Mental health: it’s a topic that’s difficult to discuss correctly in novels, especially in the YA genre, but one that we see authors tackle again and again. Unfortunately, since it is something that has to be done carefully and respectfully, it’s not always done right. Us Kids Know deals with depression and suicide among other MIs; while I didn’t personally feel like the representation was great, I’m here today to tell you about some fabulous books that include mental illness and that do it perfectly...
One Sentence Review: A super fun and delightfully cheesy horror story (I swear it’s not the oxymoron you think it is), this book had me racing to finish and had me addicted from start to finish.
Scream meets YA in this hotly-anticipated new novel from the bestselling author of Anna and the French Kiss.
One-by-one, the students of Osborne High are dying in a series of gruesome murders, each with increasing and gro...
One-Sentence Review: Although this book would’ve worked better in a traditional format, I fell completely in love with the complex plot and cast of incredible characters.
Jane has lived an ordinary life, raised by her aunt Magnolia—an adjunct professor and deep sea photographer. Jane counted on Magnolia to make the world feel expansive and to turn life into an adventure. But Aunt Magnolia was lost a few months ago in Antarctica on one of her expe...
One Sentence Review: An engaging plot with 1-dimensional and extremely stereotypical characters, this book is a quick read perfect for a day at the beach, but definitely isn’t one of my top contemporary recommendations.
Emma had always orbited Henri, her fierce, magnetic queen bee of an older sister, and the two had always been best friends. Until something happened that wrecked them.
One Sentence Review: Although slow at certain points, this book definitely captured my attention and pleasantly surprised me with the easy to understand yet creative fantasy world, the lovable characters, and Blake’s captivating writing style.
In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a f...
One Sentence Review: A book with stunning writing and an incredible fantasy world, but that was lacking in both the character and plot department.
No one is entirely certain what brings the Emperor Sikander to Shalingar. Until now, the idyllic kingdom has been immune to his many violent conquests. To keep the visit friendly, Princess Amrita has offered herself as his bride, sacrificing everything—family, her childhood l...
One Sentence Review: A perfect example of Neal Shusterman’s brilliance, this book is incredibly thought-provoking with a flawless plot and terrific characters.
Thou shalt kill.
A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery. Humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now scythes are the only ones who can end life—and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the popu...