• Sweet Evil

    Higgins, Wendy

    Reviewed: July 17, 2020

    Southern girl Anna Whitt was born with the sixth sense to see and feel the emotions of other people. Her mother died giving birth to her in California, and she was adopted by a woman in Georgia named Patti Whitt. All she knows is that she isn’t normal. She can see auras and feel other people’s emotions, along with having unnaturally strong cravings for illegal substances that she’s never before tried. It isn’t until she turns sixteen and meets Kaidan Rowe that she discovers her terrifying heritage, she’s half-angel half-demon.

    At first reading the small summary in the back of the... Read Full Review

  • Crescendo

    Fitzpatrick, Becca

    Reviewed: July 2, 2020

    This is the second book of the Hush, Hush series. Nora's life seems to be falling into place as she and Patch are finally together. This soon ends with Patch becoming more and more invasive. And when he started hanging around Marcie, Nora's arch-enemy. Nora’s childhood friend also moves back. He seems to hide a secret that connects to Nora. Also, the Black Hand approaches and Nora wonders what he truly wants.

    Crescendo is a masterpiece. I liked Hush, Hush but at the same time wasn’t too keen on it. I decided though to read Crescendo since it was... Read Full Review

  • A Marked Man: The Assassination of Malcolm X

    Doeden, Matt

    Reviewed: June 25, 2020

    A Marked Man: The Assassination of Malcolm X, written by Matt Doedon, is a nonfiction book that details the life, death, and legacy of civil rights activist Malcolm X. The book explains the factors that led to Malcolm’s upbringing as well as his demise. Furthermore, the book provides a context for the Civil Rights Movement (Malcolm X’s main cause) by addressing the failures of the Reconstruction Era, which caused the U.S to remain a racist nation for many years. The book also explores the assassination of Malcolm X and the significance of the assassination of those involved.... Read Full Review

  • On the Edge of Gone

    Duyvis, Corinne

    Reviewed: June 17, 2020

    On the Edge of Gone delivers the electrifying experience of a restrained, autistic teenager named Denise and her drug-addicted mother where they seek to take cover onboard a temporary generation ship. Their voyage begins where a comet is threatening to jeopardize all existing humanity on Earth and cause the apocalypse. The duo must showcase their value and self-purpose to receive a position on the Nassau ship, or else fall into the clutches of being stranded on the planet to fight for survival on their own. Will Denise and her mother be worthy enough to be selected onto the ship... Read Full Review

  • Monstress

    Liu, Marjorie M,

    Reviewed: June 9, 2020

    Monstress, Vol. 1: Awakening by Marjorie Liu and illustrated by Sana Takeda is a beautifully crafted graphic novel set in a steampunk fantasy world. Maika Halfwolf is a teenage survivor caught in the crossfire of a war between humans and the Arcanics - a race of supernatural beings between humans and immortal "Ancients.'' As an Arcanic, Maika faces continuous racism and slavery by a group of human witches called the Cumaea. The Cumaea manipulate, torture, and murder anyone who doesn’t capture and sell the body parts of Arcanics.

    Maika is a ruthless heroine who hunts those... Read Full Review

  • We Were Liars

    Lockhart, E.

    Reviewed: May 26, 2020

    The Sinclairs are athletic, wealthy, and beautiful. They are prim and proper, smart, and respected by all. But, they are liars. The novel We Were Liars by E. Lockhart is a shocking and twisted tale about the seemingly perfect Sinclair family who hides their secrets, lies, and flaws behind their tall and handsome builds.

    The story takes place on a private island off the coast of Massachusetts, where the Sinclair family spends their summers. The New York Times Bestselling novel is narrated by 17-year-old olf Cadence Sinclair, who spends her summers on her grandfather... Read Full Review

  • One of Us is Lying

    McManus, Karen M.,

    Reviewed: May 10, 2020

    One of Us Is Lying is the suspenseful journey of Bronwyn Rojas’, Nate Macauley’s, Addy Prentiss’, and Cooper Clay’s chaotic lives. It all started when the four classmates and Simon, the creator of the social media About That, were stuck in detention. Simon starts to choke and dies. The police find motives for each of the four classmates to kill Simon hidden within About That. Who killed Simon?

    One of Us Is Lying is a great read that pulls you in with its suspense. It is hard to put down once you start reading. One of Us Is Lying also... Read Full Review

  • All the Bright Places

    Niven, Jennifer

    Reviewed: April 20, 2020

    A perfect day. Start to finish. When nothing terrible or sad or ordinary happens. Do you think it’s possible?

    Original drawing by the author, Alison T.

    The novel All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven follows two characters, Finch and Violet, as they discover what it means to live. After Violet’s sister dies in an accident, Violet’s burden of living pushes her to the edge of jumping off the school’s bell tower; however, Finch, the most popular outcast in school, saves her. The two work together on a geography project, exploring all the bright places of their... Read Full Review

  • Born at Midnight

    Hunter, C. C.

    Reviewed: December 6, 2019

    This book centers around Kylie, a sixteen-year-old, who is sent to Shadow Falls after she is caught at a party with a "wrong crowd" of people. This camp is known for “delinquents” who need help getting their act together. She soon realizes though that the camp's purpose is not to fix teenagers' attitudes; it's a camp for vampires, werewolves, witches, and many more supernatural creatures. Kylie is told that she is one of these supernatural creatures. From here on, she tries to discover who she is. At home, she was followed by a soldier who no one seemed to notice now at camp, and she... Read Full Review

  • Bone Gap

    Ruby, Laura

    Reviewed: July 10, 2019

    Roza shows up in Sean and Finn O’Sullivan’s barn covered in mud and averse to touch. A year later, she disappears from the town of Bone Gap, and Finn is the only one who witnesses it. He is determined to find her, but the rest of the townsfolk are not so convinced. Finn, known to everyone else as Spaceman or Moonface, cannot describe the face of the man who he insists kidnapped her. People—like Finn’s mother—are known to slip through the cracks in Bone Gap, and nobody believes Roza is an exception.

    Bone Gap by Laura Ruby masterfully blends a coming of age tale with magical... Read Full Review

  • Love & Gelato

    Welch, Jenna Evans

    Reviewed: April 8, 2019

    To fulfill her dying mother’s wish, Lina finds herself in Tuscany for the summer, where she gets to know the father who has been absent her whole life. Leaving behind her grandmother and best friend in Seattle, Lina sets out on a journey of discovery and meets her father Howard, who strangely happens to be a caretaker of a graveyard. However, through her mother’s journal, Lina also experiences Italy, a place of love and gelato, with the ever-charming Ren at her side. As father and daughter piece together the mysteries of her mother’s memories, Lina learns about herself as she does about... Read Full Review

  • Leah on the Offbeat

    Albertalli, Becky

    Reviewed: February 8, 2019

    Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli, a sequel to her bestselling book Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda, follows Simon’s best friend Leah Burke through her senior year of high school as she navigates friendship, love, and life. Unlike her friends, Leah doesn’t come from a wealthy family and lives only with her 35-year-old mother. She’s bisexual, though she’s only told her mom, and loves to draw, though she’s afraid to show people her art. Relationships begin to strain and tensions are high as Leah and her friends prepare for prom and college in their last semester of high school,... Read Full Review