Thursday, October 8, 2015

None of The Above by I.W. Gregorio

None of the Above

This quick read brings to light what it may be like to be a teenage girl diagnosed with AIS, Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome, a genetic intersex disorder or difference. In this story, Kristen, a high school girl, learns that she has AIS after a very painful attempt at sex.  When she shares the news with a friend, it gets out and then everyone knows.  I think the book treats the subject well and shows what social media can do and how people often react to others who are different.  The story is well-written and interesting and I think that teenagers will enjoy it.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Why We Took The Car by Wolfgang Herndorf

Why We Took the Car by Wolfgang Herrndorf
So I think this is a coming of age story.  I wonder why coming of age stories are only about boys and not about girls. Do girls not get to come of age?  Translated from German, this is a story about 14 year old Mike, who is a social nobody with an alcoholic mother and a philandering father.  When he is left on his own once his 8th grade year ends as his mother goes to spend a month in rehab again and his dad goes on a business trip with his lovely young assistant,  Mike is joined by Tschick, a Russian classmate who has a questionable past and they decide to steal a car and go on a road trip.  And so, the story goes until they wind up in a major car wreck with a truck full of swine.  The story is interesting and different.  I received this book free to review from Netgalley.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Rival by Lacy Yager

This is a short novella that is part of a young adult vampire series.  Emily Santos is part of a family of vampire chasers and in this short novella we see romance bloom between her and a long time martial arts classmate, Brett, as they have to fight off the vampires who have decided to attack them.  I have not read the other books in this series, but I think fans of YA vampire fiction will enjoy it.  I received this book free to review from Netgalley.

Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead

Goodbye Stranger

This is an intriguing YA novel that explore the friendships and trials of a group of teenagers in middle school and high school.  There is an element of mystery as one of the characters telling part of the story remains unnamed for most of the time and you have to figure out which character it is.  I liked the characters and their relationships were realistic.  I think that middle and high school students will enjoy it as well.  I received this book free to review from Netgalley.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Phobic by Courtney Pearson

Phobic by Cortney Pearson
This is a fun to read, classic thriller/horror/ghost story with a little YA romance.  Fifteen year old Piper lives in a haunted house - really, really haunted - with her older brother Joel.  Her father died several months ago - in the house, and her mother is in prison for murdering a man and burying him - in the house.  When her best friend/love interest, Todd brings his friends to the house - friends who bully Piper because she has acne - things go from creepy, to creepier.  Now, Piper has to learn the secrets of the house to save her brother and herself. I received this book free to review from Netgalley and I enjoyed it and think others will enjoy it too.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

About A Girl by Sarah McCarry

About a Girl by Sarah McCarry

The author's writing style is beautiful and delightful to read.  The story is the third in a series and I have not read the other two books, and if I had read them, I might have understood this one better.  It is a YA paranormal romance entwining mythological characters into the story.  The main character, Tally, is essentially magically induced to go on a plane trip across the country to find a man who used to be a musician so she can learn about her mother who had abandoned her at birth leaving her on the doorstep of her best friend.  She thinks the musician may be her father.  Once there, she is drawn to a beautiful girl named Maddy, who she has a torrid affair with.  We don't really learn who or what Maddy really is, but she, like some of the other characters is something mythical and supernatural.  I wish that the paranormal parts had been explained more clearly. I received this book free to review from Netgalley.

Friday, September 25, 2015

The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore

The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore
A magical twist on the Romeo and Juliet story.  Lace is a member of the Paloma family, in which the girls dress as mermaids and perform as a traveling show.  Cluck is one of the Corbeaus, a traveling family that puts on wings and performs tight rope style in the trees.  The two families are sworn enemies, meeting once a year in a town during a festival.  They believe that to touch a member of the other family, unless you are hitting or kicking them, will result in your death.  Superstition and magical thinking rule the families.  When Lace and Cluck meet one another, they don't realize what family the other is from, thinking the other one is a town local.  The story is not pretty, with environmental issues and abuse, and yet still, romance blooms between the star-crossed lovers. I enjoyed this story and found it hard to put down.  I received this book free to review from Netgalley.