Posts Tagged: young adult

Mar 29
Book Review: Ashley Poston’s Geekerella

Book Review: Ashley Poston’s Geekerella

When I first read the synopsis for Ashley Poston’s Geekerella, I knew I had to read it and quickly added it to my to-be-read list! And when I was given the opportunity to review it, I couldn’t say no. I’m so glad I was able to read Geekerella and I can’t wait to reread it! Geekerella is a beautiful love letter to fandoms everywhere. We have great character development. Danielle “Elle” Wittimer is a blogger and a devoted fan of the sci-fi show, Starfield. She’s lonely and doesn’t think she’s worthy of having friends. I could associate with Elle and longed to give her a hug. And then of course we have Darien Freeman, teen heartthrob and now carrying the weight of world all because of a role. I liked… Read more »

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Feb 10
Book Review: Amy Maurer Jones’ A Zebra Like Me

Book Review: Amy Maurer Jones’ A Zebra Like Me

Amy Maurer Jones’ A Zebra Like Me is a touching story about a teenage girl suffering from a rare disorder and discovering how precious friendships can be. Maybelle Dawson is your typical teenager with one exception. She suffers from Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, a disorder that affects the body and can cause chronic pain and fatigue. Her grandmother doesn’t believe Maybelle and her symptoms. While Maybelle’s friends are mostly hers because of her cousin, she longs for her own freedom. Maybelle is about to get her wish and when a mysterious good looking boy moves to town, he shows her how awesome life can be and not to be afraid to try new things. We have good character development. Maybelle is our main character and through her we get to know everyone… Read more »

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Nov 28
Blog Tour: Review-Veronica Bane’s Mara + Giveaway

Blog Tour: Review-Veronica Bane’s Mara + Giveaway

Veronica Bane’s Mara is an intriguing tale about a group of misfits finding common ground and friendship amid social tensions in the town of Jericho. As for characterization, it’s a bit weak, but again, it’s a novella and you can’t go into in-depth character development otherwise you sacrifice other aspects such as narrative. Our main character is Mara who has the ability to control fire and comes from a troubled past. We get to meet her brother briefly and it’s pretty apparent they have a rocky relationship. Mara does not live with him and instead went to live in Jericho with her aunt and uncle. Then we have Miyuki who can control water and unlike Mara is just coming to terms with what she can do. Other characters can control… Read more »

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Oct 28
Book Review:  Sarah Zettel’s Palace of Spies

Book Review: Sarah Zettel’s Palace of Spies

Margaret “Peggy” Preston Fitzroy is in a pickle. She’s just rejected the marriage offer her uncle Pierpont arranged. Peggy has a reason for this decision and when she tries to explain it to her uncle he issues her an ultimatum: accept the suit or be thrown out of the house. Peggy’s fate was sealed the night she met her potential suitor, Sebastian Sanford. He’s intrigued at first especially after Peggy stands up to Lady Clarenda Newbank and Peggy is happy to have his approval. Their first meeting is going well until he attempts to force himself on her and she’s saved by a gentleman, Mr. Tinderflint. Peggy is grateful until he states his reason for seeking her out: he offers her a position in King George I’s court. Peggy declines,… Read more »

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Oct 19
One Liners: Veronica Roth’s Divergent

One Liners: Veronica Roth’s Divergent

One Liners is a weekly feature where we look at a novel’s first line as if it were a pick up line. We’ve all heard the saying, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” The first line in a book is equally important as the last since it sets the tone and often will either make an impression or not. Let’s face it, it’s a little like dating. Will that guy with the cheesy pick up line score a number or not? So, I began to think…if the first line in a book was a pick up line, would you give it your number, agree to a date, let it buy you a drink, or do you walk away? Today’s book is Veronica Roth’s Divergent and… Read more »

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Sep 21
One Liners: Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor & Park

One Liners: Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor & Park

One Liners is a weekly feature where we look at a novel’s first line as if it were a pick up line. We’ve all heard the saying, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” The first line in a book is equally important as the last since it sets the tone and often will either make an impression or not. Let’s face it, it’s a little like dating. Will that guy with the cheesy pick up line score a number or not? So, I began to think…if the first line in a book was a pick up line, would you give it your number, agree to a date, let it buy you a drink, or do you walk away? Today’s book is Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor &… Read more »

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Sep 18
Cover Reveal: Amy Maurer Jones’s A Zebra Like Me + Excerpt

Cover Reveal: Amy Maurer Jones’s A Zebra Like Me + Excerpt

Thanks so much, Jess for hosting me today. I’m excited to announce that I have a new YA book coming out this winter! It’s a stand alone YA contemporary entitled, A Zebra Like Me. It’s my first stab at contemporary and the subject matter hits close to home so I am more than a little nervous about it. The cover art is by Kelsey Keeton of KKeeton Designs and it is gorgeous but you don’t have to take my word for it, see for yourself! Here’s the blurb on the back of the cover. Maybelle Dawson longs for normalcy and belonging. Often misunderstood, she struggles with a rare disorder, labeling her a Medical Zebra. Maybelle’s happiness and well-being threaten to slip through her fingers as she battles to take control… Read more »

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Sep 10
Book Review: Liz DeJesus’ First Frost

Book Review: Liz DeJesus’ First Frost

Seventeen-year-old Bianca Frost can’t wait to graduate high school and move on with her life. She works at the fairy tale museum run by parents and is the only employee since her parents refuse to hire outside help. She tries to make the best out of the situation and grudgingly assists her mother when needed. One night she returns home to find her mother battling a witch. She watches in awe as her mother conjures up fire and sends a ball of light towards Lenore. Afterwards her mother tells Bianca the family secret: they are descendants of Snow White. Bianca accepts her heritage and begins to train with her mother on how to use her own magic. Everything seems to be going well until Lenore comes back and kidnaps Bianca’s… Read more »

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Jul 08
Cover Reveal: Carissa Andrews’ Pendomus

Cover Reveal: Carissa Andrews’ Pendomus

This is such a beautiful cover! The synopsis is really interesting too and I’m adding it to my TBR pile. * * * Title: Pendomus Author: Carissa Andrews Series: Pendomus Chronicles, #1 Publication date: October 10th, 2013 Genre: YA sci-fi/fantasy dystopian (with paranormal romance) Synopsis: Humanity has colonized on a tidally locked planet known as Pendomus, a planet of extremes. Half eternal scorching desert and half perpetual arctic night. Surviving along the temperate band between the two, we’ve set up home in a complex known as the Helix. Within the Helix lies a highly sophisticated, highly technological society that seems to function solely on humans fulfilling their life’s purpose. That purpose is determined and nurtured through a person’s natural aptitudes, as read by their daily brain scans. Eating, sleeping, even… Read more »

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Jun 10
Book Review: Kate Karyus Quinn’s Another Little Piece

Book Review: Kate Karyus Quinn’s Another Little Piece

How many times have we coveted something we can’t have? While reading Another Little Piece, I couldn’t help but think of the old saying, “be careful for what you wish for.” A year ago, Annaliese Rose Gordon was at a party and it’s the last night anyone saw her alive. Most believe she’s dead, but when she shows up miles away from her hometown, her parents are overjoyed. Annaliese has no recollection about what happened to her the night she disappeared or what she was doing before she woke up. Little by little she tries to piece everything together only to come to a terrifying conclusion, she may not be Annaliese. If she’s not her, then who is she and why does she have this craving for blood? Another Little… Read more »

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Jun 06
Blog Tour: Review-Lucy A. Kelly’s Holding On and Letting Go

Blog Tour: Review-Lucy A. Kelly’s Holding On and Letting Go

Lucy A. Kelly’s Holding On and Letting Go is a poignant tale about love, loss, and growing up. Two years after the death of brother, Emerson Caulfield returns home. There’s one person excited to see her, her childhood friend, Matt, but he quickly realizes that the Emerson he knew isn’t the girl standing before him. Emerson’s happy to cut ties with everyone who knew Peter and that means acting indifferent towards Matt. When Matt’s ex-girlfriend sets out to ruin Emerson’s reputation by spreading a nasty rumor, Matt steps up to the plate and he quickly realizes he’s never stopped loving Emerson. Will Emerson and Matt be able to put the past aside and rekindle their friendship or will they go their separate ways? Holding On and Letting Go is told… Read more »

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Mar 27
Book Review: Amy Maurer Jones’ April Drools

Book Review: Amy Maurer Jones’ April Drools

I adored April Drools! Of course there goes my theory of Hardy secretly crushing on Rhapsody. April Drools picks up a few months after Vampire Valentine takes place and our favorite couple Rhapsody and Reese are still together. This time, we get Hardy’s story and oh what a story it is! Our three favorite supernatural beings are still misfits, even though the school has become more aware of them now that Rhapsody has been dating Reese. When the new girl, Claire, enrolls, every male has eyes for her and Hardy isn’t the exception. Taking one look at her, our favorite werewolf just turns into putty and he’s a bit upset when Rhapsody and Samantha approach her. Only because he’s not sure of what to make of her. Claire isn’t too… Read more »

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