Reviews written by Angel Cruz, Staff Reviewer

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January 16, 2017
Overall rating 
 
2.3
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
2.0
Writing Style 
 
2.0
Young Adult Fiction
High Concept, Ultimately Lackluster

When Tyler Brown dies, his younger sister Megan is devastated. The police insist that it was a suicide by drug overdose, but this just doesn't jive with what Megan knows of her brother. She realizes that by touching items that belong to Tyler, she can see his memories, and so...

January 02, 2017
Overall rating 
 
2.7
Plot 
 
2.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Young Adult Fiction
Easy vs. Honest

The topic of undocumented immigrants is not an easy one to bring up, even in fiction. Melissa de la Cruz's newest novel Something in Between takes on that challenge, with a personal foundation: de la Cruz's own experiences with green cards and US immigration. In her junior...

January 02, 2017
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
A Quiet Burn

The Young Elites is a series best read cold--knowing anything about the plot might elicit expectations that won't be met. Instead, I'd encourage readers to go in and let Adelina guide you through her story. That said, Adelina Amouteru is not the easiest YA heroine to know, and her polarizing...

September 06, 2016
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
A Story as Tenacious as Its Protagonist

In Labyrinth Lost, Zoraida Cordova introduces a Brooklyn full of magic and mayhem, and a family of brujas that will charm and delight readers. Alejandra "Alex" Mortiz hates her magic, and her upcoming Deathday celebrations only add to the anxiety. I loved Alex's voice--it was engaging and witty, and so...

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