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July 25, 2015
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
The fixer, the kingmaker, and the girl in the middle

What I Loved: The Fixer is one of the rare cases where the marketing terms actually match the book: this is definitely Veronica Mars meets Scandal. One of the storylines was actually in an episode of Scandal. I loved every second of it. Tess in an...

July 25, 2015
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
We on the outside

What I Loved: WEIGHTLESS is unlike any bullying book I've ever read before. The perspective is not from the victim or the perpetrator but rather a first-person plural outsider. The story of Carolyn Lessing, a new girl in a rural Alabama town, is told through the eyes of...

July 25, 2015
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Young Adult Fiction
Revenge at any cost

What I Loved: PORTRAITS OF CELINA is a layered story: there's a ghost out for revenge, an unsolved mystery of the past, and a family dealing with heartbreaking grief. All of these elements blend seamlessly together into a story about a girl determined to keep her family together while...

June 21, 2015
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
The good guys don't always win

What I Loved: Brutal Youth is unlike any book I've read before. It starts with one of the best opening chapters I've read in a long time. With stark imagery and tension in every sentence, this opening grips you and sucks you into the story immediately. It almost feels...

May 31, 2015
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
A new Garden of Eden

What I Loved: EDEN WEST provides a stark look at life inside a modern cult through the eyes of seventeen-year-old Jacob. Jacob begins the novel as devout as any of the Grace, the name given to the followers of the prophet Father Grace. While he...

May 31, 2015
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
N/A
A bittersweet ending

What I Loved: After an almost three year wait for the final book in this series, I couldn't wait to get my hands on a copy! Kate, Michael, and Emma captured my heart in the first two novels, and I was so excited to see how their story would...

May 31, 2015
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Young Adult Fiction
You'll never want to take a cruise again

What I Loved: The apocalyptic genre is one of my favorite when it comes to books and movies, so I knew this novel would appeal to me. THE LIVING reads like an action movie with high-stakes situations and non-stop suspense. The author writes action sequences so...

May 17, 2015
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Young Adult Fiction
Illusion the extraordinary

What I Loved: Parallel universes are something that always spikes my interest, so I went into ILLUSIONARIUM knowing it would be my kind of story. The author has created such a richly drawn world in this story. First, there's Jonathan's home world, which is a steampunk...

May 11, 2015
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
Lost and found in someone else

What I Loved: Making Pretty is the first book I've read by Corey Ann Haydu, but it made me want to go out and buy her other books. This one is wholly unique; I don't think I've ever read such a complex portrayal of teenage life. ...

May 03, 2015
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Young Adult Fiction
Don't go walking in the woods alone

What I Loved: If you had any doubts that Rosamund Hodge could top her debut, CRUEL BEAUTY, then throw them out now. CRIMSON BOUND is a stunning sophomore novel that I couldn't put down. CRIMSON BOUND is a retelling of both Little Red Riding Hood and...

April 26, 2015
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Rise from the ashes

What I Loved: This is one of the rare books where the “x meets x” line in the description actually fits. Though I would say it’s more Daughter of Smoke and Bone than Shadow and Bone. I couldn’t put this one down I was racing...

April 20, 2015
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
Moving forward

What I Loved: THINGS WE KNOW BY HEART is my first Jessi Kirby novel but certainly not my last. Quinn's story is told with an authentic voice that is sure to appeal to contemporary YA fans everywhere. I loved Quinn's honest, realistic voice the most as...

April 20, 2015
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
99 days of real, flawed characters

What I Loved: Wow. I finished this book several days ago and I'm still thinking about it. I can't get over how real it felt to me. These characters, and the choices they make, felt like something I would encounter in my own life. The...

April 05, 2015
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Danger at boarding school

What I Liked: THE GIRL WITH THE GLASS BIRD is set against the ever-alluring backdrop of a boarding school. I can't get enough of boarding school stories, and Knight's Haddon provides a lush background to the dangerous mysteries afoot. Isolated except for a small nearby town, Knight's Haddon is...

April 01, 2015
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
Flower crowns and first love

What I Loved: Oh, guys. Oh, man. I think I’m in love. I KNOW I’m in love. This book made me feel all warm and fuzzy and I just wanted to reread it the second I put it down. I love, love, LOVE books with...

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