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YA Book Review- The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler

Here’s a romance review from guest reviewer, Sophia!

“The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler is not what it sounds like- even though one of the four Hernandez sisters, Lourdes, was dumped by one of the Vargas brothers during her Prom night and another Vargas called off a wedding with Mari Hernandez within a few weeks of each other. Years have passed and then it is Jude Hernandez’s turn to start up a relationship with Johnny, the youngest of the Vargas heart-breakers. This only happens because Johnny is fixing up a very old motorcycle for her dad in the Hernandez’s garage. This means that Johnny has the whole summer to prove to Jude that he is the same or everything incomparable to his older brothers. Along the way, Jude learns to accept her father’s genetically transferable disease and Johnny learns to let go of his loss. Were Jude’s older sisters really wrong about the Vargas family?”

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YA Book Review- The Year of the Beasts by Cecil Castellucci

Enjoy another review from guest reviewer Sophia!

“The Year of the Beast by Cecil Castellucci and Nate Powell has no happy ending. Tessa is going to be able to go to the carnival this time WITHOUT her parents but with Celina, her best friend, and her sister too. Yes! There are boys, especially Charlie who is Tessa’s long term crush. Tessa painfully watches as Charlie is taken away from her by her younger sister Lulu. Now Tessa’s self esteem is destroyed! She feels she has to get back at her sister, until the cute weirdo Jasper grabs Tessa’s attention, leading to the day she and Lulu both drown in a river. Tessa is brought back to life by Jasper but no one could find Lulu’s body. After the funeral for Lulu and when school starts, Charlie seems to be more like a big brother now than ever before, just what Tessa needs. Jasper, the boy Tessa really loved, goes to a boarding school to get away from Tessa. But a HUGE plot twist exposes the true driving force behind these events, and it’s not what you would expect.”

This novel is presented in both prose and comic format, which makes it a really unique find!

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YA Book Review- ManicPixieDreamGirl by Tom Leveen

Everyone has a first love. For Ty Darcy, his first love is not the same girl as his first girlfriend. Ever since he lays his eyes on Becky Webb freshman year, he is hopelessly devoted to her. He loves her unconditionally, despite the fact that he has a wonderful girlfriend named Sydney, or that he hears awful rumors about Becky, or that he’s barely ever spoken to her. His friends think he’s an idiot, writing story after story about all of the scenarios where he imagines he and Becky will finally be together. His wise older sister also tries to tell him he’s making a mistake, pining after a mysterious girl with a bad reputation when he has perfect Sydney already. Perhaps it’s the stubbornness of a teenaged boy, or maybe the idyllic image of Becky he has conjured, but either way Ty is not letting go of his dream girl- even when he starts to see the awful home life that seems to be the driving force behind all of her rumored bad behavior. Will he ever get the girl?

For those readers who don’t mind their romances a little unresolved, this book seems to capture the essence of navigating around your first heart’s desire. Leveen has created a really believable character in Ty, who is a good balance of flawed and sensitive. Hand this to anyone who likes love stories but doesn’t want anything too mushy.

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YA Book Review- Breathless by Lurlene McDaniel

Here’s another book review from our guest reviewer, Sophia!

“Lurlene McDaniel wrote the heart stopper book Breathless. Travis Morrison was popular and known as a champion diver. He had a loving girlfriend, Darla Gibson, a best friend since third grade, Copper, and a caring sister, Emily Morrison. Every chapter is told by a different person starting from when Travis jumps off of a cliff trying a diving stunt. Later on, Travis will find out in an emergency room that he has a bone cancer after almost accidently killing himself in his stunt. Travis becomes suicidal but turns paralyzed before he could even try to kill himself. At the end Travis dies and you will never guess who did it. Could it have been Cooper when he was drunk again and frustrated at how bad men were treating his mother? Or accidental Emily who is stresses and suffering from an abusive father and a mother who does not try to stop him? They are all possible scenarios but none of them is even close to what really happened. This story will leave you breathless.”

YA Book Review- Adaptation by Melinda Lo

Reese is waiting at the airport, struggling with the loss of a debate tournament and letting down her partner and crush David, when flocks of birds all over the country start flying directly in to planes causing countless crashes and thousands of deaths. Everyone around them starts to panic and they are just in time to grab a rental car out of the area. The highways going towards their San Francisco homes are gridlocked, but when they take a deserted highway north they have a horrible car accident that leaves them unconscious for almost a month. When they wake up, they are in a strange type of hospital in the middle of the desert. It isn’t long before they are sent home to their parents, but not before signing an agreement that prevents them from saying anything of what they experienced in the desert. This doesn’t seem like a problem for Reese, who just wants to get back to normal, until she starts noticing that her body seems very different than it was before her accident. This, combined with how different the country is after the bird attacks earlier in the summer, prompt her to confide in her conspiracy-theory-loving best friend Julian. Meanwhile, she meets a beautiful girl named Amber who sweeps her off her feet- but can Amber be trusted? Are all of these strange things related? What exactly is going on?

Melinda Lo writes a great alien-centric mystery in Adaptation. Readers will be guessing throughout the whole book at who, or what, is behind all of the strange things Reese is coming across. There is also a love triangle, but definitely not your typical one. Hand this to sci-fi and mystery lovers who also enjoy a little romance!

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YA Book Review- Romantic Reads

It’s getting colder, which means it’s the perfect time to snuggle up with some good romantic stories! Our guest reviewer today is Sofia, who has not one but TWO great books to recommend!

Reboot by Amy Tintera

 

“Start the count down for Reboot by Amy Tintera, an interesting, romantic, action-filled, futuristic book about humans who are given a treatment for the deadly KDH virus- but, like Wren Connally, they come back to life as a Reboot, becoming more robot like than human the longer they are dead. Reboots are trained and sent on missions to capture humans or the monsters they turn into after coming back to life. Wren (the longest dead girl to ever exist) is ordered by the Human Advancement and Re population Corporation to kill her too rebellious trainee Callum Miraculously she starts to have feelings for him and runs away with him trying to save his life before the HARC’s deadly experimental drugs take over his body by going back, risking her life and the ones of others to get the antidote and saving the lives of hundreds of Reboots.”

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Hanging By A Thread by Sophie Littlefield

“Among all of the romantic detective books in libraries, there are few like Hanging By A Thread by Sophie Littlefield with a teenager like Clare who has a blessing (or curse) to see the pasts of people through their clothes. After moving back into a now paranoid little town called Clare Night, where they still have not found the missing bodies from the two previous Independent Days, she will find out why those people disappeared and who did it…but she might be next.”

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YA Book Review- Toads and Diamonds by Heather Tomlison

Diribani and Tana are stepsisters who are trying to provide for Tana’s mother ever since Diribani’s successful father died and left the family with nothing. One day, when each of them makes a fateful trip to the local well for water and has a run-in with the goddess Naghali, their words begin to turn in to objects as they speak- Diribani speaks flowers and precious jewels, while Tana speaks toads and snakes. The prince of their region soon gets involved and determines that Tana should live a secluded life in a holy grove, and Diribani will join the royal caravan back to their palace. Both girls accept their new lives dutifully, making sure to remember that the goddess must have a plan for their new gifts. Soon, though, it becomes clear that the people of their community who do not agree with their religion and think them witches are out to ruin them, and they both find themselves trying to thwart danger while also protecting the people they love.

This beautifully written tale is based on the classic fairy tale titled “The Fairies” by Charles Perrault. The kingdom that the author sets the story in is based loosely on Indian regions, but is essentially fictional. Give this book to any readers who loves re-written fairy tales, beautiful descriptions, representation of multiple religions, or strong female characters.

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