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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: , , , |4 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

29 03, 2016

Review: The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

By | March 29th, 2016|Categories: Children's Books, Historical, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , , |5 Comments

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the girl from everywhere book coverReviewed by Christen Krumm

Warning: The Girl From Everywhere will have you planning an impromptu trip to Hawaii (it also may give you an overwhelming desire to collect maps)!

In her debut offering, Heidi Heilig introduces us to Nix—a girl who has spent her entire life aboard her father’s ship, Temptation. Taking a map, adding a dash of belief they steer their ship through a map. When they come out of fog they are transported to the world on the map. With their ship and collection of various maps, they sail across the centuries, the world, and imagination. Nix reads the maps and her father navigates the ship, however, there is one thing that he wants that could put his daughter’s entire existence in jeopardy. Using a Honolulu map from 1868, Nix’s father wants to sail

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

9 03, 2016

Review: We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson

By | March 9th, 2016|Categories: Children's Books, Dating & Sex, Depression & Mental Illness, Family, Social Issues, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , , , |4 Comments

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we are the ants book coverReviewed by Sarah Lelonek

I feel like I’ve been reading the same kinds of young adult literature for the past couple of years: romances, fantasies, and sci-fis. While We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson can be considered a YA lit sci-fi novel, I didn’t see it as such. I saw Hutchinson’s writing style as a breath of fresh air, adding humor and sarcasm to the genre.

Henry Denton doesn’t live the most enchanted life. Having a chain-smoking single mother, loud and slightly stupid older brother, old and dementia-ridden grandma, mixed with the general anxiety of being a gay teenage boy in the rich part of town doesn’t leave a good taste in Henry’s mouth. When the “sluggers,” aliens who’ve abducted Henry before, give him the opportunity to either end the world or save the world,