Zodiac Starforce: By the Power of Astra! by Kevin Panetta

Zodiac Starforce: By the Power of Astra! by Kevin Panetta

I have to be honest with you, magical girl stories are my jam. They’ve been near and dear to my heart ever since Sailor Moon first appeared on the scene. Yes. I’m that old. I remember when Sailor Moon was NEW. Anyway, enough about me, let’s talk about Zodiac Starforce.  This is a comic that […]


A Court of Thorns and Roses & A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah Maas

A Court of Thorns and Roses & A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah Maas

This is my new favorite series…ever!  At first, I had to be sold on the idea of a YA fantasy novel that involved faeries and such but I am so glad I stuck with it.  The first book introduces you to Feyre (Fay-ruh), our illiterate heroine, who is badass and snarky and can completely hold […]


The Selection Series by Kiera Cass

The Selection Series by Kiera Cass

 The Selection. 2012, The Elite. 2013, The One. 2014 This wonderful YA series is kind of like a cross between The Bachelor and The Hunger Games (with less death and gore). It takes place in a society where citizens are divided in castes, numbered One through Eight, each with its own role to play. Ones […]


The Islands at the End of the World

The Islands at the End of the World

This story gives a new meaning to “island hopping”. An enormous green cloud has appeared in the sky over Hawaii causing the collapse of the electric grid. It may have disrupted all power worldwide but as there is no way to communicate, no one in Hawaii knows. Leilani and her father are at a hospital […]


The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

A riveting take on the teen dystopian novel, the tension never lets up as Ruby escapes from a brutal “rehabilitation facility” for kids with special mind-control powers. At age ten, normal children either die or mutate, terrifying their parents and other adults who remove them from society. Joining with other escapees, Ruby and her friends […]


Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin

Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin

Wolf by Wolf introduces us to a world where World War II was not won by the allies, but by Hitler and the axis powers instead.  Yael, has survived countless experiments on her body by Nazi doctors leaving her looking nothing like herself, but with the ability to transform her features to look like anyone […]


See No Color by Shannon Gibney

See No Color by Shannon Gibney

Alex was so sure of her life.  She did great in school, loved her adopted family and excelled at baseball.  When younger sister begins to question how Alex feels about being mixed when her family is white and then hands her a file her parents have been hiding everything begin to change.  From the file […]


Nightfall by Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski

Nightfall by Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski

The days are getting shorter and shorter until there is no daytime at all only night.  This night won’t last a day or two it will last 14 years. Marin, Kana and Line all live on an island where this 14 years of darkness is a reality.  Everyone must pack up their things and board ships […]


Unwind by Neal Shusterman

Unwind by Neal Shusterman

Driven by strong characters caught in a horrible situation, this story pulled me along as if I were on an unstoppable train. “Challenging” teens, thirteen through seventeen, can be unwound if their parents sign the papers or if they are wards of the state or if their religion deems them to be tithes. To be unwound is to […]


We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Imagine a family, Mayflower descendants, perfect, blond, and rich enough to own a private island off Martha’s Vineyard. Like Shakespeare’s Lear, the patriarch of the family pits his three daughters against each other for the inheritance. They in turn enlist their older children, four cousins (The Liars) who have spent every summer together on the […]