Young Adult

B-
Psych Major Syndrome

I haven't read much this summer. I haven't been slumping, I've been busy, but somehow the habit of not reading snuck up on me. I needed something light and entertaining to ease myself back in, and Psych Major Syndrome was a good choice. Leigh Nolan is a freshman at a laissez fai ...

C
The September Sisters

The September Sisters is YA Fiction of the grim realistic variety. It's the story of what happens in a family after a child goes missing. Specifically, what happens to the child who is left behind. Abigail Reed goes to sleep one summer night after a fight with her sister Becky, a ...

B+
The Awakening

The Awakening is the second book in Armstrong’s Darkest Powers trilogy. This is an incredibly fun young adult series featuring a young necromancer and her supernatural friends. If you haven’t read the first book, you should stop reading here, because there’s really no way to talk about what ...

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The Summoning

Since I really like paranormals, I’ve been meaning to get into Kelley Armstrong’s Women of the Otherworld series for quite some time. However, my first taste of her paranormal works came from The Summoning, the first book in her young adult trilogy. I got it from the library in preparation for ...

C-
Crown Duel

In her introduction to this new edition, Ms. Smith states that her original fear was that readers would not be able to sympathize with her heroine, "with all her prickles and stings." Prickles? Stings? My foot. Our Lady Meliara is a bloody porcupine. With venom at the tips. And a serious ulcer ...

A
The Blue Sword

It begins with a glass of orange juice at breakfast. Harry Crewe, orphan Homelander and newly come to the northernmost Homelander border patrol station, has nothing to do. Her new home is lovely, her guardians are everything that is kind, and the officers are friendly. But she has always been an ...

B+
The Vampire Diaries: The Awakening and The Struggle

Anthology
Before Twilight, there was L. J. Smith's The Vampire Diaries series. This was the original "teen vampire" series, published during the wave of YA horror novels. Harper has reissued the original four books in two omnibuses, and a new hardback in the series came out in 2009. ...

C
Going Too Far

When I was in middle and high school, I read plenty of YA books. In fact, I still do. One thing I appreciate now is that there seem to be more heroines out there who aren't perfect - and who really are not trying to be. The unforgettable narrator of Going Too Far is one of these. Meg manages to come ...

A
Forever Princess

I have been an avid follower of Meg Cabot’s Princess Diaries since 2001, when I came across the first two volumes in a bookstore and read them in one sitting. Since then, I have bought each volume as soon as it came out, usually paying full price for the hardback. Forever Princess, together with P ...

C
Gamer Girl

Gamer Girl is sort of your typical not-too-messed-up teenage girl from a newly broken family story with a hook – this girl goes online to get away from her life instead of doing drugs, drinking, cutting, or having sex. Maddy's mom and dad have recently and rather abruptly split in the middl ...