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Elisha Jachetti, Staff ReviewerElisha Jachetti, Staff Reviewer   August 08, 2016
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Plot/Story 
 
3.0
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Characters (if applicable) 
 
3.0
Editing/Design Quality 
 
3.0

New Dystopian to Drool Over

Recoil by Joanne Macgregor is the first book of a series that plans to cash in on the recent dystopian trend in young adult literature. However, rather than a war changing society as we know it, in this novel, it is a plague that does the damage. The disease element...

Young Adult Fiction
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0

Summer Read Set in the South

The Last Time We Were Us by Leah Konen has such a catchy title and beautiful cover that I am sold on the book before I even turn a page. The story is set down South, which gives those unfamiliar with the particular lifestyle of sweet tea, small towns, and...

Young Adult Fiction
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Fantasy and Fairytales

Kingdom of Ash and Briars is a specular debut for Hannah West. This Young Adult Fantasy novel is the perfect blend of familiar and original stories, making the read both beloved and exciting. West claims to draw inspiration from Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Jane Austen’s Emma, and the Chinese legend of...

Young Adult Fiction
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Underdog for the Win!

Swan Boy by Nikki Sheehan made me incredibly angry. When the lead character, Johnny, moves with his family, he is forced to attend a new school. There, he becomes the fascination of the hall bully, Liam, and his cronies, Jonas and Lola. Together, they make it their duty to ruin...

Young Adult Fiction
Elisha Jachetti, Staff ReviewerElisha Jachetti, Staff Reviewer   July 03, 2016
(Updated: July 03, 2016)
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

The Wild West

Crow Mountain by Lucy Inglis is one of those special books that comes around only ever so often. It is full of romance and charm, all set on the stage of rural Montana. The book follows two narratives from the same exact location in North America, only they are separated...

Young Adult Fiction
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

An Adventure at Sea

The first noticeable element of Shining Sea by Mimi Cross is the packaging. The beautiful and mysterious cover is immediately intriguing, as is the compelling synopsis on the back. Both the artwork and the description really set the tone for what is to come and what to expect. The...

Young Adult Fiction
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

A Sweet and Tragic Tale

Losing Gabriel by Lurlene McDaniel is a story full of love, loss, and hope. The book follows the lives of three main characters, Lani Kennedy, Dawson Berke, and Sloan Quentin, who begin the novel as seniors in high school. However, their lives are about to change for better, worse, and...

Young Adult Fiction
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Mature and Unique Sci-Fi Series

Sing Down the Stars by L.J. Hatton is book one in The Celestine Series, a sci-fi tale about an alien visit to Earth that resulted in select humans being born with special powers. We get a glimpse into this world through the eyes of Penelope Roma, a girl who can...

Young Adult Indie
Overall rating 
 
4.8
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Plot/Story 
 
5.0
Illustrations (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Characters (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Editing/Design Quality 
 
5.0

Sci-Fi Done Right

Seneca Rebel by Rayya Deeb is one of those rare books where all the elements come together to form a work of near perfection. It is a futuristic sci-fi look at what the United States of America could ultimately become. Certainly, this story will be compared to other series that...

Young Adult Fiction
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0

Virtual Reality Nightmare

Unplugged, by Donna Freitas, is the latest in YA Sci-Fi. The story is set after a time when technology was King, so much so that people decided they would rather live in a virtual world than in the real one. The novel begins when this experiment has already proven...

Young Adult Fiction
Elisha Jachetti, Staff ReviewerElisha Jachetti, Staff Reviewer   May 01, 2016
(Updated: May 01, 2016)
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Powerful Story with Social Agenda

How It Feels to Fly, sophomore novel by Kathryn Holmes, unabashedly deals with serious issues such as body image, anxiety, self-harm, and general mental health. The novel can be uncomfortable at times as Holmes does not shy away from the ugly reality her characters, all elite athletes and performers, face...

Young Adult Fiction
Elisha Jachetti, Staff ReviewerElisha Jachetti, Staff Reviewer   April 24, 2016
(Updated: April 24, 2016)
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0

Follow The Heart

YA Contemporary, Summer of Supernovas by Darcy Woods, is a wonderfully fresh take on the tried and true plot line, girl who has been unlucky in love is suddenly the sun and moon to a very cool and unattainable guy, or in this case, guys. Brothers, in fact. By creating...

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