Hope Was Here – Joan Bauer

19027140Hope Was Here by Joan Bauer

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
First Published: September 11th, 2000
Publisher: Puffin
Point of View: 1st Person & Feminine
Recommended Age: 10+
Pacing: Slow
Genres & Themes: YA, Family, Romance, Realistic Fiction


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When Hope and her aunt move to small-town Wisconsin to take over the local diner, Hope’s not sure what to expect. But what they find is that the owner, G.T., isn’t quite ready to give up yet – in fact, he’s decided to run for mayor against a corrupt candidate. And as Hope starts to make her place at the diner, she also finds herself caught up in G.T.’s campaign – particularly his visions for the future. After all, as G.T. points out, everyone can use a little hope to help get through the tough times… even Hope herself. Continue reading

The Last Namsara – Kristen Ciccarelli

32667458The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication: October 3rd, 2017
Publisher: HarperTeen
Point of View: 3rd Person & Feminine
Recommended Age: 12+
Pacing: Slow
Genres & Themes: YA, Fantasy, Dragons


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Asha conquers each dragon and brings its head to the king, but no kill can free her from the shackles that await at home: her betrothal to the cruel commandant, a man who holds the truth about her nature in his palm. When she’s offered the chance to gain her freedom in exchange for the life of the most powerful dragon in Firgaard, she finds that there may be more truth to the ancient stories than she ever could have expected. With the help of a secret friend—a slave boy from her betrothed’s household—Asha must shed the layers of her Iskari bondage and open her heart to love, light, and a truth that has been kept from her. Continue reading

The Afterlife of Holly Chase – Cynthia Hand

33843251The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand

My rating: 1 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication: October 24th, 2017
Publisher: HarperTeen
Point of View: 1st Person & Feminine
Recommended Age: 11+
Pacing: Fast
Genres & Themes: YA, Paranormal, Romance


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On Christmas Eve five years ago, Holly was visited by three ghosts who showed her how selfish and spoiled she’d become. They tried to convince her to mend her ways. She didn’t. And then she died. Now she’s stuck working for the top-secret company Project Scrooge–as the latest Ghost of Christmas Past. Every year, they save another miserly grouch. Every year, Holly stays frozen at seventeen while her family and friends go on living without her. So far, Holly’s afterlife has been miserable. But this year, everything is about to change. . . . Continue reading

The Hearts We Sold – Emily Lloyd-Jones

26309792The Hearts We Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: HBG Canada
Publication: August 8th, 2017
Publisher: Little, Brown BFYR
Point of View: 3rd Person & Alternative
Recommended Age: 12+
Pacing: Fast
Genres & Themes: YA, Urban Fantasy, Demons, Romance


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When Dee Moreno makes a deal with a demon—her heart in exchange for an escape from a disastrous home life—she finds the trade may have been more than she bargained for. And becoming “heartless” is only the beginning. What lies ahead is a nightmare far bigger, far more monstrous than anything she could have ever imagined. Continue reading

The Trials of Morrigan Crow – Jessican Townsend

34219873Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Received: HBG Canada
Publication: October 31st, 2017
Publisher: Little, Brown BFYR
Point of View: 3rd Person & Feminine
Recommended Age: 10+
Pacing: Normal
Genres & Themes: MG, Fantasy, Competition, Magic, Friendship


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Morrigan Crow is cursed. Having been born on Eventide, the unluckiest day for any child to be born, she’s blamed for all local misfortunes, from hailstorms to heart attacks–and, worst of all, the curse means that Morrigan is doomed to die at midnight on her eleventh birthday.

But as Morrigan awaits her fate, a strange and remarkable man named Jupiter North appears. Chased by black-smoke hounds and shadowy hunters on horseback, he whisks her away into the safety of a secret, magical city called Nevermoor. Continue reading

The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding – Alexandra Bracken

33785202The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding by Alexandra Bracken

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: HBG Canada
Publication: September 5th, 2017
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Point of View: 1st Person & Masculine
Recommended Age: 9+
Pacing: Fast
Genres & Themes: Middle Grade, Fantasy, Animals


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Prosper is the only unexceptional Redding in his old and storied family history — that is, until he discovers the demon living inside him. Turns out Prosper’s great-great-great-great-great-something grandfather made — and then broke — a contract with a malefactor, a demon who exchanges fortune for eternal servitude. And, weirdly enough, four-thousand-year-old Alastor isn’t exactly the forgiving type.

The fiend has reawakened with one purpose — to destroy the family whose success he ensured and who then betrayed him. With only days to break the curse and banish Alastor back to the demon realm, Prosper is playing unwilling host to the fiend, who delights in tormenting him with nasty insults and constant attempts trick him into a contract. Yeah, Prosper will take his future without a side of eternal servitude, thanks. Continue reading

Night of Cake & Puppets – Laini Taylor

34733250Night of Cake & Puppets by Laini Taylor

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Received: HBG Canada
Publication: September 12th, 2017
Publisher: Little, Brown BFYR
Point of View: 1st Person & Alternative
Recommended Age: 12+
Pacing: Normal
Genres & Themes: YA, Short Story, Romance


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In this stand-alone companion to the New York Times bestselling Daughter of Smoke & Bone series comes the story of Mik and Zuzana’s fantastical first date—as a gorgeously illustrated gift edition with bonus content included. Continue reading

What to Say Next – Julie Buxbaum

30199656What to Say Next by Julie Buxbaum

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: RH Canada
First Published: July 11th, 2017
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Point of View: 1st Person & Alternative
Recommended Age: 12+
Pacing: Slow
Genres & Themes: YA, Contemporary Romance, Death, Mental Health


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When an unlikely friendship is sparked between relatively popular Kit Lowell and socially isolated David Drucker, everyone is surprised, most of all Kit and David. Kit appreciates David’s blunt honesty—in fact, she finds it bizarrely refreshing. David welcomes Kit’s attention and her inquisitive nature. When she asks for his help figuring out the how and why of her dad’s tragic car accident, David is all in. But neither of them can predict what they’ll find. Can their friendship survive the truth? Continue reading

Invictus – Ryan Graudin

33152795Invictus by Ryan Graudin

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: HBG Canada
First Published: September 26th, 2017
Publisher: Little, Brown BFYR
Point of View: 3rd Person & Alternative
Recommended Age: 12+
Pacing: Normal
Genres & Themes: YA, Adventure, Sci fi, Time Travel, Romance


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Farway Gaius McCarthy was born outside of time. The son of a time-traveling Recorder from 2354 AD and a gladiator living in Rome in 95 AD, Far’s birth defies the laws of nature. Exploring history himself is all he’s ever wanted, and after failing his final time-traveling exam, Far takes a position commanding a ship with a crew of his friends as part of a black market operation to steal valuables from the past.

But during a heist on the sinking Titanic, Far meets a mysterious girl who always seems to be one step ahead of him. Armed with knowledge that will bring Far’s very existence into question, she will lead Far and his team on a race through time to discover a frightening truth: History is not as steady as it seems. Continue reading

Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares – Rachel Cohn & David Levithan

7741325Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: October 26th, 2010
Publisher: Knopf BFYR
Point of View: 1st Person & Boy-Girl
Recommended Age: 12+
Pacing: Normal
Genres & Themes: YA, Contemporary Romance, Christmas, Books about Books


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Lily has left a red notebook full of challenges on a favorite bookstore shelf, waiting for just the right guy to come along and accept its dares. But is Dash that right guy? Or are Dash and Lily only destined to trade dares, dreams, and desires in the notebook they pass back and forth at locations across New York? Could their in-person selves possibly connect as well as their notebook versions? Or will they be a comic mismatch of disastrous proportions? Continue reading