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Category: Book Reviews

Some of my favorite YA books & themes are reviewed here for your next Book Club pick.

Finding the Break: A Surfer’s Anthology

Finding the Break: A Surfer’s Anthology By Murray Lee An Anthology of short stories composed with heartfelt emotion, Finding the Break: A Surfer’s Anthology is a simple collection of life lessons, fit for the reader who loves to reflect. It’s impossible to read this book and not instantly feel nostalgic towards the times of your youth. Through 6 various stories, we coast up and down a wave of perspective in numerous settings, with each character sharing a piece of themselves and how surfing has been a part of their lives. We journey with individuals who are…

The Echoing: A Novel

The Echoing: A Novel by Jessica Blackburn   All the pieces of teenage life are embodied in this novel of mysterious self-discoveries. Author Jessica Blackburn perfects the likable character of Rylee Perry, a typical high schooler in a small town, who realizes she isn’t a normal teen after all. When Rylee stumbles upon a creepy hut in the woods while walking her dog, she is greeted by a strange hermit woman. Old and deteriorated, she resembles what I imagine The Blair Witch would look like. Well- described and intriguingly enough, the forest wench reveals to Rylee that she…

The Explorers

The Explorers: The Door in the Alley

The Explorers: The Door in the Alley By Adrienne Kress One word to describe this book in its entirety is quirky. A book that speaks my language. From the pig in his tiny hat to the cute chapter titles and light-hearted babbling footnotes, The Explorers is a book I recommend to young readers who want to get lost in a realm of adventure, specifically, “The Door in the Alley.” Pragmatic and a bit of a brainy outcast, 12-year-old Sebastian stumbles into a new social realm one afternoon when he strays off the beaten path in…

Small Great Things

Small Great Things by Jodi Piccoult Well besides being the luckiest Bookie in all of la la land, I got to meet Jodi Piccoult in person, when she was doing her tour for this multi-layered story, which I did not think I would enjoy so much as I did. The night I met Jodi, I’m not gonna lie, I had not yet read the book. In downtown L.A., a night on my own felt more enjoyable than ever. All guests were greeted with wine at the door and endless cheese plate options were begging to be paired…

The Clay Lion

The Clay Lion by Amalie Jahn If the option of time travel does become an actuality in our future, I think Amalie Jahn unravels Brooke Wallace’s story similarly to how it would happen in real life. I’m still hooked on the discovery of time travel set forth by this government in what is deemed to be the future of science at it’s best. However, subtle sci-fi creepiness sets forth when it’s explained that time travel can affect your life in the future, for example, the case of one woman revisiting her…

Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children

Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs   Judging a book by its cover, in this case, worked in Ransom Riggs’ favor because it looks so creepy and mildly disturbing that I was curious to pick it up off the shelf. It’s quirkiness definitely followed through til the end. What I liked most about reading this book was the author’s writing. Riggs emphasized voice from the main character, Jacob. His one liners I found to be humorous and Jacob’s personality resembled that of an average teen, which was fitting. However, at the same…

Red Queen

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard Such a brilliant idea for a storyline. Mare, is introduced to us in a seemingly dystopian society as a Red. Her blood type, determining her low level in society as compared to the elite Silver bloods. The Silver, have supernatural abilities that make them close to godlike. Their powers make for a tangible plot, dividing the two types of people in social class. I love the way Aveyard set up the class system according to their blood (Reds & Silvers). It is easily relatable and manifested in real life. So what happens when you&#8217…

Ready Player One

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline Gamer nerd alert! 80’s babies raise your hands. Now, I wasn’t born until 1986, however, I love all 80’s & 90’s geek genre pop culture. And I’m a huge Star Wars fan, so I figured…..maybe I would like this book. Even though it was completely different from Star Wars, I enjoyed this cyber -punk dystopia. As the back of the book says, “In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place,” which is where this adventure starts. Ernest Cline does…

The Unexpected Everything

The Unexpected Everything by: Morgan Matson Alright, alright, another gushy- mushy summer story to add to the list. I mean, it is the perfect time for park & beach blanket reads anyhow. This 500+ YA contemporary novel is sweet and simple. (Just like the cute ice cream truck on the cover). I love Morgan Matson’s books and found this one to be yet again…. summer funzies! There are many aspects of this plot I enjoyed. The relationship between Andie and her father, the distracted congressman, whose campaign has sideswiped him through the years from raising his daughter…

Love & Gelato

Love & Gelato by: Jenna Evans Welch Wait. A summer in Tuscany? Yes, please! Oh No! Wait. Gelato? Gelato! Ok, I’m hooked! Who could not judge a book by its cover with this title? Another easy breezy, enjoyable, summer fluffy read, (I don’t mind these sometimes after stressful days of thinking too hard). I’ve read a few books set in Paris, but not yet in Italy, which is where Lina begins her journey. She sets off to find her father in Tuscany after a battle with cancer takes her mother’s life. Welch…