Saturday, March 2, 2019

Sold on a Monday by Kristana McMorris

Sold on a Monday
It is 1931 Ellis, a struggling reporter has photographed two young children next to a sign advertising them for sale.  Lily, secretary to the head of the newspaper, sees the photo and together, they set into motion circumstances that no one would have predicted.  There is romance, intrigue and mystery in this well written historical novel that I read in one day.

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Someday by David Levithan

Someday (Every Day, #3)
Once again, the story is told by A, who wakes up every day in a different body. Now A knows that they are not the only person who does this because A and Nathan are being pursued by Poole, who can stay in a host body for more than 24 hours. However, they are not the only ones. How many are there? How many lives do they touch? Is one body, one life, one person better than any other? I enjoyed this intriguing book.

On The Come Up by Angie Thomas

On the Come Up
Once again, Angie Thomas has written an excellent, thought provoking book. Sixteen year old Bri wants to be a rap star, not only because she loves rap music and her late father had been a rapper, but in order to help pay the bills. The story is an excellent read and brings up many important issues. Like her first book, The Hate U Give, I think that On The Come Up should be required reading (not banned) in all high schools for both the students and the teachers and administrators.

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.