★★★★★ The Fault in Our Stars is a beautifully told story of the love that develops between two teenagers who meet during a cancer support group. The story, which is both funny and sad, is told from the point of view of Hazel Grace Lancaster.
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
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
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
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
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
4 out of 5 stars Liam’s Town was the first book I discovered through a writer’s lift on Twitter, and I’m really glad I found it. This YA book centers on Liam, who, like most fifteen-year-olds, lives in a world of his own. His world consists of working for his grandfather and spending as much … Continue reading Liam’s Town by Marissa Dike