In Jason Reynolds' latest masterpiece, LONG WAY DOWN,
readers follow Will, whose brother has just been murdered,
on an elevator ride as he tries to figure out what it means
to be a man, a brother, and a friend. On his way down, he
must decide whether or not to Read more...
Rachel fell asleep stressed about school, a typical night
for her. But this time, she wakes up to find herself in a
ditch and with no memory of the last year. Her entire look
has changed, and she can suddenly fight...something she
never even thought of before. It turns Read more...
Five students with seemingly nothing in common are all in
detention one afternoon. Bronwyn is the scholar, the one
destined for the Ivy League. Cooper is a baseball star with
a secret. Addy is the girlfriend of the most popular guy in
school and lives it. Nate is the town Read more...
Kacey is adjusting to her new life in a different city with
a father she barely knows, a stepmother, stepbrother, and
stepsister. Thankfully, she's quickly welcomed into Bailey
and Jade's friendship, two girls who like fun and
excitement. Broken Falls is slowly turning into a place she
can Read more...
In the 1770s, the American Revolution builds, as does a
relationship between Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth
Schuyler. Eliza is from a wealthy family, the middle
sister of Angelica and Peggy, all of whom dazzle in a
room. Alex is penniless and determined to better himself
through service in the army Read more...
Noemi Vidal wants nothing more than for her planet, Genesis,
and her adopted family to be safe. However, with their
enemies from Earth raging a dangerous war, safety seems far
out of reach. When an accident lands Noemi on an abandoned
space ship, she finds something unexpected: a mech named Read more...
Tessa isn't looking forward to returning to her hometown
where the ghosts of her past are everywhere. Her father is
dying in a jail cell, and her friend, Callie, only sees her
as a reminder of their testimonies against Wyatt Stokes,
man they believed killed Callie's cousin Read more...
In the sequel to MOVING TARGET, Cassie Arroyo, an American
going to school in Italy, has finally found the Spear of
Destiny. Unfortunately, just when she had it, she lost it in
a betrayal she never expected. Now, Cassie must find it
again and fix the dark destiny she may Read more...
Abbie Wu hates being in the middle. She's the middle child
in her family, and now she's headed to middle school. The
worst part is that Abbie doesn't even know what her "thing,"
her talent or passion is, when everyone around her already
seems to know theirs Read more...
Cassie Arroyo attends school in Rome, though she is
American, while her father teaches art history at a
university there. What starts as a normal day for Cassie
takes a dramatic turn when her father suddenly hustles her
into the car and starts talking about how they've been
found Read more...
The characters in PASADENA by Sherri L. Smith make this
story sing. The cast is
full of diversity and even the characters we only get a
glimpse of are realistic and complex. Smith's skill for
creating nuanced characters is evident, particularly through
her main character. Jude is tough, gritty Read more...
Mia Corvere watched her father hang as a traitor when she
was ten years old. Her family was then taken prisoner, and
she barely escaped. When she begins befriending the shadows
on her run from the Senate, she finds herself learning under
a retired killer and preparing for a future Read more...
Megan McKnight prefers to be on a soccer field, scoring a
winning goal, than participating in a debutante season in
Dallas. When her mother secretly enters her into the
anyway, Megan is angry, but soon, she realizes exactly
being in the season means for her family. As she Read more...
Poppy, Azumi, Marcus, Dash, and Dylan are all summoned to
the Shadow House, though each thinks they're there for a
different reason. Poppy believes she's finding her long lost
family, Azumi and Marcus both think they're going to a
school, and Dash and Dylan think it's Read more...
Aspen Quick has an interesting power; he can reach into a
person and take things from them, a memory, a feeling, a
fear, even a freckle on their arm if he chooses. His whole
family has certain abilities in exchange for protecting and
fixing the Cliff, something they've been Read more...
The MĂĽllers are a grieving family after losing their
youngest member. The parents, Stefan and Evangeline,
struggle in their own ways, often turning to other people
than each other. Tess, the oldest daughter, hasn't spoken in
months. Meg, the younger, takes her anger out on others.
Even Tess Read more...
Jess Creary is stuck on an island with memories of her
deceased sister. The only highlights are surfing and
with Matthew. When Jess is out surfing one day, she
a wave that does the impossible and transforms her into a
mermaid. As a mermaid, Jess has confidence and Read more...
Tara knows what she wants from life: wealth, handsome men,
and delicious liquor. Having been through three marriages,
she's convinced love isn't in the cards for her, if it
exists at all, until she meets a dashing surgeon, Cavin
Lattimore. Cavin has everything she's looking for and Read more...
Moira Mitchell is ready to take the floor as a magician,
following in her father's footsteps. However, her father
forbidden her against her wishes, so she snatches an
invitation to join the famous Cirque American without him
knowing. While at the Cirque, Moira discovers she has more
than Read more...
In addition to reviewing at Fresh
Fiction, I write for the Barnes and
Noble Teen Blog, blog at The Forest of
Words and Pages, review at Young Adult
Books Central, and attend grad school.
I'm a geeky Slytherin who
loves reading, watching too much
Netflix, and drinking cinnamon roll lattes.