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26 01, 2016

Review: Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready

By | January 26th, 2016|Categories: Children's Books, Drugs & Alcohol Abuse, Horror, Love & Romance, Paranormal, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Series, Social Issues, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , , , , |3 Comments

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shade book coverReviewed by Jennifer Jensen

Like all others born after the Shift, 16-year-old Aura, her boyfriend Logan, and most of their friends can see ghosts. No one exactly knows how or why this is, but Aura is determined to find out and put an end to it. Aura’s world shatters on the night of Logan’s birthday, the night that was supposed to be “the best night ever.” Everything starts out perfectly: Logan’s band is offered contracts from two different recording companies and Aura and Logan are finally going to lose their virginity. In one moment of utter stupidity, Logan makes a rash decision that ends his life.

If Logan hadn’t stuck around as a ghost with a violet hue, Aura would have an easier time moving on with her own life. The presence of Logan’s spirit makes it seem as if

15 01, 2016

Review: Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

By | January 15th, 2016|Categories: Adventures & Thrillers, Children's Books, For Teens, Gift Ideas, Love & Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Series, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , , , |3 Comments

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passenger book coverReviewed by Amanda Farmer

I will admit to wanting to review Passenger simply because of its cover–it’s gorgeous. But then, I read the description and fell in love with it. After all, who doesn’t love a book with time travel in it? Passenger by Alexandra Bracken has it all: love, adventure, time travel, mystery, murder, history, danger lurking around every corner, and betrayal all thrown into one. This book will not disappoint the reader. I could not put it down and I am anxiously awaiting for the sequel. I have to find out what happens!

Passenger is the story of Etta and Nicholas and how they are thrown together by the Ironwoods family. Etta finds out that she has inherited a legacy she had no idea about and must find a certain object before the Ironwoods. She has lost everything she loves and knows

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

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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

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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

19 12, 2015

Review: The Unquiet by Mikaela Everett

By | December 19th, 2015|Categories: Children's Books, Dystopian, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , |4 Comments

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the unquiet book coverReviewed by Benish Khan

The Unquiet revolves around Lirael who has been learning to kill since childhood. She has been training to replace a duplicate version of herself on a parallel Earth. However, she is beginning to suspect that she is not exactly a good person. She obeys orders and kills mercilessly. Furthermore, the two Earths are identical in almost every single way possible: there are two copies of every city, every building and of course, even every person. However, two versions of the same substance cannot exist. The people of the second Earth are aware of something that their duplicates do not know. The people and their planet are slowly disappearing. Lira has always made it her mission to learn everything about her duplicate; she wants to find the duplicate Lirael and take over her life.

The Unquiet is

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

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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

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

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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

29 11, 2015

Review: A Whole New World by Liz Braswell

By | November 29th, 2015|Categories: Adventures & Thrillers, Children's Books, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , , |3 Comments

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whole new world book coverReviewed by Amanda Farmer

I was excited to get by hands on A Whole New World by Liz Braswell. I love a twisted fairy tale and the book is about what would happen to Agrabah if Aladdin never kept the lamp after finding it. I love a good villain and Jafar – along with his sidekick Iago – is one the creepiest and vilest of the villains. Unfortunately,  A Whole New World fell flat for me and turned out to be nothing special.

If you have watched the Disney movie Aladdin, then you really don’t have to read this book–they are the one and the same. Reading this book is like reading the screenplay for the movie, word for word. I’ll correct myself…the second half of the book is slightly different than the movie. This quickly became annoying and I found myself putting the book

7 11, 2015

Review: About a Girl by Sarah McCarry

By | November 7th, 2015|Categories: Children's Books, Paranormal, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Series, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , |2 Comments

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about a girl book coverReviewed by Jenna Arthur

About a Girl is the story of one young woman’s journey to find sexuality, identity, family, and purpose. Atalanta, or Tally for short, is a young girl approaching her 18th birthday. She is struggling with finding herself amidst the chaos that has been her life. Tally set a path for herself – astronomer, physics, brains, study, etc.- in order to feel some stability and push back the questions ringing in her ears. But internally, Tally is struggling desperately with every other aspect of her life.

Born to a mother who abandoned her, Tally was adopted by her aunt and her non-biological uncle. She spends her time around them, around her grandmother, and with her best friend, Shane. Her life is not bad and she loves her family but her mother’s abandonment and lack of closure about her

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

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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