Young Adult

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 ...

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These Violent Delights

Stunning prose, a pulse-pounding romance, and unexpected twists upon Shakespeare’s familiar tale of youthful but doomed love make These Violent Delights a high-quality read for anyone who likes a good gangster tale with a heavy skosh of romance thrown in. It’s Shanghai in 1926, and a war betw ...

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Gorgeous

Gorgeous is about a teenager who gets something everyone thinks they want: Becky goes from ordinary to astonishingly beautiful, magically. Along the way, she falls in love, becomes an international celebrity, and unravels the mystery of her mother’s life prior to Becky’s birth. It is an improbab ...

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Chasing Lucky

Jenn Bennett has become the creative vanguard of the YA genre. Chasing Lucky is another jewel in her crown; beautifully written, a touch  heartbreaking, a lot beautiful, it’s a gorgeous piece of work Josie Saint-Martin, an amateur photographer with a free-spirited, irresponsible (and free lovi ...

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Daughters of Jubilation

Daughters of Jubilation is a powerful read.  Imbued with a beautiful, graceful sense of strength, it comes out swinging with a heroine who has a wonderfully memorable voice. Sixteen-year-old Evalene – Evvie - Deschamps is growing up in a Jim Crow Era mid-south, helping to care for her younger ...

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A Deadly Education

Boarding schools for the peculiar have been all the rage since a certain bespectacled young wizard achieved global fame, and the latest offering in this genre is A Deadly Education.  A YA tale about friends, love and growing up, this charming story has a lot to offer. When Orion Lake kills a sou ...

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Early Departures

Justin A. Reynolds’ impressionistic, speculative, emotionally accessible and beautifully original novel, Early Departures, explores the pain of regret that attends sudden and unexpected death, especially when it happens to young people. Jamal has one regret in his young life – he didn’t sav ...

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The Circus Rose

Betsy Cornwell’s inventive but somewhat pat take on the fairytale Snow White and Rose Red recasts the heroines as a pair of performers at their mother’s circus who must battle religious fanaticism when they return to the only town they’ve ever considered home. Ivory and Rosie have been work ...

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The Extraordinaires

It’s the worst possible time to release a book that glorifies the police force – not that there was or will ever be a good time for that, for all obvious reasons -  but that is, unfortunately, what TJ Klune’s The Extraordinaries does.  The author has apologized for not thinking ahead and rid ...