Category Archives: Young Adult Reviews

Heartless – Book Review

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Motivation: Winter 2017 “Retelling” for Biannual Bibliothon
Genre: YA | Fantasy | Retelling
Read Count: 1
Published: November 8, 2016
Pages: 453 pages
Format: Hardback
Average Rating: 4.11 stars
My Rating: 4 stars
Description: Long before she was the terror of Wonderland—the infamous Queen of Hearts—she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love.

Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland and a favorite of the unmarried King, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, she wants to open a shop and create delectable pastries. But for her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for a woman who could be a queen.
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Along for the Ride – Book Review

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Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen

It shouldn’t be easy to be amazing. Then everything would be. It’s the things you fight for and struggle with before earning that have the greatest worth. When something’s difficult to come by, you’ll do that much more to make sure it’s even harder―or impossible―to lose.

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Chasing McCree – Book Review

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Chasing McCree by J.C. Isabella
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: April 2012

 

SYNOPSIS:

Briar Thompson had it all. The right clothes, the right friends, the right car. Being popular was all that mattered. Her parents were rich and treated like royalty throughout the community. She thought her senior year of high school was going perfectly, until the night her drink was spiked at a party by one of her so called friends.

That was the night she met Chase McCree.

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The Boy in the Black Suit – Book Review

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The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds

I stayed up until 4 in the morning to finish this book, but we’ll get into that later.

The Boy in the Black Suit is a fiction novel written in a first person narrative. In it we follow Matt Miller aka The Boy in the Black Suit aka the kid who’s mother just died. Matt is looking for some part time work to help his father out with the bills when Mr. Ray, a cancer survivor and owner of the local funeral home, offers him a job. Matt has initial misgivings about the gig, but finding it his best option, decides that it couldn’t hurt to give it a chance. Through this job Matt Miller gains far more than just 30 dollars a day, he also finds closure in the aftermath of his mother’s passing.

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This Side of Home – Book Review

 

This Side of Home by Renée Watson

This Side of Home is the story of Maya Younger and her community. New shops have been opening up on their street and people that have been living in homes for years are suddenly having to move because of rising costs.

While Nikki, Maya’s twin sister, embraces the new neighbors and cool shops, Maya isn’t so open to the changes. And with a new principal mouthing on and on about “diversity,” Maya’s having trouble understanding how to handle all the new things in her life. Including new love.

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Throwback Thursday: The Pledge – Book Review

 

Throwback Thursday is a series where we take a look back at some of BRD’s most popular posts. Enjoy!

The Pledge by Kimberly Derting    5/5*****

Seventeen-year-old Charlaina  is from Ludania, a country ruled by a cruel queen. The country is divided into a class system and every class has its own language. No lower-class citizens of Ludania can speak or even understand the language of the upper-class. Even to look upon an upper-class citizen while they speak their language is punishable by death, as is understanding a language not meant for you.

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H20 – Book Review

 

H20 by Virginia Bergin

Remember the game we all played as children called “Hot Lava” where you jumped from couch to table to desk to avoid touching the ground aka “the lava”. Sometimes you even got creative and took the couch cushions and pillows with you to get farther through the house. Well, that is this book, except if you touch it, you will die.

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The Graces – Book Review

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Title: The Graces

Author: Laure Eve

Published: September 6th 2016 by Amulet Books

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Paranormal

My Rating: 4/ 5 stars

“Everyone said they were witches. I desperately wanted to believe it. I’d only been at this school a couple of months, but I saw how it was. They moved through the corridors like sleek fish, ripples in their wake, stares following their backs and their hair.”

Like everyone else in her town, River is obsessed with the Graces, attracted by their glamour and apparent ability to weave magic. But are they really what they seem? And are they more dangerous than they let on?

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All Signs Lead Back to You – Book Review

 

All Signs Lead Back to You by Aniesha Brahma

2013.

As the final bell for the day rang on their last day in school, Diya Rai, had a chill run down her spine. The chill of not knowing what the future holds for her and her high school sweetheart, Ashwin Chowdhury.

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