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October 30, 2015
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
A whole new Happily Ever After

Sophie and Agatha are back at home, but things have not ended so happily ever after. Sophie is fighting to stay the centre of attention as her father plans to re-marry and Agatha is secretly dreaming of the price that she left behind. When she secretly wishes for...

October 05, 2015
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
A strange blend of contemporary and fantasy

Mikey is a completely normal guy; at least he seems to think so. In his world you are a normal, or an Indie. The Indies are the chosen ones. When the world comes crashing down and aliens invade or vampires take over the school, it is the...

September 30, 2015
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
2.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
A beautifully written addition to the magical realism genre

Cluck and Lace come from performing families that have been feuding for longer than either of them have been alive. Each holds a touch of magic and a fear and hatred towards the other. The families each carry with them a list of crimes committed by the other...

September 28, 2015
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
A super scary read for the Halloween Season

We rejoin Tark and Okiku two years after the events of The Girl From The Well. The pair are still hunting for spirits and chasing down murderers. Their relationship has grown into something even closer than friendship but that means that Tark doesn't have much of a...

September 21, 2015
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
Brilliant, Sweet and Heart-Wrenching

Dumplin' is one of those books where I feel woefully unqualified to write a review. How can I possibly do justice to the brilliant, sweet, heart-wrenching and, ultimately, triumphant book that is Dumplin? Julie Murphy has created a cast of characters that are so real and well-developed that...

September 19, 2015
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Incredible narration and a unique story.

Just one page in, this novel's narration style had won me over. It was beautiful to the ear and I could almost hear Geoffrey Holder (the beautiful narrator from Charlie and the Chocolate factory) telling me the story in his deep tones. The premise behind this story is...

September 16, 2015
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
Whimsical, but with a serious bite.

I loved Another Little Piece and was very excited to see what Kate Karyus Quinn had in store for this novel. Again, I adore her world building. The town of Gardnerville is like nothing I have encountered before. Magic simmers just below the surface and erupts with...

August 30, 2015
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Plot 
 
2.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
A sure hit with readers who love Greek Mythology

The Shadow Behind the Stars features the three fates of Greek mythology. On a desolate island the sisters spin, measure, and cut, shaping the lives of humans they were sure to never meet. Until Aglaia appears on their doorstep and forces them to once again engage with...

August 19, 2015
A great read from first line to last.

I love a good first line and A Curious Tale of the In-Between certainly has it. "Pram died just before she was born" Is that not a great line to open a new series about a young girl who sees ghosts? I haven't...

July 23, 2015
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
Not the ballet book I expected - but better!

Just after I read Pointe I had a family emergency that took me away from home for a few weeks. As a result, this particular review got left by the wayside. I normally write my reviews within a few days of finishing a book, and since several weeks...

June 23, 2015
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Not your average mystery.

The synopsis for this book is just a couple of lines. When I first saw that, I was nervous. It means going into this book knowing next to nothing, but it is perfect. Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls is a book where you think you know exactly...

June 15, 2015
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
A disturbing (and fascinating) view of how many teens today treat one another

This first thing you will notice upon reading Weightless is that it is written in the first person plural. We follow from the perspective of three (I think) girls in the popular clique of Adams High. The girls are obsessed with image; wearing the right thing, hanging...

June 09, 2015
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
A unique new world with danger around every turn.

Sabaa Tahir presents a bleak and disturbing world. With the conquered Scholars on one side and the terrifying Masks on the other. Masks are trained as children in the most horrific of circumstances to best their peers and follow their superior's orders without question. The Scholars watch...

May 21, 2015
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
You've never seen an Oz like this before

Like many princesses she knows, Dorothea is cursed. A wicked witch put a spell on one of her ancestors that she would burn the entire world, but she messed up and it skipped a generation, or many. Without knowing WHICH princess was a dangerous to the world as...

May 12, 2015
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Young Adult Fiction
A unique blend of graphic novel and traditional storytelling.

As young girls, May and Libby bonded over the creation of Princess X. May wrote the stories, Libby drew the comics. Both girls lived vicariously through the Princess' adventures until the day Libby died. Supposedly. For years, May dreams of her friend misses the days...

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