My rating: 4 of 5 stars Received: Publisher Publication Date: March 7th, 2017 Publisher: Clarion Books Point of View: 1st Person & Masculine Recommended Age: 13+ Pacing: Normal Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Family, Contemporary, Death, LGBT
Sal used to know his place with his adoptive gay father, their loving Mexican-American family, and his best friend, Samantha. But it’s senior year, and suddenly Sal is throwing punches, questioning everything, and realizing he no longer knows himself. If Sal’s not who he thought he was, who is he?Continue reading →
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars Received: Publisher Publication Date: February 7th 2017 Publisher: Clarion Books Point of View: 1st Person & Feminine Recommended Age: 8+ Pacing: Fast Genres & Themes: Middle Grade, Fantasy, Mystery, Supernatural
Thirteen-year-old Jessamine Grace and her mother make a living as sham spiritualists—until they discover that Jess is a mesmerist and that she really can talk to the dead. Soon she is plunged into the dark world of Victorian London’s supernatural underbelly and learns that the city is under attack by ghouls, monsters, and spirit summoners. Can Jess fight these powerful forces? And will the group of strange children with mysterious powers she befriends be able to help? As shy, proper Jess transforms into a brave warrior, she uncovers terrifying truths about the hidden battle between good and evil, about her family, and about herself.Continue reading →
My rating: 2 of 5 stars Received: Publisher Publication Date: January 3rd, 2017 Publisher: Clarion Books Point of View: 1st Person & Feminine Recommended Age: 12+ Pacing: Slow Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mental Illness, Romance, Agoraphobia, OCD
Norah has agoraphobia and OCD. When groceries are left on the porch, she can’t step out to get them. Struggling to snag the bags with a stick, she meets Luke. He’s sweet and funny, and he just caught her fishing for groceries. Because of course he did.
Norah can’t leave the house, but can she let someone in? As their friendship grows deeper, Norah realizes Luke deserves a normal girl. One who can lie on the front lawn and look up at the stars. One who isn’t so screwed up. Continue reading →