Book Review: “Thief of Lies” (Library Jumpers #1) by Brenda Drake

Thief of Lies (Library Jumpers #1) by Brenda Drake (2016) Genre: YA, Fantasy, Fiction Page Length: 378 pages (hardcover edition) Synopsis: Gia Kearns would rather fight with boys than kiss them. That is, until Arik, a leather-clad hottie in the Boston Athenaeum, suddenly disappears. While examining the book of world libraries he abandoned, Gia unwittingly speaks the key […]

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Book Review: “The Fifth Petal” by Brunonia Barry

“The Fifth Petal” by Brunonia Barry (2017) Genre: Mystery, Fiction, Thriller Page Length: 448 pages (electronic review copy) Synopsis: When a teenage boy dies suspiciously on Halloween night, Salem’s chief of police, John Rafferty wonders if there is a connection between his death and Salem’s most notorious cold case, a triple homicide dubbed “The Goddess […]

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Book Review: “The Way to Game the Walk of Shame” by Jenn P. Nguyen

The Way to Game the Walk of Shame by Jenn P. Nguyen Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance, Fiction Page Length: 306 pages (paperback edition) Synopsis: Taylor Simmons is screwed. Things were hard enough when her single-minded dedication to her studies earned her the reputation of being an Ice Queen, but after getting drunk at a party and waking up next […]

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Book Review: “Just in Case the Raindrops Fall” by Marriel Harrison

“Just in Case the Raindrops Fall” by Marriel Harrison (2017) Genre: Fiction, Contemporary, Romance Page Length: (paperback edition) Synopsis:  Five friends find themselves tangled in a web of deceit when a longtime infatuation grows into a forbidden mid-season romance. Cedric Johnson, the outspoken, sometimes arrogant member of a group of friends, oversteps the boundaries of friendship when […]

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Book Review: “Penance” by Kanae Minato

Penance by Kanae Minato (2017) Genre: Mystery, Fiction, Thriller Page Length: 240 pages (paperback edition) Synopsis: The tense, chilling story of four women haunted by a childhood trauma. When they were children, Sae, Maki, Akiko and Yuko were tricked into separating from their friend Emily by a mysterious stranger. Then the unthinkable occurs: Emily is found […]

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Book Review: “Juliet Takes A Breath” by Gabby Rivera

Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera (2016) Genre: LGBT, YA, Fiction, Contemporary Page Length: 276 pages (paperback edition) Synopsis: Juliet Milagros Palante is leaving the Bronx and headed to Portland, Oregon. She just came out to her family and isn’t sure if her mom will ever speak to her again. But Juliet has a plan, […]

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Book Review: “Amina’s Voice” by Hena Khan

Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan (2017) Genre: Middle Grade, Fiction, Contemporary Page Length: 208 pages (hardcover edition) Synopsis: A Pakistani-American Muslim girl struggles to stay true to her family’s vibrant culture while simultaneously blending in at school after tragedy strikes her community in this sweet and moving middle grade novel from the award-winning author of It’s […]

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Book Review: “Unmentionable: The Victorian Lady’s Guide to Sex, Marriage, and Manners” by Therese O’ Neal

Unmentionable: The Victorian Lady’s Guide to Sex, Marriage, and Manners by Therese O’ Neal (2016) Genre: Non-fiction, History, Humor Page Length: 307 pages (hardcover edition) Synopsis: Have you ever wished you could live in an earlier, more romantic era? Ladies, welcome to the 19th century, where there’s arsenic in your face cream, a pot of cold pee sits […]

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Book Review: “Hope in Nautical Dusk” (Opal Charm #2) by Miri Castor

“Hope in Nautical Dusk” (Opal Charm #2) by Miri Castor (2017) Genre: YA, Fantasy, Fiction Page Length: 422 pages  (electronic review copy) Synopsis: The Gift of Twilight flourishes within Opal Charm as winter descends on Dewdrop. Life was already rough before, but Opal’s got new obstacles to face – getting into high school, bringing her […]

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Book Review: “Lucky Boy” by Shanthi Sekaran

Lucky Boy by Shanthi Sekaran (2017) Genre: Fiction, Contemporary Page Length: 480 pages (electronic review copy) Synopsis: Solimar Castro Valdez is eighteen and dazed with optimism when she embarks on a perilous journey across the US/Mexican border. Weeks later she arrives on her cousin’s doorstep in Berkeley, CA, dazed by first love found then lost, and pregnant. […]

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