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July 02, 2020 (Updated: July 04, 2020)
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Young Adult Fiction
Jo & Laurie

Jo March is surprised at how well her novel LITTLE WOMEN has done. Now her publisher and readers want a sequel. She's asked by her publisher to write a happily-ever-after ending to all her characters. Only Jo's having a hard time writing this. Her life has some unexpected twists like...

June 28, 2020 (Updated: June 30, 2020)
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
A Wicked Magic

Friends Dan and Liss find a Black book of magic and try a spell. Only the spell goes terribly wrong when their friend Johnny is snatched and dragged away into darkness. Nine months later and the friends have stopped talking. Out of the blue, Liss shares that she spoken...

June 15, 2020
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
Faith Taking Flight

Sixteen-year-old Faith Herbert has a secret. She can fly. When she runs into her fangirl crush Dakota, star of the fictional world THE GROVE, she's in heaven. And things even look rosier when Dakota might actually like her too. Then things start happening around town. When animals and then...

June 06, 2020 (Updated: June 13, 2020)
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
We Are Not From Here

Friends Pulga, Chico, and Pequena flee the violence of their Guatemalan homes for the United States. Pulga and Chico have to leave as Rey, a gang leader, has targeted them to help him carry out criminal activities. Pequena has her own reasons for leaving...

May 27, 2020 (Updated: May 27, 2020)
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Beauty Mark: A Verse Novel of Marilyn Monroe

What worked: Haunting, tragic tale of the life of Marilyn Monroe, told in verse which gives a powerful punch to the story behind the legend. The story starts at the very beginning of Marilyn's life. Back then she was Norma Jean. Her life was filled...

May 25, 2020 (Updated: May 26, 2020)
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
Crave

After the death of her parents, Grace comes to an Alaskan boarding school. Once there, she senses something is 'off' with the other students. It doesn't help that Jaxon, a brooding handsome student, tells her to leave the school. She's drawn to him and wants to know what's going on....

May 21, 2020 (Updated: May 21, 2020)
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
My Calamity Jane

What worked: This is a fun paranormal twist on historical figures set in the Wild West of 1876. I loved the other two books in the 'Lady Janies' series. The latest one in this series doesn't disappoint! Readers follow Calamity Jane, Annie Oakley, Will Bill...

May 16, 2020 (Updated: May 16, 2020)
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Young Adult Fiction
The Bitterwine Oath

San Solano, Texas is not only known for its Southern charm but also gruesome murders that took place fifty years apart. Eighteen-year-old Natalie Colter doesn't believe the rumors, but later finds out the truth. A truth that involved her own grandmother. Now with the next anniversary coming, Nat seeks...

May 13, 2020 (Updated: May 15, 2020)
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Young Adult Fiction
The Pioneer

Joanna, 'Jo', has dreamed of leaving Earth and being a pioneer on a new planet since forever. When a terrible accident occurs before she leaves Earth, she loses not only her beloved brother Teddy, but the ability to fly. Once she arrives on the new planet Tau Ceti E, she...

May 10, 2020 (Updated: May 13, 2020)
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
Goodbye From Nowhere

Kyle Baker loves the times he visits his extended family at the family farm. He brings his girlfriend Nadia with him during Thanksgiving. Only his father shares a secret. A secret that takes Kyle off guard and shatters his 'happy' family image. This secret tears him apart and it's only...

May 07, 2020 (Updated: May 09, 2020)
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
N/A
You Too?

What worked: Great compilation of personal essays inspired by the #YouToo movement. Each of the authors included in this anthology shares her own experiences. These stories include ones of sexual harassment, sexual assault, to comments that made them feel uncomfortable or not safe. Some of...

May 05, 2020 (Updated: May 06, 2020)
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Young Adult Nonfiction
This Is 18

This is a fascinating view into what it's like to be a 18 year old girl throughout the world shown though the lens of a camera. Not only do we see girls from the US, but other parts of the world. Readers get glimpses of different cultures, but also how...

May 03, 2020 (Updated: May 05, 2020)
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
The Degenerates

Life is beyond hard if you're unlucky enough to be placed in The Massachusetts School For the Feeble-minded. Maxine, struggles to protect her younger sister Rose. Alice tries hard just to survive. And London finds herself carted to the institution just for being pregnant and at the wrong place at...

May 01, 2020 (Updated: May 01, 2020)
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
N/A
A Ceiling Made of Eggshells

Paloma, 'Loma' wants nothing more than to be a mother with children. She ends up being her grandfather's constant companion as he goes to various Spanish towns to pay 'taxes' for a war. He's also friends with Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand, who want Loma to convert to Catholicism. Loma...

April 21, 2020 (Updated: April 21, 2020)
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
The Kingdom of Back

Nannerl Mozart is a gifted musical prodigy. She's trained by her strict father, who hopes her talent will take them to perform in European royal courts. She's also the older sister of Wolfgang Mozart. In this story Nannerl and Wolfgang travel to courts in Europe to perform. Nannerl is...

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