trust or how

10 03, 2015

Review: When by Victoria Laurie

By | March 10th, 2015|Categories: Children's Books, Mysteries, Paranormal, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , , |6 Comments

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when book coverReviewed by Jessa Larsen

Maddie, at first glance, is your typical high school student, albeit a little bit shy. She’s been shunned by everyone else in school for having the ability to see a series of digits on the foreheads of her peers and neighbors. She can’t remember a time when she didn’t see these numbers, but until the unfortunate death of her father, she couldn’t decipher exactly what these numbers meant.

When Maddie loses her father, she and her mother realize that these numbers mark an individual’s death date and, just like birthdays, everyone has one and nobody can do anything to change it. Following this discovery, Maddie’s mother had her set up shop and charge people to have their death date revealed. Unfortunately for some clients, she can’t see the circumstances, only the cold hard truth of numbers.

When Maddie’s latest customer

7 11, 2014

Review: My Last Kiss by Bethany Neal

By | November 7th, 2014|Categories: Children's Books, Love & Romance, Mysteries, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , , |1 Comment

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my last kiss book coverReviewed by Sarah Lelonek

Some books I really enjoy up until the end. Others are a giant let down and I chastise myself for speeding through the book to get to an ending that only disappoints. My Last Kiss by Bethany Neal falls into the latter category. The story starts off on a path that I have seen in many different books. A girl wakes up as a ghost and has no idea how she died. The girl must then “haunt” her friends and family in order to find out the truth so she can pass on. What was different in this book is that the main character, Cassidy, can actually communicate with one of the live characters. I was hoping that this book would end in a different manner than books like A Certain Slant of Light by

6 11, 2014

Review: How to Fall by Jane Casey

By | November 6th, 2014|Categories: Children's Books, Mysteries, Young Adult|Tags: , , |2 Comments

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how to fall book coverReviewed by Carrie Ardoin

I’d guess it would be a little eerie for a teenaged girl who is basically the doppelganger of her dead cousin to visit the town where said cousin lived…for both the girl and the town’s locals. This is just the situation Jess Tennant finds herself in, however, when she and her recently divorced mother decide to spend the summer away from London. They are going to stay in Port Sentinel, where Jess’ mom, aunt, and cousins are from–including her cousin Freya, who passed away in the last year.

While everyone has come to the general consensus that Freya’s death was either a suicide or an accident, Jess has the gut feeling that nearly everyone in Port Sentinel is hiding something–and she’s right. But those who know the truth surrounding Freya’s death aren’t taking too kindly to