Jules is tired of filtering her voice. Jamie is tired of filtering his past. Together, they test the boundaries of how far they must go to expose the sickening amount of male privilege on their school’s campus. Tradition shows how having the courage to share your story may help others in the same situation. Such a well written book that discusses the practical responses to the dark emotions surrounding sexual assault. It was interesting to read as it was written from both the POV of the victim as well as the bystander.
— ARC REVIEWER, Samantha E., age 15
The Sequel to Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda! Raised by a single mom, Leah always goes to the beat of her own drum. However, she finds herself afraid to truly express herself to her closest friends. A fantastic book told from a unique perspective in the world of Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda.
What a great book! It did start off slow but give it a chance, because there’s a love triangle that had me going back & forth, & such a plot twist I never could’ve imagined at the end!
— ARC REVIEWER Claudia I., age 16
Fans of Hamilton rejoice! Continue the epic tale of Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schuyler in this sequel to Alex and Eliza: A Love Story. A terrific book for fans of historical fiction!
The main characters of this book would certainly not describe themselves as charming, but I was completely charmed by them anyway. Their evolving friendship and realistic emotions make for a compelling story amid some very real challenges. A wonderful and heartfelt YA debut, with more edge than you might expect.
Leigh uses colors to describe her feelings and help her cope with not just the death of her mother, but in discovering her mother's estranged family, and her hidden romantic feelings for her best friend Axel. But not just any colors - colors with names like "Viridian Blue" and "Sunglow Yellow". She travels to China, searching for the bird she is sure her mother turned into, hoping to find an understanding that will allow her to move forward and cherish the memories she has.
Struggling with social anxiety is never an easy road. Caroline deals with it by using the characters from the TV show “Felicity” to create a whole new world for herself. Great for fans of Fangirl!
From Tomi Adeyemi comes a diverse fantasy world, where those who have magic are called maji. But one night, many years ago, magic disappeared, leaving the maji defenseless against a terrible king. But now, Zelie has a chance to bring magic back to the world of Orisha & get revenge for what the king did to her mother & every maji like her. With the help of a runaway princess & her beloved brother, Zelie goes on an epic journey to restore the powers of the maji in an unforgettable tale of romance, betrayal friendship & magic. This story was perfect: the writing, the characters, the world, the diversity & the plot!
— ARC REVIEWER, Bridey M., age 17
Chaos, lightswords, flirting, and surprises fill this fun space adventure loosely based on the story of Anastasia! Ana is a space pirate who steals directions to a ship she thinks has a cure for the “Metal” she loves. Robb, the highborn she steals from, has his own problems and his own reason for wanting to find the same ship. Absolute fun in space and a unique ship crew that hopefully gets more time in book two. Because, oh yes, there is a cliffhanger that has me eagerly awaiting book two!
In this fast-paced dystopian thriller, when the world needs saving, an alien species called the Leviathan answer the call. Even after the aliens’ arrival, the world remains divided between the wealthy & the poor. The Leviathan choose specific humans to explore the universe with them. When a poor thief gets chosen, she sees it as a way to escape from her problems. But when she embarks on the adventure, she learns the dangerous secrets of the universe, the true motive of the Leviathan & the power of friendship & trust.
— ARC REVIEWER, Ethan S., age 13
A laugh-out-loud contemporary story of a Taiwanese teen who is on the path predetermined by her parents, but which is derailing by the minute. A crush on the wrong guy, and reconnecting with her estranged brother may be secrets she needs to keep, but can she really be herself? Easily relatable and hilarious!
This book is so good. Dark and disturbing fairy tales abound in this story of a girl and her mother, constantly on the run from "bad luck" that follows them. When strange things start to happen, and seem to be tied to an impossible to find book of fairy tales written by her grandmother, Alice is set on an adventure to find her mother and discover her true history. Completely unique, I never knew what was coming next. I loved this book and the characters. Though it had hints of familiarity, The Hazel Wood is one of the most unique fairy tale based books I've read.
For the first Friday since they've been going out, Chris has not sent Jessie a love letter. In fact, Chris has disappeared all together, and as one of a very few black kids in a small white town, this is hard to do. Did he run back to the city? Did he run into the guys who beat him up a few weeks before? Did he run away from Jessie, after she asked him for a week apart to think? As Jessie pieces Chris back together in her mind, she comes up with a more complete picture of the boy she loves. Mystery, love story and coming-of-age tale, this is a gripping, satisfying read.
I CANNOT RECOMMEND THIS BOOK ENOUGH! The high fantasy, the magic system, the badass characters, the LGBT & the unbreakable friendships have put this one on my favorites list. Odessa is a master necromancer—someone who goes into the Deadlands to bring citizens of Karthia back from the dead. But there are risks & when someone close to Odessa dies, she must do whatever it takes to save her country.
— ARC REVIEWER, Gab V., age 16
A timely work that will debut on the New York Times Bestseller list, this YA novel has received heaps of praise and top reviews. Dealing with the unique circumstances faced by Muslim Americans, as well as the universal challenges of teenage love and life, this is sure to be an insightful and poignant read.
If you’re still reeling from watching the latest Star Wars movie & are ready to see Guardians of the Galaxy in the upcoming Avengers movie, this sci-fi book is perfect for you! Follow Androma, a captain known as the notorious Bloody Baroness & her crew made up of the fiercest women in the galaxy as they shoot across the stars getting caught up in space battles, prison breaks & a more. This non-stop story had me hooked from start to finish. After all the twists & turns, I’m already aching to get my hands on book two!
— ARC REVEIWER Bridey M., age 16
This was a fast-paced, comedic view into the life of an 18-year-old reality TV star. Jane’s sarcastic & often cynical point-of-view made the book funny, yet real. I recommend it to those interested in a quick, original story.
— ARC REVIEWER Isabel K., age 16
Everless introduces a world where time is currency—it can be added to or drained through blood. Punishments often involve bleeding a person’s time from them. The richest have the most time & can, in theory, live indefinitely. The poorest, like Jules & her Papa must literally bleed themselves dry to pay rent, cutting their lifespan. To save him, Jules takes a job as a servant at Everless, the estate of the Gerlings—one of the wealthiest families in Sempera. A fun, exciting fantasy with a unique twist. I really enjoyed it! For Fans of Marie Lu.
— ARC REVIEWER, Gab V., age 16
Jude is a 17-year-old mortal who has been living in the world of Faerie for 10 years. Despite being in this whimsical world for the majority of her life, she is looked down upon for being a mortal, & an undeserving brat for because she’s the general’s daughter. Jude has one desire: to prove them wrong. Jude is the amazing heroine you’ve always longed for, times ten! She’s an intriguing, morally ambiguous badass that will capture your heart. Set in a world that’ll sweep you off your feet with characters that will have you laughing, crying & cursing death, this amazing book should’ve been called, “The Cruel Queen.” A great read for fans of The Grisha Trilogy. I’ve got a new book to add to my list of favorite fantasies!
— ARC REVEIWER Gab V., age 15
When Kendall & Max get reacquainted— oh yes, they know each other—it’s because they witness a girl getting pushed in front of a bus. Heartbroken & stunned, they turn to each other for help, which happens to be a dare that has them traveling around the city, committing 7 random acts of kindness. This story was full of laughs, heart & the magic of NYC. I loved it because after each deed was done, the next chapter was about the person they helped. It was a quick read that makes you feel warm & fuzzy inside.
— ARC REVIEWER, Jenna U., age 13
Corey has moved from Lost Creek, Alaska, leaving the only life she ever knew. She also leaves her best friend Kyra behind. The two miss each other immensely, & finally just days before Corey is destined to return home, Kyra dies. Grief stricken, Corey immediately returns to Lost Creek only find it has changed. She can’t get a straight answer from anyone about Kyra’s death, & even worse, she’s viewed as an outsider. Corey has six days to make things right & find the truth behind Kyra’s death. But if she isn’t careful, she might end up joining Kyra.
— ARC REVIEWER Jenna U., age 13
A thrilling and action-packed tale of superheroes, villains, and all the ways the two sides may be more similar than either would imagine. A long-ago tragedy fuels Nova to avenge her family, but the complex, vibrant world that Marissa Meyer has created will make her plan more complicated than she expects. With the same great storytelling and relatable characters as the author's previous novels, this is a must-grab new series!!
This book was a 9 out 10! I loved how the author switched between Hadley’s life & the interviews. It kept me engaged and I felt I knew the characters like they were my own friends.
— ARC REVIEWER, Kaatje W., age 13
I did not expect this to be a twist on a Zombie-apocalypse plot. However, this is not your cliché zombie story. Each character has such a complicated development, where you are constantly learning more & more about them, never fully knowing which side they are on. Suvada keeps you guessing with constant twists & turns, leaving several “Ah-ha!” moments for the reader to discover. My attention was held from the very first page. It’s a great story that not only has an extremely brave, smart woman as the protagonist, but also includes several other dimensional heroes It encourages science in the female world & also empowers people to question & to fight.
— ARC REVIEWER Kate S., age 16
As the story continues, we find Sefia and Archer back in the forest, having escaped the Guard, who will kill to get their hands on The Book. Searching for answers to Archer’s nightmares of his life as fighter, and Sefia’s is guilt over the deeds of her parents, they come upon a crew of Impressors. Between the two of them, they subdue the Impressors and rescue the captive boys, and thus is the beginning of the Bloodletters is born. Still trying to find a way to derail the Guard’s plan for world domination, will Sefia have to sacrifice all to save not only the kingdoms, but also Archer, whom she has come to love as more than a friend?
I loved this book! As the virtual reality genre continues to rise, with bestsellers like Marie Lu’s incredible book, Warcross, I’m enjoying it more & more. This branch of sci-fi is the future, & shows what kind of insane things can happen when we have everything available to us. Otherworld was tons of fun, & I enjoyed the whole ride. The government conspiracy aspect was great, along with the “anything is possible” setting. Simon was hilarious & his companions were strong & lovable characters. I give it 3 and half stars!
— ARC REVIEWER Gab V., age 15
Look out Charles Dickens – there’s a new Scrooge in town! And this time, instead of a crabby old man, its’ a self-absorbed, over entitled, nasty teenage girl named Holly Chase! When three ghosts visit Holly on Christmas Eve, she learns what will happen unless she changes her ways. Just like Scrooge, she has a choice – redemption or death. Can she be rehabilitated? Better yet, can she help rehabilitate another Scrooge named Ethan, who is just like herself, except he’s a self-centered, money driven, teenage boy? Laughing and maybe even crying a little, you’ll get to the end of this book and say “Wow”, I didn’t see that coming!
With his new work, Phillip Pullman takes us back to the world of the unforgettable His Dark Materials series, and introduces a new cast of compelling characters and locations.
Malcolm Polstead is a smart boy who notices everything happening and being said around his parent’s inn in Oxford, where he finds a secret message about the dangerous substance called Dust. Hannah, the spy whom the message was for, finds Malcolm, and his life is never the same. Malcolm, now a spy, encounters suspicious characters everywhere, all trying to gain access to the adorable baby girl Lyra, who is hidden with neighboring nuns. Malcolm loves Lyra, and he, his friend Alice and their daemons face constant dangers and make remarkable sacrifices to keep Lyra safe through a terrible rainstorm.
La Belle Sauvage is a constant joy to read. The characters are fascinating, and the action is thrilling. Pullman’s powerful writing made me feel like I was right beside them as Malcolm navigated the Thames during the storm and fought off the evil characters chasing he and Lyra. I cannot wait to see what happens to these characters during the sequel. Whether you are a fan of the Golden Compass or reading Pullman for the first time, this book will overwhelm you with emotion and make you not want to leave its world.