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26 08, 2016

Review: Throne of Lies by Sara Secora

By | August 26th, 2016|Categories: Children's Books, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Series, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , |1 Comment

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throne of lies book coverReviewed by Jessa Larsen

Princess Amythesta is on the horizon of her 18th birthday and has absolutely no patience for the requirements and duties delegated to her as the princess of Northwinds. Currently betrothed to a horridly behaved highborn, she truly dreams to be free of her royal duties, but at what cost?

As Amythesta pushes the boundaries and vexes her parents thoroughly, she finds herself entangled in secrets and heartbreak. Will she be able to accept her duties as the royal heir to the throne? Or will she find true love and unexpected freedom? Only time will tell.

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.

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.

29 07, 2016

Review: Black River Falls by Jeff Hirsch

By | July 29th, 2016|Categories: Adventures & Thrillers, Children's Books, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , , |3 Comments

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black river falls book coverReviewed by Sarah Lelonek

I wasn’t sure what to expect from Black River Falls by Jeff Hirsch. I knew the book was about a quarantined town, and that’s about it. Really, that’s all I need to suck me into a young adult book. I like books with a darker premise. While I felt this particular novel took a few chapters to really get going, I thought Hirsch did a fantastic job at looking into what family means when memories are gone.

Cardinal, or Card as the kids he helps take care of call him, is one of the very few who weren’t infected by a virus that strips people of their memories. Interestingly, this virus was only distributed in one town.

24 07, 2016

Review: Ask Me How I Got Here by Christine Heppermann

By | July 24th, 2016|Categories: Children's Books, Friendships, Pregnancy, Social Issues, Young Adult|Tags: , , , |5 Comments

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ask me how i got here book coverReviewed by Alexander Morrison

Adrienne was living the good life of a suburban teenager. She had a nice, funny boyfriend. She was a track star for her Catholic high school. She was friendly with her mom and engaged in class. But when she gets pregnant accidentally, all that changes. She wants an abortion, but as a minor, there are roadblocks in her way. As she deals with the emotional fallout from her decision, she finds her relationships with her family, friends, and boyfriend changing, often in ways she never could have predicted.

The plot is familiar, but author Christine Heppermann comes at it from some intriguing, fascinating directions.

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.

9 06, 2016

Review: The Strange Tale of Hector & Hannah Crowe by Nathaniel Hensley

By | June 9th, 2016|Categories: Adventures & Thrillers, Children's Books, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Series, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , |3 Comments

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nathaniel and hannah crowe book coverReviewed by Caleb Shadis

The Strange Tale of Hector & Hannah Crowe by Nathaniel Hensley is the first book in what I believe will be a new series. I think Hannah and Hector have a lot of appeal and will make a great series for young adults. Brothers and sisters may fight but most will protect each other when the chips are down.

Hector and Hannah have grown up at Strange Manor, which happens to be haunted by the original owner. So they are both a bit more used to hauntings and things that go bump in the night than your average person. Strange things have been going on in the lives of the Crowe children, but since that is fairly ‘normal’, they aren’t given the focus they deserve. It does not mean that others are so blase–Hector’s best friend still doesn’t like going into the main house, for a whole host of reasons.

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

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