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Fallen (Fallen, #1)
If FALLEN is the future of YA supernatural fiction, then I fear for this genre. FALLEN is painfully dull and slow, with very little besides the concep...more
Nov 16, 2009
Jul 15, 2009
ASH is one of those books that I read slowly, savoring each beautifully crafted line, running the words and imagery through my head until they became...more
Jul 28, 2009
Apr 29, 2009
Eyes Like Stars (Théâtre Illuminata, #1)
At first I thought, wow, Bertie is really immature for a 17-year-old. Then I thought, her four constant fairy companions are annoying. And then, befor...more
Jun 09, 2009
May 05, 2009
Hate List
HATE LIST has to be breaking new grounds in YA fiction: has there ever been a book about such a difficult subject? It is uncomfortable, heartbreaking…...more
Sep 09, 2009
May 06, 2009
Soulless (Parasol Protectorate, #1)
I am a HUGE fan of well-executed Austenian wit and satisfying paranormal romances—in fact, I go almost positively fangirl over those aspects—but I’ve...more
Dec 27, 2009
Jun 10, 2009
Hush, Hush (Hush, Hush, #1)
Look out, Edward—dark, dangerous, and sexy has a new name, and that name is Patch. Becca Fitzpatrick writes a forbidden romance that’s so delicious, s...more
Jul 12, 2009
May 26, 2009
Radiant Darkness
Teenage goddess Persephone lives in the loveliest vale created especially for her by her mother, Demeter, to protect her from the influences of men. B...more
Mar 18, 2009
Mar 05, 2009
Psych Major Syndrome
PSYCH MAJOR SYNDROME is an absolutely winsome novel, easily one of the sweetest reads this year. It’s the literary equivalent of pictures of cute kitt...more
Sep 11, 2009
Jun 21, 2009
What I Saw and How I Lied
After her stepfather Joe returns home from serving in the Second World War, 15-year-old Evie Spooner believes that things can now return to normal. No...more
Jan 30, 2009
Jun 04, 2009
The Dust of 100 Dogs
THE DUST OF 100 DOGS has a frightfully original concept that takes a while to get into, but once you do, look out! You will get caught up in Saffron a...more
May 07, 2009
May 06, 2009
Bad Girls Don't Die (Bad Girls Don't Die, #1)
Be forewarned: don’t read BAD GIRLS DON’T DIE at night, or you will feel the goosebumps on the back of your neck long after you reluctantly put the bo...more
Apr 14, 2009
Apr 06, 2009
Swim the Fly (Swim the Fly, #1)
Every summer since they were little, Matt Gratton and his two best friends, Coop and Sean, have set goals for themselves. This year, it’s to see a rea...more
Mar 27, 2009
Mar 17, 2009
Spell Hunter (Faery Rebels, #1)
The world of FAERY REBELS is instantly engaging, a space filled with danger, betrayal, creativity, and hope. Knife is a fantastic character, a young f...more
Apr 11, 2009
Mar 19, 2009
The Sweetheart of Prosper County
I’m always on the lookout for books featuring farm, rural, small-town, or Southern fresh-faced girls, but THE SWEETHEART OF PROSPER COUNTY blows the c...more
Aug 18, 2009
Aug 02, 2009
Silver Phoenix (Kingdom of Xia, #1)
SILVER PHOENIX is first and foremost a nonstop tale of fantastical adventure. Demons and mythical places pop out of the pages nonstop, and so there is...more
Apr 18, 2009
Mar 19, 2009
David Inside Out
DAVID INSIDE OUT is a quiet but powerful read about the complexities of coming out in a wary society. Details are sparse, and while the simplistic nar...more
Aug 10, 2009
Jul 14, 2009
Prophecy of the Sisters (Prophecy of the Sisters, #1)
PROPHECY OF THE SISTERS begins a trilogy that speaks of olden times, musty secrets, and shadowy danger everywhere you turn. Michelle Zink sets the moo...more
Jul 04, 2009
May 29, 2009
If you want a heartening, fun tale of true love set outside of the usual fairy tale setting, BREATHING is for you. From start to finish Cheryl Renee H...more
Jun 21, 2009
May 14, 2009
INITIATION reminds me very much of Curtis Sittenfeld’s PREP: middle-class outsider attends a prestigious high school, witnesses with shock the lawless...more
Jul 23, 2009
Jun 10, 2009
The Demon's Lexicon (The Demon's Lexicon, #1)
THE DEMON’S LEXICON starts off with a bang, and the action and excitement—and my love for the characters—just keeps building from there. It is a uniqu...more
Jul 28, 2009
May 21, 2009
My Invented Life
MY INVENTED LIFE is a spunky and witty GLBTQ book that deals with the fluidity of sexual identity, and the complexities of placing labels on people. T...more
Sep 27, 2009
Aug 21, 2009
When the Whistle Blows
If you like historical fiction coming-of-age vignettes, you can’t do any better than Fran Cannon Slayton’s debut, WHEN THE WHISTLE BLOWS. While it’s n...more
Nov 10, 2009
Sep 04, 2009
Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles, #1)
BEAUTIFUL CREATURES seems poised to be the next big thing in YA literature. It’s got all the right elements: eclectic characters, villains, magic, and...more
Nov 12, 2009
May 09, 2009
This Is What I Want to Tell You
THIS IS WHAT I WANT TO TELL YOU was a so-so attempt at expressing the significance of a particular period in life for three friends. What it fails to...more
Aug 25, 2009
May 03, 2009
As You Wish
Sounds like the synopsis for the next Disney movie, right? Maybe—but it’s one that would appeal to both the children AND the parents. AS YOU WISH took...more
Aug 04, 2009
May 29, 2009
Wings (Wings, #1)
What a disappointment. WINGS garners attention as being similar to Twilight, but let’s just say that the over-hyped vampire series is still a lot more...more
Jul 2009
May 02, 2009
Pam Bachorz takes a great concept and spins it into a suspenseful and engrossing story. CANDOR is brutal, frightening, and altogether unique.

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Aug 03, 2009
May 29, 2009
Nothing Like You
NOTHING LIKE YOU, Lauren Strasnick’s debut novel, is relatively short, but packs one heck of a punch between its covers. It is a powerful read that wi...more
Aug 24, 2010
Jul 14, 2009
Prada & Prejudice
Prada and Prejudice was a cute, fast, but ultimately forgettable chick lit wish fulfillment read that will satisfy readers looking for just that, thou...more
Jun 05, 2010
Jun 03, 2009
Lipstick Apology
The premise of LIPSTICK APOLOGY promises mystery, love, and acceptance—but it is in fact just a typical story of a girl torn between two guys, with a...more
Aug 25, 2009
May 01, 2009
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