Young Jane Young – Gabrielle Zevin

34915867Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: August 29th, 2017
Publisher: Viking
Point of View: Alternative
Recommended Age: 14+
Pacing: Normal
Genres & Themes: Adult, Contemporary, Politics, Feminism, Scandals, Coming-of-Age


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Young Jane Young is a smart, funny, and extremely timely novel which exposes the myriad ways we shame, forgive, and love one another. Just as she did in The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, the superbly talented Gabrielle Zevin has created a cast of unforgettable characters: an ambitious yet naive twenty-something, a mother attempting to steer her daughter through a judgmental world, a veteran political wife facing the hard truth that fidelity isn’t always rewarded, and a young girl who feels bold about her choices before she realizes the restrictions all around her. Not only does Zevin skewer the inherent double standards in women’s everyday lives, she also explores the true meaning of resilience–and, ultimately, forgiveness. Continue reading

Wonder Woman: Warbringer – Leigh Bardugo

29749085Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: August 29th, 2017
Publisher: Random House FYR
Point of View: 3rd Person & Girl
Recommended Age: 12+
Pacing: Slow/Normal
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Action, Superheroes, Fantasy, Friendship


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Diana longs to prove herself to her legendary warrior sisters. But when the opportunity finally comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law—risking exile—to save a mere mortal. Even worse, Alia Keralis is no ordinary girl and with this single brave act, Diana may have doomed the world.

Alia just wanted to escape her overprotective brother with a semester at sea. She doesn’t know she is being hunted. When a bomb detonates aboard her ship, Alia is rescued by a mysterious girl of extraordinary strength and forced to confront a horrible truth: Alia is a Warbringer—a direct descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy, fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and misery.

Together, Diana and Alia will face an army of enemies—mortal and divine—determined to either destroy or possess the Warbringer. If they have any hope of saving both their worlds, they will have to stand side by side against the tide of war. Continue reading

The Worst Witch to the Rescue – Jill Murphy

24105122The Worst Witch to the Rescue by Jill Murphy

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: August 5th, 2014
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Point of View: 3rd Person
Recommended Age: 7+
Pacing: Fast
Genres & Themes: Children’s, Middle Grade, Witches, Magic, Animals, Frienship


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Mildred Hubble has always been the worst witch at Miss Cackle’s Academy, but she just knows this term will be different. She’s done the best holiday project ever and she’s sure that her form teacher, the fearsome Miss Hardbroom, will be impressed. Even her arch-enemy, Ethel Hallow, is being friendly to her! But is it all too good to be true – will disaster strike again for the Worst Witch? Continue reading

A Million Suns – Beth Revis

10345927A Million Suns by Beth Revis

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: January 10th, 2012
Publisher: Razorbill
Point of View: 1st Person & Girl/Boy
Recommended Age: 12+
Pacing: Fast
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Romance, Mystery, Rebellion


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It’s been three months since Amy was unplugged. The life she always knew is over. Everywhere she looks, she sees the walls of the spaceship Godspeed.

But there may be hope: Elder has assumed leadership of the ship. He’s finally free to act on his vision—no more Phydus, no more lies.

But when Elder learns shocking news about the ship, he and Amy race to discover the truth behind life on Godspeed. They must work together to unlock a mystery that was set in motion hundreds of years earlier. Their success—or failure—will determine the fate of the 2,298 passengers aboard Godspeed. But with each step, the journey becomes more perilous, the ship more chaotic, and the love between them more impossible to fight. Continue reading

The Worst Witch Saves the Day – Jill Murphy

20708814The Worst Witch Saves the Day by Jill Murphy

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: August 5th, 2014
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Point of View: 3rd Person
Recommended Age: 7+
Pacing: Fast
Genres & Themes: Children’s, Middle Grade, Witches, Magic, Animals, Frienship


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Mildred is starting her third year at Miss Cackle’s Academy for Witches with high hopes of improving her klutzy record. But that’s before a curling-iron catastrophe leads her to experiment with a hair-growing potion with hair-raising results. And it’s before she raises the ire of Miss Granite, the odd new teacher who doesn’t seem to act like a teacher at all. Could she be an imposter? And is there anything in Mildred’s bag of tricks that can save the school if her hunch is right? Continue reading

The Worst Witch at Sea – Jill Murphy

20708813The Worst Witch at Sea by Jill Murphy

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: August 5th, 2014
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Point of View: 3rd Person
Recommended Age: 7+
Pacing: Fast
Genres & Themes: Children’s, Middle Grade, Witches, Magic, Animals, Frienship


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Mildred’s beloved tabby cat has been deemed “unsuitable” for a witch, and is relegated to the kitchens to be a mouser. But when her class flies off on a school trip, Mildred concocts a plan to rescue Tabby?–?and bring him along in secret! Continue reading

A Bad Spell for the Worst Witch – Jill Murphy

20708812A Bad Spell for the Worst Witch by Jill Murphy

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: August 5th, 2014
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Point of View: 3rd Person
Recommended Age: 7+
Pacing: Fast
Genres & Themes: Children’s, Middle Grade, Witches, Magic, Boarding School, Frienship


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Mildred gets off to a good start in her second year at Miss Cackle’s Academy, but her sworn enemy, Ethel Hallow, is plotting misfortune, setting Mildred up for a very bad spell, indeed. Continue reading