Children - Young Adult

Scythe (Arc of a Scythe #1) by Neal Shusterman - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781442472433
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - November 28th, 2017

I know, I know, I'm very late to the game reading this! But the best compliment I can give it is that I, as a non-sci-fi, non-YA reader, simply could not resist reading this sci-fi YA novel. It really is that good. I particularly enjoyed the structure, which is a patchworked third-person perspective that dips into the consciousness of many different characters, including many minor ones we never hear from again. It gives a satisfying sense that you're getting to know the world itself as a character rather than just the characters themselves. ~ Reviewed by Nadja Tiktinsky

The Snow Fell Three Graves Deep: Voices from the Donner Party by Allan Wolf - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780763663247
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Published: Candlewick - September 8th, 2020

In this carefully crafted historical fiction, written in-verse, Allan Wolf paints a tragic picture of the harrowing journey of the ill-fated Donner party as they traverse a wild landscape in hopes of a better future in California. Told from the perspectives of the travelers - and even Hunger itself - the story peels back the very layers of what makes us human, and reveals a hidden beast that exists within all of us: a raw, untamed animal that will do anything to survive when put to the extreme. This novel is not for the faint of heart. It is a devastatingly woven tale of both fiction - and actual history - that will change the way some of us remember the Donner party. ~ Reviewed by Angela Turon

Ignite the Sun by Hanna Howard - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780310769736
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Published: Blink - August 18th, 2020

Once I began "Ignite the Sun," I couldn't put it down. Howard quenched that classic fantasy adventure structure I'm always thirsty for, but can never seem to find. This story checks all the boxes, including: a mid journey joyful scene around the campfire, training to control powers, a slow burn romance, characters who are not what they seem, along with a myriad of magical creatures that support Siria on her journey to overcome the evil queen and being the light back to power.
This book kept me hooked from the beginning anticipation the catalyst "Choosing Ball," through the characters' travels to join the rebels up north, all the way to the climatic battle back in the castle where it all began. This debut sparkled. ~ Reviewed by Mia Nassivera

Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780316707046
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - August 4th, 2020

Not only was I blessed with a signed copy from Stephanie Meyer, but I was also given a Midnight Sun mask given to me by my bookstore! The story of Twilight finally told in Edward’s perspective is something many Twihards have been waiting for over a decade to read. Honestly, I thoroughly enjoyed this version! Getting to know Bella from Edward’s narrative actually made me like her a lot more, and listening to 600+ pages of Edward, a 100 year old vampire, vying over the love of his life like a broody pre-teen was excellent. I am back in my Twilight obsession! ~ Reviewed by Kirstin Swartz

Freshmen by Tom Ellen - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781524701819
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Published: Ember - June 18th, 2019

Phoebe Bennet has had a crush on Luke Taylor since the dawn of time it seems; Luke just broke up with his long-term high school sweetheart. When the two attend the same college together, love and school get very complicated. Sweet and funny, this novel is an adorable YA romance perfect for a quick weekend read. It goes through the struggles of making friends and family in a new and unfamiliar place as well as learning to let go of those hurting you. ~ Reviewed by Adelia Callear

Clown in a Cornfield by Adam Cesare - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062854599
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Published: HarperTeen - August 25th, 2020

Set in the small town of Kettle Springs, a war is brewing between the old and new generations. When things start to escalate, Frendo the Clown - the town's mascot - decides to take matters into its own deadly hands and wreak havoc on the troublesome teens in an insane act of conflict resolution. Alliances are formed, and betrayals are afoot in this gloriously bloody, modern day version of a classic slasher novel. If you like (or don't like) crossbows, clowns, or crossbow wielding clowns, pick this one up anyway, if you dare. You won't be disappointed! ~ Reviewed by Angela Turon


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