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 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: “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: “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: “Dear Killer” by Katherine Ewell

Dear Killer by Katherine Ewell (2014) Genre: YA, Fiction, Mystery, Thriller Page Length: 362 pages (hardcover edition) Synopsis:  Rule One—Nothing is right, nothing is wrong. Rule Two—Be careful. Rule Three—Fight using your legs whenever possible, because they’re the strongest part of your body. Your arms are the weakest. Rule Four—Hit to kill. The first blow […]

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Book Review: “Outrun The Moon” by Stacey Lee

“Outrun the Moon” by Stacey Lee (2016) Genre: YA, Historical Fiction Page Length: 391 pages (hardcover edition) Synopsis:  San Francisco, 1906: Fifteen-year-old Mercy Wong is determined to break from the poverty in Chinatown, and an education at St. Clare’s School for Girls is her best hope. Although St. Clare’s is off-limits to all but the wealthiest white girls, Mercy […]

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Book Review: “A Shadow Bright and Burning” (Kingdom on Fire #1) by Jessica Clueless

Book Review: “A Shadow Bright and Burning” (Kingdom on Fire #1) by Jessica Clueless (2016) Genre: YA, Fantasy, Fiction Page Length: 416 pages (hardcover edition) Synopsis: Henrietta can burst into flames. Forced to reveal her power to save a friend, she’s shocked when instead of being executed, she’s named the first female sorcerer in hundreds […]

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Book Review: “The Forbidden Orchid” by Sharon Biggs Waller

“The Forbidden Orchid” by Sharon Biggs Waller (2016) Genre: Historical, Fiction, YA Page Length: 392 pages (hardcover edition) Synopsis: Staid, responsible Elodie Buchanan is the eldest of ten sisters living in a small English market town in 1861. The girls barely know their father, a plant hunter usually off adventuring through China. Then disaster strikes: Mr. Buchanan […]

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Book Review: “Beyond Clueless” by Linas Alsenas

“Beyond Clueless” by Linas Alsenas (2015) Genre: YA, Contemporary, Fiction, LGBT Page Length: 256 pages (hardcover edition) Synopsis: Marty Sullivan’s life ends, basically, when her parents enroll her in a private high school. A private, Catholic, girls-only high school. Meanwhile, at their local public school, her best friend, Jimmy, comes out of the closet and […]

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Book Review: “The Reader” (Sea of Ink and Gold #1) by Traci Chee

“The Reader” (Sea of Ink and Gold #1) by Traci Chee (2016) Genre: YA, Fantasy, Adventure Page Length: 442 pages (hardcover edition) Synopsis: Sefia lives her life on the run. After her father is viciously murdered, she flees to the forest with her aunt Nin, the only person left she can trust. They survive in […]

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