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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. ...

September 09, 2018 (Updated: September 11, 2018)
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
Broken Things

It's been five years since the horrific murder of Summer Macks. Everyone in town thinks her friends Mia and Brynn killed her as part of a sacrifice to THE WAY INTO LOVELORN, a novel they were all obsessed over. After Brynn is released from an institution she seeks out Mia...

September 07, 2018 (Updated: September 09, 2018)
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Young Adult Fiction
Uncharted

Seventeen-year-old Annabeth blames herself for her mother's death. If only she hadn't snuck out to make out with her boyfriend. If only... While at the funeral of family friends, things aren't what they seem to be. Annoying Griffin has grown up to be more brooding and has a secret. ...

September 06, 2018 (Updated: September 06, 2018)
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
The Darkest Star

After the alien invasion, things have calmed down. Well, somewhat. Evie doesn't know her world will be turned upside down after she goes with her friend to bar known to host Luxen. Secrets are everywhere. Secrets that involve her too. And there's a new alien in town. Only he's not...

August 22, 2018
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
We Regret To Inform You

Mischa Abramavicious is an overachiever. She excelled on her SAT exam and has a stellar GPA filled with extracurricular activities. College should be no problem. When she's denied to all her top picks and even 'final' choice schools, she can't help but wonder what happened. With the help of her...

August 19, 2018 (Updated: August 25, 2018)
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Kids Fiction
Days of the Dead

Glorieta Magdelena Davis Espinosa is proud of her family. When her father remarries after her mother's death, he puts away Glorieta's mother's ashes. Glorieta refuses to believe what her Tia Diosonita and others in her town say about her mother's eternal soul. Her goal is to get her Tia to...

August 10, 2018 (Updated: August 10, 2018)
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
The Darkest Legacy

Five years have passed since the 'rehabilitation' camps have been shut down. Suzume 'Zu' is now seventeen years old and working with the new government to help other children who were affected by the camps. Zu is blamed when an horrific act of violence happens at a college rally...

July 22, 2018
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
The Button War

Twelve-year-old Patryk lives in a small Polish town in 1914. He hangs with his group of friends which includes Jurek. One day in August, Patryk finds a button which sets Jurek off in rage. Though Jurek is poor, he declares himself 'King of the Forest' and anything in the forest...

July 13, 2018 (Updated: July 22, 2018)
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)  
 
N/A
Learning Value 
 
4.0
Resist

This is a collection of brief biographies of people who stood up and resisted injustices and tyranny. There's a little bit of information on each of these individuals. Kind of like teasers that might lead readers to want to look up more on them. What worked: I...

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