February 23, 2018

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Book Review – Pasadena by Sherri L. Smith

I said yes to an ARC of Sherri L. Smith’s new novel Pasadena solely on the basis of my deep enjoyment of her last one, The Toymaker’s Apprentice. She is a marvelously gifted author, but I had no idea what I was getting into. What Smith has produced this time, in Pasadena, is a devastatingly honest exploration of […]

Book Review: GEMINA, the sequel to ILLUMINAE, by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, reviewed by teen reviewer Lexi

In October, the greatly anticipated sequel to Illuminae, Gemina, will be released. Our TAB reviewer, who just left for her Freshman year of college, was very excited to get an advanced reading copy of this book to review for you today. Publisher’s Book Description The highly anticipated sequel to the instant New York Times bestseller […]

Book Review: Beware That Girl by Teresa Toten

You guys. I can’t even with this book. It is a psychological thriller on steroids – mesmerizingly creepy from first to very last page. It kept making me anxious enough to have to put it down, but it’s so fascinating I kept picking it back up. I think this one is going to be big. […]

Post It Note Reviews, by The Teen

It’s time for another installment of The Teen’s Post It Note Reviews. This post is Penguin heavy because I took her to a Penguin Teen panel and she decided she really liked the sound of the books after hearing the authors talk about them so she read a couple. It also includes one ARC of […]

Book Review: The Way I Used to Be by Amber Smith, reviewed by teen reviewer Lexi

The Way I Used To Be by Amber Smith (368 pages) About the Book In the tradition of Speak, this extraordinary debut novel shares the unforgettable story of a young woman as she struggles to find strength in the aftermath of an assault. Eden was always good at being good. Starting high school didn’t change […]

Book Review: The Awakening of Sunshine Girl by Paige McKenzie, reviewed by teen reviewer Lexi

Publisher’s Book Description Having passed her test in Book One, Sunshine’s Luiseach powers are now fully awakened: for months now, Sunshine has felt spirits everywhere: heard voices, felt emotions – intense and sometimes overwhelming. She tries to ignore them, but it is impossible. Hoping to get her powers under control – and hoping for answers […]

Book Review: Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E. K. Johnston

The first thing you need to know about this book is that I cried multiple times while reading it. And yes, that is a positive endorsement. It was real, it was compelling, and it was profound. I believe that everyone should read this book. Book Summary: Hermione Winters is captain of her cheerleading team, and […]

Book Review: Dreamfever (Dreamfire #2) by Kit Alloway, reviewed by teen reviewer Lexi

Book Synopsis: Finding out that she is the True Dream Walker hasn’t gone at all the Joshlyn Weaver would have expected it to. The only special gift she seems to have is an ability to create archways, which really isn’t that special. In addition to her inability to connect with the Dream, she has also […]

Book Review: Other Broken Things by Christa Desir, reviewed by teen reviewer Lexi

When I read OTHER BROKEN THINGS by Christa Desir, I thought it was one of the most authentic teen voices I had read in a while. And now that we a TLT Teen Advisory Board, I thought I would ask one of them to read it and tell me what they thought. Lexi’s review follows […]

Post It Note Reviews by The Teen: November Edition

So I have allowed each teen reviewer here at TLT to come up with their own review style and my daughter, The Teen, is going with the Post It Note Review. This is how it came about: She steals my ARCs and I tell her that if she does, she has to write a review. […]

Book Review: Consent by Nancy Ohlin

Publisher’s description: In this sexy and intriguing novel, an intense—and passionate—bond between a high school senior and her music teacher becomes a public scandal that threatens the reputation of both. Bea has a secret. Actually, she has more than one. There’s her dream for the future that she can’t tell anyone—not her father and not […]

Book Review: The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker, by teen reviewer Lexi

“I’m quiet for a moment, enchanted by the idea of something stealing over you, settling into you, and telling you, with absolute certainty, who you are and what you’re meant to do.” Summary: The magic and suspense of Graceling meet the political intrigue and unrest of Game of Thrones in this riveting fantasy debut. Your […]

Book Review: The Haunting of Sunshine Girl by Paige McKenzie and Alyssa B. Sheinmel, by teen reviewer Lexi

“Someone has made the next move.” Summary Shortly after her sixteenth birthday, Sunshine Griffith and her mother Kat move from sunny Austin, Texas, to the rain-drenched town of Ridgemont, Washington. Though Sunshine is adopted, she and her mother have always been close, sharing a special bond filled with laughter and inside jokes. But from the […]

Book Review: How to Be Brave by E. Katherine Kottaras

Publisher’s Book Description: An emotional contemporary YA novel about love, loss, and having the courage to chase the life you truly want. Reeling from her mother’s death, Georgia has a choice: become lost in her own pain, or enjoy life right now, while she still can. She decides to start really living for the first […]

Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray

I waited almost 2 years for this sequel to the genius The Diviners, but it was so worth it. It follows a group of young people with exceptional abilities as they navigate life in New York City in the 1920s. Each character has a thread in the story, which somewhat crossed in Diviners, but all weave […]

Book Review: All We Have is Now by Lisa Schroeder (Reviewed by Teen Reviewer Lexi)

Summary: What do you do with your last day on earth? Just over twenty-four hours are left until an asteroid strikes North America, and for Emerson and everyone else who didn’t leave, the world will end. But Emerson’s world already ended when she ran away from home. Since then, she has lived on the streets, […]

Book Review: The Art of Secrets by James Klise

High school sophomore Saba Khan, her parents, and her young brother Salman are at her school team tennis match when their apartment catches fire and they lose everything they own. Saba and her family are not rich. Her parents came to the U.S. from Pakistan and are working hard to provide a good life for […]

Book Review: Rebel Mechanics by Shanna Swensdon

 Publisher’s Book Description: A sixteen-year-old governess becomes a spy in this alternative U.S. history where the British control with magic and the colonists rebel by inventing. It’s 1888, and sixteen-year-old Verity Newton lands a job in New York as a governess to a wealthy leading family—but she quickly learns that the family has big secrets. […]

You Are Now Approved to Read, Economic Hardship in More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

Approved When I use my debit card at the grocery store, I always breathe a deep sigh of relief when this work pops up on the little thingy ma bob letting me know that my transaction has been approved. I usually call the bank before I go, getting an idea of how much I can […]

Book Review: Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

In Sarah Dessen’s latest novel, Saint Anything, we meet main character Sydney at a turning point in her life. Her brother Peyton, in and out of trouble since middle school, has just been sentenced to time in prison for a drunk driving accident that severely injured another teen boy. Sydney’s parents, especially her mother, are […]