May 23, 2018

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SLJ Young Adult Reviews

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Teens Review Whodunits, Gina Damico’s “Wax,” and More

From compelling mysteries to wacky horror, our young adult reviewers give their takes on Gina Damico’s latest, a sci-fi thriller, and Rahul Kanakia’s dark comedy about a high-achieving teen trying to get into college.

YA Xpress Reviews | August 2016

Sadie Robertson and Cindy Coloma Get Real; Ocean’s 11 for the YA set; and Caribbean myth and legend.

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Teens Review Twisty Plots and Summer Romances

From a murderous plot to a modern twist on You’ve Got Mail, the latest books covered by the Kitsap YA group are titles perfect for reading by the poolside or on much-needed beach days.

Teens Review Kody Keplinger’s “Run,” Suspense, and More

SLJ’s teen reviewers tackle suspense novels, Kody Keplinger’s latest, and a fantasy set in Russia.

Teens Review “Cure for the Common Universe” and More

Gaming. Anorexia. The Manson Murders. There’s something for every kind of YA reader in this roundup by our teen reviewers.

Teens Review Amanda Sun’s “Heir to the Sky,” Summer Thrillers, and More

The reviewers at the Kitsap Regional Library branches may be steeped in finals, but that hasn’t stopped them from delving deep into the latest Spring/Summer YA titles.

Teens Review Kat Ellis’s “Breaker,” Steampunk, and More

The young adults of the Kitsap (WA) Regional Library YA Book Group assess a modern adaptation of The Picture of Dorian Gray, a historical work set during South Africa’s apartheid, and the sequel to Elizabeth May’s The Falconer.

Teens Review Matthew Quick’s Latest, “Peter Pan” Reimagined, and More

The Kitsap (WA) Regional Library YA Book Group reviews summer thrillers, an ode to social media, and Matthew Quick’s Every Exquisite Thing.

Teens Review Meredith Russo’s “If I Was Your Girl” and More

From the latest summer romances to the much-anticipated If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo, SLJ’s resident teen reviewers tackle teen angst, first love, and gender issues in their latest reviews.

Teens Review the Latest from Kwame Alexander, Deb Caletti, and More

Our young adult reviewers tackle the latest offering from Newbery Medalist Kwame Alexander, an adaptation of A Tale of Two Cities, and Deb Caletti’s Essential Maps for the Lost.

Teens Review the Latest from Beth Kephart, Siobhan Vivian, and More

The Kitsap (WA) Regional Library YA Book Group is keeping busy reading and critiquing Beth Kephart’s This Is the Story of You, Danielle Rollins’s latest, and more.

Teens Review Genre-Bending Dystopians, Romance, and More

From Sarah Brennan’s latest to Cecelia Ahern’s YA debut, the following titles have SLJ’s teen reviewers buzzing.

Teens Review “A Tyranny of Petticoats,” Time Travel YA, and More

Our teen reviewers tackle feminist historical fiction, time travel YA, and Corinne Duyvis’s On the Edge of Gone.

Teens Review the Latest from Sarah Fine, David Lubar, and More

The members of the Kitsap (WA) Regional Library YA Book Group have been busy. Check out what they think about David Lubar’s Character Driven, Sarah Fine’s latest fantasy, and Emily Skrutskie’s debut, The Abyss Surrounds Us.

Teens Review Veronica Rossi’s “Riders,” Sci-Fi, and More

A teen reviewer gives a glowing review to Veronica Rossi’s latest series opener, and another young adult swoons over Melissa Landers’s Starflight.

Teens Review the Latest from Alexandra Bracken, Shaun David Hutchinson, and More

In the first “YA Reviews” column of the year, the teens of the Kitsap (WA) Regional Library YA Book Group share their thoughts on sci-fi, suspense, and novels-in-verse, including a title from the author of the “Darkest Minds” trilogy.

Teens Review YA Debuts, Thrillers, and More

In their last post of 2015, the young adult reviewers of the Kitsap (WA) Regional Library YA Book Group take on debut novels, such as Estelle Laure’s This Raging Light and Faye Bird’s My Second Life, and more.

Teens Review Realistic Fiction Short Story Collection, Richelle Mead’s Latest, and More

The teens of the Kitsap (WA) Regional Library YA Book Group were busy over the long weekend. Check out their reviews of I See Reality, a realistic fiction short story collection edited by Grace Kendall, Richelle Mead’s Soundless, and more.

Teens Review Marieke Nijkamp’s Debut, Eve Bunting’s Latest, and More

The teens of the Kitsap (WA) Regional Library YA Book Group tackle thrillers, sci-fi, romance, and a debut novel about a school shooting.

Teens Review Romance, Sports Fiction, and the Latest from Martine Leavitt

The Kitsap (WA) Regional Library YA Book Group reviews a diverse sports fiction title, a Wattpad sensation, Martine Leavitt’s Calvin, and more.