Book Reviews, Young Adult

Review: Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

Hidden up in the mountains of Vermont is Ellingham Academy, an elite private school for unique minds, including artists, inventors, and writers. Founded by 1920s millionaire Albert Ellingham, the school was designed to make learning a game, and it only accepts 50 students each year on free tuition to attend.

Book Lists, Book Reviews, Young Adult

Four Sequels That Are Better Than the First Book (And Four That Are Not)

Whether it's upped stakes, the introduction of a new character, or a plot twist, the second book can really make or break a series. Here's four sequels that, in my opinion, turned out better than their predecessor, and four that did not live up to expectations. If you've got a sequel that you love or… Continue reading Four Sequels That Are Better Than the First Book (And Four That Are Not)

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Review: All Our Hidden Gifts by Caroline O’Donoghue

Magic and mystery—some of what readers can expect in this coming of age story from author Caroline O'Donoghue. When Maeve discovers a pack of tarot cards in the basement of St. Bernadette's Catholic School, her popularity skyrockets. Every girl in the school is clamoring to receive one of Maeve's eerily accurate readings. Everyone except Lily, Maeve's ex-best friend. When Lily finally receives a reading, she draws a card that Maeve has never seen before. And the next day, Lily disappears without a trace.

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Review: A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson

Mystery! Lies! Girl detectives! A Good Girl's Guide to Murder has it all. Pippa Fitz-Amobi has an unconventional idea for her EPQ project. Five years ago, teenagers Andie Bell disappeared in the town of Little Kilton. Investigation opened, and suspicion turned to Andie's boyfriend, Sal Singh. But before any formal charge could be made, Sal committed suicide.

Young Adult

My Ridiculous Obsession with Vampire Academy

Over the summer, I was shopping at a discount store when I spotted this: pictured: more copies of Vampire Academy Book 5: Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead than a girl could ever dream of. I texted the photo to my roommate with the caption "pov you're in heaven" because that's the honest truth. Were my… Continue reading My Ridiculous Obsession with Vampire Academy

Book Reviews, Young Adult

Review: Chain of Iron by Cassandra Clare

A new mystery thwarts Cordelia and the Merry Thieves of London (Image: Julia Dath) ★★★★ The newest installment of the Shadowhunter Chronicles by Cassandra Clare, Chain of Iron, hits all of those notes that made the original series so popular. New time period, (semi) new place, new drama, and new characters populate the second installment… Continue reading Review: Chain of Iron by Cassandra Clare

Book Reviews, Young Adult

Review: A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown

I am always on the quest for more fantasy YA, especially immersive fantasy YA. With A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown, I built up so much anticipation for a well written and exciting story. I am here to report that I was very much pleased with this book. The story follows… Continue reading Review: A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown