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December 11, 2018 (Updated: December 13, 2018)
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
3.0
Young Adult Nonfiction
Mend A Story of Divorce

What worked: Explores one teen's experience of dealing with the divorce of her parents. For those going through a similar situation, this book will help them realize that they're not alone and not to blame. That message is powerful and also helpful. At times though this tale...

December 09, 2018 (Updated: December 11, 2018)
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
3.0
Young Adult Nonfiction
Click A Story of Cyberbullying

This is a graphic novel adaptation of a real teen's experience of being bullied online. What worked: This is sure to resonate with teen readers as some might relate with Alexandra's story of being bullied on social media. Her story leads up to what caused the bullying...

December 06, 2018 (Updated: December 07, 2018)
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
Enchantée

After the death of her parents to smallpox, Camille Durbonne struggles to get by with her younger sister Sofie. One thing Camille can do is use magic to change metal into coins, but that isn't enough. After her older brother steals her money, she uses dark magic to use glamour...

November 29, 2018 (Updated: December 02, 2018)
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
How She Died How I Lived

What worked: Gripping tale that deals with survivor guilt after a horrific murder. This story is intense, but one I feel needs to be told. I lost my own younger sister to gun violence a number of years ago. The author nails the emotions of a loved one who lost...

November 04, 2018 (Updated: November 06, 2018)
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Voices: The Final Hours of Joan of Arc

I really love novels of strong historical women. In this case, this novel is about Joan of Arc. What makes this novel extra special is it is told in a poetry style used in Medieval times. The poem pieces are from not only Joan of Arc's point of view, but...

October 25, 2018 (Updated: October 27, 2018)
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
Kiss Collector

Seventeen-year-old Zae Monroe's not thinking too highly of romance. Her parents are having marital problems and then she catches her boyfriend cheating. She's had it with serious relationships. So she comes up with a contest to see who can collect the most kisses. There are no strings attached. Just a...

October 11, 2018 (Updated: October 23, 2018)
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
Girl At The Grave

Valentine was only six years old when her mother was hung for a murder. After the death, Valentine's basically taken care of herself in the crumbling house that she feels is haunted with the past. Now she's a top student at the prestigious Drake Academy. An unknown benefactor has supported...

October 05, 2018 (Updated: October 08, 2018)
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Young Adult Fiction
The Disasters

What worked: This is a high energy soap opera romp through space. Think Breakfast Club meets Firefly. There's action, suspense, hints of romance, and a heist. For sure this will appeal to fans of Guardians of the Galaxy with it's punchy dialogue and diverse characters. I liked...

October 01, 2018 (Updated: October 04, 2018)
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
Neverwake (Dreamfall)

What worked: This is a satisfying conclusion to the Dreamfall series. In this second book, six teens are trapped in an experimental treatment to cure insomnia that has gone terribly bad. Seems that if you die in the dreamworld, you really die. Two of the teens have already died....

September 29, 2018 (Updated: September 30, 2018)
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Young Adult Nonfiction
Hey, Kiddo

What worked: This is an amazing memoir told in graphic novel style of a teen that deals with family addiction. It starts off with his grandparent and parent's history. Readers learn what lead up to him living with his grandparents after his mother lands in jail. I...

September 26, 2018 (Updated: September 27, 2018)
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
When We Caught Fire

It's 1871 and Emmeline Carter is set to married eligible Chicago bachelor Frederick Tree. But she can't forget her first love, Anders Magnuson. Fiona Byrne is her best friend and happy for Emmeline's rise in society. This means she can pursue Anders. She loves him, but fears his heart is...

September 23, 2018 (Updated: September 23, 2018)
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
Someday

Everyday A jumps into another body. Each day is different. Along the way he encountered Rhiannon and they fall in love. But both decide it's probably best to not be around each other. Now though Rhiannon questions whether she can be without A. She reaches out to A and what...

September 15, 2018 (Updated: September 18, 2018)
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
The Agony House

Denise Farber and her mother and stepfather have moved back to New Orleans. Denise lost her grandmother and father to Hurricane Katrina. Now she has returned with her family to remodel an old building in hopes to turn it into a bed and breakfast. But something isn't quite right...

September 13, 2018 (Updated: September 15, 2018)
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
The Lines We Cross

Michael likes to hang with his friends. His parents are very active in speaking out against refugees settling in Australia. Michael doesn't question their beliefs as they kind of make sense to him. Then he meets Mina at a rally and can't get her out of his mind. Only Mina...

September 09, 2018 (Updated: September 11, 2018)
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
The Strange True Tale of Frankenstein's Creator Mary Shelley

What worked: This is a fascinating insight into the life of the author of Frankenstein. The beginning paragraph, when Mary Shelley's son finds the heart of his dead father in his mother's portal desk, introduces readers to the strangeness that was a part of Shelley's life. ...

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