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Gabi, a Girl in Pieces
it was amazing
What's not to love about GABI, A GIRL IN PIECES? Not much that I can think of. This new book by Isabel Quintero is sassy, funny, heart-felt, heartbrea ...more
Aug 23, 2014
Jun 10, 2014
The Art of Secrets
it was amazing
I’ve never read a book quite like THE ART OF SECRETS by James Klise. Told in multiple perspectives, almost entirely in the form of discourse and conve ...more
Apr 26, 2014
Oct 07, 2013
Pills and Starships
really liked it
I suppose we've all glimpsed a future -- either in fiction or in our imaginations -- in which the Earth is completely destroyed. That is not a new sto ...more
Jun 15, 2014
Mar 12, 2014
Dirty Little Secrets
really liked it
I'll admit it -- I'm obsessed with the show Hoarders. I think part of me is always afraid that my pack-ratty-ness make me susceptible to that extreme. ...more
Jan 25, 2010
Jan 15, 2010
Two Girls Staring at the Ceiling
really liked it
I've long been a fan of novels in verse, and this new verse novel by Lucy Frank comes with a twist. TWO GIRLS STARING AT THE CEILING is the story of C ...more
Aug 18, 2014
Aug 11, 2014
Kiss the Morning Star
it was amazing
I love a good road trip book. KISS THE MORNING STAR, a debut novel from Elissa Janine Hoole is just that -- a road trip book, heavily influenced by Ja ...more
Mar 25, 2012
Jan 10, 2012
A Guide for the Practical Abductee
it was amazing
I'm the author, so I might be biased, but I think this book is great. :)
not set
Apr 27, 2014
Say What You Will
it was amazing
You know how every year there's that one contemporary YA that no one will shut up about and sometimes you've already read it and you're like "Hell yea ...more
Jun 30, 2014
Jan 21, 2014
There Is No Dog
it was amazing
Let me start by saying that I haven’t wanted to like, marry, a book this much in years.

Seriously, THERE IS NO DOG is actually that good. You will want
Feb 27, 2012
Oct 10, 2011
Undiscovered Gyrl
it was amazing
I was sucked into this voyeuristic mess from page one. Katie Kampenfelt is seventeen, and already everthing our mothers warned us about. Her blog chro ...more
May 16, 2009
Aug 26, 2009
No One Else Can Have You (No One Else Can Have You #1)
it was amazing
I often tell aspiring writers that you can't teach voice. You have it or you don't, and hopefully if you need it you'll find it. Kathleen Hale has it. ...more
Jan 14, 2014
Jul 12, 2013
School Spirit (Suddenly Supernatural #1)
liked it
Seventh grade is hard enough, but when you're already struggling to find your niche in the popular crowd, it certainly doesn't ...more
Jul 26, 2008
Aug 26, 2009
Purple Daze
it was amazing
So if you’re a regular reader of my blog you know that I’m not the world’s biggest historical fiction fan. That said, I have a big love for near histo ...more
Mar 22, 2011
Mar 14, 2011
Ward Against Death (Chronicles of a Reluctant Necromancer, #1)
it was amazing
The first thing I noticed about Melanie Card‘s novel is how completely ensconced the reader is in the world. It isn’t that the author bogs down the na ...more
Sep 2011
Aug 21, 2011
There Is No Long Distance Now
it was amazing
I sometimes wonder if we're forgetting the art of the short story. While I love a good short story collection, I certainly don't read enough of them. ...more
Dec 23, 2011
May 10, 2011
Waiting to Forget
liked it
It's the lyrical nature of Sheila Kelly Welch's writing that kept me engaged throughout my reading of WAITING TO FORGET. I found this title hard to ca ...more
Oct 30, 2011
Oct 17, 2011
Dead River
really liked it
What's not to love about a good, old-fashioned ghost story? DEAD RIVER by Cyn Balog is certainly spooky, with a protagonist seeing ghosts (and not sur ...more
Apr 23, 2013
Mar 05, 2013
A Map of Home
it was amazing
Nidali has an American passport, since she was born in Boston. Her Mama is Egyptian and Greek, her father is Palestinian, making Nidali "half-and-half ...more
Aug 19, 2008
Aug 26, 2009
I Love I Hate I Miss My Sister
it was amazing
Sometimes a book comes along that punches you in the gut. This is one of those books. I LOVE I HATE I MISS MY SISTER by French author Amélie Sarn has ...more
Aug 16, 2014
Aug 11, 2014
Where the Rock Splits the Sky
really liked it
Space Western? Sort of. The latest from Philip Webb, WHERE THE ROCK SPLITS THE SKY, takes place in a very foreign post-apocalyptic world here on Earth ...more
Mar 19, 2014
Feb 03, 2014
The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender
it was amazing
So. I recently read this incredible book called THE STRANGE AND BEAUTIFUL SORROWS OF AVA LAVENDER by Leslye Walton. It's taken me a while to figure ou ...more
Apr 06, 2014
Sep 20, 2013
The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone
it was amazing
I've never read a book like THE UNFINISHED LIFE OF ADDISON STONE. And I've read many other books by the author, Adele Griffin, who, by the way, is ama ...more
Aug 14, 2014
Jul 30, 2014
Masque of the Red Death (Masque of the Red Death, #1)
it was amazing
In a post-apocalyptic future, the divide between the rich and the poor is not only extreme but also visible. The wealthy can afford to go out and part ...more
May 18, 2012
Apr 20, 2012
Sister Wife
really liked it
While polygamy and religious fundamentalism are hot topics for fiction right now, Sister Wife steps outside the box to present the truly compelling st ...more
Jan 20, 2009
Aug 26, 2009
Tin Star (Tin Star, #1)
it was amazing
TIN STAR is everything that YA hard sci fi has been missing. And I didn't realize it was missing until after I read this new title from Cecil Castellu ...more
Feb 20, 2014
Oct 07, 2013
The Merciless
really liked it
It's not every day that I pick up a book that makes me squirm. I have a pretty tough stomach for creepiness and violence and all that good stuff. I lo ...more
Aug 07, 2014
Mar 04, 2014
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
really liked it
Katniss Everdeen has grown up in extreme poverty. District 12 is a coal-mining community in which wealth is rarely seen, and Katniss lives in an area ...more
Aug 16, 2008
Aug 26, 2009
Like No Other
it was amazing
Is it the worst ever if I say that LIKE NO OTHER by Una LaMarche is like no other? I loved this book in an ELEANOR AND PARK kind of way. The authentic ...more
Jul 04, 2014
Mar 04, 2014
Triple Ripple: A Fabulous Fairytale
really liked it
I’m hard pressed to say that a novel I’ve read is one-of-a-kind. There’s a lot of books out there, everything’s been done, and most authors are strivi ...more
Dec 21, 2011
Oct 21, 2011
King of Ithaka
really liked it
Okay. I need to start by saying that I’m a complete and total classics nerd. I have a degree in classical studies, I’ve read countless papers on class ...more
Nov 30, 2010
Nov 17, 2010
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