Girl Made of Stars – Ashley Herring Blake

31351689Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Distributor
First Published: May 15th, 2018
Publisher: HMH BFYR
Recommended Age: 12+
Pacing: Normal
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Rape, Contemporary, LGBT, Siblings, Romance


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Mara and Owen are about as close as twins can get. So when Mara’s friend Hannah accuses Owen of rape, Mara doesn’t know what to think. Can the brother she loves really be guilty of such a violent crime? Torn between the family she loves and her own sense of right and wrong, Mara is feeling lost, and it doesn’t help that things have been strained with her ex-girlfriend, Charlie. As Mara, Hannah, and Charlie navigate this new terrain, Mara must face a trauma from her own past and decide where Charlie fits in her future. With sensitivity and openness, this timely novel confronts the difficult questions surrounding consent, victim blaming, and sexual assault. Continue reading

The Unlikelies – Carrie Firestone

31078124The Unlikelies by Carrie Firestone

My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
First Published: June 6th, 2017
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Recommended Age: 11+
Pacing: Fast
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Fame, Contemporary, Friendship, Romance


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 Sadie is not excited for the summer before her senior year. It will be her first without her college-bound best friend and (now ex-)boyfriend by her side, so Sadie braces herself for a long, lonely, and boring season working at a farm stand in the Hamptons. But things take an unexpected turn when Sadie steps in to help rescue a baby in peril and footage of her impromptu good deed goes viral. As she’s recovering from “the incident” and adjusting to her Internet fame, Sadie receives an invitation to a lunch honoring teem homegrown heroes. The five honorees instantly connect and soon decide to spend their time together righting local wrongs. Sadie and her new friends embark on escalating acts of vigilante Good Samaritanism, but might be in over her heads when they try to help a heroin-addicted friend. Are good intentions enough to hold unlikely friendships—and an even unlikelier new romance—together? Continue reading

Hunting Prince Dracula – Kerri Maniscalco

33784373Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
First Published: September 19th, 2017
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Recommended Age: 12+
Pacing: Slow
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Romance, Folklore


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In this New York Times bestselling sequel to Kerri Maniscalco’s haunting #1 debut Stalking Jack the Ripper, bizarre murders are discovered in the castle of Prince Vlad the Impaler, otherwise known as Dracula. Could it be a copycat killer…or has the depraved prince been brought back to life? Continue reading

Snakehead (Alex Rider #7)

Snakehead by Anthony HorowitzSnakehead by Anthony Horowitz

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
First Published: 2007
Publisher: Puffin Books
Recommended Age: 14+
Pacing: Slow
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Action, Thriller


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When Alex Rider crash-lands off the coast of Australia, the Australian Secret Service recruits him to infiltrate one of the ruthless gangs operating across Southeast Asia. Known as snakeheads, the gangs smuggle drugs, weapons, and worst of all, people. Alex accepts the assignment, in part for the chance to work with his godfather and learn more about his parents. What he uncovers, however, is a secret that will make this his darkest and most dangerous mission yet . . . and the knowledge that his old nemesis, Scorpia, is anything but out of his life. Continue reading

Sirène – Daphné Collignon

18079095Sirène by Daphné Collignon

Ma note: 2 de 5 étoiles
Reçu: Distributeur
Parution: Mai 2013
Éditions: Dupuis
Âge recommandé: 14+
Rythme: Normal
Sujets: BD, Maroc, Amitié, Amour, Poésie


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Lorsqu’elle se découvre enceinte, Magda décide de traverser le Maroc pour rejoindre l’homme qu’elle aime, et choisir avec lui quelle sera leur vie future. À ses pas s’attachent ceux d’une inconnue, une toute jeune fille apparemment perdue, qu’elle a recueillie une première fois, et qu’elle retrouve, contre toute attente, sur la route. De l’énigmatique présence de cette jeune fille sourd une angoisse de plus en plus palpable, et de plus en plus étouffante pour Magda. Elle-même aux prises avec les fantômes d’une existence dont elle ne parvient plus à saisir les rênes, elle ne comprend pas ce que lui veut cette fille, qui la suit comme une ombre. De leur confrontation naîtront les réponses aux questions que se pose Magda. Continue reading

Dogs: From Predator to Protector

33163386Science Comics: Dogs: From Predator to Protector by Andy Hirsch

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: Distributor
First Published: October 21st, 2017
Publisher: First Second
Recommended Age: 9+
Pacing: Normal
Genres & Themes: Middle Grade, Graphic Novel, Nonfiction, Animals, Genetics, Evolution


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How well do you know our favorite furry companion? Did they really descend from wolves? What’s the difference between a Chihuahua and a Saint Bernard? And just how smart are they? Join one friendly mutt on a journey to discover the secret origin of dogs, how genetics and evolution shape species, and where in the world his favorite ball bounced off to. Continue reading

Chloe, Vol 1: The New Girl

31451215Chloe, Vol. 1 by Greg Tessier

My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Received: Distributor
First Published: May 2nd, 2017
Publisher: Charmz
Recommended Age: 9+
Pacing: Fast
Genres & Themes: Middle Grade, Graphic Novel, Romance, School, Popularity


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Everything was wonderful for young Chloe Blin– she loved her family, even despite their affectionate nickname for her. But everything changes when she starts at a new school. Suddenly, her family is just embarrassing! Chloe wants to meet new people and make new friends, especially with a certain Alexandre, but she’s not sure what to say or wear or who to trust. The home room fashionistas are only too happy to tell her how her clothes look, but can they really be her friends? And what if everyone heard her family’s name for her? Continue reading