ARC Review: Fresh Ink (anthology)

Genre: YA contemporary/science-fiction/fantasy/graphic novel/historical fiction Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers Publication Date: August 14, 2018 Synopsis: In partnership with We Need Diverse Books, thirteen of the most recognizable, diverse authors come together in this remarkable YA anthology featuring ten short stories, a graphic short story, and a one-act play from Walter Dean Myers neverContinue reading “ARC Review: Fresh Ink (anthology)”

Review: Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli

Genre: YA contemporary Publisher: Balzer & Bray Publication date: April 24, 2018 Synopsis: Leah Burke—girl-band drummer, master of deadpan, and Simon Spier’s best friend from the award-winning Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda—takes center stage in this novel of first love and senior-year angst. When it comes to drumming, Leah Burke is usually on beat—butContinue reading “Review: Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli”

Review: You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone by Rachel Lynn Solomon

Publication date: January 2, 2018 Genre: YA contemporary Publisher: Simon Pulse Summary: Eighteen-year-old twins Adina and Tovah have little in common besides their ambitious nature. Viola prodigy Adina yearns to become a soloist—and to convince her music teacher he wants her the way she wants him. Overachiever Tovah awaits her acceptance to Johns Hopkins, theContinue reading “Review: You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone by Rachel Lynn Solomon”

Review: 27 Hours by Tristina Wright

Genre: YA science fiction Publisher: Entangled Teen Publication Date: October 3, 2017 Summary: Rumor Mora fears two things: hellhounds too strong for him to kill, and failure. Jude Welton has two dreams: for humans to stop killing monsters, and for his strange abilities to vanish. But in no reality should a boy raised to loveContinue reading “Review: 27 Hours by Tristina Wright”

Review: Echo After Echo by Amy Rose Capetta

Echo After Echo by Amy Rose Capetta Genre: YA contemporary/mystery Publisher: Candlewick Press Publication date: October 10, 2017 Synopsis: Debuting on the New York stage, Zara is unprepared—for Eli, the girl who makes the world glow; for Leopold, the director who wants perfection; and for death in the theater. Zara Evans has come to theContinue reading “Review: Echo After Echo by Amy Rose Capetta”

Review: Kid Authors: True Tales of Childhood from Great Writers

Author: David Stabler Illustrator: Doogie Horner Genre: nonfiction Publisher: Quirk Books Publication Date: October 10, 2017 Synopsis: The series that includes Kid Presidents, Kid Artists, and Kid Athletes now chronicles the lives of Kid Authors! Here are true tales of famous writers, from long before they were famous–or even old enough to drive. Did youContinue reading “Review: Kid Authors: True Tales of Childhood from Great Writers”

Review: They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

Genre: YA speculative fiction/contemporary (feels more like the latter than a SFF story) Publisher: Harper Teen Release Date: September 5, 2017 (see what they did there??) Synopsis: On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They’re going to die today. Mateo and RufusContinue reading “Review: They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera”

Review: Kaleidoscope Song by Fox Benwell

Kaleidoscope Song Genre: YA contemporary Publisher: Simon & Schuster Publication date: September 19, 2017 South Africa is loud. Listen. Do you hear the song and dance of it? The chorus of Khayelitsha life? Every voice is different, its pitch and tone and intonation as distinct as the words we choose and how we wrap ourContinue reading “Review: Kaleidoscope Song by Fox Benwell”

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Synopsis: Jacqueline Woodson, one of today’s finest writers, tells the moving story of her childhood in mesmerizing verse. Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, livingContinue reading “Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson”

Me and Marvin Gardens by Amy Sarig King

Me and Marvin Gardens by Amy Sarig King Genre: middle grade, surrealism/absurdism(?) Release Date: January 31, 2017 Publisher: Arthur A. Levine/Scholastic Obe Devlin has problems. His family’s farmland has been taken over by developers. His best friend Tommy abandoned him for the development kids. And he keeps getting nosebleeds, because of that thing he doesn’tContinue reading “Me and Marvin Gardens by Amy Sarig King”