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Skyward by Brandon Sanderson - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780399555800
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Published: Ember - October 8th, 2019

On a faraway planet called Detritus, the last of humanity fights for survival against an alien race known as the Krell. Among the humans is a young woman, Spensa Nightshade, who has always dreamed of becoming a pilot like her father. But that was before her father flees from a battle, is branded a coward and killed for it. Now Spensa is a “coward’s daughter” who must fight for her family’s honor and her place in flight school. Skyward is an action-packed novel, perfect for readers who want to delve into the Sci-Fi genre. Recommended for fans of Star Wars. ~ Reviewed by Cassidy Washburn


SHOUT by Laurie Halse Anderson - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780670012107
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - March 12th, 2019

In her collection’s penultimate poem, “say my name,” Laurie Halse Anderson lists words, such as 'faults,' that rhyme with her maternal-familial name, to show how it’s pronounced, because despite her writing’s great importance for how she ‘spoke’ out on sexual violence against women, her name, Halse, continues to be 'mispoken,' testament to the lack of respect our culture affords women, which she images anew in these poems. ~ Reviewed by Ray Marsocci


Point of View by Patrick Bard - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781984851765
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Published: Delacorte Press - December 10th, 2019

Lucas, a teenage boy with poor social skills, bickering parents, and junk food cravings needs to find release somewhere. His solution: online porn. Curiosity quickly curdles to obsession, and the faster Lucas sinks, the more difficult it becomes to sever the addiction. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


Monstrous Affections: An Anthology of Beastly Tales by Kelly Link - Book Review

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By Kelly Link (Editor), Gavin J. Grant (Editor)
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ISBN: 9781536206418
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Published: Candlewick - August 13th, 2019

From lonely vampires to satanism and legendary creatures, the tales in Monstrous Affections are sure to satisfy every common (and uncommon) theme present in creepy stories. This anthology is bursting with engrossing darkness and humor that tips the scales of morality in this epic collection written by some of the most popular YA writers to date. ~ Reviewed by Angela Turon


Shadow and Bone (The Shadow and Bone Trilogy #1) by Leigh Bardugo - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781250027436
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Published: Square Fish - May 7th, 2013

Shadow and Bone follows the story of Alina Starkov, an orphan and mapmaker in her country’s army who discovers while protecting her best friend Mal that she has had a power inside her unlike any other; the ability to summon light. She is what this world would call a Grisha; those with unique abilities that serve Ravka’s king. She is immediately whisked away by the Grisha’s leader, The (tall, dark and handsome) Darkling, to train with her new powers among other Grisha at the Little Palace, where Alina grows to learn strength, self-confidence, power and friendship in a community that she was born to belong in, but just when things start to look up for Alina the story spins on its head and goes in a direction that both shocked and impressed me.
The novel has a few typical YA tropes that it definitely didn’t need but it completely surprised with its originality and dark climax. By the end, Alina is no longer the naive, straight and narrow child we see in the beginning; she is an all out Grisha Sun Summoning badass with MULTIPLE love interests pining for her. Alina shines so brightly by the story's end that I fear that anyone who claims to care for her will only one dim her brightness. ~ Reviewed by Kirstin Swartz


We Are All Greta: Be inspired by Greta Thunberg to save the world by Valentina Giannella - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781786276148
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Published: Laurence King Publishing - September 24th, 2019

This book follows Greta Thunberg’s activism, her rise to fame, and her teachings. Perfect for anyone looking to learn more about what they can do to help save our planet—good for adults, too! ~ Reviewed by Amy Depoy


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