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Paige C, Staff ReviewerPaige C, Staff Reviewer   March 31, 2019
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0

you'll never forget reading this book

The Parkland massacre took the lives of 17 students the day it happened and the very recent passings of two survivors bump the number up. That makes for 19 young lives stolen before they could even drink legally or decide their futures. And yet people still say the shooting was...

Young Adult Fiction
Paige C, Staff ReviewerPaige C, Staff Reviewer   March 31, 2019
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0

grounded mystery/thriller set in coastal Oregon

As of chapter one, Embry is a senior in high school, a girl feeling adrift as Christmas approaches, and the recipient of a marriage proposal from her ex-but-it’s-complicated-boyfriend Luke. He’s overseas on deployment and isn’t actually aware she’s hooking up with this guy Holden instead and doesn’t share Luke’s vision...

Kids Fiction
Paige C, Staff ReviewerPaige C, Staff Reviewer   March 31, 2019
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0

an entertainer for all ages

WHAT I LOVED: AJ is your average kid and doesn’t have anything exciting going on in his life, but he’s got a serious crush on his classmate Nia. His efforts to win her affection by pretending to be a vampire since she says herself she’s obsessed with the creatures...

Paige C, Staff ReviewerPaige C, Staff Reviewer   February 08, 2019
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5.0
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N/A
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

every story is a gem

See more of my reviews on The YA Kitten! My copy was an ARC I got from the publisher as a reviewer for YA Books Central. Lord, anthologies are having a good run when you have a diverse, #ownvoices set of authors involved! First Fresh Ink and...

Young Adult Fiction
Paige C, Staff ReviewerPaige C, Staff Reviewer   February 07, 2019
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

great Courtney Summers readalike

The phrases “beautiful disaster” and “bad romance” but NOT the well-known novels that use those phrases for their titles. Five different Emilie Autumn songs, “Did You Imagine” by Lumidee, and “I Want My Tears Back” by Nightwish. These are just a few of the things that Winner Take All is...

Young Adult Fiction
Paige C, Staff ReviewerPaige C, Staff Reviewer   February 07, 2019
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

A solid hit

Anthologies have such a special place in my heart. The art of the short story is undervalued and it’s just really cool to see a bunch of authors you like sharing space inside the pages of a book. As one of two anthologies put together thus far by We...

Young Adult Fiction
Paige C, Staff ReviewerPaige C, Staff Reviewer   October 09, 2018
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Solidly written with plenty of heart

WHAT I LOVED: When Louise’s boyfriend Cam first disparages Native people in front of her–specifically his brother’s Kickapoo spouse–he isn’t aware Louise is a Muscogee (Creek) Nation citizen herself. Then he keeps doing it and has the gall to get mad at her for “being too sensitive.” The instant...

Young Adult Fiction
Paige C, Staff ReviewerPaige C, Staff Reviewer   September 09, 2018
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0

a solid YA mystery

WHAT I LOVED: One of Us Is Lying presents us with a remarkably strong base for the mystery to come: four compelling, unique narrators you won’t mix up easily; a highly unusual death in Simon’s deadly allergic reaction to a peanut oil-laced cup of water; and quick pacing to...

Young Adult Fiction
Paige C, Staff ReviewerPaige C, Staff Reviewer   September 09, 2018
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0

A gripping thriller for the modern teen

WHAT I LOVED: I’ve always tried to be my best self online, but even I’m terrified at the idea of all my texts, emails, etc. being leaked online. Whether it would expose someone’s two-faced ways or provides enough evidence that they could be successfully convicted of a felony, everyone...

Young Adult Fiction
Paige C, Staff ReviewerPaige C, Staff Reviewer   September 09, 2018
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

will satisfy the sweet tooth in your soul

WHAT I LOVED: Dusty and Dylan, each one named after one of their mother’s favorite singers, are pretty opposite. Dusty is former beauty queen about to marry a Scottish nobleman after dating him on a reality show called Prince in Disguise; our introduction to Dylan is her...

Young Adult Fiction
Paige C, Staff ReviewerPaige C, Staff Reviewer   September 09, 2018
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
2.0

undeniably well-written

WHAT I LOVED: If you’re asking book bloggers to recommend you gorgeously written books, there’s a very good chance Anna-Marie McLemore’s books will be among the first recs. Having only read one of her many anthology contributions before now, I agree with that wholeheartedly. She’s got a way with...

Young Adult Fiction
Paige C, Staff ReviewerPaige C, Staff Reviewer   September 09, 2018
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0

Something like a modern fairy tale

WHAT I LOVED: Girls Made of Snow and Glass is a real surprise of a novel. Sure, I understood it featured two multifaceted royal ladies, a deconstruction of the Wicked Stepmother trope, and an f/f romance, but I still didn’t expect much from it. The book gleefully shows up...

Young Adult Fiction
Paige C, Staff ReviewerPaige C, Staff Reviewer   September 09, 2018
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0

a YA novel like you've never read before

WHAT I LOVED: It sounds simple when you describe the beginning of it all to someone: one dead girl, one missing woman, and one man chasing down the sisters' story. In execution, podcaster West's investigation of Mattie Southern's murder and Sadie Hunter's disappearance absolutely isn't. Sadie is a novel...

Young Adult Fiction
Paige C, Staff ReviewerPaige C, Staff Reviewer   July 25, 2018
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0

Compulsively readable

WHAT I LOVED: Macy is a likable, layered character and her narration flows easily. Even when my frustration mounted at how these characters refused to communicate, it was simply too darn readable to put down. Her two years of worries about how homecoming will go are both...

Young Adult Fiction
Paige C, Staff ReviewerPaige C, Staff Reviewer   May 05, 2018
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

complex characters and original ideas

WHAT I LOVED: Trudchen, a simultaneous dreamer and realist long disabled by a bout with polio as a child. Odette, a gifted storyteller who got kicked out of her home and mixes truth with fiction so well that no one is sure what’s what. Both sisters...

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