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Amy Oliver, Staff ReviewerAmy Oliver, Staff Reviewer   October 23, 2017
(Updated: October 23, 2017)
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

A fast-paced King Midas retelling

I've not had the opportunity to read any of Lauren DeStefano's other books though I've been recommend them over and over again so when this book came across my path, I knew I had to grab it and I am so glad I did! The Glass...

Young Adult Fiction
Amy Oliver, Staff ReviewerAmy Oliver, Staff Reviewer   October 16, 2017
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Action Packed from start to finish

Let me start by saying that while this is the seventh (yes, seventh!) book in a series, I haven't ever read the beginning books. But it is a huge testament to Michael Grant and his writing style that I never once felt lost or like I didn't understand any characters....

Young Adult Fiction
Amy Oliver, Staff ReviewerAmy Oliver, Staff Reviewer   September 14, 2017
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

A Fast Paced How Dunnit

The gang's (Seneca, Maddox, Aerin, and Madison) back again in "Follow Me" by Sara Shepard, author of the "Pretty Little Liars" series, to solve a kidnapping crime that has a connection to the murder from Book 1 of the series, "The Amateurs". When Chelsea Dawson, a famous...

Young Adult Fiction
Amy Oliver, Staff ReviewerAmy Oliver, Staff Reviewer   August 31, 2017
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0

A Funny read with a different format

Here's a thing you immediately need to know about THE DATE TO SAVE: it's an oral documentary. It read's like one long interview (because it is! Well, a fictional interview...but you get what I'm saying!) So you need to be prepared. I found this format difficult to get into at...

Young Adult Fiction
Amy Oliver, Staff ReviewerAmy Oliver, Staff Reviewer   August 31, 2017
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0

A sweet and fast read

As Everly learns the hard way, high school relationships don't always survive high school. When she catches her boyfriend cheating on her with her best friend, all those people she thought were her friends make it pretty clear that they don't want to choose a side. Worse, Everly's former best...

Amy Oliver, Staff ReviewerAmy Oliver, Staff Reviewer   September 05, 2016
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

An important story about LGBTQ+ and relgion

What I Loved: GEORGIA PEACHES AND OTHER FORBIDDEN FRUIT by Jaye Robin Brown is a sweet but complicated love story full of diversity, complex characters, swoonworthy romance, and a full plot. One of things I appreciated most was the clash between gay teenagers, the culture...

Young Adult Fiction
Amy Oliver, Staff ReviewerAmy Oliver, Staff Reviewer   September 05, 2016

A surprisingly emotional story

What I Loved: BACKLASH by Sarah Darer Littman surprised me in the best way possible. After reading the synopsis, I was sure this was going to feel at best like an “after school special” and at worst like a bad sermon. However, after reading it, I’m happy...

Young Adult Fiction
Amy Oliver, Staff ReviewerAmy Oliver, Staff Reviewer   August 21, 2016
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

A sweet and sad surfing story

What I Loved: KOOK by Christopher Vick is a sweet and sad coming of age story about Sam. He’s nerdy and nonathletic and new to Cornwall with his mom and sister when he meets beautiful and broken Jade. Jade brings him into her friend circle of surfers...

Young Adult Fiction
Amy Oliver, Staff ReviewerAmy Oliver, Staff Reviewer   August 21, 2016
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

An exciting twist on Jack the Ripper

What I Loved: STALKING JACK THE RIPPER by Kerri Maniscalco is an exciting and different twist on the traditional Jack the Ripper tale. Audrey Rose, the heroine, is not your traditional highborn Victorian lady. While her peers are learning how to run their future homes and trading...

Young Adult Fiction
Amy Oliver, Staff ReviewerAmy Oliver, Staff Reviewer   August 21, 2016
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

A slow story that will have you cheering at the end

What I Loved: LOST STARS by Lisa Selin Davis is a charming and heart breaking story that follows Carrie – a closeted astrophysics nerd who runs with an older crowd; the crowd her sister use to hang out with, before her sister died. As Carrie spins further...

Young Adult Fiction
Amy Oliver, Staff ReviewerAmy Oliver, Staff Reviewer   July 31, 2016
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0

A Sweet "Ugly Ducking" Retelling

What I Loved: A CYGNET’S TALE by Susan Burdorf is an updated tale of the Ugly Duckling that dives so much deeper into the emotional struggle of being an outsider. Our story follows sixteen-year-old Helen Schwann who was abandoned on the steps of a church as just...

Young Adult Fiction
Amy Oliver, Staff ReviewerAmy Oliver, Staff Reviewer   July 31, 2016
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0

A fun read about growing up

What I Loved: FAKING IT by Gabrielle Tozer is a fun and light read about the stresses of college. Josie Browning, new to the city, is a part-time student and part-time writer for a newly established online magazine, Indi. She’s got a boyfriend she’s crazy about and...

Young Adult Fiction
Amy Oliver, Staff ReviewerAmy Oliver, Staff Reviewer   July 31, 2016
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

A Beautiful story about the power of starting over

What I Loved: PROMISES by Michelle Lynn is a sweet and quick read. Let me first point out that PROMISES is an adult contemporary romance but has a strong Young Adult crossover appeal. The main characters, Maggie and Elijah, are still young enough that their story will...

Young Adult Fiction
Amy Oliver, Staff ReviewerAmy Oliver, Staff Reviewer   July 31, 2016
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

A quick and sweet romance

What I Loved: CHOICES by Michelle Lynn is a sweet and quick read. Let me first point out that Choices is an adult contemporary romance but has a strong Young Adult crossover appeal. The main character, Michalea is a recent college graduate and is still young enough...

Young Adult Fiction
Amy Oliver, Staff ReviewerAmy Oliver, Staff Reviewer   July 31, 2016
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0

A laugh out loud alien fighting cheerleader

What I Loved: FLYING by Carrie Jones is a fun and fast read (with obvious nods to Men in Black and other pop culture icons) that you’ll find yourself gobbling it up without even realizing it. I have to admit that I wasn’t crazy about the story...

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