The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Jude and her twin Taryn are mortals, born to mortal parents. As they have horribly demonstrated to them at the beginning of this exciting tale, their mother was at one time the consort of a brutal Faerie general. She fled from the world of immortals with her half and half child. Now Jude and her […]


The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

For as long as Alice can remember, she and her mother have kept on the move. Never staying in one place too long; always trying to outrun the inexplicable bad luck that seems to follow them everyone. After Alice’s grandmother, the author of a dark and twisted fairy tale book with cult following, dies on […]


Release by Patrick Ness

Release by Patrick Ness

I finished this book several days ago and I’m still haunted by it. Patrick Ness, most famous for A Monster Calls and the subsequent movie adaptation, has crafted a superb work of fiction. This book follows Adam Thorn on one day of his life, interwoven with a magical story that is part myth, part ghost […]


Slider by Pete Hautman

Slider by Pete Hautman

David loves all things eating.  He loves eating anything and everything, in fact he even times himself when scarfing down pizza to see how he matches up to other competitive eaters.  David’s ability to shove insane amount of food in stomach comes in handy when, he accidentally bids $2000 instead on $20 on a famous […]


The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

This is a classic because it’s so much fun! There is an unjustly accused, unjustly condemned, unassuming young man and his bereft beautiful fiancée. There are the dastardly cowards who framed him. There is daring escape, revenge served cold and deadly, untold wealth, poison, duels, midnight escapes, murders, thwarted and reunited young lovers. Above all, […]


The Power by Naomi Alderman

The Power by Naomi Alderman

Wow! Talk about role reversal. Or the Battle of the Sexes. The phrase topsy-turvy comes to mind. It’s what happens when young women, age 15 and up or so, awake one day to find that they have the power to, well, zap people. From a gentle tingle delivered during a romantic encounter to a massive […]


The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Jude has been raised at the High Court of the Faerie since she was small child. It has not been an easy life for her since most of the Fair Folk despise mortals and none despise humans more than Prince Cardan, the youngest and cruelest son of the high king. Prince Cardan takes every chance […]


Bingo Love by Tee Franklin

Bingo Love by Tee Franklin

Grandmothers in love! This is a wonderful black queer love story that started as a Kickstarter campaign garnering triple the support needed. Every age will enjoy hearing Hazel and Mari’s story,  including teens and mature tweens. Two strong African American women who meet cute just before high school (at a church bingo hall, naturally), separate […]


They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

Mateo and Rufus are called on the same day by Death Cast, a futuristic company that notifies people 24 hours before they die. They connect with each other using a location-based app called Final Friend and agree to spend their last day together helping one another live as best they can. An interesting concept and […]


Solo by Kwame Alexander

Solo by Kwame Alexander

Blade is trying to escape his life.  Born into a family of musicians, his dad Rutherford is in the headlines every other day for his drunken antics.  Rutherford even crashed Blade’s graduation, where he was planning to perform an original song for the first time.  Blade’s beginning to realize the love of his life, Chapel, […]