Jessamin is an "island rat," because she grew up on the island of Melie, which in turn puts her on a the low end of the social hierarchy totem pole am...moreJessamin is an "island rat," because she grew up on the island of Melie, which in turn puts her on a the low end of the social hierarchy totem pole amongst her Albion boarding school peers. Unlike her peers, Jessamin must work in order to attend boarding school and doesn't really fit in. She meets Finn, an Albion royal, who introduces her to the world of nobility as well as the world of magic. The problem is that Finn has an enemy in the powerful Lord Downpike and he targets Jessamin since she is Finn's romantic interest. Before she knows it, Jessamin finds herself thoroughly involved in this dangerous world and not only does she worry about Finn's safety, but her own as well. Kiersten White's Illusions of Fate is a fun ride involving nobility, magic, strict etiquette, fabulous balls and of course, there's a touch of danger.
Eva lives in a small southern town; she is practically royalty as she is an heiress and set to inherit her family's successful winery. At first glance...moreEva lives in a small southern town; she is practically royalty as she is an heiress and set to inherit her family's successful winery. At first glance, it appears Eva lives the perfect life. She is popular, good looking, has great friends and a boyfriend, Robert, whom everyone loves. However, one night when she is walking home (from being stood up by Robert!) a car swerves and hits her. She nearly dies and is left with broken bones as well as scars all over her face. While she is in the hospital, she comes to discover something else she acquired from the accident: the chilling ability to foresee people's deaths. When other young girls start dying in her sleepy town, she knows that her accident wasn't an "accident" at all. In fact, someone is out to get her and her friends and they have a message for her. One thing Eva knows is that she must stop the killer. Melissa Marr's Made For You is an edge-of-your-seat read and a psychological thriller that had me desperately trying to figure out who the killer is.
Lia's life has been mapped out for her. She is to marry a foreign prince (one whom she has never met before) and in turn, her country, along with her...moreLia's life has been mapped out for her. She is to marry a foreign prince (one whom she has never met before) and in turn, her country, along with her future husband's, will be secure. Lia has no choice in the matter, because she is First Daughter and her world is steeped in tradition. But Lia doesn't want that life. Instead she escapes on the day of her wedding, along with her best friend Pauline, to a seaside village where no one knows her or her past. She obtains a job as a barmaid at a local pub and works in the inn there as well. Two young men enter the pub and Lia has no clue that one man is an assassin who has been sent to kill her and the other is the young prince she abruptly jilted. Things start to get more complicated for Lia, especially when she starts to have feelings for one of the men in The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson.
Serafina is a mermaid who is heir to the realm of Miromara. She is worrying about her performance at her betrothal ceremony; plus, the merman she is p...moreSerafina is a mermaid who is heir to the realm of Miromara. She is worrying about her performance at her betrothal ceremony; plus, the merman she is promised to, Prince Mahdi, isn't acting like himself as there are many rumors of him staying out all night and dating other girls. Serafina is stressed out by all this and to top it off, she keeps have a recurring dream that is extremely ominous. She shrugs it off as nothing but nerves until her mother is attacked and consequently her world is turned upside down. Thankfully, Sera has her best friend, Princess Neela, with her while she is on a journey to figure out who killed her mother and started a massive war. Jennifer Donnelly's Deep Blue, the first book in the Waterfire Saga series, is an imaginative and adorable read for middle grade girls.
Josie isn't your average teenager. She has an extremely high IQ and attends college classes in the morning and regular high school in the afternoon al...moreJosie isn't your average teenager. She has an extremely high IQ and attends college classes in the morning and regular high school in the afternoon along with her best friend and next door neighbor, Stu. Things with Stu are easy. He gets her and understands her "language." You see, Josie loves to study language and sometimes has to translate the language of her peers. Things are going pretty well for Josie until her older sister, Kate, brings home Geoff and tells her family that they are engaged. This sort of announcement would normally be cause for celebration, but Josie can't stand Geoff. She makes it a goal to show Kate that Geoff isn't right for her before she takes the big plunge and actually marries the guy. Geoff makes rude comments to Kate and her family from time to time, so it's no wonder Josie doesn't like him, but Kate's parents urge Josie to just support her and be happy for Kate. Plus, high school forces Josie to examine herself, her friendships, her crushes and by the novel's end, the ultimate question…what is the nature of love? Erin McCahan's Love and Other Foreign Words is a brilliant read and one that reminded of a John Green novel. I absolutely loved it.
Cricket Montgomery is a very privileged seventeen year old. Her father pretty much caters to her every whim and her summer is shaping up to be a memor...moreCricket Montgomery is a very privileged seventeen year old. Her father pretty much caters to her every whim and her summer is shaping up to be a memorable one. She is planning on vacationing on Maui with her best friend. That is until she gets caught throwing a party and her dad has had it with her. Instead of Maui, he is sending her to "Camp I Can" for two weeks and she'll work there as a counselor. "Camp I Can" isn't just any camp; it's a camp for teenagers with special needs and Cricket has little to no experience nor compassion for people with disabilities. Her father is hoping that these two weeks will teach her a lesson and thankfully, Cricket does learn a lesson and one that she'll never forget. Bethany Crandell's debut novel, Summer on the Short Bus, is a hilarious and quick read which focuses on important lessons, such as compassion, empathy and letting prejudices go.
Violet was born into a world where only certain people can have healthy children and at a young age all the girls must be tested to see if they posses...moreViolet was born into a world where only certain people can have healthy children and at a young age all the girls must be tested to see if they possesses this gene. As it turns out, Violet does and is transported off to a holding facility that will train her to use her "talents." She can no longer see her family or friends and she has left them behind in the Marsh, a poor section of the Lone City. Violet is training to be a surrogate for the royalty and they will bid on her at an upcoming auction. But Violet isn't just merely a surrogate; she also has powers or Auguries that allow her to transform things. On the day of the auction, The Duchess of the Lake buys Violet and she is thrusted into the unpredictable world of The Jewel, where the wealthy live in the Lone City. Violet's world at The Jewel is a lonely one except for her friendship with Lucien, who works for the wealthy, and a companion for the niece of the Duchess, Ash. As time progresses, Violet starts to have feelings for Ash, but things are complicated and the consequences are very severe. Plus, she has the dark cloud hanging over. She will eventually become a surrogate for the Duchess. Amy Ewing's debut, The Jewel, has many strong points, but at times seems to be a bit derivative.
Lainey is hoping this summer will be her best one yet, but things take a turn for the worse when her boyfriend, Jason, breaks up with her out of the b...moreLainey is hoping this summer will be her best one yet, but things take a turn for the worse when her boyfriend, Jason, breaks up with her out of the blue at her parents' coffee shop. She is beside herself, because she has no clue why he has done it, so her best friend, Bianca, refer to the book The Art of War by Sun Tzu, which is assigned summer reading. They realize that in order to get him back or "win" this battle, they must take some pages straight from Tzu's playbook. Also, Lainey realizes that she needs a fake boyfriend in order to do this. Who better than her co-worker and resident bad boy, Micah, to play that role? Micah wants to make his ex-girlfriend jealous as well, so they make plans to show up where their exes may be. But what happens when Lainey actually starts to have feelings for Micah, a person who she swears isn't her type? The Art of Lainey by Paula Stokes (a.k.a. Fiona Paul) is a summertime novel that reads like a favorite romantic comedy.
Gemma's on cloud nine planning her summer vacation with her perfect, do-gooder boyfriend, that is until he breaks up with her in Target of all places....moreGemma's on cloud nine planning her summer vacation with her perfect, do-gooder boyfriend, that is until he breaks up with her in Target of all places. Gemma's world is turned upside down and she decides to spend the summer with her dad in the Hamptons. Although this sounds ideal, she is actually pretty nervous about it, because the last time she was there (five years ago), she pretty much ruined her good friend's life, all for what she thought was a good reason at the time. On the train to the Hamptoms, Gemma runs into a cute boy, who happens to be Hallie's brother, Josh. He is headed to the Hamptons as well and Gemma finds Hallie waiting to pick him up at the station. Thankfully, no one recognizes Gemma (thanks to her best friend, Sophie, giving her a post-breakup makeover) and Gemma decides to make things right with Hallie, except there's one small problem. Hallie and Josh both think her name is Sophie due to a small mixup that Gemma didn't rush to correct, obviously. To top it off, a series of unfortunate events occurs to Gemma that she assumes is just bad luck, or is it? Katie Finn's Broken Hearts, Fences and Other Things to Mend has many moments of summertime fun at its best, but it also possesses a dark story of revenge.
After reading Sweet Peril, readers know that Anna has to fulfill her destiny, which isn't an easy task. She must rid the world of demons, along with t...moreAfter reading Sweet Peril, readers know that Anna has to fulfill her destiny, which isn't an easy task. She must rid the world of demons, along with the help of her father, a Duke, and her other Nephilim friends. Also, Anna gets to be with Kaidan for real this time (FINALLY!) and their relationship gets their first major test when he has to start working against her. We know that Kaidan is devoted to her in this book, but he is the son of the Duke of Lust and readers can't help but worry. Plus, Kaidan's father is highly suspicious of Anna and wants to make sure she fulfilled her promise as well as test out what kind of bond Kaidan really has with her. Lastly, there is the epic showdown between Anna and the Dukes. Wendy Higgins's final book in the Sweet trilogy, Sweet Reckoning, is an edge of your seat read that I thoroughly enjoyed.
If you've read Unravel Me, you know that Juliette almost died, but thanks to Warner, she was rescued. She wakes up at Warner's base, but at least she...moreIf you've read Unravel Me, you know that Juliette almost died, but thanks to Warner, she was rescued. She wakes up at Warner's base, but at least she is safe. Warner tells her that Omega Point is decimated and that all of her friends are most likely dead. This obviously shatters Juliette's world. As Juliette spends more time with Warner, she realizes that he isn't the "bad" guy that everyone thinks he is and he explains why he acted the way he did in the past. This also blows Juliette's mind and she starts to let her feelings for Warner come back to the forefront. When Juliette heads back to Omega Point, she finds that there are indeed survivors and they make a plan to take down the Reestablishment. And even though we have heard that before, Juliette is different in this book. She vows to destroy the Reestablishment and we believe her this time. In Tahereh Mafi's Ignite Me, the final book in the Shatter Me trilogy, readers will be thoroughly entertained and fans of Warner will be beside themselves with happiness.
Shannon is teased at school, well, by most people all due to an incident in gym class where she dropped her finger cot on the floor exposing herself t...moreShannon is teased at school, well, by most people all due to an incident in gym class where she dropped her finger cot on the floor exposing herself to school-wide ridicule as they thought it was a mini-condom. However, the finger cot is a tool used in quilting, but she is unable to explain herself and flees the scene. The bullying goes on for years, thanks to the school's resident mean girl, Grace, who nicknames her the Elf Ucker. Things start to change for Shannon though. A reality TV show called From Wannabes to Prom Queens asks her to participate for the chance to not only improve her social standing for her senior year, but also compete for one million dollars. The only thing is she can't reveal this show or the details to her best friend, Marnie, which adds major conflict in her life as her real friends wonder what exactly is going on with her. Laurie Boyle Crompton's The Real Prom Queens of Westfield High is a fun and entertaining glimpse into reality television and the unhealthy risks we take just to fit in.
Emily Shepherd lives in a military town and her father, a veteran, suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder. One night Emily is looking out her win...moreEmily Shepherd lives in a military town and her father, a veteran, suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder. One night Emily is looking out her window into the dark woods and sees her dad carrying what appears to be a dead animal out of the woods; however, upon closer inspection, she realizes that it's not a dead animal, but instead, a dead body. It turns out that it's the corpse of Ashlee Parker, a popular girl from Emily's school. Emily's father is arrested and on trial for murder. To Emily's surprise, he has pleaded guilty. Emily knows her dad is innocent though, because she has a strong suspicion that there were other people in the woods that night. As it turns out, Ashlee's boyfriend, Damon, and his friends were in the woods that night and Damon wakes up hungover with no clue where Ashlee is or what happened to her. Of course, Damon blames Emily's father for Ashlee's death, but Emily knows there is more to this than meets the eye. Lucy Christopher's The Killing Woods is an edge of your seat psychological thriller that kept me flipping the pages late into the night.