Ratpunzel (Hamster Princess #3)

28687247Ratpunzel by Ursula Vernon

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
First Published: October 18th, 2016
Publisher: Dial Books
Recommended Age: 8+
Pacing: Super fast
Genres & Themes: Middle Grade, Fantasy, Fairy Tale Retelling, Action, Adventure


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Princess Harriet Hamsterbone does not like sitting around at home. How’s a princess supposed to have any fun when her parents are constantly reminding her to be careful and act princessly? So when her pal Prince Wilbur needs help finding a stolen hydra egg, Harriet happily takes up the quest.  The thief’s trail leads them to a wicked witch and a tall tower, occupied by a rat whose tail has more than meets the eye!

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Vampire Academy (#1)

18660669Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
First Published: 2007
Publisher: Razorbill
Recommended Age: 12+
Pacing: Normal
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Urban Fantasy, Boarding School, Romance, Friendship, Mystery, magic, Vampires


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Lissa Dragomir is a Moroi princess: a mortal vampire with a rare gift for harnessing the earth’s magic. She must be protected at all times from Strigoi; the fiercest vampires – the ones who never die. The powerful blend of human and vampire blood that flows through Rose Hathaway, Lissa’s best friend, makes her a dhampir. Rose is dedicated to a dangerous life of protecting Lissa from the Strigoi, who are hell-bent on making Lissa one of them. After two years of freedom, Rose and Lissa are caught and dragged back to St. Vladimir’s Academy, a school for vampire royalty and their guardians-to-be, hidden in the deep forests of Montana. But inside the iron gates, life is even more fraught with danger . . . and the Strigoi are always close by. Continue reading

Batman: Nightwalker – Marie Lu

35608692Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
First Published: January 4th, 2018
Publisher: Penguin BFYR
Recommended Age: 12+
Pacing: Normal
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Action, Mystery, Coming of Age


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Returning home from his lavish eighteenth birthday party, Bruce Wayne stops a criminal’s getaway – disobeying the police and crashing his car during the chase. Sentenced to community service in Gotham City’s Arkham Asylum, he encounters some of the city’s most dangerous and mentally disturbed criminals. Among these, Bruce meets the intriguing Madeleine who has ties to the Nightwalker gang that is terrorizing Gotham City. She’s a mystery Bruce has to unravel but can he trust her? The Nightwalkers target the rich, and Bruce’s name is next on their list. Continue reading

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue

29283884The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
First Published: June 27th, 2017
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Recommended Age: 12+
Pacing: Fast
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, LGBT, Fantasy, Adventure, Humour, Romance


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Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men. But as Monty embarks on his Grand Tour of Europe, his quest for a life filled with pleasure and vice is in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy. Still it isn’t in Monty’s nature to give up. Even with his younger sister, Felicity, in tow, he vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt that spans across Europe, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores. Continue reading

Autoboyography – Christina Lauren

28919058Autoboyography by Christina Lauren

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
First Published: September 12th, 2017
Publisher: Simon & Schuster BFYR
Recommended Age: 12+
Pacing: Normal
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, LGBT, Religion, Writing, Friendship, Family


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Three years ago, Tanner Scott’s family relocated from California to Utah, a move that nudged the bisexual teen temporarily back into the closet. Now, with one semester of high school to go, and no obstacles between him and out-of-state college freedom, Tanner plans to coast through his remaining classes and clear out of Utah. But when his best friend Autumn dares him to take Provo High’s prestigious Seminar—where honor roll students diligently toil to draft a book in a semester—Tanner can’t resist going against his better judgment and having a go, if only to prove to Autumn how silly the whole thing is. Writing a book in four months sounds simple. Four months is an eternity. It turns out, Tanner is only partly right: four months is a long time. After all, it takes only one second for him to notice Sebastian Brother, the Mormon prodigy who sold his own Seminar novel the year before and who now mentors the class. And it takes less than a month for Tanner to fall completely in love with him. Continue reading

The Wicked Deep – Shea Ernshaw

35297394The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
First Published: March 6th, 2018
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Recommended Age: 12+
Pacing: Normal
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Paranormal, Mystery, Romance, Witches


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Hocus Pocus and Practical Magic meets the Salem Witch trials in this haunting story about three sisters on a quest for revenge—and how love may be the only thing powerful enough to stop them. Continue reading

American Panda – Gloria Chao

35297380American Panda by Gloria Chao

My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
First Published: February 6th, 2018
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Recommended Age: 11+
Pacing: Fast
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, College, Romance, Culture, Family Relationships


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An incisive, laugh-out-loud contemporary debut about a Taiwanese-American teen whose parents want her to be a doctor and marry a Taiwanese Ivy Leaguer despite her squeamishness with germs and crush on a Japanese classmate. Continue reading