A Jigsaw of Fire and Stars by Yaba Badoe – Book Review

Title: A Jigsaw of Fire and Stars Author: Yaba Badoe Genre/Themes: Magical Realism, Fantasy, Young Adult, Refugee Blurb from Goodreads Fourteen-year-old Sante isn’t sure where she comes from, but she has a recurring dream of escaping a shipwreck in a sea chest as a baby with her lifelong companion, golden eagle Priss. In the chest … Continue reading A Jigsaw of Fire and Stars by Yaba Badoe – Book Review

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert – Book Review

Title: The Hazel Wood Series: The Hazel Wood #1 Author: Melissa Albert Genre/Themes: Fairytales, Young Adult, Fantasy Blurb from Goodreads Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice's life on the road, always a step ahead of the strange bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice's grandmother, the reclusive author of … Continue reading The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert – Book Review

The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp – Book Review

Title: The Spectacular Now Author: Tim Tharp Genre: YA contemporary, Coming of Age Sutter Keely. He's the guy you want at your party. He’ll get everyone dancing. He’ ll get everyone in your parents’ pool. Okay, so he’s not exactly a shining academic star. He has no plans for college and will probably end up … Continue reading The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp – Book Review

Girl on the Verge by Pintip Dunn – Book Review

Title: Girl on the Verge Author: Pintip Dunn Genre/Themes: Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller Blurb from Goodreads How far would you go to belong? In her small Kansas town, at her predominantly white school, Kanchana doesn’t look like anyone else. But at home, her Thai grandmother chides her for being too westernized. Only through the clothing … Continue reading Girl on the Verge by Pintip Dunn – Book Review

Me and Me by Alice Kuipers – Book Review

Title: Me and Me Author: Alice Kuipers Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Contemporary, Magical Realism, Domestic Abuse, Sexual Peer Pressure Blurb from Goodreads It's a perfect day for Lark's dream date with Alec from school. Blue skies, clear water, a canoe on the lake. Alec even brought flowers for Lark's birthday. Everything is just right ... … Continue reading Me and Me by Alice Kuipers – Book Review

Alex Approximately by Jenn Bennett – Book Review

Title: Alex Approximately Author: Jenn Bennett Genre/Themes: Young Adult, Cute Romance, Secret Identities Blurb from Goodreads Classic movie buff Bailey “Mink” Rydell has spent months crushing on a witty film geek she only knows online by “Alex.” Two coasts separate the teens until Bailey moves in with her dad, who lives in the same California … Continue reading Alex Approximately by Jenn Bennett – Book Review

Night Owls by Jenn Bennett – Book Review

Title: Night Owls Alternative Title: The Anatomical Shape of a Heart Author: Jenn Bennett Genre/Themes: Young Adult, Romance, Family Dynamics Blurb from Goodreads Beatrix Adams knows exactly how she’s spending the summer before her senior year. Determined to follow in Da Vinci’s footsteps, she’s ready to tackle the one thing that will give her an … Continue reading Night Owls by Jenn Bennett – Book Review

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater – Book Review

Title: The Scorpio Races Author: Maggie Stiefvater Genre/Themes: Young Adult, Mythology, Fantasy, Paranormal Blurb from Goodreads Some race to win. Others race to survive. It happens at the start of every November: the Scorpio Races. Riders attempt to keep hold of their water horses long enough to make it to the finish line. Some riders … Continue reading The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater – Book Review

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas – Book Review

Title: The Hate U Give Series: The Hate U Give #1 Author: Angie Thomas Genre/Themes: YA Contemporary, USA, Black Lives Matter, Racism, Police Brutality, Unlawful Killings, High School Blurb from Goodreads "What's the point of having a voice if you're gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn't be?" Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: … Continue reading The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas – Book Review

Aristotle and Dante Dive into the Waters of the World by Benjamin Alire Sáenz – Book Review

Title: Aristotle and Dante Dive into the Waters of the World (eARC) Series: Aristotle and Dante #2 Author: Benjamin Alire Sáenz Genre/Themes: YA Coming of Age, Historical Fiction (1980s set), LGBTQ+, First Love, HIV and AIDS, Homophobia, Racism, Grief Blurb from Goodreads In Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, two boys in … Continue reading Aristotle and Dante Dive into the Waters of the World by Benjamin Alire Sáenz – Book Review

The Butterfly Shell by Maureen White – Book Review

Book Title: The Butterfly Shell Author: Maureen White Genre/Themes: Contemporary Junior YA, Mental Health, Bullying, Self Harm Blurb from Goodreads There are some things about me you should know.1. I always wear my butterfly shell - even when I’m swimming or sleeping2. I don’t cut myself anymore3. I believe in ghosts. It's the beginning of … Continue reading The Butterfly Shell by Maureen White – Book Review

We Are Inevitable by Gayle Forman – Book Review

Title: We Are Inevitable (review copy) Author: Gayle Forman Genre/Themes: Contemporary YA, Substance abuse, Mental Health, Depression, Anxiety Blurb from Goodreads 'I got this whole-body feeling . . . it was like a message from future me to present me, telling me that in some way we weren’t just bound to happen, that we had, … Continue reading We Are Inevitable by Gayle Forman – Book Review