Like a River Glorious by Rae Carson

This week I’m over at Tynga’s Reviews again posting about Like a River Glorious, the second installment in the Gold Seer Trilogy. Click the cover to follow and enjoy the quotes!


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The Midnight Star by Marie Lu (The Young Elites, 3)

This week I’m blogging at Tynga’s Reviews about the finale to The Young Elites series! Click on the picture to follow!

You can check out my other reviews for The Young Elites and The Rose Society too!


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Posted by on February 16, 2017 in Fantasy, Young Adult/Teen


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Jesse’s Girl and Defending Taylor by Miranda Kenneally

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For her senior year shadow day (career day), musician Maya Henry gets to shadow country teen heartthrob Jesse Scott, winner of three Grammy’s. For a girl who loves eighties rock and plays a killer guitar, a country boy singer with an attitude is pretty far from her goals, and since Maya just lost her kind-of boyfriend, her band, and her dreams of winning a nationwide music competition, she’s reluctant to try anything with her broken heart. Jesse too is hesitant to make a friend because as a star, most girls try to take advantage of his fame that has resulted in embarrassing situations in the past. However, despite their misgivings, they discover their make each other better. A reluctant friendship turns into best friends and more until neither Jesse nor Maya really remember what life felt like without the other.

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When Taylor Lukens makes one mistake that gets her kicked out of her private school and forced to go to the local high school, everything she’s worked for has been destroyed. She was on track to be valedictorian, soccer team captain, president of the debate team…but when she’s accused of taking drugs, not only her reputation is ruined but also that of her senator father who is running for re-election. As Taylor faces pressure at her new school, she also feels like her family is against her. The only one she feels like she might be able to trust is her older brother’s best friend, Ezra, but he’s also betrayed her in the past…

One thing I love about Miranda Kenneally’s books is that she writes about something she’s learned about life so that teens can learn from it and try to apply it to their own lives. Make sure you read her acknowledgements. They show you the writer behind the page, and one that has hopes and dreams and ups and downs as an adult that is very relateable as a teen. So often, I think teens feel that adults have everything figured out at least with their identities and goals, but often it takes a lifetime to understand. Jesse’s Girl was one of my favorite Miranda Kenneally books, possibly due to the author’s past desire to be a musician. The reader can really pick up on the passion for music.

Note: Sexual situations, language, drug abuse


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Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson

Today I’m posting over on Tynga’s Reviews about Walk on Earth a Stranger by one of my absolutely favorite authors, Rae Carson! 11659891_10153374014165520_1677397833_o

I was fortunate last year to be able to go to ALA in San Francisco where I met Rae and received an ARC of this book. Click the picture below to view my post about her newest series, and look for my review of book two coming soon!



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Posted by on January 31, 2017 in Fantasy, Historical fiction, Young Adult/Teen


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Cross-Post: YALSA’s The Hub: Using History to Understand Social Issues

This post was written a bit ago, but it finally went live! Check out my post at YALSA’s The Hub for information about Using History to Understand Social Issues for teens looking to understand today’s political climate. (Click the picture to view!)

Note: There are no specifics to this talk about politics, but rather political issues that have recently arisen that have echoes in history.


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Posted by on January 19, 2017 in Young Adult/Teen


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