Category Archives: Young Adult

Lake Thirteen, by Greg Herren (2013)

Creepy Summer Chills, Perfect for the Beach (nb: I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley) Scotty Thompson is about to enter his Senior Year. He has all the usual problems of boys that age: … Continue reading

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A Really Awesome Mess, by Trish Cook and Brendan Halpin (2013)

(nb: I received a review copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley) “A Really Awesome Mess” tells the story of two sixteen-year-olds—Emmy and Justin—who have been sent to a therapeutic boarding school, Heartland Academy. The place is essentially … Continue reading

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The Rise and Fall of Adolf Hitler, (e-book 2013, originally published in 1961)

(nb: I received a review copy of this title from the publisher via Edelweiss) In 1960, William L. Shirer published “The Rise and Fall of The Third Reich.” The tome was over 1200-pages long, and based on numerous sources, including … Continue reading

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Killing Me Softly, by Leisl Leighton (2013)

 Romance, Redemption, and Danger: A Lovely Ride “Killing Me Softly” is the perfect title for this book. The next phrase in Roberta Flack’s legendary 1970’s hit is “…with his song.” The title works wonderfully on two levels. First, the novel … Continue reading

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Athine Verses: The Beginning (The Daughters of Ares Chronicles #1), by Shannon McRoberts (2013 revision)

“Athine Verses: The Beginning” is an engaging novella, and start to the “Daughters of Ares Chronicles”. (“Ares” is the god of multiple present-tense plural forms of “to be” (sorry–bad English Major joke)). Actually, Ares is the Greek God of War, … Continue reading

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Legions (The Watchers Trilogy #2), by Karice Bolton (2011)

Legions by Karice Bolton My rating: 3 of 5 stars “Legions” is the second in Karice Bolton’s “The Watchers” trilogy, and once again Athen, Arie, Ana, and Cyril are faced with their task of battling dark demons. At the end … Continue reading

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Awakening (The Watchers Trilogy #1), by Karice Bolton (2011)

Imagine you’re a pretty, twenty-year-old woman waitressing in a ski village bar & grill. One night, you meet three people to whom you are irresistibly drawn, especially one tall, handsome guy with arresting green eyes. Eventually, they tell you the … Continue reading

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Eleanor and Park, by Rainbow Rowell (2013)

There are some couples you just want to work out, you want it to the core of your being. It seems like there’s always huge adversity for these couples, too. In John Green’s amazing “The Fault in Our Stars,” Hazel … Continue reading

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Taken (The Watchers Trilogy 0.5), by Karice Bolton (2012)

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, as the song goes. Athen and Ana have their tree up, and their friends Arie and Cyril are coming over. There’s woodsmoke in the air, and the first snowfall is nigh. If … Continue reading

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Screwed, by Laurie Plissner (2013)

(nb: via NetGalley,I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for my unbiased review) I wanted to like “Screwed.” Based on the description and the cover, I was intrigued: the “perfect” daughter of super-conservative abstinence-only championing parents has sex … Continue reading

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