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3 09, 2016

Review: Ruined by Amy Tintera

By | September 3rd, 2016|Categories: Children's Books, Love & Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

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ruined tintera book coverReviewed by Sarah Lelonek

There is a lot of young adult fiction out there. I know, I’ve read a ton of it. However, I prefer YA lit that has a fantasy element and a little magic and war thrown in. If you’re into the same kinds of books, Ruined by Amy Tintera may be a good book for you.

Set in a kingdom on a different planet in a different time, Em Flores is a bit of an outcast. Not only is she from the conquered realm of Ruina, a place where people have magic, but she was born a shell of sorts, meaning she doesn’t possess the same magic as her peers. Even though she was meant to be queen of Ruina, her “useless” self was passed on as royalty. But when her sister is kidnapped and her parents are killed by the ruling kingdom, it is time for Em to assert herself by infiltrating the castle as a princess with wicked fighting abilities. What she didn’t expect was love to be a part of her mission.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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