Book Review: Falling into Place by Amy Zhang

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Falling into Place Amy Zhang YA Contemporary Published: 2014

From Goodreads: On the day Liz Emerson tries to die, they had reviewed Newton’s laws of motion in physics class. Then, after school, she put them into practice by running her Mercedes off the road. 

A beautifully written and haunting story of […]

Book Review: Damsel Distressed by Kelsey Macke

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Damsel Distressed Kelsey Macke Published: Oct. 2014 Young Adult Contemporary

I want to hug this book. Many writer friends gushed over Damsel Distressed, and now I understand. I’m surprised, even if I shouldn’t be based on the tastes of those friends, at how this Cinderella send-up is so emotionally resonating. That was […]

Book Review: Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee

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Under a Painted Sky Stacey Lee YA Historical Published: March 17, 2015

I’m so excited to share a review of this book, which releases today! I got to know Stacey through the Pitch Wars blog contest last year, and was lucky enough to get passed an early copy of the book. I […]

Book Review: First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen

First Frost Sarah Addison Allen Published: January 2015 Contemporary Fiction/Magical Realism

This is one of those authors who I discovered about a year ago and subsequently went on a mad dash to read all her books. First Frost is the first of her books to continue on with characters from a previous book–Garden Spells. […]

Book Review: I’m Glad I Did by Cynthia Weil

I’m Glad I Did Cynthia Weil YA Contemporary 1960s Published: January 2015

This is a great read for younger teens or tweens ready to “read up.” Set in 1963 in the music industry, 16-year-old burgeoning songwriter JJ struggles to find her place within her family and among the cultural shifts of the civil rights era. […]

Book Review: Breathe, Annie, Breathe by Miranda Keanneally

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Breathe, Annie, Breathe Miranda Keanneally YA Contemporary Published: July 2014

I gave this book 5 stars on Goodreads. From page one, Annie has a goal: complete training to run a marathon in the fall. The marathon her boyfriend was supposed to run before he suddenly passed away.

Annie’s journey is not an […]

Book Review: Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography

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Choose Your Own Autobiography Neil Patrick Harris Memoir Published: October 2014

The book is written the second person you since yes–this is your adventure, and you get to choose how you partake in the life and times of actor Neil Patrick Harris. A clever concept.

I started out reading this with […]

Book Review: Rites of Passage by Joy Hensley

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Rites of Passage  Joy Hensley YA Contemporary Published: Sept. 2014

From page 1, I was so into this book. Sam McKenna is part of a handful of girls starting at the all-male military academy, the very first group of girls to do so. Her motivation is being from a military-bred family, […]

Book Review: My True Love Gave to Me, YA holiday anthology

My True Love Gave To Me By: Various YA authors, edited by Stephanie Perkins Young Adult holiday short stories Published: Oct. 2014

I’m wrapping up with this short story collection from a really great selection of YA authors. I’d previously read all but two of the twelve authors in the collection, and there is […]

Book Review: Creed by Trisha Leaver and Lindsay Currie

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Creed By: Trisha Leaver and Lindsay Currie Horror/Thriller Published: November 2014

Creed is the type of book that takes me back to the days of Christopher Pike thrillers. This is a more updated take on the YA thriller, where you will find nary a supernatural being to be found. Just creepy cultists masquerading […]