Waters of Change: Gwendolyn Falling, by Amy Astorga

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The book description on the Amazon product page for this book makes the following claim: “A young adult urban fantasy that will redefine mermaids.” I haven’t hidden my love for mermaids, so that bold statement was all it took for me to download a copy of this book onto my Kindle. Unbeknownst to author Amy […]

The Bird with the Broken Wing, by D.L. Richardson

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I received a copy of this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. I’m part of the We ♥ YA Books! group over at Goodreads, and the description of this book intrigued me right away. I like contemporary supernatural stories, but the setting being Purgatory is what really hooked me. […]

Map to the Stars, by Jen Malone

I don’t read a lot of YA romance novels. Let me clarify: I read a lot of YA books that have romance in them, and I’ve written flirty, romantic sequences in my own books. I tend to gravitate more towards books that have something else (a contemporary issue or a fantasy/speculative/magical-realism element) driving the story with […]

The Girl Who Never Was, by Skylar Dorset

Have you been following my recent reviews? Good, then you know about the book reading event I went to with my daughters. I bought each of them a book, and two out of three kids chose books that intrigued me. I’m not saying the third’s choice didn’t—in fact, I enjoyed the passage that the author […]

Merminia, by Emm Cole

I read this book back in the spring, but for some reason(s)—being relatively new to blogging, busy time at work, astronomical confluence, who knows why—my review made it to Goodreads and Amazon, but not here. So here it finally is! I love mermaids, and after writing and publishing my own mermaid novel for my daughters, […]

The Secrets We Keep, by Trisha Leaver

In my most recent review, I mentioned a book reading event I went to with my daughters. They each picked out a book, and this was the book my oldest daughter chose. The premise and first chapter intrigued me too—maybe because it’s about a set of twins and my youngest daughters are twins—so I snagged […]

Becoming Jinn, by Lori Goldstein

I recently took my daughters to a wonderful book reading event at a not-so-local but not-too-faraway library. There were crafts for the kids (and adults) to do while ten YA authors read excerpts from their recently published books. I told my daughters that they could each choose a book that interested them (many intrigued me). […]

Drawn In, by Sioux Trett

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This may very well be the most challenging review I’ve yet to write for this blog. Granted, I’ve only written a handful or so of them, but this one is difficult. What makes it so difficult? I enjoyed this story so much, and it has several plot twists, that I’m afraid to do a disservice […]

To Nowhere, by C.E. Wilson

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If you tell most teenagers not to do something, chances are that they’re going to do it anyway. Wyatt should have really thought it through before telling Lyris not to go into the strange room in the abandoned “haunted” house next door to where she and her parents just moved. If only she had listened… […]

The Last Policeman, by Ben H. Winters

I’ve mentioned in a previous review that the student body at my school votes on one common summer reading book. Throughout the year, titles are submitted to the English/Language Arts department, and by the end of the year, they’ve whittled the list down to between three and five choices. Over the past few years, the […]