Category Archives: Young Adult Fiction

Book Review: Carve The Mark

Carve The Mark

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Title – Carve The Mark  (Website, Goodreads, Amazon)

Author – Veronica Roth (Goodreads)

Published – January 17th 2017

Genre – Young Adult Fiction

Summary – In a galaxy powered by the current, everyone has a gift.

Cyra is the sister of the brutal tyrant who rules the Shotet people. Cyra’s currentgift gives her pain and power — something her brother exploits, using her to torture his enemies. But Cyra is much more than just a blade in her brother’s hand: she is resilient, quick on her feet, and smarter than he knows.

Akos is the son of a farmer and an oracle from the frozen nation-planet of Thuvhe. Protected by his unusual currentgift, Akos is generous in spirit, and his loyalty to his family is limitless. Once Akos and his brother are captured by enemy Shotet soldiers, Akos is desperate to get this brother out alive — no matter what the cost.
Then Akos is thrust into Cyra’s world, and the enmity between their countries and families seems insurmountable. Will they help each other to survive, or will they destroy one another?

Where To Buy – Amazon • Barnes & Noble • Target • iTunes • Walmart

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Book Review: The Tyrant’s Daughter

 Tyrant's Daughter

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Title – The Tyrant’s Daughter  (Website, Goodreads, Amazon)

Author – J. C. Carleson (Website, Goodreads)

Published – February 11th 2014

Genre – Young Adult Fiction

Summary – Fifteen-year-old Laila, “king” brother, and mother are whisked away to hiding in America when Laila’s father, a ruler in the middle east, is assassinated. While her mother makes plans and deals with CIA agents and rebels to regain the throne, Laila has to adjust to America’s school and culture. When Laila discovers, via unfiltered internet, that her father may have been a dictator, she wonders how she can fix the wrongdoings her family has done.

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Book Review: Of Poseiden

Synopsis: Of Poseidon

Title – Of Poseidon  (Website, Goodreads, Amazon)

Series – The Syrena Legacy #1

Author – Anna Banks (Website, Goodreads)

Published – May 22nd 2012

Classification – Young Adult Fiction

Summary – When Syrena prince Galen finds Emma, a human, can in fact communicate with fish, Galen and his sister decide to spend some time on land. They need to figure out if Emma is in fact a syrena. If so, she holds the gift of Poseidon and can save their kingdom.

All the signs point to Emma being a syrena, but many secrets need to be unraveled before the truth is revealed.

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Book Review: The Thousandth Floor

The Thousandth Floor

Synopsis: 

Title -The Thousandth Floor  (Website, Goodreads, Amazon)

Author – Katharine McGee (Website, Goodreads)

Published – August 30th 2016

Genre – Young Adult Fiction

Summary – Here is the front flap since it introduces the characters so well:

Welcome to Manhattan, 2118. A hundred years in the future, New York is a city of innovation and dreams. But people never change: everyone here wants something…and everyone has something to lose.

Leda Cole’s flawless exterior belies a secret addiction—to a drug she never should have tried, and a boy she never should have touched.

Eris Dodd-Radson’s beautiful, carefree life falls to pieces when a heartbreaking betrayal tears her family apart.

Rylin Myers’s job on one of the highest floors sweeps her into a world—and a romance—she never imagined…but will her new life cost Rylin her old one?

Watt Bakradi is a tech genius with a secret: he knows everything about everyone. But when he’s hired to spy by an upper-floor girl, he finds himself caught up in a complicated web of lies.

And living above everyone else on the thousandth floor is Avery Fuller, the girl genetically designed to be perfect. The girl who seems to have it all—yet is tormented by the one thing she can never have.

Where To Buy – Amazon • Audible • Barnes & Noble • Target • iTunes

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Book Review: Placebo Junkies

Synopsis: Placebo Junkies

Title – Placebo Junkies  (Website, Goodreads, Amazon)

Author – J. C. Carleson (Website, Goodreads)

Published – October 27th 2015

Classification – Young Adult

Summary – For Audie and her friends, “volunteering” for pharmaceutical drug trials means a quick fix and easy cash.
Sure, there’s the occasional nasty side effect, but Audie’s got things under control.

But the best fix of all is her boyfriend, Dylan, whose terminal illness just makes them even more compatible. He’s turning eighteen soon, so Audie is saving up to make it an unforgettable birthday. That means more drug trials than ever before, but Dylan is worth it.
No pain, no gain, Audie tells herself as the pills wear away at her body and mind. No pain, no gain, she repeats as her grip on reality starts to slide….

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Book Review: The First Time She Drowned

Synopsis: The First Time She Drowned

Title – The First Time She Drowned  (Website, Goodreads, Amazon)

Author – Kerry Kletter (Website, Goodreads)

Published – March 15th 2016

Classification –Young Adult Fiction

Summary – Cassie O’Malley has been trying to keep her head above water – literally and metaphorically – since birth. It’s been two and a half years since Cassie’s mother dumped her in a mental institution against her will, and now, at eighteen, Cassie is finally able to reclaim her life and enter the world on her own terms.

But freedom is a poor match against a lifetime of psychological damage….

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Book Review: All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

Synopsis:All The Bright Places

Title – All The Bright Places  (Website, Goodreads, Amazon)

Author – Jennifer Niven (Website, Goodreads)

Published – January 6th 2015

Classification – Young Adult

Summary – When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom… Soon it’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself. And it’s only with Finch that Violet forgets to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.

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Book Review: Anna and the French Kiss

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Title – Anna and the French Kiss  (Website, Goodreads, Amazon)

Author – Stephanie Perkins (Website, Goodreads)

Published – December 2nd 2010

Classification – Young adult

Summary – Anna is happy in Atlanta. She has a loyal best friend and a crush on her coworker at the movie theater, who is just starting to return her affection. So she’s not too pleased when her father decides to send her to a boarding school in Paris for her senior year. But despite not speaking a word of French, Anna meets some cool new friends, including the handsome Etienne St. Clair, who quickly becomes her best friend. Unfortunately, he’s taken – and Anna might be, too. Will a year of romantic near misses end with a French kiss she’s been waiting for?

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Book Review: The Rose and The Dagger

Synopsis: The Rose & The Dagger

Title – The Rose and The Dagger  (Website, Goodreads, Amazon)

Author – Renee Ahdieh (Website, Goodreads)

Published – April 26th 2016

Classification – Young Adult Fiction

Summary – The sumptuous saga that began with The Wrath and the Dawn takes its final turn as Shahrazad risks everything to find her way back to her one true love again.

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Book Review: Thirteen Reasons Why

Synopsis: Thirteen Reason Why Cover

Title – 13 Reasons Why  (Website, Goodreads, Amazon)

Author – Jay Asher (Website, Goodreads)

Published – October 18th 2007

Classification – Young Adult Fiction

Summary –  Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker – his classmate and crush – who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah’s voice explains that there are thirteen reasons she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out why.

Clay spend the night crisscrossing his town with Hannah as his guide. He becomes a first-hand witness to Hannah’s pain, and learns the truth about himself – a truth he never wanted to face.

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