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FRAGMENTS OF THE LOST could have been a heart-stopping thriller from beginning to end, but sadly, doesn’t deliver its full potential. When Caleb’s mom, Eve, asks Jessa to clean out his room, Jessa, his ex-girlfriend can hardly say no. After all, everybody blames her for his death. As she organizes Caleb’s belongings, Jessa realizes he had been keeping some big secrets. Maybe she never knew him at all. I really wanted Megan Miranda’s latest thriller to become a new favorite. I secretly wanted it to motivate me to read more YA thrillers, but that wasn’t the case. In my personal…

Jennifer L. Armentrout’s latest Young Adult novel, If There’s No Tomorrow, came out in September. It follows Lena as she is about to start her senior year of high school. Lena has been in love with the boy next door, who is also one of her best friends, since she moved to town. But he can’t possibly like her back, so she keeps her feelings to herself, not even telling her other three best friends. Though sometimes they seem like they guess her feelings, anyway. Just when it seems like there might be a chance after all, Lena’s world is turned…

BEASTS MADE OF NIGHT introduces a stunning new world, but falters in one major area. Rich Nigerian folklore collides with original fantasy in Tochi Onyebuchi’s Beasts Made of Night, the tale of aki aka “sin-eaters” who consume the physical manifestations of others’ sins to maintain a “pure” society. Taj is famous among sin-eaters in the city of Kos, known for bringing down fearsome sin-beasts formed from some of the worst behaviors. He’s “light-bringer,” the one that gets called in to decimate sin-beasts that have killed less skilled aki. As a whole, aki are essentially indentured servants to the crown and…

Last June, I had the opportunity to interview Stephanie Perkins about her then-upcoming slasher novel, There’s Someone Inside Your House. Now the book is out, and definitely worth reading. The story follows Makani Young, a teenager with a dark past who now lives with her grandmother and enjoys spending time with her two best friends… and maybe the boy from the summer. But suddenly, people in her small town are being murdered and weird things are happening around her. And everyone’s a suspect. In true slasher flick form, the story switches to minor characters just in time to watch them die.…

Leia, Princess of Alderaan is the Star Wars novel I never knew I needed. Claudia Gray’s newest novel, Leia, Princess of Alderaan, knocked it out of the galaxy. The story follows a spunky teen Leia Organa as she grows into the iconic, well-loved Princess we meet in A New Hope. She explores her complicated home life and eventually the broader galaxy in a myriad of adventures. The book focuses on the missions Leia has to go on in order to (eventually) rule Alderaan. It’s definitely a coming-of-age novel, with all of the added adventure of the Star Wars universe. While…

ROSEMARKED brings war, disease, loyalty, and romance together in a fierce new release! There are three possible results when a person contracts the Rose Plague: Most likely, they die a slow, delirious death. Very few become “umbertouched,” healed and completely immune with only discolored scars to remind them. Some maintain their memories, some forget who they are. Some exist in a deadly purgatory state in which they are “rosemarked,” covered in red splotches and contagious, the disease lingering in their system. Someday, it will reignite with new fervor and kill them once and for all. Zivah is the youngest and…

36 QUESTIONS THAT CHANGED MY MIND ABOUT YOU is your typical YA contemporary, disguised within a cool and unique concept that was, sadly, poorly executed. 36 Questions That Changed My Mind About You follows Hildy and Paul, when they both decide to take part in a university psychology study in which the main focus is to see whether love can be engineered. Both of them have completely different reasons to why they agree to answer questions and join the study; Hildy actually knowing what the study is about and deciding to push herself out of her comfort zone and Paul…

THE LUNAR CHRONICLES author brings new twists to a popular genre in RENEGADES! Marissa Meyer is back and she’s bringing her clever, action-packed storytelling to a whole new world in Renegades, the first book in a planned duology that dives into the realm of superheroes and supervillains wrestling for control. When Nova Artino’s family was murdered, the Renegades didn’t come to save them like they promised. Instead, Nova had to use her own strengths to save herself, and she’s been living on that mentality ever since. Raised by the last remaining Anarchists in the city of Gatlon, Nova is better…

The descent into madness is front and center in K. Ancrum’s THE WICKER KING! August and Jack are best friends, but their friendship is anything but typical. At school, August is a small-time drug dealer and misfit, Jack is a star rugby player and a pretty boy, and they don’t really acknowledge each other. Away from school, they can barely manage without one another. August is the primary caretaker of an ill mother and Jack’s parents are the wealthy types who travel incessantly while ignoring their child. So instead, they raise each other and find their own adventures. When Jack…

Nick Lake’s SATELLITE tells a heartfelt tale! *Warning: This review contain mild spoilers in regards to characters* There’s something inherently beautiful and awe-inspiring about space. Maybe it’s because of the vast possibilities it offers, or the sheer lack of knowledge we have about it. But have you ever stopped to consider what it would be like for someone who has spent their whole life in space? How they would come to understand life and wonder about earth? Nick Lake’s Satellite explores just that. Satellite follows Leo, a fifteen-year-old boy who was born in space. Leo, along with Libra and Orion, (two other teenagers who…

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