Who’s That Girl – Blair Thornburgh

27830249Who’s That Girl by Blair Thornburgh

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: July 11th, 2017
Publisher: HarperTeen
Point of View: 1st Person & Feminine
Recommended Age: 11+
Pacing: Fast
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance, LGBT, Friendship


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Junior Nattie McCullough is totally OK with her place in life: Latin whiz. Member of the school’s gay-straight alliance. Joni Mitchell superfan. Seventeen-year-old who has never been kissed. So when last summer’s crush and her former classmate—Young Lungs lead singer Sebastian Delacroix—comes back to town with his new hit single “Natalie,” she can’t bring herself to believe it could possibly be about her…could it? Continue reading

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The Worst Witch Strikes Again – Jill Murphy

20708815The Worst Witch Strikes Again by Jill Murphy

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: August 5th, 2017
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Point of View: 3rd Person & Feminine
Recommended Age: 7+
Pacing: Fast
Genres & Themes: Children’s, Witches, Magic, School, Friendship


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Mildred is back in trouble thanks to the new girl, Enid Nightshade, who isn’t as well behaved as she appears. The more Mildred tries to stay out of trouble, the more she finds herself in horrible situations. What can the disaster-prone worst witch do? Continue reading

Devils & Thieves – Jennifer Rush

25843018Devils & Thieves by Jennifer Rush

My rating: 1 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: October 3rd, 2017
Publisher: Little, Brown BFYR
Point of View: 1st Person & Feminine
Recommended Age: 12+
Pacing: Fast
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Urban Fantasy, Romance


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Eighteen-year-old Jemmie Carmichael has grown up surrounded by magic in the quiet town of Hawthorne, New York. In her world, magic users are called “kindled,” and Jemmie would count herself among them if only she could cast a simple spell without completely falling apart. It doesn’t help that she was also recently snubbed by Crowe, the dangerous and enigmatic leader of the Black Devils kindled motorcycle gang and the unofficial head of their turf.

When the entire kindled community rolls into Hawthorne for an annual festival, a rumor begins spreading that someone is practicing forbidden magic. Then people start to go missing. With threats closing in from every side, no one can be trusted. Jemmie and Crowe will have to put aside their tumultuous history to find their loved ones, and the only thing that might save them is the very flaw that keeps Jemmie from fully harnessing her magic. For all her years of feeling useless, Jemmie may just be the most powerful kindled of all. Continue reading

If There’s No Tomorrow – Jennifer L. Armentrout

33998316If There’s No Tomorrow by Jennifer L. Armentrout

My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: September 5th, 2017
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Point of View: 1st Person & Feminine
Recommended Age: 13+
Pacing: Fast
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Guilt, Contemporary Romance


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Lena Wise is always looking forward to tomorrow, especially at the start of her senior year. She’s ready to pack in as much friend time as possible, to finish college applications, and to maybe let her childhood best friend Sebastian know how she really feels about him. For Lena, the upcoming year is going to be epic–one of opportunities and chances.

Until one choice, one moment, destroys everything.

Now Lena isn’t looking forward to tomorrow. Not when friend time may never be the same. Not when college applications feel all but impossible. Not when Sebastian might never forgive her for what happened.
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The Authentics – Abdi Nazemian

31371275The Authentics by Abdi Nazemian

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: August 8th, 2017
Publisher: Balzer +Bray
Point of View: 1st Person & Feminine
Recommended Age: 11+
Pacing: Normal
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Family, Culture, Contemporary Romance, LGBT


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Daria Esfandyar is Iranian-American and proud of her heritage, unlike some of the “Nose Jobs” in the clique led by her former best friend, Heidi Javadi. Daria and her friends call themselves the Authentics, because they pride themselves on always keeping it real.

But in the course of researching a school project, Daria learns something shocking about her past, which launches her on a journey of self-discovery. It seems everyone is keeping secrets. And it’s getting harder to know who she even is any longer. Continue reading

The Worst Witch – Jill Murphy

20708816The Worst Witch by Jill Murphy

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: August 5th, 2014
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Point of View: 3rd Person & Feminine
Recommended Age: 8+
Pacing: Fast
Genres & Themes: Middle Grade, Witches, Friendship, Boarding School


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Mildred Hubble is starting her first year at Miss Cackle’s Academy for Witches — and making a mess of it! She can’t ride her broomstick without crashing, she’s always getting her spells mixed up, and worst of all, the teacher’s pet, Ethel, has just become her sworn enemy. Continue reading

Almost Home – Joan Bauer

17623982Almost Home by Joan Bauer

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: August 29th, 2013
Publisher: Puffin Books
Point of View: 1st Person & Feminine
Recommended Age: 8+
Pacing: Normal
Genres & Themes: Middle Grade,  Contemporary, Family Issues, Animals


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When twelve-year-old Sugar’s grandfather dies and her gambling father takes off yet again, Sugar and her mother lose their home in Missouri. They head to Chicago for a fresh start, only to discover that fresh starts aren’t so easy to come by for the homeless. Nevertheless, Sugar’s mother has taught her to be grateful no matter what, so Sugar does her best. With the help of a rescue dog, Shush; a foster family; a supportive teacher; a love of poetry; and her own grace and good humor, Sugar comes to understand that while she can’t control the hand life deals her, she can control how she responds. Continue reading