Calling My Name – Liara Tamani

33829748Calling My Name by Liara Tamani

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: October 24th, 2017
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Point of View: 1st Person & Girl
Recommended Age: 12+
Pacing: Slow-ish
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Coming of Age, Religion, Contemporary Romance


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Taja Brown lives with her parents and older brother and younger sister, in Houston, Texas. Taja has always known what the expectations of her conservative and tightly-knit African American family are—do well in school, go to church every Sunday, no intimacy before marriage. But Taja is trying to keep up with friends as they get their first kisses, first boyfriends, first everythings. And she’s tired of cheering for her athletic younger sister and an older brother who has more freedom just because he’s a boy. Taja dreams of going to college and forging her own relationship with the world and with God, but when she falls in love for the first time, those dreams are suddenly in danger of evaporating. Continue reading

Across the Universe – Beth Revis

8235178Across the Universe by Beth Revis

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: January 11th, 2011
Publisher: Razorbill
Point of View: 1st Person & Boy-Girl
Recommended Age: 12+
Pacing: Normal
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopia, Mystery, Romance


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Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, three hundred years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end fifty years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules.

Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction. Someone—one of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship —tried to kill her. And if Amy doesn’t do something soon, her parents will be next.

Now Amy must race to unlock Godspeed’s hidden secrets. But out of her list of murder suspects, there’s only one who matters: Elder, the future leader of the ship and the love she could never have seen coming. Continue reading

Who’s That Girl – Blair Thornburgh

27830249Who’s That Girl by Blair Thornburgh

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: July 11th, 2017
Publisher: HarperTeen
Point of View: 1st Person & Feminine
Recommended Age: 11+
Pacing: Fast
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance, LGBT, Friendship


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Junior Nattie McCullough is totally OK with her place in life: Latin whiz. Member of the school’s gay-straight alliance. Joni Mitchell superfan. Seventeen-year-old who has never been kissed. So when last summer’s crush and her former classmate—Young Lungs lead singer Sebastian Delacroix—comes back to town with his new hit single “Natalie,” she can’t bring herself to believe it could possibly be about her…could it? Continue reading

The Worst Witch Strikes Again – Jill Murphy

20708815The Worst Witch Strikes Again by Jill Murphy

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: August 5th, 2017
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Point of View: 3rd Person & Feminine
Recommended Age: 7+
Pacing: Fast
Genres & Themes: Children’s, Witches, Magic, School, Friendship


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Mildred is back in trouble thanks to the new girl, Enid Nightshade, who isn’t as well behaved as she appears. The more Mildred tries to stay out of trouble, the more she finds herself in horrible situations. What can the disaster-prone worst witch do? Continue reading

Devils & Thieves – Jennifer Rush

25843018Devils & Thieves by Jennifer Rush

My rating: 1 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: October 3rd, 2017
Publisher: Little, Brown BFYR
Point of View: 1st Person & Feminine
Recommended Age: 12+
Pacing: Fast
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Urban Fantasy, Romance


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Eighteen-year-old Jemmie Carmichael has grown up surrounded by magic in the quiet town of Hawthorne, New York. In her world, magic users are called “kindled,” and Jemmie would count herself among them if only she could cast a simple spell without completely falling apart. It doesn’t help that she was also recently snubbed by Crowe, the dangerous and enigmatic leader of the Black Devils kindled motorcycle gang and the unofficial head of their turf.

When the entire kindled community rolls into Hawthorne for an annual festival, a rumor begins spreading that someone is practicing forbidden magic. Then people start to go missing. With threats closing in from every side, no one can be trusted. Jemmie and Crowe will have to put aside their tumultuous history to find their loved ones, and the only thing that might save them is the very flaw that keeps Jemmie from fully harnessing her magic. For all her years of feeling useless, Jemmie may just be the most powerful kindled of all. Continue reading

If There’s No Tomorrow – Jennifer L. Armentrout

33998316If There’s No Tomorrow by Jennifer L. Armentrout

My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: September 5th, 2017
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Point of View: 1st Person & Feminine
Recommended Age: 13+
Pacing: Fast
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Guilt, Contemporary Romance


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Lena Wise is always looking forward to tomorrow, especially at the start of her senior year. She’s ready to pack in as much friend time as possible, to finish college applications, and to maybe let her childhood best friend Sebastian know how she really feels about him. For Lena, the upcoming year is going to be epic–one of opportunities and chances.

Until one choice, one moment, destroys everything.

Now Lena isn’t looking forward to tomorrow. Not when friend time may never be the same. Not when college applications feel all but impossible. Not when Sebastian might never forgive her for what happened.
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The Authentics – Abdi Nazemian

31371275The Authentics by Abdi Nazemian

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: August 8th, 2017
Publisher: Balzer +Bray
Point of View: 1st Person & Feminine
Recommended Age: 11+
Pacing: Normal
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Family, Culture, Contemporary Romance, LGBT


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Daria Esfandyar is Iranian-American and proud of her heritage, unlike some of the “Nose Jobs” in the clique led by her former best friend, Heidi Javadi. Daria and her friends call themselves the Authentics, because they pride themselves on always keeping it real.

But in the course of researching a school project, Daria learns something shocking about her past, which launches her on a journey of self-discovery. It seems everyone is keeping secrets. And it’s getting harder to know who she even is any longer. Continue reading