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May 25, 2020 (Updated: May 25, 2020)
Overall rating 
 
4.8
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Plot/Story 
 
5.0
Illustrations (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Characters (if applicable) 
 
4.0
Editing/Design Quality 
 
5.0
Young Adult Indie
Great Novel for Teens.

The Suicide Journal is novella centered around a teenager named Cal. The story essentially centers around Cal's decision to kill himself and the reasons why. The great part about this story is that instead of dialog from Cal about why he wants to kill himself, the takes...

May 25, 2020
Overall rating 
 
2.0
Plot 
 
1.0
Characters 
 
2.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Young Adult Fiction
Young Adult Slice of Life

I received a free copy from the publisher through Netgalley. The Most Dangerous Place on Earth centers around a group of teenagers who attend an elite school in California. This topic fascinated me. I love to slice of life stories. The story begins with a tragic event...

May 24, 2020 (Updated: May 24, 2020)
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
Fun Graphic Novel

I am pretty new to graphic novels so when I won a copy of 'Pumpkin Heads' on GoodReads I was super excited. 'Pumpkinheads' is written by Rainbow Rowell and illustrated by Faith Erin Hicks. It tells the story of two friends who work at their local fall festival each year...

Pumpkinheads
February 23, 2020
Overall rating 
 
4.8
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Plot/Story 
 
5.0
Illustrations (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Characters (if applicable) 
 
4.0
Editing/Design Quality 
 
5.0
Interesting Read

Erin Whitaker's father is dead and her mother is a drug addict. When she is very young her mother leaves her alone on a doorstep and doesn't return. She is taken in by her grandparents who raise her. This book gives an inside look at how...

February 23, 2020 (Updated: February 23, 2020)
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Plot/Story 
 
4.0
Illustrations (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Characters (if applicable) 
 
4.0
Editing/Design Quality 
 
5.0
Young Adult Indie
Great for teens

Roman has his life turned upside down when, amidst a scandal, his mom decides to leave LA. Roman must learn to adapt to a new lifestyle and school in the midwest. He must grapple with who he really is and whether he'll ever meet his real father. Although...

February 09, 2020
Overall rating 
 
4.8
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Plot/Story 
 
4.0
Illustrations (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Characters (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Editing/Design Quality 
 
5.0
Young Adult Indie
YA historical fiction

Meg lives in a small town in upstate NY (outside Ithaca) in the later years of WWII. She is torn between her family and her dreams of College. She is also torn between dating her childhood friend and the boy everyone thinks she should date. I love historical...

February 09, 2020
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
Spooky Read

‘First rule of storytelling,’ he says, a glint in his eyes.’ Everything is possible.’ Nell is still trying to recover from the loss of her mom when her dad moves her across the country. The move is for his new job in a historical...

June 06, 2019
Overall rating 
 
4.8
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Plot/Story 
 
4.0
Illustrations (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Characters (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Editing/Design Quality 
 
5.0
Young Adult Indie
Great Florida Story

Callie is trying to survive high school and get out of her small Florida town. When her best friend moves away to college, Callie believes she is stuck alone. I really love me some books set in Florida. Especially when it gives a glimpse into small-town...

June 06, 2019 (Updated: June 06, 2019)
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
YA Summer Read

When Ashlyn’s father goes to prison and her mother goes to rehab for depression, her world falls apart. Ashlyn’s father decides she needs to work at a retreat for the summer with a cousin she barely knows. This story is a companion book to ‘It Started...

June 04, 2019
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Plot/Story 
 
5.0
Illustrations (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Characters (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Editing/Design Quality 
 
5.0
Young Adult Indie
Love This Series

n the third and final installment in the ‘The Clay Lion’ trilogy, Charlie’s little sister Melody takes her own trip to the past. Melody learns that small actions can have large and unexpected consequences in the present. I adored the previous installments in the ‘Clay Lion’...

June 02, 2019
Overall rating 
 
4.8
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Plot/Story 
 
5.0
Illustrations (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Characters (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Editing/Design Quality 
 
4.0
Young Adult Indie
Great Continuation of the Clay Lion Series

In this continuation of the ‘Clay Lion’ series, Brooke’s boyfriend Charlie takes his own journey into his past and in the process discovers who he really is. I really enjoyed, ‘The Clay Lion’, and literally went right into ‘Tin Men’ as soon as I had finished...

May 29, 2019
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
Magical Realism

Ruby and her sisters come from a long line of wise and powerful women. When their grandmother and her sisters fled Russia they lost most of their magical powers. Today only one of their great powers remain. The power to have a vision of their own death. The cover...

May 11, 2019
Overall rating 
 
4.8
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Plot/Story 
 
5.0
Illustrations (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Characters (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Editing/Design Quality 
 
4.0
Young Adult Indie
Time Travel with a Twist

Brooke’s brother has died a rather sudden death. In Brooke’s world, she can go back in time only once. Will she be able to save her brother? Will she be punished for breaking the rules of time travel? I am a huge fan of time...

May 03, 2019
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Plot/Story 
 
5.0
Illustrations (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Characters (if applicable) 
 
4.0
Editing/Design Quality 
 
4.0
Young Adult Indie
Set a Course for Adventure

Navy, Isaiah, and Jesse are teens traveling with their families on an Alaskan cruise. While enjoying their vacation they must solve the mystery of who is committing thefts on board the ship. A mystery aboard a cruise. Yes, please. I have never read a story...

April 28, 2019
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
So Good!

“Victory goes to the player who makes the next to last mistake. During a game of chess, you can make mistakes along the way and still come out ahead as long as you learn from that misstep and adjust accordingly.” Tess’s bucolic life is uprooted when...

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