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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10 11, 2014

Review: Salvage by Alexandra Duncan

By | November 10th, 2014|Categories: Children's Books, For Teens, Gift Ideas, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult|Tags: , , |2 Comments

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salvage book coverReviewed by Nina Longfield

Alexandra Duncan’s novel, Salvage, is a well written and engaging story. Salvage differs from the current trend of young adult post-apocalyptic science fiction. Duncan’s novel is set in the future, and the Earth has changed, yet life continues as a matter of growing and living; no games. I really liked the main character, Ava; she is fresh, innocent, full of curiosity and wants to learn, yet clings to tradition as she feels she should.

This is a strange and realistic future world that Alexandra Duncan has created in her novel Salvage. Within her novel, Duncan has created two worlds. There are the orderly, disciplined, established societies aboard deep space merchant ships. The merchant ships’ populations are ship colonies; few of the residents within these colonies ever leave their ship and fewer still go planetside (as in to

25 09, 2014

Review: Four by Veronica Roth

By | September 25th, 2014|Categories: Children's Books, For Teens, Gift Ideas, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Series, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , |8 Comments

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9780062345219_p0_v3_s260x420Reviewed by Garrett Rose

Four, by Veronica Roth, is a supplement of the bestselling Divergent series. Now that the trilogy has been completed, holes and gaps in the original dystopian thriller are filled in with the author’s new short stories collection. In this novel, the first of the four short stories Roth has written, the reader experiences seeing the world through eyes and mind of Four, the character formerly known as Tobias.

Roth introduces several new scenes in an action-packed quick read that serve two purposes: this novel is for those ready to begin their journey into the Divergent stories with Tris or for those who finished the series and want to learn about the integral character Four. Readers who are intrigued by Four will understand how one decision of defiance eventually helps revolutionize the culture that dominates society. Four’s one choice