Category Archives: Young Adult Reviews

All the Bright Places – Book Review

 

Title: All the Bright Places

Author: Jennifer Niven

Publisher: Knopf

Publication Date: January 6, 2015

Tara’s rating: 5 out of 5 stars

My local bookstore has been promoting this book like CRAZY for weeks and weeks – so I finally bit the bullet and gave it a shot, only to be 100% captivated.

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Editorial Review – The Sandbox

 

 

Title: The Sandbox

Author: JW Patrick

Genre: Young Adult / Science Fiction

 

In The Sandbox, anything is possible. For Isla, Dan, and Sonny, the Sandbox is a safe haven for them. Another world, or rather, a world within ours, that seems to be connected to their reality, but they aren’t entirely sure how. The teens are thrust into the alternate universe, and as they quickly discover the powers of the surreal place, they struggle to figure out what it is, what it’s capable of, and what it’s even doing here.

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Editorial Review – Losing Normal

 

Title: Losing Normal

Author: Francis Moss

Genre: Young Adult / Dystopian / Science Fiction

 

Losing Normal explores the dangers of rapidly evolving technology and the effect it has on everyone, including people like Alex Rinato. People never quite see Alex as “normal” because he is on the Autism spectrum. He and his friend Emilio even call themselves “weks”–weird kids. The new technology that has been popping up all over the city makes Alex feel even more like a “wek.” But when one of the newest educational televisions is installed in his classroom, Alex isn’t sure if he’s the weird one after all.

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Editorial Review – Heroes By Design

 

Title: Heroes By Design

Author: D.A. Irsik

Genre: Young Adult / Christian

 

A tale of friendship, faith, and perseverance takes center stage in Heroes by Design by D.A. Irsik. It follows the lives of Sela, Emily, and Zach–three friends who take pride in their Christian beliefs and the work they do in God’s name, until tragic circumstances test this belief and threaten to tear them apart.

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The Reader – Book Review

 

Publication Date: September 13, 2016

Author: Traci Chee

 

Sefia knows what it means to survive. After her father is brutally murdered, she flees into the wilderness with her aunt Nin, who teaches her to hunt, track, and steal. But when Nin is kidnapped, leaving Sefia completely alone, none of her survival skills can help her discover where Nin’s been taken, or if she’s even alive.

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After the Fire – Book Review

 

After the Fire by Will Hill

Usborne Publishing Ltd., 2017

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Fiction

 

“The things I’ve seen are burned into me, like scars that refuse to fade”.

I picked up After the Fire without reading the blurb or having prior knowledge of its subject. Coming to the book raw and without preconceptions I was quickly immersed in an intense atmosphere of fear, suspicion and confusion. The disjointed memories of survivor Moonbeam are filled with gunshots and burning fire. It is not clear how her family of Brothers and Sisters – the Lord’s Legion community – reached this devastating and tragic crisis.

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Editorial Review – Sage Stone: The Magic Between The Worlds

 

Title: Sage Stone: The Magic Between The Worlds

Author: Darcy Deming

Genre: YA / Adventure / Spirituality

 

In this unique coming of age story, Darcy Deming tells the tale of Sage Stone, his extraordinary family, and the equally extraordinary journey he must take to become the man he was destined to be. Chosen by the mythical Thunder Beings and having closely survived a brush with death, Sage’s life is irrevocably altered, as he must now battle the darkness in order to bring light into the world with the aid of his twin sister Hannah.

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Editorial Review – Melissa and Kasho

 

Title: Melissa and Kasho

Author: Camilla Chance

Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Paranormal

 

A young girl from a comfortable upbringing goes on a journey to discover her full potential in this latest offering from author Camilla Chance. Melissa has always followed the rules, especially those set out by her domineering and abusive parents. An opportunity to study in Italy serves as a catalyst for a chain of events that will ultimately change the course of her life and leave an indelible mark on who she is as a person.

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I Am the Messenger – Book Review

 

Title: I Am the Messenger

Author: Markus Zusak

Genre: Literary Fiction/YA

 

Ed Kennedy knows he’s a nobody. However, after the nineteen-year-old cab driver thwarts a bumbling bank robbery attempt, Ed is selected by an unknown party to make a difference in the lives of people he’s never met before. His leads? Nothing more than addresses and times listed on an Ace of Diamonds playing card. Clearly, someone realizes that Ed has a propensity to take matters into his own hands.

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Prophecy of Thol – Book Review

 

Goodreads: Prophecy of Thol

Author: Dawn Greenfield Ireland

Published: 6th September 2017 (Artistic Origins Inc)

Source: Copy from Author

Rating: 5/5 (It was amazing)

Official Summary: “Recurring nightmares haunted D’laine Jackson when she woke from an eight-month coma following a tragic accident. Four images were branded in her head: a dark-haired, handsome princely young man, a fierce reptilian monster, a white furry creature whose red eyes implored her with some unspoken message, and an ominous black robot.

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