• The Raven King

    The Raven King started out well--interesting and intriguing. We are immediately advised of the primary conflict that had permeated the entire series--that of Gansey's impending death. This was heightened by the succeeding paragraph, wherein the women of 300 Fox Way (Blue's relatives and friends) sought to learn more about Gansey's situation.

    Readers who love Gansey would read with bated breath. I love Gansey, and something about his understated, underground (because his friend Adam also liked Blue) romance with Blue touched me. However, let me just say the romance was understated here. This story is about finally finding Glendower and also about how the prophecy about Blue came to a head.

    About Gansey's death, in previous books, I felt so bad that it would happen, because maybe Gansey is so young and such a death is needless. Just because Blue was prophesied to cause the death of her true love with a kiss? I couldn't let it go. I wanted to write the author to please not let him die! But here, we find it isn't as simple as that. And Gansey's death became more meaningful, more...acceptable. In a sense. Not that I would wish him to die, of course! But from the point of view of plot, it was central to make the story go forward.

    One thing I can't shake though is Henry. I felt there's more to him than what we've seen here in this book. As always, the author's writing had a mystical quality that was in keeping with the atmosphere of the story.

    Let me just say, Kudos to Ms. Stiefvater. I thought I knew all about the raven boys, Blue and Cabeswater, even Henrietta, but here, she peeled back layer after layer, and let me see a whole different story. Rather, I should say that she dug deeper and the story bursts with one revelation after another in a twist and turn of surprises that will keep you reeling long after you have finished the book. The author also played with the time concept in a way that wasn't intimidating. The way she explained it, using Cabeswater and Noah was quite brilliant and simple to grasp and explains how things happened in the series. I have to say, Bravo! Well done!

    I could end my review here, as the previous paragraph summed it perfectly.

    Readers who haven't read the three previous books wouldn't feel lost, as the author expertly provides the back story without info dumping. Still, why deprive yourself of the experience? Start from the beginning and enjoy the ride.
  • Bound by Duty

    This book was a very enjoyable fantasy full of romance. action, and magic. Not one single element in this book was over-done. There was just the right amount of everything in this story. It was fun to read and the story-line really drew me in. It was an original take on magical powers. The beginning of the story starts off in a way that sets up the rest of the story very well. It was exciting to read the whole way through and one of those books that kept me up late reading. I didn't want to put it down.

    I fell in love with the characters. Each and every one of them were interesting in their own way. It's not too often that I like all the characters of a book, especially the girls, sometimes they can be so whiney. I think that for the most part what Amelia has learned about her life and what she has to deal with and go through that she was a trooper. She was pretty fearless as well.

    I loved Aidan! I think he would have been EXACTLY the type of guy I would have fallen for when I was in school. He just has that slick charm about him that pulls you in. All the characters just had a wonderful way of pulling me into the story and rooting for each and every one of them. Okay, except the Queen of course. By the end of the book I felt compassion for some of these characters and what they had to deal with. I felt their pain.

    There were quite a few surprises and twists and turns in this book--with the characters and the plot line. An amazing plot line by the way. This book was wonderful first book to a series and a great set up for the second book. I am so extremely excited to see how this series progresses. I have high hopes. There is still so much of this story to be told and so many more magical and amazing moments to be had. This book was just the beginning of the adventure. There is so much more in store and I am dying to get my hands on the rest of this series and dive in. This was just getting good. The second book is going to be an adventure from the front to back.

    Warning: If you pick up the first book you will be hooked and need the next two books immediately. I don't want to wait to read the rest of this series but unfortunately I have to at the moment. You can be rest assured though that the second I have a spare moment to read what I want I will find every way in my power to get the next two books and sit down and binge-read them. They all just pulled me into the story even more. By the end of the book I felt compassion for some of the characters and what they had to deal with.

    The only pet peeve that I had with this book was the editing mistakes. There was quite a bit of them. I just don't understand how some of these mistakes were not caught or overlooked. Now, before you judge the book for this, I was given a copy to review in exchange for an honest review. I don't know if maybe the copy I was given was an unedited version. It could be possible. It didn't say that on the book but could be possible. I was willing to overlook these mistakes however, because of how wonderful the story was and in no way did I let this effect my review. I promise you that these mistakes don't take anything away from the story and you should still read it either way. If you don't, you will totally be missing out on such a wonderful reading experience and miss out on a promising series that I know is only going to get better with each book. This first book was just the appetizer to the main course!

    The writing style was wonderful. The descriptive writing was enough to let me see everything that was going on without being overdone. There are still descriptions that stand out in my mind. That's how you know when it's written well. I have a clear picture of each and every one of these characters, and the setting.

    The ending of this book left me wanting more. I was so sad that it ended that fast. I wish this would have been one of those books that were 600-700 pages. I don't think it would have been overdone or drawn out and I would have gobbled up each and every word and still be hungry for more. It is one of those books that you will read very fast. I am too excited for more. This is one series that I don't want to leave unfinished and I hope to read the rest before the year ends. Hopefully a lot sooner than that though. If you love magic, don't miss this one. It's truly magical. :-)

    I'm not one for spoilers so I don't want to say much more without giving away the whole concept of the book so I'm going to end it here. I really hope what I said will be enough to have you pick up this book. You will not be disappointed.
  • Stacy's Song

    This is the tale of a high school teenager who at first appears to be a people pleaser as evidenced by her friendship with her best friend Karen and her relationship with her father. But once she joins the band her life begins to change, and Stacey begins to learn that listening to her inner voice will never steer her wrong.

    The story line flowed smoothly and developed beautifully and the characters were all strong and unique in their own ways. I loved the dynamic between Stacey and Michael and you could feel the raw emotions between the two of them. This is definitely a must read!

REVIEW BY Ashia   

Starry Eyes

by Jenn Bennett
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"Totally in love with this story!"

Starry Eyes is my kind of YA contemporary romance! It's full of romantic and spine-tingling moments, the kind I look for in my romances. Sure, Zorie has to deal with the truth about the past and learn to navigate her relationship with her friends and family, but I love that the author wasn't stingy on giving us romantic scenes that further Zorie and Lennon's relationship. Why do I say this? Of all YA genres, I tend to read contemporary romance more, and I find that authors tend to understate the romance (I don't mean the sex), as though teens couldn't be romantic in their courtship, there weren't many scenes between the main characters or they give more importance to other non-romantic issues such that the book felt a bit unbalanced to me.

But not here! Starry Eyes is all about relationships--Zorie's with her parents, Zorie's with Lennon, and Zorie's with her friends. And a big plus is that there are lots of scenes of Zorie and Lennon, even way before they went on their camping trip.

I also have to commend the author on creating such unforgettable and distinguishable characters. Zorie and Lennon are fully-formed individuals with their own interests, habits and idiosyncrasies. You can believe that they are truly best friends in that they know each other so well--and their transition from best friends to lovers is done well and believably. Lennon really tugs at the heartstrings; he is such a perfect gentleman, and the scene when he revealed the news about his dad was heartbreaking.

Starry Eyes is told from the first person point of view--Zorie's--and the author's voice is interesting and engaging. Maybe it's a plus that I've never been camping (not really an outdoorsy type of person) and I read every word with fascinated interest.

Another plus of this story is the portrayal of the modern family--Lennon has two moms and Zorie's stepmom is Asian, and how despite these differences, it's love that makes people a family, not blood or race or sexual orientation. I love that Zorie has such a great relationship with her stepmom, who's supportive and thinks of Zorie as her own; you don't see that often in books.

Overall, I'm totally in love with this story! Read it, read it, read it! Due to the slight sexual content (not graphic though), maybe this is more suitable for mature teens and beyond.

REVIEW BY Ashia   

A Kiss in the Dark

by Gina Ciocca
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"Enjoyable, feel-good read"

I was fascinated and intrigued by the blurb of the story. Our heroine gets a kiss in the dark--and it was sweet and tender and urgent and desperate--but who is it from? Therein lies the mystery. Is it from Noah Granger, attractive football player, or Joel Hargrove, former crush and all the past history she had with him. Or Ben Collins, former friend on whom her former best friend Meredith Kopola had a thing for?

We spent the entire book untangling the mystery of the past as we vacillate between what's happened in Junior Year (past) and what's happening in Senior Year (present). I really can't say much as I don't want to spoil the story for you, but I have to say that our heroine is so clueless. Well, you tend to be that way when you're hung up on something, and while she may have made some wrong decisions in Junior Year, they were logical and totally in line with her emotional state then.

I have to say I knew who she'd end up with by 40% of the book, but I couldn't have guessed at rest of the mystery. I wish there were more scenes of her and this guy during Senior Year to give credence to their feelings--Hey, a year had passed since then. So many things could've happened. In fact, I wouldn't have objected to more scenes, but at the same time, I thought their last scene together was romantic, especially when you considered all the things he did for her and what he wrote on the back of the picture.

Another thing: I find it a bit weird that other people would know the truth, while Macy, who's at the center of things, would be left in the dark. Perhaps that's the theme of the story, in which case, the title is especially apt, because it's not only the kiss that she received in the dark, but she's in the dark the entire time.

Some issues were also raised and I thought the author handled them well, especially with regard to the different ways people--even those closest to us--would react when faced with such news.

A KISS IN THE DARK is an enjoyable, feel-good read fans of YA contemporary romance would enjoy.

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REVIEW BY Ashia   

More Than We Can Tell

by Brigid Kemmerer
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"Compelling and heartbreaking"

MORE THAN WE CAN TELL is a bit different from its companion book, Letters to the Lost, but the themes the author explores here are every bit as heavy and serious. This is not a light read, and it's every bit as compelling and heartbreaking as the previous book.

Rev Fletcher has a tragic past, and I read about the things done to him in horror. I don't doubt that such things do happen, and it's heartbreaking, especially when it happens to kids who are vulnerable and innocent. You can understand his scars and the fears that still haunt him, how they drive his actions. But I'm glad he has such supportive and understanding adoptive parents, and they're the reasons he turned out to be a decent young man.

Emma Blue is one of the reasons I was attracted to his story. She's a gamer and developer of this RPG game. I love geeks and gaming and I couldn't resist. The author also took this opportunity to highlight the challenges facing women in this male-dominated industry (computers and tech and gaming). While I appreciate Emma's independence, I grew frustrated with her when she wouldn't even accept Rev's help and I don't know what her problem was when it's obvious the situation is beyond her control. Her reactions whenever Nightmare sent her a message is a bit over the top (slamming laptops shut, etc) though understandable, and I would've thought she'd appreciate and want Rev's help. She seems adamant about not accepting help though, either from her parents or Rev or any authority figure with the mess she'd found herself in, and I'm baffled as to why. So I find her character a bit contradictory.

Readers who've loved Letters to the Lost will be happy to know Declan had a bit of a cameo here and we're also given insights into what happened after the end of the previous book. Of course, he and Juliet got together, but there's something else about his personal life, some closure to his situation.

Though the story is told from the first person POV, the points of view alternates between Emma and Rev, for which I'm grateful because I feel this gives a story depth than if the story were just seen from one person's POV.

I can't end this review without mentioning Matthew and the friendship between the boys. I think it was heartwarming, the way it went down between them, especially with Rev.

Also, this book drives home the point that things aren't what they seem, especially over the Internet and the dangers inherent in using this medium to unsuspecting people--both adults and kids--without giving a lecture about it. Highly recommended.

REVIEW BY Ashia   

The Heartbreak Cure

by Amanda Ashby
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"Worth a read!"

The Heartbreak Cure is sweet young adult contemporary romance of friends becoming lovers. I love Cat's faith in Alex; she never wavered even when he doubted himself. He had a tough life and he'd been doing all he can to turn his life around. I love that he had a great support system in his grandmother and Cat and Joe (his boss and landlord). He was also flexible enough to change his concepts when he needed to. Sometimes, all someone needs is a break, and I wish the world were open-minded and generous enough to give these breaks to people who need them. Sometimes, life isn't fair, and when that happens, how does one go forward? Fortunately, that didn't happen to Alex.

Cat is a great friend. She's also quite perceptive in the way she sees through Alex's façade to the person beneath. But perhaps that's because she knew Alex from when they were both younger. I love that she's loyal even in the face of adversity, and that she's willing to stand by her friend. I absolutely love the angst in this story, because Cat needed a fake boyfriend and she latched onto Alex to help her, but what she didn't know is that Alex has had a crush on her for a long time! And because he didn't feel himself worthy of her, so he kept his feelings to himself and swore not to get involved with her for real.

There's also a wonderful message here about believing in yourself, but it also helps of course for someone to believe in you. Also, opportunities abound; it may not be what you want, but it's best to open your eyes to see what you can actually attain. And sometimes, a stepping stone may be what you need for the meantime to get to where you envision yourself ultimately to be.

The Heartbreak Cure is a very enjoyable read; well worth the time spent reading it!

REVIEW BY Ashia   

An Enchantment of Ravens

by Margaret Rogerson
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"Absolute page turner!"

Wow! An Enchantment of Ravens is an amazing book with a most fascinating story to tell. Young readers and adults alike will be enchanted as the author sweeps them along into her world of the fair ones. She builds upon the original material available about the fairy, added a twist here and there and made the new resulting mythology her own. Take note though that her fairies are not those cute, cuddly, little winged creatures. I'll leave you to discover what they're like. I was both fascinated and repulsed by the description of the fae (though truly, I should've known, because why else would they use glamor? But I hadn't really thought about it) and I couldn't help but think that it doesn't bode well for our intrepid heroine.

Yet, at the same time, I was rooting for her and Rook, the autumn prince. He was different from the others (or, the heroine seems to think so) and I couldn't help but wish they'd get their HEA. However, the obstacles they're facing appears insurmountable, not least of which was the difference in their races--he a fae and she a mortal. Is an HEA in the offing or not? You'll have to read to find out.

The worldbuilding was incredible. Get this--our heroine lives in Whimsy, a place of eternal summer, a place where the fae can go to indulge their desire and craving for Craft. What is Craft? Craft is anything humans can do and the fair ones can't, like cooking, writing or painting. Isabel, the heroine, is a portrait painter, and her services are much sought after, being a master of her Craft at such a young age. Then there's the fae world and--well, I'll leave you to discover the rest.

One thing though that I can't understand (maybe I missed it or it wasn't explained properly) was how and why the Alder King became such.

That said, I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. Definitely a pageturner! Get this or you'll regret it. The story is complete in itself (I'm glad there's no cliffhanger!) and I'd love to hear more of their adventures in a sequel, if there is one.

REVIEW BY Shakera Blakney   

Four Times Broken

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"Four Times Broken"

When I requested this book, I had high hopes. The synopsis completely grabbed me. However, the execution was lacking, which is disappointing because this is one of my favorite genres. I found myself taking breaks from this story, wondering if I would add this to my DNF list (which is a pretty small list). I couldn't bring myself to care what happened to the characters, whether good or bad. I could not make myself become invested in the characters or the plot. The dialogue was a bit stilted so it didn't quite flow. "Four Times Broken" has potential to be better, but for me it fell flat.

REVIEW BY Ashia   

The Ugly Stepsister Strikes Back

by Sariah Wilson
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"Absolute page turner!"

This book is amazing! I love The Ugly Stepsister Strikes Back because it's funny and it has so much heart! I love the way Sariah Wilson turns the fairy tale on its head and made this story her own. We gain so much insight into Ella (why she loves to clean) and we even see her playing Fairy Godmother. Instead of the evil stepmother, we have an evil mother and a loving stepfather. But most of all, this is the story of the ugly stepsister, who's not really ugly (inside and out) and is maybe ugly only because she thought herself so.

I love Mattie's voice as the narrator; her personality really shines through. She's snarky but not too much, just enough to be witty and to win this reader's heart. I love how strong she is, how she held on to her integrity when asked to do something she knew to be wrong or against her principles. She had her moments of doubts, true, but in the end, she couldn't not be true to herself. Her insecurities stem from her mother's abandonment, and I love her growth throughout the story (Ella helped, of course), the realization that she shouldn't look at herself from other people's eyes, but through her own. There's romance, sure. After all, Jake Kingston was also the catalyst for Mattie running for senior class president and other changes, but in the end, this story is about Mattie's growth and her changing relationships with her mother, stepsister and Jake.

I absolutely love the bonus content, too, where we see several events from Jake's point of view! I love how this gave the story even more depth, but we don't need to read a scene-by-scene from Jake's POV, only the important parts, which is the best. And the first two lines? Huge squee!

This is by far the best fairy tale retelling I've ever read of Cinderella's story, and it's not even about Cinderella. And there's a sequel. I Can. Not. Wait. Bring it on!

REVIEW BY Shakera Blakney   

"Great start to a series!"

This was an interesting story of a young girl, who is an angel that has berm separated from her light. The current users intend to use her for nefarious purposes and Roxie has to get her light back! It's essential that she gets it back and she has friends who are going to help her do just that! I enjoyed this story so much!I have to know what happens next! I can't believe I didn't know about this series sooner!

REVIEW BY Ashia   

Love, Life and the List

by Kasie West
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"Very enjoyable!"

Kasie West is on my auto-read list, although after her last two releases, I'd almost given up on reading a book from her that I truly loved (The one I love best was P.S. I Like You). However, I'm happy that I gave this book a chance! I really enjoyed reading Love, Life and the List. It's more than a young adult romance; it's about Abby's growth as she navigates through life, things she realizes about herself, her relationships with the people around her and the pain of growing up.

When Abby was rejected to display her art at the museum and was told she needed heart and depth, she decided to have more life experiences, believing this would help her growth. For this, she started a list of traits she wished to acquire, traits espoused by the people around her. I was inspired! I thought it's an amazing idea, and I wanted to have my own Heart List. As for Abby, I really do think she grew as she went through her list; it forces her to become more aware of other people, like the Tree Guy, and to go out of her comfort zone to experience life.

I love Abby's relationship with her Dad, who's the best email writer in the world. I thought it's great she has a supportive dad, that even though he's always so far away, he makes time for her whenever he could. Her Grandpa is just wonderful too; he's basically the stable male influence in her life, and it's funny how they're so alike in their love for sarcasm. Abby's relationship with her Mom is a bit trickier, but then, I think our relationships with our moms are all like that. Added to which, Abby's mom suffered from some mental illness, and I like how the author treated it with respect, like the way Abby and her family didn't discount it (as so many do) but did their best to help. My psychology professor used to say there's no such thing as normal, only degrees of abnormality. So…

Another thing I like is Abby's friendship with Lacey. Part of growing up, as I mentioned earlier, is to experience new things, and this includes making new friends. You can't have too many friends! Though of course, it's always best to choose friends with care. Good for Abby that her friendship with Lacey gave her the emotional support just when she needed it most. This brought me back to my own high school days…which is a trip best made alone. :)

Lastly, I love Abby's friendship with Cooper. From their every scene, you can see that they're truly best friends, the kind that knew each other soul-deep. However, Abby is also in love with Cooper and had even told him about this last summer, only to have her brush it off to save face when she realized Cooper didn't return her feelings. So this summer is all about Abby trying to get over Cooper, while said boy is chasing another girl and even matchmaking Abby with another boy called Elliot. I have to admit that by 50% of the book, I was so frustrated with Cooper that I want Abby to end up with Elliot. (He's a nice guy. Mom and Grandpa approved.) I thought this part of the plot (Will she or won't she? With Cooper, I mean) just dragged on and on and on… If some scenes were cut, I think this book would've been a lot better.

Abby's voice as a narrator is engaging and makes for easy reading, and it was really interesting to learn about painting and her struggles as an artist.

Overall, Love, Life, and the List is a very enjoyable read, and I'm sure lots of young adults would find themselves relating with Abby. As for the adults, it's a great catalyst for a trip down memory lane.

REVIEW BY Shakera Blakney   

Allusive Aftershock

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"Slightly Intriguing"

I was intrigued by the synopsis, however the story wasn't as appealing as the synopsis. Court was absolutely adorable and you root for him to get the girl in the end, but Adela will drive you crazy in the beginning. Adela has her head on straight, except when it comes to Max who is really all about himself. Max has the capability to irritate you to no end. The romance between Court and Adela was very sweet, but the ending seemed a bit rushed. Overall, not a bad book, but not the best book you've ever read either.

REVIEW BY Ashia   

Lucky in Love

by Kasie West
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"Well-written prose, adorable characters, and believable conflict"

Any Kasie West story is a good story, with well-written prose, adorable characters, and believable conflict. Topics of racism and prejudice were raised as a side note (the hero Seth is Vietnamese), but nothing really happened in that context.

While the story deals with Maddie's winning the lottery and the resulting consequences of her actions realistically, this just isn't my cup of tea. That said, LUCKY IN LOVE is still a great read.

REVIEW BY Ashia   

Just One of the Boys

by Leah and Kate Rooper
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"Surpassed expectations and more!"

It's no secret (in my family, anyway) that I love the movie, She's the Man, which is sort of based on Twelfth Night, one of Shakespeare's Plays. When I read the blurb for JUST ONE OF THE BOYS, which is kinda like the plot of She's the Man, naturally I just have to read it, and I'm happy to inform that it surpassed my expectations and more.

I love retellings, but there's nothing I hate more than retellings that faithfully follow the original such that I can predict/know exactly what's going to happen next. I mean, flesh it out, deviate a little, stamp your own mark!

With JUST ONE OF THE BOYS, when I first started reading, especially when Alice masquerades as her brother, I have to admit I was imagining Viola (Amanda Bynes) saying those lines, doing those actions, etc especially that first scene in the locker room. But soon after, miracle of miracles, Viola "turned" into Al/Alice, the story was taking me places I'd never gone before, and making me excited to know what's going to happen to Al/Alice and Hayden. I love how the authors made this story their own; their characters were fleshed-out, three-dimensional individuals with their own goals and motivations. I love how Al and Hayden became very good friends, and the time apart as Hayden dealt with the fact that Al is really Alice was believable. I couldn't stop reading, couldn't stop until I reached the last page with a satisfied sigh.

If you love hockey and romantic comedies and best friends becoming more, you definitely shouldn't miss this!

REVIEW BY Silver   

The Impossible Vastness of Us

by Samantha Young
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"Hooked me in from the first page!"

The Impossible Vastness of Us is a beautiful, heartfelt and deeply emotional book. The author hooked me in from the first page and didn't let go until the last. (And maybe not even then.) I almost didn't pick up this book; so glad that I did! I can't put this book down!


The characters here complex, with layers upon layers to them. Sooo many secrets! I absolutely adored India. She's strong, so humanly flawed and relatable. I know how it feels to be uprooted and dumped smack dab in a new school where you don't know anybody. Add in a stepsister who doesn't really like her, and let's not forget Finn (swoon), and India has her work cut out for her. I was rooting for her all the way.

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Another thing I like about this book (and really, most YA books) is that aside from romantic love, there are usually themes of family and friendship.


Definitely, read it!

REVIEW BY Ashia   

Coming Up for Air

by Miranda Kenneally
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"Worth a read!"

Reading COMING UP FOR AIR gives me mixed feelings, which I'll detail for you later. Overall, it's a breath of fresh air (hah!) that discusses a subject most books shy away from or skirts around the edges: sex. We adults, especially the parents, might not agree at the existence of such a book, but I think teens need to read something like this. Sure, it discusses hookups and its prevalence in society (especially colleges and maybe the older teens in high school, especially athletes) and how it impacts the teens and young adults, but at the same time, through the characters' realizations, they realize that hookups are meaningless, and at the end of it, sex is meaningful because it's with someone you care about. (Okay, that's my take away from the book, don't beat me if you don't agree).

That said, I think this book is suited only for older teens and beyond.

Maggie, the heroine, is feeling left out, because she hasn't had a relationship and hasn't made out with a guy because all her time is packed with swimming and eating and homework (okay, I added the last one), while all her three friends have had hookups or relationships (or trying to have one). So, she wants to have some experience before college. She wants to make out with a guy! And she targeted best friend Levi for that. In time, she realizes that everyone develops at his/her own pace, and that life experiences come when you're ready for it. I think that's a great message for teens today, who feel the pressure from their friends, etc.

Okay, the mixed feelings. While I think this book is good for older teens to read, I am not so comfortable with reading about heavy teenage make out sessions. There's nothing crass here; the action is not detailed nor are explicit words used, but they still make me uneasy. So, maybe adults shouldn't read this?

Also, there's not much conflict/tension here. Or maybe I just can't relate to teenage situations anymore.

Overall, I think it's worth a read by older teens.

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Holding Up the Universe

by Jennifer Niven
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"Very enjoyable read with a sweet love story!"

I have to admit, I was a bit irritated by the slow unfolding of the events. It's taking too long a time for Libby and Jack to meet. At least for me. And all the backstory interspersed between the present scenes...I felt that it slows down the story.

However, I admire Libby. She's plus-size, and while the media and her classmates ridicule her for her weight, I thought she's accepting of her body and she didn't let it stop her from doing anything or going after what she wanted. Sure, she also has fears about her weight and how her classmates would see her, and in that, she's very relatable. But at the end of it, I thought Libby has a great sense of self-worth. While Libby's weight and body size is a common problem girls faced in this thin-obsessed society, Jack's situation is more rare. It's the first I'd heard of someone not being able to recognize faces that excessively. I really feel for him and for all the misunderstandings that arise because of his problem.

Yet, these two people's paths intertwined and they became unlikely friends and more. I love their interactions, and I thought both these characters grew over the course of the book.

Definitely a very enjoyable read with a sweet love story!

High Summons
When rogue magic users set their sights on Rochester, Jon and his newfound demon-hunting Yoda race against the clock to stop the city from falling like Gomorrah!

"This is the best new series I’ve started so far in 2017!" - Long and Short Reviews YA

Totally Starcross'd
A modern day retelling of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.

"Why does she have to be Romilly Montague? Any other name on the planet. She’d be just as pretty and cute and clever—just as perfect—but she wouldn’t be Romilly Montague. Then I’d have a chance with her.”

Romilly longs for the freedom to live her own life ... but her dad is Alan Montague, hot contender for the job of Governor. And the bigger he gets, the more protective of Romilly her parents become.

Could Julian Capulet’s luck be worse? As if being born into the most conservative family in Verona wasn't bad enough, the girl of his dreams is the daughter of his father's biggest adversary in the upcoming election. His embarrassing family—especially his troublemaking younger brother—seem set to totally ruin his chances with Romilly.

For Romilly and Julian it’s never been truer that you can choose your friends but not your family. Will this story end in woe—or can there be a happily ever after for this modern-day Juliet and Romeo?

The Fading Dusk
In the gritty city of Dusk, seventeen-year-old Irina makes her living as the street magician Bantheir’s assistant. The job isn’t glamorous, but she loves the crowds, the shows, and most of all, the illusion of magic. But Irina’s world is shattered the night she is arrested and charged as Bantheir’s accomplice to murder—murder by magic. Real magic, the kind that’s been forbidden since the old wars. Irina finds the idea of flashy showman Bantheir using actual magic to kill someone laughable, but she’s the only one who sees how ridiculous the claim is. But how can she convince everyone Bantheir is innocent when they’ve already made up their minds?

Desperate, Irina must decide who she can trust to help her win her freedom. Is the surly, handsome Captain Leonid telling the truth when he says he believes Irina is innocent, or is he just using her to get to Bantheir? What about Aden, the sweet soldier and longtime fan of Irina’s who claims he’s on her side?

Irina said she wanted to know the truth, but when she stumbles across a dark secret that changes everything, will she be strong enough to survive?

Starr Gone
A Starr gone. A team betrayed.

You never know who your true friends are until a gun’s pointed at you. One will take a bullet, and the other will pull the trigger. Starr learned that lesson the hard way.

The perfect smile. A killer attitude. General Treadwell wanted nothing more than to turn Starr Bishop into the ideal assassin, but she’s far more valuable as Jessica Chamberlain, granddaughter and heir to Chamberlain Chocolates. Luckily, he’s found two enthusiastic replacements. They lack Starr’s intelligence, but no matter, they possess their own weapons of persuasion along with a flair for the dramatic, and that’s never a bad thing.

Di, along with Christian, Frank, Ben and Coda, are determined to keep Starr safe, but the depths of betrayal crack the very foundation of the team. When Starr becomes a pawn in a game of power, money, and manipulation, Di channels her WWSD (What Would Starr Do) to rally the team. She owes her best friend that much. No... More.

Traitors' Gate
Only time will tell who the traitors really are…

Sixteen-year-old Lucinda is getting the home-coming from hell. England is in the grip of the War of the Roses and her tyrant father has promised her hand to a vile man three times her age. In need of aid, she seeks sanctuary with an old childhood friend only to find him accused of treachery and harboring a supernatural secret. All too soon Lucinda is caught in a fight that’s not her own but, to be with the man she loves, she’ll gladly take up arms.

Until Friday Night
To everyone who knows him, West Ashby has always been that guy: the cocky, popular, way-too-handsome-for-his-own-good football god who led Lawton High to the state championships. But while West may be Big Man on Campus on the outside, on the inside he’s battling the grief that comes with watching his father slowly die of cancer.

Two years ago, Maggie Carleton’s life fell apart when her father murdered her mother. And after she told the police what happened, she stopped speaking and hasn’t spoken since. Even the move to Lawton, Alabama, couldn’t draw Maggie back out. So she stayed quiet, keeping her sorrow and her fractured heart hidden away.

As West’s pain becomes too much to handle, he knows he needs to talk to someone about his father—so in the dark shadows of a post-game party, he opens up to the one girl who he knows won’t tell anyone else.

West expected that talking about his dad would bring some relief, or at least a flood of emotions he couldn’t control. But he never expected the quiet new girl to reply, to reveal a pain even deeper than his own—or for them to form a connection so strong that he couldn’t ever let her go…

Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed.

The sci-fi saga that began with the breakout bestseller Illuminae continues on board the Jump Station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of the BeiTech assault.

Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter; Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy's most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.

When an elite BeiTech strike team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station residents one by one, and a malfunction in the station's wormhole means the space-time continuum might be ripped in two before dinner. Soon Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own survival; the fate of everyone on the Hypatia—and possibly the known universe—is in their hands.

But relax. They've totally got this. They hope.

Once again told through a compelling dossier of emails, IMs, classified files, transcripts, and schematics, Gemina raises the stakes of the Illuminae Files, hurling readers into an enthralling new story that will leave them breathless.

The Girl of Fire and Thorns
Once a century, one person is chosen for greatness. Elisa is the chosen one. But she is also the younger of two princesses. The one who has never done anything remarkable, and can’t see how she ever will.

Now, on her sixteenth birthday, she has become the secret wife of a handsome and worldly king–a king whose country is in turmoil. A king who needs her to be the chosen one, not a failure of a princess.

And he’s not the only one who seeks her. Savage enemies, seething with dark magic, are hunting her. A daring, determined revolutionary thinks she could be his people’s savior, and he looks at her in a way that no man has ever looked at her before. Soon it is not just her life, but her very heart that is at stake.

Elisa could be everything to those who need her most. If the prophecy is fulfilled. If she finds the power deep within herself. If she doesn’t die young. Most of the chosen do.

When Princess Cassia Rose fled her home world of Eturia to escape an arranged marriage, she had no idea her sudden departure would spark a war. Now after two years hiding as a ship hand, she is finally returning to her beloved home but not in the way she imagined. Shackled by bounty hunters, she is violently dragged back to account for her crimes. Her only solace is that the Banshee crew managed to evade capture, including Kane Arric, her best friend...with occasional benefits.

Meanwhile, Kane and the rest of the crew of the Banshee plan a desperate rescue mission. But when they arrive on Eturia, Cassia isn't exactly in need of heroics--she's claimed her birthright as Eturia's queen, but has inherited a war-torn planet simmering with rebellion. Cassia must make alliances, and Kane, the bastard son of a merchant, isn't a choice that will earn her any friends. Kane knows he will never find someone to replace Cassia--and is certain she returns his feelings--but how can he throw away his own promising future waiting on a queen?

When the outer realm is threatened by the dangerous Zhang mafia, Cassia, Kane and the rest of the Banshee crew uncover a horrifying conspiracy that endangers the entire universe. In the face of unspeakable evil, Cassia must confront her own family's complicated legacy on Eturia and decide once and for all who her real family is.

The Raven King
All her life, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love's death. She doesn't believe in true love and never thought this would be a problem, but as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she's not so sure anymore.

Water Weaver
The young maiden, Marella, was born to the island of Wraidd Elfennol, a place balanced by the four elements of nature – Earth, Air, Fire and Water. The essence of each element contained in sacred artefacts ensuring the balance of life.

Every year, the community from across the island gather for the Summer Solstice. It is at this celebration the Lords and Ladies of Wraidd Elfennol make an astounding announcement. The sacred artefacts are missing. They then proclaim that four individuals, along with their animal Life Partners, will be selected to restore the balance.

Marella and her otter, Nixie, are chosen because of their link to the element of Water and along with her, three others – each in-tune with a different element.

Together they embark on a quest to either find the missing artefacts or somehow create new ones. As the world around them changes, danger lurks with every challenge the group face. They must hurry as the elements need to be restored before a year and a day have passed.

Failure is not an option or the world as they know it will cease to exist.

Don't Kiss the Messenger
For most of her teenage life, CeCe Edmonds has been dealing with the stares and the not-so-polite whispers that follow her around Edgelake High. So she has a large scar on her face—Harry Potter had one on his forehead and people still liked him.

CeCe never cared about her looks—until Emmett Brady, transfer student and football darling, becomes her literature critique partner. The only problem? Emmett is blindsided by Bryn DeNeuville, CeCe’s gorgeous and suddenly shy volleyball teammate.

Bryn asks CeCe to help her compose messages that’ll charm Emmett. CeCe isn’t sure there’s anything in his head worth charming but agrees anyway—she’s a sucker for a good romance. Unfortunately, the more messages she sends and the more they run into each other, the more she realizes there’s plenty in his head, from food to literature. Too bad Emmett seems to be falling for the wrong girl...

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book involves one fiercely scarred girl who wants the new guy in town, the new guy who thinks he wants the new girl, and the new girl who really isn’t sure what she wants, and the misunderstanding that brings them all together. This modern Cyrano de Bergerac retelling will make you laugh, swoon, and fall in love.

A Distant Voice
In life you don't find your voice. It finds you.

Violet Hayes knows how to survive the year living with her grandmother in the small town of Wandorah, Tennessee.

* Make Rose happy
* Don't sing or play guitar
* Avoid Sally Shaw
* Ignore Carter Jenkins

It seems simple enough, right? Wrong.

* How do you keep a depressed sister happy?
* How do you deny yourself your dream?
* How do you avoid a friendship?
* And how do you ignore a boy when he's everywhere you turn?

Violet's to-do list just became a whole lot harder.

Starr Lost, Book Two of the Starr Fall Series
A Starr falls, and a family is found.

On the run from the Organization, Starr and Christian find safety on the Qualla Boundary with their friends, Ben and Coda, but Starr needs answers. She owes her dear dead friends, Sami and Jody, that much. She forms a team of her own to fight the general and his recruits.

Di, a mutual friend and anti-everything is a no-brainer, plus her Taser will come in handy. Frank, Starr’s BFF, will put his life on the line for her. Ben and Coda, not to be outdone by Starr’s friends, also swear their allegiance. Christian’s the only hold out. He knows what the Organization is capable of. He has the beaten body to prove it, but when Starr wants something, she gets it.

Now that the team’s together, everything should be perfect. Trouble is Starr loves Christian but so does Di. And Frank, well, he’s never been very good at hiding his love for Starr. Will his four-year long crush on her threaten the safety of the team?

Life becomes tense on the Qualla Boundary, sparks fly, and the Organization is about to smash in their door.

The Secret of a Heart Note
From critically acclaimed author Stacey Lee, an evocative novel about a teen aroma-expert who uses her extrasensitive sense of smell to help others fall in love—while protecting her own heart at all costs—perfect for fans of Lauren Myracle and E. Lockhart.

Sometimes love is right under your nose. As one of only two aromateurs left on the planet, sixteen-year-old Mimosa knows what her future holds: a lifetime of weeding, mixing love elixirs, and matchmaking—all while remaining incurably alone. For Mim, the rules are clear: falling in love would render her nose useless, taking away her one great talent. Still, Mimosa doesn’t want to spend her life elbow-deep in soil and begonias. She dreams of a normal high school experience with friends, sports practices, debate club, and even a boyfriend. But when she accidentally gives an elixir to the wrong woman and has to rely on the lovesick woman’s son, the school soccer star, to help fix the situation, Mim quickly begins to realize that falling in love isn’t always a choice you can make.

At once hopeful, funny, and romantic, Stacey Lee’s The Secret of a Heart Note is a richly evocative coming-of-age story that gives a fresh perspective on falling in love and finding one’s place in the world.

French Fries with a Side of Guys
Payton Carter is one of six kids (all of which are named after famous football players), not to mention the only girl in the Carter household. With this much testosterone and no mother, it’s no wonder she’s absolutely clueless when it comes to makeup, dances, and talking to guys she’s crushing on.

And now she’s about ready to start her freshman year of high school, which is nerve wrenching enough. But when she ends up running into her crush, Chance Montgomery, at her dad’s sports restaurant, she finds out that the quarterback for their rival team is moving to Aller Falls. This is nothing short of fate.

Payton realizes she has to find a way to impress Chance and get him to ask her out or at least know she’s interested in him—preferably without dropping a plateful of fries on his head, like she did last time. After taking her two oldest brothers’ advice, she decides to go out for the freshman football team, figuring that between practices and games she and her crush will surely be able to talk.

And maybe talking will lead to something more permanent or at least to a first kiss. Only this plan backfires in ways she never imagined, when she beats Chance Montgomery out of the starting quarterback position. Now not only does she make him the laughing stock of the team, but also has to figure out how to avoid the snotty cheerleaders, a traitor best friend, not to mention winning games for her team. Too bad this is just the beginning of her freshman year.

Earth's End
A woman awoken in air, a soldier forged by fire, a weapon risen from blood.
Vhalla Yarl has made it to the warfront in the North. Forged by blood and fire, she has steeled her heart for the final battle of the Solaris Empire's conquest. The choices before Vhalla are no longer servitude or freedom, they are servitude or death. The stakes have never been higher as the Emperor maintains his iron grip on her fate, holding everything Vhalla still has left to lose in the balance.

Just a Few Inches
All Carrie Roberts wants is to be a little bit smaller.

To fit into the perfect dress for the Valentine’s Day Dance. To look beautiful for her boyfriend, the school’s star basketball player. To keep his jealous ex-girlfriend, a rival cheerleader, away from him. And to be noticed by her classmates.

Exercising and dieting don’t work, but an advertisement for weight loss pills promises a quicker solution to her problem. As time runs out, she takes more than the recommended dose until she’s just a few inches slimmer. Heads turn when she arrives at the dance, and the wonderful night with her boyfriend is beyond what she dreamed it would be.

Days later, Carrie discovers that her body is changing in ways that should be impossible. While her doctor searches for a cure, she desperately turns to her friends and family for support. Everyone is noticing her now whether she likes it or not, and even the media is intrigued by her incredible story. Getting everything she once wanted has created new problems—problems that are growing more terrifying every day.

Because Carrie Roberts is shrinking.

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"Just a Few Inches" is a Young Adult novel that deals with issues of body image, self-esteem, and teenage relationships. It is intended for readers age 13 and up.

Genesis Girl
Eighteen-year-old Blanca has lived a sheltered life. Her entire childhood has been spent at Tabula Rasa School where she’s been protected from the Internet.

Blanca has never been online and doesn’t even know how to text. Her lack of a virtual footprint makes her extremely valuable, and upon graduation, Blanca and those like her are sold to the highest bidders.

Blanca is purchased by Cal McNeal, who uses her to achieve personal gain. But the McNeal’s are soon horrified by just how obedient and non-defiant Blanca is. All those mind-numbing years locked away from society have made her mind almost impenetrable.

By the time Blanca is ready to think for herself, she is trapped. Her only chance of escape is to go online.

Love, Life and the List
What do you do when you’ve fallen for your best friend? Funny and romantic, this effervescent story about family, friendship, and finding yourself is perfect for fans of Sarah Dessen and Jenny Han.

Seventeen-year-old Abby Turner’s summer isn’t going the way she’d planned. She has a not-so-secret but definitely unrequited crush on her best friend, Cooper. She hasn’t been able to manage her mother’s growing issues with anxiety. And now she’s been rejected from an art show because her work “has no heart.” So when she gets another opportunity to show her paintings, Abby isn’t going to take any chances.

Which is where the list comes in.

Abby gives herself one month to do ten things, ranging from face a fear (#3) to learn a stranger’s story (#5) to fall in love (#8). She knows that if she can complete the list, she’ll become the kind of artist she’s always dreamed of being.

But as the deadline approaches, Abby realizes that getting through the list isn’t as straightforward as it seems . . . and that maybe—just maybe—she can’t change her art if she isn’t first willing to change herself.

In a land ruled and shaped by violent magical storms, power lies with those who control them.

Aurora Pavan comes from one of the oldest Stormling families in existence. Long ago, the ungifted pledged fealty and service to her family in exchange for safe haven, and a kingdom was carved out from the wildlands and sustained by magic capable of repelling the world’s deadliest foes. As the sole heir of Pavan, Aurora's been groomed to be the perfect queen. She’s intelligent and brave and honorable. But she’s yet to show any trace of the magic she’ll need to protect her people.

To keep her secret and save her crown, Aurora’s mother arranges for her to marry a dark and brooding Stormling prince from another kingdom. At first, the prince seems like the perfect solution to all her problems. He’ll guarantee her spot as the next queen and be the champion her people need to remain safe. But the more secrets Aurora uncovers about him, the more a future with him frightens her. When she dons a disguise and sneaks out of the palace one night to spy on him, she stumbles upon a black market dealing in the very thing she lacks―storm magic. And the people selling it? They’re not Stormlings. They’re storm hunters.

Legend says that her ancestors first gained their magic by facing a storm and stealing part of its essence. And when a handsome young storm hunter reveals he was born without magic, but possesses it now, Aurora realizes there’s a third option for her future besides ruin or marriage.
She might not have magic now, but she can steal it if she’s brave enough.

Challenge a tempest. Survive it. And you become its master.

The Dark Hour
Becca Simpson is a not so average teenager, and she knows it. In fact, she embraces it. She was chosen to be a Keeper, one who keeps the gates sealed between the magic world and the "normal" world. The only time she isn't safe from the dark creatures of the Other Side is the Dark Hour. Every night, at the same time, the gates between the two worlds open and Becca is left vulnerable until the gate closes and the minions disappear. But that's why she has Erik Manchester. As her Guardian, Erik is in charge of making sure no one, or no thing, comes after her to take her away. Because waiting for her on the Other Side is a tyrannical emperor, looking to use her status to meld the two worlds into one.

With Erik, Becca feels safe, but suffocated. There are rules she has to follow in order to keep out of the hands of the emperor. Then Kyne walks into her life and challenges everything she knows. Not only does he know things about the Other Side, but he's from there. And found a way to stay in the normal world without frying.

Magnetic Shift

The ability to magnetize and manipulate metal with the flick of her wrist makes seventeen-year-old Lexi Adams a crack mechanic, but it’s a disaster in the making when her stepdad trades her skills to NASCAR team owner Dean Grant for an entire season’s worth of sponsorship ads.

Now Lexi has no other choice but to suck it up and hope she can keep her magnetic impulses under control—that is, until she runs into NASCAR’s hot new rookie, Colton Tayler.

When Carl Stacy, the ruthless team owner of the defending Cup Champion, discovers Lexi’s secret and plots to use it to ruin Dean’s race team for good, Lexi must either expose her ability to save Colton, risking Dean’s career and her own freedom in the process, or watch the only guy she’s ever fallen for race to his death.

Divine Fall
After tragedy tears Jamie Brandt's life apart, her only goal is to finish high school so she can leave her small hometown behind. In the meantime, riding her horse is her main source of solace, until a mysterious stable hand shows up at the barn. There's something not quite right about the handsome new employee, and the more Jamie sees of him, the more determined she becomes to figure out what he's hiding.

Dothan Reed came to historic Huntsville, Maryland, for one reason--revenge. But his plan can't move forward until he finds the missing piece he needs to enhance his powers. As the only surviving Nephilim, Dothan is not only weaker than full-blooded angels; his forbidden lineage makes him an outcast in both worlds. When he discovers Jamie is the key to locating an ancient weapon, he's forced to interact with a vulnerable human girl--a task that becomes more appealing with each encounter.

Jamie soon learns Dothan isn't the only one with a dark secret. Each new revelation further threatens her safety, and Dothan's betrayal shatters her heart. Forgiving him seems impossible, but the thought of turning her back on him is equally painful.

As their connection deepens, Dothan will have to make his own difficult choice: continue on his path of vengeance, or protect the girl he loves. And when Dothan's actions thrust Jamie into an unforeseen danger, he must seek the help of his enemy...or risk losing her forever.

Descent: Son of a Mermaid ~ Book One
Shea MacNamara's life just got complicated. When a freak tornado devastates his Oklahoma farm, fifteen-year-old Shea moves to Cape Cod to live with a grandmother he's never met. Struggling to make sense of his new surroundings, he meets a girl along the shore who changes his life.


Kae belongs to an undersea world hidden from humans, where bloody war rages between opposing clans. A fragile peace accord hinges on marriage between the royal families, but treachery and magick lurk in every shadow.

With Kae's help, Shea discovers his true heritage and finds that his destiny lies somewhere far below the ocean's surface.

Eighteen-year-old Ing is torn apart by two conflicting emotions: his numbing grief for his dead mother and his enduring love for a boy named Ellis. Four years ago, while visiting his grandmother in a remote part of Norway, his mother died the same day he kissed Ellis, his summer friend. Convinced that moving to Norway will solve his issues, Ing faces his first setback when he can’t bear to talk about his mother or go anywhere near the river where she drowned. The second blow comes when he meets Ellis at school and Ellis acts like nothing happened between them.

Ing resolves to rekindle their friendship, but his infatuation only grows as he gets to know the stunning and matured Ellis. When heart-shattering secrets surface, Ing’s resolve to bare his soul to Ellis starts to unravel. Forced to face his mother's death, he second-guesses his decision to move. His growing closeness with Ellis also frightens him, because if Ellis rejects him, he'll have no one left to love. Ing must decide what losses he is willing to endure and what chances to take in order to gain resolution.

Someone Like Him
City girl, country guy. Will opposites attract--or clash?

When New-York-City girl Emily visits her cousin Janelle in Oregon, Emily wonders how she'll survive the wilderness. Janelle wonders if the wilderness will survive Emily's visit--and if she can convince her cousin to help save part of an old-growth forest.

Meanwhile, Emily also wonders if a big-city girl can get along with a county guy--named Bret. Under forest canopies and by crystal-clear waters she struggles with her growing attraction to him. But they're so different. Whoever thought she'd fall for someone like him?

How to Keep a Boy from Kissing You
Sweet sixteen and never been kissed—and that’s the way Aurora Skye wants it to be. She’s too busy finding guys for her two best friends, counseling her sensitive New Age dad (the NAD), and dealing with the unexpected return of her long-absent mom.

But always in the background there’s Hayden Paris, the boy next door, the bane of Aurora’s existence. Smart, funny, and always around to see her at her worst, he ‘gets’ her like no-one else... and that’s what makes him so infuriating.

When Aurora and Hayden are coerced into the lead roles in the school production of Much Ado About Nothing, things can only get worse. How is Aurora going to save her first kiss for the secret admirer who wooed her with poetry and a spectacular bunch of flowers on Valentine’s Day if she doesn’t know who he is and she’s obligated to lock lips with Hayden in the play’s final dramatic clinch?

From talented debut YA author Tara Eglington, How to Keep a Boy from Kissing You is a page-turning, funny and delicious romp of a book.

Flipping the Scales
Meredith and Marina’s lives have been flipped upside down.

When the translucent skirt that straight-A-student Meredith finds hidden on the beach gets wet, it transforms her legs into a mermaid tail. Despite the evidence in front of her, she insists that becoming a mythical creature isn’t scientifically possible.

Marina is allowed to experience one day per moon cycle among the humans. After hiding her tail on the beach that morning, she takes her first timid steps on land. When she returns at sunset to find it missing, she is left stranded and alone.

For the first time in her life, Meredith doesn’t have all the answers. As she searches for a way to return to normal before the next full moon, she makes waves among the school of mermaids. Meanwhile, Marina uncovers information about her past, and for the first time in her life, she must stand on her own two feet and take the lead on her own adventure.

As Meredith senses her human side slipping away, a forbidden way to change back entices her. But it comes with a consequence: Marina wouldn’t be able to return to the ocean.

Chevelle Donahue thought going into work would be just like any other boring day at the mall. Sure, there was her annoying co-worker Wicken Sanders, and a promotional visit from teen heartthrob Timber Hudson, to watch and keep her entertained. But who was she kidding? Working retail was lame no matter what happened.

A terrorist attack changes everything - an attack from aliens of all things. The patrons are given two options: comply or else. Complying means giving in to a new set of rules and changing her entire life. "Or else" means she has no chance of going home again.

She must figure out the truth behind why the aliens are holding everyone hostage. In doing so, she risks her chance at freedom - but by the time she learns what's really happening, she might not want it.

Dark, romantic and unforgettable, this riveting debut for fans of Labyrinth and Naomi Novik tells the fantastical story of a young woman's journey towards love and acceptance

Deep in his terrifying realm underground, the cold and forbidding Goblin King casts a dark shadow over nineteen-year-old Liesl. Her grandmother had always warned her to follow the old laws, for every year on the longest night of winter the Goblin King will emerge into the waking world in search of his eternal bride. Sensible and plain, Liesl knows it's her duty to keep her beautiful sister safe from harm, but she wishes only to indulge in her wild, captivating music, composed and played in secret in the Goblin King's honor.

When her beautiful sister Käthe is stolen by the Goblin King, Liesl knows she must set aside her childish fantasies to journey to the Underground and save her. Drawn despite herself to the strange, beautiful world she finds--and the mysterious man who rules it--she finds herself facing an impossible choice. With time and the old laws working against her, Liesl must discover who she truly is before her fate is sealed.

Set at the turn of the 19th century, when young upstart composers like Beethoven were forever altering the sound of music, S. Jae-Jones' richly imagined debut spins a spellbinding tale of music, love, sisterhood, and a young woman's search for self-actualization.

The Possibility of Somewhere
Together is somewhere they long to be.

Ash Gupta has a life full of possibility. His senior year is going exactly as he’s always wanted-- he's admired by his peers, enjoying his classes and getting the kind of grades that his wealthy, immigrant parents expect. There's only one obstacle in Ash's path: Eden Moore―the senior most likely to become class valedictorian. How could this unpopular, sharp-tongued girl from the wrong side of the tracks stand in his way?

All Eden's ever wanted was a way out. Her perfect GPA should be enough to guarantee her a free ride to college -- and an exit from her trailer-park existence for good. The last thing she needs is a bitter rivalry with Ash, who wants a prized scholarship for his own selfish reasons. Or so she thinks. . .When Eden ends up working with Ash on a class project, she discovers that the two have more in common than either of them could have imagined. They’re both in pursuit of a dream -- one that feels within reach thanks to their new connection. But what does the future hold for two passionate souls from totally different worlds?

Angelstone (Dark Angel #2)
After escaping from the Hollows and the Michaelea lightwarriors, Jordan takes Alyx and Israel to Aradale, a secret Rogue community, where they appear to be safe − for now. But did they bring the enemy with them? “Mini”, the strange and speechless young girl they rescued from the Hollows, is not as she seems. Why was Elder Michael keeping her locked up? What is she hiding?

Alyx and Israel are driven further apart as Israel continues to obsess over making Adere human and Alyx hides two secrets from him: that he may be part-demon and that she may be carrying his child, a tri-blood keye that can be used to unlock Hell.

Out in the mortal cities, pieces of Black Stone, the only material that can disrupt the angels’ healing abilities, continue to be stolen to make weapons for Samyara’s dark army. Alyx and her friends must stop them, but this means infiltrating holy and guarded places to steal the Black Stone − a monastery in remote China, a mosque in Saudi Arabia, an art gallery in Florence and a cathedral in Peru.

Can they win this deadly race against the Darkened?

Triumph of Chaos
After the disaster in Europe, Darlena’s starting to get desperate. She knows the only way to
defeat Hecate and the other crazy Red Gods is by banding together with other Witches, but is it any wonder she has a hard time trusting them?

With Izzy’s support, Darlena begins making fragile strides toward repairing the mess she made,
but she just can’t catch a break. As chaos runs rampant around her, Darlena begins to think that things would be better if she’d never become a Red Witch in the first place. But there’s no way to change the past…is there?

The final book in the Red Magic series brings Darlena face to face with impossible odds, and a
terrifying choice.

“You told me before that you’d never regret meeting me. Do you still feel that way now?”

Party? Cake? Friends? No, for Sakura Takeshi, her eighteenth birthday was spent meticulously preparing for her coming death. But all of her planning didn’t include meeting the star of her late guardian’s fairy tales in her garden one night.

Now she has a handsome yokai now sharing her house and her bed, a jealous young tengu living in her cherry tree, a cheerful classmate determined to push past her walls to be her first friend, and a heart in danger of being stolen.

Sakura’s stoic acceptance of her fate is slipping, but with the end of her life rapidly approaching, is there any point in learning to live again?

Aisuru is a young adult love story with a charming prince of hero, a sweetly conflicted heroine, a sprinkling of fantasy, and a little spice to warm the heart.