I thoroughly enjoyed reading Emily Bain Murphy’s debut novel a few years back so it is no surprise that I am excited now about her new YA Historical Fantasy entitled SPLINTERS OF SCARLET. An utterly intriguing plot paired with Murphy’s style of prose? Yes please! Keep reading my post to find out more including my review and a fun guest post by Emily! Continue reading
Mexican Whiteboy by Matt de la Peña (2008)
Teen Fiction | Contemporary
“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
Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson (2018)
Teen Fiction | Paranormal Mystery
“Mila Flores and her best friend Riley have always been inseparable. There’s not much excitement in their small town of Cross Creek, so Mila and Riley make their own fun, devoting most of their time to Riley’s favorite activity: amateur witchcraft.
So when Riley and two Fairmont Academy mean girls die under suspicious circumstances, Mila refuses to believe everyone’s explanation that her BFF was involved in a suicide pact. Instead, armed with a tube of lip gloss and an ancient grimoire, Mila does the unthinkable to uncover the truth: she brings the girls back to life. Continue reading
Keep This to Yourself by Tom Ryan
YA Fiction | Mystery
“It’s been a year since the Catalog Killer terrorized the sleepy seaside town of Camera Cove, killing four people before disappearing without a trace. Like everyone else in town, eighteen-year-old Mac Bell is trying to put that horrible summer behind him—easier said than done since Mac’s best friend Connor was the murderer’s final victim. But when he finds a cryptic message from Connor, he’s drawn back into the search for the killer—who might not have been a random drifter after all. Continue reading
Stormrise by Jillian Boehme (2019)
YA Fiction | Fantasy
“If Rain weren’t a girl, she would be respected as a Neshu combat master. Instead, her gender dooms her to a colorless future. When an army of nomads invades her kingdom, and a draft forces every household to send one man to fight, Rain takes her chance to seize the life she wants. Continue reading
People Like Us by Dana Mele (2018)
YA Fiction | Contemporary | Mystery
“Kay Donovan may have skeletons in her closet, but the past is past, and she’s reinvented herself entirely. Now she’s a star soccer player whose group of gorgeous friends run their private school with effortless popularity and acerbic wit. But when a girl’s body is found in the lake, Kay’s carefully constructed life begins to topple. Continue reading
Dry by Neal Shusterman & Jarrod Shusterman (2018)
YA Fiction | Sci-Fi
“The drought—or the Tap-Out, as everyone calls it—has been going on for a while now. Everyone’s lives have become an endless list of don’ts: don’t water the lawn, don’t fill up your pool, don’t take long showers.
Until the taps run dry. Continue reading
Lingering by Melissa Simonson (2019)
Fiction | Sci-Fi
“Death doesn’t have to be the end.
With Lingering, your departed loved ones are only ever a phone call or text message away.*
Say all those things you should have said. Get their advice, hear their comforting words. Let them celebrate your achievements and soothe your fears like they used to.
Everyone is welcome, and consultations are always free.
*Some conditions may apply. Please call our office for details.” Continue reading
Julian by Anna Katmore (2013)
YA Fiction | Fantasy/Paranormal | Romance
“He was never a part of my plan…
Twelve years ago, when my mother chose her violent lover over me, my end of the deal was a room in an orphanage. Thank God, in six weeks, I’ll be eighteen and free!
Except, a certain stupid sweater in my backpack—okay, okay! I didn’t actually pay for it—lands me at court. And, look at that…my mother is back, too. Continue reading
The Wren Hunt by Mary Watson (2018)
YA Fiction | Paranormal/Mythology
“Every Christmas, Wren is chased through the woods near her isolated village by her family’s enemies—the Judges—and there’s nothing that she can do to stop it. Once her people, the Augurs, controlled a powerful magic. But now that power lies with the Judges, who are set on destroying her kind for good. Continue reading