Young Adult

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When Everything is Blue

It wasn't that long ago that I was a raving about newly-discovered-by-me author Laura Lascarso and her book The Bravest Thing. Right on the heels of said discovery came When Everything is Blue, and I was all sorts of grabby hands about reading not only another well-crafted m/m young adult contempor ...

A+
Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants Series

The last book of this series, Sisterhood Everlasting, is on sale for 1.99. We've given very few A+ reviews at AAR--we thought it would be fun to republish this one. It's for the first four books in the five book series. A DIKlassic review originally published on March 28, 2007 Sitting down to ...

C
Markswoman

There’s definitely been a surplus of kick-ass young women in YA fiction recently, and it’s a pretty great thing to see. Unfortunately, I’m not sure Kyra, this newest addition, will go down equal to the likes of Katniss, Hermione, and Tris. Markswoman, the first in a new series by Rati Mehrotra ...

A
The Bravest Thing

I don't know who put The Bravest Thing on my radar but whoever it was, please feel free to find me and collect a reward for a job well done. Laura Lascarso is a new-to-me author, one I'm sorry to say I hadn't even heard of before picking up this book, but I knew by the opening chapter (truthfully ...

A-
Shatter

In the fall of 2016, I fell in love with Glitter, the first book in an exciting and unique duology by Aprilynne Pike. It's a story set in the not-too-distant future featuring a young woman who is determined not to become the next queen of Versailles. The historic palace has been bought by a corporat ...

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Fragments of the Lost

Earlier this year, I read and very much enjoyed Megan Miranda's A Perfect Stranger. So when Fragments of the Lost, a psychological thriller for young adults, became available for review, I was eager to get my hands on it. I'm a huge fan of young adult literature, and the synopsis seemed interesting ...

B
The City of Brass

The City of Brass, book one in S. A. Chakraborty's Daevabad Trilogy, has received quite a bit of buzz over the past few months. It's been compared to such books as The Golem and the Jinni and The Grace of Kings, and since I'm always on the lookout for new fantasy novels, I jumped at the chance to re ...

B
Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance

Have you ever read a book and thought; man, the writing is beautiful, the story is interesting, why isn’t it working for me? That was my experience with Ruth Emmie Lang’s Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance. Magical realism is a fascinating world to play in, and is, at its heart, about finding ...

B
The November Girl

There are tons of young adult romances out there featuring vampires, werewolves, and dark Fae creatures, and while I love those, I've recently found myself in the mood for something a little different. Enter The November Girl, a book with a unique premise, diverse principals, and a ton of weighty is ...

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The Glass Spare

The Glass Spare will probably go down as my most unexpected DIK of 2017. Picking it up, I was prepared for a light read that I could enjoy but forget about once I was finished. I didn’t plan to get emotionally invested in the characters, and I certainly didn’t expect to be so impatient for the n ...