// Book Review // Counting Wolves by: Michael F. Stewart

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Counting Wolves by: Michael F. Stewart
Published August 14, 2017 by The Publishing House
Young Adult/Contemporary/Mental Health

Milly’s evil stepmother commits her to a pediatric psych ward. That’s just what the wolf wants. With bunk mates like Red, who’s spiraling out of control; Pig, a fire-bug who claims Milly as her own—but just wants extra dessert—Vanet, a manic teen masquerading as a fairy godmother with wish-granting powers as likely to kill as to help; and the mysterious Wolfgang, rumored to roam for blood at night; it doesn’t take long for Milly to realize that only her dead mother’s book of tales can save her.

But Milly’s spells of protection weaken as her wolf stalks the hospital corridors. The ward’s a Dark Wood, and she’s not alone. As her power crumbles, she must let go of her magic and discover new weapons if she is to transform from hunted to hunter. Continue reading “// Book Review // Counting Wolves by: Michael F. Stewart”

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// Book Review // Solitaire by: Alice Oseman

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Solitaire by: Alice Oseman
Published July 31, 2014 by Harper Collins Children’s Books UK
Young Adult/Mystery/Mental Health

In case you’re wondering, this is not a love story.

My name is Tori Spring. I like to sleep and I like to blog. Last year – before all that stuff with Charlie and before I had to face the harsh realities of A-Levels and university applications and the fact that one day I really will have to start talking to people – I had friends. Things were very different, I guess, but that’s all over now.

Now there’s Solitaire. And Michael Holden.

I don’t know what Solitaire are trying to do, and I don’t care about Michael Holden.

I really don’t. Continue reading “// Book Review // Solitaire by: Alice Oseman”

// Book Review // What to Say Next by: Julie Buxbaum

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What to Say Next by: Julie Buxbaum
Published July 11, 2017 by Delacorte Press
Young Adult/Contemporary

Sometimes a new perspective is all that is needed to make sense of the world.

KIT: I don’t know why I decide not to sit with Annie and Violet at lunch. It feels like no one here gets what I’m going through. How could they? I don’t even understand.

DAVID: In the 622 days I’ve attended Mapleview High, Kit Lowell is the first person to sit at my lunch table. I mean, I’ve never once sat with someone until now. “So your dad is dead,” I say to Kit, because this is a fact I’ve recently learned about her. 

When an unlikely friendship is sparked between relatively popular Kit Lowell and socially isolated David Drucker, everyone is surprised, most of all Kit and David. Kit appreciates David’s blunt honesty—in fact, she finds it bizarrely refreshing. David welcomes Kit’s attention and her inquisitive nature. When she asks for his help figuring out the how and why of her dad’s tragic car accident, David is all in. But neither of them can predict what they’ll find. Can their friendship survive the truth? Continue reading “// Book Review // What to Say Next by: Julie Buxbaum”

// Book Review // The Sun is Also a Star by: Nicola Yoon

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The Sun is Also a Star by: Nicola Yoon
Published November 1, 2016 by Delacorte Press
Young Adult/Romance/Fiction

Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true? Continue reading “// Book Review // The Sun is Also a Star by: Nicola Yoon”

// Book Review // How to Make Friends with the Dark by: Kathleen Glasgow

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How to Make Friends with the Dark by: Kathleen Glasgow
Published April 9, 2019 by Delacorte Press
Young Adult/Realistic Fiction

Here is what happens when your mother dies.

It’s the brightest day of summer and it’s dark outside. It’s dark in your house, dark in your room, and dark in your heart. You feel like the darkness is going to split you apart.

That’s how it feels for Tiger. It’s always been Tiger and her mother against the world. Then, on a day like any other, Tiger’s mother dies. And now it’s Tiger, alone.

Here is how you learn to make friends with the dark. Continue reading “// Book Review // How to Make Friends with the Dark by: Kathleen Glasgow”

// Book Review // Dreamland by: Nick Clausen

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Dreamland: A Ghost Story by: Nick Clausen
Published March 19, 2019
Horror/Young Adult/Paranormal

Some nightmares never end

In his sleep, Louie starts visiting a magical world where he meets his father, who died when Louie was still a baby. But nothing turns out to be what it seems, and great horrors loom very close by …

Welcome to Dreamland Continue reading “// Book Review // Dreamland by: Nick Clausen”

// ARC Review // Wandering in Wonderland by: Aislinn Honeycutt

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Wandering in Wonderland by: Aislinn Honeycutt
Publish date June 4, 2019 by The Parliament House
Young Adult/Fantasy

“Lewis Carroll didn’t get it right?”
“No, my dear. I don’t think anyone truly will.”

Far away and down a rabbit hole sits the magical world known as Wonderland. A safe haven for the souls who lived less than ideal lives in the waking world get to experience peace in their afterlife. Jessica is the newest member of this enchanted land, but after eating a cookie that took away her memories of who she was, she doubts herself at every turn.

Jessica participates in The Looking Glass Ceremony to find her new role in the afterlife, but fate has different plans. As the Queen of Hearts takes Jessica under her royal wing, plots of regicide bubble up from the depths of Wonderland. With the help of new and eccentric friends, Jessica might be able to stop the treasonous threats and bring true peace to Wonderland. But only if she heeds the cryptic words of the Caterpillar.

Familiar faces take on new roles in this fantasy retelling with a dark and romantic LGBT twist This isn’t the Wonderland you’ve experienced before, and you definitely don’t want to be late for it. Continue reading “// ARC Review // Wandering in Wonderland by: Aislinn Honeycutt”