Heist Society – Ally Carter

6574102Heist Society by Ally Carter

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: Bought
Published: February 9th, 2010
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Recommended Age: 12+
Pacing: Slow
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Mystery, Family History, Friendship, Scheming


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When Katarina Bishop was three, her parents took her on a trip to the Louvre…to case it. For her seventh birthday, Katarina and her Uncle Eddie traveled to Austria…to steal the crown jewels. When Kat turned fifteen, she planned a con of her own—scamming her way into the best boarding school in the country, determined to leave the family business behind. Unfortunately, leaving “the life” for a normal life proves harder than she’d expected. Soon, Kat’s friend and former co-conspirator, Hale, appears out of nowhere to bring Kat back into the world she tried so hard to escape. But he has a good reason: a powerful mobster has been robbed of his priceless art collection and wants to retrieve it. Only a master thief could have pulled this job, and Kat’s father isn’t just on the suspect list, he is the list. Caught between Interpol and a far more deadly enemy, Kat’s dad needs her help. For Kat, there is only one solution: track down the paintings and steal them back. So what if it’s a spectacularly impossible job? She’s got two weeks, a teenage crew, and hopefully just enough talent to pull off the biggest heist in her family’s history–and, with any luck, steal her life back along the way. Continue reading

How to Be a Bawse: A Guide to Conquering Life – Lilly Singh

31202835How to Be a Bawse: A Guide to Conquering Life by Lilly Singh

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Published: March 28th, 2017
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Recommended Age: 14+
Pacing: Fast
Genres & Themes: Nonfiction, Self-Help, Life Experiences, Motivational & Inspiring, Celebrity Life


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From actress, comedian, and YouTube sensation Lilly Singh (aka ||Superwoman||) comes the definitive guide to being a bawse—a person who exudes confidence, reaches goals, gets hurt efficiently, and smiles genuinely because they’ve fought through it all and made it out the other side. Told in her hilarious, bold voice that’s inspired over nine million fans, and using stories from her own life to illustrate her message, Lilly proves that there are no shortcuts to success. Continue reading

Blog Tour: Furyborn by Claire Legrand

34323570Furyborn by Claire Legrand

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Raincoast Books
Published: May 22nd, 2018
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Recommended Age: 13+
Pacing: Normal/Fast
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Magic, Romance, Family


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When assassins ambush her best friend, the crown prince, Rielle Dardenne risks everything to save him, exposing her ability to perform all seven kinds of elemental magic. The only people who should possess this extraordinary power are a pair of prophesied queens: a queen of light and salvation and a queen of blood and destruction. To prove she is the Sun Queen, Rielle must endure seven trials to test her magic. If she fails, she will be executed…unless the trials kill her first. A thousand years later, the legend of Queen Rielle is a mere fairy tale to bounty hunter Eliana Ferracora. When the Undying Empire conquered her kingdom, she embraced violence to keep her family alive. Now, she believes herself untouchable–until her mother vanishes without a trace, along with countless other women in their city. To find her, Eliana joins a rebel captain on a dangerous mission and discovers that the evil at the heart of the empire is more terrible than she ever imagined. As Rielle and Eliana fight in a cosmic war that spans millennia, their stories intersect, and the shocking connections between them ultimately determine the fate of their world–and of each other. Continue reading

Stay Sweet – Siobhan Vivian

32333296Stay Sweet by Siobhan Vivian

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Published: April 24th, 2018
Publisher: Simon & Schuster BFYR
Recommended Age: 11+
Pacing: Normal/Fast
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Summer, Community, Business, Romance, Friendship


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Summer in Sand Lake isn’t complete without a trip to Meade Creamery—the local ice cream stand founded in 1944 by Molly Meade who started making ice cream to cheer up her lovesick girlfriends while all the boys were away at war. Since then, the stand has been owned and managed exclusively by local girls, who inevitably become the best of friends. Seventeen-year-old Amelia and her best friend Cate have worked at the stand every summer for the past three years, and Amelia is “Head Girl” at the stand this summer. When Molly passes away before Amelia even has her first day in charge, Amelia isn’t sure that the stand can go on. That is, until Molly’s grandnephew Grady arrives and asks Amelia to stay on to help continue the business…but Grady’s got some changes in mind… Continue reading

Aftermath – Kelley Armstrong

35294262Aftermath by Kelley Armstrong

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Published: May 22nd, 2018
Publisher: Crown BFYR
Recommended Age: 12+
Pacing: Fast
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller, High School, Friendship, Shooting


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Three years after losing her brother Luka in a school shooting, Skye Gilchrist is moving home. But there’s no sympathy for Skye and her family because Luka wasn’t a victim; he was a shooter. Jesse Mandal knows all too well that the scars of the past don’t heal easily. The shooting cost Jesse his brother and his best friend–Skye. Ripped apart by tragedy, Jesse and Skye can’t resist reopening the mysteries of their past. But old wounds hide darker secrets. And the closer Skye and Jesse get to the truth of what happened that day, the closer they get to a new killer. Continue reading

Love Songs & Other Lies – Jessica Pennington

35034369Love Songs & Other Lies by Jessica Pennington

My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Received: Raincoast Books
Published: April 24th, 2018
Publisher: Tor Teen
Recommended Age: 12+
Pacing: Normal
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Music, Romance, Mystery, Bad Behaviors


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Two years after rock-song-worthy heartbreak, Virginia Miller is looking forward to a fun, carefree summer. Her friends just landed a spot on a battling bands reality show, and Vee is joining them for her dream internship on tour. Three months with future rockstars seems like an epic summer plan. Until she learns she’ll also be sharing the bus with Cam. Her first love, and her first heartbreak. Now Vee has more than just cameras to dodge, and Cam’s determination to win her forgiveness is causing TMZ-worthy problems for both of them. With cameras rolling, she’ll have to decide if her favorite breakup anthem deserves a new ending. And if she’s brave enough to expose her own secrets to keep Cam’s under wraps. Continue reading

Akata Witch – Nnedi Okorafor

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Published: July 11th, 2017
Publisher: Speak
Recommended Age: 10+
Pacing: Normal
Genres & Themes: Middle Grade, Fantasy, Magic, Culture, Friendship, Secret Society


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Sunny Nwazue lives in Nigeria, but she was born in New York City. Her features are West African, but she’s albino. She’s a terrific athlete, but can’t go out into the sun to play soccer. There seems to be no place where she fits in. And then she discovers something amazing—she is a “free agent” with latent magical power. And she has a lot of catching up to do. Soon she’s part of a quartet of magic students, studying the visible and invisible, learning to change reality. But just as she’s finding her footing, Sunny and her friends are asked by the magical authorities to help track down a career criminal who knows magic, too. Will their training be enough to help them against a threat whose powers greatly outnumber theirs? Continue reading

Always Never Yours – Emily Wibberley

34092885Always Never Yours by Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Published: May 22nd, 2018
Publisher: Penguin Teen
Recommended Age: 13+
Pacing: Normal/Fast
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Romance, Theatre, Love & Relationships


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Megan Harper is the girl before. All her exes find their one true love right after dating her. It’s not a curse or anything, it’s just the way things are, and Megan refuses to waste time feeling sorry for herself. Instead, she focuses on pursuing her next fling, directing theatre, and fulfilling her dream school’s acting requirement in the smallest role possible. But her plans quickly crumble when she’s cast as none other than Juliet–yes, that Juliet–in her high school’s production. It’s a nightmare. No–a disaster. Megan’s not an actress and she’s certainly not a Juliet. Then she meets Owen Okita, an aspiring playwright who agrees to help Megan catch the eye of a sexy stagehand in exchange for help writing his new script. Between rehearsals and contending with her divided family, Megan begins to notice Owen–thoughtful, unconventional, and utterly unlike her exes, and wonders: shouldn’t a girl get to play the lead in her own love story? Continue reading

Emergency Contact – Mary H.K. Choi

35297272Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi

My rating: 1 of 5 stars
Received: Borrowed
Published: March 27th, 2018
Publisher: Simon & Schuster BFYR
Recommended Age: 13+
Pacing: Normal
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Romance, College, Friendship, Immature, Offensive


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For Penny Lee high school was a total nonevent. Her friends were okay, her grades were fine, and while she somehow managed to land a boyfriend, he doesn’t actually know anything about her. When Penny heads to college in Austin, Texas, to learn how to become a writer, it’s seventy-nine miles and a zillion light years away from everything she can’t wait to leave behind. Sam’s stuck. Literally, figuratively, emotionally, financially. He works at a café and sleeps there too, on a mattress on the floor of an empty storage room upstairs. He knows that this is the god-awful chapter of his life that will serve as inspiration for when he’s a famous movie director but right this second the seventeen bucks in his checking account and his dying laptop are really testing him. When Sam and Penny cross paths it’s less meet-cute and more a collision of unbearable awkwardness. Still, they swap numbers and stay in touch—via text—and soon become digitally inseparable, sharing their deepest anxieties and secret dreams without the humiliating weirdness of having to see each other. Continue reading

Spellslinger – Sebastien de Castell

25181955Spellslinger by Sebastien de Castell

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: Distributor
Published: July 17th, 2018
Publisher: Orbit
Recommended Age: 13+
Pacing: Normal
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Fantasy, Magic, War Setting


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Kellen is moments away from facing his first mage’s duel and the start of four trials that will make him a spellcaster. There’s just one problem: his magic is gone. As his sixteenth birthday approaches, Kellen falls back on his cunning in a bid to avoid total disgrace. But when a daring stranger arrives in town, she challenges Kellen to take a different path. Ferius Parfax is one of the mysterious Argosi – a traveller who lives by her wits and the three decks of cards she carries. She’s difficult and unpredictable, but she may be Kellen’s only hope… Continue reading