Young Adult

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The Academy

In Katie Sise’s latest Young Adult novel, The Academy, we meet Frankie Brooks, a budding fashionista with a successful blog, an amazing family, and great friends.  But when she makes a few too many mistakes, her parents decide that the best way to teach her how to be a responsible, mature adult i ...

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Dread Nation

If you read only one YA novel this year, make it Dread Nation. Part Zombie Land, part Django Unchained, channeling a bit of The Hunger Games and also something wholly original, this is a tale of what happens when the undead rise while America’s race war rages. The Civil War is over. But not bec ...

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The Poppy War

The world is being inundated with young adult fantasy series, and while I've loved quite a few of those I've read over the past couple of years, I can definitely understand why some people are growing weary of them. R.F. Kuang's The Poppy War is a little different in that it appears to be a standalo ...

A
Ash Princess

If you love Victoria Aveyard's Red Queen series as much as I do, you'll definitely want to pick up Ash Princess, the first book in Laura Sebastian's trilogy of the same name. It's a richly imagined young adult fantasy that kept me engrossed from start to finish, and, while it's not an exact read-al ...

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What to Say Next

A great contemporary YA, What To Say Next would have made my Best of 2017 list if I’d read it in time. As it is, you have a delightful treat in store for you if you missed this book last year. David Drucker is different. He doesn’t have Asperger’s since, as he can tell you, the new Diagnost ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...