Reviews written by Elisha Jachetti, Staff Reviewer

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Elisha Jachetti, Staff ReviewerElisha Jachetti, Staff Reviewer   March 13, 2019
(Updated: March 13, 2019)
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Cogheart

COGHEART by Peter Bunzl is a thrilling adventure that blends a historical setting with futuristic elements. The author hints his characters are in Victorian England towards the end of the nineteenth century, but never gives a specific year. Lily, the protagonist, is the daughter of John Hartman, a master inventor...

Young Adult Fiction
Elisha Jachetti, Staff ReviewerElisha Jachetti, Staff Reviewer   March 08, 2019
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0

The Girl with the Broken Heart

THE GIRL WITH THE BROKEN HEART is Lurlene McDaniel’s latest YA contemporary novel. The story follows Kenzie as she throws herself into her summer job, putting all her attention on recuperating rescued horses. She’s hoping this will be enough of a distraction from her heart condition, her problematic relationship with...

Young Adult Fiction
Elisha Jachetti, Staff ReviewerElisha Jachetti, Staff Reviewer   February 28, 2019
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

The Geography of Lost Things

THE GEOGRAPHY OF LOST THINGS by Jessica Brody is a YA contemporary novel that begins with Ali needing to sell her late father’s car for cash. She finds a buyer five hours away, but the car isn’t an automatic and she doesn’t know how to drive stick. The only person...

Young Adult Fiction
Elisha Jachetti, Staff ReviewerElisha Jachetti, Staff Reviewer   January 07, 2019
(Updated: January 07, 2019)
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

You'd Be Mine

YOU’D BE MINE by Erin Hahn is a YA contemporary romance set in the confines of country music, road life, and hidden demons. The story has a dual point of view between Annie, a budding starlet on the cusp of her potential, and Clay, a bona fide megastar at risk...

Young Adult Fiction
Elisha Jachetti, Staff ReviewerElisha Jachetti, Staff Reviewer   January 03, 2019
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0

Stolen Time

STOLEN TIME by Danielle Rollins is the first book of a YA time travel trilogy. It begins when Ash, a pilot from 2077, accidentally lands in 1913. When he tries to get back in the air unnoticed, Dorothy, a young bride running away from getting married and searching for something...

Young Adult Fiction
Elisha Jachetti, Staff ReviewerElisha Jachetti, Staff Reviewer   December 25, 2018
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0

A Sky for Us Alone

A SKY FOR US ALONE by Kristin Russell is a YA coming-of-age novel filled with mystery and heartache. It’s set in a poor section of Appalachia that’s run by the mines and the man who owns them. When Nate, Harlowe’s older brother, starts searching for a way to get out,...

Elisha Jachetti, Staff ReviewerElisha Jachetti, Staff Reviewer   December 16, 2018
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

An Assassin's Guide to Love & Treason

AN ASSASSIN’S GUIDE TO LOVE & TREASON by Virginia Boecker is such a breath of fresh air. It’s a YA historical fiction novel that promises espionage, mistaken identity, and betrayal, all unfolding in Shakespeare’s Globe Theater. The story starts when Katherine’s father is killed for his religious beliefs, forcing Katherine...

Young Adult Nonfiction
Elisha Jachetti, Staff ReviewerElisha Jachetti, Staff Reviewer   November 19, 2018
(Updated: November 19, 2018)
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0

Poetry 101

POETRY 101 by Susan Dalzell is a comprehensive introduction to poetry written in the English language. The book takes us all the way back to the Anglo-Saxons and BEOWULF and brings us through every movement that has transpired since, including the social media poetry that is being produced today. Dalzell...

Young Adult Fiction
Elisha Jachetti, Staff ReviewerElisha Jachetti, Staff Reviewer   November 07, 2018
(Updated: November 07, 2018)
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

I Do Not Trust You

I DO NOT TRUST YOU by Laura J. Burns and Melinda Metz is a young adult thriller that follows Memphis “M” Engel all over the world as she searches for pieces of an ancient Egyptian statue. If she can find them before the cult that kidnapped her father does, she...

Elisha Jachetti, Staff ReviewerElisha Jachetti, Staff Reviewer   October 22, 2018
(Updated: October 22, 2018)
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0

You/Poet

YOU/POET by Rayna Hutchison and Samuel Blake, the folks from HER HEART POETRY, is a tremendous gift to writers everywhere. The subtitle of this book is “Learn your art. Speak your truth. Share your voice,” and the authors show the readers how to do just that. The book starts off...

Young Adult Fiction
Elisha Jachetti, Staff ReviewerElisha Jachetti, Staff Reviewer   October 22, 2018
(Updated: October 22, 2018)
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Dare You to Lie

DARE YOU TO LIE by Amber Lynn Natusch is a young adult suspense novel that follows Kylene after she moves back to a small town, the place she left after nude photos of her were spread through her high school. When it happened, she suspected six football players, including her...

Young Adult Fiction
Elisha Jachetti, Staff ReviewerElisha Jachetti, Staff Reviewer   October 09, 2018
(Updated: October 09, 2018)
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Going Places

GOING PLACES by Kathryn Berla is a coming-of-age novel that follows Hudson Wheeler through his senior year of high school. He only needs two classes to graduate, so he has plenty of free time to chase the edgy, art girl, run his two businesses, and start his own graphic novel....

Young Adult Fiction
Elisha Jachetti, Staff ReviewerElisha Jachetti, Staff Reviewer   September 19, 2018
(Updated: September 19, 2018)
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0

The Forest Queen

THE FOREST QUEEN by Betsy Cornwell caught my eye at first glance. The cover is beautiful and promises a tale of adventure ahead. On it is a quote, “She robs from the rich to give to the poor,” so right away, we know this is a Robin Hood retelling with...

Young Adult Fiction
Elisha Jachetti, Staff ReviewerElisha Jachetti, Staff Reviewer   September 02, 2018
(Updated: September 02, 2018)
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Freedom Trials

FREEDOM TRIALS by Meredith Tate is the hypothetical birth child of THE MAZE RUNNER and THE TESTING. Set in a dystopian future, Evelyn is a hack, a prisoner for a crime she can’t remember. Her jailers have wiped her memory, along with all the other cellmates. What she knows is...

Young Adult Fiction
Elisha Jachetti, Staff ReviewerElisha Jachetti, Staff Reviewer   August 28, 2018
(Updated: August 28, 2018)
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

The Deepest Roots

THE DEEPEST ROOTS by Miranda Asebedo is a young adult novel set in the world on Cottonwood Hollow, Kansas, a place where girls have special abilities. Rome is a Fixer. She can repair cracked phone screens, cars, frayed wires, and every other kind of object. Unfortunately, she can’t Fix the...

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