Reviews written by Elisha Jachetti, Staff Reviewer

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Elisha Jachetti, Staff ReviewerElisha Jachetti, Staff Reviewer   June 20, 2017
(Updated: June 20, 2017)
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5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Alex & Eliza: A Love Story

Just as Colonel Hamilton falls hopelessly in love with Miss Schuyler, as did I with ALEX & ELIZA: A LOVE STORY by Melissa de la Cruz. This YA Historical Fiction novel follows the courtship, if one can call it that, of Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schuyler. Though Hamilton’s life has...

Young Adult Fiction
Elisha Jachetti, Staff ReviewerElisha Jachetti, Staff Reviewer   June 11, 2017
(Updated: June 11, 2017)
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0

Speak of Me as I Am

SPEAK OF ME AS I AM by Sonia Belasco is a contemporary young adult novel that deals with grief and the loss of loved ones. The story is told in a shifting duel perspective between Melanie, a teenage girl whose mom has died of cancer, and Damon, a boy whose...

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

Wildman

WILDMAN is J.C. Geiger’s debut novel about a graduating senior, Lance Hendricks, who has his entire, boring life planned out. He will graduate high school as the valedictorian, and then will study business on a full scholarship with his vanilla girlfriend, Miriam. Though he is not particularly excited about any...

Young Adult Fiction
Elisha Jachetti, Staff ReviewerElisha Jachetti, Staff Reviewer   April 30, 2017
(Updated: April 30, 2017)
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Silent

SILENT by David Mellon is quite cinematic, which makes sense as the author has been a storyboard artist in the film and television industry for the last thirty-five years. All of the descriptions in this historical fantasy, whether they are people or places, are primarily visual, so much so that...

Young Adult Fiction
Elisha Jachetti, Staff ReviewerElisha Jachetti, Staff Reviewer   April 23, 2017
(Updated: April 23, 2017)
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Dreamworld

DREAMWORLD by Kit Alloway is the binding of DREAMFIRE and DREAMFEVER, the first two books of the dream walker series. Each novel has its own merits, but when put together like this, it is easy to see how well they complement one another. While the protagonists and antagonists are primarily...

Young Adult Fiction
Elisha Jachetti, Staff ReviewerElisha Jachetti, Staff Reviewer   April 14, 2017
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Gardenia

GARDENIA by Kelsey Sutton is such a unique and interesting premise that I was hooked right from the beginning. The story follows seventeen-year-old Ivy Erickson, who happens to know when everyone will die. Unbeknownst to others, Ivy sees numbers floating above people’s heads, counting down their days left on earth....

Young Adult Fiction
Elisha Jachetti, Staff ReviewerElisha Jachetti, Staff Reviewer   April 04, 2017
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0

Just a Girl

JUST A GIRL by Carrie Mesrobian follows Rianne Hettrick-Wynne as she navigates her senior year and tries, or rather doesn’t try, to figure out who she will be and where she will end up. Rianne spends a large portion of the novel considering the reasons she is not a “good...

Young Adult Fiction
Elisha Jachetti, Staff ReviewerElisha Jachetti, Staff Reviewer   March 05, 2017
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

The End of Our Story

THE END OF OUR STORY by Meg Haston is totally different than what I initially expected. Based on the cover, title, and synopsis, I honestly thought I was in for a relatively fluffy romance, but I could not have been more wrong. The novel takes a dark turn early on...

Young Adult Fiction
Elisha Jachetti, Staff ReviewerElisha Jachetti, Staff Reviewer   March 04, 2017
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0

Maid of the King's Court

MAID OF THE KING’S COURT by Lucy Worsley is a YA historical fiction novel set in England during the reign of King Henry the Eighth. The book follows Elizabeth Camperdowne, who must find a suitable man to marry in order to provide her family with wealth and stability. As circumstances...

Young Adult Fiction
Elisha Jachetti, Staff ReviewerElisha Jachetti, Staff Reviewer   February 20, 2017
(Updated: February 26, 2017)
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

A Good Idea

A GOOD IDEA by Cristina Moracho is just that, a good idea. The plotline is unique, refreshing, and unlike any other books that I’ve read recently. The subject matter is topical in that it confronts how the United States’ justice system deals with society’s golden children, like Brock Turner, for...

Elisha Jachetti, Staff ReviewerElisha Jachetti, Staff Reviewer   January 20, 2017
(Updated: January 20, 2017)
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0

How to Keep a Boy from Kissing You

HOW TO KEEP A BOY FROM KISSING YOU by Tara Eglington is amusing right from the beginning. The title, for example, is the opposite of what I would expect, which makes me immediately intrigued. Growing up, I read and saw so many articles for teenage girls on “How to Get...

Young Adult Fiction
Elisha Jachetti, Staff ReviewerElisha Jachetti, Staff Reviewer   January 17, 2017
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Zenn Diagram

ZENN DIAGRAM by Wendy Brant is such an original and intriguing concept. Eva Walker, the protagonist, has a fresh, compelling voice that makes me love reading about her life. She is less interested in being pretty and more excited about being a math genius. She works hard to help her...

Young Adult Fiction
Elisha Jachetti, Staff ReviewerElisha Jachetti, Staff Reviewer   January 13, 2017
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Hell & High Water

HELL & HIGH WATER by Tanya Landman is a YA historical fiction novel that is filled with suspense and mystery. When Caleb finds a man washed up on shore who is wearing his father’s signet ring, he is told this man is merely a stranger. Caleb cannot argue further as...

Young Adult Fiction
Elisha Jachetti, Staff ReviewerElisha Jachetti, Staff Reviewer   January 08, 2017
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0

The Odds of Lightning

THE ODDS OF LIGHTNING by Jocelyn Davies is a fun coming of age story as told by four different protagonists, Tiny, Lu, Will, and Nathaniel. Each teenager is struggling with his or her own identity crisis that has grown exponentially over the past three years, during which they have stopped...

Young Adult Fiction
Elisha Jachetti, Staff ReviewerElisha Jachetti, Staff Reviewer   January 01, 2017
(Updated: January 01, 2017)
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Snowbirds

SNOWBIRDS by Crissa-Jean Chappell is a contemporary young adult drama set in the world of an Amish community in Pinecraft, Florida. The book sheds light on an otherwise secretive and mysterious society and offers an unprejudiced look at this way of life, one that I knew very little about prior....

Snowbirds
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