Category Archives: YA

Review: Compulsion by Martina Boone

Series: Heirs of Watson Island Hardcover: 448 pages Publisher: Simon Pulse (October 28, 2014) ISBN: 9781481411226 Source: Personal copy After her mother passes away, Barrie Watson is sent to live with her aunt at to her mother’s childhood home at an old South Carolina plantation. Her mother never shared information about her family; a fire on the […]

Review: Sanctum by Madeleine Roux

Series: Asylum Hardcover: 352 pages Publisher: HarperCollins (August 26, 2014) ISBN: 9780062220998 Source: Library Dan, Abby, and Jordan are still traumatized after the summer they spent at New Hampshire College Prep, formerly Brookline asylum.  Despite their attempts to return to their “normal” lives, their experiences still haunt them.  Then, they each receive a letter from Felix, another […]

Review: The Doubt Factory by Paolo Bacigalupi

Hardcover: 496 pages Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (October 14, 2014) ISBN: 9780316220750 Source: Publisher Alix is a high school senior who lives a privileged life.  She has the all the right clothes and attends an prominent private school.  Never once has she questioned the source of her family’s affluence, until an activist […]

Guest Review: The Islands at the End of the World by Austin Aslan

Age Range: 12 and up Hardcover: 384 pages Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books (August 5, 2014) ISBN: 9780385744027 Source: Publisher Sixteen-year-old Leilani and her father travel from their small island town to the Big Island of Hawaii to Oahu to seek medical treatment for her epilepsy.  When the President of the United States goes missing for […]

Review: Mary: The Summoning by Hillary Monahan

Age Range: 12 – 18 years, 7-12th grade Series: Bloody Mary Hardcover: 256 pages Publisher: Disney-Hyperion (September 2, 2014) ISBN: 9781423185192 Everyone is familiar with the Bloody Mary urban legend. Teenage friends Jess, Shauna, Kitty, and Anna have researched the rules. Positioning mattered. Salt mattered, too, because it purified against evil. Water mattered. Hand-holding mattered. […]

Frightful Friday: Conversion by Katherine Howe

Frightful Friday is a weekly meme in which I feature a particularly scary or chilling book that I’ve read that week. This week’s featured title is Conversion by Katerine Howe: Age Range: 12 and up Hardcover: 432 pages Publisher: Putnam Juvenile (July 1, 2014) ISBN: 9780399167775 Source: Library copy The seniors at St. Joan’s Academy, […]

Review: Liv, Forever by Amy Talkington (Audiobook)

Listening Length: 7 hours and 17 minutes Program Type: Audiobook Version: Unabridged Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. (March 11, 2014) Source: Publisher, via Audiobook Jukebox Liv Bloom, a foster child, is thrilled when she obtains a scholarship to attend Wickham Hall, a school known for its arts program.  As a scholarship student, she doesn’t have a lot in […]

Short Review: The Way We Fall & The Lives We Lost by Megan Crewe

Following are short reviews/commentary on two of the books I read during the readathon! The Way We Fall by Megan Crewe Age Range: 12 – 18 years Series: Fallen World (Book 1) Paperback: 336 pages Publisher: Disney-Hyperion (February 5, 2013) After a virus hits the small island that is home to sixteen-year-old Kaelyn, the government […]

Audiobook Review: Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy

Age Range: 10 and up Publisher: HarperCollins; Unabridged edition (April 10, 2007) ISBN-10: 0061341045 Source: Personal copy Twelve-year-old Stephanie is confused when, after her eccentric uncle passes away, she is on the list to attend the reading of the will. There, a stranger appears, a man bundled up in a scarf, coat, and hat.  He’s […]

Review: Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

Age Range: 12 and up/Grade 7 and up Hardcover: 400 pages Publisher: Delacorte Press; First Edition edition (September 24, 2013) ISBN-10: 0385743564 Source: Publisher A decade ago Calamity came, a meteor that gave people extraordinary powers. Soon these individuals began to be referred to as Epics. Rather than using their power for good, they demanded […]