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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

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,

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

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

19 01, 2016

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Firsts by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn

By | January 19th, 2016|Categories: Children's Books, Dating & Sex, Giveaways, Love & Romance, Social Issues, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , |6 Comments

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firsts by flynn book coverPlease join Laurie Elizabeth Flynn who is touring the blogosphere with her new book, Firsts

Enter the giveaway below – open to US and Canada residents

Reviewed by Bethany Kelly

When I first started reading Firsts by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn, I questioned whether or not I was going to be able to get through the book or like the main character, Mercedes Ayres, by the end. Let me first tell you that I ended up liking Mercedes much more by the end of the novel than I did at the beginning.

Firsts focused on Mercedes and her service to ‘the virgins’–the boys that she sleeps with so that they can get their awkward first time out of the way in order to give their girlfriends a better first time. She helps them plan their girlfriends’ first times,

16 01, 2016

Review: Future Perfect by Jen Larsen

By | January 16th, 2016|Categories: Children's Books, Family, Social Issues, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , |2 Comments

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future perfect book coverReviewed by Benish Khan

Future Perfect revolves around a teenager name Ashley Perkins. Every year on her birthday, Ashley receives a card from her grandmother. The card always promises a reward for losing weight. However, Ashley does not believe there is anything wrong with her looks or her weight. She is perfectly happy with her life and her body. The grandmother believes ‘fat’ is just another word for ‘ugly’. Ashley’s mindset begins to waiver when her grandmother offers her one thing she’s always dreamed about: tuition to attend Harvard University in exchange for undergoing weight loss surgery. Soon, Ashley feels pressured to go ahead with the surgery by her family, friends, and even administrators at school.

The premise for this book was fantastic, however, the plot wasn’t executed as well. The novel is rather dense and in fact, quite boring. It

24 12, 2015

Review: Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone

By | December 24th, 2015|Categories: Children's Books, Depression & Mental Illness, Emotions & Feelings, For Teens, Friendships, Gift Ideas, Love & Romance, Social Issues, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , , , |3 Comments

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every last word book coverReviewed by Nina Longfield

What does it mean to be normal? At what point can we stop hiding our true selves to allow others to know our idiosyncrasies? Can we keep our friends once they know we are not perfect? Tamara Ireland Stone addresses these and many more teen angst (or ‘life angst’) questions in her lovely novel Every Last Word.

Samantha (Sam) McCallister is your standard sixteen year old, on the surface. To the casual observer in the school hallway or cafeteria, Samantha is popular, pulled together, appropriately funny, a member of the elite Crazy-8s, and is someone to envy. Sam knows different. The Samantha she presents to the world is like a costume worn throughout the school year. In the summertime, away from the Crazy-8s, Sam is relaxed, in control, and self-assured. Amongst her

5 12, 2015

Review: Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway

By | December 5th, 2015|Categories: Children's Books, Coming of Age, Emotions & Feelings, Family, For Teens, Gift Ideas, Love & Romance, Social Issues, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , , , |6 Comments

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emmy & oliver book coverReviewed by Benish Khan

Emmy & Oliver is a coming of age novel about first love, family, and true friendships. The simple cover draws the reader in and shows that a fancy and artistic cover is not required–sometimes a simple font is enough.

Emmy’s best friend Oliver reappears after being kidnapped by his father ten years ago. Emmy hopes to renew her friendship with Oliver, however, things aren’t as easy as they seem. Emmy is a bit of a rebellious heroine except on the sly. She has a love for surfing but her parents seem unwilling to let her grow up after Oliver’s kidnapping. Naturally, kidnapping incidents create a sense of chaos in the community and they live in fear that something might happen to Emmy as well. Readers get clear glimpses into Emmy’s sheltered life and those with smothering parents are

10 11, 2015

Review: One by Sarah Crossan

By | November 10th, 2015|Categories: Children's Books, Family, For Teens, Gift Ideas, Love & Romance, Siblings, Social Issues, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , |5 Comments

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one by sarah crossan book coverReviewed by Carrie Ardoin

I might have passed One by Sarah Crossan by if I had known beforehand that it was written in verse; I’m glad I somehow missed that fact because I wouldn’t have been able to experience this eye opening story.

Tippi and Grace are sisters, twins, and more than that–conjoined twins. At 17-years-old they have lived well past the life expectancy doctors gave them at birth. And now, they are getting ready to take on a challenge they never thought they would: high school.

The novel is told in verse through Grace’s voice. She is the more passive, quiet twin, while Tippi is quick to let people know exactly what she’s thinking. So while Grace is not quite ready to leave her cozy homeschooled life, Tippi is ready to get out in the world and make friends–and