Category Archives: Young Adult Reviews

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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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



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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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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