The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

I couldn’t put it down; sometimes I couldn’t pick it up. Starr lives in Garden Heights, the ghetto. It’s home, where her close-knit and extended loving family live. It’s where gangbangers and drug dealers terrorize the streets. It’s where cops protect and cops kill. Sometimes they kill the innocent. Starr is in the car with […]


Maplecroft, by Cherie Priest

Maplecroft, by Cherie Priest

An entertaining and deeply creepy novel starring the infamous Lizzie Borden as its heroine.  In this story, she did, in fact, kill her father and stepmother with an ax – but only because they were turning into Lovecraftian monsters.  Now, she lives with her sister and studies in her secret lab, trying to find the […]


Monstress by Marjorie Liu

Monstress by Marjorie Liu

This is a beautiful graphic novel that will appeal to adults just as much as teens.  Visually, it’s like returning to those lush fairy tale picture books of my youth, but in the second half of the story when the princess is held captive and all the colors are muted.  In truth, the story isn’t […]


Fabiola “Fabulous” Toussaint and her mother were on a plane to America from Haiti with the hopes of a better life; however, those plans were derailed when Fabiola who is a US citizen gets through customs and her mother does not. Fabiola has arrived alone in Detroit, a new world, with new slang,  ruthless vagabonds, […]


Short by Holly Goldberg Sloane

Short by Holly Goldberg Sloane

There’s one word Julia, never says out loud anymore.  In fact she tries not to even think it. Short. Julia is tired of being short, called short and excluded because she’s short.   While summer has just kicked off for Julia, she’s not really excited for it.  She’s still mourning the loss of her beloved dog, […]


Taking Flight by Michaela dePrince

Taking Flight by Michaela dePrince

By the time she was four, Mabinty Bangura was a war orphan, living in an orphanage constantly threatened by the “debils” who were indiscriminately killing men, women and children. After fleeing to Ghana, Mabinty and her best friend were adopted by an American family. They became Michaela and Mia, the eighth and ninth children in […]


Scythe by Neal Shusterman

Scythe by Neal Shusterman

A world where there is no disease, no hunger and jumping off buildings and being sent to revival centers are some people’s only source of fun sounds perfect, right?  Wrong! There is nothing perfect about Scythes who are commanded to control population growth by murdering random people. Citra and Rowan find themselves in the middle […]


Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Red Rising by Pierce Brown

A compulsively readable and fast-paced story about a man whose family have been miners below the surface of Mars for generations. They believe they are helping to terraform Mars so it will one day be inhabitable for others, but Darrow discovers it’s all a lie – Mars has been habitable for centuries, and his people […]


History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

“When Griffin’s first love and ex-boyfriend, Theo, dies in a drowning accident, his universe implodes. Even though Theo had moved to California for college and started seeing Jackson, Griffin never doubted Theo would come back to him when the time was right. But now, the future he’s been imagining for himself has gone far off […]


Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear

Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear

A genre-busting mix of steampunk, Western and thriller, with a dash of real history. The story is narrated in the distinct, first-person voice of a “seamstress” (aka saloon girl) named Karen Memery, and populated with a terrific collection of vivid and diverse characters that will keep you hooked throughout!  Together, Karen and the other employees […]