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Project Pandora, a sci-fi book about modern day teenage assassins by Aden Polydoros, may sound fast-paced with high stakes, but the debut novel doesn’t live up to its promise. Review Tyler (code name Apollo), a seventeen year old, starts having flashbacks of murder scenes and remembering things that never happened–at least in his mind. He ignores these suspicious occurrences and instead focuses on the romance blossoming between him and another girl he feels an inextricable pull to: Shannon (code name Athena), who so happens to have the same memory loss and symptoms as Tyler. The two of them slowly begin…

Do you love reviewing books and want a chance to share your reviews with a wider audience? The Fandom is now recruiting Young Adult book reviewers! We love doing Young Adult book reviews, but with several amazing titles hitting bookshelves each month from big publishers and indie authors alike, we’re looking for some fresh voices to join the mix! Our reviewers will be able to choose books from an ever-changing selection of both mainstream and indie titles offered to us. You’ll usually have at least a month between offer date and review date to read the book. Like all positions…

Kasie West delivers another sweet YA romance with her latest book, Lucky in Love. Lucky in Love follows Maddie, a high school senior who is one of the smartest in her class. Although she excels in her studies, her social and home life needs some improvement. Ever since her dad lost his job, her family has struggled to get by, her parents fight constantly and her brother has sunk into a depression. Her free time is spent studying with her two friends, Elise and Blaire. One of the only bright spots of her week is when she is at her…

The Creeping and The Telling author Alexandra Sirowy has already proven that she can write rich, eerie stories, but her new novel First We Were IV is going to blow your mind if you’re a fan of mystery thrillers. Check out our review below, then see how you can win the book for yourself! REVIEW Dark, edgy, and wholly unpredictable, Alexandra Sirowy’s First We Were IV is the wild summer read you need. I was sucked in right away thanks to the chaotic prologue and from there, this story presented a full spectrum of emotions smothered in suspense. Izzie, Viv,…

JULIA DEFIANT brings a new dimension of threats, but struggles with momentum. High fantasy and supernatural mystery meet in Julia Defiant, the second book in Catherine Egan’s The Witch’s Child trilogy. The novel continues the adventures of Julia, a girl with the inexplicable ability to vanish who lives in a world full of witches, magic, and dark supernatural beings. Julia and her ragtag group of companions– from thieves to professors to Mrs. Och, an ancient mystical being meant to protect the world from dangerous magic– have fled their home country in search of answers. The group barely survived their encounter…

WHAT TO SAY NEXT adds new depth to Julie Buxbaum’s YA catalog! Julie Buxbaum solidifies her knack for heartfelt Young Adult novels with What To Say Next, which follows two characters who form an unexpected connection in the wake of a loss. One month after the death of her father, everyone expects Kit Lowell to be getting over it. As a way of getting away from their judgement, Kit finds herself sitting at a lunch table with only one other occupant– David Drucker, a quiet fellow student who Kit hasn’t really interacted with since childhood. Mostly, she sits there in…

What happens when a YA novel completely goes for it, giving you a medieval fantasy world with a sarcastic edge and a whirlwind team-up adventure? You get Andrew Shvarts’ Royal Bastards, a surprising delight of a novel! Tillandra (or “Tilla”), bastard daughter of Lord Kent of the Western Province, picked the wrong night to play host to the rebellious urges of the visiting princess, Lyriana. While sneaking around the Western Province with Lyriana, Tilla’s half brother, Jax, and two other bastard teens, the five witness the unspeakable. Soon, they’re caught up in the middle of a full-tilt rebellion, running from…

In November, I got my hands on this new novel by Karen McManus, One of Us is Lying. This who dunnit combines the best of Gossip Girl, The Breakfast Club, and Pretty Little Liars to create a story of mystery, overcoming stereotypes, and self acceptance. Everybody has a secret, but what would you do to keep your biggest one hidden? Would you kill? In this story, six people walk into detention with secrets about to be spilled. The one with the key to the others’ secrets ends up dead. It’s a story you won’t want to miss. Watch below to…

LORD OF SHADOWS already pulls you into its intense story from page 1 with its detailed descriptions and strong characterizations.  ***mild spoilers from book 1, Lady Midnight*** Lord of Shadows is book 2 of the urban fantasy trilogy, The Dark Artifices by Cassandra Clare. The trilogy centers on the Shadowhunters living at the Los Angeles Institute – Emma Carstairs, the Blackthorn family, and Diana Wrayburn. Julian Blackthorn, who despite being only about 17 years old, has been running the institute himself as well as watching over his siblings. In book two, a new can of worms has been opened after the battle…

Maybe you read Becky Albetalli’s first book, Simon vs. The Homo Sapians Agenda. Well last month, Albertalli released a new book with many similar themes, but an altogether different and equally special story. The Upside of Unrequited tells the story of a girl named Molly and her twin sister, Cassie. Raised by two moms, Molly meets a girl (Mina) in the bathroom and instantly knows she would be perfect for Cassie. Proving her right, the two hit it off. But Molly might have a surprise of her own following 26 unrequited crushes; Mina’s friend Will seems to be interested in her.…

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