The Alienation of Courtney Hoffman

The Alienation of Courtney Hoffman by Brady Stefani (2016)
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the alienation of courtney hoffman
Teen Fiction | Sci-Fi | Paranormal | Aliens
3.5 Stars

“Fifteen year old Courtney wants to be normal like her friends. But there’s something frighteningly different about her—and it’s not just the mysterious tattoo her conspiracy-obsessed grandfather marked her with when she was a child. “Mental illness is a slippery slope,” her mother warns her. And the last thing Courtney wants to do is end up crazy and dead like her grandfather did.  Continue reading


BRN #10: YA Fiction as You Grow Older

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book come to life

Do you ever genuinely picture yourself in the books you read? Whether as a bystander, a co-star, or even the protagonist? Have you ever really wondered or wished for what life might be like if you could truly step inside a story? …maybe I was just a weird kid.  Continue reading

The Dream Protocol

The Dream Protocol (Descent #1) by Adara Quick (2016)
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The Dream Protocol
YA Fiction | Dystopian
3 Stars


In fiery young Deirdre Callaghan’s home of Skellig City, no one has dreamt their own dream in over a thousand years. Dreams are produced by the Dream Makers and sold by the Ministry, the tyrannical rulers of the city. In Skellig City, years of life are awarded equally and the ruined are cast away beneath the city on their 35th birthday.  Continue reading

The Ones

The Ones (The Ones #1) by Daniel Sweren-Becker (2016)
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The Ones
YA Fiction | Sci-Fi
3.5 Stars

“Cody has always been proud of being a One. She and her boyfriend James were two of the lucky babies from the 1% of the U.S. population that were randomly selected to benefit from genetic engineering. Now, she and the rest of The Ones are excelling. They are healthy, beautiful, and talented. They aren’t otherworldly, just perfect. And to some, that’s not fair. The Equality Movement, capitalizing on the growing fear and jealousy, gains political traction and actually outlaws their existence. Society shows its darker side as The Ones are marginalized. The line between right and wrong blurs in the face of injustice and Cody becomes closer to a group of radical Ones intent on fighting back. James begins to fear just how far she is willing to go for the cause.”

Expected Publication Date: September 6, 2016  Continue reading


Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (2013)


NA Fiction | Contemporary | Romance | Life4.5 starsBlurb:

A coming-of-age tale of fan fiction, family and first love.

Cath is a Simon Snow fan.
Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan…
But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.  Continue reading

Dorothy Must Die

Dorothy Must Die (Dorothy Must Die #1) by Danielle Paige (2014)

Dorothy Must Die

YA Fiction | Fantasy3.5 StarsBlurb:

“I didn’t ask for any of this. I didn’t ask to be some kind of hero.
But when your whole life gets swept up by a tornado – taking you with it – you have no choice but to go along, you know?

Sure, I’ve read the books. I’ve seen the movies. I know the song about the rainbow and the happy little bluebirds. But I never expected Oz to look like this. To be a place where Good Witches can’t be trusted, Wicked Witches may just be the good guys, and winged monkeys can be executed for acts of rebellion. There’s still a yellow brick road – but even that’s crumbling.

What happened? Dorothy.  Continue reading

Glass Sword

Glass Sword (Red Queen #2) by Victoria Aveyard (2016)

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YA Fiction | Fantasy
0 Stars DNF

“Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control.
The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.  Continue reading

Clockwork Angel

Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices #1) by Cassandra Clare (2010)

Clockwork Angel
YA Fiction | Paranormal
4 Stars

“In a time when Shadowhunters are barely winning the fight against the forces of darkness, one battle will change the course of history forever. Welcome to the Infernal Devices trilogy, a stunning and dangerous prequel to the New York Timesbestselling Mortal Instruments series.  Continue reading