Category Archives: Young Adult Reviews

Editorial Review – The Metanoia Phases: The Change of Heart

 

 

Title of the Book: The Metanoia Phases: The Change of Heart

Author name: Maria E. L. Thomassen

Genre: YA Fantasy

 

Magic, romance, and family secrets collide in this young adult fantasy novel by Maria Thomassen. As the crowned princess of Serendia, Maria has always known love and security. Beloved by friends and family and admired by many, she has always been certain about her place in the world.

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

 

Author name: 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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Editorial Review – The Secret Keeper

 

Book Title: The Secret Keeper

Author: Jane Alvey Harris

Genre: Young Adult / Contemporary Realism / Fantasy

 

The Secret Keeper is the second book in the My Myth trilogy. It tells the story of seventeen-year-old Emily Alvey, who was sexually abused by her own father when she was only seven years old.

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Editorial Review – Breaking Into the Light

 

Title: Breaking Into the Light

Author: Cynthia A. Morgan

Genre: YA Fantasy

 

The third book in the Dark Fey series brings the band of characters to their darkest battles. The Fey of the Light have managed to save some abducted younglings who were taken to become Dark Fey, but when Legionnaires follow them back across, complications ensue.

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Editorial Review – Sam’s Theory

 

Title: Sam’s Theory

Author: Sarah Mendivel

Genre: Young Adult

This is the thoughtful and philosophical story of Sam, a young woman who grows beyond the abuse, neglect, and rejection she’s experienced from the adults in her life. The tale starts with her on the run in the wilderness of the Pacific Northwest and follows her journey of growth and discovery until at last she’s ready to rejoin the world and interact with it once again.

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Legend – Book Review

 

A dystopian retelling of the classic novel, Les Miserables.

This is what the blurb of this book tells potential readers. Much to my disappointment, there were no moments of spontaneous singing nor did the main characters burst into song about dreaming a dream. There wasn’t a single flag bearer in sight urging everyone to hear the people sing (I’m kidding. Slightly).

Instead, Legend is dystopian literature at its best. At first glance, it may seem like another young adult novel whose characters are no different from other characters in the more highly-publicised dystopian novels like The Hunger Games or Divergent series.

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Editorial Review – Elements

 

Title: Elements

Author: Nia Markos

Genre: Urban Fantasy/YA

Elements (Book One—The Crystal Series) by Nia Markos is an imaginative Young Adult Urban Fantasy. The book starts out in the setting of Alba with some backstory that sets up the current plot.

Queen Eliana has discord with her general Elsam over his misuse of the Kaemorra stone and she exiles him into darkness. Meanwhile, Elsam has used the stone to disrupt the barrier between the celestial and the human world. After his 1000 years in exile, Elsam aims to take over the human world. From that premise the plot of this story grows.

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Editorial Review – Sieging Manganela

 

Title: Sieging Manganela

Author: Charon Dunn

Genre: YA Science Fiction

Sieging Manganela is a prequel in terms of chronology, but it can easily be read by itself. Featuring a few of the main characters from One Sunny Night and Retrograde Horizon, it primarily centers on the unlikely friendship between Turo, a soldier in the Vanram army, and Zeffany, a tech specialist who lives inside the city that’s under siege.

They’re supposed to be enemies, but he helps her get an injured friend out of danger and away from the war. Still, he’s loyal to his side. He reports back on what happened and helps lay a trap for anyone else who might come out of the city—and then attacks one of Zeffany’s fellow citizens when he was all-too-ready to press unwanted attentions on her.

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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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