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July 31, 2016
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Young Adult Fiction
A quick and exciting mystery

What I Loved: FINDING ABBEY ROAD by Kevin Emerson is a quick but immersive read. The mystery of finding Caleb’s biological father, whom everyone had presumed dead, is enthralling and drives the story forward. Even though their eventual meeting is less than what you might hope, it’s...

July 10, 2016
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
A hilarious and highly entertaining music camp read

What I Loved: THE SOUND OF US by Hammerle has a fantastically relatable narrative voice that throws you right into the story. I couldn't put this down and read very late into the night to finish it. THE SOUND OF US is overall a very simple story...

July 10, 2016
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
A sweet and sad historical and contemporary mash-up

What I Loved: INVISIBLE FAULT LINES by Kristen-Paige Madonia is an original story with such strong attention to detail that helps to bring the story to life. Callie’s story of dealing with the disappearance of her father on what should have been just a normal Tuesday is...

June 27, 2016
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
A Sweet and Hilarious Read

What I Loved: DREAMOLOGY by Lucy Keating is a sweet love story that takes the phrase “man of my dreams” literally. What happens when the boy you’ve been dreaming about your entire life is real? How do you act when you finally find him? How do you...

June 05, 2016
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
A beautiful exploration of love and friendship

What I Loved: YOU KNOW ME WELL by Nina LaCour and David Levithan is an incredible story about the difficulties of love, changing friendships, overcoming fears, and how to move forward when things don’t turn out the way you thought. The novel is told in alternating points...

May 30, 2016
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Plot/Story 
 
5.0
Illustrations (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Characters (if applicable) 
 
4.0
Editing/Design Quality 
 
4.0
Young Adult Indie
An Excellent Edition to the Sci-Fi Genre

What I Loved: SENECA REBEL by Rayya Deeb is a fast paced futuristic sci-fi read that will have you on the edge of your seats from start to finish. SENECA REBEL starts with a bang and doesn’t let up until the very last page where the cliffhanger...

May 30, 2016
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Plot/Story 
 
4.0
Illustrations (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Characters (if applicable) 
 
3.0
Editing/Design Quality 
 
N/A
Young Adult Indie
An Exciting, Quick Historical Fiction Read

What I Loved: CARAVAGGIO SIGNED IN BLOOD by Mark David Smith is a high stakes historical adventure. It’s a quick and easy read and will easily entertain with its various sword fights, piracy, painting, and on-the-run feel. Beppo, a fifteen-year-old indentured servant...

May 24, 2016
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
A Unique and Lush Story

What I Loved: A FIERCE AND SUBTLE POISON by Samantha Mabry is a beautiful and magical story that combines mystery, wishes, outsiders, love, and longing in a truly unique and fresh story. Lucas, the son of resort developer, spends his school months in...

May 19, 2016
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Young Adult Fiction
A Hillarious look at High School and fame

What I Loved: SURVIVING HIGH SCHOOL by Lele Pons and Melissa de la Cruz is a “fictional memoir” based on the high school experiences of Vine star Lele Pons. It follows her when she transfers from her small Catholic private school to a much larger public school,...

May 19, 2016
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
An interesting marriage of Hollywood Glam, Horror, and Romance

What I Loved: DIVAH by Susanna Appelbaum is an interesting mix of New York City glam, horror, romance, and magic. DIVAH follows the story of Itzy, a young girl blossoming in the art of photography, who moves to New York City to live with her aunt for...

May 18, 2016
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Young Adult Fiction
A quick and cute read

What I Loved: ROMANCING THE NERD by Leah Rae Miller is a cute and fast read about two adorkable high school students. Dan Garrett is a former nerd turned popular kid due to a growth spurt and his star role on the Varsity basketball team. Zelda is...

May 07, 2016
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
An Incredible Continuation in Love and Adventure

What I liked: I couldn’t wait to dive in to BLOOD PASSAGE. In fact, I started the same night I wrote my review for Exquisite Captive. Anytime I read a series, I’m always a little nervous when I start the second book, hoping that it isn’t going...

May 02, 2016
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
A unique and fast paced story involving jinni

What I Loved: I really enjoy Heather Demetrios’ books and her writing style so I was very excited to see both THE EXQUISITE CAPTIVE and its sequel, Blood Passage, come my way for a review. I know that the topic of jinn is a very current trend...

April 28, 2016
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
A Beautiful Look at Difficult Lives in Alaska

What I Loved: I was very excited about THE SMELL OF OTHER PEOPLE’S HOUSES when I first read the synopsis and the setting- 1970’s Alaska! I also love books with multiple points of view and so I couldn’t wait to dive in once I received my copy....

April 25, 2016
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Plot/Story 
 
3.0
Illustrations (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Characters (if applicable) 
 
3.0
Editing/Design Quality 
 
N/A
Young Adult Indie
A Witchy Treasure Hunt

What I Loved: I really enjoyed the exploration of friendship, grief, and complicated family relationships in this ghost hunt mystery set in New Orleans. For me, the themes are enough to overcome some flaws and make this a book I’d recommend. The...

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