Review: ‘The Game of Love and Death’ by Martha Brockenbrough #COYER #2016HW

From the first paragraph, you are thoroughly aware that this isn’t your typical Young Adult fare. It’s a most unusual and unique tale that is told in an old-fashioned manner. It is bright and hopeful; it is shadowy and piercing. And while... Read More | Share it now!

Review: ‘The First Time She Drowned’ by Kerry Kletter #COYER #SRC

Is it possible to think that a book is both extraordinarily profound and trite? Told in alternating chapters of present day and the past, you slowly learn why Cassie was left by her parents at the mental institution and why she chooses to leave it... Read More | Share it now!

Review: ‘Passenger’ by Alexandra Bracken #COYER #SRC

If you like time-travel stories, you are in for a treat. This spectacular voyage via ink and paper leaves all recent forays in this genre back in the Stone Age. All she knows is playing the violin. Etta Spencer has no time for anything else.... Read More | Share it now!

Review: ‘Burn Baby Burn’ by Meg Medina #SRC

Set against the backdrop of New York City in 1977, Burn Baby Burn takes place when things were changing for women, a serial killer was on the loose, a city was failing, it was the hottest summer on record, and disco was queen. Nora López can’t... Read More | Share it now!

Review: ‘The Last Time We Were Us’ by Leah Konen #SRC

I love stories that don’t give up all of the inside information immediately. It’s like the difference between those people who have no filter and tell you everything right after you say “nice to meet you,” and the ones who wait... Read More | Share it now!

Review: ‘Local Girl Swept Away’ by Ellen Wittlinger #BookBirthday

Lorna has always been the de facto leader of ther little group that includes her boyfriend, Finn, Jackie, and Lucas. She always added a lot of fun, recklessness and energy to their gang, and the three of them would follow her anywhere. So when Lorna... Read More | Share it now!

Review: ‘The Unexpected Everything’ by Morgan Matson #SRC

I absolutely loved the superbly crafted Since You’ve Been Gone, so I knew when I saw this book by Morgan Matson that points were already in her favor. Points for me, too, since I was so right. Andie Walker has been doing everything... Read More | Share it now!

Review: ‘Alice in Wonderland High’ by Rachel Shane #2016HW

Re-imagining fairy tales and their sistren has been a hot commodity lately in the book world. You’ve got a built-in audience of people who already know the story and will enjoy trying to find the similarities with their favorite stories. And... Read More | Share it now!

Review: ‘The Dark Days Club’ by Alison Goodman #SRC

Lady Helen Wrexall has a stain upon her character – one that she had nothing to do with. When her parents were drowned at sea, she and her older brother, Andrew, had to live with their aunt and uncle. There were always whispers and outright ugly... Read More | Share it now!

Review: ‘The Fall of Butterflies’ by Andrea Portes #SRC

Willa Parker (whose name you don’t know until Chapter 5) has decided to leave her cafeteria table of gentle misfits and go to boarding school. Though she hasn’t spoken to her mother in a long while, she knew her mom could pull the... Read More | Share it now!

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