Nov 222016
 
Release Day Review: Scythe by Neal Shusterman

Scythe by Neal Shusterman Genre: YA Sci-Fi/Dystopia Publication Date: November 22nd, 2016 Publisher: Simon & Schuster Synopsis from Goodreads: In a world where disease has been eliminated, the only way to die is to be randomly killed (“gleaned”) by professional reapers (“scythes”). Citra and Rowan are teenagers who have been selected to be scythe’s apprentices, and—despite wanting nothing to do with the vocation—they must learn the art of killing and come to understand the necessity of what they do. Only one of them will be chosen as a scythe’s apprentice. And when it becomes clear that the winning apprentice’s first task will be [ Read More of this Review ]

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Nov 182016
 
A Year of Sarah Dessen | That Summer

That Summer by Sarah Dessen Genre: Young Adult Publication Date: June 1st, 1998 Synopsis from Goodreads: The more things change… As far as Haven is concerned, there’s just too much going on. Everything is changing, and she’s not sure where she fits in. Then her sister’s old boyfriend shows up, sparking memories of the summer when they were all happy and everything was perfect… But along the way, Haven realizes that sometimes change is a good thing. Angie’s Review – DNF – No Rating I can’t finish this one. I tried, I really did, but I can’t do it. I almost [ Read More of this Review ]

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Nov 142016
 
New Release Review: Replica by Lauren Oliver

Replica by Lauren Oliver Series: Replica #1 Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction Release Date: Oct 4, 2016 Audiobook Narrated by Sarah Drew & Erin Spencer Two girls, two stories, one epic novel. Lyra’s story begins in the Haven Institute, a building tucked away on a private island off the coast of Florida that from a distance looks serene and even beautiful. But up close the locked doors, military guards, and biohazard suits tell a different story. In truth, Haven is a clandestine research facility where thousands of replicas, or human models, are born, raised, and observed. When a surprise attack [ Read More of this Review ]

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Nov 112016
 
Review: Love, Lucas by Chantele Sedgwick

Genre: Young Adult – Contemporary Romance Publication Date: May 5th, 2015 Publisher: Sky Pony Press Source: Reviewer Purchase Synopsis from Goodreads: When Oakley Nelson loses her older brother, Lucas, to cancer, she thinks she’ll never recover. Between her parents’ arguing and the battle she’s fighting with depression, she feels nothing inside but a hollow emptiness. When Mom suggests they spend a few months in California with Aunt Jo, Oakley isn’t sure a change of scenery will alter anything, but she’s willing to give it a try.In California, Oakley discovers a sort of safety and freedom in Aunt Jo’s beach house. [ Read More of this Review ]

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Nov 042016
 
Early Review: Junior Hero Blues by J.K. Pendragon

Junior Hero Blues by J.K. Pendragon Genre: YA LGBT Romance Publication Date: November 7th, 2016 Publisher: Triton Books Synopsis from Goodreads: Last year, Javier Medina was your average socially awkward gay high schooler with a chip on his shoulder. This year, he’s . . . well, pretty much the same, but with bonus superpowers, a costume with an ab window to show off his new goods, and a secret identity as the high-flying, wise-cracking superhero Blue Spark. But being a Junior Hero means that Javier gets all the responsibility and none of the cool gadgets. It’s hard enough working for the Legion of [ Read More of this Review ]

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Nov 012016
 
Release Day Review: The Romantics by Leah Konen

The Romantics by Lean Konen Genre: YA Romance Publication Date: November 1st, 2016 Publisher: Amulet Books Synopsis from Goodreads: Perfect for fans of Lauren Myracle and Rainbow Rowell, The Romantics will charm readers of all ages. Gael Brennan is about to have his heart broken when his first big relationship crumbles on the heels of his parents’ painful separation. Love intervenes with the intention of setting things right—but she doesn’t anticipate the intrusion of her dreaded nemesis: the Rebound. Love’s plans for Gael are sidetracked by Cara, Gael’s hot-sauce-wielding “dream girl.” The more Love meddles, the further Gael drifts from the one [ Read More of this Review ]

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Oct 202016
 
A Year of Sarah Dessen | Along for the Ride

Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen Genre: Young Adult Publication Date: June 16th, 2009 Synopsis from Goodreads:  It’s been so long since Auden slept at night. Ever since her parents’ divorce—or since the fighting started. Now she has the chance to spend a carefree summer with her dad and his new family in the charming beach town where they live. A job in a clothes boutique introduces Auden to the world of girls: their talk, their friendship, their crushes. She missed out on all that, too busy being the perfect daughter to her demanding mother. Then she meets Eli, an [ Read More of this Review ]

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Oct 072016
 
Early Review: The Delphi Effect by Rysa Walker

The Delphi Effect by Rysa Walker The Delphi Trilogy #1 Genre: YA Paranormal Publication Date: October 11th, 2016 Publisher: Skyscape Synopsis from Goodreads: It’s never wise to talk to strangers…and that goes double when they’re dead. Unfortunately, seventeen-year-old Anna Morgan has no choice. Resting on a park bench, touching the turnstile at the Metro station—she never knows where she’ll encounter a ghost. These mental hitchhikers are the reason Anna has been tossed from one foster home and psychiatric institution to the next for most of her life. When a chance touch leads her to pick up the insistent spirit of a girl [ Read More of this Review ]

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Oct 052016
 
Review: The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy Publication Date: September 13, 2016 Publisher: Scholastic Press Source – Reviewer Purchase Synopsis from Goodreads Nadia lives in the city of Canaan, where life is safe and structured, hemmed in by white stone walls and no memory of what came before. But every twelve years the city descends into the bloody chaos of the Forgetting, a day of no remorse, when each person’s memories – of parents, children, love, life, and self – are lost. Unless they have been written. In Canaan, your book is your truth and your identity, and Nadia knows exactly who hasn’t written the [ Read More of this Review ]

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Sep 292016
 
A Year of Sarah Dessen | Keeping the Moon

Here I am keeping the momentum going with my latest Sarah Dessen read. As usual, she leaves me reflecting on and longing for those days from way back! Keeping the Moon by Sarah Dessen Genre: Young Adult Publication Date: September 1st, 1999 Synopsis from Goodreads:  While her mother, aerobics queen Kiki Sparks, spends the summer touring Europe, fifteen-year-old Colie Sparks is stuck in sleepy Colby, North Carolina. But she’s not complaining. For one thing, her Aunt Mira is a sweet, laid-back eccentric; for another, no one knows that back home in Charlotte Colie is seen as a formerly-fat “golf-course slut,” [ Read More of this Review ]

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Sep 192016
 
New Release Review: Diplomatic Immunity by Brodi Ashton

New Release Review: Diplomatic Immunity by Brodi Ashton Release Date: September 6, 2016 Book provided by Edelweiss and Balzer + Bray Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Synopsis from Goodreads: Aspiring reporter Piper Baird decides to write a scathing exposé on the overprivileged students at an elite Washington, DC, school, only for her life to change when she begins to fall for the story’s main subject, in this new realistic contemporary romance from Brodi Ashton, the author of the Everneath trilogy.Raucous parties, privileged attitudes, underage drinking, and diplomatic immunity…it’s all part of student life on Embassy Row. Piper Baird has always dreamed [ Read More of this Review ]

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Sep 092016
 
Review: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becki Albertalli Genre: YA Contemporary LGBT Publication Date: April 7th, 2015 Publisher: Balzer + Bray Synopsis from Goodreads: Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised. With some messy [ Read More of this Review ]

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Sep 062016
 
New Release Review: All We Have Left by Wendy Mills

All We Have Left by Wendy Mills Genre: YA Contemporary (with a dash of Historical) Publication Date: August 9th, 2016 Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens Synopsis from Goodreads: A haunting and heart-wrenching story of two girls, two time periods, and the one event that changed their lives—and the world—forever. Now: Sixteen-year-old Jesse is used to living with the echoes of the past. Her older brother died in the September 11th attacks, and her dad has filled their home with anger and grief. When Jesse gets caught up with the wrong crowd, one momentary hate-fueled decision turns her life upside down. The [ Read More of this Review ]

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Aug 262016
 
A Year of Sarah Dessen | This Lullaby

I am halfway through my ‘A Year of Sarah Dessen,’ and I have to say, this was a great place to start to make sure I get at least one YA read in a month. While I don’t always like everything about her books, I feel like the things I don’t care for are intentional on her part. She has made me rethink my ratings more than once over these six months. I’ve discovered some fantastic books with this feature, and I’m excited to see what the next half of the year of Sarah Dessen brings! This Lullaby by Sarah [ Read More of this Review ]

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Jul 212016
 
New Release Review: Paper & Fire by Rachel Caine

New Release Review: Paper & Fire by Rachel Caine Release Date: July 5, 2016 Genre: Young Adult, Steampunk, Fantasy Book 2 in The Great Library Book provided by: NetGalley and NAL Synopsis from Goodreads:Ink and Bone introduced a world where knowledge is power, and power corrupts absolutely. Now, the story of those who dare to defy the Great Library—and rewrite history—continues. . . .With an iron fist, The Great Library controls the knowledge of the world, ruthlessly stamping out all rebellion, forbidding the personal ownership of books in the name of the greater good.Jess Brightwell has survived his introduction to [ Read More of this Review ]

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Jul 142016
 
A Year of Sarah Dessen | Dreamland

I’m still going strong with my Sarah Dessen reads! This month continues with Dreamland. While this book wasn’t able to capture me the way previous ones were, it was a decent read and hasn’t hindered my excitement for my next book from the author! Dreamland by Sarah Dessen Genre: Young Adult Publication Date: May 11th, 2004 Synopsis from Goodreads:  Wake up, Caitlin Ever since she started going out with Rogerson Biscoe, Caitlin seems to have fallen into a semiconscious dreamland where nothing is quite real. Rogerson is different from anyone Caitlin has ever known. He’s magnetic. He’s compelling. He’s dangerous. [ Read More of this Review ]

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Jul 112016
 
AH's Mini Reviews

It’s summertime up here in the Great White North and when you live in a wintry climate, you learn to embrace summer and enjoy every precious moment of warmth and sunshine. I never complain when it’s hot and humid – I head out to my outdoor deck, lemonade (or glass of wine) in hand, and my Kobo in the other. Here’s some of my picks for a light summer read: Pick #1 Cream of the Crop by Alice Clayton Series: Hudson Valley #2 (can be read as a standalone book) Genre: Contemporary Romance, humor Release date: July 12, 2016 All [ Read More of this Review ]

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Jul 042016
 
Early Review: Defending Taylor by Miranda Kenneally

Defending Taylor by Miranda Kenneally Genre: YA Contemporary/Sports Romance Publication Date: July 5th, 2016 Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire   Synopsis from Goodreads: Captain of the soccer team, president of the Debate Club, contender for valedictorian: Taylor’s always pushed herself to be perfect. After all, that’s what is expected of a senator’s daughter. But one impulsive decision—one lie to cover for her boyfriend—and Taylor’s kicked out of private school. Everything she’s worked so hard for is gone, and now she’s starting over at Hundred Oaks High. Soccer has always been Taylor’s escape from the pressures of school and family, but it’s hard [ Read More of this Review ]

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Jun 292016
 
New Release Review: The Way to Game the Walk of Shame by Jenn P. Nguyen

The Way to Game the Walk of Shame by Jenn P. Nguyen Genre: Young Adult Publication Date: June 7th, 2016 ARC Provided by Netgalley and Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group Synopsis from Goodreads: Taylor Simmons is screwed. Things were hard enough when her single-minded dedication to her studies earned her the reputation of being an Ice Queen, but after getting drunk at a party and waking up next to bad boy surfer Evan McKinley, the entire school seems intent on tearing Taylor down with mockery and gossip. Desperate to salvage her reputation, Taylor persuades Evan to pretend they’re in a serious romantic [ Read More of this Review ]

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Jun 172016
 
A Year of Sarah Dessen | The Truth About Forever

So far I’ve had a great experience with Sarah Dessen books. The Truth About Forever really upped the ante. I just can’t help but wonder what took me so long to dive into the Young Adult genre. The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen Genre: Young Adult Publication Date: May 11th, 2004 Synopsis from Goodreads: A long, hot summer… That’s what Macy has to look forward to while her boyfriend, Jason, is away at Brain Camp. Days will be spent at a boring job in the library, evenings will be filled with vocabulary drills for the SATs, and spare time will be passed [ Read More of this Review ]

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