Echo After Echo – Amy Rose Capetta

27258116Echo After Echo by Amy Rose Capetta

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
First Published: October 10th, 2017
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Recommended Age: 12+
Pacing: Slow
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, LGBT, Contemporary, Plays, Mystery


BLURB:

Zara Evans has come to the Aurelia Theater, home to the visionary director Leopold Henneman, to play her dream role in Echo and Ariston, the Greek tragedy that taught her everything she knows about love. When the director asks Zara to promise that she will have no outside commitments, no distractions, it’s easy to say yes. But it’s hard not to be distracted when there’s a death at the theater—and then another—especially when Zara doesn’t know if they’re accidents, or murder, or a curse that always comes in threes. It’s hard not to be distracted when assistant lighting director Eli Vasquez, a girl made of tattoos and abrupt laughs and every form of light, looks at Zara. It’s hard not to fall in love. In heart-achingly beautiful prose, Amy Rose Capetta has spun a mystery and a love story into an impossible, inevitable whole—and cast lantern light on two girls, finding each other on a stage set for tragedy. Continue reading

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Little Monsters – Kara Thomas

32320750Little Monsters by Kara Thomas

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: July 25th, 2017
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Point of View: 1st Person & Feminine
Recommended Age: 12+
Pacing: Fast
Genres &  Themes: Young Adult, Mystery


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Kacey is the new girl in Broken Falls. When she moved in with her father, she stepped into a brand-new life. A life with a stepbrother, a stepmother, and strangest of all, an adoring younger half sister.

Kacey’s new life is eerily charming compared with the wild highs and lows of the old one she lived with her volatile mother. And everyone is so nice in Broken Falls—she’s even been welcomed into a tight new circle of friends. Bailey and Jade invite her to do everything with them.

Which is why it’s so odd when they start acting distant. And when they don’t invite her to the biggest party of the year, it doesn’t exactly feel like an accident. Continue reading

Missing – Kelley Armstrong

25487124Missing by Kelley Armstrong

My rating: 1 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: April 18th, 2017
Publisher: Crown BFYR
Point of View: 1st Person & Feminine
Recommended Age: 12+
Pacing: Fast
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Mystery, Romance

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BLURB:

The only thing Winter Crane likes about Reeve’s End is that soon she’ll leave it. Like her best friend did. Like her sister did. Like most of the teens born in town have done. There’s nothing for them there but abandoned mines and empty futures. They’re better off taking a chance elsewhere.

The only thing Winter will miss is the woods. Her only refuge. At least it was. Until the day she found Lennon left for dead, bleeding in a tree.

But now Lennon is gone too. And he has Winter questioning what she once thought was true. What if nobody left at all? What if they’re all missing? Continue reading

One of Us Is Lying – Karen M. McManus

32571395One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: May 30th, 2017
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Point of View: 1st Person & Alternative
Recommended Age: 12+
Pacing: Fast
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Mystery, Romance

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BLURB:

On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.

Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.

Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.

Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.

Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.

And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.

Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention Simon’s dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose? Continue reading

City of Saints & Thieves – Natalie C. Anderson

33956433City of Saints & Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: January 24th, 2017
Publisher: Putnam
Point of View: 1st Person & Feminine
Recommended Age: 14+
Pacing: Normal
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Mystery-Thriller, Vendetta

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BLURB:

In the shadows of Sangui City, there lives a girl who doesn’t exist. After fleeing the Congo as refugees, Tina and her mother arrived in Kenya looking for the chance to build a new life and home. Her mother quickly found work as a maid for a prominent family, headed by Roland Greyhill, one of the city’s most respected business leaders. But Tina soon learns that the Greyhill fortune was made from a life of corruption and crime. So when her mother is found shot to death in Mr. Greyhill’s personal study, she knows exactly who’s behind it.

With revenge always on her mind, Tina spends the next four years surviving on the streets alone, working as a master thief for the Goondas, Sangui City’s local gang. It’s a job for the Goondas that finally brings Tina back to the Greyhill estate, giving her the chance for vengeance she’s been waiting for. But as soon as she steps inside the lavish home, she’s overtaken by the pain of old wounds and the pull of past friendships, setting into motion a dangerous cascade of events that could, at any moment, cost Tina her life. But finally uncovering the incredible truth about who killed her mother—and why—keeps her holding on in this fast-paced nail-biting thriller. Continue reading

The Girl Before by J.P. Delaney

28016509The Girl Before by J.P. Delaney

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: January 24th, 2017
Publisher: Doubleday Canada
Point of View: 1st Person & Alternative
Recommended Age: 14+
Pacing: Slow
Genres & Themes: Mystery, Psychological Thriller, Relationships

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BLURB:

Please make a list of every possession you consider essential to your life.

The request seems odd, even intrusive—and for the two women who answer, the consequences are devastating. Continue reading

Review: The Dead Seekers by Barb & J.C. Hendee

29953886The Dead Seekers by Barb Hendee

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: January 3rd, 2017
Publisher: Ace Books
Point of View: 3rd Person & Alternative
Recommended Age: 14+
Pacing: Fast
Genres & Themes: Fantasy, Ghosts, Mystery

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BLURB:

In the dark reaches of the eastern continent, Tris Vishal travels from village to village, using his power to put unsettled spirits to rest. He works alone, having learned that letting people close only leads to more death. Still, he finds himself accepting the help of the Mondyalitko woman who saves his life a woman whose gifts are as much a burden as his own.

Mari Kaleja thirsted for vengeance since the night her family was taken from her. She has searched far and wide for the one she thinks responsible, known only as The Dead s Man. But before she can kill him, she has to be sure. Mari hopes traveling with Tris will confirm her suspicions. But as they embark on a hunt where the living are just as dangerous as the dead, she learns the risks of keeping your enemy close…

Because it s no longer clear who is predator and who is prey. Continue reading