Awakening (Commune’s Curse Book 1) by Lucy McLaren

4 stars This well-written fantasy novel by Lucy McLaren centers on the story of Evelyn, a teen-aged orphan, and Raif and Rose, two young siblings who end up in her care. One of the things that made this multi-point-of-view book so interesting is the central role that two children play in the story. It’s unusual … Continue reading Awakening (Commune’s Curse Book 1) by Lucy McLaren

The Guidal: Discovering Puracordis by Roxy Eloise

4 stars In this YA fantasy book, 16-year-old Aurora lives in the Boulderfell Institute where she and the other adoptees must adhere to a strict set of rules. The story starts with Aurora moving up from the Mustards, the children’s section, to the adult quarters (Navies). Her move makes her eligible for the Unity ceremony, … Continue reading The Guidal: Discovering Puracordis by Roxy Eloise

13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher

4 stars “No one knows for certain how much impact they have on the lives of other people. Oftentimes we have no clue, yet we push it just the same.”Jay Asher, 13 Reasons Why In Thirteen Reasons Why, Hannah Baker is a high school student who commits suicide. Before she dies, she creates a series … Continue reading 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher

A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson

3 stars Everyone has been talking about this Holly Jackson series featuring a smart, driven young woman as the main character. I love books with strong women, so I decided to give it a try. In this first book in this young adult (YA) mystery series, high school student Pip Fitz-Amobi decides to investigate a … Continue reading A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson

Anywhere Else by Kayla Hicks

Photo by Flash Mama Photography 4 out of 5 stars Anywhere Else is my most recent book discovery from participating in the Twitter #writingcommunity.  Self-reliant Leena, a pick-up truck driving young woman with an alcoholic mother, is the main character of this YA novel. Through this story, we see Leena navigate romantic relationships, figure out … Continue reading Anywhere Else by Kayla Hicks