Category Archives: Young Adult Reviews

Editorial Review – Retrograde Horizon

 

Title: Retrograde Horizon

Author: Charon Dunn

Genre: YA Science Fiction

In the second volume of The Adventures of Sonny Knight, Sonny’s fight for survival continues. The young man successfully made it home, but his closest friends and family are still living on an island ruled by terrorist clones.

Sonny now lives with his uncle in an unpleasant part of town, but he’s still home. He should be happy, but he finds he isn’t, especially once the clones start coming after him again. So he and his dog go into protective custody, and when that fails, he fakes his death. At last, tired of being on the run, he commits his dog to a rare animal sanctuary and devotes himself to his problems.

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Editorial Review – One Sunny Night

 

Title: One Sunny Night

Author: Charon Dunn

Genre: YA Science Fiction

This coming-of-age story tells how Leroy “Sonny” Knight grows and adapts following a terrorist attack during a clashball game. The story is set in a futuristic version of the world: Earth has suffered from meteors and the Americas have been split into new islands and countries, some of which don’t get along.

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The Infernal Devices Trilogy – Book Review

 

Steam punk meets young adult fantasy in Cassandra Clare’s latest trilogy. Still set within the world of Shadow Hunters, this time she transports readers into Victorian London and introduces them to Tessa Gray, a young woman from America who has come to London to be reunited with her brother. Unbeknownst to Tessa, her brother Nathaniel has been caught in the shadow world of demons, warlocks, vampires and werewolves. Abducted by two warlock sisters, she soon discovers that she’s got the ability to transform into anyone at will, and that everything she knows about her life so far has been built on a lie.

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Puppet – Book Review

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Book: Puppet by Pauline C. Harris
Publisher: Patchwork Press
Publication Date: October 2014
# of Pages: 246

My Rating: Five Stars

Puppet is a very suspenseful and intriguing read. This book is about a sixteen year old girl named Penelope who lives in a foster home. Penelope makes a very dangerous deal with Jed, a marionette-obsessed scientist. She must undergo his experiments and tests for him to be able to take her out of the foster home. This ultimately creates the world’s first living marionette.

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Throwback Thursday: The Crown – Book Review

 

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

Book Review of The Crown by Kiera Cass

It’s been a while since I have read a book from The Selection series, and this second part of The Heir, The Crown was interesting in a different way to the previous books.

Eadlyn, Maxon and America’s daughter is destined to rule and is the first Princess to hold her own selection. As sheltered as her life has been, meeting the suitors has definitely broadened her horizons and Eadlyn also learns how cut throat politics can be. She faces the age old dilemma of sacrifice-duty or love?

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Throwback Thursday – Fate of Flames

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Book Title: Fate of Flames
Book Author: Sarah Raughley
Book Series: Effigies, #1
Publishing Date: November 22nd, 2-16
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Date Read: December 6th, 2016
Source: I received a copy from the publisher – Thank you!

 

Synopsis

Years ago, everything changed. Phantoms, massive beasts of nightmare, began terrorizing the world. At the same time four girls, the Effigies, appeared, each with the unique power to control a classical element. Since then, they have protected the world from the Phantoms. At the death of one Effigy, another is chosen, pulled from her normal life into the never-ending battle.

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Book Review – Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda

 

Remember your first crush?

Remember walking down the corridors of your high school and blushing whenever you catch a glimpse of that one cute guy who seems to shine just a little bit brighter than everyone else?

Remember the late night conversations with your friends trying to decipher and construe every conversation and gesture, looking for any hidden meaning or indication that he feels the same way?

Remember your first heartbreak, like when you find out he likes someone else and you comfort yourself with a tub of rocky road ice cream and listen to emo music (Jann Arden in my case)?

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Elements: Book One of the Complete Crystal Series – Book Review

Author name (if different): Nia Markos

Name of the book: Elements: Book One of the Complete Crystal Series

Genre of the book: Young Adult, Paranormal, Fantasy

Book synopsis: Alexa is discovering that her whole life has been a lie. As her nineteenth birthday approaches, her true identity is revealed. The incredible world of witchcraft and Otherworlds come to light. Pulled into a prophecy centuries old, her existence takes a turn for the surreal. As well as having to save all worlds, the choice of who to love is presumably not hers.

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Copper Sun – Book Review

 

Copper Sun by Sharon Draper

5/5 Stars

Amari is just fifteen when strange men appear in her village. They do not look like any people she’s ever seen. Their skin is pale, nearly white, they carry strange sticks and speak a language unlike those she has ever heard. Amari is first weary of these men but soon welcomes them with open arms like her fellow villagers, seeing as they are accompanied by neighboring tribesmen.

A night of celebration soon turns into one of anguish as the visitors wreak havoc on Amari’s village. Murdering many and keeping only those they see as able-bodied, Amari finds herself taken aboard on a slave ship heading to the Carolinas. There, she is sold as a birthday present for her new “master’s” sixteen-year-old son.

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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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