Young Adult

A
Pride and Premeditation

Pride and Premeditation hits a lot of notes that tempt me - it’s a Jane Austen retelling, a murder mystery, and an historical romance. This novel sets Elizabeth Bennett in London as the daughter of a barrister striving to prove her worth. She is the second of five sisters, and while Lizzie want ...

B
I'll Be the One

Skye is, at size 16, an average American girl - but much larger than the average Korean (something her mother will never let her forget) and downright gargantuan in the world of K-pop. Skye, however, won’t let other people’s beauty standards hold her back. Knowing she can dance and sing, she ent ...

C+
A Taste for Love

Like most Jane Austen adaptations (this one is a riff on Pride and Prejudice), A Taste For Love struggles to work some of the plot devices of the original into the modern world. While some aspects of this book are sweet, it’s ultimately underbaked. Liza Yang’s parents run Yin and Yang, a Taiw ...

B
Sing Me Forgotten

Jessica S. Olson’s well-written and impassioned Sing Me Forgotten will definitely amuse musical theater fans – if only because the book definitely reads like a gender-swapped, fantasy-tinged take on The Phantom of the Opera.  That doesn’t mean it’s a bad book – quite the contrary – but ...

C-
Rebelwing

I like YA dystopias, I like robots, and I like dragons. Unfortunately, this YA dystopia about a robot dragon had very little of anything I liked, and mostly frustrated me. While illegally selling censored books and escaping from police, Prudence Wu is rescued by the titular Rebelwing, whom we lea ...

B
Hot British Boyfriend

Hot British Boyfriend is a bubbly little book that will likely delight younger teens with its romance-centered focus and girlish gushing.  Older teens, however, will likely be bored by its simplistic themes. Sixteen-year-old Ellie Nichols has one social goal this summer – becoming Andy Keating ...

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You Have a Match

You Have a Match is a young adult romance that follows a teenage girl discovering a secret older sister and opening herself up to love over the course of one summer. It’s a funny, dramatic and emotional read that covers a lot of ground, from found family and adoption to finding your path as a youn ...

C+
Court of Swans

Court of Swans provides a fairly decent opening for Melanie Dickerson’s A Dericott Tale series, which will focus on the Dericott siblings and retell various fairytales through the lens of their love stories.  Court of Swans is a half-realistic/half faith-based retelling of The Seven Swans, though ...

B+
K-pop Confidential

One of the greatest gifts of These Times to me has been my discovery of how much I love K-Pop. Short for “Korean Pop Music”, it’s a behemoth industry that I am many years late to the party on, but ever so grateful to be here. The boyband BTS is the major name in this space and they made quite ...

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Defending the Galaxy

Defending the Galaxy is the third and final book in Maria Snyder's Sentinels of the Galaxy series, and it's a fitting end to an engrossing trilogy of books. If you haven't read the first two, I would stop here and pick up book one, Navigating the Stars. One of the best things about these novels are ...