A well-plotted story from start to finish! Scott Reintgen knows how to hold back just the right amount of information to keep you on the edge of your seat. In fact, he so totally kept me wondering what would happen next that I read this book in three days! And trust me, I don’t go out of my way to read sci-fi, but that’s how good his writing is. Join Emmet and his team on the next leg of their journey in Book 2 of this tension-filled, character-driven sci-fi trilogy. Great for guys & girls!
Quinn’s life was great last summer. But now that winter is upon Winship, her life couldn’t be any worse & she’s to blame. But the new boy in town doesn’t see her as the monster she thinks she is & suddenly Quinn finds herself opening up & learning the truth about the real monster. This was a really good book! It had that perfect kind of world-building that makes you want to just jump into the story. Not only that, but the characters were great too. I enjoyed reading this story, especially with the chapters alternating between the summer & winter months. A definite summer read!
— ARC REVIEWER Jenna U., age 14
I couldn’t put down this story, told perfectly through emails. With the imagined support of a media hero, Brynn asks herself, what would Rachel Maddow do when life gets rough and no one seems willing to step up? A reluctant hero, Brynn finds support in unexpected places, and that sometimes, not giving up IS success.
For fans of realistic fiction.
Sloane Sullivan, a member of the witness protection program, has been 19 different people in six years. But, she is hoping that she will be able to have a normal life after this last identity. It’s hard enough to blend in being a new student in senior year but it gets harder for Sloane when she sees someone from her past. This engaging book will keep you on the edge of the seat until the very end. I loved this story because of all the unexpected twists & turns. This thrilling book is a must-read.
— ARC REVIEWER Ellie C., age 14
Sandhya Menon strikes a fine balance of what it feels like to be a teen in high school & the challenges they have to face—feeling invisible, dating, and the relationships with friends, classmates & parents—all while keeping it light. A fun read that still has depth & a wonderfully diverse cast of characters. Join Twinkle on her journey of self-discovery & film-making.
Absolute fun! Mila just wants to know who killed her best friend. So she does what any teenage Wiccan would do... she brings her best friend back from the dead. How was she to know she was strong enough to bring back two recently deceased popular girls as well? But here's the rub, none of them can remember how they died and if they go more than 100 feet away from Mila they start decaying.
A hilarious, yet dark, look at high school through the eyes of an outsider as she tries to get justice for her deceased (and slowly decaying) friend (and two popular girls she's growing to like). Wonderful characters and relationships, honestly funny, dark at times, I really loved this book.
This fast-paced novel gave insight into a scary, relevant situation. Six teens run for cover in an empty store when a shooting breaks out in a Portland mall. The diverse group comes together as they plan a way to survive. April Henry goes into deep detail about each character making the reader invested & attached to each one. I couldn’t put the book down especially in the last chapters. Reading this story gave me an insiders view of the trauma associated with public shootings. If you like suspenseful books that focus on real-world issues then read Run, Hide, Fight Back!
— ARC REVIEWER Ellie C., age 14
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