Book Review: “Remix” by Non Pratt
Book Reviews / July 17, 2016

Best friends Kaz and Ruby should be in for the weekend of their lives – they’re off to the Remix music festival! Not only will they get to see their favorite band perform live, they’ll also have the chance to finally get over their respective exes and get some partying in before the summer’s over. Too bad both of their exes will also be at the festival…

Book Review: “The Geek’s Guide To Unrequited Love” by Sarvenaz Tash
Book Reviews / July 16, 2016

Graham and his best friend, Roxy, are nerds. Uber nerds. Together, they obsess about “Harry Potter”, video games, and comics – especially their favorite series, “The Althena Chronicles”. When the reclusive creator of Althena announces that he’s appearing at New York Comic Con, Graham knows he and Roxy have to go – and that it’s the perfect place to tell her that he loves her.

Book Review: “Railhead” by Philip Reeve
Book Reviews / July 16, 2016

Fans of Philip Reeve’s futuristic “Mortal Engines” quartet or “Larklight” trilogy will be glad to know the author is back with a new steampunk odyssey, which takes place in a future where passengers ride trains (that have their own personalities and consciousness) between worlds. At the beginning of “Railhead”, Zen Starling is just a petty thief who loves to ride the rails when he can. Before long he’s caught up in a swirl of events that will not only change his life but will also alter the course of civilization.

Book Review: “Never Ever” by Sara Saedi
Book Reviews / July 14, 2016

Wylie doesn’t expect to fall for a guy at her brother’s going away party – she’s here to spend time with her brother Joshua, not make small talk – but she especially doesn’t expect to fall for a guy who can fly and lives on an island where teenagers never grow up. When the mysterious Phinn whisks away both Wylie and her two brothers to Minor Island, the Dalton siblings are in for an experience they’ll never forget.

Book Review: “Last Leaves Falling” by Fox Benwell
Book Reviews / July 13, 2016

Abe Sora has ALS, and he’s going to die, and soon. Unlike in many other YA novels that feature a terminally ill protagonist, there’s no hope for remission or salvation. In “Last Leaves Falling”, Abe struggles to find a new normal in a life where he won’t go to college, or play baseball, or walk, or fall in love, or…anything. Two new friends he meets in an online chatroom bring a feeling of belonging that he thought he’d lost forever, but even the joy he finds there doesn’t change the fact that he hasn’t got much time left.

Book Review: “Without Annette” by Jane B. Mason
Book Reviews / July 13, 2016

Josie can’t believe that she and her girlfriend, Annette, are actually escaping their small Minnesota town (and Annette’s alcoholic mother) to attend an elite boarding school in Connecticut. There, she hopes they’ll be free of the stigma of small-town gossip, and that Annette will be safe from her mother’s verbal and physical abuse. But from the moment they arrive, Josie feels Annette pulling away from her, attaching herself to a group of popular mean girls, and what’s worse – she doesn’t want to tell anyone that she’s in a relationship with Josie.

Book Review: “Orangeboy” by Patrice Lawrence
Book Reviews / July 12, 2016

Thrilling, dangerous, compelling, mysterious, and intriguing – delve into the curious question of “Orangeboy” for a fast and furious contemporary read. The debut YA novel from author Patrice Lawrence, “Orangeboy” is an action-packed story that hurtles along the streets of London, and your heart will still be pounding after the final page. It is the journey of one young boy’s desperate attempts to outrun the past and a society whose expectations are stacked against him.

Book Review: “Life is Funny” by E.R. Frank
Book Reviews / July 11, 2016

“Life is Funny” traces the lives of 11 teenagers in one Brooklyn neighborhood over the course of seven years. This ambitious undertaking depicts teens dealing with real-life issues, like self-harm, abuse, family expectations, friendship, and falling in love.

Book Review: “Love Blind” by C. Desir and Jolene Perry
Book Reviews / July 9, 2016

“Love Blind” alternates chapters between protagonists Hailey, a teenage rocker who has the eyes of a 90-year-old (according to her doctor), and Kyle, an extremely shy boy who works the sound board at his high school’s radio station and has a troubled home life. Hailey recruits him to tackle a “fear list” with her – a list where each of them write down their greatest fears and face them, one by one.