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

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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

Whichwood – Tahereh Mafi

31563982Whichwood by Tahereh Mafi

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
First Published: November 14th, 2017
Publisher: Dutton BFYR
Recommended Age: 10+
Pacing: Normal
Genres & Themes: Middle Grade, Fantasy, Friendship, Ghosts


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Laylee can barely remember the happier times before her beloved mother died. Before her father, driven by grief, lost his wits (and his way). Before she was left as the sole remaining mordeshoor in the village of Whichwood, destined to spend her days washing the bodies of the dead and preparing their souls for the afterlife. It’s become easy to forget and easier still to ignore the way her hands are stiffening and turning silver, just like her hair, and her own ever-increasing loneliness and fear. But soon, a pair of familiar strangers appears, and Laylee’s world is turned upside down as she rediscovers color, magic, and the healing power of friendship. Continue reading

Reign of the Fallen – Sarah Glenn Marsh

29906017Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh

My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
First Published: January 23rd, 2018
Publisher: Razorbill
Recommended Age: 12+
Pacing: Fast
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Fantasy, Addiction, Action, Zombies


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Odessa is one of Karthia’s master necromancers, catering to the kingdom’s ruling Dead. Whenever a noble dies, it’s Odessa’s job to raise them by retrieving their souls from a dreamy and dangerous shadow world called the Deadlands. But there is a cost to being raised – the Dead must remain shrouded, or risk transforming into zombie-like monsters known as Shades. If even a hint of flesh is exposed, the grotesque transformation will begin. A dramatic uptick in Shade attacks raises suspicions and fears among Odessa’s necromancer community. Soon a crushing loss of one of their own reveals a disturbing conspiracy: someone is intentionally creating Shades by tearing shrouds from the Dead–and training them to attack. Odessa is faced with a terrifying question: What if her necromancer’s magic is the weapon that brings Karthia to its knees? Continue reading

Mr. Terupt Falls Again – Rob Buyea

13414963Mr. Terupt Falls Again by Rob Buyea

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
First Published: 2012
Publisher: Delacorte BFYR
Recommended Age: 10+
Pacing: Normal
Genres & Themes: Middle Grade, Contemporary, School, Coming of Age


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Fifth-grade was full of unforgettable events for Mr. Terupt and his class at Snow Hill School. Seven students were particularly affected by Mr. Terupt. Now those seven students are back, and they’ve been granted the rare opportunity to send one more year with their beloved teacher before they graduate from elementary school. Peter’s parents expect him to attend private school after sixth-grade, but Peter has plans to stay right where he is. Eager to grow up, Alexia gets in over her head with some older kids. Danielle suspects that her family is keeping a secret from her, and she’s determined to find out what it is. Jeffrey makes a life-changing discovery. Curious about her teacher’s past, Jessica uncovers startling details about Mr. Terupt. Anna finally decides she’s ready for the truth about her absent dad. And Luke’s keen observations lead to questions with unexpected answers.  Continue reading