The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (The Hunger Games #0) by Suzanne Collins (2020)

the ballad of songbirds and snakes

YA/NA Fiction | Dystopia
5 starsBlurb:

“It is the morning of the reaping that will kick off the 10th annual Hunger Games. In the Capitol, 18-year-old Coriolanus Snow is preparing for his one shot at glory as a mentor in the Games. The once-mighty house of Snow has fallen on hard times, its fate hanging on the slender chance that Coriolanus will be able to out charm, outwit, and outmaneuver his fellow students to mentor the winning tribute. Continue reading

Kingdom of Ash

Kingdom of Ash (Throne of Glass #7) by Sarah J. Maas (2018)

kingdom of ash

YA/NA Fiction | Fantasy
4.5 starsBlurb:

The final battle is here.

Aelin Galathynius has vowed to save her people―but at a tremendous cost. Locked within an iron coffin by the Queen of the Fae, Aelin must draw upon her fiery will as she endures months of torture. The knowledge that yielding to Maeve will doom those she loves keeps her from breaking, but her resolve is unraveling with each passing day… Continue reading

Mexican Whiteboy

Mexican Whiteboy by Matt de la Peña (2008)

mexican whiteboy

Teen Fiction | Contemporary
4 StarsBlurb:

“Danny’s tall and skinny. Even though he’s not built, his arms are long enough to give his pitch a power so fierce any college scout would sign him on the spot. Ninety-five mile an hour fastball, but the boy’s not even on a team. Every time he gets up on the mound he loses it. Continue reading

Tower of Dawn

Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass #6) by Sarah J. Maas (2017)

tower of dawn

YA/NA Fiction | Fantasy
3.5 StarsBlurb:

A glorious empire . . .
A desperate quest . . .

Chaol Westfall and Nesryn Faliq have arrived in the shining city of Antica to forge an alliance with the Khagan of the Southern Continent, whose vast armies are Erilea’s last hope. But they have also come to Antica for another purpose: to seek healing at the famed Torre Cesme for the wounds Chaol received in Rifthold. Continue reading

The Festival of Trial and Ember

The Festival of Trial and Ember (Faerie Festival #1) by Logan Miehl (2017)

the festival of trial and ember

Teen Fiction | Fantasy
3.5 StarsBlurb:

A dangerous summer festival. A throne left empty. A forgotten world of faeries in a time of shadow and treason.

Roisín, seventeen years old, is biding her time till graduation. When the shadows around her come to life, she discovers no one else can see these strange creatures except her and her brother. Continue reading

Empire of Storms

Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass #5) by Sarah J. Maas (2016)

empire of storms

YA/NA Fiction | Fantasy
5 starsBlurb:

Kingdoms will collide.

The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius as war looms on the horizon. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those who don’t. Continue reading

The DUFF

The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend by Kody Keplinger (2010)

the duff

YA Fiction | Contemporary
2.5 StarsBlurb:

“Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper is cynical and loyal, and she doesn’t think she’s the prettiest of her friends by a long shot. She’s also way too smart to fall for the charms of man-slut and slimy school hottie Wesley Rush. In fact, Bianca hates him. And when he nicknames her “the Duff,” she throws her Coke in his face. Continue reading

The Exact Opposite of Okay

The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven (2018)

the exact opposite of okay

YA Fiction | Contemporary
3.5 StarsBlurb:

“Eighteen-year-old Izzy O’Neill knows exactly who she is—a loyal friend, an aspiring comedian, and a person who believes that milk shakes and Reese’s peanut butter cups are major food groups. But after she’s caught in a compromising position with the son of a politician, it seems like everyone around her is eager to give her a new label: slut. Continue reading

Deadly Sweet

Deadly Sweet (The Spellwork Syndicate #1) by Lola Dodge (2018)

Deadly Sweet Front

NA Fiction | Paranormal | (TV-14)
4 StarsBlurb:

Anise Wise loves three things: baking, potion making, and reading her spellbooks in blissful silence. She might not be the most powerful witch, but enchantment is a rare skill, and her ability to bake with magic is even rarer. Too bad no one wants witchcraft on their campus. Anise’s dream of attending pastry school crumbles with rejection letter after rejection letter. Continue reading

Queen of Shadows

Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass #4) by Sarah J. Maas (2015)

queen of shadows

YA/NA Fiction | Fantasy
5 starsBlurb:

The Queen has returned.

Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past… Continue reading