Publisher: HarperTeen


May 14
Review: Unleashed by Sophie Jordan

Review: Unleashed by Sophie Jordan

Shortly before I started reading Unleashed, the second book in Sophie Jordan’s duology, I read a review on Goodreads in which the reviewer wrote that while she enjoyed this book, she missed the absence of the romance from the first book. Well, that sounded great to me, because I thought the romance between Davy and Sean was the weakest part of the story.  In my review of Uninvited, I wrote this about the romance: “The worst part of this was… Read more »


May 06
Review: After the End by Amy Plum

Review: After the End by Amy Plum

Writing thrillers and horror movies and books must have been a lot easier prior to the late 90’s/early 2000’s, before everyone over the age of ten had a cell phone.  Think of a film like The Blair Witch Project.  It would have been a much different (and much shorter) film if the characters had been able to whip out their phones to call for help or to open up their GPS. Phones play a big role in After the End,… Read more »


Mar 20
Review: Uninvited by Sophie Jordan

Review: Uninvited by Sophie Jordan

I have no doubt that genetic testing will play a much bigger role in our future, and in Uninvited, Sophie Jordan examines the implications of the testing when it’s used to weed out “bad” individuals from society.  Uninvited is set in the near future when there is a major uptick in homicide.  Scientists discover a gene called HTS that makes carriers prone to violence, and these carriers are responsible for the majority of murders.  The solution seems obvious – separate… Read more »


Jan 19
Review: No One Else Can Have You by Kathleen Hale

Review: No One Else Can Have You by Kathleen Hale

When you’re a teenager, and your best (and only) friend is brutally murdered, it’s likely you might become a but unhinged.  For Kippy, still grieving the loss of her mother, Ruth’s death hits her extra hard.  Kippy’s father, Dom, a high school guidance counselor, was already overprotective, but now he worries about Kippy even more.  No One Else Can Have You begins to show its flashes of black humor when Kippy is asked to give a eulogy at Ruth’s funeral…. Read more »


Dec 01
Review: No Angel by Helen Keeble

Review: No Angel by Helen Keeble

No Angel does not take itself very seriously, and as a result, neither did I.  But that does not mean that I didn’t enjoy it, and I found myself succumbing to the silly humor, even as the non-stop twists continued to pile up.  Rafael Angelos is a simple guy in a unique position – he’s the only male student in a boarding school for girls.  As soon as he sets foot on campus, the girls are pounding down his door… Read more »


Jul 18
Review: Everbound by Brodi Ashton

Review: Everbound by Brodi Ashton

Nikki is on a rescue mission.  If Nikki can’t get back to the Everneath, her boyfriend, Jack, will be unable to escape the tunnels, and he will eventually die.  She has the small comfort that he visits her in a ghostly form during her dreams at night, but with every visit, Nikki can see that his memories of her are starting to slip away. But Cole is not one to take no for an answer, and he continues to insist… Read more »


Jun 20
Review: In the After by Demitria Lunetta

Review: In the After by Demitria Lunetta

In the After doesn’t waste any time showing the evil nature of the little green men who unfortunately chose our planet to visit.  They use us for a tasty dinner, and soon, there are few survivors.  Amy is one, but her parents were not so lucky.  Amy survives on her own, studying the aliens from the safety of her electrically fenced-in home.  She learns their weaknesses, and she’s able to scavenge for food while evading capture.  She finds and rescues… Read more »


Jun 13
Review: Another Little Piece by Kate Karyus Quinn

Review: Another Little Piece by Kate Karyus Quinn

I knew I wanted to read Another Little Piece as soon as I saw this blood-spattered cover.  The story certainly lived up to the cover, as it has gore and violence that surpasses what one may expect to see in YA.  Interestingly, Another Little Piece contains a plot line similar to two other books I’ve read this year – that of a girl who vanishes and returns home with a mysterious long-term memory loss.  (If you’re interested, those books are… Read more »