Category Archives: Young Adult

Playing With Purpose: Mariano Rivera: The Closer Who Got Saved, by Jesse Florea & Mike Yorkey (2013)

(nb: I received a review copy from the publisher via NetGalley) The last baseball book I read before this one was “The Last Boy: Mickey Mantle and the End of America’s Childhood”, which recounted the misbehavior and redemption of Yankee … Continue reading

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The Camp, by Karice Bolton (2013)

The Camp by Karice Bolton My rating: 2 of 5 stars Emma didn’t want to go to camp in the first place. It’s the summer before she starts college, and her 18th birthday is just a couple weeks away, but … Continue reading

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Swans and Klons, by Nora Olsen (2013)

(nb: I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley) Rubric and Salmon Jo have a seemingly idyllic life. They are students at a top academy. They are ready to begin working with their mentors, and they have each … Continue reading

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The S-Word, by Chelsea Pitcher

(nb: I received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley) Bullying is a big topic these days, with special t-shirts and ribbons, awareness programs, and plenty of good-hearted people trying to prevent it. The sad fact is that bullying has … Continue reading

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Watched (Watched #1), by Cindy Hogan (2011)

(nb: I received a review copy from the publisher via NetGalley) Christy is fifteen, and she’s always been the smartest kid in her class. So when she ignores the little voice telling her not to go inside The Norton Hotel, … Continue reading

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Hooked: When Addiction Hits Home, by Chloe Shantz-Hilkes (2013)

(nb: I received a review copy from the publisher via NetGalley) “Hooked: When Addiction Hits Home,” edited by Chloe Shantz-Hilkes, is not intended to entertain teens like “The Hunger Games” or the latest YA series. What it does is provide … Continue reading

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Enchantment (Spellbound #3), by Nikki Jefford (2013)

Enchantment by Nikki Jefford My rating: 5 of 5 stars If someone put a love spell on you, and it caused you to fall for someone you’ve always considered an enemy, and then you found that you legitimately enjoyed their … Continue reading

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The Keeper’s Curse, by Diana Harrison (2012)

The Keeper’s Curse by Diana Harrison My rating: 3 of 5 stars (I’d give this one 3.5 Stars, if only it were possible) Diana Harrison’s novel “The Keeper’s Curse” creates a world so unusual, there’s no way to describe it … Continue reading

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A Job From Hell (Ancient Legends #1), by Jayde Scott (2011)

A Job From Hell by Jayde Scott My rating: 4 of 5 stars College is expensive, and many of us have had to take some odd summer jobs to pay for it. A few summers, I ended up counting mosquitoes … Continue reading

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The Viscount’s Daughter (Treadwell Academy #3), by Caitlyn Duffy

The Viscount’s Daughter by Caitlyn Duffy My rating: 5 of 5 stars In “The Vicount’s Daughter,” the third novel in Caitlyn Duffy’s excellent Treadwell Academy series, we actually spend most of the book on the Treadwell campus, experiencing the dorms, … Continue reading

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