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June 17, 2019 (Updated: June 18, 2019)
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
Salvation Day

Zahra wants the world to know the truth about her father. She believes he wasn't to blame for the deaths of people on the space ship House of Wisdom. So when Adam, the cult leader she'd followed since a child, says that their 'family' can take the deserted ship as...

June 16, 2019 (Updated: June 17, 2019)
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
The Stars We Steal

Eighteen-year-old Princess Leonie "Leo" Kolburg has a title, but not much else. She's heir to an older European spaceship.When the annual Valg Season comes around, her father 'hopes' she'll land an engagement with a rich suitor in order to save what's left of their family fortune. Then her childhood...

June 09, 2019
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
A Thousand Sisters

This is a enthralling telling of the brave Soviet airwomen who flew missions during World War II. They fought in combat, unlike the other Allied nations at that time. Their story hasn't been shared for some time. What worked: The stories of these brave Soviet women...

May 22, 2019 (Updated: May 22, 2019)
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
The Virtue of Sin

Miriam lives in New Jerusalem, a haven from the evil outside. She's taught to be submissive and obedient to their leader Daniel. When the ceremony the Matrimony comes, Miriam is excited as she feels Caleb will choose her as his wife. Nothing goes as planned and instead of being faithful,...

May 11, 2019 (Updated: May 14, 2019)
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
The Grace Year

What worked: Just wowza. This is one intense, haunting tale of girls that are banished on their sixteenth year to release their 'magic' into the wild before they can come back home. The villagers 'fear' the girl's magic and set them out into the wilderness. Even though no one can...

May 05, 2019 (Updated: May 05, 2019)
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
Wilder Girls

It's been eighteen months since Hetty and her friends have been quarantined at the Raxter School for Girls. A deadly virus, the Tox, has infected them and the staff. They are left to fend for themselves while those around them either die a grisly death or are transformed into something...

April 27, 2019 (Updated: April 29, 2019)
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Kids Fiction
The Moon Within

What worked: Latinx ARE YOU THERE GOD, IT'S ME MARGARET. I LOVE how the author shows a strong preteen heroine who deals with issues like her changing body, her first menstrual period, and first crush. Told in verse, this novel follows bicultural Celi Rivera who has questions about so many...

April 20, 2019 (Updated: April 26, 2019)
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Young Adult Fiction
Emmie and the Tudor King

What worked: Fast-paced time travel romp through Tudor England. Readers find out what might have happened if Queen Elizabeth I married Robert Dudley and had a son. In this case it would have been Nicholas the Ironheart. High school senior Emmie didn't think her research on Nicholas...

April 18, 2019 (Updated: April 19, 2019)
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Making Bombs for Hitler

What worked: This is an emotional tale of Lida, a young Ukrainian girl, who is stolen from her home and sent to a slave camp to work for the Nazis. Little has been known about this part of WWII. What readers see is the horrific plight of Ukrainians that are...

March 24, 2019 (Updated: March 24, 2019)
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
Internment

Seventeen-year-old Layla Amin and her family live in fear after reporting that they were Muslim on a Census record. Because of that they find themselves on a registry that sends them and others to an internment camp. There are some, like her boyfriend David, that fight for her, but it's...

March 02, 2019 (Updated: March 04, 2019)
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Young Adult Fiction
Where She Fell

Eliza is an aspiring geologist and self-professed 'nerd'. Even though she feels like the odd one out, Eliza tries hard to appease her two best friends Sherri and Meg. When her friends drag her with them to a swamp on a dare, she goes. Eliza's knows about the town's urban...

February 26, 2019 (Updated: February 28, 2019)
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
Within Thee Lines

Italian-American Evalina Cassano falls in love with Japanese-American Taichi Hamasaki in 1941. Then Pearl Harbor happens and their forbidden love faces anti-Japanese hatred. When Taichi and his family, along with other Japanese-Americans, are set to US internment camps, Evalina refuses to give up on him. Life at Manzanar Relocation Center...

February 23, 2019 (Updated: February 25, 2019)
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful

Just wow. This is a chilling, haunting portrayal of what might be the long-term consequences of tampering with our bodies. By this I mean when individuals modify their bodies to the extreme. What worked: There are six tales of different characters starting in the near future to...

February 16, 2019 (Updated: July 11, 2020)
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Young Adult Fiction
The Haunted

Hendricks and her family buy an old building in Drearford, New York after an incident. Her family 'hopes' this will be a fresh start for all of them. Only little do they know that the house they purchased is the site of a murder. Hendricks senses strange things in the...

January 31, 2019 (Updated: January 31, 2019)
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
The Disturbed Girl's Dictionary

What worked: This is an amazing glimpse into the life of Macy. Others say she's 'disturbed', but she's the kind of friend you'd want in your corner. Macy shows her life in dictionary entries. At times they're hilarious and at other times bittersweet as she holds nothing back. ...

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