Thursday, January 3, 2019

The Tiger's Watch by Julia Ember

The Tiger's Watch (Ashes of Gold #1)
Sixteen year old Tashi is gender fluid and is an inhabitor, a child who is trained to bond with an animal so that they can be a soldier.  There is war and a cute guy on the opposite side and Tashi is supposed to spy on him and it is really cold with lots of snow and I felt like there may have been too much focus on the gender fluidness and not enough world building and it was just ok.

Friday, November 16, 2018

The Magic of Melwick Orchard by Rebecca Caprara

The Magic of Melwick Orchard
Twelve year old Isa is feeling invisible and neglected as her parents focus all of their energy on her 6 year old sister Junie, who is in the hospital receiving treatment for cancer.  When she finds that a magical tree grows in the orchard behind her house, she keeps it a secret until an unexpected friend arrives.  The story is touching and tells the story of a sibling of a child with cancer.  I think this book does a good job of portraying that as well as including some fun magical realism.

Monday, November 5, 2018

The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel

The Roanoke Girls
After 15 year old Lane's mother committed suicide, her grandparents, who she had never met, took her in.  At first, living in the large, strangely built house with her beautiful cousin and lots of money seemed too good to be true.  As time went on, Lane learned that being a Roanoke girl had it's own curse.  Lane left the farm at the end of the summer, but was called back ten years later by her grandfather when her cousin, Allegra disappeared.  The story goes back and forth between the two time periods as Lane remembered her summer with Allegra while searching for her in the present.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

The Darkest Star by Jennifer L. Armentrout

The Darkest Star (Origin, #1)
If you enjoyed the Lux series, you will enjoy this first book in the spin off Origin series.  In this YA paranormal romance, 17 year old Evie leans that many things and people in her life are not what she thought.  When she goes to a night club with a friend and meets a mysterious young man named Luc who claims not to be a Luxen, but not human either, she is drawn to him but doesn't know why.  Mystery, romance, supernatural powers and more abound in this fun to read YA paranormal romance. 

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Limetown by Cote Smith

In this prequel to a podcast, seventeen year old Lia, a journalism student, is drawn into the mystery of what happened to Limetown when she learns that her uncle Emile has vanished along with all of the residents of that town.  The story tells about her uncle, father and mother's pasts and Lia's investigation into the mystery.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

After Zero by Christina Collins

After Zero
Elise is in 8th grade and has finally talked her mother into letting her go to public school rather than being home schooled.  However, socializing in school is not as easy or fun as she had anticipated.  After saying the wrong things and having people upset with her, Elise has decided that she is better off not speaking.  The fewer words she says, the less opportunity to say the wrong thing.  That, however doesn't work well for her either and there are mysteries in her life that she has to solve. 

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

My Friends Are All Strange by M.C. Lesh

My Friends Are All Strange
Seventeen year old Becca has lost touch with reality, and is sent to a mental hospital.  We follow her journey as she struggles with the medication that has been given to her to help her sleep, the wizard who appears in her dreams and also when she is awake, and her feelings of disconnect from reality.  I like that she makes friends with the other teens in the facility with her and seeing her gradually get better while realizing that some of her friends there may never get better.  I think this is an excellent book about mental illness for teens and I like that it is hopeful while still realistic.  I highly recommend this book.