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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

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

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

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

7 11, 2015

Review: Mirrored by Alex Flinn

By | November 7th, 2015|Categories: Children's Books, Family, For Teens, Gift Ideas, Series, Social Issues, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , |2 Comments

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mirrored book coverReviewed by Amanda Farmer

Everyone knows the story of Snow White and Mirrored by Alex Flinn is a fairy tale retelling of this classic. Mirrored is the story of Violet, an unpopular teenager who endures constant taunts from her classmates. She believes that if only she can be beautiful then everyone will love her. She meets Kendra (those who have read Flinn’s other stories will remember her character), who teaches her that she is in fact a witch and can change her appearance on a whim. Violet does this but even as she becomes beautiful, no one befriends her. In turn, she becomes obsessed with her friend Greg and believes herself to be in love with him. No matter what Kendra tries to tell her, nothing can change Violet’s mind.

The story is divided into two sections told from different point of

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

22 10, 2015

Review: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

By | October 22nd, 2015|Categories: Children's Books, For Teens, Gift Ideas, Love & Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Series, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , |3 Comments

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illuminae book coverReviewed by Christen Krumm

Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff’s newest young adult offering takes experiencing a novel to a whole new level. Illuminae is not simply a book you just read, but one you experience right alongside the characters.

Illuminae tells the story of Ezra Mason and Kady Grant. On the day of their break-up, their planet is invaded and destroyed. Somehow they make it off the planet and are separated in two of the three rescue ships. With the enemy hot on their trail and a mysterious virus turning its victims into high functioning zombies who run around brutally murdering everyone in their path, Ezra and Kady have to call a truce with each other and form an alliance with the least expected ally in order to survive. It is a love story. Oh, and the entire thing is told through

20 08, 2015

Review: The Fog Diver by Joel Ross

By | August 20th, 2015|Categories: Adventures & Thrillers, Ages 12 and Under, Children's Books, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Series, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , , , , |3 Comments

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the fog diver book coverReviewed by Caleb Shadis

The Fog Diver is the first book in a new young adult series by Joel Ross. I have to say I found it to be a great beginning! We meet Chess and his salvage crew while Chess is ‘diving’ for things to collect from from the ‘Fog’. A couple generations earlier a nano-tech was set loose to fix many of the issues affecting the planet in order to save it. Turns out it got wise enough to understand that humans were the constant problem that needed to be cleaned up after. So the little buggers started killing people.

In the end, people had to move to mountain tops to escape the ‘Fog’ of nanites that to all humans, looks just like a fog covering the entire Earth other than the mountain tops.  However, it did not