Reviews written by Katelyn McCall, Staff Reviewer

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April 23, 2024
Overall rating
 
4.3
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
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Always Look for a Pink Sky

A British Girl's Guide to Hurricanes and Heartbreak by Laura Taylor Namey is a YA contemporary novel that is not quite a sequel, but a companion to the former A Cuban Girl's Guide to Tea and Tomorrow. Winchester, England, has always been home for Flora, but when her mother dies...

April 22, 2024
Overall rating
 
4.3
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Young Adult Fiction
Utterly Adorable

I'm not a horse girl, but I still found myself swooning. Even If It Breaks Your Heart by Erin Hanh is a YA contemporary novel that combines romance with horses. The only thing keeping nineteen-year-old Case Michaels together after the death of his best friend,...

April 22, 2024
Overall rating
 
4.0
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
MY BOYS!

I am literally going to sob when this series is over. Heartstopper (Vol. 5) by Alice Oseman is a series of graphic novels with the premise of boy meets boy, boys become friends, boys fall in love. Nick and Charlie are very much in love....

April 22, 2024
Overall rating
 
3.7
Plot
 
3.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Young Adult Fiction
Useless Cats and Sentient Motorbikes? Yes please!

This book has some funky vibes and I am all here for it. A Magic Fierce and Bright by Hemant Nayak is a YA fantasy novel that revolves around a technomancer and a thief. Adya wants nothing more than to be left alone. Content to...

February 03, 2024
Overall rating
 
3.7
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Young Adult Fiction
Mulan Meets Iron Widow? Yes please!

A story of revenge? A handsome prince? All while set in a world with DRAGONS? Sign me up immediately! Of Jade and Dragons by Amber Chen is a YA fantasy novel about eighteen-year-old Aihui Ying, who dreams of becoming a brilliant engineer just like her...

January 30, 2024
Overall rating
 
3.7
Plot
 
3.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Young Adult Fiction
Six of Crows Meets Cyberpunk? Yes please!

Six of Crows but cyberpunk? GIVE IT TO ME NOW! Kingdom of Without by Andrea Tang is a YA science fiction novel about a young thief. When Zhong Ning’er takes the job, she expects a smash-and-grab burglary she’s doing to make rent and help out...

December 16, 2023
Overall rating
 
3.7
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Young Adult Fiction
YA On the Younger Side

Look at that stunning cover. Draw Down the Moon by P.C. Cast is a YA fantasy novel set in a world that is oddly similar to the likes of Harry Potter. Wren Nightingale isn't supposed to have any powers. Born of magickal parents but not...

December 16, 2023
Overall rating
 
4.7
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Young Adult Fiction
Favorite Read of the Year

I don't think I'll ever emotionally recover from this book. Where the Dark Stands Still by A.B. Poranek is a YA fantasy stand alone that can best be described as Echo North meets Into the Heartless Wood (or, if Howl's Moving Castle, if Howl turned...

November 11, 2023
Overall rating
 
3.7
Plot
 
3.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Young Adult Fiction
Immaculate Vibes

I came for the vibes, and stayed for the adorable characters. Infinity Alchemist by Kacen Callender is a YA novel that follows Ash Woods, as he is forced to study alchemy in secret, due to him being rejected by the Lancaster College of Alchemic Science....

October 17, 2023
Overall rating
 
3.7
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
3.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Young Adult Fiction
Spooky and Adorable

I knew this was going to be a good one, solely based on how much I love Rosie Talbot's tiktoks. Sixteen Souls by Rosie Talbot is a YA paranormal novel about Charlie Frith who has a butt ton of problmes. Including the likes of, his...

August 07, 2023
Overall rating
 
3.7
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
3.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Young Adult Fiction
Darkly Haunting

A dark academia mixed with the fanciful of fairy tales, sign me up. A Study in Drowning by Ava Reid is a YA gothic about a girl named Effy Sayre, who aspires to create the best home design for her favorite fairy tale author. Effy...

August 06, 2023
Overall rating
 
3.7
Plot
 
3.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Young Adult Fiction
Bloody Brillant

Bloody and brilliant. The Ones We Burn by Rebecca Mix is a YA fantasy novel about Ranka, who wants nothing more than to be left alone to live her life in peace. But when her coven sends her off as a treaty bride to the...

August 05, 2023
Overall rating
 
4.0
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Young Adult Fiction
It's Spooky Season!

Yes! Finally a Lesbian Gothic! Don't worry, I'll be re-reading this one come October. All the Dead Lie Down by Kyrie McCauley is a YA contemporary Gothic romance about a girl by the name of Marin Blythe, who is all alone in the world. Until...

August 05, 2023
Overall rating
 
4.0
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Young Adult Fiction
Jackaby is Back!

Jackaby is back baby! Rook by William Ritter is a continuation of the Jackaby series by William Ritter, with a focus on our lovely Abigail Rook. Abigail never wanted to be the bridge between the mortal realm and the supernatural one. But being the only...

August 05, 2023
Overall rating
 
4.7
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Young Adult Fiction
Magic is Found Within (the storyteller)

A witch? With a the power of storytelling? Tell me less, I'm already in. A Hunger of Thorns by Lili Wilkinson is YA fantasy novel about a witch named Maude, who had a childhood filled with running wild through the forest with her...

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