Tag Archives: Young Adult

Book Review: Made for You by Melissa Marr

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Made For You reminded me why I avoid psychological thrillers. Long story short: I'm a wuss and Made for You gave me the chills. Which, is great because Melissa Marr did achieve her goal as writer, but also, yeah, I'll be double-checking my door is locked tonight. Read More »

Book Review: The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson

The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson

The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson has become an instant shoe-in for my personal list of top five favorite books that I’ve read this year. This breathtaking story is not afraid – in classic Anderson style – to hit the heavy issues face on while weaving in a beautiful element of hope and survival. The story centers on Hailey, a high school senior who has spent the last several years of her ... Read More »

Book Review: The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle

The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle

The pitfalls of adolescence and young summer love come to a head in Lauren Myracle’s latest novel, The Infinite Moment of Us, released earlier this month. But readers beware: while this story gets plenty of action on the love front, it’s not quite all it’s cracked up to be and may leave you feeling a little empty handed. Here’s why… Essentially, the story follows the perspective of two graduating high school seniors falling for one ... Read More »

Book Review: The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

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Neil Gaiman is not only one of my favorite living authors, but of all authors I know of he is the best audiobook reader of his own work. Upon moving to a new town and getting a card at the local library, I chose his reading of this book as my first borrowing. It lent a spine-tingling chill to my daily driving, and towards the end it made me have to wipe my cheeks and ... Read More »

Book Review: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

The list of good things I could say about Stephanie Perkins’ Anna and the French Kiss is perhaps never-ending. A story focused almost entirely on young romantic love, it’ll make your toes squirm with giddiness and your heart melt with all those dastardly warm fuzzies. Beware! Anna is perhaps the only teenager on the planet who’s angry about moving to France for her senior year of high school, and it’s not just anywhere in France, ... Read More »

Book Review: The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

Maureen Johnson delivers again with yet another fun, edgy, and thoroughly enjoyable read. The Name of the Star, the first book in the Shades of London series, will have you diving right in for more! Rory has sort of hit the lottery as much as any high school student can. Her parents are taking some time off from their Louisiana jobs to uproot the family for a year… to London! When Rory enrolls at her ... Read More »

Book Review: Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

I’ve been waiting for several months now to hit a book that fully captures the spirit and magic of Young Adult Fantasy/Romance. I think Cruel Beauty may be it. It’s delectable, sexy, and passionate, aka everything you want to read in this genre. Here’s why! Nyx’s dad kind of sucks. He’s made a bargain so that Nyx has to marry the prince of their world when she turns 17, a prince who just happens to ... Read More »

Book Review: The Maze Runner by James Dashner

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When Thomas wakes up inside a metal box, he remembers nothing about his former life except his first name. Then the box opens, and he becomes the latest in a series of monthly arrivals in a boys’ camp from hell. The teens live in a Glade at the center of a huge maze. Some of them have been there up to two years. No one has ever found a way out. The walls move during ... Read More »

Robbie Reviews “The Enchantress Returns” by Chris Colfer

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Collection spells are not just for debt collectors who want to put the hoodoo on a delinquent customer. In Chris Colfer’s Land of Stories series, they are the framework for a quest-like adventure through a magic world teeming with fairy-tale heroes and villains. The first book, The Wishing Spell, was all about a shopping list of magical items that twins Alex and Conner Bailey needed to assemble in order to get home to the “Other ... Read More »

Book Review: Sky Raiders by Brandon Mull

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When Cole and his sixth-grader friends troop down the basement steps to view a spooky, Halloween house of horrors, they’re more worried about whether they’re too old to go trick-or-treating than about being kidnapped. But the basement is already nearly full of caged kids waiting to be forced down a ladder in the floor. Cole manages to hide until everybody has gone down the hole, wondering how anyone could think of getting away with kidnapping ... Read More »