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23 07, 2015

Review: The Death Code by Lindsay Cummings

By | July 23rd, 2015|Categories: Adventures & Thrillers, Children's Books, Dystopian, Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Series, Social Issues, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , , , , |3 Comments

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the death code book coverReviewed by Christen Krumm

Sometimes you get your hands on a book and it sinks its claws into you and will not let you go until you devour ever word. The Death Code did that to me. No only were the chapters short, but they were so fast paced it was nothing to sit and read one hundred, two hundred pages in one sitting. And talk about ripping your heart out at the end (and then handing it back). Brilliant Lindsay Cummings. Brilliant.

The Death Code is book two in Lindsay Cummings Murder Complex series. It picks up pretty quick after book one ended (so be sure to read book one first. I read it late last year and character were still a little foggy . . . I caught up quick though). Meadow, Zephyr, and the rest of their

11 04, 2015

Review: We Can Work It Out by Elizabeth Eulberg

By | April 11th, 2015|Categories: Children's Books, Dating & Sex, Love & Romance, Series, Social Issues, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , , |2 Comments

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we can work it out book coverReviewed by Benish Khan

I’ve read Elizabeth Eulberg’s previous novels, and I have been intrigued enough to continue reading them. The author writes books mainly for young girls; the books focus on friendship, love, feminism, and self-discovery.

We Can Work It Out is a fantastic continuation of the previous book, The Lonely Hearts Club. Our main lead Penny Lane originally created The Lonely Hearts Club so girls wouldn’t use guys to define themselves. Now Penny is trying to find the right balance between independence and commitment. She is getting into the dating game again but she’s not exactly seeking commitment right now. She has made up her mind and is not going to stop for anyone, especially not some guy. But what happens when the right guy comes along? The title suits the book well and “working it out”

2 04, 2015

Review: In the Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken

By | April 2nd, 2015|Categories: Adventures & Thrillers, Children's Books, Dystopian, Love & Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Series, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , , , , |5 Comments

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in the afterlight book coverReviewed by Carrie Ardoin

In the Afterlight is the closing novel of the spectacular young adult series, The Darkest Minds. The story picks up a month or so after the headquarters of our main character, Ruby, have been destroyed in a citywide bombing. Ruby and her rebel comrades have suffered huge losses, and even though they feel especially low, they are not going down without a fight.

Although Ruby has lost one of the people she was closest to, she has also let one back into her life. Liam now remembers nearly everything that went on between the two of them, and he’s more than ready to forgive Ruby and move forward in their relationship. But in a world where Ruby cannot guarantee that she will be alive from one day to the next, how can she open herself up

15 02, 2015

Review: Starlighter by Bryan Davis

By | February 15th, 2015|Categories: Adventures & Thrillers, Children's Books, Children's Christian Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Series, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , |3 Comments

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starlighter book coverReviewed by Jennifer Jensen

Jason has grown up hearing the myths about a planet of dragons whose inhabitants kidnap humans and enslave them, but he never believed in those tales until now. After Jason’s brother, a believer, goes missing and leaves behind a cryptic note, Jason must open his mind to the possibility that the stories are true. As he searches for the fabled portal that leads from the dragon’s realm to his own, Jason becomes the scapegoat in a political assassination. In the depths of the dungeons, Jason reconnects with his childhood friend Elyssa, who was thought to have been taken and mauled by hostile bears. Elyssa has powers of her own that are a threat to the current government. With Elyssa and Tibalt, another prisoner who has ties to the dragon realm known as Starlight, Jason will enter

9 02, 2015

Review: The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

By | February 9th, 2015|Categories: Children's Books, Dystopian, Love & Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Series, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , |3 Comments

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the darkest minds book coverReviewed by Carrie Ardoin

In the past few years, the young adult market has become absolutely flooded with new series from the dystopian genre. This is mostly due to the success of The Hunger Games. So, as a reader, it’s been somewhat of a chore to weed out which series in this genre have something new or attention grabbing to offer. I believe Alexandra Bracken has definitely created something wonderful in the first book of the series of the same title, The Darkest Minds.

The reader is thrust into the life of our protagonist, Ruby Daly, on the morning of her tenth birthday. We find out that for the past couple of years, children have been dying in mass numbers due to an unexplainable disease the government calls IAAN. There is no known cure, and no way to predict

2 02, 2015

Review: The Jewel by Amy Ewing

By | February 2nd, 2015|Categories: Children's Books, Dystopian, Love & Romance, Series, Social Issues, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , |1 Comment

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the jewel book coverReviewed by Christen Krumm

Set in a world where slavery is posh, women suppress women, and death teases the corners of every platitude, Amy Ewing’s The Jewel is a smart story of one girl’s struggle to survive. Violet Lasting has been taken from her family in The Marsh as a young girl for the sole fact that she is able to bear children.  In The Lone City royal families are no longer able to produce a legitimate bloodline, so they rely on surrogates who have been nurtured to be incubators. Nothing more. After their training in the Auguries—gifts of augmentation—they are sent to auction. Each girl is ranked according to their talents and abilities. Violet, being highly ranked, went to the Duchess of one of the four founding families.

The Duchess initiates Violet into her new role as a silent slave.

30 01, 2015

Review: Mitosis by Brandon Sanderson

By | January 30th, 2015|Categories: Adventures & Thrillers, Children's Books, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Series, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , , |2 Comments

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mitosis book coverReviewed by Caleb Shadis

Mitosis is a novelette sequel to Steelheart (which is sitting on my shelf waiting to be read!). I think the narrator of the audiobook, Macleod Andrews, did a great job reading. If you have never read any of Brandon Sanderson’s work, you could do much worse than give this a listen. If you already like what he writes (and I certainly do!), I’d recommend starting with Steelheart before setting  your sights on this one.

Mitosis is about a world of super powered people. Unfortunately, all of them seem to already be or to turn insanely evil. It’s a planet with supervillains devoid of any superheroes. So it took a few regular people to become regular heroes and stand up to them. This story takes place after the first successful revolt of the regulars.

It is still too early for the

23 01, 2015

Review: Meritropolis by Joel Ohman

By | January 23rd, 2015|Categories: Adventures & Thrillers, Children's Books, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Series, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

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meritropolis book coverReviewed by Jessa Larsen

After the “Event”, the surviving humans have worked together to build a new life within the the walls of Meritropolis. Unfortunately, the population of 50,000 lives in fear of a brutal system that assigns each citizen a merit score that determines whether they get to live or die. Most of the population have accepted this as simply how life works now and are content with the trade off of being allowed to live from day to day. But for one high scoring individual, conforming is not an option. Charley is seventeen years old and has an agenda. He wants to bring the system down in the name of his brother, who was unjustly put outside the gates to die.

Charley soon finds out that he has bit off more than he can chew and that brute force may

20 01, 2015

Review: In a Handful of Dust by Mindy McGinnis

By | January 20th, 2015|Categories: Children's Books, Love & Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Series, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , |2 Comments

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handful of dust book coverReviewed by Sarah Lelonek

I believe I am in the minority when I say that I didn’t enjoy Mindy McGinnis’ In a Handful of Dust nearly as much as its predecessor, Not a Drop to Drink. While I read the first novel like I only had a day left on this earth, I was not transfixed by this second installment. I felt like Handful was not a needed novel in the world of a water shortage. I found it difficult to believe that after nearly 25 years of a fresh water shortage, the world would still be without some kind of government. Not only that, I was let down by an open-ending that only means there will be another novel at some point.

Handful is told from Lucy’s point of view; Lucy is Lynn’s adopted child of sorts from

11 12, 2014

Review: Destined for Doon by Carey Corp & Lorie Langdon

By | December 11th, 2014|Categories: Children's Books, Love & Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Series, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , |2 Comments

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destined for doon book coverReviewed by Marisa Deshaies

Every once in a while a book comes along that grabs you heart and soul. While I admit that so far 2014 has already been an exceptional year for books, my list of favorites continues to grow. Destined for Doon, a young adult novel by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon, is a fantastical adventure through a magical Scottish land that instantly takes you away to a realm that is enchanting and believable all at once. Destined for Doon is filled with brave princes, misty landscapes, and enchanted forests, but the novel also supports its fantasy with themes of bravery, friendship, and love–a perfect mix for teenagers or just the young at heart.

Corp and Langdon clearly love their mystical land, but as Destined for Doon shows, these authors also are passionate about bringing stories to