My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars Received: Random House Canada Published: July 9th, 2019 Publisher: Delacorte Press Recommended Age: 13+ Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Mystery, Horror, LGBTQIA+, Disease, Friendship
Survival stories tend to grip me. There’s something really fascinating, I think, about the idea of ‘‘the survival of the fittest’’ or strongest, smartest, prettiest. It’s a competition. It’s a deadly game. Sometimes, there’s no use even trying because you can’t compare. You don’t have it in you to survive. You’re a follower, not a leader. Continue reading →
My rating: 4 of 5 stars Received: Publisher Published: August 7th, 2018 Publisher: Doubleday Canada Recommended Age: 14+ Pacing: Fast Genres & Themes: Adult, Mystery, Thriller
It’s winter in the Catskills and the weather outside is frightful, but Mitchell’s Inn is so delightful! The cozy lodge nestled deep in the woods is perfect for a relaxing–maybe even romantic–weekend away. The Inn boasts spacious old rooms with huge wood-burning fireplaces, a well-stocked wine cellar, and opportunities for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, or just curling up with a book and someone you love. So when the weather takes a turn for the worse, and a blizzard cuts off the electricity–and all contact with the outside world–the guests settle in for the long haul. The power’s down but they’ve got candles, blankets, and wood–a genuine rustic experience! Soon, though, a body turns up–surely an accident. When a second body appears, they start to panic. Then they find a third body. Continue reading →
My rating: 4 of 5 stars Received: Publisher Published: March 27th, 2018 Publisher: Scholastic Press Recommended Age: 12+ Pacing: Fast Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Adventure, Survival, Romance, Friendship
Maddie thought she and Logan would be friends forever. But when your dad is a Secret Service agent and your best friend is the president’s son, sometimes life has other plans. Before she knows it, Maddie’s dad is dragging her to a cabin in the middle of the Alaskan wilderness.
And not a single word from Logan.
Maddie tells herself it’s okay. After all, she’s the most popular girl for twenty miles in any direction. (She’s also the only girl for twenty miles in any direction.) She has wood to cut and weapons to bedazzle. Her life is full. Until Logan shows up six years later . . . And Maddie wants to kill him. Continue reading →
My rating: 3 of 5 stars Received: Publisher Published: July 24th, 2018 Publisher: Viking BFYR Recommended Age: 12+ Pacing: Fast Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Fiction, Contemporary, Survival, Action, Animals
After: Jess is alone. Her cabin has burned to the ground. She knows if she doesn’t act fast, the cold will kill her before she has time to worry about food. But she is still alive—for now.
Before: Jess hadn’t seen her survivalist, off-the-grid dad in over a decade. But after a car crash killed her mother and left her injured, she was forced to move to his cabin in the remote Canadian wilderness. Just as Jess was beginning to get to know him, a secret from his past paid them a visit, leaving her father dead and Jess stranded.
After: With only her father’s dog for company, Jess must forage and hunt for food, build shelter, and keep herself warm. Some days it feels like the wild is out to destroy her, but she’s stronger than she ever imagined. Continue reading →
My rating: 4 of 5 stars Received: Distributor Published: August 7th, 2018 Publisher: Sourcebooks Recommended Age: 10+ Pacing: Fast Genres & Themes: Graphic Novel, Survival, Immigration, Realistic Fiction, Refugee, Siblings
This is a powerful and timely story about one boy’s epic journey across Africa to Europe, a graphic novel for all children with glorious colour artwork throughout. From Eoin Colfer, previously Irish Children’s Laureate, and the team behind his bestselling Artemis Fowl graphic novels. Continue reading →
Lost Boy: The True Story of Captain Hook by Christina Henry
My rating: 4 of 5 stars Received: Publisher First Published: July 4th, 2017 Publisher: Berkley Books Recommended Age: 13+ Pacing: Slow Genres & Themes: Adult, Dark Retelling, Survival, Friendship, Betrayal, Violence
There is one version of my story that everyone knows. And then there is the truth. This is how it happened. How I went from being Peter Pan’s first—and favorite—lost boy to his greatest enemy. Peter brought me to his island because there were no rules and no grownups to make us mind. He brought boys from the Other Place to join in the fun, but Peter’s idea of fun is sharper than a pirate’s sword. Because it’s never been all fun and games on the island. Our neighbors are pirates and monsters. Our toys are knife and stick and rock—the kinds of playthings that bite. Peter promised we would all be young and happy forever. Continue reading →
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars Received: Publisher Publication Date: September 13th, 2016 Publisher:Crown Books for Young Readers Point of View: 1st Person & Feminine Recommended Age: 12+ Pacing: Fast Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery, Survival, Thriller, Siblings
When six-year-old Laurel Logan was abducted, the only witness was her younger sister, Faith. Since then, Faith’s childhood has revolved around her sister’s disappearance—from her parents’ broken marriage and the constant media attention, to dealing with so-called friends who only ever want to talk about her missing sister.
Now, thirteen years later, a young woman is found in the front yard of the Logans’ old house, disoriented and clutching the teddy bear Laurel was last seen with. Can her sister finally be back? Faith always dreamed of her sister coming home; she just never believed it would happen. But soon a disturbing series of events leaves Faith increasingly isolated from her family and paranoid about her sister’s motives. Before long, Faith begins to wonder if it’s the abduction that’s changed her sister, or if it’s something else. . . . Continue reading →