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October 05, 2020 (Updated: October 07, 2020)
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
Miss Meteor

Meteor, New Mexico is the site where a meteor crashed years ago. It's also the site of the Miss Meteor beauty pageant. For years only one 'type' of contestant wins-White, blonde, blue-eyed, and thin. Lita Perez wants to be the first Latina to win that title. She also has a...

September 27, 2020 (Updated: September 27, 2020)
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
Horrid

After Jane's father sudden dies, Her mother, Ruth, ends up moving them across the country. They move into her mother's childhood home. But Jane senses something isn't quite right at the old house. There's also secrets and whispers about the house. Only when Jane pushes for the truth, does a...

September 07, 2020 (Updated: September 09, 2020)
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
The Companion

Everyone thinks Margot is lucky. She's the sole survivor of a horrific car crash that killed her family. While at a group home, she keeps the other girls up by screaming all night. Then she's 'chosen' to be the companion of Agatha, a girl that lives at a remote estate....

September 03, 2020 (Updated: September 03, 2020)
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
Sanctuary

In a near future US, all citizens are chipped and tracked. Those who are undocumented are singled out to an uncertain future. Sixteen-year-old Vali's mother's counterfeit chip goes off and she's rounded up by the Deportation Force. Now it's up to Vali and her young brother to make their way...

August 25, 2020 (Updated: August 25, 2020)
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
American Royals II: Majesty

Majesty begins right after the King of America dies, leaving his oldest daughter Beatrice queen. She was in the process of telling her father that she wanted to abduct and run off with her guard Conner. That all changed when her father dies. Her younger...

August 16, 2020 (Updated: August 16, 2020)
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Sia Martinez and the Moonlit Beginning of Everything

What worked: There's so much to love about this contemporary diverse thriller that is bits Laurie Halse Anderson meets Sci-Fi/X-Files with a Latinx twist. Fast-paced story that has so much. Sia lost her undocumented mother three years previously after ICE deported her. Sia and her...

August 02, 2020 (Updated: August 04, 2020)
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
Everything I Thought I Knew

What worked: Intriguing plot of Chloe, a seventeen-year-old super-achiever, who ends up collapsing during her senior year in high school and gets a new heart. Takaoka nails the stress and pressure on some teens who go overboard with their high school academics in order to get into that 'right' university....

July 28, 2020 (Updated: July 30, 2020)
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0
1789

What worked: Fascination collection of essays that show the impact of the year 1789 in the world.In this anthology, twelve authors describe how 1789 was such a pivotal year. Rebellion and revolution were in the air not only in the United States, but other countries like France and the West...

July 25, 2020 (Updated: July 25, 2020)
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
Where Dreams Descend

What worked: Beautifully written tale where a girl performer breaks away from her cage and enters a competition of magicians that goes terribly wrong. Carnival meets Night Circus with a twist of Phantom of the Opera. The beginning of this novel pulled with in with...

July 21, 2020 (Updated: July 23, 2020)
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
The Unleashed

Creepy, suspenseful paranormal where some friends learn that a summoning might bring back something unexpected and evil. The audio version of this novel kept me up late as I didn't want to miss what horrors Hendricks and her friends unleashed. I was totally engaged!...

July 20, 2020 (Updated: July 21, 2020)
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
The Year of the Witching

Immanuelle lives in the town of Bethel where the Prophet's word is law and the highest honor for a woman is to be chosen to be one of his many wives. Immanuelle's mother was chosen, but instead she rejected him and fled to the Darkwood where she met an outsider...

July 16, 2020 (Updated: July 17, 2020)
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
The Unleashed: The Sequel to The Haunted

Hendricks and her family move to a rental after Steele House burned down. Her family tries to put that horrible episode aside. Even though Hendricks wants life to go back to normal, she misses her boyfriend Eddie. When Hendricks tries to summon Eddie, something else comes. An evil presence that...

July 10, 2020 (Updated: July 10, 2020)
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Goddess In The Machine

Andra went into cryonic sleep for a hundred years for a trip across the universe to wake up as a colonist on a new planet. Only she wakes up a thousand years in the future and finds out that the people on the planet call her 'Goddess'. She's told her...

July 02, 2020 (Updated: July 04, 2020)
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Young Adult Fiction
Jo & Laurie

Jo March is surprised at how well her novel LITTLE WOMEN has done. Now her publisher and readers want a sequel. She's asked by her publisher to write a happily-ever-after ending to all her characters. Only Jo's having a hard time writing this. Her life has some unexpected twists like...

June 28, 2020 (Updated: June 30, 2020)
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
A Wicked Magic

Friends Dan and Liss find a Black book of magic and try a spell. Only the spell goes terribly wrong when their friend Johnny is snatched and dragged away into darkness. Nine months later and the friends have stopped talking. Out of the blue, Liss shares that she spoken...

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