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March 16, 2016
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Young Adult Fiction
AH

History has taken an awful twist in THE ONLY THING TO FEAR. Hitler and his cronies have taken over the world with the help of Japan. The United States is divided up and destroyed into pieces, and occupation is just nasty for the (former) Americans. Enter Zara, who is very...

March 11, 2016
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Regency

A SCHOOL FOR UNUSUAL GIRLS is not exactly what I expected. It's a strange but workable mix of science, espionage, supernatural, and regency. But let's dig in to see what exactly is going on here. As I said before, it's quite a mess when you look at the big picture....

March 10, 2016
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Young Adult Fiction
No Monster Mash

Though there are concepts taken from the beloved 1810s novel of a similar title, TEEN FRANKENSTEIN is a whole different monster. It has a different plot, different set of characters, new set of murders/dead bodies, and a much different setting. But the narrator does bring back a dead body to...

March 07, 2016
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
Experiment on Love

YA Contemporary, THIS IS MY BRAIN ON BOYS has caught my attention from the very beginning of the story. It is told from the narrator, Addie Emerson, who is on a plane with a boy. (And yes, I think it's an adorable meet cute that will make rom-com writers and...

March 04, 2016 (Updated: March 04, 2016)
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Adorkable

YA Contemporary Romance, THE NEW GUY (AND OTHER SENIOR YEAR DISTRACTIONS) will be shortened to "THE NEW GUY" for this very review. Let's admit it. The title is a bit long, but it is amusing. Now let's dig into the book. (Enough talk about the title.) The...

March 04, 2016
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Young Adult Fiction
Backstabbing & More

I have been passing by this book in the library every time I go there. It sits on the shelf, and I have thought about reading this book for the last year or so, but I'm fully aware that there's a sequel, so I waited. And waited. Until now. ...

March 01, 2016
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Young Adult Fiction
First Love...?

YA Contemporary, KISSING IN AMERICA explores Eva's adventure/road trip into a lot of things. It has all the makings of a pretty romance novel. Will meets Eva. Boy meets girl. Will disappears and leaves for the opposite coast without a distinctive goodbye, and Eva begins to make her plans to...

February 25, 2016
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Young Adult Fiction
Superheroes and Supervillains

Heroes and villains. Villains and heroes. I admit that I haven't read a lot of superhero comics or books, and reading this is a breath of fresh air from the constant stream of fantasy, paranormal, supernatural books that comes out every single week or so. Kenna is...

February 23, 2016
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
Don't Read Before Going To Bed

Everytime! Everytime! I always, always tell myself to not read a scary book right before going to bed and guess what happened a few days ago? I read the book, finished it, and then stayed awake for too long while fearing for my life. Oh, yes. I did. I also...

February 23, 2016
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Young Adult Fiction
Cute Romance

No! This book can't end on a cliffhanger! But it did. And I'm upset. Denied, the ending smirks. Denied. Denied. Denied. It's such a misfortune that they don't get together, and I'm sure that you all can figure out what's going on. Let's...

February 23, 2016
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Young Adult Fiction
Power in a Drop

Lauren Kate returns in WATERFALL. I admit that it has been at least two or three years since I have read the previous book, but I'm sure that I remember enough of it to get by (if only just barely). (And do I? I amazingly do remember enough! Boo, yah!...

February 17, 2016
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
Creepy Rain Scares the Crap Out of Me

I think I want to lay off Apocalypse stories for a little while. (But I'm not going to, because they are really exhilarating and exciting to see. As horrifying and blood-curling as a horror movie, and it's irresistible. It's a wreck, but I can't glance away. I need to know...

February 14, 2016
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Conclusion

THEIR FRACTURED LIGHT is the final installment in this series. Despite the fact that the book centers on a whole new couple (Gideon and Sofia), readers will have to read the previous two books in order to gain an understanding of what's going on. There is not a single way...

February 14, 2016
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
Fantastic

Wow. This book is uniquely put together. How did it even get published in the first place? My goodness. The amount of work and sweat must be totally uncountable, and I think the authors and creators deserve a healthy round of applause. Just wow. ILLUMINAE is a...

February 14, 2016
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
Fantasy

Second generation! Hanson Alister is back. (In my mind, he is always Handsome Alister, but that's not the point of this paragraph.) Anyway, he's back. Sort-of. It is always nice to see a familiar face come back, even only for a few pages or so. The Grey Wolf Queen, on...

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